Friday, October 19, 2018

The Weekend Line-Up #4: Kelsea Ballerini, TATBILB, and unexpected reads!


Welcome back to another installment of The Weekend Line-Up! I haven't written one of these in literally more than two years, but I'm going to try and bring it back. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, this is a feature I introduced in October 2014 that highlights what I'm planning to watch, read, and listen to during the upcoming weekend.

TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE
Two of my best girl friends are coming over tomorrow to have lunch and hang out, so we'll most likely watch this in the background while we chat and paint our nails. So reminiscent of our college days, haha. We've all seen TATBILB separately, but agree that it's worth watching again! I do admit that I cringed at some parts the first time I watched it (I just have this GIF playing in my head of Peter Kavinsky saying, "leggo" over and over again lol) but I get second-hand embarrassment REALLY easily so yes, I know I'm being a little dramatic. Since then, I've seen it twice in full—something that I rarely do with anything—and I love it so much. I hope it has always paved (or will pave!) a way for more YA rom-coms to be adapted. I really want to see The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord as a movie!

THE WIDOW BY FIONA BARTON
This book has been really slow going (and by that I mean I'm reading only ten pages a day. Not to say that ten pages is "too little," but that I normally read a lot more if I'm interested.) It's not exactly boring, but it seems like all the ~suspenseful~ events happened before the book started and the past is being revealed chapter by chapter. It's more character- than plot-driven, and I normally like my mysteries to be IN THE MOMENT. Like more Gone Girl than The Couple Next Door. Although Gone Girl was pretty slow at first too ... but that's a different conversation for another day 😅

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE BY JANE AUSTEN
I started watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries after Sam from Thoughts on Tomes talked about classics she wanted to see modern adaptations of, and I'm hooked. After the first couple of episodes, I really wanted to read Pride and Prejudice so I just pulled it off my shelf and dove in. It's been on my bucket list for ages now, and I even added tabs because I was supposed to start it last year. Studying classics is not something I've learned to do, so it's quite intimidating to be reading a well-loved story but the videos are a great guide. I'm about to start chapter three, aka I've only read eight pages 😂

THE NEW GIRL BY R.L. STINE
I had the sudden urge to read an R.L. Stine book, but I didn't choose Goosebumps! I actually found out about the series re-boot earlier this week so I wanted to start with book one. When I was in elementary/middle school, I loved the "choose your own adventure" series (I just looked it up and it's called "Give Yourself Goosebumps.") I would borrow those books from the library but I had to hide it from my mom because she didn't like it when I read or watched anything horror-related. I have this vivid memory of me hanging out on my parents' bed (it was the furthest place from the kitchen/living room) reading one of those books, haha ... anyway, I impulsively started The New Girl this morning and it's not creepy at all! I'm only about 35 pages in so things could change.

Kelsea Ballerini's Unapologetically
I've been meaning to give Kelsea Ballerini's 2017 album a listen for a while now, so thank you to Spotify for featuring "High School" on my Discover Weekly playlist! Country pop is a genre I love, but I never seek it out on my own. I guess I just don't know where to start looking? She sounds a lot like Taylor Swift, especially in "Roses" (both vocally and style-wise) but is still different in a lot of ways. First impression favorites: "Get over Yourself," "In Between," "High School," and "Unapologetically."

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What are your plans for the weekend?

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