You’ve Made Me Cry, But Not as Hard as You’ve Made Me Laugh

*cue the strings* …c’mon click it, I know you want to 😀

I honestly can’t remember how I was introduced to this show.


It might’ve been in Season 3 where I saw a clip of Will Forte guest starring in an episode where he wanted to add the Twilight book series to a time capsule for the show’s fictional town, Pawnee, and it was pretty hysterical. It’s obviously not as funny if you’ve never read/watched Twilight, but if you have? It’ll make you more than just chuckle. Right down to Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope getting compared to the Volturi for not letting them have a book discussion in her office. I’m 99% sure this was my introduction to a little show called

On January 13, 2015, life will get a little sadder, as one of my favorite television shows will start airing its final season: Parks & Recreation. Heading into their seventh season, this show is smart, witty, and one of the few great comedies that’s left on television. True comedy is hard to find these days and to have an ensemble cast such as those who grace the stage at City Hall in Pawnee, Indiana, I will miss them all dearly. I feel like this show isn’t as big as it should be, but in being a fan of something you’re bound to be biased at some point. It’s a comedy that usually has me crying almost every episode mainly because the characters, they just feel like family. The show makes me feel that it’s necessary to go along with the Parks department scolding, “Jerrrrryyyyy.” (I actually feel super sad for Jerry, I can’t help it 😉 )

Not only is the show ending for fans, I think it’s sad that this is ending an era of Must-See-TV comedies that have graced Thursday nights for NBC in a long time. It’s premiering on a Tuesday instead of its regular Thursday night time slot. Shows that have gone before to rule the Thursday line-ups are: Scrubs, Fraiser, Friends, Seinfeld, 30 Rock, Community, Will & Grace, and The Office, some real heavy hitters which still leaves me with a heavy heart.

I can’t express how much I love these characters and how they all click. They’re fun and they’re super quirky, relatable people you’d wish you knew. Leslie Knope is one of the fiercest female characters I’ve ever watched. She’s in the government and wants to make a difference. She never backs down and her enthusiasm to complete almost any and every task is just awe inspiring. I mean, how many people can do a rigorous task and then find the time to make a REALLY amazing scrapbook concerning said task the next day? She’s got so much energy, she’s terrible at writing short headlines for Shauna Malwae-Tweep to write up about, she’s an EPIC gift-giver, and every character on the show benefits from her determination. She’s also a feminist and I love her for it. I always say I wish I could have as much heart, as much dedication, as much love that Leslie Knope does and has. She bleeds her city, she loves her politics and morals, she’s pretty level-headed and in the end, no matter the dilemma she always comes out strong with a solution to pretty much everything. Forget Beyonce, Leslie Knope is this generations coolest feminist.

God, I can see some of the pitchforks coming after me, but if you’ve watched this show, Leslie is truly a great female character. I mean, how adorable is she?
  
I mean for God’s sake, she adores breakfast foods–waffles are her life’s sustenance  
Again, her dedication is admirable

She has an inner teenaged girl’s soul just like the rest of us when it comes to crushes, which she articulates so well

Her crushes are charming

She created her own holiday

When boys had their club, she never let the girls feel left out

Okay, so I didn’t mean for this to turn into a Leslie Knope superstar post, but you get the point. She’s awesome. And what can I say about the rest of the cast? I know I seem like I’m rambling if you’ve read up to this point but, if you’ve never given this show a chance do yourself a favor. Find a way to DVR/record this last season and find a weekend to binge watch the show and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. I guess because I’ve fallen in love with: Leslie’s absolute passion, Anne’s determination, Chris’s zest for a happy spin on life, Ben’s adorkableness, April’s anti-social behavior, Andy’s foolishness but big heart, Ron’s no nonsense and simplistic manner, Tom’s love of the celebrity life, Donna’s sass and lifestyle, and lastly, Jerry’s ability to take one for the team—AND ALWAYS COMES THROUGH!

Now if you haven’t been sold on becoming a new fan of the show, there’s not much more I can do except weep that your life is seriously missing out on this amazingly, funny, delightful television show. A television show about a girl who was born with passion and such determination that took her to the highest places and all of those around her who helped get her there. A show that’s worth investing in, even if it’s the last season that’s to air on TV. To the cast of Parks & Recreation, cheers to you! You’ve made me laugh, you’ve made me cry, you’ve made me ache—you’ve touched my heart in ways a fan can hardly find the words to describe.

Thank you.

Lastly, enjoy some of these amazing gifs I’ve trolled Tumblr for with examples of one of my favorite TV shows ever. Good night Pawnee. *drops mic*

Ben….why are you fictional…can’t you be real just for me? Please
 
 

Chris Traeger is just….is dedication to healthy living and being upbeat is infectious, and the way he pronounces “lit-traully” is my favorite:
  
 

Donna is the queen of swag and sass on the show:


and Donna and Tom Haverford’s duo is one of my favorite things:
 
 
Tom is everything with his need to glamorize-it-up
 

Ann…oh you…well, let Leslie explain
 
 
Andy…who is smart in his own way


April just understands my anti-social pain
 
 
Jerry…Garry…Larry…now possibly Barry…and maybe Terry?
 
 
And last but not least…the man who is…everything: Ron. Swanson.
 
 
 
 
 

THANK YOU PARKS & REC CAST & CREW!! YOU ARE MY FAVORITE!!

*also all of these images & GIFs are courtesy of Google or Tumblr….*I DON’T OWN THESE IMAGES!*

much love….Linz aka The Kid

Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015 – Top Ten Tuesday

January 6: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

So I’m not really using this topic as novels I’m-OH-SO-excited for to read in 2015! Let’s get this ball rolling….gimme all the books to read!

   
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 5, 2015
I cannot express how hard I ride the Maas train…without that sounding especially creepy, haha! My body is ready for this new series of hers!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Release Date: no specific, 2015
At an author event she gave a little teaser that she was working on a new project and it sounds completely awesome! Definitely can’t wait to read!
😦 No cover yet 😦

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Release Date: February 24, 2015
I actually haven’t read her past books even though I have a few. BUTTTT do not fault me for this gorgeous cover and description! This is something I can’t wait for!

  
Stand-Off (Winger #2)
by Andrew Smith
Release Date: September 2015
If  you haven’t read Winger, we can’t be friends, hahah…no but seriously this book is filled with everything: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get ready to fight, and you’ll get ready to love. Also your heart will be ripped out, just FYI. GIMME MORE RYAN DEAN WEST PLEASE

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
Release Date: June 2, 2015
*cries all the tears* I literally finished this book and was like WHOA YOU CANNOT LEAVE ME HANGING HERE!! CMON! But even if I have to wait, Jenny Han is worth it. I’m just nervous about what happens next though—an excited nervous!
😦 No cover yet 😦

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 3, 2015
While I did get to read the ARC of this already….PUT THIS ON YOUR LIST!!! Ugh the story is palpable!! So much going on, intense and worth waiting for read! Marie Rutkoski rocks!

Under the Lights (Daylight Falls #2) by Dahlia Adler
Release Date:  June 30, 2015
Really enjoyed the first book so it’ll be fun to go back into that universe and see where the characters are at now and how things have evolved. Definitely an enjoyable read!

 

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10, 2015
I might already have this pre-ordered on Amazon. The cover just screams…well it screams a lot of things because, hey, what doesn’t scream with blood dripping off a crown, haha! Definitely looking forward to this!

Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) by Tiffany Schmidt
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Again, I saw Tiffany at an author event and her description of this just sounded so awesome! Never mind I’m addicted to Once Upon a Time on ABC network so I’m all about fairytale anything these days! Will be cool to read!

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Release Date: May 5, 2015
I will literally read anything she writes! Always fun reads and I like how her characters can make subtle appearances in one another. Excited for it!

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Lord, Open Road Summer was just fantastic I will take anything else Emery wants to throw our way! I’m in!

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Again, this book has some SERIOUS buzz on social media and I feel like I almost got an ARC of it but I wasn’t super wild about the cover and now I’m so sad I missed out. But again, I could’ve have just made that up hahah! Most definitely hearing good things and am excitedddd!

  

What’s on your list!? Has anyone gotten any of these ARCs and love them? Any others I need to add to my list? GIMME ALL THE RECS!

Linz xx The Kid

Bout of Books 12 – Progress Report

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. 

Bout of Books

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Monday, 1/5
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: none
In-Progress: 1 book, The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 10% of Book 1
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 2% (gotta Kindle look-up)

Tuesday, 1/6
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: 23% read
In-Progress: 1 book, The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 25% read
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: ? again i forgot to do the kindle conversion

Wednesday, 1/7
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: 15% read, started Stolen
In-Progress: 40% read, The Girl With All the Gifts, started Stolen
Challenge: 55% or better with first book
Total Books Read:0
Total Pages Read: 

Thursday, 1/8
Books Read Today:0
Completed:0
In-Progress:40%, The Girl With All the Gifts, 120 pages Stolen
Challenge: 148 pages in Stolen, 10% more in The Girl With All the Gifts
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 

Friday, 1/9
Books Read Today:0
Completed:0
In-Progress: 150 pages, Stolen, 40% in The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 175 pages in Stolen
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 

Saturday, 1/10
Books Read Today: 0
Completed:0
In-Progress:165 pages Stolen, 40% in The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 220 pages in Stolen
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 

Sunday, 1/11
Books Read Today: 1 
Completed:1
In-Progress:40%, The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: finish Stolen and start back with The Girl With All the Gifts
Total Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: ? 525 …guestimate of Kindle and physical pages

Books that I’m aiming to read for Bout of Books 12 Challenge are (in no specific order):

Bout of Books Goals:

  1. Read as much as I can. . . . . this is always a goal of mine but it’s still necessary to list
  2. Get off to a good start in 2015! . . . . . can’ slack off already
  3. Tackle my shelves. . . . . . . I have so many that I need to read but they hang out on my shelves. Not anymore.

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake – Review

There Will Be Lies | Available for Purchase via Amazon.com • Barnes & Noble • Book Depository
Author: Nick Lake
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Pages: 464, hardback cover
Received Copy: Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) Received via NetGalley for personal, unbiased review

Synopsis via Goodreads:

In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.

Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.
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Things I Did Like:

Diversity…
I really loved that Shelby was deaf. A character with an impairment is something I don’t see enough of when picking up a book these days. You are reminded, while reading through Shelby’s eyes, just how amazingly lucky one is to have the sense of hearing and to be able to communicate so easily. You can scream, you can sing, you can learn other languages, you can whisper, you can do a lot listening to the sound of your voice and others voices. A reminder of how valuable our sense are if we have them all.

Incorporation…
I also was very intrigued to read how the story of The Dreaming worlds ran into Native American culture. I’m a history fan so it’s always very cool to learn about other cultures and where their stories come from. We all have legends and parables that we know by heart and to read about the Coyote and nature’s part was a delight.

Unexpected…
When I requested this I briefly read the description but, really skimmed it, but remember seeing the buzz online so I made sure I tried to get my hands on the novel. I started reading and didn’t really know where this story was going. By the time I finished on Goodreads I started reading some of the brief snippets of posts from my phone I can understand why a few didn’t finish. I’m glad I stuck it out because I found myself wanting to read until the end to see where things went for Shelby.

Things I Didn’t Like:

Confusion…
When the book starts off I had an inkling that either Shelby or her mother was deaf. The mention of closed captions being on the television was the most obvious. Having personally grown up with a grandmother who had a hearing problem, when she reached her 70’s the TV always had closed captioning on which as a teen drove me crazy because all I’d do was read instead of watch the show. I digress, but the clarification of who is actually deaf doesn’t come until like 40% through the book. That can be seriously confusing for the audience to read and follow along with.

Layout…
Another issue I had was when Shelby’s character enters The Dreaming, I feel like the font should have been italicized. Not too sure if this will happen in the actual book, again I received an ebook copy which sometimes has formatting issues, but I really wanted to see some sort of shift to show we’re no longer in The Dreaming and vice versa. I know there are several parts later on when Shelby goes in and out quickly but to start off, showing this distinction, from a reader’s perspective, this could have helped.

 

Thanks again, Bloomsbury, for giving me the chance to review. Overall I say, power through and it’s worth checking out 🙂

until next time …Linz xx The Kid