Top Ten Tuesday – Those Instabuy Books Please

August 2: Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

As I’m broker than broke these days, the damage I could do with this fictitious gift card would be insane. Must I narrow this only down to 10 titles though? Let’s see . . .

        

  • The set of Game of Thrones covers are so gorgeous and I’m halfway through book one so I obviously need the second
  • I’ve literally been dying to read TWD Compendium for years now…meanwhile if I have a gift card, I’ll buy all four of them
  • When ADSOM series was coming out I had heard really great things and I want the first two books so badddd
  • Finally the last piece of the trilogy I need to get my hands on and read about Kestrel!!
  • My one regret of not snagging at ALAMW in Boston. SIGHHHH
  • I love Ms. Marvel and it’s been a while since I caught up with her…I love the volumes with comics better
  • Vassa and Caraval I’ve heard really amazing things about…gorgeous covers and though they’re not out yet, who says in this bookish fantasy we can’t pre-order, mmmkay?
  • My one friend literally is non-stop recommending this book and I’m ready to finally read it
  • I have Saga’s individual issues because I couldn’t wait for a volume but I own all the volumes so I need it to just complete my collection. OCD problems.

How much damage could you do with a gift that was fully loaded? Could you keep it to a minimum of 10 items? Psssh yeah right. Sigh…same…same.

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

The Girl Who’s Pushing the Limits (haha, so punny)

thank you, thank you ❤

I did it! Woot–finished my SECOND book of the year…ALREADY! Yes, happy accomplishment there. Not only did I finish but AGAIN I’m on my A-game to post yet once more!

Guys I try, I really really do. And remember, I still don’t have a basic format so I need more time to play with the WordPress goodies so I can make the site look even cooler…or just cool, yes, just cool.

Now…onto the reveal of my latest read:

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)

Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 2012
Pages: 391, Paperback copy
Received Copy: Personal Library
**Note that this book have dual POVs**

I might have done this backwards. Last year I had gotten an ARC of Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) from my friend and was told this was a companion series and I would be okay not having read the first book. Which I was–companion books are cool like that. You need one to make you fall in love and then get so excited when the original characters make appearances throughout the rest of the series! (like my most favoritest Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins!) While browsing through B&N the other day nothing was throwing itself off the shelves at me. I wanted something I knew I would enjoy instead of venturing into the unknown, and there we have my purchased copy of Pushing the Limits.

Synopsis:
(courtesy of the back book cover)

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth.
But when Noach Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

I ended up really enjoying this book, definitely had some catching up to do because, again, I had started with book 2 instead of book 1 of the Pushing the Limits series. Granted reading fanfiction is not the same as a published book–HAHAHA wait, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to fall into that one. What I’m trying to explain is that usually any time I read a multi-POV anything, it’s usually from my guilty pleasure of fanfiction. I tend to hate it because a lot of the time these authors repeat everything and I don’t like repetitive writing: plain and simple. But McGarry did a nice job of transitioning from Echo/Noah’s POV.

Another thing that can be a pet peeve of mine is a tragic past for characters. Sometimes it’s nice to just read about the boys and girls trying to fit into the YA-verse, they don’t need to have tragic histories to make them stand out, but again Katie McGarry did a nice job to add the weaving the drama into the high school universe. Noah is a babe. For sure, without a doubt a guy I wish had walked around the halls of my high school but sadly did not. There were definitely some parts in the story where I raged because parents and the social  services system in the US are the worst and I became so frustrated haha! Also I’m a person who gets in too deep with a story, so my emotions were flying everywhere.

Overall rating: Worth the buy (4 out of 5 book stars)
You’ll read it and swoon and need to read the rest of the Pushing the Limits-universe!

Until next time, keep reading!

xxLinz