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Jul 15

Beyond Books: Top Ten Tuesday

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Aloha, Bookworms!

It’s Tuesday again (where does the time go?!) The ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have offered up another fun topic for this week’s listy goodness. It may be hard to believe, but we book bloggers occasionally do things other than read. Today we’re talking about our favorite movies and TV shows, though I’m going to try and keep things bookish because I like a challenge. Shall we?

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1. Gilmore Girls This has been off the air for years, but I’m still a huge fan. Rory Gilmore is the coolest bookworm to ever grace the small screen and the rapid fire banter is endlessly entertaining. The quirky small town characters are hilarious. I own all 7 seasons on DVD and it will never get old. Never, I tell you!

2. Game of Thrones The hubs and I have been binge watching this show and I know I’m going to go through withdrawal the minute we finish. I have read all the books, but it’s been so long I’ve forgotten a lot of the details. It’s been really fun to relive it, and point of the differences I can recall between the books and the show. Hubs and I took the quiz to find out our professions if we lived in Westeros. I was a noble. He was a whore. He’s taken to calling me Tyrion, which is pretty sweet, because he’s the best character. I guess that makes Hubs Shae. I cannot stop giggling!

3. The Pillars of the Earth Starz did a mini series of this novel (review) and I thought it was fantastic. It didn’t hurt that Eddie Redmayne played Jack (hello, gorgeous!)

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4. Fried Green Tomatoes I saw this movie ages before I read the book. Things are quite a bit different, book to movie, but they are both so well done that it’s hard to take issue with it. I love them both on their own merits.

5. The Walking Dead I really just need to read the doggone comics already (I say this ALL THE TIME and haven’t done it yet… Though I did read one of TWD’s novels, so I’ve got that going for me…) This show was my gateway drug into the zombie genre and I haven’t looked back… Well. I’ve looked back to make sure I’m not being followed by zombies, but that’s about it.

6. Little Women Little Women is one of my all time favorite novels, but I have always loved the 1994 movie version. I’ve seen it more times than I can count (it was a slumber party favorite for my BFF and I) and it never fails to bring me back.

7. Outlander Okay, it’s not out yet, but I’m verra excited and cautiously optimistic. I’m putting my faith in Starz because Diana Gabaldon has been involved with the production AND they did a stellar job with The Pillars of the Earth

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I’m throwing in the towel at seven. I think that’s sufficient for today. What about you, bookworms? What are some of your favorite bookish TV shows and/or movies?

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Apr 22

Someday, Someday, Maybe, I'll Be As Cool As Lauren Graham

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Happy Monday, Bookworms!

I just finished reading Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lorelai Gilmore Lauren Graham. Why yes, this is a novel written by an actress. A novel. Not a memoir, not a cookbook, not a lifestyle tome. A novel. And you know something? It’s pretty good!

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I am a ginormous Gilmore Girls fan. Like, I own all 7 seasons on DVD, and I sincerely hope that Luke & Lorelai ended up having twins just like Lorelai dreamed that once time before she and Luke were ever an item… Lauren Graham is the actress behind Lorelai Gilmore. I adored the characters on the show, obviously, but I once saw a little behind-the-scenes feature where Amy Sherman Palladino (head writer) mentioned that Lauren Graham got the majority of the pop culture/literary references that were written into the script. You guys, this was a SMART show. Fast paced witty banter referencing Norman Mailer and Pushkin and the Nag Hammadi documents? You’ve got to have some brains to appreciate the brilliance of it all. Which is exactly what Lauren Graham has. Did you know she has a degree in English Literature from Barnard? Barnard is a seven sisters school, which were the Ivy League equivalents for women before women were allowed to attend Ivy League schools… AND she got into college BEFORE she was famous (not that you aren’t brilliant, Natalie Portman, but I’m sure your acting chops didn’t hurt your application to Harvard…)

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I know what you’re thinking. “Yes, Katie. We know. You’re a Lauren Graham fan girl. But tell me about the damn book already!” The most cliche advice writers get is to “write what you know.” It seems that Lauren Graham did just that. Someday, Someday, Maybe is about a struggling actress named Franny Banks in New York City. Franny pays her bills by waiting tables in a comedy club, but she dreams of being a working actress. She shares an apartment in Brooklyn with her BFF Jane and their roommate Dan, attends acting classes, and battles both her her curly hair and her intense desire to consume mass quantities of cheese puffs. (I love me some cheese puffs, and I love Franny for her weakness.)

Franny gave herself an arbitrary 3 year timeline to succeed as an actress, and when we meet her, she is a mere 6 months away from her success deadline. Her backup plan is to move to Chicago and get back together with her college boyfriend who is about to graduate from law school. Franny LOVES to act, but she faces an uphill battle. Franny, despite her penchant for cheese puffs, is a healthy woman. She runs regularly and wears a size 8. Unfortunately, a size 8 in a world of size 2’s isn’t ideal. And her unruly curls? (This part feels VERY authentic- I think Ms. Graham did battle with her curls on auditions too.) The best part about Franny, though, is that her awkward antics tend to be her most charming feature. Falling out of her chair and potentially flashing the audience? Callbacks. Screws up a scene? Ends up making out with a hottie. Gets flustered and comes out with a bizarre laugh? She gets a part.

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I pictured Franny looking like Lauren Graham circa 1995. Plus a scrunchie.

This was a great way to shake off the shadow on my psyche left by Amity & Sorrow. This book takes chick lit to a fun, witty place, and it does this without relying on email or text message humor (because it’s 1995!) Occasionally I crack up when she talks about banks of pay phones, because PAY PHONES. And scrunchies. And FAX machines. The nostalgia is a tasty sauce on top of this delicious bite of chick lit. If you’re looking for something light and fluffy without being vapid and shallow? Someday, Someday, Maybe is the book for you!

Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I’m really bad at lying, so you shouldn’t be worried about me compromising my integrity or anything. 

Let’s be ridiculous and squealy shall we? How happy are you when you find out your favorite celebs really ARE smart and interesting and probably aren’t rude to their assistants?!

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Oct 26

Confession Friday: I Watch Too Much TV

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Happy Friday Bookworms! You all know I love reading… But, we’re living in a digital world. Bloggers cannot love on books alone. Let’s talk TV! More specifically, let’s talk about FUNNY TV. With all the political ads and the world chaos and whatnot, laughing is good for us!

Stuff That Makes Me Laugh:

1. Parks and RecreationI freaking love this show. I want to be friends with Amy Poehler. I want to have her over for a slumber party and give her ginger baby kisses. Also. Ron Effing Swanson. OMG.

Don’t lie. You want to kiss that baby too.

2. 30 Rock: Tina Fey! Liz Lemon is like the American Bridget Jones. Love love love. And Alec Baldwin? I have never laughed as hard as I did during the Generalissimo episode.

This shouldn’t be as funny as it is. And yet…

3. How I Met Your Mother: Sure, it’s taken 8 seasons to meet the mysterious mother. But who cares? Who knew that Doogie Howser, MD was going to grow up to be so friggin funny? Who among us does not have a friend who is just like Ted Mosby? Oh, you don’t? Well, you can borrow my friend. He’s fantastic. And single. Ladies? Anyone?

From Doogie Howser to Dr. Horrible to Barney Stinson. Neil Patrick Harris, will you ever cease to amaze me?

4. Here Comes Honey Boo BooI am everything that is wrong with America. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. This show cracks me up. FINALLY- a reality show with self-aware subjects! These people are under no delusions about where they stand. They burp, they fart, they chew tobacco. Whatever. They know who they are, they love each other, and they didn’t bat an eye when Baby Kaitlyn was born with an extra thumb. Do I think they’re great role models? Meh, probably not. But are they the worst thing ever? No way. THAT was Jersey Shore. You better “redneckognize.”

Seriously. An extra thumb. Kid’s got 11 fingers. So did Anne Boleyn. And before she lost her head, she was a queen. Don’t worry, Baby Kaitlyn, it’s not legal to decapitate wives anymore.

5. BunheadsIt’s like Gilmore Girls, but with ballerinas! It’s a truth almost universally acknowledged that bookish girls LOVED Gilmore Girls. Rory did so much to promote reading for teenage girls! There’s a lack of constant  book references on Bunheads but that fast paced witty delicious dialogue is there in all its glory. I used to dance, so this has an added bonus for me. Long live Amy Sherman-Palladino!

I never looked that good in a leotard. In case you were wondering.

6. Renovation RealitiesHubs and I watch this together. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a reality show about homeowners who attempt to do their own home renovations. Only, they never know what they’re doing. We watch, we laugh, we heckle. “Oh look at that bonehead trying to take out a load bearing wall!” “He didn’t turn off the power!!!” “Just hire the plumber already, you nincompoop!”

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a novice using a jackhammer.

7. ShamelessThis is on Showtime, so unless you pay way too much for cable or have some sort of subscription thingie, you can’t watch it. But OMG you need to get a subscription thingie because this is the best show ever. The Gallaghers make me feel so well-adjusted! They’re hilarious in the most offensive way possible, so if you have ANY hot button issues, just don’t watch it.

Edgy. Brilliant. Based on a British show. How can you lose?

7. New GirlI love a good ensemble cast, and this show is fabulous. Schmidt, the recovering douchebag gets the best one liners. Jess is brilliantly awkward and sweet. Nick is a prematurely crochety old man and chronic under achiever. Winston has a set of foibles a mile long. I love seeing people act like dorks on TV. I’ve never been cool, I like seeing my own kind represented!

Who’s that girl? It’s Jess!

8. Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23This show is on the edgier side, but if you’re not especially sensitive it’s hysterical. (Shameless requires like ZERO boundaries to enjoy it. This is much tamer.) James Van Der Beek plays a hilariously douchey version of himself. It’s like every Hollywood cliche rolled into a single character. I adore celebrities who can make fun of themselves. Especially when they can do it outside the confines of SNL.

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9. Happy EndingsIt’s smart, it’s funny, it’s set in ChicagoThis show is beautifully random. A V-neck intervention? A man who literally hibernates? This show has so many neuroses- heaven’s to Betsy, I LOVE crazy people!

Trivia Time! Damon Wayans, Jr. was in the pilot for New Girl, presumably because he didn’t expect Happy Endings to get picked up for a second season. It did, and now I have two shows about neurotic late 20s-30 somethings to watch!!!

10. The Office: I know, I know. It’s past it’s prime, but I still love these characters. I’m invested in Jim and Pam and Oscar and Andy and Dwight and the whole gang. It’s still funny.

I hear Dwight is getting a spinoff. Let’s hope it doesn’t go the way of Joey from Friends…

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I have writer’s block so I’m totally cheating on this bad boy. Honorable mentions go out to Raising Hope, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, The Middle and everything else I laugh at that I forgot to list. You know I love you. I promise to be back on Monday with something of substance. Have a fantastic weekend, my little worms!

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