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Obsession Confession | Come Back To Me Star Trek!

Hey y’all! What’s up?! It’s Lila! I know it’s been a while, but I needed to take a week or two of rest because I was just exhausted, physically and mentally. I’m still pretty tired, in all honesty, but I wanted to get back to blogging. Anyhoo. In the time during my break, I found plenty of new things to obsess over! So let’s check ’em out!

Books

I’ve been reading A Court of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas really, really slowly because I want to savor it, so, sadly, that means that I have no featured book this week. Sorry, y’all! 😭

Music

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I’ve really been digging “Back To Me” by Marian Hill and Lauren Juaregui of late. The simple beat and trilling melody had me shimmying my hips and singing a long the whole time. I love how viscous the song is, without it being slow. Y’all should for sure give this song a listen soon!

Movies/TV/Trailers

The trailer for Star Trek: Discovery was released and I’ve never been a Trekkie, but this? This looks so good! I especially love that the leads are women of color (and they’re a friendship pair made up of two different races)! It’s just so refreshing to see, especially for a show which is supposed to be set in the future, where things have (hopefully) progressed a bit! But representation aside, this show looks stellar (pun intended)! I’m all for sci fi action adventures, so I’ll definitely be watching this!

Other Stuff

My bestie taught me how to tie a turban and oh my god, it’ll be a real struggle not to wear one for the rest of my life! I’ve always admired turbans, but could never figure out how to tie one–but my bestie taught me the simple twist and tuck method. I love that turbans are an elegant, yet bohemian, simple way to hide your hair if it’s messy or if you don’t feel like dealing with it! I’ll be taking this style with me to the grave!

News

I couldn’t find any major bookish news this week, so instead of me telling you the news, I want y’all to tell me in the comments what recent bookish news you’r excited about!

Laughter

So this is happenning:

Remember that amazing movie Twitter came up with based on that picture of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o? The one in which Rihanna was a scammer and Lupita was her smart, scheming sidekick? Well now it’s actually gonna be real! Apparently the story is gonna be a Netflix movie starring Rihanna and Lupita, directed by Ava DuVernay, and written by Issa Rae!!! So there ya have it! Never underestimate the creative power of community on social media!

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Obsession Confession | Easier for Cloak And Dagger YA Romance

Hey, y’all! It’s Lila and ‘m back with another segment of Obsession Confession! It’s super short this week, so I’m not going to sit here and mince words. Let’s jump right in!

Music

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I’ve had “Easier” by Mansionair playing on repeat for the past few days. I discovered it because it was in the background of Freeform’s Cloak And Dagger trailer and I looked it up. It’s a little moodier than what I normally listen to, but I kinda like it for that reason.

Movies/TV/Trailers

Freeform’s upcoming adaptation of Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger got a trailer and I’m surprised at how good it looks for a Freeform adaptation. I’m wary of the network after their Shadowhunters adaptation, but this actually looks like it could turn out well. Of course, I have yet to read the source material, but still! I like the dark, gritty direction they seem to be taking the show–less fluffy-fluff, more real life monsters, ya know?

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Beth at Reading Every Night wrote a great post on if romance is overshadowing character development in YA books. I definitely hadn’t thought about that topic before and I loved the points Beth made! On the one hand, romance is a must for my enjoyment, but on the other hand, I think Beth has a great point. Definitely check Beth’s post out and see what you think!

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Obsession Confession | Song Of Anne’s Party

Hello, friends! How are you? What have y’all been up to? I’ve just come back from my journey around the world wide web, lol! And I’ve brought back with me many new obsessions to share with you! So let’s dive right in!

Books

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I began the eARC of Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser and am making my way through it at a painfully slow pace because #thatchronicfatiguelife, ya know? Anyhow, I’m really enjoying it so far! I tweeted Tolscer to ask and she confirmed the Caro, the main character, is mixed race (Black/White) and Tolscer imagines Sabina Karlsson as Caro. This made me totally squeal because asdfghjklzxcvbnmpoiuytrewq Caro is like me and looks like me!!! So if that don’t show y’all that representation matters, then i don’t know what will!

Movies/TV/Trailers

Netflix’s Anne of Green Gables adaptation (simply titled Anne) got it’s first trailer and it looks absolutely wonderful! As a child, I wasn’t a major fan of the book series, but I did love the Anne of Green Gables cartoon that used to air on PBS. This adaptation looks really adorable, though, and I can’t wait to see it!

Music

It’s been literal years since I last listened to Fall Out Boy, but I broke that streak the other day, when I discovered their song “Where Did The Party Go.” It’s your typical Fall Out Boy pop rock song that you can’t help but want to dance to. On a sidenote: as a classical singer, I must say that Fall Out Boy’s lead singer has a really good voice and A+ diction! Anyhoo, it’s a great, fun song that’ll have you singing and dancing along!

Other Stuff

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So, as y’all know, I’ve taken to journaling of late. It was during this new venture that I discovered a new obsession: washi tape. It’s colorful and fun and you can use it in collages or to spice up a plain page! It makes a great addition to my journal! I discovered washi tape because it was already quite popular in the journaling and bullet journaling community, and now I can totally see why. I ordered three rolls the other day and I swear I have to stop myself from sticking it all over everything in my vicinity, haha!

News

Alas, dear friends! I could find no news this week! So I’m turning it over to y’all–what’s one piece of recent bookish news that you’re excited about?

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Guys, I messed up. I meant to share my good friend Fadwa’s (at Word Wonders) post last week and I accidentally just shared the link. So I’m trying to make up for it ad sharing it now. Fadwa wrote a really great post on whether or not characters need to be relatable in order for a book to be enjoyable. In typical Fadwa style, the post made many great, thoughtful points. Go check it out!

Laughter Makes The World Go Round

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Obsession Confession | Blood for Blood Is Just Water Under The Bridge

Hello, friends! How are ya? It’s that time of week again! Time for Obsession Confession, my weekly segment in which I “confess” all of my latest obsessions! This week there’s plenty to get through, so let’s get going!

Books

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin was one of my last reads of 2015 and ended up coming #1 on my list of to books I read in 2015. So when Blood for Blood,the sequel and finale to the duology, was released, I snapped it up…Aaaaaand didn’t get to it…until this past week. I think I never got to Blood for Blood because I was waiting for the perfect moment. Anyhow, I decided to bite the bullet and get to it a few days back and…wow. I forgot how much I love this series and Graudin’s writing. Everything about Blood for Blood is perfection, pure and simple. If you haven’t yet checked out this duology, definitely give it a try!

Music

I listened to Adele’s latest pop  ballad,”Water Under The Bridge,” and, predictably, I loved it! There are so many things to love about Adele and her music. I love how she’s managed to evolve as an artist while still staying true to the spirit she began with. I also love that no matter how pop-y her music gets, she maintains that deep thread of emotion in her voice. “Water Under The Bridge” is no different in these respects and also happens to be incredibly singable, a ballad you’d belt out in the car on your way to work. I’m sure it’ll be another great hit under Adele’s belt.

Movies/TV/Trailers

Netflix released a new featurette for their upcoming adaptation of 13 Reasons Why. This short video definitely got me even more interested in the show!

Netflix dropped a trailer for their upcoming adaptation of the beloved manga, Deathnote. I’m not a manga/anime fan, but I do know that Deathnote is incredibly popular, so I figured at least one of y’all would be interested plus the show does look interesting. The only thing that kinda concerns me is the potential whitewashing as I think (And I want to stress that I don’t know and that I may be wrong on this count) the characters are Japanese and the series takes place in Japan? If you do know if the show is whitewashed, please let me know in the comments. Other than that, this looks like your standard A++ Netflix show and I can’t wait to check it out! Who knows, maybe watching the show will encourage me to read the manga series!

News

This is slightly old news now but I can’t believe I forgot to mention that the cover for Marie Lu’s new novel, Warcross, which releases in November, was released! I have kind of mixed feelings on the cover. Many people think it’s beautiful, while others think it looks too basic and simple. I’m pretty in between, but regardless of how the cover looks, I’m super excited for the book! What do you think of the cover? Did you enjoy the sneak peak of the book? Are you excited for Warcross?

In other, more “recent” news, the cover and synopsis for Maggie Stiefvater’s newest novel, All The Crooked Saints, which releases later this year, was released. The book sounds both magical and mysterious, as per usual Stiefvater, and I’m interested in seeing how it pans out.

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Obsession Confession | The Hunted Hustler Is The White Princess

 

Heya! Welcome back! It’s good to see you again! This week has been hectic, what with the snowstorm that hit the east coast of the US! But still, I managed to find some great obsessions to share with you! So let’s get into it!

Books

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner was released last week and I completely speed through it because ohmygoditwassogood!!! I fell absolutely in love with this book, with Yeva and the beast and the magic and the world! Yeva is such a kick*ss heroine and I love that Spooner actually shows that to us, rather than just telling us! It’s such a magical book and you should go read it now!

Music

I’m a sucker for gritty pop songs and “Hustler” by Zayde Wolf is a great one that I discovered last week.

Movies/TV/Trailers

I just saw the trailer for the new STARZ show The White Princess and I must say it looks amazing! I don’t have STARZ, so I doubt I’ll be watching this one anytime soon, but I’ll b keeping an eye out to see if it ever comes on Netflix or Amazon.

News

Jennifer Aniston joined the cast of the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’. Aniston is signed on to play th mai character’s mother. I actually didn’t know that Dumpin’ was being adapted or that it was so far along in the process. Nevertheless, I’m excited to hear the news as I enjoyed the book.

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Maha over at Younicorn Reads had a great post on the cure for problematic books. In it, Maha talks about what to do when you discover  that a book is problematic. I found her post very thoughtful, insightful, and helpful! You should go read it!

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Obsession Confession | Humans Ascend On A Journal

Hello, hello, helloooooo, ducklings! How art thou on this fin spring day? I hope y’all are well! It’s time for this week’s installment of Obsession Confession! So many obsessions, so many confessions! Let’s see what we have…

Books

And once again, we have a week where I don’t have a featured book. Which is not to say that I haven’t been reading! The issue is that, after finishing Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (which are two vastly different, yet equally amazing books that you totally need to read!), I have been starting books, but not loving them enough to stick with them. *sighhhhhhhh…*

Music


I’ve been rocking out to “Human Touch” by Betty Who for the past week! The song is such a fun tune that’s easy to dance to and sing along with! In fact, I dare you not to do just that when listening to this song!

Movies/TV/Trailers

Recently I got into Syfy’s Ascension! The show was cancelled, but I’m loving watching the first (and only) season on Netflix. I love the mmystery and the science and the stark contrast between life on the spaceship–which is like a snapshot of the 1960s–and life on Earth–which has progressed forward. It’s a fun show full of intrigue and politics and I recommend giving it a chance, especially if you enjoy sci fi mysteries!

Other

I’ve recently really gotten into creative journaling, a fact which is completely hilarious to me as I’ve never been much of a journaling person. But. I’ve always loved collaging and I’ve always loved writing essays, especially taking a prompt and twisting it to write my own story and I also love how people personalize their bullet journals. So I took those ideas and kind of smashed them all together to create a personalized journal! Of course, I wasn’t the first one to have thought something like this up. I searched the tags #creativejournal and #creativejournaling on Instagram and I’ve been getting ideas from all of these stunning journals that people have created! I also looked up “journal challenges” on Tumblr and found some awesome prompts! So I’ve been doing some creative journaling for the past week and a half and I really love it!

News

Big bookish news came this past week when Marissa Meyer announced the title and release date of her new book, which I can officially say is going to be called Renegades! The book will be available in digital, print, and audio format on November 7, 2017. Renegades also is now available for pre-order on Audible! I’m super excited for this book! I loved The Lunar Chronicles, though I wasn’t a major fan of Heartless. However.am really interested in this book in that it’s Meyer’s first book that’s not a retelling (as far as I know) and I’m interested in seeing how she crafts a story that’s all her own! I have faith that she can pull it off, but I guess we’ll see!

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Kaja at Of Dragons And Hearts had a neat post on loving shifty characters. I was drawn to the post because I didn’t quite know what Kaja meant by a “shifty character.” To my surprise, I discovered that I too am a big fan of the “shifty character”! So naturally, I loved the post!

Laughing The Pain Away

So this week’s bit of laughter is a little personal for me. Those of you who have been here for a good while probably know three things about me: 1) I attend the #13 best university in the United States, 2) I study biology and physics, and 3) I have horrible academic anxiety that I am currently working through/slowly recovering from. Those things do not spell happiness for me, but I’m leaning to be happy anyway. Part of learning to be happy is learning how to laugh at certain situations and realize that I’m not alone. As a science student at a top university, I’m constantly around people who have accomplished major things. And me? I’ve done…nothing. Really. I’ve been on two medical leaves. That’s it. So I always feel like I’m alone and everyone is better than me. My therapists are always trying to convince me that everyone feels that way, but I wasn’t so sure. I wasn’t so sure until I saw the comic below by Cassandra Cain. It made me laugh, but even more, it made me feel less alone. And slowly, the pain died a little more. So this ones for all y’all with anxiety, academic or otherwise. You’re never alone ❤

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Obsession Confession | The Valiant Are Runnin’ Toward Everything!

Welcome back, faithful friends! This past week has been full of all kinds of exciting bits and bobs! All sorts of new obsessions have been brewing in my lil’ fangirl heart! So obviously I just had to share these obsession-worthy things with you!

Books

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The other day I started The Valiant by Lesley Livingston and I’m loving it so far! The book started with a bang and just keeps running with the action and adventure! I am living for it! Plus I really like Fallon! All in all, I think I’m gonna end up really liking this book!

Music

If music is the main thing you pay attention to in trailers (which, it is for me, but then again I’m a musician, lol), then you probably noticed the gorgeous song featured in the second half of the new trailer of Everything, Everything. The song is “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” by Naughty Boy and Beyonce and I absolutely love it! I love how heartfelt the song is, especially given the musical clarity and cleanness of the music. You can really hear the emotion in the vocalist voices and, for me, it really evoked quite a response. It’s really such a gorgeous, emotional song.

Movies/TV/Trailers

So the release of the first trailer for the Everything, Everything movie adaptation was the talk of the town last week. The film looks cute and well produced and like it could do really well. However, my excitement was overtaken by my irritation at something that I saw in the trailer. I find it really frustrating that the filmmakers completely erased the fact that Maddie is biracial (her father is Black and her mother is Asian). I’m not going to go into it here, but that’s a pretty harmful and borderline racist move. I’m still going to see the movie, but I’m pretty salty about the situation.

News

I almost broke down in a fit of fangirling when I saw the news that Philip Pullman will be releasing a new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials, in which one of the books will be a kind of prequel and two of the books will continue Lyra’s story! Pullman has said the trilogy is neither a prequel nor a sequel, but rather an “equel” (wwhich I think is both a brilliant and hilarious play on words). His Dark Materials holds a special place in my heart, as it was one of the first audiobook series that I fell in love with and one of the first major, “big kid” books I read. I remember listening to and reading the entire series when I was only 9 and actually comprehending it, which, thinking about it now, it kinda blows my mind that I could understand something that complex at such a young age. His Dark Materials also catapulted my love of physics and philosophy, so I’m eternally grateful to the series for that. I’m just so excited to hear that the story is continuing and expanding because The Amber Spyglass definitely left me wanting so much more!

Other Products

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My newest product obsession is fairy lights! I bought a giant 30 foot strand for $10 plus free shipping and have wrapped it around my bed frame (I have a daybed) and I feel like a fairy princess when I turn them on! I’m also amazed by the simple physics of the kind of lights that I got! Essentially the producers engulfed a teeny-tiny light in a little drop of glue and attached it to three strands of entwined Copper wire (Copper is the second best electrical conductor, btw). One end of the copper wire is sealed (in rubber I think) and the other end is attached to a prong which is then plugged into a converter which plugs into a regular socket. It’s fascinating and I think these lights would actually make a great teaching tool! Sorry, my inner nerd came out just then. Who am I kiddiing ? My inner nerd is always out, lol!

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Recently I saw a great post from Stephanie from Adventures Of A Bibliophile on what constitutes a diverse book. This is a topic I’ve actually pondered quite a bit myself, funnily enough. Stephanie brings up some really good point and definitely made me turn a lot of things over in my head.

Laughing My *ss Off…Wait…That Sounds Painful…

This one’s for my fellow science geeks…

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