Rip It or Ship It!

Goooood morning and welcome to the newest segment on my blog: Rip it, or ship it! I’ve never done this before, so I’m really excited! I asked for submissions on my Instagram page a few weeks ago, and now I’m writing my post. First up, Kylo Ren and Rey.

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Kylo Ren & Rey (Star Wars)

So I’ll be up front and say that I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan; however, I do know and have seen enough to be able to rip or ship Kylo and Rey. That’s a total ship from me! I am a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope and these two are as swoony as they come.

Jacob & Bella (Twilight)

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Honestly, ship it. I was never a huge fan of Edward and I think Bella would have been just as happy with Jacob. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of Twilight anyway; I tend to watch the movies just to make fun of them anyway. But Robert Pattinson has got nothing on Taylor Lautner. Like I’m sorry, there’s no competition for me.

Chuck & Blair (Gossip Girl)

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Ship. It. I love them so much. Were they a little dysfunctional? Yes, definitely, absolutely, at times. But in the end, they love each other more than 90% of the TV couples out there and I will ship them until the end of days. It got to the point where I only watched Gossip Girl for these two because everyone else sucked.

Lorcan & Cassian (Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses)

The person who submitted these two were obviously trying to mess with me, but I’ll humor them. Rip it. Absolutely not. Never in a thousand years. Nope. Also I think Lorcan would murder Cassian; but that’s just my opinion.

Doug & Tracy (Christy Miller series)

Ship it! That one random book where Doug and Christy were dating was really awkward, so I was really glad when Doug and Tracy came to their senses. No photos of these love bird but rest assured, they are precious.

Aelin & Feyre (Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses

Y’all are killing me. Le sigh. Something tells me that Feyre may be on board with this match because she’s into strong and sassy, but I don’t think Aelin would be into it. Rip it. 

Kaz & Chaol (Six of Crows and Throne of Glass)

Who even thought to match these two up? I feel like I gotta rip it since it’s kind of difficult to ship anyone with Kaz, particularly a drama queen like Chaol. No disrespect Chaol, but you know it’s true.

Hiccup & Cress (How To Train Your Dragon and The Lunar Chronicles)

This is such a strange pairing, but I could actually see it working. Both are quirky and adorable enough to make me ship it.

Michael Scott & Donna Noble (The Office and Doctor Who)

To the person who submitted this pair (you know who you are)… what is wrong with you? I’m dead. To be honest, I wouldn’t ship anyone with Michael ever, not unless you’re name is Holly Flax. Although it’s hilarious that Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) also played in The Office, although not really alongside Steve Carell. No matter. That’s a big fat rip it from me.

The Darkling & Levana (Shadow and Bone and The Lunar Chronicles)

Huh, this one is actually making me stop and think. Two psychotic characters who have deluded themselves into believing that they’re doing right? I mean, it just might work? Right? I might actually ship it?

John Ambrose McClaren & America Singer (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Selection

While I definitely wish absolute happiness for that precious cinnamon roll John Ambrose, I wouldn’t ship anyone with America Singer because she sucks. Rip it.

Carswell Thorne & Nina Zenik (The Lunar Chronicles and Six of Crows)

This is another one that’s making me stop and think. They’re both strong and sassy characters, but I tend to think that opposites attract. So maybe they’d be too alike? I think I’ll rip it for now. But my mind could be changed.

That’s the last of the submissions! This was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing this again. This may have been more the ravings of a fan girl rather than the intelligent musings of a book lover, but that’s okay sometimes right?

BOOK REVIEW: William Ritter “Jackaby”

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Author: William Ritter

Genre: Paranormal/Mystery

My Rating: 2/5 stars

 

I’ve heard Jackaby described as Sherlock Holmes meets Supernatural, with maybe the tiniest bit of Doctor Who thrown in. So this book should have been our “SuperWhoLock” dreams come true, right?

It could have been.

But it wasn’t.

Jackaby started with a promising concept: young woman Abigail Rook is fresh off the boat in America and in desperate need of work to support herself. A college drop-out with a few failures under her belt, Rook is desperately trying to avoid her parents back in England in an attempt to live her own life without their overbearing-ness.

Now bring in our title character, Jackaby himself, a young man with the deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes, the ability to sense the supernatural like the Winchesters, and the eccentricities of every incarnation of the Doctor. He’s in search of a deductive assistant, and happens to be the only employer around.

Abigail’s first day on the job finds them a strange, gruesome murder, presumably committed by a non-human entity; and that’s not even the weirdest thing about the day.

My thoughts:

See, this should have been right up my alley. Quirky characters with interesting abilities, monsters, murder? What more could I ask for?

How about to not be bored? Because my gosh, I was bored to tears. Jackaby is less than 300 pages long; it should have been a breeze. Yet every single page was a chore to read, and for the life of me I can’t understand why.

It’s a silly little book that I should have loved, but I didn’t. The plot was slow to progress, the character development was non-existent, and the story was forgettable. Sadly, there’s not much else to say about it. Such a disappointment.

Favorite TV Shows

I’ve always been a person with a variety of obsessions. Yes, I love books and they’re some of my favorite things on the planet. However. I also quite love books and TV. You could say that I’m a lover of all different forms of entertainment, from literature to film to music to even occasionally theater. I’m no expert in any one area, but I’m a passionate appreciator of the arts. Netflix is a form of art, yes?

So here I shall list in no particular order some of my favorite shows, to take a break from post after post after post about books. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with books; but I’m ready to talk about another one of my favorite things.

Doctor Who

For those who don’t know (really though if you don’t, shame on you), Doctor Who is a Britist show about time travel and space and aliens and love and friendship and silliness and awesomeness. Doctor Who has been around for over 50 years and is a widespread favorite sci-fi show. It’s about an alien from Gallifrey named the Doctor who travels through space and time saving the world in a blue police box that he calls a TARDIS. The Doctor seems to have an affinity for the planet Earth and spends much of his time here. He makes friends along the way and sometimes takes them on his adventures, taking them on as one of his “companions” as they’re called. Sometimes their stories end happily, but more often than not, they’re quite tragic and sad and they make you want to tear your heart out. So… you should watch it.

Sherlock

This here is another BBC show with a whopping 13 episodes and a very impatient fan-base. Created by some of the same producers of Doctor Who, Sherlock takes on a darker tone. It’s an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson set in modern day London where they solve crimes and get into a lot of trouble. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock while Martin Freeman plays Watson, and they are both absolutely brilliant in the roles. Their onscreen interactions are perfect and the show is thrilling and surprising and so much fun. Even though the episodes are each an hour and a half in length, 13 episodes is still quite sad and fans of the show often have to wait 2 years or more for a new season. Still, I think it’s worth it for the quality of the writing, cinematography, all of it.

The Walking Dead

Why would I want to watch a show where everyone dies and characters don’t just have to worry about flesh-eating zombies but also horrible, murderous humans? I dunno. I guess I have a death wish. This show took me some time to get into, I won’t lie. I remember watching episodes from the first few seasons over my mom’s shoulder and cringing/running away whenever a zombie came onscreen. Now I’m basically desensitized to all the head-bashing/stabbing/slashing. It’s a show that I have grown invested in over time because I just want all the characters to be happy, dang it. I want to see the end and see them all living lovely lives and not having to fight/run for the lives at every twist and bend. Do I want to throw myself off a bridge every time the show decides to kill off yet another character that I love? Yes. Do I still keep watching? Ugh, yes.

Jane the Virgin

So when I finish an episode of The Walking Dead, I need to watch an entire season of Jane the Virgin to clear my head of all the blood and guts and fill me with warm feelings. This show is literally happiness. I love every single character and I love the story and everything, just everything. It’s such a sweet program, full of laughter and joy and family and friendship and love. I don’t think I’ve ever taken to a show as fast as I did with Jane, in which I was hooked from the first 10 minutes of the first episode. Please never stop being wonderful.

Parks & Recreation

Yet another show I turn on when I need the happy feelings to filter in. This comedy is filled with so many loveable, charming characters that I will never forget. It’s funny, heartwarming, silly, ridiculous, and amazing. I think I’ve watched this show all the way through at least 4-5 times now? I’m not sorry. Andy Dwyer never fails to cheer me up when I am sad.

Gilmore Girls

Maybe this is super basic, but I don’t even care: Gilmore Girls is a classic. Following Lorelei and Rory Gilmore on their journey and seeing the special mother-daughter bond (and banter) that they have is unlike anything ever captured on television. This show and Stars Hollow and the memorable townspeople and hardships that these Gilmores face is so special, and my love for this show will never die. (Unlike my love for Rory, which died the MOMENT SHE GOT INTO BED WITH DEAN.)

That’s all for now, folks. Tune in next time when maybe I talk about some of my favorite movies?

What are your favorite TV shows? … seriously, I need Netflix recommendations…

25 Facts About Me

Seeing as I have some new followers, I thought now would be a really good time to tell you guys a little bit about me, aside from the obvious. You know like, “I like books,” and “I have a blog.” So here are a few more personal tid-bits and things to know about me.

1.) My favorite TV shows are Doctor Who, Sherlock, Parks & Recreation, The Walking Dead, and Jane the Virgin.

2.) I love candles.

3.) I currently live in Hawaii and love it.

4.) I’m a newlywed Army wife.

5.) I have two cats, Rowena and Ruby, and a guinea pig named Dwight.

6.) My favorite snacks are Chester’s Flamin’ Hot Fries and edamame.

7.) I was born in South Carolina, but I consider Texas my home.

8.) I didn’t date anyone before my husband; he was my first date, boyfriend, kiss, everything.

9.) Some of my favorite movies are Treasure Planet, Atlantis, Pitch Perfect, How to Train Your Dragon, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

10.) My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

11.) I’ve taken the Pottermore House test twice and got two different results: Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. So I’m a Ravenpuff.

12.) I’m a coffee person. I wish I liked tea but I don’t. I guess it’s an acquired taste.

13.) I have one sibling, a younger brother named Sawyer.

14.) Fuzzy blankets and other comfy things are my favorite.

15.) My favorite soda is Dr. Pepper.

16.) I don’t celebrate Halloween; my family has had a tradition for years of blocking off all the doors and windows and hiding in the very back of the house with a movie and some junk food so that trick-or-treaters won’t know we’re home. Surprisingly, this is probably the only tradition that my family has, and it’s for a holiday we don’t even celebrate. My husband and I intend to carry it on this year.

17.) ^ Actually, we have one other tradition: we open presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas morning. We’ve done this ever since I can remember and it used to make all our friends jealous.

18.) I used to have an imaginary friend; he was a mouse named Mousey, and he lived in the car vent.

19.) Some of my favorite artists/groups are Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Taylor Swift, Owl City, and Imagine Dragons.

20.) I let someone borrow my copy of The Princess Bride a long time ago and I’m still bitter that they haven’t returned it.

21.) My perfect day is rainy, curled up in bed under warm blankets, cuddling with my husband, reading a good book or watching a good movie, eating pasta and ice cream.

22.) I don’t hate Twilight.

23.) When I was little, I was obsessed with Anastasia Romanov and I watched the movie all the time. I used to think that I was related to her and Anastasia was my great grandmother or something. As I got older, I did tons of research on her and did papers and reports about her, her life, and theories about her death. To this day I still think that the topic of Anastasia and conspiracy theories about her are incredibly interesting.

24.) I like to bake, but only during the fall and winter seasons, when it’s cold outside.

25.) I’m a pretty fun, outgoing person, but I’m also awkward and it might take me a while to warm up to you. If people give me the chance though, they typically find that I’m entertaining and they keep me around.

And there you have it! I’m a typical fangirl/geek and I like books. And I have a blog. The end.