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16 TV Shows You Need to Be Watching (Like, Right Now)

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So, it’s no surprise to some of you, I’m sure, that I’m a huge fan of watching TV.

I love TV (even though I fail to watch it sometimes because I either have to choose between binging a show or reading a book. Hard choices), and I love talking about it, but most of the shows I love are either underrated, or they’re not really shows geared towards my audience (basically other sixteen year olds), so I can’t talk to anyone about them in real life. So, why not take a break from talking about books to talk about some of my favorite shows, and force you to watch them, too (I do love me some popular TV shows such as Breaking Bad, Orange Is the New Black, Daredevil, and a whole slew more, but everyone knows those already, so yeah).

Also, feel free to click the titles of the shows! It’ll lead you right to their IMDb page where you can see all the warnings and what the age range is. Most of these are TV-14 or TV-MA because that’s just how I roll.

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Spartacus

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Genre:

Action

The Lowdown:

Basically, the movie 300, except more violence, more slow-mo, and more sex. But, you know, if you remember the general revenge tale of Spartacus, then you’ll understand what it’s about.

Why You Need to Watch It: 

Okay, so, my favorite time period to read about is the Roman era. “Mikaela, why are you a fan of such a bloodthirsty, horrible period of time?” Because it was a bloodthirsty, horrible period of time, duh. Which is why I love this show so much. It’s violent and over-dramatic and it uses way too much slow-mo, but who cares because it’s so much fun? Also, the actor who played Spartacus was gorgeous (even though, unfortunately, the actor died before season two because of cancer, so there’s a replacement, and NO, he’s not as good). I haven’t yet watched season two yet, but I will. I swear. Soon.

Queer as Folk

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Genre:

Drama

The Lowdown:

Five gay guys and two lesbians who are all friends are juggling romance, love, and other struggles in the midst of gaining basic human rights in the early 2000s.

Why You Need To Watch It:

This is literally one of my favorite shows of ever. You might be like, “Mikaela, this show is from the early 2000s, therefore it’s irrelevant,” and that is wrong! So wrong! It will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and it will honestly give you all the feels. Not to mention that it’s probably one of the most entertaining dramas I’ve ever watched that deals with a lot of issues in such a brilliant way. And the character development is so on point (especially Brian’s). Also, Brian and Justin are my total OTP, and I will flail about them to anyone if they are willing to listen.

Banshee

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Genre: 

Action

The Lowdown: 

Lucas, the main character, finally gets out of prison, and only a day after coming out, gets caught in a gun fight in a bar where the new sheriff is murdered. He decides to adopt the sheriff’s identity, taking charge of the police force and trying to hide his previous life while hunting down his old partner in crime, Carrie.

(Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.)

Why You Need to Watch It:

Probably the best action show ever. Like, seriously. It seems like no one knows about this series, which sucks, because I love it. Much like Spartacus, there’s a lot of senseless violence, but that’s the best part, you guys. Lucas is also another total hottie, and we have my girl Carrie, and Sugar, a bartender who gets involved, and Job, a badass drag queen. The entire squad is just total goals, you guys. It’s just such an intense and twisty series, and it also managed to make me almost cry in the end, which is shocking, because I was only here for the violence, not the emotions! Also, this is one of the few shows I’ve actually finished, so there’s that!

Black Mirror

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Genre:

Sci-fi/Dystopian

The Lowdown: 

Every episode presents the viewer with a different future dealing with different characters. The stories range all over the place, and manage to mess with your mind and expose things about our world that you’d never notice.

Why You Need To Watch It: 

I CANNOT GUSH ABOUT THIS SHOW ENOUGH. Charlie Brooker is a goddamn genius. Every single episode showcases a different sort of dystopian future that brings to light an issue in our world, and it’s all kinds of brilliant. Not to mention how this show creepily predicts some things that happen in real life to the point that it’s chilling (watch The Waldo Moment, and realize how scarily close it is to how the 2016 Presidential Election played out). It’s a show that really makes you think, and you must watch it. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. I highly recommend not binging the episodes, though, or your mind will melt and you’ll become extremely depressed.

Friday Night Lights

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Genre:

Drama

The Lowdown:

Football. Family. Drama. Basically, every football movie you’ve ever watched, except it’s actually good and not cheesy.

Why You Need to Watch It:

Okay, so, usually, I’m not a huge fan of “contemporary” sort of shows. I get bored of them easily. Plus, I hate football with my entire being. But, I ended up caving and checking this one out, and I literally almost cried watching the pilot. It’s just that powerful. I’m a huge fan of bromances, so that’s primarily the reason I love it so much, but I also love the relationships between the characters and the families, not to mention all the emotions it’ll give you. This is the only show that makes me care about football in any way, and that’s a feat.

Mr. Robot

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Genre:

Uh, sci-fi, I guess? Maybe drama? Who knows?

The Lowdown:

Um, so there’s hacking? And a snarky main character. Also, two-thirds of the time, you don’t even know what’s real or what’s not. And, there’s a secret society trying to overthrow a secret corporation. So, yeah.

Why You Need to Watch It: 

Believe the hype with this show! Not only is Rami Malek an amazing actor (and attractive), but this show is so clever. It’s about hacking, but also about a secret group of people fighting against society, and I think my favorite thing about this show is the fact that you don’t know what’s real or what’s not. Not to mention that Elliot is probably one of my favorite narrators ever with his dry humor and such.

Gravity Falls

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Genre:

Paranormal

The Lowdown:

Twins Dipper and Mabel are sent to live with their Great Uncle Stan in Gravity Falls where they encounter strange creatures and even stranger people. It’s basically a kids version of Supernatural, if you want a short explanation.

Why You Need to Watch It: 

“Mikaela, why are you recommending me a cartoon?” This show is not simply a cartoon.  The humor is truly funny and clever and for all ages, Mabel and Dipper have such a wonderful relationship, and the show is just so fun and positive, not to mention how twisty the plot is. Just because it’s a kids’ show doesn’t mean it isn’t extremely clever and well-written and funny. And, no, I totally WAS NOT crying during the finale; what are you talking about?

(Ok, maybe I was.)

Hannibal

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Genre:

Thriller/Mystery

The Lowdown:

So, Hannibal is a psychiatrist to this guy who’s a total loner and considers himself a psychopath because he’s able to basically see into the mind of serial killers whenever he’s on the crime scene. And, yeah, Hannibal eats people.

Why You Need to Watch It: 

Unfortunately, this show was cancelled (damn you, NBC and Bryan Singer), but this show is just so damn good. I’ve only watched season one, but it’s basically perfection. It’s incredibly well-shot and aesthetically pleasing, not to mention violent and weird and just all around wonderful. This show is intense, so I wouldn’t recommend it for sensitive people, but, damn, this show is dark, so I think most people who love thrillers would love this. Also, Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelson are hot, end of story.

In the Flesh

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Genre:

Dystopian/Drama

The Lowdown:

In a dystopian future after a zombie apocalypse, scientists have come up with a cure to save the zombies and help them to assimilate back into society and their families. We follow Kieren, a teenage boy who’s trying to get back into the dynamics of his family and see his best friend again.

Why You Need to Watch It: 

You have probably never heard of this show in your entire life, BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE. It’s British, and, again, this one was also cancelled and ends on a cliffhanger, unfortunately, so I’d enter this one with trepidation, BUT YOU SHOULD WATCH IT.  It’s such a good show, and it actually heavily parallels the whole Donald Trump/Muslim ban situation in season two, even though this premiered way before then. And Lucas is adorable and precious; I love him. Not to mention that Lucas is gay as hell, and he has an ADORABLE relationship with this guy named Simon and it’s aljflajfajlfa. PLEASE WATCH IT.

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Political Animals

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Genre:

Drama

The Lowdown:

We follow Elaine, a former First Lady who’s now Secretary of State dealing with the chaos of her family.

Why You Need to Watch It: 

Again, another cancelled show, except this one only lasted one season (boo). If you like more political-leaning shows, you’ll probably enjoy this one a lot.  It’s a really good drama, and it can even sometimes be funny at some points. Not to mention that I absolutely love how all the storylines come together, and how it can be really touching at times. Sebastian Stan is in this one, and he’s kissing boys, and if that doesn’t make you want to watch it, I don’t know what will.

Sense8

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Genre:

Sci-fi

The Lowdown:

Eight people of different backgrounds, origins, gender, and race end up being interconnected in some weird way regarding their minds, and they try as hard as they can to figure out why.

Why You Need to Watch It:

Probably one of the most underrated Netflix shows out there! Not only is everyone on this show super attractive, but this is a very diverse show since everyone comes from a different background, which is really cool. Also, the ships give me all the feels, and the characters are so wonderfully three-dimensional. The show is truly captivating. Also, the sci-fi aspects of this show are brilliant.

AND NO, I HAVEN’T WATCHED SEASON 2 YET; DON’T GIVE ME THAT LOOK.

UnReal

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Genre:

Drama

The Lowdown:

We follow our main character, Rachel, who is probably one of the most corrupt and twisty women you’ll ever see on television, who comes back on to the Bachelor-like show, Everlasting, after a public mental breakdown.

Why You Should Watch It: 

If you hate reality TV, you’ll love this show. One of the people who works on the show used to work on The Bachelor, not to mention that the show is extremely interesting regarding how the producers on the fictional show twist everything to make the contestants hate each other or push conflict to happen. It’s also actually really political in some places, and quite diverse. And, personally, I think it’s feminist?? Does it count?? I count it. It’s just such a highly entertaining show to watch.

American Crime

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Genre: 

Drama

The Lowdown:

A gay boy admits that he’s been raped by one of the basketball players at a party, and it spirals into a whole load of heavy events that get out of control.

Why You Need to Watch It: 

 There are three seasons of this show (it’s the one on ABC, not O.J. Simpson), but my favorite season is definitely the second one. It explores the taboo of male rape and internalized homophobia and racism and school shootings (it seems like a lot, but the show is really good at exploring multiple topics well). It’s an extremely powerful season, and, in my opinion, the best one out of the three. I will say, it’s quite an open-ended show, so if you don’t like endings like that, I probably wouldn’t recommend it, but it’s a fantastic show. Also, the two characters who I’d consider the main characters remind me so heavily of Ronan and Adam from The Raven Boys, like I would 100% cast them in the TV show adaptation. You’ll get it if you watch it.

The Fall

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Genre:

Thriller/Mystery

The Lowdown:

A male serial killer going around murdering girls is constantly being chased by a female detective trying to solve the mystery of the murders.

Why You Need to Watch It: 

This is also a British show, and it’s absolutely brilliant.  Jamie Dornan, despite how awful he is in the 50 Shades franchise, is fantastic in this show, and so is the wonderful Gillian Anderson as the female detective, Stella. This show is also intense and dark, and, again, one I’d highly recommend to those who like thrillers. Not to mention that this show is fiercely feminist, and that’s always wonderful.

Eyewitness

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Genre:

Thriller/Mystery

The Lowdown:

Two gay teens making out in a cabin in the woods get tangled up in a mystery when a murderer intrudes and murders three people. One of the teens’ foster mom is a police officer trying to solve the case, but the other teen doesn’t want to tell her because he doesn’t want to come out. It’s complicated.

Why You Need to Watch It: 

You might have heard of this show when it was on last year, but I’m going to talk about it again. First off, the show is so wonderfully diverse. I absolutely love Philkas, and it’s so nice to see a gay couple normalized in something else that’s not really contemporary. Also, their moments are adorable. Not to mention it’s a brilliant thriller that takes in a small town (WHICH IS MY WEAKNESS), and you get to follow the serial killer from his point of view, which makes the show ten times more tense than it already is. Like, seriously; this is such a taut and well-plotted thriller that has fantastic character development. And the acting is absolutely brilliant. And the cast is wonderful. JUST WATCH IT PLEASE (especially to those who don’t like or were disappointed in Riverdale like I was).

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The Replacement

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Genre: 

Thriller/Mystery

The Lowdown:

Life is going well for our main character until she becomes pregnant and has to go on leave. She decides to assist a replacement to be a stand-in for her until she comes back, but it seems like her replacement is trying to do more than take over her job…

Why You Need to Watch It: 

Basically, if you’re a huge fan of those thrillers with psychotic girls or that trope where the main character is the only person who sees what’s going on, you will binge this quickly. Because it’s a British mini-series (British shows are brilliant at thrillers, basically), there’s only three episodes that are an hour long, so you’ll go through it quick. Most people had issues with the very ending of the series, but it wasn’t SO terrible that it ruined the entire reading experience, so I still totally recommend to those who are curious.

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And that’s it for all my favorite TV shows.

Just kidding, this isn’t all of them. Once I find the time to binge some more, I’ll probably write up a second part to this post because this was so much fun.

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In Which I Talk About The Books That Lied to Me

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I’m sure we’ve all experienced it.

We pick up a book. We’re excited to read said book, whether it’s a stand-alone, a first in a series, the sequel to a series you fell in love with while reading the first book, or the finale to one of your favorite series. You read it. You keep reading it. And then you realize mid-way through, or maybe near the end of the book, that you absolutely hate it.

(Or strongly dislike it.)

And, of course you feel betrayed. You feel lied to. But everyone told you how good the book was? But the first book was just so good…how could the series come to this? But isn’t the sequel supposed to be even better than the first book? But the concept sounded so good once I added it to my TBR on Goodreads; what happened between now and then? BUT THAT BOOK WAS SO FREAKING AWESOME; HOLY CRAP?

So, I thought it’d be fun to talk about those books; those books that make you excited, or make you really downtrodden because you could have been so much better! Let’s get started!

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Second Book Slump

Do you ever have those moments where you’re fresh off the reading the first book of a series? The first book was either a really great start to the series, and you need to start the sequel, like, now, or the first book was just meh to you, and the only reason you’re continuing on is because your friends are insisting the series gets better; THEY SWEAR. So you decide to read the sequel, and it starts out okay (like most bad books do).

And then you realize, right in the middle of reading it, “Why am I still reading this? I’m bored out of my mind.”

Independent Study, Rebel Springs, and The Winner’s Crime are all culprits of this. For the first two novels, I enjoyed the first books in the series – The Testing and Falling Kingdoms, respectively – but while reading was really let down. For Independent Study, it was too much of a copycat of The Testing for me to enjoy it; for Rebel Spring, the book was SO BORING (though Gathering Darkness totally made up for it).

For The Winner’s Crime, I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, and went into the second book for another chance because everyone said it was SO GOOD. I didn’t like it the first time, and the second time around, I DNF-ed it. So, that was disappointing.

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WTF Finales

“I’ve been waiting for this book for so damn long! I can’t wait to read it!” you say as soon as you purchase the finale to one of your favorite series and curl up in your reading space to get ready to read it.

“What the actual hell did I just read?” you say once you close the book and realize how disappointed you are.

For me, those three books were The Last Star, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, and Ignite Me. Out of all three of these, The Last Star was probably my biggest disappointment. I loved The 5th Wave, and though The Infinite Sea wasn’t perfect, I still enjoyed it. But I remember being so upset after finishing The Last Star because so many things were left open, the romance was terrible, and it was just a completely unsatisfying ending.

For The Retribution of Mara Dyer and Ignite Me, I didn’t like the first couple books in the series too much, but I was actually good at binging series at that time, and I also wasn’t a huge DNF-er, so I went ahead and finished the series, because why not? Unfortunately, the finales just ended up finalizing that I hated both series, mainly because they were so disorganized and boring and just didn’t line up with the rest of the series in terms of plot and resolution.

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The Hype Machine

Ah, yes, the dreaded book hype. You read all the reviews praising the book on Goodreads, you see all these five stars, you see the book on everyone’s favorite list, the books have such a huge fandom, so you think, “Obviously, I’m going to enjoy this one as well!

False.

There are so many books with lots of hype that everyone loved except me, but I decided to just lessen it to four books: The Darkest Minds, The Winner’s Curse, The Wrath and the Dawn, and Under the Never Sky. Pretty much all of these books sold me with their interesting premises, gorgeous book covers, and all the amazing reviews.

And I didn’t like any of these books. I hated most of them in fact. Oops. Either too slow, just didn’t click with me, I didn’t like some of the characters, the world-building was awful, or I thought that the actual story didn’t reach the full premise it could have. The hype machine can do incredible things, but sometimes, it just completely misses the mark for me.

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Knocked My Socks Off

These are the books I didn’t think would surprise me or I thought would just be my ordinary reading experience, but totally and completely took my surprise in the best possible way. Whether with an awesome plot twist or fantastic character development or gorgeous writing – all paired with a stunning cover to boot – it just makes for an unforgettable reading experience that you wish you could have all over again.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Golden Son, and Crown of Midnight were definitely these types of reads for me. The first time I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I didn’t enjoy it too much, but the second time around, I fell in love with the prose. Golden Son and Crown of Midnight were sequels that were the exact opposite of second book slump and enhanced the series for me and launched it to my “Favorites” list.

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And those are some of the books that outright lied to me.

(Hopefully, I can avoid these types of books in the future, except the last category. Those can stay.)

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[2] Book Playlist • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Yesterday, A Court of Wings and Ruin finally released into the world, so I had to commemorate it. Obviously.

Anyway, I wrote this playlist up on my Books Amino account last year, and since it gained so much attention, I just knew I had to put it on my blog, especially since I worked so hard on it, and I really loved making this playlist, so why not share the love?

This time, since I was just doing one book instead of an entire series like I did for my first one, I decided to split it up into the three parts the book is split into. The House of Beasts represents Feyre finally escaping her abusive relationship and her character development, the House of Wind explores Rhysand and Feyre’s blooming relationship, and the House of Mist is the culmination of that relationship (*WINK, WINK*) and the eventual downfall.

(Also, I don’t apologize for the abundance of Ariana Grande. Or the Weeknd.)

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Ariana Grande – Why Try

My Everything

Selena Gomez – Same Old Love

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OneRepublic – Apologize

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Ellie Goulding – I Do What I Love

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Lorde – Bravado

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Bea Miller – yes girl

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Ariana Grande – You Don’t Know Me

My Everything

Sia – Elastic Heart

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Zayn – LIKE I WOULD

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Selena Gomez – Revival

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Junkie XL, Ellie Goulding – Tris

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Ariana Grande – Into You

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Alessia Cara – I’m Yours

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David Guetta, Emeli Sande – What I Did For Love

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Dirty South – The Unknown

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Halsey – Is There Somewhere

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The Chainsmokers – Inside Out

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The Weeknd – Wicked Games

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Zayn – BoRdErSz 

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Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman

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Zedd – Done With Love 

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Dirty South – With You

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Skylar Grey – Addicted to Love

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Halsey – Not Afraid Anymore

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Ariana Grande – Touch It

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Zayn – sHe

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The Weeknd – Often (Kygo Remix)

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Zayn – TiO

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Zedd – True Colors

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Sohn – Carry Me Home

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Troye Sivan – Wild

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Selena Gomez – Nobody

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Skylar Grey – I Know You

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Alessia Cara – Overdose

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The Weeknd – Earned It

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Junkie XL – A Friend

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Joseph Trapanese – You’re Worth It

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Troye Sivan – Talk Me Down

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Ariana Grande – Thinking Bout You

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And that’s it for my book playlist of A Court of Mist and Fury! I’m pretty sure that my eyes are pretty much glazed over at this point. Yep.

Again, much like my first playlist, if you guys want me to compile all these songs into a playlist on Spotify, just ask me, and I’ll find the time to do it and tell you guys my username! 

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Also, reminder that Project Big Blogger, Little Blogger is still open for sign-ups! I know there are some people who said they’ll sign up and still haven’t done so yet, or haven’t discovered the project, but my announcement of what it is can be found here, and the Google Form for sign-up can be found here. So far, the numbers are actually pretty equal, which is good, because I was low-key terrified I’d have way too many of one sign up. Thanks so much to all who have participated so far!

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I Need to Read More of These Authors’ Books

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So, as bookworms, we sort of idolize authors. Okay, we totally idolize authors.

And we suffer from the fact that we don’t always get the chance to read all the authors’ books.

But, fear not, we shall valiantly try. Or, at least I do. As someone who continually suffers from not being able to complete book series, I also suck at reading more of an authors’ books. I’m like that one person who’s listened to one album from an artist, and then starts calling them one of my favorite singers/bands of ever. So, I thought I’d talk about the some authors whose first couple of books I read, but I really need to read more of them.

(Also, I’m going to go ahead and link this up with Top 5 Wednesday with “Authors You Want to Read More From,” even though, again, this is way more than five. I’m a rule-breaker.)

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Maggie Stiefvater

|Books Read: The Raven Cycle|

No, I haven’t read all the books Stiefvater has to offer. It’s actually such a shame since I absolutely love her writing, and her other YA series/stand-alones sound so good! My main priority is getting to The Scorpio Races since everyone raves about that one, and I feel like it’s best for me to read something of hers that’s not part of a series since I suck at that. I’m also planning to read her Shiver series. I don’t even care that it has such an overwhelm of negative reviews on Goodreads. IT’S MAGGIE STIEFVATER, THEREFORE I WILL READ IT.

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Suzanne Young

|Book Read: The Program|

Yeah, this one is actually quite shameful. I read this book so long ago and fell in love with it…and I haven’t read any of the other books in the series or the sequels or the prequels or the companions. On my part, though, I don’t own the other books, so there’s that. But, I’m hoping to fix that soon, especially since all her dystopian books sound so amazing and thoughtful. And the covers are gorgeous. SOMEONE HELP ME.

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V.E. Schwab

|Books Read: This Savage Song, Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic, and A Gathering of Shadows|

I’m still in the midst of A Conjuring of Light because of my whole reading slump thing, so don’t make me even think about it, or I’m going to start stressing out again about all of the books I’m still in the middle of. But, I’ve heard brilliant things about her Archived series and also The Near Witch, so I obviously need to read them soon. I LOVE HER BOOKS. I NEED THEM ALL.

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Patrick Ness

|Books Read: A Monster Calls|

I actually bought the entirety of the Chaos Walking trilogy last year because, okay, I admit, the covers are absolutely gorgeous, and everyone was pretty much recommending them. AND I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT YET. And let’s not mention More Than This, because as I said in my post last week, that one has also been left unread. And there’s probably even more Ness books I still haven’t read yet. And Release is coming out in the fall, and it sounds absolutely amazing. So, obviously, I need to read his books already.

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Shaun David Hutchinson

|Book Read: At the Edge of the Universe|

I’ve mentioned before that so many people have recommended his books to me, and this year, I FINALLY READ ONE. AND I LOVED IT. Therefore, I will 100% definitely read We Are the Ants and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley sometime this year. Not making promises, but I’ll try. Hopefully.

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Neal Shusterman

|Books Read: The Unwind Dystology and Scythe|

If you’re new here, you’ll learn now that I love the Unwind dystology. It’s one of my favorite series of ever. I also read Scythe, and I enjoyed it as well and can’t wait for the sequel! And I also read Bruiser, a stand-alone of his, last year, and thought it wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed it. I mean, he does have a lot of books, so that’s the main excuse I’m going to use. But still, I’m putting Challenger Deep on this year’s reading list. One step at a time!

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Joe Abercrombie

|Book Read: Half a King|

I read the first book of the Shattered Sea trilogy last year, Half a King, and really enjoyed it! I actually purchased the entire trilogy off Amazon, but, of course, I only read the first book and never actually completed the trilogy. Or, like, started the sequel. And then he also has this adult fantasy series that sounds pretty awesome. Really, I just need to read more adult fantasy, and this seems like a good place to start.

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Amy Zhang

|Book Read: Falling Into Place|

I read her debut novel SO long ago, way back in middle school when I had this huge contemporary phase (obviously, that stopped, and now it’s my least favorite genre, funnily enough). I really enjoyed it when I read it, and since then, I haven’t read any of her other books, which is such a shame! I’m really hoping to get to her sophomore novel, since I don’t think she’s published much since then.

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David Levithan

|Books Read: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Every Day, and Two Boys Kissing|

I’ve loved pretty much everything he’s written or co-written so far, so I really just need to read all his books. But, at the same time, he’s been writing for YEARS, and I honestly don’t think I’m going to be able to catch up. I also mentioned one of his co-written books in my post last Wednesday, and I’m hoping to read it this year, at least, since I was SUPPOSED to be catching up on 2016 releases (which I’m 100% failing at).

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Leigh Bardugo

|Books Read: Shadow & Bone and Six of Crows|

Yeah, I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom yet, which is clearly a problem, but the only book of hers I’ve actually read and enjoyed was Six of Crows! I didn’t enjoy Shadow and Bone too much, so I never actually continued with the trilogy, but Bardugo has two books releasing later this year, so I can finally get to experience more of his books and hopefully declare her one of my favorite authors!

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Morgan Rhodes

|Books Read: Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring, Gathering Darkness, and Frozen Tides|

And yet another case of “Mikaela Is Horrible At Binging Series.” I raced through the first three books last year in January, but ended up ditching Frozen Tides for another book, for some reason…and now I’ve basically forgotten what’s happened, Crystal Storm came out, and now the series is ending later this year. So, there’s that giant problem. Oh, and I haven’t read any of the books in the spin-off series. So, yeah. Obviously have to fix that.

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And those are just a few of the authors whose books I need to read more of. 

Obviously, the only solution is to clone myself and have one dedicated to conquering my TBR. Duh.

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[LET’S CHAT] What Makes Me Follow Your Book Blog

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So, as I’m sure you guys know, the book blogging community is pretty huge.

There are probably, like, thousands of book blogs out there that we haven’t even heard of, not to mention all the people who probably start their own book blogs daily.

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BUT, we have to pick and choose which ones we’re going to follow and which ones we’re going to completely ignore.

We all have personal things or preferences that make us want to follow a blog, and I know I definitely stick with mine. I know there are people who follow a lot of book blogs, but, personally, I only follow around 30-40, I’d say? Personally, I’m really picky with the blogs I follow, and I’m not afraid to go ahead and unfollow blogs I’m not into anymore, but that’s a discussion for another day (by another day, I mean a couple months from now). So, I thought I’d talk about some of the things that push me to click that “Follow” button, and even provide some examples of those things via some of my favorite book bloggers!

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Good Design

I’m a sucker for beautiful looking blogs, okay? I know, I know; it’s totally shallow, and, in a way, it’s sort of wrong to judge a blog by the way it looks over its content, but I just can’t help myself! I’m a huge fan of aesthetics, and if I see a gorgeous blog button, or a nice header, or a great combination of colors, or gorgeous graphics and pictures, I can’t help but stay.

Book blogs that are always gorgeous always manage to push me to make my blog look better. I know some of you guys have stuck around since the very beginning of my blog, and, wow, was it pretty ugly. But being so jealous of all these other gorgeous bloggers is what pushed me to finally make good graphics, pick a good WordPress theme, and finally get everything together so my blog doesn’t look like a hot mess.

The Best of the Best:

Reg @ She Latitude

Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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Fascinating Content

I’m more likely to follow a blog with original content than anything. I do follow some review-only blogs, but that’s usually just for thrillers/crime, and not really for YA. I just much prefer bloggers who continually create discussions that initiate conversation, give out great recommendations, and always come up with really cool ideas. So, the majority of the time, if you’re a YA blog, and all you do is review books, do cover reveals, book blitzes, and blog tours, and that’s it, I’m more likely to ignore your blog because that gets old and boring after a while, especially when I’m not interested in the books they’re attempting to promote.

I also like to follow blogs with content that inspires me. So, the ones who can come up with good discussion posts or come up with original tags and posts are more likely to get a follow from me. I’m always brainstorming for good ideas, so the types of blogs that push me to do that are always great ones.

The Best of the Best:

Puput @ Sparkling Letters

Cait @ Paper Fury

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Similar Interests

Most of the time, I really enjoy blogs that share my favorite genres! This is why I follow so many thriller blogs, because it’s where I get my main source of recommendations in those genres, and following YA blogs is a pretty obvious given, because that’s the age range I usually read from.

I also really like blogs that push me out of my “comfort zone,” so to speak. So blogs that talk about literary fiction or non-fiction, which are genres that I enjoy reading, but I don’t feel like I read often enough are ones that I’ll definitely follow if they constantly add books to my TBR! It might take forever for me to get to them, but I will (eventually).

The Best of the Best:

Chelsea @ The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

Sam @ Clues and Reviews

Janel @ Keeper of Pages

Marija @ Inside My Library Mind

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Consistent Posting

I have to say, I’ve seen this more when I’m going through bookstagram and see someone has a blog on WordPress than anything. I’ll check it out, and it looks pretty and has nice content, but then I’ll see that they post all over the place. Their most recent post will be dated yesterday, but the post before that will be dated December 8, 2016, and that immediately makes me run off.

I’m just not a fan of book blogs that post all over the place. You don’t have to post every single week, but at least have around 5-7 posts a month, because I feel like it’s useless to be following a blog that’ll only post every two or so months with mediocre content. I know some people don’t have all the time in the world, but I personally just don’t feel like wasting my time following a blog like that.

The Best of the Best: 

Uh…everyone I follow?

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And that’s pretty much what I personally look for in a book blog!

(Also, I highly recommend all the blogs I mentioned in this post. They’re A++, and, as you can see, I obviously follow them for a reason.)

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My All-Time Favorite Authors

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For every bookworm out there, we all have our auto-buy authors. You know, those authors where if you see their name on any book – literally ANY BOOK – you will immediately put it on your TBR and give up anything to get that book. Yeah, those authors.

I know I’ve talked a lot about some of my favorites in some of my posts in February, but I realized that I left out a list of some of my all-time favorite authors, so I decided to write one up for today! Without further ado, here they are.

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Sarah J. Maas

I’m pretty sure this one is obvious to anyone who has been on my blog for a couple of minutes, but I absolutely love this woman. So many people seem to hate her and her books, but I’m just a huge fan. Both her Throne of Glass series and the ACOTAR trilogy feature amazing characters, steamy romances, and fantastic, intriguing plots. Every time I read her books, it instantly makes my day better.

Rick Riordan

This is the first of many authors on this list that I’m sure everyone agrees with, but I love him so much. I’ve been reading all his books since I picked up The Lightning Thief in the fifth grade, and I haven’t regretted it since. His books always make me laugh, and I absolutely love his cast of characters and how three dimensional and realistic they all are. I will always be excited for a new book of his.

V.E. Schwab

I LOVE THIS WOMAN SO MUCH. After hearing all the hype about her on Goodreads, I finally caved and read Vicious, and fell in love with it (it’s still my favorite of hers). I read A Darker Shade of Magic, and wasn’t too impressed, but fell in love with the series after A Gathering of Shadows. And then I finally read This Savage Song, and I swear to God, this woman is utterly brilliant. She can write any story idea perfectly.

John Green

So many people seem to have personal vendettas against him and think all his books are the same thing, but I love all of his books (okay, except An Abundance of Katherines. That was pretty bad.), especially Looking for Alaska, which is still one of my all-time favorite stand-alones. I just always love how his books seem to deal with the weirdest situations, but also deal with serious topics and strange characters I can relate to, and then proceed to stomp on my heart. Like, a lot.

Gillian Flynn

Otherwise known as the Queen of Thrillers. If you’re a thriller fan and haven’t read any of her books, YOU MUST. I just love how wonderfully dark her books can get and how evil the women are and how twisted all the characters are and just everything about her books is brilliant. Even Dark Places, my least favorite of hers, is still pretty freaking good. I anxiously await her next book (it’s been four years, guys).

Cassandra Clare

Again, another controversial writer, but I have a lot of unpopular opinions, so who cares? I absolutely love everything that comes out of the Shadowhunter world, and this was probably one of the first series where I became an official fangirl for shipping and things. I’m literally excited for all the Shadowhunter things, and no one can make me feel bad for feeling that way.

Neal Shusterman

Probably another one you guys aren’t too surprised to see. I’ve talked so much about how much I love the Unwind Dystology and how every single person on this planet should read it. I read Scythe as well, and though I didn’t love it as much as Unwind, really nothing can compare, and I still thought it was really good! Also, I still need to read the rest of his books. #shame

Maggie Stiefvater

Duh. Her writing is absolutely magical, her characters are amazing, she’s so sweet and funny on all her social media, her ideas are weird and wonderful, and just everything about her is perfection. Again, I still need to read the rest of her books because I’m always that person who’s late to the fandom.

J.K. Rowling

Again, this one is fairly obvious, and I’m sure literally everyone has read and loved her books, so I’m not going to bother to needlessly add my adoration for the Harry Potter series.

Marie Lu

I feel like she’s so underrated??? I absolutely loved the Legend trilogy and found it had more depth and intricacy than most The Hunger Games-ripoffs around that time. Plus, The Young Elites trilogy is absolutely perfection, and if you haven’t read it yet, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE PICK IT UP RIGHT NOW.

Pierce Brown

Not only is he extremely attractive (because he is, like, seriously), but his books are brilliant. If you haven’t had the chance to read the Red Rising trilogy, you must. You absolutely must. Fantastic world-building, great characters, Darrow is the best book boyfriend ever, and it’s a complex read for those who prefer their YA a bit more challenging. And, yes, I cannot wait for Iron Gold.

Marissa Meyer

As you guys probably know at this point, I’m a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles. I love the kick-ass characters, I love the friendships and romances between the characters, I love the complex plot, and I love the world-building. Basically, this series is fantastic. And it’s a huge shame I still haven’t read Heartless yet.

Nick Cutter

Honestly, I don’t think I talk about this guy as much. Yeah, I’ve only read one book of his, but I WILL BUY ANY BOOK HIS NAME IS ATTACHED TO. The Troop is a brilliant horror novel that is disgusting and horrific and all kinds of wonderful. I have The Deep and Little Heaven on my TBR, and I can’t wait to dive into them both.

Adam Silvera

This is the man I go to when I want to be completely and utterly destroyed by emotions. I read More Happy Than Not in one day because it was oh-so-brilliant and emotional, and then I read History Is All You Left Me in one day because it was brilliant and emotional and wonderful. You bet I’ll be clamoring for They Both Die At the End.

Laini Taylor

She writes magical stories about magical people, and that’s pretty much, like, my favorite thing. Also, her writing is absolutely perfect and enchanting and wonderful, not to mention she also writes quite complex YA fantasy that’s heavy on politics, which is always my favorite kind of YA fantasy.

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And that’s it for most of my favorite/auto-buy authors! I hope you really enjoyed this post; it took me so long to write because I kept putting it off for some strange reason.

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