sexta-feira, 14 de julho de 2017

PopCorn Corner: Parks and Recreation - Season 4

Parks and Recreation - Season 4 (2011 - 2012)
Created by Greg Daniels & Michael Schur
Episodes: 24
Runtime: 22 min.
Genre: Comedy



The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.







This season is centered around the campaign to make Leslie Knope the first council woman of Pawne, there is a lot of ups and downs for the whole cast to face during it and I liked how they didn't make this easy on Leslie. She is a clear good choice for this city, for her unconditional love and her hard work on the Parks department but of course in politics things are just black and white.

Some of the things that I most liked was the start of April's character arc, so far she was a stereotypical moody teenager but she has grow through the seasons and is finally ready to start looking out for what she cares for, it's good to see her growing in the Parks department and to follow her through this journey.

Ben's character also has some things to face, without spoiling anything he has do decide what are his priorities and I loved seeing him come the other way better. His relationship with Leslie also passes through some serious tribulations during this season and there is some of my favorite episodes because of it, like this one


So yeah, not everything is good but they grow because of it and come the other way better and stronger, I love them so much in case you still haven't noticed it.

I really enjoyed re-watching this season, it has some of my favorite episodes in it and I think is definitely a high on the Parks and Recreation story.

Verdict: 8 out of 10 stars

sexta-feira, 7 de julho de 2017

Who Wore It Best: Fragile Like Us by Sara Barnard

Fragile Like Us is in my July TBR and it's being released on the US on July 18, so I was looking it up on Goodreads and this book already has a lot of different editions and some pretty covers, I thought I would share with you.


UK

My personal favorite, it comes with a different title too, I still don't know which one fits the book better but both are about being broken and fragile so almost the same thing. Anyway, I think this golden details will look gorgeous on my shelf.


Zoella Book Club

According to GR this is an special edition of the Zoella Book Club and oh my god, it's ugly af, so bright it hurts my eyes, I think that I'll have a headache if I keep looking at it


French

Well, this is a bit more simplistic and it's pretty but it doesn't really stands out between all the other covers in a bookstore, still between the covers of this book in particular this is my second favorite.


Spanish

I still haven't read it, so I don't know if a beach has an important meaning for the story but I honestly don't care, I don't want this cover in my bookshelf, weird legs in a weird angle at the beach, no thank you.


Danish

This one is... Okay, if a bit creepy, it seems like a super depressing book and in contrast with the Spanish cover that is like beach, sun and legs is really weird and hard to say which one fits the book best.


German

I didn't like the fonts or the color scheme of this one, it makes the cover seems really juvenile and more into the younger spectrum of YA and more fluffy looking than the synopses seems to be.


Estonian

This reminds me of the first try of the Shatter Me series, and I was really happy when they decided to redesign that cover so yeah, not a favorite. 


US

Now, the US edition, I like the colors, but I'm not a particular fan of models on covers, specially with the faces showing, also this font is trying to do something but ain't working.

Which one is your favorite



Who Wore It Best

UK
Zoella Book Club
French
Spanish
Danish
German
Estonian
US
online polls

sexta-feira, 30 de junho de 2017

July TBR

I want to give myself more free space to choose what to read this month because I'm going to have a week off FINALLY SOME FREE TIME TO READ AND WATCH NETFLIX AND I CAN'T WAIT, seriously I'm so tired and I need this break.

My most anticipated read:

Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone
To be published on July 25, 2017 by HarperTeen

Jen Malone, author of teen novels Wanderlost and Map to the Stars, will take readers to the high seas—literally—in this contemporary YA novel about a girl facing the dissolution of her parents’ marriage, a new romance, and self-discovery while sailing down the Pacific coast. 
After concluding that her is to blame for her parents’ recent divorce, Cassandra McClure is hoping to stay as far away from her as possible. With a summer of freedom right around the corner, it shouldn’t be too hard. But when a forty-foot sailboat appears in her driveway and her mom announces that Cassie and her brother Drew will be accompanying her on a four-month sailing trip down to Mexico, Cassie’s plans for the summer go, quite literally, overboard. 
Once the three set sail, tensions quickly rise. So meeting Jonah—a gorgeous, whip-smart deckhand—is an unexpected bright spot on an otherwise dim horizon. Though she tries to keep him at a distance—considering the upheaval of her home life—their chemistry is impossible to ignore, and Cassie soon finds herself questioning everything: Should she go for it with Jonah? Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? With life’s unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them, or dive right in.

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Waste of Space by Gina Damico
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Fragile Like Us by Sara Barnard

sexta-feira, 16 de junho de 2017

PopCorn Corner: Parks and Recreation - Season 3

Parks and Recreation - Season 3 (2011)
Created by Greg Daniels & Michael Schur
Episodes: 16
Runtime: 22 min.
Genre: Comedy



The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.







I feel like this is the season were everything falls into place and we finally reach the potential Parks and Rec had since season 1. For me season 3 through 7 is some of the best seasons of comedy shows out there, and I love it very much, it's usually where I start my re-watches too.

This is the first full season with Chris and Ben, so we get to know them pretty well. Chris, specially in this season isn't my favorite character, he's extremely positive and is terrible at delivering bad news, which is a give when you work with cities that are on the verge of being bankrupted, so I wasn't really a fan of how he always threw the bad news to Ben but overtime (and re-watches) he has become a better character for me, still not a favorite but I feel like I understand him more and his relationship with Ben.

Ben is one of my favorite characters of the show, probably my favorite after Leslie but it's hard to tell, he is sarcastic and has a sense of humor that is just like mine, I always love when he talks about something nerdy like Game of Thrones or Star Trek. His relationship with Leslie also progress in this season, at first they sort of hate each other, at least she does, them they start to respectfully fight each other and oh my god, this was so good, until they admit their feelings and finally get together and I WAS SO HAPPY.

So yeah, I highly recommend you watch this series if you like comedies or really just good tv shows.

Verditc: 7 out of 10 stars

sexta-feira, 9 de junho de 2017

Who Wore It Best: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Hey guys, today the Who Wore It Best is about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, I really wanted to do one about this book because ALL of its covers are so pretty! I have one that I adore, but I honestly want to buy a thousand more editions, even in languages that I can't read, just for the covers. 

Let's take a look in some of the covers that I separated...


US Hardcover

This one was the original I think publication cover, it's the first edition on the US, I have this cover in a pocket paperback edition and it's gorgeous, from the details on the front to the spine, everything in this color schme of black, white and red is so beautiful and I love it.


US Paperback

This is a cover that had a lot of different editions from what I looked up, there is some that there is no circus in it, or the people are in white and not gray, some have a blurb, some not, so there is some variations but I this was the one with best quality to post here, I like it but I still prefer the one with only the circus.


Spanish

I don't know from which country this cover is, but it's in Spanish, it's honestly my least favorite cover for this book, I liked that they added color but the head of that woman is just so big, why did they choose this perspective. 


Russian

I really liked this take on the cover, is very different from the other ones and the color scheme is much more lively and colorful, but it does make it seem more like a straight out romance novel than this book actually is


Japanese

I really loved this one, is probably my second favorite and I would love to have this edition on my shelves even thought I wouldn't understand a thing, I love this blue and how the little dots seems to be starts and lights illuminating the whole cover.


Vintage Classics

I think this is a special edition of the book, I don't know but oh my God, this cover is gorgeous, my favorite definitely, it fits the whole atmosphere of the circus and it shows the two main characters without overtake anything, I just love it.


Indonesian 

Another one of my favorites, I loved the addition of gold to the color scheme, it gives the cover a whole new face while still having the main elements of the circus and the characters in it.


Russian Redesign, I think

I gathered that this one is also a Russian edition, I don't know if it's the first one, if it's from another country that also speaks Russian, I don't know, sorry, but oh my this is really different from the other designs too! I think the faces were a bit meh for me, but I like the way the title is done as if it's a cosmos.


There are a ton of other covers, and a lot of countries have different editions but these one were the ones that caught my attention and that stood out from the other designs, now tell me bellow which one is your personal favorite



Who Wore It Best

US Hardcover
US Paperback
Spanish
Russian
Japanese
Vintage Classics
Indonesian
Russian Redesign
quotes to know

sexta-feira, 2 de junho de 2017

June TBR

I think that June will finally be a chill month for publishing and not completely break me trying to read everything because everything looks so good.

My most anticipated read:

Midnight at the Eletric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
To be published on June 13, 2017 by HarperTeen

Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own. 
Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire -- and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life -- Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.
England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself? 
While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau - this could be an amazing new fantasy series or not, really hope it's
Rules for Thieves by Alexandra Ott - this middle grade fantasy series sounds awesome
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson


Such a Good Girl by Amanda K. Morgan - this sounds amazingly addictive
If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee - everyone is reading and LOVING this, so I can't wait for me to love it too

sexta-feira, 19 de maio de 2017

PopCorn Corner: Parks and Recreation - Season 2

Parks and Recreation - Season 2 (2009 - 2010)
Created by Greg Daniels & Michael Schur
Episodes: 24
Runtime: 22 min.
Genre: Comedy



The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.







The second season of Parks and Recreation still isn't of the best of the show, there is much room for improvement but at least this time around we have enough episodes to get to know its characters and start to caring about them.

One of my favorite things of this season is that Ron gets more scream time and getting to know him, develop his relationship with Leslie is just one of the greatest things of this show. They are both head strong characters with completely different views of the world that still manage to be friends based on their respect and admiration from each other.Leslie and Ann's friendship also grows and turn into an actual friendship and not just a partnership to cover the pit, I love their relationship and how strongly into each others side they are.

On the more romantic side of things Leslie finally stops mopping around for Mark (at least for most of the time) and he actually becomes bearable when they manage to be friends. She dates two guys, who aren't that great as characters, but towards the end of the season Ben comes into the show and I swear it's magical, there is nothing romantic between the two of them yet since Ben is trying to shut down the Park's department but it's amazing to see the start of their relationship and they irritating and getting into each others neck. Prepare to see a lot of gushing about this couple in the next reviews of the series, because they are one of my ultimate OTPs.

Overall this season is an improvement on the first one, we get to know the characters and they start to resemble real life people, with personalities and traits, there is also the start of the greatest friendships and dynamics of this show. There is still room for improvement but things are starting to look better.

Verdict: 6 out of 10 stars


sexta-feira, 12 de maio de 2017

Who Wore It Best: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Unless you live under a rock you probably already heard of the books of the ACOTAR series and the Throne of Glass series, both by Sarah J. Maas and this week the third book, A Court of Wings and Ruin finally came out and since I'm really excited about it I'm doing the Who Wore It Best all about this series.

Since there isn't all that much different covers for these books I'll be doing things a bit different...


US x UK

I personally love the UK mostly because is the one that I own, but also because I think is just prettier the whole read background, the spine is also prettier, with a bit of thorns and not just the title and black like the US one, tell me bellow which one is YOUR favorite


Who Wore It Best

US
UK
Poll Maker


US x UK

Now this is where things get weird, I don't know why the UK edition insisted on using the thorns theme for the cover since it don't really fit with the story anymore, the spine is still beautiful though and I'm glad they didn't insisted on putting the same chapter headers as the first book. I definitely prefer the US one this time, seeing the Night Court in the background is just <3 and is more detailed and fits the story better. What is your opinion


Who Wore It Best

US
UK
Poll Maker


US x UK

Why, oh, why do we have thorns on the cover again, I guess the UK covers just decided it was too late to back down now and this will just keeps going for the 6 books of the series, also this sort of green-blue is really scaring me because it seems to be super bold and not my favorite at all. I'll definitely go with the US one again, the green is more darker and the details stand out again.


Who Wore It Best

US
UK
Poll Maker

sexta-feira, 5 de maio de 2017

May TBR

Trying to decide which books to put on my May TBR is like torture, there is so many good books coming out this month!! I can't decide so this will be only a loosely list of books that I intend to read during May and hopefully I'm in a good reading month so I can get to most of these.

My most anticipated title of the month is:

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
To be published on May 9, 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. 
Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. 
But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. 
But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.


Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman - everyone is loving so much this book, I really hope to love it too, it sounds like a great contemporary novel
Dreamfall by Amy Plum
Avenged by Amy Tintera - I haven't read the first one yet, but I hope I read and love it and jump right into the second one


Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Queer There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager - Historical non-fiction about Queer people that changed the world, yes please
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - diversity ftw + shippy romance
Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney - this could be either really fun fluffy or a disaster 

sexta-feira, 14 de abril de 2017

PopCorn Corner: Parks and Recreation - Season 1

Parks and Recreation - Season 1 (2009)
Created by Greg Daniels & Michael Schur
Episodes: 6
Runtime: 22 min.
Genre: Comedy




The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.






The first time I watched Parks and Rec it was after a marathon of The Office, which I loved and needed more, so when I discovered this show and it was said it had being inspired by it I had to check out. This was three years ago and since them this has become one of my all time favorite tv shows, I have at least one annual re-watch and always come back to watch more episodes when I need a good show to pick me up.

That being said the first season of the show isn't all that great, so much in fact that in some of my re-watches I just skip her altogether, it's very clear that the show hasn't finding its own voice and footing yet specially when we see the grow of the characters through the seasons. The most distinct difference for me is Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poheler, in this season she isn't the strong, powerful, feminist leader that I look out to, she has some racist and sexist behaviors/jokes and I really hate the way they decided to portrait her relationship with Mark.

The entire show actually still has some jokes about topics that are considered jokes and it's not the kind of jokes that make you think sort of, it's just plain old racist jokes and others. Still, there is glimpses where we can see the good of this, like Tom's not taking shit, and Leslie having role models on strong powerful women and Ann's realistic ways of facing this band of crazy people from the Parks department.

I really enjoy this show overall and recommend it to everyone, so yeah, despite not loving the first season I highly suggest you start watching it, it's only six episodes so it's over really quickly and you can move on.

Verdict: 5 out of 10 stars

sexta-feira, 7 de abril de 2017

Who Wore It Best: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Hey guys, it's that time again to be the materialistic readers that we all secretly are in our hearts and choose who has the best cover. 


Aussie

I didn't found this one in a bigger size so the quality is very poor :( but anyway, this is one of my least favorites covers of this book, is not terrible but there are others prettier editions


US

This one is my thrid favorite, the colors are really bold and I love the way it only focuses on the flower


Aussie redesign 

Definitely my least favorite cover of this book, it just no. The color scheme and the font and a model, it just all doesn't fit and no, thank you.


Brazilian

This is the edition that I own and it's my favorite cover, I just love everything by it and in person is so much prettier too. The color scheme is more on the pastel side and the three seems to be of cut paper, is just really pretty, ily cover.


Swedish

From what I gathered this is the Swedish cover and I don't get it, I mean it's pretty but it seems like a horror/thriller kind of cover, which this book definitely isn't, okay there is a mystery but like seriously, this look like the cover of a horror movie


Norway

This seems to be the Norway cover and I love it, if I had to pick one other than my own cover it would definitely be this, it does still has a bit of a horror/thriller vibe to it but the color scheme is just so pretty and I think the blue fits the mood of the book 

Now is time for you to say which one is your favorite cover

Who Wore It Best

sexta-feira, 31 de março de 2017

April TBR

Why, oh, why publishers hate me??? There is a gazillion books that I wanted to read for months now that are being released on the first two weeks of the month and them weeks with nothing, ugh, let's hope I turn into a reading machine in like 5 seconds to read all of these books.

My most anticipated read: 

The Upside of Unrequired by Becky Albertalli
To be published on April 11, 2017 by Balzer + Bray


Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.

There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Geekrella by Ashley Poston
Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima - this is a very long shot, because I still need to catch up on the Seven Realms series and start this one, but hope is the last to die
The End Of Our Story by Meg Haston
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett


Is it just me or the covers just match so perfectly??
Give to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis 
The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier
Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer


Fireworks by Katie Cotugno - I loved 99 days and I can't wait to try this new story of hers.

sexta-feira, 17 de março de 2017

PopCorn Corner: One Day at a Time (2017) - Season 1

One Day at a Time (2017) - Season 1
Created by Gloria Calderon Kellet & Mike Royce
Episodes: 13
Runtime: 30 min.
Genre: Comedy



Follows three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house: a newly divorced former military mother, her teenage daughter and tween son, and her old-school mother.







I started watching ODaaT in a whim because I was craving some comedy and all my regular tv-shows are on hiatus and I'm so glad I did it! This show won me over right in the first episode with it's wonderful cast and the presence of diverse and important themes being discussed on each episode.

What makes this show stands out among all the other comedies out there is it's fearless disposition to discuss openly about controversial themes, while still making me laugh. The fact that the family is of Cuban origin but already lives in the USA for a while comes into the picture a lot, it shows the struggles of new comers with the stories of Abuelita, and the mixed heritage with Penelope and her kids, having being born in the USA but still identifying with a lot of Cuban traditions. I do have to say that I didn't particularly enjoyed the way the Cuban Revolution was presented here, I'm not Cuban so I can't begin to fathom what was for those who lived there and the impact it still has in the lives of Cuban people, not only those who live there but also those who can't come back to their home country, but I think that this being a American made tv-show and having such a firm position of being against it just leaves a bad taste on my month.

Still, there are a lot of great things to like about it, it brings a lot of everyday discussions to the table, like sexuality, feminism, religion, Penelope's character arc is being really well done, she has to deal with a separation and coming back to normal life after having worked in the Army, I loved the way it dealt with therapy and medication. Actually all of these topics were handled in a extremely good way, we have Abuelita that usually stands for the older and more traditional form of views and the newest generations often fighting about their beliefs, and despite they having different opinions a lot of times the show manages to show how both sides have their reasoning and the family always works to stay together and come to a consensus.

In case you didn't noticed yet, I love this show and I can't wait for the second season next year, it has a great cast with a chemistry that resembles of a real family, some great laughs and important discussions that are relevant not only to Cuban-Americans but to everyone.

Verdict: 7 out of 10 stars