Star Studded Saturday | 8

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: Fall TV Pilot Reviews

This week I will be discussing TV show pilots that aired this Fall. Some of these I loved while others…..I didn’t. Please know these are just my opinions and I mean no disrespect if these are your favorites. I really wish I loved them all but my DVR is glad that I didn’t lol.


Ghosted-Debuted October 1st on Fox

This one was….a mess (sorry!!!). I don’t see this series lasting very long sadly. The story follows two guys, one is a former missing persons detective and the other believes his wife was abducted by aliens. They are recruited by an organization who investigates paranormal cases. In the pilot episode they are trying to find a member of the organization believed to be abducted.

While this has some funny moments, it just wasn’t enough for me to continue watching. I have too many other shows that I enjoy to make this a priority.

Verdict: Go

9JKL-Debuted October 2nd on CBS

This story follows Josh, a divorced actor, who moves back home to figure out his life. His parents have an apartment beside theirs that Josh moves into. Surprisingly Josh’s brother and family also live in an apartment beside the parents. This is where the title comes in. The three apartments are 9J, 9K, and 9L.

I LOVED seeing Sally Pressman from Army Wives. She’s such a great actress and I miss seeing her on TV. I really didn’t enjoy the fake audience laughter though, it over shadowed every funny moment.

Verdict: Try another episode and decide.

The Mayor-Debuted October 3rd on ABC

The show is about a rapper, Courtney Rose, who runs for Mayor to promote his rap album. Surprisingly, Courtney wins the election. Now he must decide whether or not to take the job seriously or quit. After all, his music career is still his main passion.

First off, I LOVEEEE Yvette Nicole Brown!! She’s a huge fan of The Walking Dead so I’ve seen her on The Talking Dead and on Twitter. Yvette is hilarious so putting her on a TV show sounds perfect.

Verdict: Try another episode and decide.

10 Days in the Valley-Debuted October 1st on ABC

This show is about a TV producer, Jane Sadler, whose daughter goes missing. Everyone is a suspect and Jane doesn’t know who to trust. Did I mention Jane writes cop dramas and has a show coming out? The synopsis says the line between her personal life and the show blurs more than ever. DUN DUN DUN!!!

I loved seeing Emily Kinney (aka Beth) from The Walking Dead on here. So happy she found a new TV series and I hope it lasts a long time. Show wise, it was very mysterious. I love reading mystery/thriller books so this is right up my alley. I suspect EVERYONE, just like I do when reading these types of books lol!! I can’t wait to see how this show plays out.

Verdict: It’s a keeper!


I was going to try to fit all my new Fall TV shows on here but alas, there’s too many. I’ll split this into a few parts and have part two up next Saturday. Stay tuned to see my thoughts on the rest of my debut TV series.

Jessica

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The Anything but Books Tag

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I saw this tag floating around and decided to join in on the fun!! This tag was created by Katie at Reador Rot. I hope you enjoy the questions and answers!

1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love

Tom and Jerry!! This show was so adorable and I find myself introducing it to kids all the time! Kids these days missed all the good shows lol!!

2. What is your favorite song right now?

My current favorite song would have to be Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry. I’m sure it’s outdated by now but I’m not up to date on songs as they come out. #ImOld

3. What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

Watch TV. I’m such a huge fan of Television shows. I wish I could juggle TV shows, reading, and blogging. It’s not easy friends!

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Playing The Sims 4. I’ve been a fan of The Sims for many, many years. I started when I was younger and haven’t stopped 🙂

5. What is your favorite thing to learn about?

I love to bake so I enjoy learning new dessert recipes.

6. What is something unusual you know how to do?

I can twist my tongue vertically. I’m talented right?! lol!!

7. Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).

Umm, I made a blog! TADAAAAAAAA!!! lol!

8. What is your most recent personal project?

I joined a Bible Study class at my church to learn how to better study the Bible. I always feel overwhelmed trying to read/study the Bible. It’s hard to know where to start.

9. Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).

What don’t I think about? I’m a worrier so I’m constantly thinking about what if scenarios. It’s quite exhausting but I’m better than I used to be about it.

10. Tell us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific. (not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat etc.)

One of my family members has a hot tub so when I go over there we make what we call “The Hot Tub special”. Which is brownies, ice cream, and whipped cream! It’s fun to get in when it’s cold outside, so you’re warm from the water but eating ice cream in the winter lol!!

11. Say the first thing that pops into your head.

Hakuna Matata!
What a wonderful phrase!

No idea where that came from but you’re welcome!


Nominations:

Nicole at Boundless Bookaholic

Lori at Reading with Lori

Rant Eat Sleep Repeat

There’s another tag for you all!! I hope you all enjoyed it!!! If you want to do this tag, go for it!! I officially tag you as well!!

Jessica

Top 5 Wednesday | Vampire Books

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

They also have a Goodreads group if you want to check it out!

This week’s topic is: Books featuring Vampires


I decided to switch it up this week and go with books that I want to read instead of recommending books I’ve already read. Just a heads up, there’s no way I could stop at just 5 books lol. I’m going to try to limit myself to 10….we’ll see how it goes. I’m a huge lover of vampires and wish they would make a comeback into the book world. Fingers crossed!!

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The Awakening by L.J. Smith

The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

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Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill


Those are the books that I’m wanting to read involving vampires. If you’ve read any of these, please let me know what you thought (no spoilers of course). Most of these have a million books in their series so they have to be somewhat good right?!

A well written vampire book is hard to beat! If you know of any vampire books that I missed that you loved, please let me know in the comments below!

Jessica

If You Give a Man a Cookie (A Parody) by Laura Joffe Numeroff Review

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If You Give a Man a Cookie (A Parody) by Laura Joffe Numeroff

3 Stars

*I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Synopsis:

If You Give a Man a Cookie is a woman’s commentary about her helpless man and the chain of events that leads him on a journey from the bed to the bathroom to the couch and back to bed at nightfall.

Review:

I absolutely love Laura Joffe Numeroff and her “If you give” series. I couldn’t wait for this one to be released and see if it was just as good as her other books. Although it’s hard to compare the two when they are geared towards different audiences. I will say I wasn’t super pleased with the illustrations. I enjoyed the story but feel the illustrations took away from the overall experience. The man on the cover kind of scares me a bit lol! I did enjoy the humor in the story and felt it was lighthearted fun. The ending was just perfection that had me grinning. Overall, it was pretty good but could’ve been so much better with different illustrations.

Jessica

Library Haul | 2

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I know what you’re thinking:

“Jessica….don’t you have 2 bookshelves full of books?? Aren’t they double stacked and you literally don’t have room for even one more book???”

“Yup, that’s correct!!”

Why am I going to the library you may ask?? Well….to that I say…..I have a problem folks lol!! I can’t help it!! I love my library!! I love going in and searching the shelves for interesting reads. I also enjoy going to the library’s website to check out all the new releases and place a million holds on items. It’s just something I do lol!!

This trip I scored a ton of new releases. If I’m not mistaken, 5 out of the 7 are from 2017. I just HAD to get them!! Will I end up reading every single one?! That’s a big NO. BUT I had fun checking them out and seeing all the pretty covers lol!


Wish me luck with my library haul! How many books have you checked out at your library this week?! Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for checking out my haul. Have a great day!!

Jessica

Star Studded Saturday | 7

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: TV Pilots

I recently purchased Netflix streaming so I’m trying all kinds of new (to me) shows. I wanted to give a glimpse into some shows I tried and my thoughts on them.


The Flash: s.1 e.1

I wasn’t very impressed….SORRY!!! It’s always hit or miss for me when it comes to superhero shows and movies. This one was a bit boring to me. I guess I’m not super impressed with speed being his super power. Although let’s be honest, if it was me with the super speed it would be totally awesome lol!!! I want to go more into detail about the episode and my thoughts but don’t want to spoil anyone.

How I met your Mother: s.1 e.1

I knew going in that this wouldn’t be the series for me. I decided to give it a shot anyway because these days you never know what will work for you. I didn’t enjoy all the cut scenes and flashbacks. I’m told that’s all this show is so I’m pretty sure I won’t be continuing. I also feel they’re going to drag out the memories with the actual mother. It feels like we won’t see scenes with her until season 49 or something lol!!

Last Man Standing: s.1 e.1

I’ve caught this on TV a few times. It was pretty funny the moments I watched but the pilot felt meh. I didn’t hate it but didn’t love it either. I think I’ll give this one a few more episodes before I call it quits.


Those are a few of the shows I tried most recently. Have you watched any of these? Let me know in the comments below!! Also would love any TV recs, just no horror please.

Jessica

The New Disney Princess Book Tag

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I came across this tag on the Write Through The Night blog by Joce. I wasn’t tagged to do this but really wanted to because….it’s princesses!! I can’t resist lol!!

Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world.
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

Snow White

This book (like the movie) started it all.

Favorite Debut Book From an Author

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I really enjoyed this book and it had a unique plot that I haven’t read before.

Cinderella

A diamond in the rough

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Jem.

Zsadist from Lover Awakened. WOW! Zsadist blew me away. He went through so much but was still an amazing person at his core. He quickly became my favorite guy from this series. (so far anyway)

Aurora

Sleeping beauty

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention.

Roar by Cora Carmack. I recently finished this one and posted a review here. I kept waiting on something to happen but nothing big really ever did.

Ariel

Under the sea

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting.

All I can think of is The Siren by Kiera Cass. I didn’t really enjoy this one 😦 Once again, it had a unique plot but just didn’t work out.

Belle

Beauty and the beast

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover.

Can I use a TV show?! lol!! The Middle is a show that features a child, named Brick, who ADORES books. You won’t see him without a book in his hand.

Jasmine

The thief and the princess

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much).

Royally Matched by Emma Chase. I didn’t love book one, Royally Screwed, so I went into this not expecting to like it at all. Turns out I LOVED it and gave it 5 stars!! You can read my review here.

Pocahontas

The real life princess

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read.

Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: the Inside Story by José Báez. I followed this story as it unfolded in the news. It was a heartbreaking, tragic story. This book is by the attorney who represented the mother of the child who died. I wonder if it will shed any more light on what really happened. I don’t think we will ever know what truly happened to that precious little girl.

Mulan

The princess that saved her country

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know.

I’d say it’s a toss up between Aelin and Manon from the Throne of Glass series. Both ladies kick some serious tail!! They don’t take crap from anyone!!

Tiana

The princess with the coolest and most diverse crew.

Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general.

I feel like Six of Crows had a pretty diverse group. I really enjoyed it and still need to read the sequel Crooked Kingdom. I hope I love it as much as I did Six of Crows.

Rapunzel

Let your longggg hair down.

Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

I only started Goodreads at the end of 2013 so I don’t have a record for a lot of the books I’ve read. According to Goodreads at this time, the longest book would be Winter at 827 pages.

Merida

I determine my own fate.

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed

Queen of the Tearling didn’t have romance. It hinted that it may be possible in the next book(s) but hasn’t happened yet. Me being a romance lover, I hope it happens lol! It was still an awesome story without the romance.

Anna/Elsa

Frozen hearts.

A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting

I cannot think of a single book set in winter…..how lame is this?!?! Help me out friends!

Moana

How far I’ll go.

A Character That Goes on a Journey

Anna from Anna and the French Kiss goes on a pretty epic adventure. She is sent to a boarding school in Paris. There she meets new friends, explores the city, and…..falls in love *swoons*


That was a lot of fun!! I love coming up with answers based on each Princess and their story. So glad I came across this tag!

Nominations:

Shawn @ The Bookish Librarian

Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook

Maggie @ The Caramel Files

Abigail @ Abigail’s Books

If you would like to do this tag, then I officially tag you!!! ❤

Note: This tag did have photos included but I didn’t want to take the chance of copyright infringement by using them.

Jessica