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July TV Shows Recs (Aka My Current Watchlist) #2

While the end of July was kind of A Whole Mess™️ everything wise, the first half wasn’t that bad in terms of discovering new TV shows ! I caught up on a bunch of TV shows I’ll share with you now !

Recently Watched ✨

1. La Casa de Papel Season 1 ✔︎
Rating : 3.5/5
Available on Netflix

I’ve really been liking where this show is going and although it’s not my favorite, I can appreciate the character arcs and the cleverness of the plot/ El Professor’s plan. The ending of season 1 had me on the edge of my seat. My favorite character for now is Nairobi. 

2. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 1 ✔︎
Rating : 5/5 
Available on Amazon Prime 

This TV show tells the story of Mrs Maisel, a married woman in the 1950s whose husband leaves her for another woman. She finds herself wanting to become a comedian. Mrs Maisel is ahead of her time, hilarious and wonderful. The aesthetics of the show are pretty but the cast of characters and Mrs Maisel delightful personality make the show what it is. I can’t recommend it enough. 

3. The Office Season 1 + Season 2 + Season 3 ✔︎
Rating S1 : 2/5
Rating S2 : 3/5 
Rating S3 : 3/5 
Available on Amazon Prime 

I’ll be honest… I don’t see what the fuss is about. While some of the comedic aspects are gold, I’ve rarely found myself laughing. Michael Scott is endearing but… for the most part, is very annoying. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve only watched it because my Best Friend loves it so much and she kept gushing about Jim and Pam (which honestly !!! I think watching the show for just these two is worth it). I understand that The Office was “groundbreaking” when it came out and in a way, I do understand why people like it, it’s just not something I would’ve gravitated toward. 

4. The 100 Season 5 ✔︎
Rating : 3/5
Available on Netflix

I won’t lie I have very mixed feelings about this season. While I enjoy the constant interrogations about morality and what we consider to be right (and how far we are willing to go to survive), I feel like this season was missing something. 

5. Good Omens Season 1  ✔︎
Rating : 4/5
Available on Amazon Prime

A Superior Show and that’s all. Invented Love as we know it. This show is a masterpiece (Crowley in the burning bookshop and then driving off while Queen plays OH AND THE GODDAMN SOUNDTRACK OF THIS SHOW). Good Omens will completely shatter your expectations : it’s a work of Art.

6. Stranger Things Season 3 ✔︎
Rating : 4/5 
Available on Netflix

The kids are supposed to be grown, right !!! BUT THERES TOO MUCH PAIN FOR THEM TO HANDLE, THEY DONT DESERVE ALL THIS SHIT. I feel like the hype over ST3 died down quite quickly but don’t get it wrong because this season was very good. Millie’s and Noah’s acting specifically have blown me AWAY.  Winona Ryder owns this ass, by the way.

Currently Watching ✨

1. Big Little Lies Season 2
Available on HBO (I watch it on a French paying streaming service)

I have 2 episodes left and I’m enjoying myself a lot (although less than in season 1). This season deals with the aftermath of Season 1’s events. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it yet. Meryl Streep (the newest addition to the cast) remains a phenomenal actress (I hate her character with a passion though)

2. Euphoria Season 1
Available on HBO (I watch it on a French paying streaming service)

I have 4 episodes left so I’ll address what I think of it when I finish it this month.

3. Romance is a Bonus Book
Available on Netflix

This show Owns Me, alright. I have the second half of it to catch up on. Romance is a Bonus Book is a Korean drama/romance telling the story of Kang Dan-yi, a 40 year-old divorcée. She doesn’t have a diploma and her husband leaves her for another woman but decides to get her shit together and starts working at a publishing company where her best friend/oldest friend Eun-Ho works at (Eun-Ho is also in love with her but has never told her). Honestly this show gives me the same feels as a good rom-com does and I keep swooning every two second. It’s simply amazing. Dan-yi’s resilience is inspiring and I love her with my whole heart.

Started Watching But Didn’t Finish/Kinda Stopped ✨

  1. 1. The Rain (saw 4 episodes) 
    Available on Netflix

  2. A Danish original series about a post apocalyptic world destroyed by a toxic rain. Brother and sister survived and are trying to find their dad who’s a scientist and could’ve found a cure. 
  1. 2. Fleabag (saw 2 episodes)
    Available on Amazon Prime 
  • – Woman loses her best friend
  • – Is a Mess™️
  • – Breaks the fourth wall and is brilliantly written (granted I only watched two episodes)

3. The Office Season 4 (saw 4 episodes)
Available on Amazon Prime 

I’m just… not really into it. 

What have you been watching during July ?
Any favorites ? Tell me about it, I’d love to know !!! 

The Reading Rush 2019 TBR

It’s my first time participating in the Reading Rush (previously known as BooktubeAThon) and I couldn’t be more excited. The Reading Rush is a week long readathon (from the 22nd to the 28th of July) for book lovers all around the world (you can find their website here !) It was started in 2013 by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay

FYI : my username on the Reading Rush website is @noareadsbooks if you wanna add me ! 

I’ve been in a reading slump for the last few weeks and not in the greatest mood to read. However, I can feel my reading mood coming back and I’m so happy to fully get back into reading (especially because I always get the most reading done during July).

The readathon comes with 7 fun challenges to spice up your TBR but also help you choose what you’re going to read ! Here are the 7 challenges, along with the books I hope to read during the readathon !

1/ Read a book with purple on the cover

God Bless This Cover

For this challenge, I’m picking Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallero and Emily Henry, which gives off strong Thelma and Louise vibes and I got an arc for it (the book is out on August 6th 2019 !)

2/ Read a book in the same spot the entire time

I’ll be reading Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi because it’s really short (it could also count for challenge 3 but I wanna read 7 books because I’m extra that way 🙂 ) 

3/ Read a book you meant to read last year

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by VE Schwab. I’ve read the first two books last year and intended to finish the series before the end of 2018 but miserably failed. I shall conquer my never-ending TBR one way or the other.

4/ Read an author’s first book

Red Rising by Pierce Brown which I’ve been wanting to read for a while ! (also not at all because of this review or its first paragraph)

5/ Read a book with a non-human main character

I could go on a 30 minute rant about how THIS IS NOT KATY YALL

Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’ve been slowly making my way through this series and I can’t wait to start book 3. Daemon is fine and all but Katy… oof, I stan One Badass Independent Bitch and it’s her. 

6/ Pick a book that has five or more words in the title

A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause. I don’t know much about this book except that it’s about fashion but I’m excited. 

7/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation

I’ve been giving this one a lot of thoughts and I decided I’m gonna give myself multiple options because I have no clue what I’ll be in the mood for: 
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 
Or maybe something different entirely ? I have no idea ! 

That’s it for my TBR (let’s hope I stick to it!) 
Are you participating in The Reading Rush ? What are you planning on reading ? Let me know below !

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