To All The Book I’ve Loved Before | 5 Books That Have Shaped My Life

With all the buzz going around the internet due to the release of the Netflix adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, twitter is obsessed. While scrolling through the twitter feed I noticed all the tweets with people replacing words and making their own To All.. sayings. It gave me the idea for this blog post. In TATBILB Lara Jean writes 5 Love Letters to boys in her life she has been in love with. These boys have shaped her and when the letters get out they change her life. I feel like as an avid reader and being in love with books since I can remember (there are pictures of me at age 5 asleep in a bed filled with books) I thought I would write some short love letters to 5 books that I have loved and have had an impact on my life.

♣ Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

You were the first book series that I feel in love with. I was so inspired by the life and adventure that Laura and her family had. I was first introduced to you by my mom and she would read you with me and it was when we spent special time together and created a bond between us. I have reread you multiple times and when I revisit the stories it is like going home. 

♣ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

You were the first book I read that made me feel like I wasn’t alone. That I was not the only one suffering with this issue. I felt such a connection with Lia and it made me realize what I had been struggling with and that I was worth more than my struggle. A story that reminded me to take it one step at a time and to keep fighting. 

♣ Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

You have found a deep place within my heart. You are like happiness, curiosity adventure and the longing for finding oneself. You remind me of child innocence and to keep that alive always. Whenever life gets a little too hard I know I can turn to you and escape for a little while. 

♣ The Giver by Lois Lowry

You are an odd choice for me to have loved I believe. I know there are many things said about you in both the negative and positive, but you are one that has stuck with me. I have reread you 5+ times and each time I have learned something new and discovered new meanings of your words. It has made me question the society in which I live in compared to that of your stories and reminded me of the importance of being different, following your dreams and that its okay to stand out. 

♣ Volition by Lily Paradis

You were my first for quite a few things. You were the first book I ever had the chance to beta read and helped me to create a relationship with an author. It made me think that I would really like to be more involved in the book community and that I enjoy reviewing books and sharing the love I have of books. I was so drawn to the darkness within the story and reminded that even with darkness you can find light. It also really introduced me to New Adult and the love I have for books in that category. 

I would love to hear about 5 books that have had an impact on your life or see some love letters that you might write to some books you have read!

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Mindhunter | TV Watch List

I have been watching a lot of tv lately. Since entertainment is closely linked to reading as well I thought it would be fun to share posts and thoughts on other topics than just books. Some of these tv shows are based on books so that makes it fun too.

MINDHUNTER 

Seasons: 1

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Source: Netflix

Storyline:
Two FBI agents, fighting the departmental stigma of backroom boys – those who try to complicate the status quo of simple MMO of crime-solving with academics – work to develop an innovative investigative field incorporating psychology as a method to reveal motive. They acknowledge classic crime-solving – Means, Motive, Opportunity – as no longer sufficient because criminality is becoming more complicated as Motive graduates from need & greed, to inexplicable and irrational reasons. They theorize applying deeper psychological evaluation will posit new questions. Simply, asking Why will lead to the Who. This series focuses on the development of two men, two agents, a new criminal field and does so through storylines of visiting the sociopathic mind. The show is based on the real-life experiences of John Douglas, a special agent who pioneered the practice of psychological profiling during his 25 years with the FBI.

I spent the past weekend binge watching the new Netflix original, Mindhunter the tv show based on the works of John E Douglas and his novel Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. This show is totally bingeworthy and I completed it in just 2 days time. True Crime has always been an interest of mine as well as the idea of serial killers and the behavioral analysis. Criminal Minds is one of my favorite shows. So when I saw Mindhunter appear on Netflix I was instantly intrigued.

I am not going to lie I was nervous the first few episodes because it is a slow going show. It takes some patience because this is not a high action packed show, but it is so intriguing and really draws you in with the amazing acting. It makes you think and really gets your mind working, questioning the actions of individuals. Episode by episode you are delving more and more into the mind of a serial killer and figuring out why they did what they did and their own rationale. You see the evolution and creation of the terminology we most commonly use today. You get to see the effects on the FBI agents real life due to the work and discoveries they make while meeting with these criminals. It was such a different time then it is now. So much was considered taboo and not talked about openly. With the technology we have this day and age along with social media, topics and terminology are commonly known and used.

I thought that the acting was well done. As they meet with the criminals I was hanging on their every word waiting to see what they would say. I wholly believe that we are curious about those things we do not understand and I think that is why so many people are drawn to shows like this that express the thoughts going through the person who committed such horrendous crimes. Psychology, the way the mind works is such an every changing study, from stressors to predisposed incidents that lead people to do what they do or make certain choices. I think it is something they have done a lot of work on, but will never be completed solved.

Overall I think this was an awesome watch. It was filled with riveting characters and dialogue, layered with the horrible and gruesome acts that for some reason so many people are so fascinated with (myself included). It makes you think and really goes into the psychology and behavior of what we today refer to as serial killers. If you like true crime, the human psyche or are just intrigued by serial killers and the way they think this is a show for you!

 

Top Ten Tuesday| Netflix Binge Worthy Shows

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten revolving around TV shows! I have been traveling a lot and haven’t had much time to catch up on new shows, but I have been doing a lot of netlix binging!

 

Stranger Things ♣ STRANGER THINGS (Netflix Original)

How could I not include this one on my list. Not only has it been blowing up the social media, but it is a creepy suspense filled show with just enough strange to keep you hooked. I loved that it was so much like a 70s/80s sci-fi.

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix Original)

This is also another go to for many people. The seasons cannot seem to come out soon enough. It filled with drama and is always referencing books which is awesome! It is a guilty pleasure that pulls you in.

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♣ THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS (Syfy)

This is one my friend had turned me onto. It is based in New Zealand and revolved around 4 brothers who are norse gods! The only downfall is the show sucks you in so bad and then is canceled after season 3 with no real ending (or at least a good enough ending for me).

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♣ HAVEN (Syfy)

This is another Syfy hit in my mind. I have not heard much about this show from others, but it is one to check out. It is based on a small town that is being plagued by some strange and weird occurrences. It has drama, some hotties and troubles.

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♣ GILMORE GIRLS 

A complete classic! I have rewatched this series so many times and love it more and more each time. When I am doing work or getting ready it is usually on in the background.

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♣ PARKS AND RECREATION 

If you ever need a good laugh and don’t have much time this is the show for you. The characters are amazing and the show gets better as you go. I can rewatch this a million times and it would still be so funny.

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♣ LAW AND ORDER: SVU 

This is a show that never stops and is so addicting. I have spent the past few days watching this non-stop. There is something awful and horrible but at the same time so enthralling that I cant stop watching it.

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♣ CHARMED 

This is also a classic in my opinion. Strong women who kick demons butts, what is better! There are demons, sister witches, family and relationship drama. It has the great early 90s clothing and so much humor.

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♣ SALEM 

This has been my current obsession. I have been watching it any time I get a chance. I have always been so interested and intrigued by the Witch Trails and this is like The Crucible on steroids!

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♣ HEMLOCK GROVE (Netflix Original)

I have only watched the whole first season but the second season is out. It twisted and a little weird, but thrilling and dark.  I would only advise this show to those with strong stomachs.

What are your go to shows to binge?