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2020 TV SHOWS:

  1. The Witcher (16.01)
  2. Sex Education season 2 (17.01)
BEST LIVE ALBUM OF 2019

Honorable Mention:

Jimi Hendrix  Songs for Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts

This 5-disc set of Hendrix’ New Year’s 1969/70 concerts at Filmore East are a serious deep dive (over 5 hours!?!), but this is a serious gift for Hendrix fans!

1.  Soundgarden  Live from the Artists Den

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There isn’t as much official Soundgarden live releases as one would think, which is what makes this fan favorite from a 2013 show at the Wiltern so special. Over 2 hours they played 29 songs.  Both a document to the great live band they were and a fitting tribute to singer Chris Cornell!

Goodreads Recommends: Classics!

I don’t have a classics shelf as such, but this is a shelf created for me by Goodreads from books I’ve read that are generally classified as “classics.”  Remember that “classic” in this sense does not always mean “good” but can mean “important” or “teachers assign this all the time.”  Let’s see what Goodreads thinks I’d like!

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Araby by James Joyce

Barn Burning by William Faulkner
The Bell in the Fog & Other Stories by Gertrude Atherton
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville
Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe
The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
The Children on Troublemaker Street by Astrid Lindgren
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

Daisy Miller by Henry James
Donovan’s Brain by Curt Siodmak
Dubliners by James Joyce

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
The Four Feathers by A.E.W. Mason
The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace

The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
Hangman’s Holiday: A Collection of Short Mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Heart of Princess Osra by Anthony Hope
Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Lady or the Tiger? by Frank R. Stockton
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Love of Life by Jack London

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Men of Iron by Howard Pyle
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Million Pound Bank Note by Mark Twain
Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The People of the Black Circle by Robert E. Howard
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Polaris by H.P. Lovecraft

The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
The Storm by Kate Chopin
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Swimmer by John Cheever

Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Trial by Franz Kafka

The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates
The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle

And now the Classics Writers Hall of Fame!

Crane, Stephen-26

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor-10

Saavedra, Miguel de Cervantes-9

Henry, O.-8
McCulley, Johnston-8
Poe, Edgar Allan-8

Marsh, Ngaio-6

Wodehouse, P.G.-3

Alcott, Louisa May-2

Sjowall, Maj

Our winners are the authors of The Red Badge of Courage, and Crime and Punishment!  Cervantes did surprisingly well considering I only have Don Quixote on “plan to read someday.”

Your thoughts, comments, and favorite classics?

101 Things in 1001 Days

From my blog, I found a new challenge takes the usual bucket list and new year’s resolution but combines them into 101 things to do with a time limit of about 2.75, clear concise goals are easier to fulfill and having more than one year allows you pace yourself and achieve more. Here is my list below the cut!

Start Date: Jan 1st, 2020 End Date: Sept 28th, 2022

🦇 - Done!

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please help me to not be a starving artist.

if anyone wants to buy me stuff for my birthday on the 25th of this month, I would greatly appreciate it. I have a lot of projects I’m working on, and anything purchased from this list would contribute to me creating. thanks in advance.
i’ll also just drop my venmo and cash app just in case you would like to contribute that way.
cashapp: $kendahlrose and venmo: @kendahl-rose
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10 Most Anticipated Holdovers of 2020

Ten films that played at festivals or were released in their home countries in 2019 I can’t wait to see in 2020.

Animals dir. Sophie Hyde

Female friendship movies are my absolute favourite. An adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s fantastic book about two hard-partying best friends whose lifestyle is starting to tip from fun into alcoholism Animals played at Sundance 2019 and already opened in the UK, but no North American release date yet, alas.  

An Easy Girl dir. Rebecca Zlotowski

I’ve been a fan of Zlotowski since her debut film Dear Prudence. An Easy Girl has Zlotowski taking a look at the dark side of the Cannes Film Festival. The film follows a teenager who becomes entranced with the lifestyle of her older cousin who secretly works as a prostitute and helps introduce her to her wealthy older patrons. The film played out of competition at Cannes and won an award there.

Flatland dir. Jenna Cato Bass

Bass is a rising star in South African cinema and also co-wrote the Kenyan lesbian romance Rafiki. Flatland is a modern western about a policewoman who returns to her childhood home to solve a murder caused by a shy woman now on the run with her pregnant friend.

I Was at Home, But… dir. Angela Schanelec

Schanelec became only the 4th woman ever to win Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival for this film which makes it intriguing enough to me on its own. The plot is about a young girl who goes missing and then abruptly reappears and I’ve heard extremely devise reviews from people calling it a masterpiece and others calling it pretentious garbage. Can’t wait to make up my mind which it is for myself.

Jezebel dir. Numa Perrier

The film was plucked from obscurity by Ava DuVernay’s distribution company ARRAY which promotes indies directed by women and men of colour. Jezebel follows a young woman who spends the last days of her mother’s life forging a new path as a sex phone operator. Reviews have been great. Can’t wait to watch.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire dir. Céline Sciamma

Okay, so maybe this is technically a 2019 release. After premiering at Cannes the film received a token release in North America for Oscar qualification (it was completely shut out, boo). However Neon is holding out on a wider roll out until February 2020. And while I’ve seen it already I can’t wait to bask in the film, so clearly Sciamma’s best work to date, once more.

Proxima dir. Alice Winocour

I’ve been so intrigued by Winocour ever since her weird, darkly sexy, historical romance Augustine (she also co-wrote the 2015 film Mustang). In Proxima she examines an astronaut’s decision to leave her daughter behind for a year as she pursues a space mission. Space, motherhood and Eva Green? Sign me up.

Radioactive dir. Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi (yes, that Marjane Satrapi) tackles the life of Polish-French scientist Marie Curie which Rosamund Pike playing Curie. I’m not always a fan of biopics but Satrapi has an intriguing eye and the cast (including Anya Taylor-Joy and Same Riley) is pretty fab.

Rocks dir. Sarah Gavron

I enjoyed Gavron’s beautiful look at the fight for suffrage in the UK (the aptly titled Suffragette). And I’ve heard nothing but good things about her latest film, Rocks, about a teenager (nicknamed Rocks) who suddenly finds herself in charge of herself and her younger brother after being abandoned by her parents. This wasn’t on my radar until several people recommended it to me, and when that many people start talking about a film I pay attention.

Saint Maud dir. Rose Glass

I am a scaredy cat when it comes to horror films, but the reviews for Saint Maud are so promising that I can’t help wanting to watch this one. A film about a pious nurse who takes things too far when trying to save the soul of her dying patient, the film also co-stars Jennifer Ehle (who is best known as Elizabeth Bennet in the ‘95 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice). Ehle is a lovely warm presence in every film she’s a part of and maybe one of the most underrated actresses of all time imo. Is Saint Maud the movie that will bring her more widespread recognition? I hope so!

Danish poet Inger Christensen (Jan. 16, 1935 - 2009) is quite possibly our best writer of the 20th century. Her carefully thought out collections (6 all told over a period of 30 years) are also extremely musical, as well as having their systematic ingenuities (such as following a Fibonacci sequence).

Christensen’s work has been translated into English by Susanna Nied, and that work cannot really be bettered (they collaborated for decades). Here is one from the debut collection, Light (1962):

If I stand
alone in the snow
it is clear
that I am a clock

how else would eternity
find its way around

Photo; Rigmor Mydtskov

BEST TV SHOWS OF 2019

I read a statistic recently that in 2019 there was a total of 532 original scripted TV shows. Welcome to Peak TV, there is so much quality television being produced and we as a society do not have the time to see it all. Seriously! If a person did nothing but watch original TV shows from the time they woke up to the time they went to bed every day, they would still not have enough time to watch all of the quality TV that is out there. There are loads of channels and platforms that I don’t have, so there’s a lot of shows that didn’t make the cut  of my Best TV Shows list simply because I haven’t seen it yet (i.e. The Mandalorian, Mrs. Fletcher and On Being a God in Central Florida). Yet even with all this great scripted TV, the #1 highest rated TV show of the 2018-19 TV season was NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Proving there still is and always will be a place for live communal events on TV. Here are my picks for the Best TV I Watched in 2019:

Honorable Mentions:

Friends from College  Netflix

The second season was so good…it got canceled!?!

Shrill  Hulu

Aidy Bryant proves she’s more than just the MVP on SNL!

Modern Love  Amazon Prime Video

This anthology series was uneven at times, but the Anne Hathaway episode pushed the envelope of what great television can be!

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee  Netflix

Jerry Seinfeld really has made a great show about nothing!

Saturday Night Live  NBC

Late Show with Stephen Colbert  CBS

Late Night with Seth Meyers  NBC

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver  HBO

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee  TBS

In the Trump era, political comedy is more vital than ever!

5.  Glow  Netflix

This season’s relocation to Las Vegas yielded mixed results, but its still some of the best writing and characters on TV!

4.  High Maintenance  HBO

This show just keeps getting better and better as we slowly learn more about The Guy!

3.  Stranger Things  Netflix

Season 3, with the 80s Mall setting, blew away season 2 IMHO!

2.  El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie  Netflix

This sequel (or epilogue) showing Jesse’s story after the Breaking Bad finale was like an epic episode of Breaking Bad, complete with their trademark set pieces and “how will he get out of this” moments!

1.  Veep  HBO

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Season 7 of this political comedy, with jokes so fast you almost miss them, went out with a bang. I can honestly say after 65 episodes, every episode was excellent!

It’s better than trying to keep it all in your head.

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  • You can trust nature because you’re made of it
  • Expecting to be happy all the time is unreasonable
  • Keep making 11:11 wishes but spend other minutes working towards making it happen
  • You will still take some more time to process the pain and that’s okay
  • Just because you don’t dance with people doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy dancing by yourself
  • Everyone and everything keeps telling you all the ways you can improve in and all the ways you lack but it’s not you, it’s just capitalism and marketing. You don’t have to change everything about yourself. It’s not all problematic
  • Black coffee, frappuccinos, green tea, and more - savour all the flavours of life, you don’t have to stick to one
  • You don’t have to live in fear anymore. You have a strong voice full of reason and compassion - use it even if it quivers at first
  • Having a skin care routine or night routine isn’t vain or stupid - it’s essential self care
  • Your early 20s are not anything you anticipated or were prepared for but you’re still doing good
  • Write about what you know. First, start with that
  • Use verbs not adjectives for yourself. You’re not a writer. You write. More action, less labels
  • They don’t have to know you. You have to know you
  • Embrace your femininity – it’s time. It’s not weak or adhering to stereotypes. It’s beautiful and powerful
  • Zoom out. Don’t be so caught up in the next 1-2 years. Think more long-term without paralysing yourself. Don’t think of restrictions first. Think of possibilities to start with
  • Unpainted nails are always better than chipped ones
  • Write more emails to authors and artists you adore the work of. Not so they reply back (that’s a bonus!) but to put your appreciation and positivity for them out there in the universe
  • Solo travel is an experience you should have but in good time
  • Experience snow. Make it happen. Plan your travels strategically for the same
  • Planning and contemplation doesn’t work as much as doing. It’s the doing that’s going to give you perspective and help you plan further effectively
  • Silly, goofy and funny go a long way in making your life and heart light. Don’t knock it down
  • Bolder. You have to be bolder and more assertive and it’s not bitchy and even if they want to call it that, it’s okay. Many have established that you are a bitch years ago
  • Your body is your soul mate, or at least your life mate. It’s time to treat it kindly, dear heart
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Here’s some of my lists and my new habit tracker! I’ve never used a habit tracker before, so there’s a lot of habits I included that I probably wont use in the future, but I wanted to experiment a little! I didnt start it until half way through the month since I’m still setting up my bujo, so I only filled in habits on previous days I could remember. What are your favorite habits to track?

I wanted to take my time and try to narrow down my favorite book releases for each year of the last decade, which meant this post is only now ready to share!  As you can see that kinda worked and each year has anywhere from 5-10 featured favorites depending on how much I felt like the titles NEEDED to be on my list for the year either because of the impact of the story or just how well written it was.

These are all books that were released in the year, but I didn’t get them all read the year they came out.  That made more sense to me, hopefully it does for you as well 🙂  I almost didn’t include sequels on this list, but then I decided there were too many good ones!

Disclaimer: About half way through making this list and the graphics, I realized that I might not have the original release year for some of these, but instead the release year for a later edition.  Please excuse any mistakes related to this error as I’m too lazy to go back and redo all that work!

2010
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2010 was a good year for graphic novels as three of my featured five are that format.  The Saga of Rex is absolutely stunning and magnificent, so definitely track down a copy of that one to read or snuggle.  Return to Labyrinth‘s final volume released this year, and I quite liked the revisit and exploration of old and new characters.  Another great conclusion was Keys to the Demon Prison.  And I loved this story line for Gotham City Sirens.  Just not the fact that they didn’t finish releasing the trade paperback versions to finish out the series.  I love me some Mercy Thompson, and Silver Borne was a lovely entry in the series.

2011
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This year I included several sequels that I particularly enjoyed, Blackveil, Eona, and Late Eclipses as well as some series starters.  Tiger’s Curse was quite interesting and excited me and my friends.  I learned a lot about writing styles and telling stories with Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone.  Then a little slice of Dungeons & Dragons hit me with the super fun Brimstone Angels, and I’ve been devouring the series since I started it last year.

2012
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Venom in Her Veins is an awesome stand alone that my husband clued me in on.  And I’ve recently shared Of Giants and Ice with my friends’ foster son, and he’s loving it.  Keeper of the Lost Cities and Libriomancer are both great series starters for series that I’ve fallen behind on.  I finally finished the series started by Cinder in 2019, and Lesser Evils contains a magic library and talking book!  Dollhouse‘s graphic novel helped close some of the gaps left by its abrupt TV show cancellation while Days of Blood & Starlight filled holes while introducing new ones.  And Enchanted started a fun series that I believe was cancelled by the publisher after book three.

2013
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I’m not sure if I just didn’t read as many 2013 new releases as other years or if it wasn’t a good year for me.  We did get some fun fairy tale retellings/spinoffs in The Storybook of Legends and The School for Good and Evil.  I discovered a new-to-me superhero to fangirl over, who’s never used for anything fun with AmethystNight of Cake & Puppets was utter perfection as both a book and an audiobook.  And my favorite dystopia from that era is The Testing, which is both clever and a great trilogy.

2014
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Another scant year for favorites, but they are pretty high on my list.  The Unfairest of Them All and A Wonderlandiful World finished a marvelous trilogy and I wish it was longer.  Cress was a great book three and left me worried about finishing the last book in the series.  The Rift showed that Avatar the Last Airbender is just as much fun as a comic as a TV show (even though I wish there was more animation!)  And Rat Queens felt like an epic D&D quest but with a cast of all ladies!

2015
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This was the year of starting good series but then not finishing them.  I do plan on getting back to the world of both Air Awakens and Storm Siren, but after reading the sequel to Red Queen, I dropped that series from my TBR.  The Dead House and Castle Hangnail were incredible standalones.  Of Enemies and Endings was a fantastic finale to one of my favorite fairy tale crossover/fractures in MG.  I think Queen of Shadows might be my favorite from Sarah J. Maas’ first series.  And I couldn’t resist adding the artbook for Crimson Peak and the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to my list!

2016
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So hard to choose!!!! So many absolutely amazing books were released this year that I had a very hard hard limiting myself to just ten.  Let’s start with MG and YA releases.  Shadow Magic and Three Dark Crowns took a unique look at some dark tropes.  While The Shadow Queen was everything I wanted from the Snow White and the Huntsman movie.  A Court of Mist and Fury helped me understand some of my own darker emotions, and Truthwitch examined a variety of relationships that can shape your life.  The Queen of Blood felt like it was written for adult fans of Tamora Pierce.  Nevernight had more layers than expected as did Monstress.  And The Aeronaut’s Windlass and A Promise of Fire were clever, fun adventures.

2017
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This was the year of awesome new-to-me authors or less marketed series, which includes Terminal Alliance, The Crowns of Croswald, The Alchemists of Loom, and Scion of the FoxRoar and Nevermoor were both great hypes of the year.  As was the follow-up to Nevernight, Godsgrave, which was somehow better than the first one.  And I fell in love with the art and stories found in The Tea Dragon Society, Not Quite Narwhal, and Blue Eyes & the Beastling.

2018
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There were some great graphic novels this year, including Aquicorn Cove, Sanity & Tallulah, and The Ghost, the OwlNavigating the Stars and The Hazel Wood represented YA with quirks as Sightwitch gave us another glimpse into the Witchlands mythos.  Kingdom of Ash brought us to the end of Aelin’s story, which was both heart-rending and satisfactory for the most part.  And I discovered a fun, independent urban fantasy author with Three Mages and a Margarita.

2019
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And, finally, we come to last year, which was a rich year full of amazing stories, and I did a pretty good job of posting reviews for most of these titles!  In an Absent Dream, Darkdawn, Two Witches and a Whiskey, and Bloodwitch did an excellent job expanding their series.  Gideon the Ninth, Steel Crow Saga, Crown of Feathers, and Kingdom of Exiles all promise series full of fantastic adventures.  Sorcery of Thorns and Mooncakes were both great slices of worlds that I’d like to explore more of but are great standalones.

Whew!  That was quite the epic list.  I hope you found some of your favorites on the list and maybe even picked up a few more for your TBR.  Let me know about either in the comments below!

A Decade of Books in Review: 2010-2019 I wanted to take my time and try to narrow down my favorite book releases for each year of the last decade, which meant this post is only now ready to share! 

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a set of ten ideas

  1. i am always sad
  2. all of the time
  3. it doesn’t end
  4. things have been good so far, though
  5. i’m coping
  6. some days i can’t remember anything
  7. those days scare me
  8. but i can handle them
  9. my brain won’t work as well as it did last year
  10. that’s fine, though. i’m doing fine.
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Rocking From 'Freaks and Geeks' to 'Family Guy': 8 Times Rush Impacted Pop Culture
Rush isn’t for everyone -- but some of your favorite characters on screen, on the page and elsewhere disagree.

8 Times Rush Impacted Pop Culture

In addition to being one of the great rock bands of all time, Rush (whose drummer Neil Peart died on Friday) actually had quite an impact on pop culture as a whole. Not 1, not 2, but 3 projects listed here involve Jason Segel!?!

The link above is the list from Billboard.