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Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!

Movies:

I’ve seen 22 Jump Street four times now.  I’m pretty sure I’ve seen 21 Jump Street about 30 times but this is pretty impressive given that I almost never get to the movies.  So there’s that.

TV:

I just binge-watched The Comeback and I absolutely love it.  I’d heard good things and when HBO announced there’d be a second season, I figured it was a sign that I should watch the first.  Except now I’m done with the first season and I’m not sure when the second season will start.  (Anyone know?)

So what are you obsessed with this week?

Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!

Books:

I recently read Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle and it’s so good! I am already desperate for the next installment (I believe it’s a trilogy, but either way there’s at least one other book coming).  My review will be out closer to its review date, but if you like contemporary YA, movies or both, this is the book for you.

Life:

I hate this, but my vacation is almost over! If you’re my Facebook friend (or Twitter follower), you already know how it’s been going, but if not, expect recap posts to start appearing soon.

So what are you obsessed with this week?

Mandatory Movies, Part 2

Today I’m tackling the second part of my mandatory movies list.  I’m going to do the top 15 movies in the rest of my categories.  As with yesterday, classics will be put into their respective genres instead of in a category all by themselves (Jaws would be in horror, not classics, for example.)

Horror:

1)  Jaws

2)  Rear Window

3)  Psycho

4)  Rosemary’s Baby

5)  Halloween (original)

6)  A Nightmare on Elm Street (original)

7)  The Ring (American remake)

8)  Alien

9)  The Exorcist

10)  The Conjuring

11)  Night of the Living Dead

12)  The Omen

13)  Poltergeist

14)  The Blair Witch Project

15)  The Strangers

80s:

1)  The Breakfast Club

2)  Sixteen Candles

3)  Pretty in Pink

4)  Dirty Dancing

5)  Say Anything

6)  The Goonies

7)  Labyrinth

8)  Big

9)  Back to the Future

10)  Beetlejuice

11)  Who Framed Roger Rabbit

12)  Footloose

13)  Clue

14)  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

15)  Ghostbusters

Kids Movies:

1)  The Harry Potter series

2)  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

3)  Beauty and the Beast

4)  Alice in Wonderland

5)  ET

6)  Wall-E

7)  Toy Story

8)  The Muppet Movie (okay, almost all the Muppet movies)

9)  Mary Poppins

10)  The Lion King

11)  The Incredibles

12)  Pete’s Dragon

13)  Robin Hood

14)  Pinocchio

15)  Peter Pan

Musicals:

1)  Singin’ in the Rain

2)  The Sound of Music

3)  Moulin Rouge

4)  An American in Paris

5)  My Fair Lady

6)  West Side Story

7)  The King and I

8)  Chicago

9)  The Wizard of Oz

10)  Rent

11)  Les Miserables

12)  The Rocky Horror Picture Show

13)  Grease

14)  Annie

15)  Hair

Mandatory Movies, Part 1

I’m going to do the top 15 movies in a few categories.  Classics will be put into their respective genres instead of in a category all by themselves (Jaws would be in horror, not classics, for example).  These are in no particular order.

Drama:

1)  The Godfather and The Godfather Part II

2)  Double Indemnity

3)  The Graduate

4)   A Streetcar Named Desire

5)  12 Angry Men

6)  All About Eve

7)  The Maltese Falcon

8)  The Lion in Winter

9)  The Third Man

10)  Sunset Boulevard

11)  To Kill a Mockingbird

12)  Bonnie and Clyde

13)  Rocky

14)  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

15)  No Country For Old Men

Comedy:

1)  The Apartment

2)  Some Like it Hot

3)  National Lampoon’s Animal House

4)  The Blues Brothers

5)  The Producers

6)  Young Frankenstein

7)  National Lampoon’s Vacation

8)  Bringing Up Baby

9)  Airplane!

10)  The Odd Couple

11)  Tootsie

12)  Heathers

13)  Clueless

14)  Little Miss Sunshine

15)  The Hangover

Love Stories:

1)  Casablanca

2)  The Philadelphia Story

3)  Sabrina

4)  Roman Holiday

5)  When Harry Met Sally

6)  The Way We Were

7)  Woman of the Year

8)  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

9)  Bull Durham

10)  You’ve Got Mail

11)  As Good as it Gets

12)  The American President

13)  An Affair to Remember

14)  Gone With the Wind

15)  The Princess Bride

Action (may contain sci-fi movies, as well):

1)  Original 3 Star Wars

2)  Lord of the Rings trilogy

3)  Tombstone

4)  James Bond (most Connery movies, Live and Let Die, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Skyfall)

5)  Kill Bill volume 1 and 2

6)  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

7)  Speed

8)  The Bourne series

9)  The Matrix

10)  Terminator and Terminator 2

11)  Raiders of the Lost Ark

12)  The Batman movies (the 1989 Batman and Christopher Nolan’s trilogy)

13)  The Crow

14)  Gladiator

15)  The Wild Bunch

Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!

So I am in Arizona and will be doing a running travelogue soon, but to keep you company until then…

Books:

I recently scrolled through the Kindle app on my iPad and am absolutely amazed at how many great books I have that I haven’t read yet.  I am planning on working on a reading list (tune in tomorrow to see what made the cut).  Meanwhile, there’s something about being on vacation (especially with my best friend, who’s a fellow voracious reader) that makes me want to read actual books.  But don’t worry—I brought my Kindle, too.  I am a huge fan of being able to have ALL THE BOOKS with me without having to break my back carrying all the books.

Movies:

I have been watching 21 Jump Street over and over and over.  I don’t know what it is about this movie, but after my cousin died last year, I watched it over and over.  After Kathy died a few weeks ago, it started again.  I think it’s that it’s (a) really funny and (b) not emotionally taxing.  And it helps that I can watch it in 20 minute increments, which is about what my grief attention span is.  Jen and I plan to watch 22 Jump Street, as well, and I am very excited about this.

TV:

After my vacation, I’m planning to get back to Sons of Anarchy (yes, FINALLY) but I am also hoping to start watching Girl Meets World.  It seems absolutely adorable and I’m so excited at the thought of it.  Don’t judge.

So what are you obsessed with this week?

Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!

Life:

I am just a few days from my vacation (this time next week, I’ll be in Arizona) and I seriously cannot wait. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about it.  (There will be posts of vacation summary, too.  Sorry not sorry.)

After losing Kathy suddenly and unexpectedly, I’m really looking forward to spending some time with my best friend and I promise to be in at least half of the pictures I take.

TV:

I just finished watching The Mindy Project and have also gotten totally sucked into episodes of America Ninja Warrior.  It’s so fun. :)  There are about a billion other shows I need to start watching (you’ve all heard me mention them before and the list just keeps growing) but we do what we can. :)

So what are you obsessed with this week?

Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!

Books:

Now that we are post-BEA, there are about a billion books I want to read RIGHT NOW.  Unfortunately, since I’ve been in a weird thing lately where I have the attention span of a gnat, it’s taking me forever to read anything.  So God only knows how long it will take me to get to these amazing books.  Fortunately, I have a plane ride soon and I will have nothing to do but read.  Win-win!

Movies:

I am very close to another vacation (don’t be jealous; after this, I have nothing until a few days in late December).  When I’m visiting my best friend, we are going to see 22 Jump Street and The Fault in Our Stars.  I am so excited to see both; I can’t even tell you.  I’m probably a touch more excited to see 22 Jump Street, but that’s because (a) I know TFIOS will be amazing and (b) I know it will make me cry.  22 Jump Street may be a letdown but at least right now, it’s potentially the best movie of my summer.  (I love the first one to a ridiculous, unhealthy degree.)

TV:

I have been watching episodes of The Mindy Project like nobody’s business (more on that to come in a few days).  I love this show, which is really smart and really funny and I can’t wait for the third season to start.

So what are you obsessed with this week?

Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!

Life:

I am just days away from being on BEA vacation.  (After work next week, I am on VACATION! And then the week after THAT, it’s BEA time.  And yes, so excited.)

Know what’s even better than that?  I’ll be working for two weeks and then I’m on vacation AGAIN, this time to go see my best friend and then go to ALA.

I’ve never been to ALA before and I’m very excited.  (Mostly for Jen but yes, excited to see 22 Jump Street and get even more books, too.  It’s not exactly a hard life.)

Of course, I’m using almost every vacation day I have so that once we reach the end of this (I am back at work on July 7), I will only have a few vacation days left (I think three, maybe four).  BUT that’s a problem for July 7 and beyond.

For now, I’m excited for what feels like a summer vacation. ;)

So what are you obsessed with this week?

Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!

Books:

Yup, it’s pretty much just this again.

BEA is a little over a month away (!!!!) and I am getting very excited.  I have a pass to a panel with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, which includes admittance to an “exclusive happy hour,” which I am hoping means “drinking with Tina Fey.”

Job Books:

I love that I’m getting paid to read and promote books.  :)  This is basically my literal dream job.  It helps that I have amazing coworkers and that the books coming out are also amazing.  I’m excited to see “my” books start entering the world.

So what are you obsessed with this week?

Things I’m Obsessed With

Welcome to the latest Things I’m Obsessed With!

Books:

Yup, that’s pretty much it. ;)  Since starting to work for Spence City as a publicist, that’s basically been my life (besides the day job, of course): books.

We’re getting closer to BEA (a little over a month away!!!!) and I can’t wait.  It’s also kicking off vacation season, which I am very much excited for.  I’m going to BEA AND ALA, which means that for about two months, I’ll only be at work for a few weeks.

I’m excited for ALA, because it’s my first time going and because it’ll be bookended with time with my best friend, who I haven’t seen in years.  There will be books and crab angels and movies (definitely 22 Jump Street and The Fault in Our Stars, but probably more) and probably TV marathons and I’m so excited. :)

I feel so lucky, you guys.  I love talking about books and now I have a bigger forum to do it.

So what are you obsessed with this week?