I rec’d it a monthly(-ish) feature in which I share latest recommendations for books, apps, TV shows, etc. Basically anything that catches my fancy! I have not done this in over a year, so it HASN’T been monthly lately, but I really wanted to bring it back. It’s so fun and combines sort of things I’ve been loving lately + things I may have forgotten I love.
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here was my favorite debut of 2016, so it feels fair to rec it in my first recommendation post of 2017. Scarlett Epstein is a big name fanfiction writer in her chosen fandom, but things go south when she starts writing an AU populated with characters from people she knows IRL. When her secret gets out, she has to face the consequences of her actions. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here is super fun, feminist, and funny as all get out–one of the few books I read last year that actually made me laugh. Scarlett is a very prickly and sarcastic character, but that’s why I loved her. She can be cutting and a bit mean, but her meanness is a defense mechanism from her own insecurity. High school me relates.
Yuri!!! on Ice
Okay if you follow me on twitter this will come as no surprise, because I haven’t stopped talking about this anime(my first!) since I started watching it. I’ve watched it. . . maybe four or five times in the past month? There’s only twelve episodes(so far *crosses fingers for season 2), and they’re about a half hour each, so not that much time. Yuri!!! on Ice follows main character Yuri, who is Japan’s top male figure skater UNTIL his anxiety gets the best of him and he breaks down at the Grand Prix Final, coming in sixth place. He parts ways with his coach as he figures out what to do next, and ends up skating his idol’s tough, medal-winning performance. . . which accidentally goes viral when three six-year-olds tape it and upload the video. Suddenly, his idol, Victor, flies to Japan and offers to coach him. Heart-warming and happiness ensue. Plus, you can watch all the episodes free and legally at Crunchyroll!
I both love & hate Spotify for introducing me to artists that only have a couple of songs out & not a full album. But the good news is I get to share them with you! The first one is HUNGER, which has a total of two singles available for listening on Spotify. But both are good!
There’s also twiceyoung, and I’ve been listening to “slow down” and “night driving” quite a bit:
Over the past summer I found I loved the e.l.f. bb cream! It was perfect for summer but as summer has come and gone I find myself continuing to wear it and purchase another tube. Plus it’s $6.
I have made this sweet potato black bean quinoa bowl many, many times in the past couple of months. It combines two of my favorite foods(the black bean & sweet potato, not the quinoa. I mean I’m fine with quinoa, I like it, but I don’t know anyone who would consider it a favorite), and the cilantro lime sauce is delicious and I want to put it on everything.
What are you recommending lately? Feel free to recommend to me(and other readers!) books, TV shows, songs(or artists), apps, products, etc. in the comments! I’m always eager to find some hidden gems.