10 favorite non-bookish apps

For this post I wanted to give you guys a glimpse of my non-bookish side (it exists). Here are some of my favorite non-bookish apps.

Non-Bookish Apps

Pocket Casts

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a HUGE podcast junkie. Love, love, love. It was a struggle for me to find a good podcast app when I switched from iPhone to Samsung, but I’ve really grown to love Pocket Casts.

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Spotify

I used to use Spotify a lot for myself, but at this point it’s a MUST for car rides with my baby. If he starts getting restless, I’ll just turn on his playlist and he’s usually okay for a bit.

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Ibotta

I recently started using Ibotta. It’s this cool app where you can get money back on groceries. It’s not a TON of money (I average about $1 per $50-60 shopping trip) but I figure it’s better than nothing. If you like getting name brands for things, though, there are a ton of coupons on the app. If you want to try it out, you can use my referral code: ubaviad (to be completely transparent, I will get a small bonus on the app if you use my code and redeem an offer).

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Samsung Notes

This isn’t really Samsung Notes specific, I just use my notes app a lot. I use it to keep track of my monthly TBRs as well as longer term TBRs. For non-bookish stuff, I use it for grocery lists, meal planning, and other assorted lists.

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YouTube

I LOVE YOUTUBE. I’m subscribed to a ton of different creators and I love vegging out to some YouTube vids every once in a while. The “Watch Later” function was seriously life-changing for me.

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Instagram

I also love Instagram. I’m not a frequent poster myself, but I love seeing what my friends and family are up to. I also like that I can manage several different accounts easily.

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Next Episode

This app is SO CRUCIAL if you’re going to binge a show (or intermittently binge as the case may be). You can mark all of the shows that you’re watching and it will help you keep track of what episode you’re on. I know that a lot of platforms like Netflix already have this function, but what if you go somewhere and you’re using someone else’s account? It also shows you when you have new episodes of a show because who has time to remember what day all these shows are on? Seriously, this app is THE BEST.

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Yelp

I love eating good food and Yelp helps me to find good food to eat. Since our move to California, this app has been especially useful. Bonus, not only does it help with food but it also has reviews for other businesses.

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Two Dots

I love this game. It’s so mindless and I can play it while I’m watching TV or listening to a podcast or audiobook.

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Color Puzzle

And then when I run out of lives on Two Dots I can switch over to this game. It’s so aesthetically pleasing while also being deceptively tricky (but not like TOO hard).

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What are some of your favorite non-bookish apps?
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5 Best Reality TV Shows for the Summer

This is a departure from my usual, I know, but in addition to reading books, I also love watching TV! My husband and I have a few reality TV shows that we especially love to watch over the Summer.

Best Summer Reality TV

The Amazing Race

If you love traveling but you’re also broke (it me) then this is a show for you! You get to see a ton of cool places while the contestants travel and their challenges are also fun to watch. Their current season is about to wrap up, but if you have time and want to get a CBS All Access subscription (I know, it’s annoying) then you can watch all the back seasons as well as this current one. I liked this current season especially because the contestant were past Amazing Race teams as well as teams from previous Survivor and Big Brother seasons. Which brings me to…

Big Brother

CBS just does reality TV right (we’re also HUGE Survivor fans). The new Big Brother season starts TONIGHT. Since we don’t actually have real TV, we’ll be watching it tomorrow, so no spoilers! I was actually surprised when my husband got into Big Brother too. He already liked Survivor and The Amazing Race, but I thought he’d think Big Brother was dumb since it’s so much more about the social drama. Much to my delight, he’s just as into it as I am! I LOVE the drama and the social politics and it always gives me such pleasure when people are super petty when voting for the winner at the end. Karma, baby.

America’s Got Talent

I’ve been sort of in and out with AGT the past few seasons, but this Summer, I’m solidly in. I really love Terry Crews and I’m excited for all of the fun dance/magic/comedy/variety acts that they have this year.

Songland

Who else has been watching this gem? It’s new this year and my husband and I have been LOVING IT. It’s fascinating to see the transformation that songs go through from conception to being recorded by an artist. I really hope this show comes back next summer because it’s amazing!

So You Think You Can Dance

My OG Summer obsession…seriously though, I went to the Season 4 live tour and had their poster in my room (aka I liked tWitch before he became Ellen’s DJ). I’m SO glad that they don’t have Vanessa Anne Hudgens back as a judge this year and I hope that D-Trix isn’t just a judge for the auditions. I love the new audition stage plus the 360 cameras. The live show format has changed over time, so I’ll be interested to see what they do this year. I liked last season where the contestants got paired up with each other as in the OG seasons, so I hope they do that again.

What TV shows are you watching this Summer? What are some of your favorite shows in general? Let me know in the comments! And if you want to talk about any of these shows I AM HERE FOR IT.

6 Books Coming to a Screen Near You

On-screen adaptations of books have been doing really well lately and I think studios and streaming platforms are all excited to get their hands on the next big thing. There are a number of books being turned into movies or TV shows as we speak, but here are the 6 I’m most excited for. Titles link to their IMDB page.

1) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (2020)

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I liked the book quite a bit, but I don’t plan on continuing with the series for various reasons. It’ll be interesting to see how this movie comes across as so much of the book is in the main character’s head. And also, the movie is going to be called “Chaos Walking” instead of “The Knife of Never Letting Go” so does that mean the movie is covering the whole series? Looks like a great cast though.

Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas

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2) The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (May 17, 2019)

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This is one I haven’t read yet, but I’ve only heard good things and I think it’s amazing that Yoon has come out with two books and gotten two movies deals (that actually came to fruition). She is rocking it!

Starring: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton

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3) Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (August 9, 2019)

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I loved Artemis Fowl as a kid! Was I the only one who was obsessed with decoding the symbols on every page? Even though it was a repeating message, I did the whole thing because I was sure there might be a difference or something new later haha. Anyway, I think it’s interesting that they’re finally coming out with the movie now. I have almost no recollection of the storyline, so I might have to pick this back up as a refresher before the movie comes out.

Starring: Ferdia Shaw, Judi Dench, Josh Gad

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4) The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (October 4, 2019)

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This book has made quite a splash and especially with this article coming out about the author, I’m a little more wary of supporting this author (he kind of creeps me out now, and that transfers over to his book). But, it’s got a great cast and I’d be interested to see if they follow the book exactly or if they throw in some new twists.

Starring: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie

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5) Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (2019)

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Another one of my childhood favorites! I’ve reread “Stargirl” a few times over the years and it’s always so good. It’s magical and emotional and I hope, hope, HOPE that they don’t ruin it with the movie!

Starring: Grace VanderWaal

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6) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (TV Series, 2019)

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Another one that I haven’t read yet, but I love Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and David Tennant seems like the PERFECT person for them to team up with. This book has definitely moved a few places up my TBR so I can be ready for this show. Honestly though…Pratchett and Gaiman…what a pairing.

Starring: David Tennant, Michael Sheen

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If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books and are anything like me, you should consider making that purchase now before the only cover that exists are the dumb movie tie-in covers.

Which of these movies are you most excited about? What other books are you excited to see on the big screen soon?
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Fall TV Shows: A Summary

This Fall has been all about TV for me. I haven’t felt motivated to blog, but I sure as heck can find the motivation to watch TV. Here’s my take on some of Fall’s new and returning shows.

New

Ghosted (Fox) – To be honest, I just wasn’t a fan of this one. I really like both Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, but it just didn’t have the comedic tone I was looking for. It was too…much in some ways. The jokes were too obvious. The show seemed too superficial.

Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) – I did not expect to love this show as much as I do. The characters are fun and interesting to me, not to mention pretty diverse. The idea of a crowd-sourced, crime-solving app is super intriguing to me. I like how there’s an overall case that they’re trying to solve with other secondary cases on each episode.

The Good Doctor (ABC) – When I saw this show was produced by the same people who made House, I knew I had to watch. I LOVED House and I love this show too. It’s a completely separate tone, but with all of the things that I think made House so watchable. There’s lots of hospital politics and cool graphics/special effects. If you’re super squeamish though, I might suggest passing on this. There are a lot of surgery scenes.

The Gifted (Fox) – I am just about ready to give up on this show. I just don’t really feel like any of the characters are super likable and the plot hasn’t gone anywhere since the first couple episodes. I love the Marvel universe, but I’m thinking I’ll replace this show with the next one.

Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu) – I read these comics about 10 years ago and really loved them so I was super excited to see that it was being turned into a TV show. I’m (for the most part) pretty happy with the casting and the first few episodes have been alright. I’m just worried that it’ll depart more from the comics than it already has. Also, I’m worried it’s going to get more…mature.

The Mayor (ABC) – This is another show that surprised me! There’s something about Courtney, his mom, his friends, and even Lea Michele’s character that is incredibly likable. I think the entire cast has really good chemistry and the show is just fun to watch. Even though it’s a comedy, it’s a great platform to bring awareness to certain social issues that are plaguing many cities across the country. Courtney comes across as very genuine and as someone who loves his city and really wants to help it even if he’s a little naive about some things.

Returning

The Good Place (NBC) – S2 – This show is fantastic! I was worried about how the second season would be after the end of season one, but they’ve pulled it off. I wondered if it would essentially be a repeat of the first season, but they’ve managed to keep it fresh without it being too Groundhog Day-y. The cast is great just like they were last season and I’m excited for it to start up again in the new year.

Superstore (NBC) – S3 – THIS SHOW IS SO UNDERRATED. But seriously, why does nobody talk about this show? It’s so funny! The show makes unbelievable things believable. I mean, they literally just found a dead employee in the wall of the store and it wasn’t weird. Also, I ship Amy and Jonah so hard. Talk about OTP.

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – S4 – Another show that is just…so great. I thought that perhaps I especially enjoy it because I’m half-Chinese, but my (non-Asian) husband loves it just as much! It’s a fun look back at what it was like growing up in the 90’s and the characters are all really likable as well.

This is Us (NBC) – S2 – I love this show, but I also hate this show. It just pulls my emotions all over the place and I don’t even know what to do with myself. I’m inevitably in tears after every episode. I JUST WANT THESE PEOPLE TO BE HAPPY. Beth is my spirit animal.

Speechless (ABC) – S2 – Minnie Driver is such a great actress and is such a perfectly flawed mother. I think some people could view her as overwhelming and annoying, but for me she’s pretty perfect. I think all of the characters on the show are exaggerated a little bit, but the show still works. I also love seeing a normal character with disabilities. In my enormously unqualified opinion, the show does a great job talking about issues and stereotypes that people with disabilities face in a realistic and respectful way.

Survivor (CBS) – S35 – I grew up watching Survivor and then kind of fell out of it in high school and college. Then, my husband and I started getting back into it and we are now addicted to all CBS reality shows (Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother). It’s awesome. Anyway, this season is pretty much just like all the others. This show knows what works and they keep doing it. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with this season.

What are some TV shows you guys are watching? Do we watch any of the same shows?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Fave TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: In honor of Fall Tv, do a tv-themed topic!

So obviously this is different from the norm, but here are my top ten fave TV shows anyway.

1) The Amazing Race – If I were to be on one reality TV show it would def be this one. I think I would rock it! I’m obsessed.
2) Parenthood – This show…seriously needs to make a comeback. So good. Jabbar is my spirit animal.
3) Fresh Off the Boat – I love that this show features a Chinese-American family. Go POC!
4) House M.D. – House is one of the most likable/least likable characters on all of television and I love his bromance with Wilson.
5) Chuck – Hilarious. It lost itself a little bit in the last couple of seasons I think, but I still love it.
6) Psych – Also hilarious. Gus is my absolute fave.
7) Survivor – Another reality TV show that my husband and I are obsessed with. I would NEVER want to go on this one though.
8) Sherlock – I’ve always been a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and this show is everything I could possibly want it to be.
9) Monk – You just can’t help but feel sympathetic towards Monk. Tony Shalhoub is such a gifted actor.
10) The Office – I don’t really think this one needs explanation.

Honorable Mentions:
BrainDead – I just love those musical intros so much.
Girl Meets World – Heartwarming and cute and I love all of the cameos.
Smallville – Nostalgia. I used to watch this every week when I was in junior high. Such a good show.
You, Me, and the Apocalypse – Completely underrated, I felt. The acting was great, the story was great, the editing and camerwork was great. WHY ONLY ONE SEASON???
Superstore – I don’t know why I like this show so much, but I do. America Ferrera is the best.

 

BOOK TAG: Totally Should’ve… Book Tag

Thank you Deanna @A Novel Glimpse for tagging me! I got tagged for this a while ago, but am only now getting around to doing it.


Totally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel

Pride and Prejudice. I know there are a lot of “sequels” to this, but I can’t help but imagine what a sequel by Jane Austen would actually be like…so magical.


Totally Should’ve Had A Spin-Off Series

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. There is definitely still the possibility of this, but I need a series based on Kitty as a teenager. Like seriously. This is a NEED.


Totally Should’ve Ended Differently

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I felt tremendously underwhelmed by this book. The ending was just plain strange.


Totally Should’ve Had A T.V . Show

I’m not really a fan of books that become TV shows because it feels like a TV show is indefinite while a book is not. That being said, perhaps The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I could see that being good maybe…


Totally Should’ve Had A Film Franchise

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. I LOVE THIS BOOK. Please let’s see this as a movie. PLEASE.


Totally Should’ve Had One Point of View

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The first two books are just Tris and yeah, I get why we needed to have Four’s perspective now, but I still didn’t like it.


Totally Should’ve Had A Cover Change

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. I don’t really get the cover and I don’t feel like it fits the book. I’m not exactly sure what would fit though…


Totally Should’ve Stopped Reading

Stephanie Perkins’ books. I keep trying them because I think I might like them or they might get better, but so far I really haven’t enjoyed any of them that much.


Totally Should’ve Kept The Cover

All of Sarah Dessen’s books. I hate the new cover changes!


Totally Shouldn’t Have Pre-judged

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I prejudged this book hardcore based on both the cover and the blurb. It’s really so much deeper than you might think just based on the summary.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Movies or TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

Full disclosure: Not my favorite Top Ten Tuesday topic. I’ve been disappointed time and time again with on-screen adaptations of my favorite books. At the same time, I keep going to see them so…ever hopeful I guess. I’ll list the book and then in parentheses whether I think it’d work better as a movie or TV show.

1) Any of Sarah Dessen’s books (movie) – I liked “How to Deal” pretty good, but I would like for one of her books to be made into a movie all by itself.

2) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (movie) – Her characters are already so real and it’d just be fun to see them on-screen (you’d definitely need to get the RIGHT cast though).

3) Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson (movie) – I think this movie would have a fun foreign feel and it’d be a light, feel-good movie.

4) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (movie or TV) – This is already in the works, but it NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

5) Any of Jennifer E Smith’s books (movie) – Just so much love.

6) Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (TV) – This book has really interesting characters so I think it would be fun to see it play out on-screen.

7) The Looking Glass Wars trilogy by Frank Beddor (TV) – Awesome story and I think there’d be a lot of cool possibilities.

8) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (movie) – I liked this book and it’d be cool to get some Asian actresses out there.

9) Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (movie) – A steel city would look awesome on the big screen. The movie would have lots of action as well as some comic relief…it’d be awesome.

10) Fire & Flood series by Victoria Scott (movie or TV) – I know this series isn’t the MOST original thing and I know I didn’t LOVE the books, but I do love the idea of the Pandoras. It would be so awesome to see the Pandoras in action.

Agree/disagree with any of my selections? How do you personally feel about film adaptations?