My Quarantine TV Show Watchlist

Welcome!

During this quarantine, I have found myself watching more TV shows on Netflix this past month and a half. I wanted to share a few of the shows I have found comfort in watching!

girl meets world

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I started watching this show after using the first episode as part of a lesson plan for school. When I was younger, I grew up watching Boy Meets World, so I had been meaning to watch Girl Meets World since it came out. This was exactly the show I needed during a stressful time. I loved everything about the characters: their development, support with each other, and personalities. Seriously, I used the first episode to show how secondary characters necessarily support the main character. THAT’S how good they are. I will say the love triangle gets a bit ridiculous towards the end, but the show gets better.

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If you follow me on Twitter, then you definitely know just how quickly I fell in love with this show. I legitimately watched half a season a day for the past few weeks. I couldn’t get enough of the brilliant way the writers developed the romantic relationships over several seasons. Nick and Jess were my favorite couple, and the show wrecked me when they broke up. But I also cried several times with all the proposals and romantic gestures. Don’t get me wrong: the show is not a rom-com. It’s definitely a comedy-centered show.

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This Is Us was the first show I caught up on while in quarantine. I was a season and a half behind from the last time I watched it. I started watching the show when it first premiered since I loved the premise and Mandy Moore with Milo Ventimiglia. Catching up wrecked me emotionally since the show makes me cry once an episode. I couldn’t believe just how powerful the latest season was for character development in the show. I definitely recommend this for anyone who is a writer simply due to the grace it approaches the complex plot lines.

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This show is actually on Hulu, but I definitely recommend if you are looking for a moving and aesthetically-pleasing show. I am a third of the way through the show, and I am in love. The show brilliantly displays the difficulty of relationships and societal pressures. I literally fell in love with Marianne and Connell within two episodes. I may have cried, too.

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I have only watched the first few episodes of this show, but I absolutely am in love with the characters. The way the show is approaching grief so far is raw. I can’t wait to dive into the show more over the next week.

Which shows have you watched during quarantine? Any shows you recommend rewatching? Let me know in the comments!

xo,

Charley

the holiday calendar movie reactions// unique, cheesy, and the perfect amount of romance

Welcome to day three of Blogmas!

My love for any and every cheesy holiday movie is no secret on the Internet. As soon as Netflix put their first holiday movie of the season out, you best believe I was watching it that night. I saw a trailer for THE HOLIDAY CALENDAR and knew I was going to love it. 

The movie, overall, had solid acting and a great storyline. Netflix threw in a few plot twists that surprised me (and hurt my heart) for a cheesy holiday movie. 

These reactions are NOT SPOILER-FREE! If you are planning on watching the movie and have not yet, make sure to avoid this post and come back later in the month (or day) to see if our reactions were similar!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you definitely saw my reactions. I thought it would be fun to add a little more context to these tweets.

As required, I saw the love triangle from the moment “dreamy dad” walked onto the scene. I did like that the dreamy dad was semi-likable (until later on) which made me enjoy the movie more. I did not like the idea of the friend with our main character. The chemistry simply was not there. 

Fernando, the comedic relief, had the best lines of the entire movie. Every time he was on screen, I was guaranteed to laugh. 

I used to ice skate at least once every winter at the park down the road from my house, but, as I got older, I stopped. After watching all these cheesy holiday movies, I definitely think I should start ice skating more often. I think this might be the reason I’m still single. 

This was my conflict with the movie. They suddenly made the dream dad super unlikable in a matter of a scene. His character made a 180 degree change from out of nowhere. While I appreciate cheesy movies having plot twists, I did not enjoy this one. 

Netflix not only plugged its’ own service and movie in THE HOLIDAY CALENDAR, but also in THE PRINCESS SWITCH. Like, I’m obviously already in love with you, Netflix. Do I need more convincing?

Like I said before, I loved all of Fernando’s lines. Also, this is the moment I knew Netflix was going to put Abby with Josh (the friend). While initially I did not support the decision… yeah, I still didn’t like them at this point. 

The movie was actually pretty sad for a bit, and I almost thought Netflix was going to pull a major plot twist by not having Abby and Josh date at the end. But, I also really wanted Gramps to pull the calendar out from behind his chair and save having to put Josh back into the storyline. 

When Abby said the above line, my heart became mush. I do have a human heart in my chest. The final moments of the movie were full of good romance between Abby and Josh, heart-warming scenes, and a solid ending. 

Have you watched THE HOLIDAY CALENDAR yet? Do you have any favorite holiday movies you watch every year? Let me know in the comments below! 

Make sure to come back tomorrow for more blogmas fun!

XO,

Charley

currently on my watch list // all things netflix, hulu, and amazon prime

Hello! I promise I still exist. College professors have been piling essays, exams, and projects on top of me this semester. Work isn’t any better, either, with the holiday season prep and chaos. But somehow I still find time to sit and watch a show or movie every once in a while. Since I tweet plenty about my shows and reactions, I decided to give a little sneak peek as to what is really on my watchlists. 

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The only show I have on my “continue watching” category on Netflix is ONCE UPON A TIME. I am about halfway through season 5, but I have reached a slump. I’ll come back to it eventually. Perhaps in January when life slows down. 

I will definitely be adding in some good romance Christmas movies, though, as I get into December. I’ve already watched a few Netflix originals this month, but I can’t wait for everything coming up. Make sure to keep an eye out for a great list once December hits!

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Hulu is where I spend most of my time watching shows since the service keeps the most recent shows up to date. Hulu=1, Netflix=0. 

I Feel Bad   

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I’m not actually fully sure how I got roped into watching this one, but each week I keep coming back to watch this hilarious comedy show about a mother trying to navigate the world. I love how the show takes topics and lessons relevant in today’s society and makes them actually seem realistic. 

The Good Place 

I recently binge-watched the first two seasons of this show at the end of the summer. If I could have learned psychology this way instead of sitting through a brutal semester, I would choose this show every time. I love all the twists and unexpected plot turns. 

A Million Little Things 

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This show has made me cry a few times now, so I guess you could say I’m hooked. A MILLION LITTLE THINGS discusses suicide, depression, affairs, etc., basically everything in life that people don’t generally talk about. 

New Amsterdam 

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I never really got into medical dramas before, but I decided to give NEW AMSTERDAM a try. I have been determined to watch this show every week. I can definitely see this show lasting for years. 

Single Parents 

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While I’m not a single parent, I love watching this sitcom. The rallying of these single parents and creating a community is heart-warming. I also get lots of enjoyment and second-hand humiliation from watching these characters. 

This Is Us 

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If you haven’t heard about this show, then you may be living under a rock. Season 3 is definitely a tear-jerker with flashbacks to Jack’s days in Vietnam, the early days of Jack and Rebecca dating, and then, of course, present day. 

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America to Me 

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One of my professors recommended this documentary series for my class, and I have watched a few episodes already. Technically, this show is a part of my STARZ subscription through Amazon Prime. I think this documentary is important to watch no matter what profession you have. 


Which shows are you currently watching? Do you watch any of these shows? Want to see a series/season review of any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

XO,

Charley

The Kissing Booth Movie Review // My Reactions on Twitter

While I was on hiatus, I decided to watch some Netflix which basically meant watching the same movie three times in twenty-four hours and four times in a week. The movie (if you couldn’t tell from the title) was The Kissing Booth, originally a book by Beth Reekles.

When I first saw the trailer, I immediately knew it was going to be a guilty pleasure watch. Then the guilty pleasure turned into unashamed love and many, many tweets. I decided it would be fun to round them all up, give them some context, and share them with the blog! Here’s some of the fun I had from the past week of Netflix watching…

The beginning of my obsession developed quickly:

I watched it multiple times in the span of a few hours:

And then I discovered that Molly Ringwald was in the movie, and I was done for:

Now for some of the chronological reaction fun (spoilers may ensue).

We still don’t have the answer to that one, but, after the beach party scene, I sincerely hope he learned his lesson since the text.

Like, seriously… the Flynn mansion is huuuuggeee. The only place Noah could think of putting Elle is in his room? Not Lee’s? Or across the house?

I couldn’t find the picture then, but NOW…

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If you’ve seen the movie, there are definitely some similarities. Please watch the movie just to agree with me on this one. Thanks.

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And then I got pulled into the love story of Noah and Elle, but basically I was the following:

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The prom was anything but ordinary. I finally remembered the name of Lee’s girlfriend, whose name I swear was only mentioned a handful of times. Also, Rachel got major brownie points for supporting her fellow woman in times of distress.

The Kissing Booth made me really reconsider my potential as a student and all the opportunities of Ivy League schools. Then I remembered Noah’s socioeconomic status, football skills, and probable legacy.

The infamous pavilion gave me serious Sound of Music vibes, but I was all for it.

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And that final scene at the airport is what is making everyone want a sequel ASAP, even me. If you couldn’t tell, I’m also Team Noah.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie despite some of the plot holes. I specifically loved how Lee did not end up having a secret crush on Elle (like I was expecting due to the rest of the cliche movie) and had a wholesome love for Rachel instead. All the loves are wholesome.

My next plan to continue my obsession is to read the book and see how it goes from there.


Have you watched The Kissing Booth yet? Do you have any guilty pleasure movies? Let me know in the comments!

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Netflix Book Tag (AKA Combining My Two Greatest Loves)

If you follow me on any sort of social media, you know how much time I spend on Netflix watching shows and movies instead of reading books. When I came across this tag, I knew that I immediately had to do it.

I tracked down the tag to originally be on a YouTube channel: A Darker Shade of Whitney. 

1. Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading.

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I will forever refer to this book as “the one where I didn’t know where it came from for two full days”. Yeah, it was a low-point of my blogging career so far. I ended up loving this book with all its intricacies and unique story concept. The review for this book hasn’t been published yet, but keep your eyes open in the next week or so!

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2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read.

I always love reading classics, but I usually only pick them up with great recommendations from friends. My best friend loves Pride and Prejudice, so last summer I decided to borrow her (gorgeous) book to read it. I FELL IN LOVE. The story took a bit to get into, but once I reached about a quarter of the way through, the rest flew by. I’m hoping to read more Jane Austen this summer when I have time to enjoy the stories.

3. Recently Added: The last book you bought

As you can probably see, the bottom two books are borrowed from the library… BUT THE TOP TWO are a different story. I bought these from Jill (@booknerd_reads) and her shop she runs (on a separate account) where she sells her used books. Summer Days and Summer Nights and Wink Poppy Midnight have both been on my TBR for a while, but I’m hoping to jump into these soon.

4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about

If someone doesn’t know about Shatter Me at this point in my life, do we even talk? I love this series and cannot wait for Restore Me to come IN MARCH!!!! (Yes, those exclamation marks may be excessive, but have you met Kenji and Warner?)

This one may be a bit of a stretch, but I feel like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants can be seen as a classic of the young adult category. I loved the movies when I was younger, but just recently started reading the series. In fact, I still need to track down book three before continuing reading.

The Hazel Wood got some pretty major hype prior to its publication, and I feel like it was well-deserved. I absolutely loved the story. Everland was a book recommended to me, but I feel like most people I talk to know what the basic story is about.

5. Comedies: A funny book

I really wish more people had read The Romantics because I absolutely love it. The story is humorous and adorable since it’s told from Love’s perspective. The narrator is so sassy. If it wasn’t past Valentine’s Day, I would say read it for that day… honestly though, go and read it anyways. The story is FANTASTIC for a humorous read.

6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.

This book kind of disappeared off any of my social media after I read it. I didn’t particularly enjoy this book because of all the mindless drama every character had. Plus, I didn’t want to share a negative review of this book when I want this space to be positive and inviting.

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7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

I struggled with this one for a bit since some might have said manga is a “cartoon”, but I think cartoons and manga are different. So… the result is The Little Prince which honestly is a book I hold dear to my heart. The story is metaphorical, lovable, and intense. It’s a book that makes me want to learn a foreign language in order to read the book in its native tongue. (Plus, have you watched the Netflix movie? I cried for 70% of that movie.)

8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read

Funny story time: I never actually read Harry Potter as a child, teenager, or adult. Okay, I literally heard everyone gasp from this side of the screen. My mom read these books to my sister and me as the series was published. I barely remember the first few books or movies. When I do read these books, I think it will be during summer when I can binge them.

9. Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is indescribable. I wanted to read this book, originally, because I saw it was turned into a movie with Oprah Winfrey. (Who doesn’t love Oprah?) When I saw it as required reading for college, I bought it automatically. The story is wonderful and unique and does not read like a normal non-fiction book laden with facts and statistics.

10. Action and Adventure: An action-packed book

Black Ice was on my radar because I had read Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. This book excited me because it was so different from her other books, so I knew I had to immediately pick it up. From what I remember, the book was constantly full of twists and turns and running… lots of running in the snow.

11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

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The first thing that caught my attention with this book was the cover. When I read the description, I knew I had to add it to my TBR.

Alice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.

She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn’t lead to having sex.

After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.

But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…

Doesn’t that sound AMAZING??

12. Max: Tag some people

I always struggle with tagging people, so I’m just going to leave it open for people to do if they feel like it. If you enjoyed reading this tag, then feel free to jump on in!


Do you enjoy reading tags? Have one you’d like to see me do? Let me know in the comments!

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My Favorite Binge-Worthy Shows

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Not going to lie: most of my college experience so far has been binge-watching shows instead of doing homework. While most of these shows I finished watching before college, the shows easily pull you in whether you should be doing something or just want to spend a day doing nothing.

1. Skam

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Skam is a Norwegian teen drama television series about the daily life of teenagers at the Hartvig Nissen School, a gymnasium in the wealthy borough of Frogner in West End Oslo.

I just finished season four after a semester-long break, but I watched the first three seasons in about 4 days. I did nothing else beside sit in bed and read subtitles. This show is in Norwegian, but I have connections to some English subtitles, if you know what I mean. Each season focuses on a different character as well. After watching the first season, I wasn’t sure I would like switching character focus because of how much I fell in love with the first character. But the second season is probably my favorite so far with the story line and character development. The second and final seasons are competing for my favorite season just because of the characters the seasons focus on. 10 out of 10 would recommend for college-aged students.

2. The Vampire Diaries/The Originals

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TVD: A young teen struggles to make a decision between two vampire brothers and their supernatural lives. Soon after she discovers the truth her whole world turns upside down.

The Originals: A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong.

I know these are two separate series, but they are within the same world. Personally, I did half of the series of TVD at a time for binge-watching since it gets a little weird. If you can make it past about season 3 or 4, then you’re golden for finishing the series. I loved the difference from the books and the way it develops.

I haven’t finished season 1 of The Originals yet, but I’ve heard that the show can change OTP statuses that The Vampire Diaries set. Once I start watching this show again, though, I will fight hard for my OTPs.

3. Gilmore Girls

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A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

I used to watch reruns of this show all the time growing up. When I heard about the Netflix revamp, I binge-watched straight through all the seasons. While I didn’t quite make it through all of them before watching the Netflix show, I did finish strong. This show has something for everyone (except maybe fantasy or science fiction… or horror). Each season can easily be done within a few days without even trying. And I also recommend adding in the Netflix revamp to polish off the series.

4. Hart of Dixie

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New Yorker and new doctor Zoe Hart accepts an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work in his medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She arrives to find he has died and left half the practice to her in his will.

This show is definitely not for everyone, but I surprisingly fell in love with the story. I recommend giving this show a chance with a few episodes before making a final judgment call. I took a few weeks to finish this show and savored each episode. If you just sat down and watched it, though, you could easily finish it within a few days.

5. How to Get Away With Murder

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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

While I have never binge-watched this show, I wish I could have. This is a show that I fell in love with right away and watch every week. The story gets so twisted and each episode leaves you with a cliff-hanger. I would not recommend for people who don’t like blood since most of the murders are violent ones.

6. Stranger Things

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When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

That description doesn’t even begin to cover what all happens in Stranger Things. This is a show that I actually binge-watched in college. I watched an episode a day until the final three episodes (those all happened in a night). Initially, I watched the first two episodes with some of my friends, but it just didn’t catch me at the time. When I saw that a second season was coming out, I decided to give it another try. AND BOY AM I GLAD I DID! This show was written to be binge-watched and can be watched no other way. I recommend this for EVERYONE!

7. Sherlock

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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

This show can be a bit more difficult to binge-watch due to the episode length, but, if you watch an episode a day, you can easily get through the four seasons within two weeks. I watched the first season in a weekend, but I watched the next three seasons in college, a few years later. Sherlock is a must-watch for anyone that loves mysteries and comedy and drama and all of the above. The story left me wanting more, which is why I read A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro this semester as well.


Which shows do you binge-watch? Any recommendations for me to binge-watch next? Let me know in the comments!

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