Three of a Kind: Cutesy

Three of a Kind is a series that lists books, shows, movies, podcasts and even music that pair well together. Each post highlights a particular theme and lists fictional worlds (and music) that revolve around the theme. Here’s something a little more mushy for a light sunday (said the lover of funny science fiction).

READ: Simon VS The Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

oreos + adorable protagonist + emails
Highlights: “White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”

Simon is the most adorable character ever. I don’t think I can emphasize this enough. The book had so much of positive energy and explored Simon coming out and dealing with the different facets of being a teenager in the best way possible.

WATCH: Inside Out

emotions as characters + sweet innocent Joy + life of a 11 year old
Highlights: Train of Thought

Adorable personified, literally. This show captures the workings of the brain in the simplest way possible- through animated characters that represent emotions. It’s so basic in thought yet exploding with creativity in implementation.

Watch: The Secret life of Walter Mitty

adorable shy guy + imaginative life + goes on an adventure
Highlights: Skating in Iceland

There’s a lot of whimsy in this movie and it will make you melt. Walter Mitty is a shy love struck guy who goes on an adventure and finds love. Its innocence and the beauty in the places he visits makes me forget how unrealistic the story is

While cutesy is so not my style, I think these cute stories are worth it. What would you add to this list?

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Three of a Kind: Extraordinary Women

Three of a Kind is a series that lists books, shows, movies, podcasts and even music that pair well together. Each post highlights a particular theme and lists fictional worlds (and music) that revolve around the theme. If you know me, you’ll know that I am in awe of the movie Hidden Figures. This post is to celebrate women just like those.

READ: Warbreaker by BRandon Sanderson

two sisters + color-based fantasy + a sword as a character
Highlights: the character, Lightsong and his sass

While there were main characters besides the sisters, these sisters were the main catalysts to the plot and the real heroes at the end of the book. This epic fantasy knocks every other out of the park. I mean, did I already mention that a sword is a character?

WATCH: Hidden Figures

true story of women at NASA + first woman engineer+ woman who put man in space
Highlights: Fierce trailblazing women

Not only does it show how NASA got its first man into space, but it shows the women behind it, and the adversity they faced to be where they were. I love how the movie talks about the race issue in America and the fact that it’s a true story just adds to its appeal.

Watch: Jessica Jones

heroine with superpower strength + persevered despite PTSD + fierce AF
Highlights: Her fighting skills!

Well produced tv show with the bold Jessica Jones, I haven’t seen a show that portrays internalized thoughts so well. It also addresses abuse and PTSD so bonus points for not trying to glaze over the tough stuff.

Bonus: Scars to your beautiful

I bet there’s a lot more fiction that portray powerful women but my library of read books in this category is tiny. So, what would you recommend?

Three of a Kind: Creepy Reality

Three of a Kind is a series that lists books, shows, movies, podcasts and even music that pair well together. Each post highlights a particular theme and lists fictional worlds (and music) that revolve around the theme. This week, we look at odd and creepy fiction that’s so close to reality. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a low-key upside down story?

READ: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Library of the dead + strong main character + themes of depression
Highlights: You can smell the haunted vibes in the story.

There’s a thin line between the living and the dead and Schwab has perfectly imagined it. I have never come across a world so vivid with its elements of fantasy that mix well with reality. (I want to say more but oh god, it’s too good to be spoiled)

WATCH: Stranger Things

set in the 80s + scientific mishap + character with absurd powers
Highlights: Upside Down (that’s all I can say)

There’s isn’t much you can say about Stranger Things without spoiling it. There is a lot of scientific exploration that is seen in the show. The themes of familial affection as well as platonic loyalty is my favorite. More shows need to take note!

LISTEN: Welcome to Night Vale

Paranormal shit happens + People take it as normal + weirdest government body
Highlights: There is an eternal animal pier to toss animals that fall out of the sky.

Scores of people have tried to describe this podcast and have failed. In a radio format, this podcast gives a glimpse into the strange town of Night Vale, where newspaper stands sell milk and newly installed dog parks are not allowed for people or dogs.

What odd and creepy books, movies or shows would you recommend?

Three of a Kind: No Speed Limits

Three of a Kind is a series that lists books, shows, movies, podcasts and even music that pair well together. Each post highlights a particular theme and lists fictional worlds (and music) that revolve around the theme. I don’t drive but if I did, these would certainly be the reason I’d have countless speeding tickets.

This post is in honor of the Formula One championships. I’m an avid fan and whee, I can’t wait for the second round tomorrow! (9 April)

READ: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Ronan + cars + racing said cars
Highlights: A hundred white Mitsubishis.

The second book in the series The Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves is thrilling AF. Yes, the abundance of cars as well as the chapters with Ronan’s BMW are perfect for this theme but more so, this book has a rush of dark energy that stays with you long after your read.

WATCH: Mad Max: Fury Road

Violence while driving + racing through the desert + big bulky monster automobiles
Highlights: So. Many. Stunts.

I love the characters and how gritty the entire movie is. It’s a chase across the apocalypse ridden land. The monster-like automobiles are so cool and the violence that ensues between the chase is excellent.

LISTEN: Songs by Halsey

Drive + Gasoline + Hurricane
Highlights: “All we do is drive”

While her newer songs are so not my style, her album Badlands is perfect for this set. There’s a lot of adrenaline in the songs and with titles like Drive and Gasoline, the mood is set.

What would you add to these clutch burning numbers?

Three of a Kind: Strange Worlds

Three of a Kind is a series that lists books, shows, movies, podcasts and even music that pair well together. Each post highlights a particular theme and lists fictional worlds (and music) that revolve around the theme. Starting the series with Strange Worlds because science fiction is my jam!

READ: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam

Space + odd characters + a guide to space travel
Highlights: Towels are important in this world.

It starts with the world ending. Douglas Adam makes such vivid worlds and doesn’t miss a chance to poke fun at the oddities of Earth through good ol’ alien interactions. The rulebook ties it together. The imaginative world(s) in this book know no boundaries.

WATCH: Rick and Morty

Time and space travel + alternate realities + scientist grandfather
Highlights: An infinite number of alternate realities exist.

Rick and Morty is an animated show about a scientist and his grandson. What I love about the show is the sociopathic tendencies of the scientist and how it explores parallel universe, time travel and more. This is only a glimpse of the mind-blowing concepts the show reaches into.

LISTEN: SONGS BY DAVID BOWIE

Space Oddity + Ziggy Stardust + Moonage Daydream
Highlights: Goes perfectly with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

I recommend everything by David Bowie. Upbeat, his music is full of life and sets the scene for you while reading Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Any strange worlds you think would fit the bill? Tell me about it!

Launching this series after a month of fidgeting and planning. It was so much fun writing this and the upcoming ones in the series. I would love your suggestions and topics for future Three of a Kind posts. What would you like to see?

Books to Survive High School

The moment that I had confirmed my university course, I knew I could wipe my high school slate. And I was glad.

High school is a test and no one knows what their outcome is. For me, it was 60% torture zone and 40% learning experience. And that is me trying to be glass half full. Nevertheless, I’m out, and have no parole to face, so let’s not point fingers at the bullies and mull over the what-ifs.

Instead, before I enter my next 3 years of impromptu plans and adventures, I need to thank a few books I read, my allies and pillars during the last 4 years.

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1. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Adjusting in a new environment and new people is tough and that is exactly what I felt when I started high school. So when Wonder came by, I was glad someone could relate.

2. Smart by Kim Slater

Smart is one of my favourite books ever. It shows you that you can work towards your goal despite all the obstacles and that was all the motivation I need.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

When I finished reading Fangirl, I knew I wasn’t alone with my introvert, socially-anxious behaviour. Yes, parts of the book annoyed me but by the end, it left a good feeling.

4. Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Grief and loss. We’ve all gone through it but doesn’t it feel magnified into a 100 when you’re a teenager and trying to make sense of the world? This book gave me company through that time.

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5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Holy smoking fantasy! I was blown away by Marrakesh and Karou’s hair and Brimstone and revenge wishes and, AND, everything!

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I’ve never felt more inspired than when I read this book. This was the book that made me get into photography because of all the captivating visuals it described.
7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I reread this book 6 times in the past 2 years. The OT5, the family and subtle double meanings were all I needed. The escapism was real!

8. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I was in the same position as Mac was, having lost a family member and being able to reasonate to her was helpful. Also, the world building. I will never get over it.

9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam

I only read the first book in the series but that was enough. I was stunned by its brilliance and the clever humor. Also, space. If this doesn’t get you through high school, I don’t know what will.

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10. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I reread the series in 9th grade and the book are like coming home. Comforting and bewitched with plot twists that make you forget about homework (too many times).
finWhat books helped you through high school and through rough times? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

Books I’d Recommend to Love YA

So, This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an idea I’ve been preparing for a while and now is the time to share with y’all! I had fun thinking up this and I hope you enjoy as well! Click on the covers to be directed to their Goodreads page. The topic given by the lovely ladies at The Broke and The Bookish is Books I’d Recommend to X Person.

 

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This treatment was done by the Books and Cake foundation. It is a ten step program to alter Patient X’s thoughts and opinions on the genre.

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X11 X4X5X6X7X8X9X10At the end of the program, we had the patient back for regular testing. the final tests were taken a month later and the following were reported.

Patient X is now healthy and will go on to read many more YA novels and gush over them, creating his/her over the ships and feels.

The Foundation is not responsible for any side effects such as incontrollable reading, insomnia, etc.

So, do you agree with my treatment plan? I hope to enforce it some day! 😉