My Current Favorites

A space to share what books, music, tv, movies, and bible reading I’m currently enjoying and/or working on.

Books: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

I absolutely love this book and the subsequent sequels Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping From Houdini. Kerri Maniscalco does a fantastic job of intertwining 3 of my favorite literary genres: mystery, historical fiction and romance. Her heroine Audrey Rose is a very relatable protagonist. Even though I don’t personally have dreams to be a female coroner in a male-dominated world, I can relate to her desire to be seen as capable, constantly trying to prove herself worthy in a society that doesn’t see her as anything more than a woman to be protected and insulated in a mind numbingly proper aristocracy. The action is gripping and Maniscalco does a wonderful job keeping readers on their toes, always bringing in new suspects and providing delicious twists for a heart-racing ending to solve the murder mysteries. The backdrop of 1880’s London makes my historical fiction loving heart flutter a little bit, but her stories would shine in any era.

Music: Shawn Mendes

There’s been a severe lack of new music for my tastes as of late. I think my problem is that most of my favorite artists are on the same writing, releasing, touring schedule, so there’s a big drought right now as everyone has wrapped up touring and is working in the studio, but not releasing music right now. Because of this, I’ve come back to an old favorite, Shawn Mendes’ self-titled album from last year. He’s up for a couple Grammys for it, so obviously it’s good. I am so excited to see him live this summer. He’s one of the few artists I haven’t gotten to see headline and I can’t wait. He always nails his live performances on awards shows and I know it will be a great time. In the meantime, I’ll just keep listening to his album in the car.

TV: Vampire Diaries

My friend convinced me to watch Vampire Diaries with him. I’m not really sure how I got here, but here I am, nonetheless. I haven’t typically been a vampire fan aside from the Twilight craze of my high school years, and even then I was #TeamJacob, aka Team Werewolf. I loved watching Teen Wolf in college, so this whole Vampires thing is very new. I think what’s keeping me interested isn’t necessarily the mystical creatures part but the fact that it’s all anchored in Civil War Era local history of their Virginian town, Mystic Falls. The flashbacks and stories that are told make the other crazy parts of the plot worthwhile. I’m still less than 10 episodes in, but I think I’ll stick around for a while. I have a hunch this will be fairly entertaining.

Movies: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I know this movie came out last August, but I can’t help myself. It’s still my current favorite. I absolutely love the world that Jenny Han has created in Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky. I just finished reading the trilogy and it was so much fun having the Netflix characters in my brain as little puppets to play out all the scenes in my mind. This movie is so sweet and funny and everything a romantic comedy should be. I hope that Netflix moves away from the Bird Box stuff and back to Set It Up and To All the Boys type stuff that really shines on a streaming service. But it would make me even happier if the big studios started investing in romcoms again. They’re super cheap to produce and everyone loves them!

Bible: Joshua

Bible reading has been a slow progress deal since I always get distracted and go for days (or weeks, let’s be honest…) without reading. But there’s grace in that and I know that God will not hold my humanity against me, and is always happy when we come back into the reading fold. I’ve been trucking through Joshua for quite a while. These stories are absolutely crazy. It’s amazing how God made way for the Israelites to take over all of Canaan. Talk about divine intervention! I have about 4 chapters to go in Joshua and then it’s on to Judges. I’ve never read Judges before, so I’m excited to learn some new stuff!

Stay tuned for new updates 🙂