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

Update: The following still applies, but I’ve now seen his concert and it was AWESOME. My love for Shawn’s music continues. The kid is stupidly talented and his new song with Camilla Cabello is *insert fire emoji* 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: Hart of Dixie

I’ve been rewatching Hart of Dixie lately and subsequently getting a slightly southern accent in the process. Just an occupational hazard of watching a show set in Alabama. I loved this show when it aired and I love it just as much now on a second time through. Who doesn’t love the idea of a city slicker surgeon moving to a Gilmore Girls-esque southern town in Alabama and falling in love while trying to acclimate to what’s basically a culturally different planet? So many great adventures including the Mayor who has a pet alligator, Burt Reynolds. And for what it’s worth, #TeamWadeForever

Movies: Downton Abbey

I haven’t seen this one yet, but I’m so excited to go. I loved the show in college and I just need to catch up on a few episodes of the last season before I can go see the movie!

Bible: New Testament

One of my fellow LDI interns showed me a group called Streetlights Bible. They’ve recorded all of the New Testament as spoken word style recordings with hip hop tracks behind them. It’s all read straight from the NLT but the cadence and music behind it is so engaging! It’s one of my new favorite ways to intake scripture, especially in the middle of my Old Testament class where I’m deep into Israelite history. This creates a nice balance.

Stay tuned for new updates 🙂