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 just saw his concert last week 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: Toy Story 4

I went to see Toy Story 4 on Friday night and it was everything my inner child could’ve hoped for. I figured that TS 3 was the end with Andy going to college, but here we are, 8/9 years later with another ending! I loved the new characters, Bonnie is a hilarious kid, the ventriloquist dolls from the antique shop are TERRIFYING, and I think Pixar did a great job tying up the series. I laughed and I cried. But I think I missed the best part of the movie when I had to get up to use the restroom (movie fail…) I came back and Murray and my Father-in-law were both laughing so hard they were crying. Ducky and Bunny are great haha

Bible: 1 Samuel

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 1 Samuel for quite a while. It’s been really interesting seeing how God worked with the Israelites and was even gracious enough to give them a King when they begged for one even though he knew it wasn’t in their best interest. Seeing the Israelites’ foibles really gives you a good perspective on how dumb humanity is and how amazing it is that God loves us anyways!

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