The 'Five By Five' Book Haul


I'm currently in California so you know what that means, yup, that's right, another library sales book haul! Yay. I picked these up in a bag sale, which incase you didn't know, is a used book sale where you receive a bag for $5 (or sometimes $4 if you bring your own) and you get to fill it up to your hearts content with books. No extra charge. Magical, amiright? We have a theme on this trip with books that have either found their way to the big screen or books based on the entertainment industry (online or the biz). Enjoy! If you've read any of these, let me know your thoughts. And if you haven't, which would you be interested in picking up?

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is an agoraphobic architect and mother who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. It is narrated by her 15-year-old daughter Bee Branch. It is told in a series of documents (emails, memos, transcripts, etc.) with the occasional interlude by Bee.

This is actually getting turned into a movie later this year, it's set to star Troian Bellisario *fangirls*, Cate Blanchett, and Kristen Wiig. So, interesting! A great female cast. But I'm not really up to date and savvy when it comes to movies (Now horrors or TV shows, and I'm your girl), so go check out Billiam's weekly podcast Future Flicks

The "13 Reasons Why" That You Should Read As A Teen


“Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there's nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.” 
― Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

Last year was, in a weird way, a huge breakthrough for banishing the taboo around discussing teen suicide. Like it or loathe it, the Netflix original "13 Reasons Why" was largely to thank for this. I personally disliked the show for how it dealt with such sensitive topics, but having since read Jay Asher's YA book that the show was based on, I can admit that the story initially had a decent message, it just happened to get lost in translation.

Nevertheless, the show's adaption was done so poorly that it did act as a trigger for many young men and women. I have read the stories that I think a lot of us have, surrounding the 13 episode series pushing many young adults to suicide. It's heartbreaking. Granted, a show can't be solely responsible for someone's sadness but nothing entertainment wise should have enough power to push someone to ending their own life. Nothing. One could argue that anyone with that weight of sadness would find their reasoning in anything - this show just happened to be the source at the time. But alas, taking "To The Bone" as an example, the other Netflix original that took the sensitive subject of eating disorders and created a movie starring Lily Collins, it was respectfully done without skimping on the details that an audience may find too difficult to watch. You ended with a small token of hope that ought to always be what people take from something - especially when the something is geared towards a young audience. It's always going to be hit or miss, but these things should never be done carelessly. "13 Reasons Why" had the opportunity to create a strong healthy message and it's really disappointing how it all ended up. I have read enough books on mental illnesses to know that it can be done. If they wanted to keep the original ending, fine, but they could've easily done it in a way that didn't insinuate that suicide is not only an easy option, but something that enables you to put the blame on others.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies || Recipe


Who doesn't love cookies? I'm more of a brownie girl, but my better half @BilliamSWN is a cookie chooser. Here is his go to recipe for crumbly oatmeal cookie goodness. It's a simple four steps, so what's the harm in making a batch? Be sure to tweet us photos if you do!

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