Where You Lead, I Will Follow — My Thoughts on the Gilmore Girls Revival!

Who here LOVES Gilmore Girls? I do, I do! I never did watch it when it aired, but I would think it was maybe 3 or 4 years ago that I finally got into watching it and I can’t even remember why! I started watching it and loved it, then found all the DVDs on sale at Wal-Mart one day and seriously BINGED on the whole thing. I loved Stars Hollow and all the characters in it and just wanted to go there one day and live there. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

After I watched it once, I had to watch it again. And again. And again. And when it was announced that there would be a revival of the show this year, I watched it yet again! I was so excited that tons of the original characters were coming back and sad that Ed Hermann wasn’t going to be there. I counted down the days with other fans, got the magazines, and my body actually woke me up right at 1:00 a.m. when it aired here (though I went back to sleep and got up three hours later). I spent every free second of the day watching the revival and stayed away from social media until I was done because I didn’t want any spoilers.

Seriously, I think people thought I was crazy when they asked what I was doing Friday and I cried, “It’s Gilmore Girls Day!” I mean, wasn’t everyone watching?

Anyway, I love, love, loved the revival! If you haven’t watched it, I’d suggest not reading further, since I’m going to list off my favourite parts of the four-part special.

Here goes!

  • The magic of lead up to that first scene, with the different lines from the first 7 seasons – just listening to that made me want to start the whole thing over again!
  • The town troubadour! I was so happy he was back!
  • Carole King busting out on the piano and Taylor telling her one of her most famous songs wasn’t catchy enough.
  • That darn musical! Seriously, once I watched it a second time, I fell in love with it. Sutton Foster killed the role as the lead of the musical and those songs … oh my gosh, they just get better and better! I know some people thought it was too long, but it was perfect.
  • Emily’s growth as a character was my favourite! I loved her by the end. I mean, we’ve always loved Emily but I love the person she became and how she found what she truly wanted to be after the death of her husband. I liked how she just didn’t want to be a part of that life she used to play a role in.
  • How the whole show was like a tribute to Edward Hermann. I wonder what direction it would’ve gone if he hadn’t passed?
  • Michel. Oh my god, Michel! I loved how much he was in it and I loved his character so much. Favourite quote: “Your name is Molly. Why?”
  • “Super proud.”
  • Jess. I was never really a fan of him in the main series, especially after I watched it a few more times – I just realized what an ass he was and how there was definitely someone better for Rory. But I feel like he redeemed himself in this series. As he grew up, he was like the voice of reason for Rory and if they ever bring the show back again, I’d love for him to play a role in her life.
  • The whole Paul thing was hilarious! I know some people said it was just too gimmicky and silly, but I thought it was so funny!
  • The whole wedding montage at the end with Sam Phillip’s gorgeous song, ‘Reflecting Light.’ Such a perfect selection and brought back memories of when Luke and Lorelai danced back at his sister’s wedding.
  • Oh my god, ooober was freaking hilarious! Every single time Kirk would say “not uber, ooober” I would laugh.
  • Hep Alien! I was so excited when I saw Sebastian Bach come into the scene, since I didn’t even know he was coming back!
  • One of the first scenes, when Lorelai and Luke are going to bed and she comes out wearing pajamas covered in dogs and says, “Puppies.” Such a Lorelai thing!
  • I almost forgot, but Kirk’s movie! When I thought about what I’d love to see in the revival, I instantly thought that Kirk should have another movie or something so I was thrilled when there was one! And I loved the rewatch with the Life & Death Brigade, too!

What I didn’t like:

  • I love Alexis Bledel but I wasn’t a fan of her acting at first – it seemed very un-Rory.
  • And speaking of Rory, where were the books? I longed for that bookish girl we all got to know and love! I don’t think she read a book at all during the four episodes.
  • The ‘Wild’ experience. I’ve read Wild and I did like it, but I felt like that whole part was just too long. The payoff at the end and the bonding between Lorelai and Emily was worth it, but I just didn’t like it.
  • I wish Rory had done more with the Stars Hollow Gazette. I like that she got the job there, but I wanted her to make it her own and make it something special.
  • I know they played it at the very end of the show, but I missed the theme song! I wanted them to play it right off the bat, maybe with an updated intro or something?

And now that I’ve made that list, I’m going to go watch the revival yet again! And maybe put my name on the wait list for Lauren’s book again (since it was awesome – and any Gilmore Girl fan should read it!). I’m sure I’ll find even more to love! And I would be so on board if they made more Gilmore Girls, either in movies, specials, or another reboot of the show. I just can’t get enough! I thought the revival was so nostalgic and so well done and I’m so glad that we got it!

Are you a Gilmore Girls fan? Did you watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life? What are your favourite parts? 

Looking Back on a Bookish … November

As you can probably tell, this month I’ve been trying to get back into blogging! I’m not sure what it is but I just haven’t been feeling that connection with it lately – might be due to the low readership on the blog lately, but I’m not going to let that get me down! I started this blog for me and I want to keep going like I did before. I LOVE talking about books and sharing what I’m reading and that’s not going to change.🙂

This month I took a much-needed solo vacation to a lovely inn and got SO MUCH reading done! I read 5 books in total and it was great to just sit back and read … on the porch, in the bathtub, when I got up, when I went to bed, when I went and had dinner. It was perfect! It kind of reminded me of the days before kids when I could just read with abandon. However, I missed my kids INTENSELY and couldn’t wait to get back to them. I felt guilty for spending three days reading! But then I got back to routine and it was kind of nice to scale back on the reading. I love it and definitely make it a priority in my spare time, but I don’t know how I managed to do so much of it in the past! Funny how things change …

Towards the end of the month, my reading slowed down a bit since I had a birthday party to plan, I started doing holiday shopping and baking, Bailey got sick … but 10 books read is still good!

WHAT’S NEW ON THE SHELF …

Audiobooks bought: 

  1. Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper (1 credit used) (LISTENED)
  2. Austenland by Shannon Hale (1 credit used) (LISTENED)
  3. Rooms by Lauren Oliver ($4.95 sale) (then returned – so boring!)
  4. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
  5. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  6. When I Fall In Love by Miranda Dickenson

E-books bought:

  1. Bittersweet (True North, #1) by Sabrina Brown
  2. The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1) by Kristen Painter (Amazon FREEBIE)
  3. Kodiak’s Claim (Kodiak Point, #1) by Eve Langlais
  4. Cat Got Your Diamonds (Kitty Couture Mystery, #1) by Julie Chase
  5. Christmas Gifts at The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond
  6. Christmas at The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond
  7. The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond

WHAT I READ THIS MONTH …

  1. My One And Only by Kristen Higgins
  2. Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper (Audiobook)
  3. Leave Me by Gayle Forman
  4. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi (Audiobook)
  5. City of the Lost (Casey Duncan, #1) by Kelley Armstrong
  6. Austenland (Austenland, #1) by Shannon Hale (Audiobook)
  7. The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond
  8. Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong (Audiobook+Reread)
  9. Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan (Review Book)
  10. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

How was your bookish month? 

[Thoughts] Book Buying in the New Year – 2017

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A funny thing happened this year with my reading:

My tastes changed. 

I’m not sure when it happened, but as November started to wrap up, I realized that out of the nearly 130 books that I had read in 2016, maybe a dozen were Young Adult books. For about 5 years I had been addicted to Young Adult books of many genres – dystopian, contemporary, romance, sports, etc. – but this year my reading had gone from reading about teenagers to reading about people who were more my age.

How did this happen? I have no idea! I guess my mood reading has taken me in another direction and I just started to enjoy more romances, cozy mysteries, chick lit, historicals, and paranormal books, most of which were firmly cemented in the Adult section. I’m not talking about books with more sex or anything, but just books featuring an older cast of characters. Does this mean I’m getting older? Am I growing up? Has becoming a mom changed my reading habits? But most importantly – will they go back eventually? Will I find that balance between reading adult fiction and reading young adult fiction without feeling like I’m missing something while reading the latter?

I’ve always been a huge mood reader, so the idea that my mood has changed and my preferences with it doesn’t really bug me, BUT here’s the thing: I have bought SO MANY books over the years that I still haven’t read, a lot of which are Young Adult. 

This leads me to think about my book buying habits for 2017. First off, we’re going to be strictly following a budget so there’s not a lot of extra money for books. When we do budget, the husband and I do $20 each of free money, so I could always spend that on books, and I have reward points saved up for various places just for this upcoming year where I don’t have lots of extra money to spend on books. However, books are expensive, so what I have saved up in points will buy me a moderate amount of books for the year – say, maybe a dozen to 20 books tops.

Second, with the amount of books that I have on my shelf, unread, I’m left to wonder – will I read these books? Whenever I try to read a book on my shelf that’s in the Young Adult section, I’m just not feeling connected. I’m not saying this as a slight to any Young Adult authors, but the way they’re written for a younger audience just isn’t meshing with me right now. That might definitely change as the years go by so I don’t want to purge everything, but I’m also not going to buy anything that looks interesting to me.

Instead, I plan to be VERY selective in the new year. So far I have about 10 books on my wishlist for the new year by authors I’ve read and loved and any new author or book I’m not sure I’ll love will be acquired through the library. I’ll be cancelling my Audible membership this year and next year will be spent working on the books on my shelf, reading library books, and reading the books I buy AS I buy them, NOT letting them pile up (this was my plan this year but then I fell off the budgeting wagon and got waaaaay to frivolous with book buying – I can’t let this happen in 2017!). I’m also working on my NetGalley membership and not going overboard like I had done in the past, which will help keep my rating up.

I know I’ve said this before, but I know it’s possible to read widely and NOT spend lots of money on books. It does help that I’m reading more physical books now as the kids grow up and I love that I can request my library buy certain ebooks and audiobooks if they’re not available. It’s just that I have to REMEMBER that when it comes to reading a book, I don’t HAVE to buy it – instead, seek out other options first, and sleep on the purchase! One-Click buying is not my friend!

Anyway, to sum it up, my book buying in 2017 will be so much more selective than this year – though this year was MUCH better than years passed when it came to book buying. I will be buying tried and true authors, borrowing others, and sleeping on purchases BEFORE they happen. Also, I will keep an eye on NetGalley for some books that I’m really looking forward to! I won’t go overboard with book buying, NetGalley requesting, or let my TBR books pile up on me. Related, a 2017 goal is to get my owned TBR books UNDER 150.

Challenge accepted?

Have your reading tastes changed over the years? Have you ever gone back to reading genres you used to read a lot of, or maybe started reading genres that you had never given a chance to in the past? Can you stick with a book buying budget? What are your tips?