Initial Impressions: ‘One Of Us Is Lying’

I’m the worst at keeping up with watching TV series. I watch when I feel like it to sometimes it takes me months (or longer) to finish a season. It might be a while before I finish OOUIL so I thought I would share my thoughts on the first episode.

One of Us Is Lying

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Rated: TV-MA


Mystery surrounds Bayview High when five students walk into detention and only four walk out alive, leaving one dead just as he was about to reveal life-changing secrets.

-First off, I hate the visual aesthetics of the show. It reminds me of (the very little I’ve seen of) Riverdale. It’s like a very over edited Instagram photo.

-I’m eternally frustrated with media’s choice of going over the top and forcing Mature ratings on adaptions. The book is a young adult book for teenagers. Can we please keep it at a TV-14 rating? Common Sense Media recommends it for 14+.

[Yes, there are some parents/caregivers that don’t care what kids watch. There are those that still enforce ratings though. Adults, if you’re really needing ~mature~ things in TV, go watch almost everything else on TV.]

-Everyone seems so old and mature. Nothing seems high school like. Has high school changed so much in the last ~15 years since I’ve been in high school? Or are California’s schools a lot swankier?

-It’s off to an intriguing start. I don’t know if I was new to the story if I’d want to continue though.

What are your thoughts on the FIRST episode?

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Book Box Guesses: December 2021

It’s no secret that I’m a book box lover. Part of the fun is trying to guess the upcoming month’s books (even if I don’t subscribe). Here’s a round up of what I think will be in the upcoming month’s boxes. I’ll update this post as new themes are revealed. These posts are typically scheduled around the 15th of each month.

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If you’d like to play along, drop your guesses in the comments and I’ll add them to the post! If you think I’m wrong, please leave a comment as to which book is a better fit.

Let me know if I’m missing a box you think should be added to the list.

If you work for one of the boxes below and would like to offer a discount code to my readers or a referral link, email me and I’d be happy to add it to the post. I’m open to discussing other types of partnerships as well.

I STRONGLY urge you to research a box before buying or subscribing. There’s been some shady behavior and you don’t want to get caught up in it.

Looking for more book boxes? Check out my ever growing Directory of Book Boxes.

Book Box guesses
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Discussion: Reading Traditions

Reading is a deeply personal hobby. There’s no wrong way to do it. You can read for your own enjoyment. You can read to educate yourself. You can read for comfort.

One thing you can do is start (or continue) a reading tradition.

I’m here to talk about my reading traditions.

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Book Review: ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’

Keeper of the Lost Cities” by Shannon Messer

Source: Library

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy


Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.”
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

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Great Audiobook Narrators

Audiobook fans know that a narrator can make or break a book. I’ve even been known to pick up an audiobook simply because of the narrator. Here are some recommendations of audiobook narrators that I enjoy plus one of their stories that I enjoyed.

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