Recap of My #30DayTVChallenge

The thing about the last two years is that I’ve consumed a lot of television, and with that, I’ve formed a few opinions, and that’s before you start digging back into the shows I watched growing up.

So, on June 1st I decided to do this challenge that was going around Twitter. The challenge gives you thirty days of prompts to answer. Starting on June 1st, I answered one question a day for thirty days. This is the first post and the start of the thread that contains all my answers:

Here were my answers.

June 1 :: A Show That Shouldn’t Have Been Cancelled

For this one, I could have gone for the low-hanging fruit and said Firefly, that show is the poster child for “TV Shows Gone Before Their Time” but I went with Farscape instead, which still shouldn’t have been canceled. Am I wrong?

June 2 :: A Show You Wish More People Were Watching

The great thing about the internet is that you never feel alone, but I selected Jane the Virgin for this one because not many people in my day-to-day life watch it (that I know of).

June 3 :: Your Favorite New Show (Debuted This Season)

I haven’t picked up a lot of new TV shows in the last couple of years, but this year, a lot of the shows that I really enjoyed have ended, so I started watching The Resident.

June 4 :: Your Favorite TV Show Ever

Stargate: Atlantis is the first show I remember really getting involved with regarding fandom and it’s a show that I still enjoy to this day.

June 5 :: A Show You Hate

It’s really not that I hate Gotham. It just lost me! If you follow my reviews at Tell-Tale TV, you’ll know that I covered Season 3 and I just couldn’t figure out what the appeal of their villains that season. They seemed to lack the grit of Fish Mooney and Jerome from previous seasons.

June 6 :: Favorite Episode of Your Favorite TV Show

I could have picked any of a handful of Stargate: Atlantis episodes for this one, but I ultimately went with “38 Minutes” because it was at a tough place, the show as new, they’d spent the last two episodes laying out exposition, and they managed to keep the pacing up. Plus, the bug on Sheppard’s neck is a key point in the Stargate: Atlantis mythology in seasons to come.

June 7 :: Least Favorite Episode of Your Favorite Show

Every show has one episode you’re just not that into. For me, that episode was Stargate: Atlantis “The Tower.”

June 8 :: A Show Everyone Should Watch

I have to say The Americans. It was a well-done show and it was as much about character as it was about Soviet spies in the United States. I actually want to rewatch it at some point in the near future.

June 9 :: Best Scene Ever?

I may just be on a The Americans hangover, but that parking garage scene made their series finale for me.

June 10 :: A Show You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving

It sounds ridiculous when I remember this, but I didn’t think I would like Battlestar Galactica. For the first season and a half it was the show that was on after Stargate: Atlantis and I waited for it to end so that I could rewatch the Stargates. There’s a girl on LiveJournal out there whose probably saying “I told you so!” right now.

June 11 :: A Show That Disappointed You

Shows that don’t live up to my expectations usually aren’t something I keep watching, but I finished Once Upon a Time and I wasn’t blown away by the ending.

June 12 :: An Episode You’ve Watched More Than Five Times

Someone out there probably remembers when I found the show Sanctuary around 2011. I am pretty sure “Veritas” was on my iPhone so I could watch it after the kids I was babysitting went to bed. I liked it that much!

June 13 :: Favorite Childhood Show

I think a large part of the attraction here was Catalina’s rainbow hair.

June 14 :: Favorite Male Character

Nick Miller never fails to makes me laugh!

June 15 :: Favorite Female Character

I have a lot of love for Helen Magnus in Sanctuary. She was such a complicated character. Maybe it it has something to do with vampire blood.

June 16 :: Your Guilty Pleasure Show

In all seriousness, Jane the Virgin is actually a really good show, and I enjoy it a lot, the outrageousness is what makaes it a guilty pleasure for me.

June 17 :: Favorite Mini-Series

Battlestar Galactica started off strong with a miniseries, and I think that for this show it was the best option. There was no way they would set up those story arcs in an hour.

June 18 :: Favorite Title Sequence

I am not sure how many of you remember The 4400, but I loved this show so much, and I absolutely adored the title sequence.

June 19 :: Best TV Show Cast

I have really liked the talent on Orange is the New Black. There are so many great actresses and they all crush their roles.

June 20 :: Favorite Kiss

Jiya and Rufus have got me on Timeless. I love Rufus’ humor and I’ve been dying to see more of Jiya. The end of “Stranded” when hee completely chickens out of telling her how he feels and starts talking about a plastic tube is just adorable.

June 21 :: Favorite Ship

John and Aeryn from Farscape are the epitome of #relationshipgoals. In November, Tell-Tale TV posted a list of TV items we were thankful for, and mine was John and Aeryn’s relationship.

June 22 :: Favorite Series Finale

Yes, maybe not everything gets answered in the Lost finale, but it is still a good ending to a series that made us all scratch our heads and say: “WTF?!”

June 23 :: Most Annoying Character

Rodney McKay! I love you to death, but damn you’re annoying. I can see why Sheppard carries around a lemon. (But seriously, he also makes me laugh, so I can’t imagine Stargate: Atlantis without him. He’s like a very brainy Rufus!)

June 24 :: Best Quote

I don’t know why, but I always found Sarah Manning’s “I had to go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond okay? No one wants to admit that!” the wittiest comeback!

June 25 :: A Show You Plan on Watching (Old or New)

My next show that I plan on watching is probably going to be Killing Eve!

June 26 :: OMG! WTF! Season Finale

I really have no idea how the writers are going to get out of the gaping plothole they created at the end of Blindspot Season 3.

June 27 :: Best Pilot Episode

This scene! That is all you need to know!

June 28 :: First T.V. Show Obsession

This was one of the first shows I remember really delving into! In retrospect, I don’t know what I saw in it, but at the time I absolutely loved it.

June 29 :: Current T.V. Show Obsession

So I’m going along my merry way watching Timeless when NBC up and cancels it! Not cool NBC! Not cool!

June 30 :: Saddest Character Death

Jasper Jordan’s death in The 100 Season 4 absolutely gutted me!

And that was my #30DayTVShowChallenge! It was fun and made me think of a lot of TV shows I hadn’t watched in a while.

Audiobook Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I have a soft spot for the “grumpy old man” trope, and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman hits that spot perfectly. 

Ove is a curmudgeon with a long list of things he dislikes, a short fuse, and staunch principles. He is the person who patrols and neighborhood and keeps people in line, but his routine gets thrown off when a boisterous young couple moves in next door.

One November morning, the new young couple whom Ove calls “the lanky one” and “the pregnant one” accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox. That evening is the comical lead-in to a heartwarming tale of stray cats, unexpected friendships, and the general skill of baking up a car with a trailer. The events that follow are stories of unlikely connections that shake an old man, a small community of row houses, and a resident’s association to their core.

Narrated by George Newburn, this audiobook is a mix of happy and sad moments that will stay with you and make you reexamine your life and the connections you’ve formed. 

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Blog Tour: Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz (Excerpt)

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I was selected to participate in a blog tour for Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz with an excerpt from the book.

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

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Audiobook Review: The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

You ever read a book where you want to be friends with the character for maybe a few hours, then you want to slowly “ghost” yourself out of their lives? Yea, The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close is kind of like that!

Beth and Matt Kelly are Washington D.C. transplants. They leave New York when Matt is offered a job on the Presidential Inauguration Committee after working on Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. Beth hates her her home, where levels of security clearance serve as stimulating dinner conversation, the roundabouts eternally confuse her Australian GPS, and where no one seems settled in their current career.

Things get worse when they meet Jimmy and Ashleigh Dylan. Jimmy works in the Advance Department. The four become inseparable, going on golf dates, coordinating brunches, and planning long weekends away.

But, as Jimmy’s star rises higher and higher, jealousy develops between the couples.  Hopefuls chronicles eight years in The Kellys lives and examines ambition, friendship, marriage, in a refreshingly honest way.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #7

I was nominated for this award by Darque @ Darque Dreamer Reads. Thank you so much for the nomination Darque! Everyone, if you aren’t following their blog already. Go check it out! It’s pretty awesome! I highly recommend the bookish photos!

Now, onto the award. I have actually done this reward six times before, you can check out the other incarnations here.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

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Audiobook Review: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girl by Anton DiSclafani

Okay, let’s talk about girls, equestrianism, and the onset of the depression? Or let’s just focus on the first two with hints of the last one. Yea, that sounds like a good idea.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani tells the story of a young lady named Thea who is being deposited at a riding camp for young women after shaming her family. Set in the 1930s, the book details Thea’s experiences at the camp while she unspools the series of events that brought her here.  During all of this, the Great Depression is just beginning, and the camp is starting to feel the strain.

The first-person narrative deftly weaves the past and present together, while exploring Thea’s coming of age. In the backdrop of this novel is the oncoming financial crisis of The Great Depression.

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Book Review: No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

Sometimes I just can’t find thrillers thrilling, or even interesting until the very end. Sadly, No One Knows by J.T. Ellison was one of those for me.

Aubrey Hamilton’s husband went missing five years ago, on the eve of his best friend’s wedding. His disappearance made Aubrey a prime suspect in the case and turned her life upside down. Now, five years, later Josh has officially been declared dead. His life insurance is paying out, and she and her mother-in-law are at odds once again.

But then a stranger shows up, and Aubrey is immediately taken in by how much he looks like Josh, leading her to believe that her missing husband may still be alive. As the story begins to unspool, questions about their relationship come into play, as well as some long kept family secrets. As the story begins to unspool, questions about their relationship come into play, as well as some long kept family secrets. 

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The Unique Blogger Award

I am accepting the Unique Blogger Award from Holly @ Nut Free Nerd. If you haven’t checked out Holly’s blog, you should, she posts amazing discussions and oftentimes her discussions end up in my The Sunday Post feature.

The Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #6

I was nominated by Rose @ Around the Library in 80 Days for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Here’s a basic rundown of the award:

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The Rules:

  • Thank your nominator and link back to their blog
  • Answer the biographical 11 questions your nominator decides to pose
  • Do the same by nominating 11 bloggers whom you adore and use the strength left in your giganto imagination to ask 11 new questions
  • List the rules and pass the Sunshine Blogger Award onto your blog

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The Fall Book Tag

Is it seriously the fall? I am torn! On one hand: salted caramel and pumpkin flavored deliciousness! On the other hand: we’re now so close to winter! But since it is not winter yet, and Honeycrisp apples are in season at the local orchard, I am inclined to be excited by the fact that it is now fall!

The Bionic Book Worm created a fall tag to help us celebrate the season. So let’s do this thing!

The rules:

  • Please link back to me, Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag!! I want to see your answers!!
  • Use the graphics – if you want
  • Have fun!

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