For What It's Worth

Friday, August 17, 2018

the friday five

Netflixing and such…


The Rain

Netflix – 1 season – renewed for a 2nd

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A Danish (subtitled) dystopian series about a toxic rain that kills nearly everyone in Scandinavia.
Two siblings emerge from an underground bunker after 6 years to try and find their father, a scientist, who never returned after leaving to help find a cure.

The usual – must band with strangers to survive/don’t know who to trust – and add in a small dose of YA angst. They are, after all, teens that were kept in a bunker – away from humanity during their formative year.

The first few episodes after they get out were a little eyeroll worthy but the show picks up steam with a few clever plot twists and was rather addictive.



2 seasons – renewed for a 3rd


3% is a Brazilian (subtitles) dystopian thriller that’s a similar to The Hunger Games in that people are chosen from their impoverished districts. the reward here though – if you survive the process – which only 3% do – is a chance to advance to the “better side” where there is modern conveniences, technology, and affluence. If you don’t make it you are eliminated. Meaning killed.

I’ve only watched a few episodes of this one but I like how dark and gritty it is. The characters seem to have a lot of ulterior motives that keep you guessing and lead to a few shocking moments.


Alex Strangelove

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Alex is a high school senior who wants to lose his virginity to his girlfriend until he meets Eliot – an openly gay teen that he starts to hang out with and have feelings for. Alex starts to question his sexuality – is he bi? gay?

If you loved Love, Simon this is a a similar (albeit a raunchier) film. It’s a bit more PG-13 – borderline R, especially because of explicit language, than Simon though. 

It’s cute, a little weird and occasionally cringe worthy as Alex tries to force himself to be with his girlfriend and grapples with his new feelings.

Definitely not a perfect film but cute with a fluffy romcom feel.

CW: drug use, homophobic slurs, one flashback scene of bullying


Janelle Monáe 

Dirty Computer (Emotion Picture)


(also on YouTube)

This is a narrative film that accompanies the singers album by the same name. It’s a sci-fi/dystopian future world in which Monáe, playing Jane, and her companions are captured and have their minds and memories removed by the Nevermind so that they will become *clean*. 

The 45 minute movie is interspersed with the videos from her album and it’s pretty cool. We saw her in concert (she was AWESOME!) and she incorporated quite a bit from this short film and into her show.



This movie happened to come on tv and it's.....something.

Space ships with shag carpeted interiors (even on the walls!), being pulled across the ice - water skiing style - by a stingray with a unicorn horn??, groovy 60's music,  getting chomped by dozens of dolls, with razor sharp teeth and sex, sex and more sex. 

This is a movie I've always heard about as being a cult classic and it is completely wild. I only made it about 1/2 way before bailing but I'm scarred for life by what I did see. lol

*Bonus trivia! The band Duran Duran was named after Barbarella villain Dr. Durand Durand played by Milo O'Shea. He even reprised his role in the bands concept concert film - Arena (An Absurd Notion).

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The chair is not my son and other misheard lyrics…

I had the song Fake Love by BTS stuck in my head for several weeks – except I thought I had heard someone say it was Freaky Love so that's how I've been singing it until I saw the video and the real title.

Honestly, I think that sounds better so I’m sticking with it. I will die on this hill. lol

It got me thinking about other misheard lyrics and reminded me of the funniest misheard lyrics story from my teen years.

Back when I was a kid…

It was the 80’s, before you could look up lyrics on the internet. You used to have to do it the old fashioned way. Record Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Countdown on cassette tape and play it back word for word and write the lyrics out in a notebook. IT took hours, days, weeks, MONTHS! Life was soooo hard!

So anyway…I was dating a DJ at the time – Michael Jackson was the King of Pop and my bf played his music often…

And he INSISTED that the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s Bille Jean were

“Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the chair is not my son
She says I am the one, but the chair is not my son"

Instead of….

Billie Jean is not my lover
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son”

I mean…the CHAIR is not my son??? That doesn't make any sense! lol  You’re a DJ! You should have your record spinning license revoked for that!

More misheard lyrics:

The Neighborhood – Sweater Weather

In the chorus:

Correct lyrics -

“Coming down
One love, two mouths
One love, one house
No shirt, no blouse”

I hear:

“Coming down
One love, two mouths
One love, one mouse
No shirt, no blouse”

I think my lyrics are cuter lol

alt-j – In Cold Blood

Correct lyrics…

Crying zeros and I'm hearing 111s”

I hear…


Crying zeros and Ian Ziering 111s”

Again...I think my version improves upon the song lol

Do you have any funny misheard lyric stories to share? 

Monday, August 13, 2018

monday musings

I hit a reading milestone this month!

100 books read for my Goodreads Challenge!

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Karen has completed her goal of reading 100 books in 2018!

I’m both shocked and relieved by this because just a few years ago I was in the mother of all book slumps and wasn’t sure I would ever have fun reading again.

I’m REALLY happy that I’m keeping up with my ALA books. I always seem to fall into a huge reading slump after book conferences which sucks because you have all those new books. This time I let myself give into the slump this time and did everything but read for a few weeks and it worked! I’ve already read 6 ALA books as of this writing!

This is my August TBR pile and WHOA – I already read all but one of these!


A quick batch of minis:

A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell: I’m enjoying this but I’m not quite in the mood for sci-fi/dystopian/mystery suspense atm so I’ve set it aside and hope to still finish by the end of the month.

It’s partially told (at least for now) in journal entries that read kind of dry.

Our Stories, Our Voices – essays by assorted authors: I reviewed this on the blog last week.

Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert: I loved this book and have a review coming up this week.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson: I thought I was going to love this one but it was too over-the-top silly and too long for me. I was #TeamMike – the brother who stayed away from this ridiculous family for 18 months had the right idea.

I do reccomend this for people who love family drama and rom coms though.

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington: Mostly cute second chance romance with a few problematic things:

~ like a teacher who's assignment is to keep a journal with notes and observations of people and encourages the male students to use this as a precursor to find out more about the girl you like  (“Gentleman, perhaps this is a good time to learn more about one of the young ladies you’re interested in.” – NOPE, not on board with that

~ a secret that loses steam by the time it’s revealed

~ and no female friendships and girls portrayed only as callus or groupies (not including the protag who is a very cool girl).

Because of all that, has a slightly dated feel of YA from a few years ago but I do like the authors style and the romance overall. If you can let some of that go – I recommend it. 

It does have the best quote ever though:

“I love my sleep like I love my food: in large quantities, whenever I can get it”

It’s only August 13th so I guess I will be ambitious and move on to pile #2!


Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager: From Goodreads – “Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud novel of the year!

Online, you can choose who you want to be. If only real life were so easy…”

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff: “Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago.” 

I’ve had this book on my shelf for YEARS and I’m using Bark’s Book Nonsense Ladies of Horror Fiction challenge as an incentive to clear it out. Follow the # for their August Instagram Challenge – #LadiesOfHorrorFiction for prompts and great horror book rec’s!

Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator by Catherine Reef: Even though this isn’t horror – I think this biography of Mary Shelley could count towards the above challenge as well. (publication date, September 18, 2018. Arc provided by the publisher/ALA)

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles: “When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.” I picked up a finished copy of this at a signing at ALA. Beautiful cover and it sounds like a powerful story.

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness: “With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself...” Another ALA ARC. It sounds….strange. But it’s a super short read (160) pages and 'I’m curious. Goodreads is divided lol

What have you been reading this month? Any recommendations?