Top 10 Books I Need to Read in 2019

Well…I did a thing.

I liked both of the topics on Artsy Reader Girl and Bionic Book Worm, so…

…I combined them. Continue reading

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Yuri!!! on Ice Skaters Ranked from Worst to Best

(Per my mom’s advice, a major SPOILER WARNING goes into effect starting now.)

I knew I had depression when I couldn’t get through an episode of skating anime “Yuri!!! on Ice” without sobbing. Then again, the show delivers intense emotions and sympathetic plotlines that can trigger tears whether you have a serotonin deficiency or not.

I talk about this show all the time. I keep trying to trick my family into watching it. My friend Claire bought me an art print of one of my favorite characters (more on that later) that I look at every morning for inspiration.

But when describing the show to my friends or rewatching episodes by myself, I learned something disturbing:

I hate almost ALL of the characters. Continue reading

Top Five Best (and Worst) Christmas Songs

It’s the holiday season…whoop-de-doo.

No, seriously, that song has been in my head for the last two months.

My workplace has been blasting Christmas music since the beginning of November, and for two months I’ve tried not to turn into a grump who despises Christmas music. I’ve mostly succeeded.

Listening to Christmas music so often made me realize that there are a lot of Christmas songs I could live without and some I never get tired of. Aside from all the chocolate and trinkets I bought to get myself through a nine day holiday workweek, this is a gift to myself: a top ten list of my favorite and least favorite Christmas music. Hope you enjoy. Continue reading

Top 10 Best Avatar Episodes

Doug Walker makes me grateful for the internet. I’ve spent hours watching and rewatching his many movie reviews. Last September, he produced two of his best reviews–aided by my beloved Dante Basco–examining the top 11 best and top 11 worst Avatar: The Last Airbender episodes. I say this with utmost respect:

You’re crazy, Doug Walker.

Some of my favorite episodes made it into his top 11 worst list, while others didn’t even get a mention. Worst of all, there was nowhere near enough Zuko.

After buying and watching the complete series, I made a list of my top 10 favorite episodes (one thing we can agree on, Doug: it’s really hard to pick the “worst” episodes from such a great series). Because Doug and I have different preferences and criteria, our lists have few similarities. If you’re looking for a list with plenty of Zuko, you’ve come to the right place.

10. The Waterbending Scroll

There’s only one reason this episode is in my top 10.

Save you from pirates
“I’ll save you from the pirates.” *squee*

Even though he’s the bad guy and he’s being sarcastic and I know Zutara isn’t canon, my heart flutters every time. It’s such a good line. It made me consider that Zuko might not be so bad.

Other than that one line, this episode has some good action and pirates! Who doesn’t love pirates? Any TV episode with pirates is automatically my favorite.

Unless it’s from “Once Upon a Time.”

You’re the worst.

9. The Headband

Several episodes I chose because they had memorable lines. My favorite from this episode?

This episode has a bunch of little moments that make me giggle.

  • Aang greeting everyone with “hotman”
  • Aang’s parent-teacher conference with Sokka and Katara
  • All the kids banding together to give the Gaang time to escape
  • Sokka’s slow clap at the end
  • Aang tweaking out while playing tsungihorn
  • The Gaang throwing a DANCE PARTY for Fire Nation kids. What’s not to love?

Doug Walker criticized this episode for being too lighthearted compared to the previous one. He thought “Avatar-does-‘Footloose'” was a little goofy for the second episode of the final season.

The series’ goofiness is one of the reasons I like “Avatar” better than “Korra.” In “Avatar,” the more serious elements are balanced out by humor and a lighter tone. I loved Season 2’s darker storyline and the first episode of Season 3, but after all that, it was nice to watch something silly reminiscent of the first season.

This episode makes me laugh every time I watch it. Flameo, hotman!