Weekend Reads #87: Favorite Things

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

Since I couldn’t think of a topic for this weekend, and I haven’t done one of these Favorite Things posts in a while, I’ve decided to do the My Favorite meme that was created by Maureen of Maureen’s Books. Basically, Maureen posts a topic each week and then we publish a post stating what our favorite thing of that topic is.

My favorite…
…childhood movie:

Coming to America | Home Alone | The Little Rascals | Dennis the Menace

These were my absolute favorite movies back then and I still love them now. They’re all adorable, fun, and hilarious. I watched Coming to America so many times that I memorized the whole thing and even now when I watch it I find myself saying the actors’ lines along with them.

Same thing with Home Alone (which I enjoyed watching back to back with Curly Sue for some reason). Oh my gosh, I loved that movie and still find it hilarious, charming, and sweet today. Same too with The Little Rascals. The kids in that one have a special place in my heart. I loved it so much. It’s been a while since I’ve watched it, though. That one I enjoyed watching back to back with The Sandlot. And Dennis the Menace was so funny!! I loved that movie too and watched it many times as well. I always felt sorry for Mr. Wilson. Poor dude.

My favorite…

Tawney Man trilogy by Robin Hobb

At the moment, it’s the third trilogy in the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb. I love it so much! At first, my favorite trilogy was the first one in the series, the Farseer trilogy, because those books introduced me to the world and its characters. But, OH MY GOSH! The Tawney Man trilogy blew that one away.

I was so exhilarated and relieved to return to Fitz’s voice in Fool’s Errand after completing the Liveship Trader’s trilogy, which I didn’t like much because the writing felt overwrought and all the events just really tired me out emotionally. The Golden Fool was even better because of the Fool, and now I’m on Fool’s Fate and am loving it too and can’t believe what’s happening and wondering, anticipating, how it will end. Oh my gosh! This trilogy. Can’t love it enough.

My favorite…
…music at the moment:

anything by BØRNS

I am so hooked on them right now. Wait…is BØRNS a group or just one person? I hardly ever look up artists. If I didn’t have to look up this song, I probably wouldn’t have known what he or they look like.

My favorite…
…hobby next to reading:

It was drawing; but it’s been years since I’ve drawn anything. I just never seem to have the time these days. I did dream about drawing something last night though…

What I’m currently reading:

I wish I could read faster yet still retain and understand what I read.

I’m actively reading these 3:

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

The last book in the Tawney Man trilogy. I’m currently buddy-reading it with Emily from Embuhlee liest and am LOVING it!!! I kinda don’t want the story to end. Current emotions: I feel so sorry for Thick; the more the story progresses, the more suspicious I become of Chade; and OMG what happened to the Fool? I’m currently somewhere in the middle of the story. If you’ve read it, don’t tell me anything!

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

A YA mystery novel set in Kenya, I think. I just started it and am buddy-reading it with Rachel from Life of a Female Bibliophile. We switched to this book because the novel we were buddy-reading before was not working out. Just a few pages in and I’m interested.

How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

I’m reading an ARC of this short story collection that will be published in July. The title got me. Once I saw it, I had to read it. It’s about life, love, growing up in Jamaica and immigrating to the U.S., which I can closely relate to. So far, it’s good. I’m almost done and will post my thoughts on it soon.

I’ve paused progress on these but plan to complete them:

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

The only reason why I haven’t yet completed this is because I wanted to catch up on some ARCs I wanted to read before their publication date. I plan to hop back to this as soon as I get the chance.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Okay. So I bought a physical copy of this book but really wanted to listen to Sedaris read it, so I borrowed the audio book from the library only to realize what I already know: reading the audio version of a book I’ve never read before does not work well for me. I kept zoning out and missing things, and Sedaris doesn’t narrate the entire thing, though the other parts he doesn’t narrate aren’t bad, but paying close attention to it was impossible and I quickly forgot most of what I heard immediately after hearing it. So. I will instead read the physical copy I have. I might start all over again. 😦

The Devourers by Indra Das

This is the book Rachel and I tried buddy-reading before. I don’t think it’s a great book for buddy-reading, or maybe I think that because we both weren’t feeling this story. I wasn’t gripped by it or interested in the characters. I usually like philosophical musings and such and references to mythologies, but ugh! This one did not work for me at all. I was bored. I didn’t see the point of the story. And though it’s a short book, reading it was a drag. I haven’t yet fully DNF’d it because I kinda want to complete it because it’s short.

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

I read this whenever the chance presents itself. Usually when I’m not reading a bunch of books at once, which is hardly ever.

I now long to read just 1 book at a time. I don’t mind juggling many at once, but I’ve been doing this since the year began.

Well, I hope you’re having a great weekend. I saw Avengers: Infinity War and loved it, so my weekend is already awesome.
Lemme know what you’re reading.

18 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #87: Favorite Things

  1. You have revived my need to read Robin Hobb! I tried reading the first book of the first trilogy, Assassin’s Apprentice, and I wasn’t very impressed with it. I heard people saying it’ll get better in a few books, but it’s been almost a year since I read that one, and was never really inclined to pick up the next one. I feel like I really want to continue the series now!


  2. Home Alone was something I watched with my siblings. We loved it and Coming to America.
    Robin Hobbs’ Farseer series has been on my TBR list. Heard nothing but good things about Hobbs. I want to read Tawny Man series but realized I had to start from the beginning. Great My Favorite List!


  3. Aaaah, The Little Rascals!! I loved them so much 🙂 Haven’t thought about themin ages,but it brings back some good memories.

    ‘A Storm of Swords’ is my favourite book of the series and I am keen to read it again.I think it would be the third time. I had a re-read of the whole series planned this year, but I think I wait until I am in a reading slump, as it’s the perfect series to get me out of it 😉


    1. Lol! Same. It wasn’t until I started watching Stranger Things that that movie came to mind. Stranger Things reminds me of it.

      Really? So far, a Game of Thrones is my fav. The first in a series is usually my fav, or whatever book that introduces me to a fantasy world.

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  4. I remember Home Alone and The Little Rascals. 🙂 And I LOVED animated movies when I was young. The Little Mermaid was the first movie I watched in a movie theater. According to my dad, I was dancing in the aisle during “Under the Sea”! XD

    Oh man… so much catching up to do with Robin Hobb’s books. *lol* I’m hoping to finish the Farseer Trilogy this year, but we’ll see how quickly (or not) I get to that point.

    INFINITY WAR. Holy ALJFALKJFALJFLKAJSFSALJFLKASLKFAAAAAA. I mean, I wasn’t really surprised by how it ended (how else could Marvel justify releasing a fourth Avengers film next year?), but it still left me feeling gut-punched, heart-ripped-out, and brain-numbed at the end.


    1. Same here! I loved animated movies too. I think the first one I saw was the Lion King, or maybe it was Mary Poppins, which was partly animated.
      Lol that’s cute, the dancing in the aisle. 🙂

      Yes!! Catch up and enjoy the awesomeness of Hobb. 😀

      I KNOW RIGHT!!! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Didn’t expect the ending. Almost cried. Loved the complexity of the story. I like Thanos’s character and how nuanced he is as a villain. I soooo wanna see it again and I still need to see Deadpool.

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  5. Home Alone brings back memories! We still get treated here at least once a year with this movie, always at Christmas time! Maybe if you read one book at a time you’d have more time to draw? Would love your work on your blog in a post ;-)! Happy reading this week!


    1. Good idea, but mostly read on the go. I’d like to get to 1 book at a time tho, or at least 2. I gotta figure out what the hell I’m doing at home to make my time so limited.

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