Weekly Check-in 01/01/2022

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!!!!! Happy New Year Everyone! The Media I consumed this week was for the last of 2021 and overall I had a fantastic media consumption year.

This week I read one novel and watched an anime, two movies, and two TV shows. Onto the Media!!

Movie

Christmas Everlasting

This was the last Christmas movie I ended up watching for 2021 and it was one that was more serious topic and more realistic than the typical Christmas Hallmark movie in my personal opinion. Trigger warnings for grief and verbal abuse. It was a decent movie and heartbreaking but at the same time, I think there’s not much to say because its pacing was quick plus there wasn’t much with plot and characters. Overall, I would recommend it if you wanted a different Hallmark movie than the more hyped-up ones with girl hate (there isn’t any of that here) and if you want a mostly African American cast. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

Cruella

This was an intriguing movie with sticking to its time frame and having the fill of the Cruella’s past and character development without making things boring. I also appreciated that there are also some psychological aspects to the story as well. If you are interested in English 70s “punk” fashion and if you love 101 Dalmatians like my house does, check this movie out but I would recommend it for older teens not children. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

TV Show

Friday Night Lights

This show is one that my family and I watched when I was younger and didn’t understand what was happening etc. Now that my family is rewatching it and I am watching it with them sporadically, I am understanding number 1. Why it was such a compelling series for my parents and 2. What exactly was happening with the characters that I missed. However, I can definitely see why not everyone likes it or can relate to it. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

In the Dark

When it comes to this show it keeps getting twisty and more twisty, but a little bit predictable at times. I am still enjoying it though and im excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

This Anime! Its amazing how many intriguing the characters are and how interconnected they can be. I truly enjoy it plus the plot just keeps getting deeper and deeper. But I unfortunately after this arc may take a pause on it for now because I think I need to watch something else (probably fluffier or something). Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Novel

Stolen by an Alien

This was definitely a fantastic book for me to read at the end of the year. It is one that if you are looking for a unique romance when it comes to science fiction and aliens with some devotional males and mostly strong-willed females check this out. The only issue that I personally didn’t have a problem with but I will caution it for others is that there’s a lot of sexual content that if you are uncomfortable with it, I would not suggest it. I loved it though with the description and how emotional it was. Because of these points, I have to give it a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣. If you’re interested in reading alien romance  Amanda Milo has it down pat.

The Week/Year Ahead

The week but also year ahead like I say in my goals post is that, I am going to watch and read whatever I want that is readily available through streaming and physical copies or my huge tbr that I acquired in the last two years. This is personally best because it helps with my budgeting goal plus helps me use what I have instead of buying more. I will though still make sure if there are any suggestions or recommendations I hear about, put them in my lists on Amazon, to make sure that I get them eventually. What about you guys what did you read or watch at the end of 2021? Let’s talk about it!!!

2021 Goals Personally and Professionally: A Follow-Up and 2022 Goals

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is going to be about following up on my 2021 goals both professionally and personally but also discussing my 2022 goals possibly continuing on with 2021 with some changes or some completely new ones.  Personally, is going to be a lot of goals involving myself moving forward and professionally is going to consist of items involving my job/career and my social media presence. This list is going to consist with 5 personally and 5 professionally so you don’t have to read everything if you don’t want to. Ok let’s get started but first a recap with how I feel I did on the 2021 goals!

2021 Professionally

  1. Review New Releases as well as Backlist in all Media
  2. Don’t buy everything you see
  3. Embrace digital media more
  4. Keep up with Reviews on every platform
  5. Keep up with more variety of posts everywhere

2021 Personally

  1. Budget Budget Budget
  2. Keep learning about my career plus hobbies
  3. Connect Better with People
  4. Keep having fun but also be smart
  5. Plan out everything outside of work

As you can see by the emojis, overall, I do not think I did too badly on accomplishing these goals this past year. However, the main ones that involved money I did not accomplish well, or I didn’t put my reviews on every platform I could. When it came to Goodreads and Amazon reviews themselves, I really never felt like entering in those reviews because of extenuating circumstances plus I got lazy. I know I will need to update especially when it comes to Amazon, but perhaps it is something I will do during the summer or another extended vacation. When it came to my money aspects though, I went out the window. I wanted to have all the media and merchandise that I could find and found all of the deals as well. Now I have to hold back and buy fun items more minimally than before.  I think those two items are my biggest takeaway from this 2021 year.

2022 Goals both Personally and Professionally

Now for 2022, I would like to continue 2021’s goals, but I would also like to continue on with some new goals and those will be as follows both professionally and personally.

2022 Goals Personally

1. BUDGET!

This is the biggest goal that I have on here and the most important is my budget. With new expenses plus need to save for my own place, overall, just being an adult so this I have to fulfill this coming year and yell at me if I don’t.

2. Take Appropriate Breaks and Socialize Outside the Internet

Take a break! Cappuccino with biscuit. Vector illustration.

This is something that for years, I have had such a difficult time with socializing with people especially in my teens and adult life. These past couple of years (not just because of the panini) as an adult, my socializing outside of the internet has been so minimal and I need to get out of the house and socialize with people outside of work and the internet. I am hoping 2022 can make that better. I also know I can take breaks at any point with the internet and socializing so if I need to, I will in 2022.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Go on an Adventure

This is something my boyfriend actually contributed for me. When we first started dating, I was always ready for what he had in store for the day. This is still something I like, however these last couple of years, I’ve gotten a bit blocked or more down than before….. in 2022, I need to be more willing to go on some adventures with not just my boyfriend but everyone.

4. Balance My Food Intake and Exercising More

I know this is something a ton of people put on their lists, however for me personally my health is in jeopardy if I do not fulfill a trend. I think having a friend that I can have accountability with my exercise and food overeating or alternate foods etc. I started that this past year but then I went off the rails. I’m hoping 2022 can make that be better.

5. Last but Certainly Not Least, Don’t Be Afraid to Be Myself

This is probably the biggest item for me. If I don’t do any of the others, I have to do this. I don’t know how I never noticed but about two years ago but also before probably around my teens as well, my sense of anxiety was heightened and my sense of self was cut off and my confidence in myself was shot. It’s something I’ve struggled with a long time and now, becoming more settled and an adult, I need to make sure my own self is true and that my anxiety and confidence comes back in full force.

2022 Goals Professionally

1. Be Bolder and Adventurous When it Comes to My Photography

This is something that I need to do anyway, but this is the year I want to experiment with my photos; better flatlays, more on location photos, playing with colors, etc. This is the year of being me and trying new things.

2. Consume Whatever Media I Want No Matter What It is.

This is pretty self explanatory, but it also means I don’t necessarily have to have the latest releases in media. I can consume the backlist I have. Its truly whatever I want to do. Its free range. Aka I can’t get into peer pressure. Definitely going to make sure that is happening in 2022.

3. Keep Learning and Don’t be Afraid to Try Something New When It Comes to My Career

I put learning all the time as a goal because that was something my parents told me to always do. But in my career especially, sometimes you can get stuck in a box doing the same things all the time and that can get stale fast. So this year I definitely want to change things up and learn more from my peers and mentors.

4.  Plan Better When It Comes to My Overall Schedule

See, this one I tried so hard to accomplish for years and as much as I want to plan things out with work and my hobby and using a planner did help last year, my particular planner broke halfway through the year. So I am hoping that this year with a better quality planner and more time to organize things, planning would be better in 2022.

5. Last but Most Certainly Not Least, do not Lose Sight of Myself in my Career or Hobby

Professionally there are a lot of items that are not me in the aspect of both my career and this hobby such as caring about the numbers of my social media hobby, doing something someone else does because they suggest not because its more helpful for you, being afraid to ask my coworkers and fellow content creators for help,etc. Thats not me. I don’t need to care about those things, I need to trust my gut trust my true self and not lose what makes me me again. This along with the other goals, is the one I need to take care of the most and if it doesn’t happen in 2022, I don’t know what else to do to help myself.

What About You Guys? How Were Your 2021 Goals? Are You Making Your Own 2022 Goals? Let’s Talk About It!

Weekly Check-in 12/18/2021-12/25/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time with the holidays!! Happy Holidays to you all!

This last two weeks,I watched three movies with my family along with a television special and watched an anime. I also read two novels. Onto the media!

Anime

One Piece

These last two weeks, this anime just went deeper and deeper in history and lore. I just wish some things weren’t stilted right now. Because of these points, I have to give this part a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Movie

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas

This was not Robin William’s best work in my personal opinion. This is a movie that is definitely not for everyone with the crude humor, language and plot. I did appreciate though that it was an all-star cast with a variety of different actors both well-known and up and coming at the time of premiere (2014). Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

The Unforgivable

This movie was very dark and profound but overall engaging and interesting. All the trigger warnings for violence, involvement with ex-convicts etc. Its not one for the holidays for sure, but if you’re interested, I’d say watch it. 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

With this particular Christmas movie, I’ve heard a ton of different things about it plus I’ve watched the Vegas movie a while ago so my expectations were a mixed bag. However, I think if you are looking for some slapstick humor in your holiday movies and the lesson of Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s all about the spirit that it brings. I also would like to add there are some dated jokes, but if you can overcome them, you’ll enjoy the movie overall. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Television Special

A Very Boy Band Holiday

This was a really awesome special that brought in a bunch of men from a ton of different “boy” bands. I think my only issue with it was the song choices were limited and some of the scripted dialogue was a bit too cheesy. Because of that, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

The Mistletoe Motive

Thank you so much to Nessa.Lair for the opportunity to use her Kobo app to read this book

I will be honest; I was truly excited for this book to come out because I have loved Chloe Liese and her books plus my dear friend Nessa reading it for our blog post and highly recommending it. I was ready. However, I had some trouble with reading this as a whole, but it wasn’t because of the writing or the reading process of it being on my phone (I prefer reading on my tablet but that’s a me problem not a book problem). I think for me personally as a person who could directly relate to the perspective that was being presented in the novel, it was difficult for me to keep up with the story because I needed a break from being in the characters’ head and I wanted to know more about how the guy felt other than what he tells the girl plus the other perspective would have helped me to learn about what it was like for an adult with type one diabetes etc. Overall, though, I appreciate this story for what it is and I definitely need more from Chloe Liese ASAP! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

# The Leftover Bride

This book was fantastic! There’s cooking, fashion designing, and hockey.  There’s also childhood reconnection deep familial discussion along with a ton of social influencing backgrounds. My only issues with it was that it was a tad too long for my particular attention span and the social media aspects could date it because of this, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

My Bookstagram was Hacked!! How it felt to be “off” the grid and What I did to distract myself.

Hey guys how’s it going? This may seem a little clickbait-like, but this did actually happen for me. My instagram was hacked for two weeks and still is as of today (I created a new one that I am using for a fresh start now if you’re interested).

But today’s post is discussing how I dealt with not having a legit bookstagram and what I accomplished. I hope that if this ever happens to you, you can learn what to do in the meantime and please if you can, support me getting back into Instagram again.

I dug a little deeper into some of the other social platforms out there

This image is from the Child Mind institute conducting a study about teen social media addiction

When it came to being hacked, I was not sure what to do with myself when it came to what I was able to look at social media at home after work. I had to ask some of my friends what was happening or if there was something going on I needed to know like an addiction etc. So, I explored elsewhere like TikTok, Facebook, the bloggersvere, and even became more active on my discord. I liked doing that because it gave me perspective on the consumer (what would I want to watch or read about, why people are obsessed with tiktok etc.) plus I wasn’t seeing who I used to follow both positively and negatively (my wallet was probably happy with me as well haha). I think for me though, I needed to be cut off from one platform to better utilize another.

I consumed a lot more media

Being hacked, there were times I also felt like there was really nothing happening in the other platforms, or I was waiting for responses from others so to distract myself, I consumed a ton of the One Piece Anime after I got home from work or a book/manga in between. It showed me that I didn’t have to use a social media platform to comment on how I felt about a certain piece of media but that I could just enjoy it or hate it without an audience. However, I did miss being able to post about my emotions ASAP.

I still had some creative juices flowing so I felt less pressure to create content however, I wasn’t sure where to put it.

I feel like this point was one that was probably the most devasting unfortunately. I am one of those people that loves being creative (even if it epically fails). So not having an Instagram for a bit made me think of all these ideas and think to myself “Ah! now where am I going to put this???” That’s ultimately why I had to start over with an account that’s still going to be me but evolve into something better. Unfortunately, I don’t have a college schedule anymore plus I want to be more social with people so I am not sure how things will turn out, but I am excited to try.

I understood who was in my media corner, and appreciated the “fans” that were able to find me outside of Instagram

Now this! This is something wow I couldn’t fathom when I figured out this while I was off of Instagram. Maybe it’s just because as a creator, you never quite know if any of the content you present has an impact on anyone or anything that happens around you, but it does even if it is just a little bit. I had a few people speak with me wondering what ended up happening plus! I was able to hang out with someone outside of work and the internet and we are trying to make it a regular occurance. I wonder if I hadn’t gotten hacked, that this would have happened but I may never know.

Most Importantly, to take a break when I need it and not feel so much pressure to produce content.

Take a break! Cappuccino with biscuit. Vector illustration.

The last aspect was one that I didn’t think about until being off was that being all connected to social media was that with anything you can get burnt out with it. I see it all the time with content creators they take breaks, and they stop creating content and I truly didn’t understand how they could do that until I was forced to. Taking a break though, gave me a new perspective on what I want my new account to be and what I want Sushirainbow to be as a whole. I have content created seriously for about 3 years now and had my former Instagram for 5 without stopping so perhaps I needed that break unintentionally.

Well, I hope this was helpful for someone and now you know what I learned from being hacked. What about you? What do you think you would have learned from this experience? Let’s talk about it!!!

Weekly Check-in 12/04/2021-12/11/2021

Hey guys how’s it going Weekly Check-in time! I have been very busy preparing for the holiday season!

Because of that I have only read two volumes of manga and watched a Hallmark Christmas Movie, a TV Show, an anime, and a Concert Special. Onto the media!

Concert Special

Lindsey Stirling’s Home for the Holidays

This was something I wasn’t sure I was going to post about or not but, since my family fell in love with Lindsey Stirling during the summer, we went to this. (Awful movie theater experience). However, we loved this special and the behind the scenes afterward. Because of these points, I have to give this a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie Rewatch

The Flight Before Christmas

This was a personal rewatch for me (that my family didn’t remember but you know it happens). It is one that is a unique movie because first, it has two people who were in long term relationships literally prior to the movie, and second, it was a movie that talked about being genuine about who you are and following your own dreams with having a familial Christmas. Its one of those that although it is predictable, it’s not stupid unless you count a bunch of magical coincidences. There’s also a lot of funny moments and is timeless. Because of these points, I have to give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

TV Show

In the Dark

This show is one that my dad picked out and I was invested because of the guide dog. This is essentially an overarching story about a blind woman who is trying to solve a mystery about her dear friend. I appreciated the realism with blindness aspect plus how guide dog training schools’ work. I would though, not recommend this for everyone because there are some raunchy humor points and some verbal stabs that may make people uncomfortable. Overall though, it is a very interesting show and I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

Oh, this anime! There were some intense episodes (not safe for children especially). But I am truly happy to continue on! Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

A Condition Called Love

This volume hmmmm… I am not exactly sure how I feel about it to be honest. I mean there’s nothing wrong with the subject matter or most of the characters, but I think there needs to be more character development when it comes to the main male character. This is just because he seems like he’s borderline possessive and for being a first relationship for the leading lady, it may not be best. Personally, I would like to find out how he became that way, so I am hoping for that. Otherwise though, I enjoy the artstyle and the rest of plot. because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Whisper Me A Love Song

This volume was almost just as adorable as the first one, however, there was a lot of predictable angst especially with the reveal at the end. I appreciated the expansion of characters and activities as well but the music number scenes were not as well done as other series accomplish. Overall, it’s a good girls love series especially if this is your first one and because of these points, I have to give this volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

This week will be probably filled with Holiday fun!! That’s just my plan but who knows! What about you guys? What did you read or watch! Let’s talk about it!

How to Consume a Variety of Media (without breaking the bank)

Hey guys how’s it going? Today’s post is about how I personally consume my variety of media without breaking the bank (for most of the time I am a bargain hunter). I am sure these may be obvious, but I hope they’re helpful. If you have any tips and tricks as well, please leave them in the comments. Now, to my process!

Subscriptions are My Friends, But Can be Overwhelming

For me personally, when it comes to consuming my visual media (movies, TV Shows, Anime, etc.) my subscriptions give me the opportunity to consume a variety of content, however, if I give up on something half-way through, I don’t have the pressure of paying for something expensive just to consume that particular media (if that makes any sense at all). Plus, I can test something on a streaming platform and if I love it, I could potentially buy the physical copy for times that I don’t have a subscription or I have had this happen too, the streaming platform loses the license or drops it off the face of the earth. Because of these, I have explored a ton of media content and found some fantastic recommendations but there are a lot of subscriptions out there so sometimes there are times I deep dive into one and not others.

I Am Not Afraid to Get Recommendations from People

For me personally, social media has helped me so much to explore a variety of media especially Instagram and this platform. Because of that, my knowledge of digital reading has increased, my anime knowledge has increased, and my TV series knowledge has increased. There are also certain websites when it comes to reading that helps with sales on digital media and that has also helped me broaden my horizons.

Most Importantly, I Use Media as a Social Activity

This is the most important because without it, there are probably media especially visual, that I would not have watched without my family, my boyfriend, or even my good friends. There are some that I love, that without getting a push of watching it together or to talk about it with someone, I probably would have still not consumed it.

I hope that this process is something that anyone can use to consume a ton of media themselves and if you have any tips and tricks comment and let me know as well.

All I want for Christmas…. Adult Romance recommendations for this Holiday Season: a Collaboration with friends

Hey guys how’s it going? It’s that time of year you guys. The radio is blaring with the caroling music, the sales among businesses are aplenty, and holiday romances are in abundance! A group of my friends and I decided to read some holiday romances that have some love interests that we may want for Christmas and if you enjoy these recommendations, check these ladies out!

Princessreadsalot

All She Wants for Christmas is A…….

  1. Sheriff in On Christmas Avenue by Ginny Baird

Ginny Baird seems to know Christmas, and Hallmark has her number. If you don’t believe me, check out her other serieses- Christmas Town and Holiday Brides. If you love cheesy, sappy-sweet romances, this is the book for you. In On Christmas Avenue, Evan, the county sheriff, knows that businesses are struggling in the small town of Clark Creek. But unlike the mayor—who happens to be his mother—he doesn’t think that hiring a “Christmas Consultant,” will help, especially when this Christmas Consultant proposes a holiday parade that seems likely to overwhelm his staff and leave the town in even more debt. Mary is sure the parade is going to be a superb fundraiser. She’s going to make sure of it, overcoming every obstacle, including those put in place by the stubborn sheriff. But in the middle of her planning, the unexpected happens: she and Evan begin to see one another in a different light. With his realistic viewpoint, especially contrasted to the outlandish Mary, I definitely relate a little more to Evan the sheriff. Full of figurative language and extra sap, On Christmas Avenue will bring you miracles and a sheriff with a bow! 

And 2. Cowboy in Cowboy’s Christmas Past by Jackson and North

Looking for a book with a little more grit? Cowboy’s Christmas Past is perfect for John Wayne film-lovers. After his mother’s death, Beau Taylor returned from college to care for his baby sister. He left behind his dream of becoming a cinematographer and his girlfriend Amelia to help on his family’s ranch. Beau never thought he’d see her again. Amelia followed her dreams and became a big movie star. But ten years later she shows up in town to shoot a western (a remake of The Searchers (1956) with Amelia as Evelyn Edwards; John Wayne played Ethan Edwards in the original), and their worlds collide after Beau’s ranch is selected as the perfect filming location. Amelia can make audiences believe she’s in love, yet the only time she’s ever truly fallen for a man was with the smoldering Beau. With Beau’s attraction to Amelia growing, it might also be the perfect setting for a Christmas romance. If you’re looking for a Christmas book with cowboys, horses, and a small western town, you’ll love this gift! 

Nessalair

All She Wants for Christmas is A……

  1. Scrooge in A Little Christmas Spirit by Sheila Roberts

This is a heartwarming story about gruffy, Scrooge-like Mr. Stanley opening his heart after the death of his wife Carol. Lexie Bell and her son Brock move in next door to Stanley and he slowly begins to spend more time with them and growing to love Brock as his own grandson. He initially wants to ignore them and keep to his own business, but Carol appears to him as a ghost and insists he needs to stop being a Scrooge. This isn’t a romance between Lexie and Stanley, but there are lots of flashbacks to Stanley’s relationship with Carol. These flashbacks are so sweet and you’ll wish you had a Manly Stanley in your life, if you don’t already have one. He’s a gruff man with a heart of gold and always does anything to make Carol happy. There’s also a dog in this book, so it’s already a great read. If you’re looking for a heartwarming and extremely emotional Christmas story, this is it! 

2. Musician in A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

Have you ever made a spontaneous decision that ended up changing your life? After losing her job and living her life trying to be the perfect Indian daughter, the MC Niki makes the spontaneous decision to fly to Mumbai for her best friend’s wedding. Once there, she meets bass guitarist Sam at a Diwali celebration and thus begins the whirlwind of what she believes is just a fling. However, someone begins catching feelings and you can check out the book to see how everything turns out. If you’ve had a secret dream to date a member of a band at any point in your life, you’ll want to check out this book! …Don’t read it if you’re hungry though, because the numerous mentions of Indian food will keep you drooling until the end.

And 3. Bookstore Employee in The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese

If you’re a bookworm, then this is the holiday romance for you. I’ve never been someone who actively chooses to read holiday romances, but this is now my favourite holiday romance and nobody can convince me otherwise. Jonathan Frost is boyfriend goals. This guy is the most thoughtful guy I have ever come across in a romance story. Hands down. Gabby and Jonathan actually have productive and respectful conversations about their feelings and I love that. Also the steam. Oh gosh. I never knew holding hands could be so sensual. This book is also filled to the brim with holiday cheer and it’s set in a bookstore, so it’s already a perfect addition to any bookworm’s holiday TBR. I honestly couldn’t recommend this book enough, as my mouth hurt from smiling throughout the entire book. Gabby and Jonathan just couldn’t be more perfect for each other and I want to reread this book already, just so I can experience their relationship again. This book is also an own voices story with an autistic MC and type 1 diabetes rep.

OurHappilyEverAfterblog

All she wants for Christmas is A..….

  1. Mythical Being(vampire werewolf etc) in Walking in a Witchy Wonderland by Juliette Cross 

An anthology of witchy Christmas tales that have a perfect amount of spice and holiday cheer!

My only thing is I didn’t know they were sequels to other books so occasionally I felt a bit lost BUT overall fun stories and perfect for the season!

And 2. Lawyer in Christmas in the Scottish Highlands by Donna Ashcroft

An overworked school teacher, a cynical divorce lawyer and a lonely grandmother are the main characters in this fun Scottish highland Christmas tale. When Edina is injured by Belle in her bike in the snow Belle moves in to take care of her elderly neighbor much to the chagrin of Edina’s grandson Jack with whom she’s just come into contact with. Belle’s constant goodwill makes Jack suspicious but as time goes on her goodness starts to break through his shell. But when Edina’s Christmas list to Santa includes him  reconnecting with his estranged mother Jack doesn’t want anything to do with our dogooder Belle. Yet the attraction seems to be irresistible.

A sweet story and quick read. The relationships are well developed and has just enough heat with all the heart attached.

And Last but Certainly not Least,

All I (Sushirainbow) want for Christmas is a…….

  1. Writer in Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle

This is one of those novels to me that combines the fans of Spoiler Alert and any of the baking romances out there. It has the small town hallmarkeqsue Christmas traditions, an older more closed down romance, and a ton of writer insights such as word count, what happens to the author once they sell the movie rights to their book, etc. With that aspect, I really enjoyed what it brought to the table. I also appreciated that it shows a leading lady creating her own second chance after divorcing her first husband of 20something years controlling their life and that she didn’t submit to the second love right away either. The only thing that I was not a fan of for this particular book is that some of the technology/ influencer careers on social media could date the book later. Overall, though, this book is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it. 

And 2. Robot in Created for Christmas by Joynell Schultz 

This is a story that has a ton of family Christmas traditions, nerdy superhero references, and of course some robot romance (as well as other romance). There is also a small little mystery that is involved but frankly it’s not really as big of a deal as the romance. It has a nerdy soft man character and a robot who is also a soft man with a lesson on how it is better to have companionship with people that appreciate who you are rather than who you create. If you’re looking for something new and unique as well as a short novella check this out!

Who do you want for Christmas? While this collaborative post is similar on everyone’s blogs, we usually post unique and different content. Check out Jenny on Instagram @princessreadsalot, Nessa on Instagram @nessas.lair and her blog, and Ali on Instagram @2nd2lastunicorn and her blog . Give us some recommendations for some Holiday Romances that we may have missed.

Weekly Check-in 11/20/2021-11/27/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time!!! These last couple of weeks for this Weekly check-in have been full of media consumption with Thanksgiving break also counting in here.

Because of that, I watched a couple of movies, two TV shows, and one anime. I also read two manga, two novellas, and two novels. Onto the Media!!!

Movie

All Nighter

This is a movie that I blindly watched with my dad and it was a crazy adventure of a movie. Trigger warnings for intense cursing, being stoned and drunk, and absent parent and relationship breakups. I liked the main character dynamic, some of the jokes didn’t land for me but I was thoroughly entertained overall. I also liked that the breakup was honest and true. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi  🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Movie Rewatch

Princess Bride

Watching this again this time with my parents and being an adult watching it, I can see why it is such a classic but at the same time, why not everyone likes it. The plot is simple, it has hilarious points, and there’s romance galore. For me its fine and my parents enjoyed it as well. It also stands the test of time. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

I had to update the one piece title because of the part of the arc I am in

These last two weeks, I just binged one piece anytime I didn’t want to read and whoa I went on an emotional roller-coaster. Yet it was amazing. I can definitely see now why everyone loves it so much. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Swap Shop

This is a new show my parents and I started watching and Netflix says it right when they say this is a combination of Pawn Stars and American Pickers. I enjoyed the variety of different people and items that were being shown and how with different episodes there were different buyers. My only issue was that I wish there was more variety and less morbidness at the start. Because of these points, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

The Wheel of Time

My dad and I started watching this series this week and so far my dad says “Its better than Shadow and Bone.” Which I have to agree with him as a person who hasn’t read either series, the wheel of time series is more interesting in magic etc. However, both series are valid. I am curious to see how this series continues on. Because of these points, I have to give this series a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Starters

Living Room Matsunaga-san

This is a manga series that I have put off for a while because I thought it would not be worth the hype. However, for me personally, I have to say the hype is real. The dynamic between the main characters is very hilarious yet endearing at the same time. I also loved how the boarding house situation was mostly adults and the younger student learns more about being an adult rather than the adults acting like children. Also, as a side note, Matsunaga-san is hot but again personal opinion. Overall, though, I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Series Continuations

My Darling Next Door

This series is more of a serious age gap friend/romance relationship. Its one of those that can be funny but most of the time at least right now there are a lot more misunderstandings between the two main characters than anything else. I like the dynamics and the artstyle as well as I am curious to continue more. However, I can definitely see why people wouldn’t like this series because of all the misunderstandings. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novella

Fearless

This is a novella that is definitely one that if you need to have music as well as a wintery romance. It also talks about coming out later in life and the consequences that could bring as well. I thought it was an especially cute story, however, I feel that there was not enough flushed out aftereffects of the relationship. Because of these points, I have to give this novella a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

Pumpkin Spiced Love

This is definitely a nice fall novella for this season. This also is a baker romance so I would recommend eating before reading. I also have to say its perfect to me anyway on the amount of smut presented not too much and not too little. Overall though, if you’re looking for something fun and quick I would definitely recommend it for this fall. Because of these points, I have to give this novella a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Write Before Christmas

This is one of those novels to me that combines the fans of Spoiler Alert and any of the baking romances out there. It has the small town hallmarkeqsue Christmas traditions, an older more closed down romance, and a ton of writer insights such as word count, what happens to the author once they sell the movie rights to their book, etc. With that aspect, I really enjoyed what it brought to the table. I also appreciated that it shows a leading lady creating her own second chance after divorcing her first husband of 20something years controlling their life and that she didn’t submit to the second love right away either. The only thing that I was not a fan of for this particular book is that some of the technology/ influencer careers on social media could date the book later. Overall though, this book is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

A Match Made for Thanksgiving

I knew that before the Thanksgiving break was over, I had to read this book. However, it was definitely not what I was expecting. It takes place during Canadian Thanksgiving. Hilarious, Sexy, and tons of food references!! I would highly recommend it to someone who just needs a sweet familial romance this holiday season. I am also thinking this will be a series I read a book every holiday to brighten them up. Overall, this was a ton of fun and I highly recommend it. 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣

The Week Ahead

Ill be honest here,The week ahead may be very different but in a good way 🙂. We will just have to see though. What about you guys? What did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

Holiday Reads and Treats Princessreadsalot Presents!

The holidays are coming, and I’ve read some delightful treats. Looking for something sweet or savory? I love our holiday recommendations, and I think you will too. So, hang your stockings, turn on your twinkling lights, and pick up a treat. These books are sure to warm your heart! 

And, when you’re done reading, don’t forget to head over to https://nessaslair.com/ to drool over the recipes for our treats!

  1. Very Merry Murder Club paired with poisoned *cough* Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Folks, this is the best holiday short story collection I have read. There are 13 middle-grade murder mysteries set in December by Serena Patel (Editor), Robin Stevens, Abiola Bello, Annabelle Sami, Benjamin Dean, E. L. Norry, Elle McNicoll, Joanna Williams, Maisie Chan, Nizrana Farook, Patrice Lawrence, Dominique Valente, Roopa Farooki, and Sharna Jackson. After listening to the audiobook, I bought the gorgeous hardback edition, and you will probably want to do the same! And, watch out for the poisoned chocolate!

2. Blame it on the Mistletoe by Beth Garrod paired with a Merry M&Ms Milkshake

Blame it on the Mistletoe is a fun teen book with a similar premise to the movie The Holiday. In the book, Elle is a social media star. She’s determined to shake up her content and gain new followers. She’s on a mission: can she find a British fan to swap with for Christmas? Holly loves everything about Christmas. But after a mortifying mistletoe disaster with her ex, her perfect plans unravel like a bad Christmas sweater. Can Holly save the holidays when she switches places with favorite social media influencer? Elle gets more than she bargained for when she meets the cute boy from across the street. And Holly wasn’t expecting Elle to have a handsome twin brother. This holiday is full of surprises and extra sweet with a Merry M&Ms Milkshake!

3. The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo paired with Deep Fried Marshmallows

In The Holiday Switch Lila Castro grew up in Holly, New York which is the setting of a famous holiday love story and movie. She writes anonymously for a blog reviewing holiday books. The snow is plentiful, the mood is full of holiday cheer, and Lila’s earning extra cash working at the cozy local inn. But her perfect holiday plans crash to a halt when her boss’s cute nephew, Teddy Veracruz, becomes her coworker. When they accidentally switch phones one afternoon, they both realize they’ve been hiding things from each other. Teddy joins Lila to take on her last winter break of high school and enjoy all of the unique festivities her town is known for, like Deep Fried Marshmallows! Yum!

4.Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury paired with Candied Spiced Nuts

Every December from elementary school through middle school, I went and saw The Nutcracker ballet. Winterdream follows the story pretty closely with just a little more love, war, and magic. If you love The Nutcracker or want to make it part of your holiday traditions, crack some nuts and pick up this retelling. 

5. All I Want for Christmas is the Girl Next Door by Chelsea Bobulski paired with Star-Shaped Sugar Cookies

All I Want for Christmas is the Girl Next Door is the only book on our list told completely from a male point of view, which makes it a rarity (or rare for me) in holiday books. Graham Wallace has been in love with the girl next door for a decade. Unfortunately, she’s been dating his best friend for the past two years. Out of sheer desperation, Graham makes a wish on a shooting star—all he wants for Christmas is Sarah Clarke. When Graham wakes up the next morning, everything has changed, and he’s the one who’s been dating Sarah for the past two years, not his best friend. Graham assumes the wish would have only come true if he and Sarah were meant to be together, but as it becomes clear that he and Sarah bring out the worst in each other, not the best, and as he starts to fall for the new girl in town, Graham wonders if some wishes come true in order to show us what’s not meant to be. There are pieces of the plot that I was definitely not expecting, so grab some sugar cookies and enjoy (but be careful with your wishes)!

6. I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt paired with a Gingerbread House

Are you hiring a babysitter this December? Know of a sweet teen that takes care of little kids? I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas would be a really sweet gift – a gift I would have loved when I was in high school. Noelle Partridge is known for three things: being the best ballet dancer, babysitter, and person with the most Christmas spirit in her small town. But lately she’s bored by the lessons at her dance school, and her friends and father are more bah humbug than Hallmark movie marathon. So when her favorite babysitting clients ask her to accompany them on a ski trip over winter break, she packs her bags for the slopes. It helps that they’re offering double her rate—she’ll need the money for Beacon, an elite ballet academy that’s granted her an audition. Noelle is ready for fun, until Wyatt, the older half-brother of her babysitting charges, decides to surprise his family for the holiday. He’s one of the best dancers at Beacon, and makes Noelle’s head spin faster than pirouettes. Unfortunately, she also manages to step on his toes—spoiling his surprise and complicating his secret plans. After a few missteps, Noelle and Wyatt begin to thaw toward each other and bond over the big decisions looming in each of their lives. With enough Christmas magic, Noelle might just start the New Year with lots of babysitting cash in her pocket and a chance with the pas de deux partner of her dreams. At one point Noelle and Wyatt build a gingerbread house together, but my attempt at it looks like the younger kids did it.

7. If the Fates Allow by Rainbow Rowell paired with a Holiday Jell-O Salad

I love Rainbow Rowell, and when I learned of this short story, I pushed our blog publishing date back a little more. I had to include If the Fates Allow. In this novella, social distancing comes easily to Reagan. She’s always liked people better from afar. But Reagan doesn’t want her grandpa to be alone for Christmas this year—he’s already spent too much time on his own in 2020. So she heads back to her hometown with a dish of holiday Jell-O salad, hoping they can have a little normalcy. She isn’t expecting to run into the boy next door and drop her Jell-O! Mason is all grown up now. He’s considerate. He’s funny. He doesn’t mind how prickly Reagan is—he maybe even likes it. And it makes Reagan feel like her defenses are falling. Pack up you holiday Jell-O.. ( But don’t drop it! We included a picture of a failed Jell-O attempt, but you can enjoy the good one over at Nessa’s blog) And, enjoy this sweet story.

What are you going to read this holiday season? Are you a murder mystery fiend or a New Year’s Eve romance reader? Are you going to enjoy something sweet or savory? From all of us, we wish you a happy reading, a lovely holiday season, and a delightful New Year. 

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Weekly Check-in 11/06/2021-11/13/2021

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time! These last couple of weeks, I have gone slacking when it comes to my media consumption.

However, somehow I was able to watch one anime, one tv show,and one movie. I also was able to read two manga and two novels. Onto the media!

Movie

Bottom of the Ninth

This movie was very interesting in the fact that it shows how much a major mistake can impact your life sometimes for the better but most of the time it shows how much the consequences of that mistake can be. It was more profound and painful than I thought it would be to watch but the actors were amazing. I wished that also that there was a more satisfying ending. Overall though, if you like watching profound movies with baseball, this is definitely one to put on the list. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

Anime

One Piece

So this story arc, was definitely a more spooky one with the undead and shadow play, but I have to say this particular arc was awful in the Villian department with the fat people being the bad guys plus the cruelty of the undead. I am also enjoying the feminist aspect of the next arc as well but I want my fave characters back (I like Luffy and the new characters buttt I want the other straw hats too!!) Overall though, I am enjoying this show still and I am excited to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Carnival Row

I wanted so much to love this show. The world and the characters are really awesome and unique. There was also a variety of mystery and drama as well as political intrigue. The only issue that I truly had with it was that I didn’t quite understand what the point of the plot was and was confused throughout. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Manga

Series Continuations

The Writer and the Housekeeper

This is a manga series where I love the relationship because of its honesty and smutty moments. The care that the writer takes is just so sweet. I think my only issue is that the women misunderstood a little too much plus I wanted it to be longer. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣🍣🍣🍣

LDK

There was so much angst in this manga with an interloper etc. I can see why there are people who drop this series after this volume because it just turns the relationship dynamic differently than expected. Overall though I’m still curious about it so because of that I have to give this volume a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Created for Christmas

This is a book that has been on my list for about 5 years now and I think I was worried about how it was going to be whether it be too silly or too stereotypical etc. But, with an upcoming project I am doing with a couple of my dear friends, I decided to give it a shot. This is a story that has a ton of family Christmas traditions, nerdy superhero references, and of course some robot romance (as well as other romance). There is also a small little mystery that is involved but frankly its not really as big of a deal as the romance. It has a nerdy soft man character and a robot who is also a soft man with a lesson on how it is better to have companionship with people that appreciate who you are rather than who you create.  Overall, I loved reading this and it was definitely perfect for the start of the holiday season. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣

Well Matched

So of course this week, since I was having an intense work week, I needed something a familiar, yet at the same time new so I picked up Well Matched. I think this one and Well Met are pretty close for being my favorites in the series (I love Stacey as a person in Well Played but I think she didn’t get a flushed out relationship) Anyhow, back to Well Matched, for me personally I felt that I could most relate to April in her anxiety when it came to building a new relationship after the trauma of her previous one and making friends. I also love that we got to learn more about both lead characters and that it had depth with more than one facet of the stories. There’s also some moments where there was a lovely discussion about empty nesting/not having kids at all and it isn’t a bad thing which is not something usual in romances. Overall though, I wish I could just stay in this world and relive it over and over again (which I may during every ren faire season who knows) because of these points, I have to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars or 5 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

The week/two weeks ahead probably will be catching up on some upcoming blog projects and just picking up what I think is easy and fun. What about you guys? What did you read or watch these past two weeks? Let’s talk about it!