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Not all of my favorites, just a select few that are worth mentioning.
  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    I was 13 years old, a little lost and in need of some direction. My freshman English teacher, Mr. Pontow, handed this book out and assigned us the first 4 chapters. I cracked the book that night, and devoured it in one sitting. I ended up reading it 3 more times as we studied it in class, and countless times since. The story of Francie Nolan, a girl who found solace in reading and made the best of her life, spoke to me in a way I couldn't explain, but I knew Francie and I were kindred spirits.
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
    I met Jane as a junior in high school. Everyone loves beautiful, fast-talking Lizzy Bennett from Pride & Prejudice, and considering she ends up with Colin Firth, I kinda get it. But ordinary Jane is every girl. "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will." Jane is exactly the role model a teen girl needs. She breaks down gender stereotypes, she fights for what she wants, and she isn't afraid to speak her mind. Jane does what makes her happy.
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    I love stories about sisters, because it's such a unique bond, and it's all the more special if you have them. I fell in love with the March girls and their unique family in a backwards way - I saw the Winona Ryder movie first. But I immediately checked out the book, and immersed myself in Jo's world. My youngest sister and I fought often, like Jo and Amy, but we grew up, grew out of it, and realized we were more alike than we knew. The March girls always knew, and they made sure I did too.
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  1. Parks and Recreation
    Holy shit. I'm aware that I'm WAY late to the game here, but this show is SLAYING ME. The cast is genius, the writing is stellar, and nothing is too small to be referenced multiple times. It's got sweet, intimate moments, inspiring speeches, real life failures, and some of the best comedy I've ever seen. "Get on your Feet" will honestly never be the same to me. I've got seasons 6 and 7 left (hurry and get on Netflix 7) and I'm so sad it will end soon. But so happy it exists.
  2. Jessica Jones
    Yeah, this lives up to the hype and then some.
  3. Private Practice
    After rewatching all of Grey's with a friend who had never seen it, I finally caved and checked this out. It took a minute for me to get into it, but once the characters got rolling, I was hooked. Cooper and Charlotte forever.
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All #squads I need to join
  1. Felicity's #UNYsquad
    My love for this show knows no bounds, and this squad is IT. Noel Crane will tell you to stay in New York or perish. Elena will ALWAYS have your back. Megan will probably practice spells on you, but she'll let you use her smart powder. Javier is there for when you're crunching on a boy and need to gossip. Sean will docuvent it all. Felicity will encourage your impulsive decisions. Ben will whisper dreamily to you. And Julie... Well she'll probably write a stupid song. No one likes Julie.
  2. New Girl's #loftsquad
    I just really, really want to play True American.
  3. Boy Meets World - #feenysquad
    FEENY! FEE-HEE-HEE-HEE-NAY! Also, maybe I could finally solve the mystery of the missing Morgan. SOMEONE KNOWS.
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Life lessons from Seattle Grace/Mercy West/Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital
  1. Never leave home without lipstick.
    Lots of surgeries and sleeping in on-call rooms and NOT sleeping in on-call rooms, so you gotta make sure your lipstick game is fierce.
  2. Always wear good underwear.
    You never know when they'll end up on the bulletin board!
  3. Curl your hair everyday. Doesn't matter if you're gonna stuff it under a scrub cap.
    Addison knows what's up.
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  1. Denial
    We didn't get swept by the Mets. We let them win 4 games in a row and clinch a pennant at Wrigley Field. It's fine. Whatever. Next year!
  2. Anger
    What the FUCK just happened? We came from the hardest division in baseball (NL central) and had the 3rd best record in baseball (97-65). We had to beat the Pirates (2nd best record in baseball) to MAKE the NLDS, and then we took out our biggest rival the Cardinals (best record in baseball) in 4 games. How the fuck did the lowly METS sweep us? Bullshit.
  3. Bargaining
    Please, God, please. We're Cubs fans. We've had to deal with so much loss, so much slashed hope. We'll give ANYTHING to win a World Series. Goats can come in anytime. Bartman is of course welcome to visit! Zambrano can beat up all the Gatorade jugs he wants. Just please give us some postseason success.
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My wish list for reboots in 2016
  1. Felicity
    Only if there are no mentions of Lauren or Julie Emrick. Noel should be getting divorced and deciding he's still in love with Felicity, who is finishing up her residency with Ben and they are both being pulled in different directions. Think Grey's Anatomy, but with Felicity Porter, way less tequila, and the two most attractive Scotts to ever grace our television. It should be Docuventary 3, a Sean Blumberg production.
  2. Cult
    No one but @BridgetMorrissey and I watched this show. But it was GREAT. And I still have questions. Who is Steven Rea? What's with all that ancient mythology? Did Roger live? And what the hell does "well hey, these things just snap right off" MEAN?
  3. The Secret Circle
    Faye is in, and frankly a Faye spinoff would be enough for me. This is the most egregious cancellation in recent memory, and I can't even get it on DVD because the CW hates me. But y'all, the four Balcoins at the end. WHAT? I need answers. Netflix, help a sister out.
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  1. It's IKEA day! I am going to eat Swedish meatballs, impulse buy 100 candles, and buy some reasonably priced furniture and assemble it LIKE AN ADULT.
  2. Oh man, this bookcase/bed/desk/lamp/chair/table is going to look so great! No one will believe it's IKEA.
  3. How cute! The instructions are pictures!
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It's not just for kids.
  1. It's not all about cancer or vampires, but cancer and vampires can be made into compelling stories.
    The hugely successful "The Fault in Our Stars" is a cancer book, sure, but it's a great story, and John Green writes the heck out of it. Meanwhile, Rainbow Rowell just released a book about wizards and vampires and gay teen love. GUYS, how GREAT is that?
  2. I'm still a young adult. I don't want to be an old adult.
    Yeah, so I've been out of high school 10 years and yes, I pay rent now, but dammit, I don't wanna grow up. I'm a toys r us kid.
  3. A good YA love story is as good or better to me than a RomCom any day (but you still can't stop me from watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days for the 900th time).
    Eleanor & Park will break your heart into a million pieces and glue it back together again. And Fangirl. Oh Fangirl. Tris and Four in the Divergent Series (let's just not talk about the ending, k?). Peter and Lara Jean in To All the Boys I Loved Before. And of course my favorite, Laura Jean and her J Boys.
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