WandaVision

Source: Marvel Studios

As a fan of basically all the Marvel movies, when I saw that they were starting to launch television shows on Disney+ I immediately added it to my calendar. The first two episodes of WandaVision were available on 1/15 with episode 3 being added on 1/22. From here on out, we only get 1 new episode each Friday until the series ends on March 5th.

My initial thoughts – I am LOVING the series. It totally gives me old-school Lost vibes, where you have to pay attention to the little hints and Easter Eggs to try and determine what is actually going on. Then you can go online and speculate with everyone else while waiting for the next episode. As much as I love to binge watch a series, it’s kind of nice to have to just stick with one episode at a time and then let it marinate in your mind while waiting for the next one.

I was obsessed with Bewitched reruns when I was a kid, so I loved the whole aesthetic of episodes 1 and 2. Episode 3 was full-on 70’s with Brady Bunch vibes and the creepy factor was fantastic as well. There are only 9 episodes for this season and they’ve said that we will be getting full Marvel superhero craziness by the end of it, so I’m super excited to see where this goes!

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2021 Book List

Last year was the first year I really kept track of my reading, as I shared each book I read in real-time on my Instagram Stories and kept a list updated here on Pocketful of Joules. I ended up reading 113 books in 2020 and you can find the full list of them here: 2020 Book List.

I decided to keep it up for 2021, but wanted to improve my list by incorporating my mini-reviews. Feel free to bookmark this page, as I will keep it updated as I finish each book. I’ll also stick a link to this post over on the right sidebar for easy access.

Here are the books I’ve read so far in 2021:

Book #, Information & LinkMini Book Review
Book #1 of 2021:
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Oh my gosh, this one was AMAZING! A plus-sized fashion blogger is the new star of Main Squeeze, a Bachelorette-type reality show. This book was so, so, so, so good! Add it to your MUST READ list now!
Book #2 of 2021:
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I haven’t seen the movie and wanted to give the book a try. All in all, I didn’t enjoy it and thought it was a boring name-dropping slog. Money, money, rich people, money. Just repetitive and rather boring.
Book #3 of 2021:
I Hate Your Face (and other things I wish I could tell my coworkers) by Connie O’Reyes
I wanted to love this book of short stories about office-life…but it just sounded like stories I’ve heard 1,000 times before and to me the book fell flat.
Book #4 of 2021:
Hadley & Grace by Suzanne Redfearn
A ‘Thelma & Louise’ type caper story about two moms who find themselves on the run with their kids. Overall pretty entertaining and a fun ride!
Book #5 of 2021: Widowish by Melissa GouldI thought this book would focus on her journey after her husband passed… but it was brutal to read about them falling in love, him in the hospital, and her having to make the difficult decision to let him go.
Book #6 of 2021:
Please Like Me (But Keep Away) by Mindy Kaling
I thought this was a whole book, but it was just 2 short stories. Super relatable and funny. I wish it were longer! (It looks like Amazon broke “Nothing Like I Imagined” into a bunch of shorter stories.)
Book #7 of 2021:
Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles 1) by K.F. Breene
The start of the Warrior Chronicles and it was fantastic. I love a strong kickass female lead! Fantastic world building and interesting characters throughout. Can’t wait to start the next one!
Book #8 of 2021:
Hunted (The Warrior Chronicles 2) by K.F. Breene
I am loving this series! Some great character growth in this one and also some pretty badass fights.
Book #9 of 2021:
Shadow Lands (The Warrior Chronicles 3) by K.F. Breene
I am still absolutely loving this series. The battles actually gave me goosebumps. I tore though this one and I’m on to the next!
Book #10 of 2021:
Invasion (The Warrior Chronicles 4) by K.F. Breene
This book, the 4th in the series, can best be described as “don’t underestimate the women!” I love how each book in the series is moving the story along bit by bit!
Book #11 of 2021:
Seige (The Warrior Chronicles 5) by K.F. Breene
As the battles get bigger, the stakes are higher and higher. This book builds up through the very end and the very last in the series is coming up next!
Book #12 of 2021: Overtaken (The Warrior Chronicles 6) by K.F. BreeneThe 6-book Warrior saga ends and it was everything I hoped it would be! For extra fun, you can access a special epilogue on the authors webpage (I’ve linked it here).
Book #13 of 2021:
The Mediterranean Diet Weight Loss Solution by Julene Strassou, MS, RD
I was hoping to learn more about the Mediterranean diet way of life and pick up some lunch ideas. Unfortunately, this was much more of a diet book with exercise tips and recipes and portion control. Not really what I was looking for…
Book 14 of 2021:
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
What if you could relive your life seeing what would happen if you could make different choices? A magical story that makes you think about what regrets you have an what in your life you would change.
Book #15 of 2021:
Nobody Eats Parsley by David Oakley
This one didn’t do it for me at all. I made it about a third of the way and not one of his short stories made me chuckle even a little bit. Next!
Book #16 of 2021:
Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials (Book 1) by K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer
Apparently I love everything by K.F. Breene! This series is another strong female lead and it’s like Harry Potter and the Hunger Games had a baby.
Book #17 of 2021: Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials (Book 2) by K.F. Breene and Shannon MayerThe second in this series and it’s a good one. My only complaint is that they go so quick and end with a cliffhanger. Why not just combine it all in one book? Luckily they are free on Kindle Unlimited!
Book #18 of 2021:
Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials (Book 3) by K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer
The third in this series and the story continues on. Super sad that I read it so fast and the next one isn’t out until the end of the month!
Book #19 of 2021:
Magic Julep by Gina LaManna
The latest addition to an always fun series, The Magic in Mixology Mystery Series (Book #7). A group of interesting characters and a couple mysteries that are wrapped up nicely.
Book #20 of 2021:
The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn
One of the free Amazon First Reads for February and it was a fun romance with lots of colorful characters. Loved it and will be checking out more by this author.
Book #21 of 2021:
The Accidental Text by Becky Monson
This one is such a fun love story! It made me feel all warm and cozy and I highly recommend it!
Book #22 of 2021:
The Invisable Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
This book drew me in and haunted me. I read it slowly so I could enjoy every word and now I’m sad it’s over. FIVE STARS!
Book #23 of 2021:
Magical Midlife Love (Leveling Up Book 4), by K.F. Breene
I started this series in the fall and had to wait for the latest book to come out. This series is full of characters that I love and a women who doesn’t put up with any crap. Highly recommend!
Book #24 of 2021:…Coming Soon…

Many of my books are borrowed using Kindle Unlimited (you can read my full review from 2015 here). If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited yet, it’s like an all-you-can-read for books and I’ve been using it for the last few years: Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans.

I’ve also recently started using the free OverDrive Library, through my local library website. If you have a library card, be sure to check your library’s website to see if they work with an online partner. I mean, FREE BOOKS!

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Unplugging

Okay friends, this is my last post of 2020. I took off of work from Christmas – New Years, so I’m stepping away from the blog until next Monday (1/4). And to be honest, I wrote today’s post before the holiday… so I’m actually already on my break!

I’m planning to read, watch movies, bang out a couple doctor’s appointments, do some home projects that I’ve been sitting on, and maybe do a little after-Christmas online shopping. I’m also planning to keep up with my Peloton workouts and will be giving you all a one-month update in a couple more weeks.

The biggest part of my holiday break plans, is that I’m planning to NOT juggle working from home and Jack’s online school. Which in itself sounds incredibly relaxing after 10 months of keeping all these balls in the air.

You can still find me over on my Instagram account during my little break though, since I love seeing all those Christmas pajama photos that pop up.

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