Happy Friday, buds! What’s good? I am awaiting a delivery of Girl Scout Cookies that should arrive any moment now, so to distract myself, let’s dive in to the best of the internet.


For week two of our Grown Up Guide to Romance Novels, I reviewed Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert and we do a deep dive into the fake dating trope.

Stephanie and Mandy W. recapped episode five of The Last of Us a.k.a. another week of getting my heart ripped out.

And Kandis reviewed the new Ashton Kutcher/Reese Witherspoon rom-com, Your Place Or Mine.

In this week’s Book Reports:

Book-Related Things

Tor is launching their own romance imprint!

A STEM love story! Read an exclusive excerpt of Ali Hazelwood’s next novel, Love, Theoretically.

Unlocking desire through smut: do the fantasies we read in romance novels say anything about what we want in our real-life relationships?

Matthew McConaughey wrote a children’s book just because.

A new way for mood readers to organize their TBRs.

The 2023 Pen America Literary Awards finalists have been announced.

Looks like the Harper Collins strike is finally over!

Onscreen Things

Everything you need to know about Ted Lasso season three. 

Social Media Things

There were a lot of good Ri Ri Super Bowl mash ups this week, but this one wins.

@nickwalshhh Rihanna brought it on! #imstillbigred #rihanna #fentybowl #halftimeshow #bringiton ♬ original sound – Zoe Francesca

Apocalypse Karens are even worse than fungbies.

@thecorysinger #greenscreen #thelastofus #hbomax #pedropascal #bellaramsey #karen #karensgoingwild ♬ original sound – Cory Singer

Love this interview about the cast learning ASL for this week’s The Last of Us.

@aidagaming1 Obsessed with this episode! Such incredible and stunning performances | #thelastofus #thelastofus2 #pedropascal #tlou #tlou2 #tloushow #hbo #hbomax #lastofus #gaming #gamingontiktok #fyp #fypシ #videogames #foryou #trending #tiktok #joelmiller #elliewilliams #ps4 #girlgamer #ps5 ♬ The Last of Us (Goodnight) – Gustavo Santaolalla

The scream I scrumpt when I got to the end.

It’s me, hi. I’m the woman who got hit by a car because I was watching the Tom Holland Lip-Sync Battle, it’s me.

Miscellaneous Things

Jezebel is being a total hater about Galentine’s Day. LET US LIVE.

An Amy Poehler and Tina Fey live comedy tour??? Yes, please.

That’s it for this week! What did we miss? Leave your links in the comments.

Rosemary lives in Little Rock, AR with her husband and cocker spaniel. At 16, she plucked a copy of Sloppy Firsts off the "New Releases" shelf and hasn't stopped reading YA since. She is a brand designer who loves tiki drinks, her mid-century modern house, and obsessive Google mapping.