Happy Friday! Any fun plans for the weekend?


Mandy W. and Stephanie continued with their Last of Us recaps.

Sarah posted the latest edition of our Grown-Up Guide to Romance Novels, focusing on the most excellent enemies-to-lovers trope. And also sung the praises of the new Rian Johnson-helmed, Natasha Lyonne-starring, mystery-of-the-week Poker Face in this week’s Stream It.

In this week’s Book Reports:

Book-Related Things

“6 incredible books with lead characters on the aromantic spectrum.”

A piece by Jane Smiley, author of A Thousand Acres: “Why I’m Thrilled My Pulitzer-Winning Book Has Been Banned.”

“Neal Shusterman’s Scythe Might Signal a Fresh Direction for SFF Blockbusters.” (We love it, too—it was our FYA Book Club selection last month.)

Sarah Rees Brennan has signed a three-book deal for her first foray into adult fiction.

I am sobbing.

Onscreen Things

*Dances in Grisha*

(Check out our Grishaverse content here.)

Tina and Tim are back!!

No new incest dragons until probably 2024, and a potential True Blood reboot is dead. (Read the rest of our Game of Thrones content here.)

More Lord of the Rings movies are on their way (for better or worse).

Social Media Things

(Check out our Last of Us content, including recaps of the show, here.)


Anybody else feel like this when they step on one of these things? Just me? Cool. #twighlight #robertpattinson #music #twighlightsparkle #supermassiveblackhole

♬ original sound – Heather Palmer Pills

(Check our Twilight content here.)


Miscellaneous Things

Mail nostalgia.

Group trip to Disneyland?

HISTORICALLY ACCURATE. 💀💀“American Girl Doll Drops ’90s Twins With Historical Accessories Like Pizza Hut Book It Set.”

What’d we miss? Add your fave distractions of the week in the comments.

Mandy (she/her) is a manager at a tech company who lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, son, and dogs. She loves superheroes and pretty much any show or movie with “Star” in the name.