August, 2017

August 5th, 2017, 2:04 p.m. - Does Derek have a fidget spinner tattoo? Discuss

Teen Wolf – "Said the Spider to the Fly": I don't know, this episode just didn't get me that excited. But I think the season will be really interesting, especially with the returning cast members. Rating: 3 giant spiderwebs

Game of Thrones – "The Queen's Justice": I liked the twist of Bran and Meera showing up when we were all expecting Arya. And if I were playing a character on this show, I'd want her to go out just like Olenna. R.I.P., you magnificent queen. Rating: 4 poisoned cosmetics

So You Think You Can Dance – Academy Week No. 3: These people are all so talented, and I can't imagine each all-star having to choose one over the other. Can't we have a top 20? Rating: 4 accidental kicks to the head

August 6th, 2017, 10:35 a.m. - Does not contain actual bending of spoons

25. Spoonbenders (Daryl Gregory)
It's like Arrested Development and You Can't Take It With You mixed with psychic abilities and a dash of A Prayer for Owen Meany. I would watch this as a Netflix series.

Up next: The Girl Before (J.P. Delaney)

August 12th, 2017, 1:23 p.m. - Who would win in a SYTYCD personality-off, Mark or Robert?

Teen Wolf – "Raw Talent": So we have to watch spiders swarm around all season? THANKS, SHOW. Rating: 3 times I cringed at the screen

Game of Thrones – "The Spoils of War": Me at the beginning of the episode: "I hope Bronn gets something to do." Me at the end of the episode: "...Okay, then." Rating: 5 dragon attacks

So You Think You Can Dance – Top 10 Perform, Pt. 1: Everyone made excellent choices. The only person I was really disappointed not to see make it was Zachary, but they said he's doing Cats, so I'd say he's doing okay without the show. I still wish the show could have taken more finalists, but I'm excited by this group. Rating: 4 cans of hairspray

August 19th, 2017, 3:26 p.m. - Can we please stop using the words "girl" and "girls" in book titles?

26. The Girl Before (J.P. Delaney)
Almost everyone in this book is awful, and it's lucky that the only likable one was the one in danger at the end, because otherwise I wouldn't have cared enough to finish.

Up next: The Blinds (Adam Sternbergh)

August 20th, 2017, 3:29 p.m. - "You're a dumba%$." "Is that your way of thanking me?" "No, it's my way of calling you a dumba%$"

Teen Wolf – "After Images": Go away, Gerard. And take the boring guidance counselor/baby hunter with you. Rating: 4 pens stabbed through hands

Game of Thrones – "Eastwatch": Bronn's okay, Gendry's back, and Ocean's 11 Snow's 7 are off to fight some zombies. Let's get this party started. Rating: 4 giant hammers

So You Think You Can Dance – Top 10 Perform, Pt. 2: So much for getting to see Jasmine dance for a few more weeks. Boo! Rating: 4 money guns

August 26th, 2017, 1:20 p.m. - I wasn't 100 percent sure who to root for, but now I know: Koine

Teen Wolf – "Face-to-Faceless";"Pressure Test": Seriously, I'm sick of Ms. Monroe. Where are Stiles and Derek? Rating: 3 smiley faces on the blackboard

Game of Thrones – "Beyond the Wall": Was anyone else kind of disappointed? Usually the second-to-last episode of the season has a big battle. This one felt like it wasn't big enough. And Gendry was sent away again! Rating: 3 frozen dragons

So You Think You Can Dance – Top 9 Perform: Sydney suffered from being paired with a forgettable partner. I actually don't remember Paul at all from his original season. So she was basically cannon fodder. Sorry, Sydney! Rating: 4 unnecessary hats

August 27th, 2017, 6:36 p.m. - I'll definitely have to give Sternbergh's other books another try

27. The Blinds (Adam Sternbergh)
I would also watch this as a Netflix series. They could do Lost-style flashbacks of all the residents. I would binge the whole thing in a weekend.

Up next: The Good Daughter (Karin Slaughter)

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