Summer 2013 Must List

So if you’re like me, you might be finished with classes for the semester (and maybe even graduated) and are bored with your all of your free time because summer technically hasn’t really started yet (at least it hasn’t for me). That’s ok, because I want to share  ways you can fill your time in all sorts of fashions (Jenny-approved).

BOOKS

If you’re a bookworm or just like passing the time while you lay in the sun, I have some recommendations for you that won’t make you nod off or start it then never look at it ever again.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

3.5/5

You can find the book from anywhere between $12.99 (e-book) and $16.25 (hardcover).

This book is definitely a page-turner; I finished it within a week. It follows a man looking for his missing wife. Though he appears guilty because of the trail of lies he attempts to hide, you’re never quite sure whether he has something to do with his wife’s disappearance or not. Though the book is excellent, there are some obvious flaws towards the end that you can decide for yourself whether or not you like.

If you don’t enjoy books that make you sympathize, then hate, then forgive, and then throw said book across the room because of the protagonist, then this novel is not for you. However, if you like a good thriller that’s a quick read, then you definitely need to check this book out.

The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker

in progress

Prices range from $9.99 (e-book) to $17.55 (hardcover).

I’m still reading this book, so I can’t give a thorough review of it. BUT what I can tell you is it covers the conspiracies, secrets, and sex surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s death. Though the novel itself is fiction, it does weave facts in and out of the prose. If you are also a film junkie, you would be ahead of the game by reading this book – it’s getting a film release.

TV SHOWS

I’m also a self-renowned couch potato with a penchant for binge-watching TV shows. Whether they’re on Netflix, Hulu Plus, or actual live television, I’m your go-to TV gal. I may not have an option for everyone, but these are the shows that I think you need to watch this summer to be pop culture savvy.

The Killing (AMC) 

June 2 – Season 3 Premiere

Sundays 8/7c

Now I know what you’re thinking: but this show was originally cancelled! They made us wait two whole seasons to find out who killed Rosie Larsen – why would you include this?! I included it because, even though the writers made us cringe with anticipation for two whole seasons, the show is damn good. You have to admit that. The acting is top notch. And even though it rains in nearly every episode, you can’t help but watch as Linden and Holder work at solving the case with incredible chemistry.

Just watch it – the producers even promised that this case would be solved in ONE season. And Peter Sarsgaard plays a bad guy. What could be better than that?

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)

June 11 – Season 4 Premiere

Tuesdays 8/7c

Before you dismiss me for having “terrible” taste in TV, hear me out. PLL is addicting. It is. I started watching it on Netflix because I was bored one day. As I kept hitting “play next episode,” I laughed at myself and thought of how stupid the story lines were. They’re ridiculous, really, but they’re so stupidly addicting. Watching Aria, Hanna, Emily, and Spencer search for who the mysterious A is or track down Red Coat is wildly amusing and addicting. Did I say the show is addicting? You get the picture.

If I still haven’t convinced you enough (I’m sure there’s still some eye rolling going on), then hear this: some of the hottest actors of teen TV are on the show: Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Torrey DeVitto, and even Nia Peeples. Not to mention the great fashion you’ll see. You will hate yourself for liking the show, but we all need to indulge in a little guilty pleasure from time to time.

The Jeselnik Offensive (Comedy Central)

July 9 – Season 2 Premiere

Tuesdays 10:30/9:30c

The tagline is “Life is cruel. So is he.” for a reason. The show is so offensive yet so funny, sometimes you will find yourself laughing at something and shortly after wondering if you’re a terrible person because you found it funny. The comedians Anthony Jeselnik brings on the show are up-and-comers that are usually pretty hilarious. If you don’t believe me, then just check out this clip of Kumail Nanjiani

MOVIES

Everyone loves a good movie, so hopefully this list can help you narrow down some choices that you can either rent or buy in a few weeks or choose to see at the theatre. I’m not quite the film expert, but I do enjoy myself some good movies.

This Is The End (R)

In Theaters June 12

This hasn’t come out yet so I can’t give you brief review of it, BUT it looks hilarious. Celebrities playing themselves? Check. Party at James Franco’s house? Check. End of the world apocalypse? Check.

Man of Steel (PG-13)

In Theaters June 14

Again, this movie hasn’t come out yet, BUT this trailer gives me chills each time I watch it. Who doesn’t love Superman? And also, who doesn’t love a film with Michael Shannon in it? This is bound to be the start of an amazing franchise.

Spring Breakers (R)

On DVD/Blu-ray July 9

You either love it or hate it – there’s really no in-between. The movie is about four college girls looking to collect some cash so they can go on spring break (this is the beginning). The rest of the movie follows them on their spring break – their destiny. You will get to see four pretty hot actresses (Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Rachel Korine), but the best part of the movie has to be James Franco’s character.

Kick-Ass 2 (R)

In Theaters August 16

I just realized this is the second superhero movie I posted, but I don’t really care! This sequel is bound to be great, just like the first film. And to make it even better, Jim Carrey joins the cast as Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Well, there you have it. This list should give you a good grasp of what not to miss this summer in terms of all things media.

These lists won’t make you hipster since everything is pretty well known. BUT enjoy this Marty McFly meme.