Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Celebration: Rory’s Instagram, Then & Now

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Hello Readers!

As you know, I reach out extensively to friends and fellow bloggers to see if any of them were interested in doing a guest post for this month long feature. While I did not get an overwhelming response, the responses I did get were great!

Today, I’m very happy to introduce our second guest blogger! Melissa comes to us from Live Love Read YA. And today she’s put together, not only an awesome post, but one that’s quite unique!

Take it away, Melissa!

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When I found out Nicole was hosting the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Celebration I knew I had to sign up! Now I will admit though I’m not a super fan, but I did watch from the very beginning somewhat consistently for the first 5 seasons. Like everyone else, I did binge all 7 seasons in preparation for the new episodes and it made me realize I did love this show. Now I can’t tell you which team I’m on, but I am so glad Luke and Lorelai were together in the end.

For my post, I wondered what it would be like if Rory had Instagram since it’s a popular social media platform.  Nicole also suggested including what her Instagram account would look like if it existed when Rory was in high school.

In my opinion I think Rory wouldn’t be a frequent poster as she’s always been focused on school to bother using social media. This is why for her “Then” Instagram it showcases important moments throughout her life. I don’t think she would be a “selfie” much either, so many of the photos of Rory would probably come from handing off her camera to someone else to document the moment.

rg-ig-then1If Rory is using Instagram now, again I don’t think she would post as much, but perhaps more than if she were still in school.  In my opinion her Instagram account would be more food or sightseeing focused. I think she would give bookstagram a try, but then give up because it’s too time consuming for her busy NY life.

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Since leaving Stars Hollow and moving to Brooklyn according to speculation, she would definitely try to find a local diner with a similar feel to Luke’s.  She would check out local bookstores and try a different restaurant every day.  Rory would definitely make trips into the city to visit Strand Book Store as often as she can and spend hours on the bottom floor with the rare books and collectibles. I think she’d also use that time in the city to see a Broadway show every now and then.

I hope you guys enjoyed my interpretation of Rory’s Instagram account!! Thank you Nicole for allowing me to participate in your celebration! I can’t wait for the new episodes and finally find out who Rory ends up with!

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Want to know a bit more about Melissa?

Melissa is a 20 something year old blogger from Boston, MA. Fantasy is her favorite genre, but has opened up to other genres the last few years. Some favorite authors include Leigh Bardugo, Susan Dennard, Kristin Cashore, Alexandra Bracken, and Rick Riordan. She fangirls over all things Sailor Moon, Doctor Who, Disney, Studio Ghibli, and Marvel.

Website: http://livelovereadya.wordpress.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/miss_melissalee
Instagram: www.instagram/miss_melissalee

A big THANK YOU to Melissa for taking time out of her own blog schedule to create and participate in this celebration!

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Everland

Everland by Wendy Spinale (received an advanced copy from publisher at ALA Midwinter Conference)

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London has been destroyed by bombs. The human race is dwindling due to a fast spreading virus. And to sixteen year old Gwen Darling, the only thing scarier than the bombs and the virus, is Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer and his band of marauders.

Gwen has done her best to keep herself and her younger siblings out of their reach, but the marauders are getting closer. Running out of options and out of supplies, Gwen decides that in order to keep Joanna and Mikey safe, is to move, and move now.

But when Gwen comes home after a night of scavenging, she discovers that Joanna is missing, Mikey is hiding, and Hook and his pirates have ransacked the place. With Joanna missing, Gwen knows she isn’t going anywhere, accept to confront Hook.

Gwen will do whatever it takes to get her sister back. But in order to do that, she’ll need to team up with Pete, Bella, and the Lost Kids.  Will Gwen get Joanna back? Or will she too fall victim to Captain Hook?

Everland, written by author Wendy Spinale, is a steampunk retelling of JM Barrie’s classic Peter Pan. 

Author Spinale take on a beloved classic is a unique one. Even though Steampunk is a required taste for some, and it generally isn’t mind, I thought it was quite imaginative. Because of this it felt like she made this story her own. 

While the writing that fills this book is good, there were aspects that as a reader I struggled with. And that was the pacing. Going into Everland I assumed that it would be action packed and fast paced. But within mere pages I found myself struggling. The pacing was just…slow. 

Even though the pacing wasn’t working for me, I had hoped that the characters would save this book. As I read, I couldn’t help but feel that the characters, though honest and relatable, were not as fully developed as they could be. Leading lady Gwen Darling was portrayed in many instances as someone who needed to be saved, when she could have saved herself. Joanna, though not as present in the book as the rest, felt mean spirited and cold. And Pete … I just didn’t like him.

Of all the characters, Bella and Hook were my favorites. Through Hook’s chapters I learned more and more of his backstory, which author Spinale did a great job of! And Bella, even though she’s a tough cookie, I saw the soft side of her. I sympathized for her, so her struggles, and felt that she was a completely honest character.

I feel like I could go on and on about Everland. While the book wasn’t for me, I see the value in this book. Fans of Peter Pan and all the various retellings will love this book. And even if you aren’t a Peter Pan fan, read it! And let’s discuss!

 

(Cover image from GoodReads)

Gilmore Girls Movie Night: Lorelai Edition

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It’s Saturday night and you’re bored. All of your friends have plans. Stores in your small town have already closed. And the one screen movie theater has been playing the same movie for the past five months (you’ve seen it three times already and can’t bear to see it another time).

The only store in your small town that IS open is the movie rental store. As you’re wandering up and down the isles, you realize that most of the new movies have already been rented. The shelves are practically empty.

As you turn the corner, you see it! And you’re both shocked and appalled that NO ONE rented this classic ….

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder!

You quickly scoop it up, rent it out, and head to the local grocery store to buy an abundance of candy. Cause, let’s be honest, you can’t watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and NOT have candy. It’s like a sin or something!

But candy isn’t enough! You do need real food. On your walk home, you think “what would Lorelai Gilmore” eat while watching this classic movie.

Can’t think of what you’ll eat! Well, fear not! I’ve got your menu covered!

If I were hosting a Lorelai themed movie night, showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory I’d quickly whip out my copy of Eat Like A Gilmore by Kristi Carlson, and pick the perfect food for this particular movie night.

To start, I’d make ….

Monte Cristo Sandwich.

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It’s seriously the perfect dish for a viewing of Willy Wonka! Not only is it savory, but it’s sweet! Author Carlson describes it as “It’s as close as one can get to eating a sandwich wrapped in a donut, without actually eating a sandwich wrapped in a donut.”

You’ll need something to wash the Monte Cristo sandwich down with. And what better to do that with  than ….

A Shirley Temple.

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Seriously, it’s like sugar in a cup. And it’s the perfect way to kick off the sugar filled evening that you have ahead of you.

And what’s dinner without dessert?  If I were putting this movie night together, I couldn’t … WOULDN’T rely on only one desert option. I would have several Gilmore Girls approved desserts on the table.  On my table, besides bowls and bowls of candy, would be….

Donuts

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Lorelai and Rory both love Luke’s donuts, specifically the sprinkled donuts! And just like Luke, I’d make them with different glazes, so each donut is a unique experience.

Caramel Marshmallow Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Seriously, these cookies are enough to send one into a sugar coma! Perfect for a viewing of quite possibly the sweetest movie out there.

Dessert Sushi

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Last but certainly not least is Dessert Sushi. Not only is a fun pick me up if you come down with a case of the blues, but I think it’s the one dish that Lorelai can actually cook. LOL.

By the time you eat your way through Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, this sweet (literally sweet) menu will sugar you up only to leaving your tired, and ready to crash into bed.

(All of the images are from Eat Like a Gilmore by Kristi Carlson)

Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life Celebration: Hogwarts Sorting

gilmoregirlsHello Readers!

Today is an exciting day! Not only am I posting another Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Celebration post, but it’s our very first guest post!

Readers, I want you all to give a very warm welcome to friend and fellow blogger, Nicole from Nicole’s Novel Reads! Today she has put together a post combining her love of Gilmore Girls (obviously) and Harry Potter!

Take it away, Nicole!

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Thank you Nicole for asking me to guest post for the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Celebration! My name is Nicole and I blog at Nicole’s Novel Reads. Who’s excited for the revival? I know I am! I decided to sort Gilmore Girls characters into Hogwarts houses.  Gilmore Girls and Harry Potter are two of my favorite fandoms and I decided fuse my two loves into a post for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Celebration.

Hogwarts comprises of four houses with distinct mascots and traits. Some people fall under one house while others share traits from more than one house. The houses include Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Without further ado, let’s jump into the sorting!

GRYFFINDOR values courage, bravery and determination.

gryffindorLorelai Gilmore is courageous and stubborn. She may have been a little reckless when she was younger but her decisions are made in order to do what’s best for her and Rory. Lorelei will do what it takes to survive even it if means living in a shed and working at an inn doing housekeeping when she was a teen.

Secondary house: Slytherin

Luke Danes is strong willed and he is opinionated. He is not afraid to stand up to people. Luke does things and says things without thinking about the consequences. He is very handy and helps Lorelei with fixing up the house. He has no problem helping Lorelei when she is in need.

Secondary House: Hufflepuff

Dean Forester is the protector and is willing to risk his life for others. He often uses brawn over his mind and is impulsive with his actions. Dean will always protect those are important to him.

Christopher Hayden doesn’t want to live in the footsteps of his parents and never had a childhood where he was loved. He wants to live his life to the beat of his own drum. Christopher may be reckless when he is younger, a little bit like Lorelei, but he soon learns how to settle and live a normal life. He is not scared about failure and trying new things. He is quite adventurous.

HUFFLEPUFF values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty and fair play.

hufflepuffSookie St. James is loyal, hard working and is friendly to everyone. Sookie is an excellent chef and it doesn’t surprise me since Hufflepuff’s common room is located near the kitchen at Hogwarts.

Kirk Gleeson is willing to do almost any job. Although he may not be the brightest bulb, he is hardworking and is willing to help everyone with everything. He tries to make people happy and is very patient about it.

Lane Kim has an outer shell that is a people pleaser. Even though she disproves of many things that her mother does and wants, she will usually abides to Mrs. Kim’s rules. She is very loyal to her family and Rory. She is dedicated to her love for music and she expresses her individuality.

Secondary House: Ravenclaw

Michel Gerard is very sarcastic and a health nut. He can be unpleasant at times but he is very loyal to close friends and family. He doesn’t have the nerve to tell his mother about his healthy eating ways. At first he didn’t tell Lorelei that he wanted to continue working with Lorelei and Sookie at the Dragonfly Inn after they left the Independence Inn. Michel is very loyal and hardworking.

Secondary houes: Slytherin

RAVENCLAW values wit, learning, creativity and wisdom.
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 Rory Gilmore loves to learn and she is probably the biggest bookworm on the show. If she had her way, she would probably own all the books she can get her hands on. Rory always has a book on her because you never know when you need one. She also loves having highly intellectual conversations or debates. However, she is hardworking and she doesn’t like confrontation.

Secondary House: Hufflepuff

Richard Gilmore always has his nose in the newspaper. He is very educated about what is going around in world. He may seem a little bit pretentious and snobby sometimes but he sees good in people for the most part.

Secondary House: Slytherin

Jess Mariano is book smart but lacks the motivation to prove that he can succeed academically. He can carry an intellectual conversation if he wants but has this outer shell where he plays like he is too cool for school.

SLYTHERIN values ambition, cunning and resourcefulness.

slytherinParis Gellar is very ambitious. She knows what she wants and know how to achieve what she wants. She wants to be the best at everything and is super competitive. Paris has no problem taking on any task.

Emily Gilmore is cunning. She is very manipulative and is passive aggressive. Social status is very important to her and she is very materialistic.

Taylor Doose is resourceful and competitive. He leads the Stars Hollow community as Town Selectman during meetings and enforces many rules. He knows exactly how to get things done his way even it it means he needs to badger the crap out of Luke and the other townsfolk.

Logan Huntzberger is from a family of “old money.” He always feels entitled and is very arrogant. He actually reminds me of Draco Malfoy in terms of background, family and friends.

Secondary house: Gryffindor

Images from harrypotter.wikia.com

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A big THANK YOU to Nicole for taking time out of her own busy blog schedule to create this one of a kind post!

For more information about Nicole and her awesome blog, be sure to check out Nicole’s Novel Reads!

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Celebration Giveaway

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Hello Readers!

And happy Friday! And what a better way to celebrate that hosting a Gilmore Girls themed giveaway!

Today, I’m giving away this one of a kind “Dragonfly Inn”  wax warmer! And what’s a wax warmer without wax to melt! With this unique item I will also be giving away a Poptart Scented bag of wax for one lucky winner to melt and enjoy.

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To enter:

You must be 13 years or older to enter and live in the United States. This giveaway is open from today, November 4th and will run until November 10th at 11:59 pm.  One winner will be selected at random and e-mailed on November 11th. The winner will have two days to respond to e-mail with valid shipping address. If no response is received within two days a new winner will be selected (at random) and notified via e-mail.

To enter, simply click the link below to access the Rafflecopter!

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Good luck!

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Celebration

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Hello Readers!

It’s November 1st, and you know what that means, right?! It means only 24 more days until Netflix’s reboot of (my all time favorite) the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life! Because I’m just too excited about this I decided to put together a month long celebration of all things Gilmore Girls here on the blog.

Throughout the month I will be featuring several guest bloggers, special Gilmore Girls themed posts, and even hosting weekly giveaways!  With that said, I will also be posting my “normal” content, i.e. reviews, top ten Tuesday posts, etc. Anything that is Gilmore Girls related, the above image will be somewhere in the post.

There’s been a lot of news surrounding the Gilmore Girls and the Netflix reboot. So today, I thought it would be good to kick off my monthly celebration with some links and a little recap!

First and foremost, have you seen the trailer? What! You haven’t! Well, good news, you can watch it here! 

Now that you’ve watched the trailer (and you’re even more excited about the show), let’s move on to other news….

HellowGiggles is a treasure trove! It seems like every other day they are posting something new about the Gilmore Girls or the show. Here are some of the articles I’ve been enjoying:

We Know *Exactly* What Rory is Up To When “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” Picks Up

Amy Sherman-Palladino Just Explained How They Rebuilt the “Gilmore Girls” House and it’s the best!

Here’s How April, aka Vanessa Marano, Knew Luke and Lorelai Were Going to Break Up on Gilmore Girls

Even E! News seems to be jumping on the Gilmore Girls bandwagon! How are You Planning to Watch the Gilmore Girls Revival?

Get the box of tissues! According to this Huffington Post article “Gilmore Girls” Creator Reveals Another Reason Why Revival Will be a Tear-Jerker” will make us cry!

Did you know that there was a Gilmore Girls festival in Washington, CT? I did, and I really wanted to go. But tickets sold out fast and I couldn’t. So I guess, if you’re like me, you’ll just have to live vicariously through the New York Times article Fans Flock To Town That Inspired Gilmore Girls. 

I’m sure you’ve seen them (because they are EVERYWHERE) the four posters?! If you haven’t Entertainment Weekly’s got you covered!

The Gilmore News website (check it out here) also offers a wealth of up to date news.

April wasn’t your favorite character? Well, “Vanessa Marano Shares Why You Should Love April.

I don’t know about you, but Kirk was one of my favorite characters. On Gilmore News, “Sean Gunn Shars Favourite Moments Playing Kirk”

Emily Gilmore …. is wearing a T-Shirt! Yes it’s true! Emily in a T-Shirt? Yes, It’s Important

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I probably can go on and on! But I won’t. Above is just a small sampling of the latest news that has hit us Gilmore Girl fans the past few weeks. If there’s any other news that I missed, or that you think hasn’t been seen/shared, please leave comments!