Full disclosure: I am totally ripping off the Pop Culture Round-up from the now defunct Pop Candy blog at USA Today. It was my favorite blog, and this was the weekly post I most looked forward to. I can not promise to have the same exquisite taste as Whitney Matheson.
Best Thing I Saw: Blindspot
I love when a show knows exactly where it is headed from episode 1. I started watching Blindspot because it was all over Comic-Con, and I lazily thought, “Why not?” The first few episodes didn’t grab me, but the idea was interesting enough that I wanted to see if it lived up to its potential. The (very) basic premise of the show is that a naked woman covered in tattoos shows up in a duffle bag in the middle of Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. The tattoos end up containing clues to criminal activity and, sometimes, to crimes that have yet to happen. I won’t spoil anything by telling you more, but I had goosies at the end of the episode. Real life goosies! J-Lo and I should have a goosies girls party.
Best Thing I Heard: America’s Sweetheart by Elle King
I cannot get this song out of my head (which might be a good thing because I kinda don’t want to). The first place I heard it was this wonderful commercial. “I like the chip I got in my front teeth. And I got back tattoos you won’t believe.” Sign me up for The Fempire.
Best Thing I Read: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I picked up this historical fiction novel at the school’s book fair, knowing nothing about it other than what the jacket revealed—it tells the story surrounding the greatest maritime disaster in history (which, I must confess, I didn’t even know about). The story follows a group of refugees during WWII trying to get back to Germany and gives a glimpse into the mind of a young Nazi filled with delusions of grandeur. Each mini-chapter is told from the perspective of a different character. There’s Joana, the leader and self-appointed doctor of the refugee group. There’s Florian, a runaway German soldier on a one-man mission. There’s Emilia, the Polish girl with a big secret and even bigger shame. The character development is fantastic, the plot is fast and exciting, and I cried at the end.