Z is for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

Let me tell you the story about a girl named Zoey who goes for an MRI and comes out with a superpower–the ability to hear people’s “heart songs” aka the songs that express what they’re really thinking and feeling. For, lo, that is what Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC/Peacock/Hulu) is about.

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X is for X-Men #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

Full disclosure: The is the one time I’m breaking my self-imposed rule and posting about something I’ve already used before for an A to Z Challenge. I think the reason is obvious but just in case it’s not: X IS A HARD LETTER. The only thing I have watched that starts with an X is X-Men. I have read no books that start with an X. So it is what it is.

And what it is, is the X-Men…cartoon from the ’90s.

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W is for Work It #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

Do you like any of the following:

  • movies starring dancing
  • teen comedies
  • dancing boys
  • dancing girls
  • training montages
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V is for Variety #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

Welp, it happened. V officially stumped me. My goal was to write about something I had not yet spotlighted for the A to Z Challenge, and all I have for V is The Vampire Diaries (which I wrote about last year) and Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot, which is part of the Princess Diaries series…which I also wrote about last year. My third option was The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, which is amazing and everyone should read, but I would in no way call it a comfort read even though I read it in two days during the pandemic. (Seriously, read it. It’s so good.)

So where does that leave me? With my next favorite thing–a list. So here’s a list of a VARIETY of the books, TV shows, and movies I almost blogged about but that didn’t quite make the cut this time. Any of the following would make great comfort reads or watches!

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U is for Ugly Betty #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

Here’s where I admit that I never finished watching Ugly Betty. It’s not the show’s fault, honestly. It’s just that I was working on my PhD and felt immensely guilty when I watched anything I actually enjoyed on television. So, this was just one of many TV casualties. It was a dark time.

Anyway, the point is that every time I see that Ugly Betty is streaming on Hulu, I think now would be the perfect time to actually revisit the show and finish watching it.

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T is for To Tell the Truth #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

Some time last summer I posted on FB asking people what was a dumb show they were watching to get them through the pandemic. Some people took umbrage to that, so I redacted and changed it to silly show, and, well, either way, I was asking because I had discovered To Tell the Truth (ABC/Hulu), which I like but think is kind of dumb but don’t mean it in a mean way. Not that being called dumb is ever nice, but whatever. I know what I mean.

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S is for Schitt’s Creek #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

Originally, I was going to pick a different show for S because, of course, lots of things start with S. (This is the problem with the A to Z Challenge: there’s an embarrassment of riches for some letters and a dearth of choices for others. But I digress.) However, I figured since I just put four Schitt’s Creek (Netflix) stickers on my laptop that came with the four Schitt’s Creek themed potholders I bought AND that I’m considering just going on ahead and making my whole kitchen Schitt’s Creek themed (I have my eye on an apron and a soap dispenser)…well, it might just be a good fit for the theme.

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R is for Reba #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

Reba is currently streaming on Hulu, and it is the perfect comfort watch. I know because before she left to go back to school, my daughter started a rewatch of the show, and it made both of us so happy.

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Q is for Queen of Babble #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

You already know how many ways I love Meg Cabot, and honestly the fact that she has a book trilogy that starts with Q just makes me love her more.

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P is for Percy Jackson #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

You know how you really want to reread Harry Potter during this pandemic, but JKR makes it so hard because she kept doubling down on hurtful things she’s said re: the trans community? But you are still really craving a trio of friends who are clearly good fighting a fight against evil? And there’s also a lot of humor and a magical school that’s just out of sight of the world that we live in?

May I suggest the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan to fill that void in your heart?

And as always, I know you want to know if I’m talking about the Percy Jackson book series or the movie series. And the answer to that is “What movie series?” We do not mention the movies in this house because my daughter is a die hard Percy Jackson fan and has a visceral and bone deep hatred of the movie, and it all started with the trailer, though she did give the actual movie an honest try.

Don’t worry, though. Nobody hates the movies more than Rick Riordan hates the movies:

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