V is for Variety #AtoZChallenge #PandemicAlphabet

April 26, 2021

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!

  • Always Be My Maybe (movie, Netflix)
  • The Bernie Mac Show (TV show, Hulu)
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (book)
I read the hardback, but I love the paperback cover so much I’m using it here.
  • Colors of Madeleine trilogy by Jaclyn Moriarty (books)
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  • A Different World (TV show, Amazon Prime)
  • Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV show, HBOMax)
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun (movie, Hulu)
  • Justice League (TV show, HBOMax)
  • Knives Out (movie, Amazon Prime)
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  • The Last Dragon (movie)
  • Never Have I Ever (TV show, Netflix)
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia-Williams (book)
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  • Psych (OBVIOUSLY–I don’t care if it’s a retread; it’s the retread of my heart) (TV show, Amazon Prime or Peacock) (I just realized I could have kind of cheated and talked about one or both of the movies. NEXT TIME.)
  • Polly (movie starring Phylicia Rashad and Keshia Knight-Pulliam, YouTube)(but hopefully someday soon on Disney+)
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  • The Parent Trap (movie, Disney+) (the original, but if you want to watch the Lohan version, that’s fine too, I guess)
  • The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner (books)
  • Rocky IV (movie, HBOMax)
  • Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin Van Draanen (books)
  • Static Shock (TV show, HBOMax)
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (TV show, Netflix)
  • Sister, Sister (TV show, Netflix or Hulu)
  • 20 Feet from Stardom (documentary, Netflix)
  • Wonder Woman animated movie (HBOMax)
  • WandaVision (TV show, Disney+)
  • Work It (movie, Netflix)
  • Zarah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor (book)

So you can see why it was hard to choose.

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have decided that I’m going to focus on comfort reads/watches as we enter our second (!) April in the pandemic. Tune in tomorrow to see what I choose for W!

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  1. Ally Bean

    It’s Very understandable how the letter ‘v’ could stump you. I didn’t realize you were doing the A-to-Z challenge this year. Having done it once I admire anyone who can make it through and live to want to do it again. Thanks for stopping by to comment. I loved seeing you there.

    • Akilah

      Thanks, Ally! I forgot how much work it could be. Please remind me next time before I sign up. Save me from myself!

      V IS A KILLER. My X will be a cheat (retread) but I don’t care because it’s an HONEST one. As in honestly the only thing I could think of but also honestly something I have watched during the pandemic! Haha.


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