Parks & Recreation Book Recommendations

It’s no secret that Parks and Recreation is my all-time favorite TV show. I first watched Parks & Rec during summer 2015 on Netflix, quickly falling hard for a dysfunctional, but loveable group running their city’s Parks and Recreation department. In short, this show is insanely laugh-out-loud funny, has an incredible cast and guest stars (hello Michelle Obama!) and clever.

In honor of the upcoming Parks & Rec reunion at PaleyFest (I WILL find a way to watch),the following book recommendations are based on Parks & Rec characters’ personalities.

And yes, it makes me very sad that Leslie Knope does not like libraries. Then again, if Tammy was my local librarian…

Leslie Knope- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I can picture Leslie Knope reading across many genres, but she would especially love this summer contemporary about a politician’s daughter. The Unexpected Everything is in my top three Morgan Matson books, following Andie’s change in summer plans after her dad’s political scandal. Did I mention she becomes a dog walker?

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I Sense a New Favorite TV Show: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 Discussion

As some of you may know, I am a Pawnee Goddess, frequent customer of the Low Cal Calzone and Tom’s Bistro, patient of Dr. Richard Nygard, avid Johnny Karate watcher, and supporter of Treat Yo Self. In other words, I am a Parks and Recreation fan.

A few weeks ago, I watched the first two seasons of an increasingly popular and deservingly so show called The Good Place, and now like everyone else, I must wait until the third season. Like books, I definitely enjoy watching TV shows when they’ve already ended because Netflix and Amazon Prime have spoiled me into becoming a binge-watching machine. In addition, February 25 marked the third anniversary of the end of Parks & Rec, my all-time favorite TV show. Since then, I’ve been craving a show that makes me feel almost as happy as Parks and Rec. Because of how much I love Parks and Rec and The Good Place, I decided to remain in Michael Schur territory and watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This is also a good time for me to admit to you guys that yes, I have tried watching The Office, and no, I can’t get into it, and yes, is literally the best show out of the two. Anyways,…

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Like The Good Place, I’ve seen nothing but rave reviews of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Twitter and Youtube, so I figured it was time that I tried it myself. The only problem? Brooklyn Nine-Nine is only available for streaming on Hulu, one of the few subscriptions I don’t have *hides because this also means that I still haven’t watched The Handmaid’s Tale*. Luckily, spring break came around and my local library has all four seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine that have come out so far on DVD (and they’re also ordering The Handmaid’s Tale!). Over spring break, I completed the first two seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine , and I’ve come to the conclusion that I absolutely love this show and it gives me so many Parks & Rec feels! For those who are unfamiliar with the show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a police sitcom set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the NYPD in Brooklyn, following a team of detectives under a newly appointed captain.

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While different in subject, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has reminded me so much of Parks & Rec because of its set and characters. For most of the season, I thought that Brooklyn Nine-Nine might’ve been filmed on the Parks set, but the show started while Parks & Rec was still on air. However, the precinct is a pretty similar style of the Parks and Recreation office—same floor tile, wallpaper, and desks, but I haven’t noticed any Parks Easter eggs (hopefully yet, anyway). A lot of people believe that The Good Place and Parks & Rec take place in the same universe, and I can definitely see Brooklyn Nine-Nine fitting in there as well. And here’s my character breakdown of who would be friends with who between Parks and Brooklyn (honestly guys, this was my inspiration to do write this post):

  • I am convinced that Rosa and April are cousins
  • Amy and Leslie would be best friends for their go-getter attitudes and love for pants suits (but of course no one could replace the  cunning, pliable, chestnut-haired sunfish that is Ann Perkins)
  • Andy, or should I say, Bert Maclkin, would replace Santiago as Jake’s partner
  • Boyle definitely plays Cones of Dunshire and would partner up with Tom to open a Tom’s Bistro in Brooklyn
  • Ron would appreciate Holt’s no need for conversation (and would probably find him hilarious like everyone else except for the squad).
  • Chris and Terry= workout buddies
  • Gina would be the newest member of the Treat Yo Self team
  • Jerry/Gerry/Larry is the combination of Scully and Hitchcock

I love the entire cast of characters on B99, but I think my favorites so far are Jake, Rosa, and Gina. I honestly laugh at all the right moments when it comes to Jake, and I am most definitely rooting for him and Amy to get together– my favorite scenes include when Jake talks to her through the teddy bear and having to hideout in Holt’s bathroom with Terry at his birthday party. I think my favorite episode of the first season is “The Party” because EVERYONE has at least one moment where I laughed out loud (my favorite episodes of Parks & Rec are also like this). I feel like there’s a lot to explore about Rosa, and like I said above, she reminds me so much of April Ludgate, but I will say that she’s better about expressing how much she cares for the squad. And yes, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a comedy, but Gina provides the best comic relief. “Tactical Village” is not only one of my favorite episodes for getting to see more of Amy and Jake’s relationship, but also for Gina and Holt’s obsession over Kwazy Cupcakes (which I may or may have not downloaded on my phone).

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Overall, I’ve really enjoyed Brooklyn Nine-Nine for its cast of characters, humor, and over arching storylines. While each episode has a new investigation, the reset button doesn’t affect our character’s problems and relationships. I’m invested in how Jake and Amy’s relationship will play out, and it’s been fun to see Holt’s guard come down a bit (him being a robot is still questionable though). I’m hoping to somehow watch seasons 3 and 4 before my spring semester ends, but if not, I’ll definitely be watching them right at the start of my summer break and will be catching on season 5 ASAP.

Do you watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Share in the comments!

My Funko Pop Collection – February 2018

I think we can all agree that Funko Pops make for the best bookshelf companions. J started collecting Funko Pops a few years ago, and I now have 15 Funko Pops in total, along with some other Funko Pop merchandise. Today, I’m going to walk you through my current Funko Pop collection- I may have to do a part 2 as it grows!

Parks and Recreation

Bert Macklin—I remember running and screaming around my house, much to my family’s delight, when it was announced last year that Funko was creating a Parks and Recreation series. Bert was my first Parks and Rec Funko and so far, he’s the only Hot Topic exclusive from the series. I recommend using Hot Topic when ordering Funkos online—they usually have a ton of sales and do a lot of exclusives.

Ron Swanson– I snuck Ron into my textbook order last semester on Amazon, out of fear that I would never find him again. HOW COULD I NOT HAVE RON GUYS? IT’S LIKE LESLIE WITHOUT WAFFLES.

Leslie Knope– Speaking of Leslie, I was gifted Leslie this past Christmas. I love how much detail they put into her Pawnee book!

April Ludgate- April was a surprise Christmas gift and like Leslie, I love how much detail went into her (her eyeshadow game is strong).

Andy Dwyer- Andy was the third Funko I received for Christmas and I’m happy I now own both “Andys”. I don’t plan on finishing the first Parks and Rec series with Lil’ Sebastian—his role in the show is funny, but I think a few other characters should have been more important to include in the first series of pops.

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Luna Lovegood- I love how detailed Luna is, between her earrings and the spider on her hand.

Ron Weasley- I couldn’t have Harry without Ron, who was a Christmas present from one of my sisters a few years back. For some reason, he falls over the most.

Draco Malfoy- I remember ordering Draco off Barnes and Noble at the end of last spring semester in spite, after my parents had made a comment about my overflowing shelves and how I should be saving my money and not spending it on “toys”. Luckily, bookcase number 3 saved that dilemma.

Neville Longbottom- I bought Neville from Barnes and Noble before you could buy him from other retailers, so I think #bookhipster is fitting here.

Dumbledore- Dumbledore was another Christmas gift a year or two ago, and my mom picked him out for me because she liked his outfit.

I have four Harrys—Harry Potter in his Hogwarts robes, Harry from Order of the Phoenix, Harry on a Broom, and keychain Harry in his robes. I think my favorite is Harry on a Broom because he is the most unique—he was the San Diego Comic Con Exclusive for 2017 and I remember  my heart racing driving safely to my local Barnes and Noble to pick one up before they sold out.

Hagrid Pen– Until I one day have an entire bookshelf dedicated to my Harry Potter collection, I won’t be adding the 8 inch Hagrid for now. My dad picked this up for me while I was away at school for a cute homecoming gift.

I highly recommend if you collect the Harry Potter Funkos, place them somewhere where they won’t fall . At least for the Funkos from the first two series, I’ve learned that the hard way–I’ve gone through 3 original Harrys and have had to superglue Luna’s wand—that their wands and glasses can easily break. This is why I now keep Harry and Dumbledore in their boxes and have never tried displaying Harry on a Broom outside of his box—for photos I’ve actually had a hard time getting him to sit on the display!

Wonder Woman – I received Wonder Woman as a birthday gift with Bert Macklin and Harry from Order of the Phoenix.

Katniss Everdeen “Girl on Fire”- Katniss was my first ever Funko Pop. I really think this one is unique and I wouldn’t mind adding wedding Katniss and Katniss with her bow and arrow to my collection.

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In my eyes, I need a Hermione to complete my Harry Potter collection, and I also would love to add Luna with her Gryffindor hat and Quidditch Ginny Weasley to my collection. I’m also hoping for another series for Parks and Recreation— we still need Tom, Ben, Ann, Chris, Donna, and Jerry/Gerry/Terry. I would also love to see Duke Silver and Janet Snakehole AND OH MY GOSH LESLIE IN HER WEDDING DRESS.

Do you collect Funko Pops? Share  in the comments!

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In some unrelated-Funko Pops news, as a Valentine’s Day gift to myself, I bought my blog domain! I’ve been wanting to buy my blog domain for a long time and since I created Fangirl Fury last February (even though I didn’t post until March,oops), it was time to treat my myself. Fangirl Fury can now be officially found at fangirlfury.com! This is such an exciting chapter for me, and whether this is the first blog post of mine you’ve read or you’ve been here throughout my first year, I want to thank you for supporting Fangirl Fury.  Here’s to another year filled with reading & blogging!

 

Top Five Wednesday: Side Ships

While the main protagonist’s relationship may take up most of the spotlight in some books, side ships are another type of relationship that us fangirls and fanboys thrive on. Listed below are the top five side ships that just steal the show for me!

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Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks from Harry Potter– Lupin and Tonks are two of my favorite characters from Harry Potter, so when they became a couple, my ship had officially sailed! If they’re were two characters I could resurrect from Deathly Hallows, it would hands-down be them—sorry Hedwig and Fred!

Anna and St. Clair from Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins– Technically, Anna and St. Clair are only the main protagonists in Anna and the French Kiss. I loved seeing the two pop up in Isla and the Happily Ever After and how their relationship has developed .

Nesta and Cassian from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas– While this isn’t an official ship, I think I enjoyed Nesta and Cassian’s relationship in ACOWAR more than Feyre and Rhsyand’s (oops). I laughed out loud from the banter between them, and I loved seeing this protectiveness and care come out for one another. I’ll take another A Court of Thorns and Roses book all about Nessian, please.

Ron Swanson and Diane Lewis from Parks and Recreation What’s a Fangirl Fury Top Five Wednesday without a reference to Parks and Recreation? It was really awesome to see how Ron changed because of his relationship with Diane and her daughters, and how he took on a parenting role no longer reserved for Andy Dwyer. I just wish we got more interaction with Ron and Diane in the last two seasons of the show.

Molly and Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter– Could you imagine any another couple running the Weasley clan? I think not!

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

What are some of your favorite side ships? Let me know in the comments!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Minor Characters

Happy Wednesday! I’ve recently decided to participate in Top 5 Wednesday. If you haven’t heard of Top 5 Wednesday, it’s a huge collaborative group of book bloggers from any platform who post list of their top 5 favorite things every Wednesday. The category for each week changes, and for this week it’s favorite minor characters. My top five minor characters are from a mix of different mediums.

Dol from Vicious by V.E. Schwab – Dol is the perfect sidekick because HE’S A DOG AND HOW COULD YOU NOT WANT A DOG AS YOUR SIDEKICK? Sydney and Dol just make the best team in one of the best books ever- sorry, but I will not stop screaming my love for Vicious from the rooftops.

Alis from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas – Alis is one of the best components of the Spring Court. She has a quick wit and was one of the few members that actually helped Feyre in the long run.

Samuel Seabury from Hamilton– “Farmers Refuted” is one of my favorite songs (frankly, I love every song from the show) in the first act of Hamilton. I love how Samuel Seabury goes back and forth with Hamilton throughout the tune, and seeing his character come to life when I saw the show made the song even better.

Tigris from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins– I loved seeing Tigris come to life in Mockingjay: Part 2, and I really enjoy learning about her part in the resistance. Having a The Hunger Games movie or reread marathon is a must for me this summer!

Jean Ralphio from Parks and Recreation – I’ve been re-watching Parks and Recreation a lot lately (when am I not is the true question), and my love for Jean Ralphio has only grown. I love his interaction with Ron the most, as Jean Ralphio’s humor and Ron’s bluntness makes for some funny scenes. It’s weird to think that the creators of Parks and Recreation considered making Jean Ralphio a love interest for Leslie!

Who are some of your favorite minor characters? Share in the comments below!