The Mondays Musts is a feature by Jessica @ Lovin’ los Libros! Every Monday, you post about your must read, must listen and must see. Every week, I pick my musts based on a certain theme, which is expressed by one word that’s used within the post.
Oh, Ungifted. What a wonderful little novel you were. To this day, Gordon Korman is one of my favorite middle-grade authors because of just how satisfying his stories are. There’s nothing contrived or try-hard about them. They’re quirky, funny, and unapologetically him, and I fell in love with this story about an “ungifted” kid who encounters a group of highly gifted individuals his own age.
Of course, I loved how the two groups interacted and the character development throughout the story, but what really struck me was the view of the relationships as a whole. I felt like Korman captured what it was to be in school, to be growing up in today’s world, and to be constantly changing who you are little by little. I felt like I was watching these kids grow up, and I identified with what they experienced.
All in all, Ungifted was phenomenally written, thoroughly entertaining, and well worth a read. Read my full review here.
I was recently introduced to Rebecca Sugar and Stephen Universe, and the one aspect of it that truly stuck with me was this song. It’s so genuinely innocent and loving, something along the lines of The Way I Feel Inside from Sing, except lighter and more genuine.
It feels something like a betrayal to feature Adventure Time before Spongebob, but I have to be honest with myself. Yes, Spongebob holds its place as my favorite cartoon. It’s so feel-good and familiar, and I’ve watched almost every episode (if not every episode) that’s ever aired. The long and short of it is that I love Spongebob.
But I also love Adventure Time, and in a very different way than Spongebob. Adventure Time started airing relatively close to the end of my time watching American cartoons on cable. I got through maybe three or four seasons before I stopped watching so much TV, and Adventure Time grew up with me. While Spongebob does the same thing and has certain grown-up elements to it, it has no consistent storyline throughout the entire series. Adventure Time was intricately written, incredibly well plotted, deeply serious, hilarious, ridiculous, pragmatic, and fantastical all at once. It was a cartoon for someone like me, someone who was growing up but would always love cartoons. Even now, the insight and beautiful look at life that it offers astounds and impresses me. A must.
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