Recap the Realm: Game of Thrones Season 7, “Stormborn”

Hello, hello, hello. We won’t bore you with a lengthy introduction. We know what you came for: that sweet, sweet Thrones talk.
So no teasing; straight to the goods!

But as always: SPOILER ALERT!


Lord MWB: Greetings, fellow Thronesians, and welcome back to Recap the Realm! The 431st most popular Game of Thrones recap on the internet! With your help, lovely readers, I truly believe we can become the 428th most popular. So let’s begin!

Episode 2 was a very slow episode; one of those patented Game of Thrones positioning episodes we’re all used to, where characters talk a lot about doing things without really getting around to doing them. BUT unlike a lot of those episodes, it was still a very consequential episode. Pieces were positioned and moved, ever so slightly, in a way that means the momentum is going to pick up next week and I think it’ll continue to build right on through the end of the entire series. This episode is it; this is the episode we will look back on after the show has ended and say “that’s when the end game started.” Continue reading “Recap the Realm: Game of Thrones Season 7, “Stormborn””

Recap the Realm: Game of Thrones Season 7, “Dragonstone” 

Greetings, lords and ladies; may this post find you in good spirits. A raven has come with tidings, and we hope you have some heavy coats and boots on hand because WINTER IS HERE!!!

That’s right, everybody. The long wait is over—Game of Thrones has returned! And because you know what we’re all about over here at Married with Bookshelves (namely, foaming at the mouth over this show and its founding book series), we decided that we’d take the opportunity to have some steady content flowing up in here!

So every week, we’ll be bringing your lucky set of eyeballs (or just the single sight-seeing apparatus, if that’s your deal) a little recap of the episode and our thoughts on the events therein. Excited? We are! (OBVIOUSLY: Spoiler alert)

Shall we begin?

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The Great (?) HIMYM Rewatch of 2017: Season 1

Friends, it is time.

Try as we might, Super Hubs and I realized that we just couldn’t put it off any longer. For the sake of the blog, and with very our souls at stake, we had to do what had once seemed unthinkable: We had to rewatch How I Met Your Mother.

*cue live footage of SH’s reaction*

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I know what you’re thinking. “Nikkie. Super Hubs. You both have been pretty vocally salty about the way HIMYM ended, even though it’s been three years. Are you sure you’re ready” We appreciate the concern, and the short answer is “No.” The long answer, however, is “No, but that’s exactly why we have to do this.”

You see, the rage we experienced after the spit-in-our-faces series finale has never truly quelled, and it probably never will. But I realized that that rage was potentially clouding our judgment. I’d been going around feeling as though the final season completely ruined one of my favorite shows. Then I stopped to think about how the last few seasons had felt like a slog, so I thought “Wait. Was this show really one of my favorites at that point?” followed by “So . . . Was this show ever really *that* good to begin with?” Continue reading “The Great (?) HIMYM Rewatch of 2017: Season 1”

GUEST POST: Let’s Talk About the Depiction of Mental Illness in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why”

Hey everyone—Nikkie here! I’m just popping in to tell you to put your hands together for my lovely and talented bestie, Christina, who is gracing us with a guest post on the recent Netflix adaptation of the popular YA book 13 Reasons Why. Enjoy!


I was five when I had my first panic attack. My dad took me to my usual Wednesday night ballet class after picking me up from the sitter’s house. After I suited up in my tutu and pink ballet flats, we started rehearsal.  I was excited because that day was particularly special: We were going to show off the turns we worked on the week prior. As we got into position, I looked at the row of seats to my right to make sure Dad was paying attention and realized he wasn’t there.

Panic immediately took over. I was by myself. Everyone else had someone to share that moment with, but not me. I’m not sure what happened next, but tears filled my eyes, I couldn’t breathe, and I sat on the floor with my knees tucked near my chest as I rocked myself. Twenty minutes later, after ringing my dad several times, he returned to pick me up from practice, apologizing for leaving by explaining he went to the store.

Of course, at the time, I didn’t know what I was experiencing, or why my brain switched into flight mode, but I recall that being my first dance with anxiety.


I’m close to 30 now, and I’ve been diagnosed with moderate to severe anxiety, abandonment issues, moderate depression and PTSD from traumatic episodes that happened throughout my upbringing. I’m a walking, breathing, living example of what it means to have mental illnesses. I’ve struggled with bouts of laying in my bed for days; waking up in the middle of the night from anxiety attacks taking over; ugly crying fits where it seems like I’ll never catch my breath. I used to be ashamed of my mental disorders until I found ways to relate to the outside world.

The media was my solace for accepting who I was and what I went through. In my teens, I saw characters who had the same struggles I did grace the screen and swim through book pages. And for the first time in my life, I didn’t feel alone. I’m sure that’s how a lot of others within the mental disorder community felt when 13 Reasons Why made its novel debut in 2007. The world was introduced to Hannah Baker, a teenager trying to survive the trials and tribulations of high school, but ultimately feeling helpless and like she had to take matters into her own hands. Nearly 10 years later, her story became a Netflix original series, and it has stirred the controversy pot of the internet, psychologists, and parents alike. But is the adaptation as severe as the critics paint Hannah’s story to be? Continue reading “GUEST POST: Let’s Talk About the Depiction of Mental Illness in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why””

Hile, Gunslinger: We Finally Glimpse the Tower

Hello all you lovely, lovely people!

Nikkie and Super Hubs here, back to life and ready to start writing again. We’ll have some more substantial posts this week but today we wanted to talk about something near and dear to our hearts: The Dark Tower!

We’ve been waiting months for a trailer for this damn thing (over a year technically since we first started waiting in earnest when it was announced that the movie would be releasing in FEBRUARY) and finally Maturin granted our request!

Reactions on the internet have been…mixed in that special way that only the internet is capable of. (Which, sidebar: We need to have a conversation, Internet, about how you are failing so hard at the very basics of conversation… But we’ll save that for another day.) The two of us really enjoyed the trailer and are at least AS excited for the movie as we were, maybe even a bit moreso. And we want to talk about why. So buckle up sais—we must palaver.

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Update: April 2017: The Movie: The Game: The Digital Experience

Howdy ya’ll,

Super Hubs here to give a quick and dirty update. Despite what our page views would suggest, I know for a fact that there are tens of millions of you out there just waiting for our next post. I can feel you waiting; your angry tears fill me with power!

So here’s what’s been going on. I have a friend who is moving to Florida (she’s moving today in fact) and she is very much into fan fiction. As a going away present I’m reading a fanfic for her. It’s over 800 pages. And not only that, it’s a Draco/Hermione slash fiction which I am opposed to on a deep, visceral level. Reading about them doing the Minnesota Minesweeper MAKES ME SICK! So, as you can imagine, the reading is slow-going. AND, in case ya’ll missed it, the trailer for IT dropped this month which made me want to re-read the book. So that’s over 2000 pages of reading I’ve been doing for things that I won’t be writing about for the blog (except for IT which I will write about eventually).

As for Nikkie: she fell into a time portal and had an adventure through time and space where she was put on trial, met a frog, saw the dinosaurs go extinct, and eventually fought and defeated Lavos before it had the chance to kill us all. And the best part is she doesn’t even know what that was a reference to!

So that’s what’s been going on in our lives. Sorry for the lack of posts but, as you can see, we were both busy with things that were of 100% equal importance. We’ll both be posting stuff soon!

The After Word: Three Dark Crowns (SPOILERS)

My, my, my. Look who we have here.

It’s me. Nikkie. Silent but watchful owner (let’s be real; Super Hubs is just along for the ride) of Married with Bookshelves. Emphasis on silent.
I could offer you a bunch of excuses, but you can come up with one on your own. Suffice it to say: We’re all adults here, and sometimes life gets in the way.

The point is that I’m back! Not only am I back, but I’ve brought SH with me! Say hi, Lawrence. Olo ya’ll! On a recent trip to Target—coincidentally, the same trip where SH picked up The MercilessI acquired Three Dark Crowns, written by Kendare Blake. The name rang a bell for me because she wrote one of the short stories that was in Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, and I felt like I’d seen some good things around the Internet about this book. So I figured, What the hell? Let’s see where this goes. I didn’t have high expectations . . . which meant I was lowkey blown away by how much I liked this book.

But let’s not spoil the meal by skipping to dessert (even though that’s its own kind of fun). Let’s get into it!

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Our End o’ Year-cast 2016

Podcast No. 2, y’all! This one is a little rough for reasons that are explained somewhere near the end lol

To that one guy who asked last time (Matt, I believe!): We are still working on getting these posted to iTunes. I (Nikkie) was waiting because I wanted to have a logo we could use as the podcast’s image when it comes up on iTunes, but I’m sure it’ll give us the option to add one at a later date . . . right? So I will get that process started next week once we get settled from our move!

Also, this podcast was recorded a few days before Carrie Fisher’s untimely death, so obviously we didn’t know it would happen. 

May the odds of 2017 be ever in our favor,
Nikkie and Super Hubs

Words Gone Silver: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (SPOILERS)

Welcome, welcome, you fellow film fanatics. Nikkie and Super Hubs here to break in yet another new segment (category): Words Gone Silver. In all posts that bear this moniker, one or both of us will discuss the film adaptation of a novel—basically, how it holds up compared to its source material as well as its general quality as a movie. This will contain a bit of a book review component as well if we haven’t talked about the book yet, as is the case with this inaugural post and its focus: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, written by Ransom Riggs and adapted by Tim Burton.

This will be a very interesting post because, in a rare occasion (at least for Nikkie), neither of us liked the book much! We’ll be going into detail about our grievances with the book and the movie (which suffers from its source’s weaknesses), as well as getting into some spoiler talk, so if you LOOOOOOVE this book and/or don’t want to get spoiled, don’t read any further! If you’re curious or have no strong feeling toward spoilers, read on as Nikkie kicks things off.

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