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Book Recs If You’re Missing The Duke from Bridgerton

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Bridgerton has returned to Netflix for a second season, but this time without the dreamy Duke who won hearts in season one. This is, in part, because the second season focuses on another Bridgerton family member, Anthony. Like the books, the series moves from Bridgerton to Bridgerton, and presumably, Simon and Daphne are living their happily ever after. However, this isn’t the only reason that Regé-Jean Page's Duke won’t be returning: the actor opted out of season two.

For those missing the Dashing Duke, though—or for those who will binge season two in a night and be left looking for more updated Regency goodness—these are the best books to fill a Duke-shaped hole.

Posted by Rose Moore

Iconic Bathroom Scenes in Literature and Pop Culture

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Poop is rarely the topic of polite conversation, but despite this, bathrooms (and especially toilets) have been the scenes of surprisingly iconic movie moments over the years! It’s not all toilet humor either. While this can certainly be the case, other movies manage to make awkward bathroom moments joyful, inspiring, vengeful, and even metaphorical.

Perhaps that’s something to take a cue from in how we talk about bathroom habits and bowel moments in general. That’s certainly what Julia Blohberger and Roos Neeter would like to see, and these yoga teachers and Ayurvedic practitioners have created Good Sh*t to help along the way. This guidebook to all things poop and health helps readers learn what our excrement can reveal about overall health and our bodies. It demystifies and lightens up the tendency to get very shy about something that literally everyone does!

In honor of Good Sh*t, we’ve got some of the best scenes that take place in bathrooms—and these are some good sh*ts too!

Posted by Rose Moore

The Matrix Resurrections: Other ’80s and ’90s Franchises That Deserve Follow-Ups

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Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that revivals and reboots are a big part of Hollywood right now. From Ghostbusters to Home Alone to Child’s Play to this month’s highly anticipated release of The Matrix Resurrections (over 20 years since the first film was released), everyone loves seeing older franchises updated and brought back to the big screen.

Inevitably, moviegoers can expect more classic franchises to get refreshers, and while remakes are definitely an option, it seems that fans are far more interested to see continuations of the original story. Of course, not every ’90s franchise deserves a follow up and some have already had failed attempts, but these five would have the subject matter, big names, or devoted fanbase to pull off a resurrection of their own.

Posted by Rose Moore

The King’s Man: The Best Historical Spy Movies

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The King’s Man hits cinemas this month, continuing the story of the Kingsman with a prequel – and instead of focusing on Eggsy, the underdog of the first film, it will look at how the spy organization fared in World War 1.

While the details of the plot will have to wait until it hits the big screen, fans of the series know that they can count on director Matthew Vaughn’s incredible approach, which means brilliant action, bold shots, and a lot of comedy to balance it out. This, and the original Kingsman, makes a change from the classic spy movie style, but it’s the time period that really makes this stand out. While there are many critically acclaimed spy flicks set in the modern day (or the era they were released in), giving things a period flair creates something truly special—as these other phenomenal historical spy and action movies do too.

Posted by Rose Moore

The Book of Boba Fett: New Star Wars Reading

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December is going to be the month of Boba Fett, as The Book of Boba Fett launches on the small screen on December 29th (hoping to recreate the success of The Mandalorian), and an actual book, Be More Boba Fett, lands on the shelves on December 21st. The book, a lighthearted look at entrepreneurship subtitled “Always Get the Job Done,” is bound to be a hit, and it isn’t the first Boba Fett book, either! In 2013, The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett was released, adding to the mythology and canon culture of the bounty hunters of this universe.

It’s easy to see why this bounty hunter is so popular, of course, as he’s one of the most mysterious characters from the original trilogy, and one whose mythology continues to grow as the Star Wars universe expands. He’s also far from the only one who has found their way into the pages of a book, as well as in adventures on screen. From tie-ins and novels to a Star Wars take on mindfulness and more, these are some of the best Star Wars books that have only come to the galaxy not-so-far-away a very short time ago…

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Retelling Little Women on Louisa May Alcott’s Birthday

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This year on November 29, Louisa May Alcott would have turned 189—and yet, so long after she brought her irrepressible Little Women to life on the page, fans still can’t get enough of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. The 2019 film adaptation by Greta Gerwig went on to win an Oscar, proving that this tale of young women growing into themselves is one that truly stands the test of time. Although that doesn’t mean there is nothing to bring into the present day!

Not all new adaptations of the classic stick quite as close to the source material, with authors bringing Little Women up to date with the inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters and women of color, showing fans that the heart of the story isn’t limited by time, race, or orientation.

Posted by Rose Moore