Thursday, October 18, 2018

September Book Haul

Last month I purchased a lot of books. It was the Fall Release Season and I visited a book warehouse which was basically Book Outlet that I could walk into. It was amazing and terribly hard to leave! If you want to see everything I picked up during the month of September, check out my haul below!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Five Movies I Want to Watch Before Halloween

From October to Christmas I usually end up rewatching a lot of movies. There are always new ones I want to check out, but I end up focusing on my favorites. Today I want to share a TBW (To Be Watched) for the end of the month. Here are five movies I'm excited to check out!

Image result for queen of the damned Image result for guernsey literary and potato peel pie society Image result for thor ragnarok

Image result for guardians of the galaxy 2 Image result for the dark knight

Earlier this month I watched Interview with the Vampire for the first time. It was an interesting movie to be sure. (side eye here) However, I'm interested to check out Queen of the Damned since I've heard it is a classic. On the other end of the spectrum I want to check out The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peal Pie Society. This seems like the perfect fall romantic historical fiction. I hope I love this one. One of my goals this year is to catch up on the Marvel movies. So far I've done well, but I need to watch Thor Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. There are some other, but those are my focus until Halloween. After that, I want to watch The Dark Knight. I've never watched this franchise for some reason, but I have been on a Batman kick this year. I've consumed a lot of Batman comics and movies and I'm ready for more. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Spookathon TBR

Happy Spookathon! If you want to participate in this Halloween themed readathon, check out the links below for the hosts' TBRs and announcement videos.

Hosts: (There are actually 3)
Books and Lala
Peter Likes Books

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Nashville Reading Vlog

A few days ago my sister and I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee. She had a work conference, but, since she had never flown before, I offered to tag along. I had a ton of fun traveling with her and had enough time to myself to enjoy a couple of books as well. These were not exactly what I planned on reading when I posted my Nashville TBR, but when have I ever followed a TBR? 

Books Mentioned/Currently Reading: 


Saturday, October 13, 2018

My Pintrest Account!

Happy Saturday! 

Did you know I have a Pintrest account filled with bookish pages and fandom boards? It is still a work in progress because I wanted to create an account specifically for the fandom stuff since my personal account is a Hot Mess.

Check out my account and a couple of my boards right here! 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Comic Mashup Review - Captain Marvel & Batman

Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Rise of Alpha Flight 

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (Victorian Batman, #1-2)

Recently I picked up several graphic novels from my local library and since these reviews are generally shorter, I decided to combine them into a mash up review!

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Rise of Alpha Flight  
by Michele Fazekas,  Tara Butters, Kris Anka (Illustrator), Felipe Smith (Illustrator)

While I've never read Captain Marvel comics before, I was really excited to check her out. The recent trailer prompted me to download this volume from my library and I really enjoyed it. The art is vibrant and the panels contain a perfect amount of dialogue alongside the action. This is a great jumping off point. We dip into Captain Marvel's origins and cover what her mission is here. Like most people she struggles to make the right leadership decisions while wanting to protect her crew. The space element was a lot of fun! I'm excited to read more of this story and can't wait to see more of Captain Marvel.

Rating: 4/5

Add it // Buy it

Gotham by Gaslight
by Brian Augustyn,  Mike Mignola (Illustrator), P. Craig Russell (Illustrator), Eduardo Barreto (Illustrator), Robert Bloch (Introduction)

A friend recommended this when I talked about my love of Gaslight Fantasy. It was a good fit. I tore through this over the course of a couple of days.

Batman faces off against Jack the Ripper in this Victorian-set version of Gotham. It had a bunch of my favorite things. There were bustles on dresses, mustaches on villains, and steampunk inventions. I enjoyed the artwork and how this came full circle. Since it is only two issues, both conflicts resolved quickly, but both were interesting story lines. The setting is what drew me in and it had all the classic Batman elements. Very enjoyable.

Rating: 4/5

Add it // Buy it

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Jane Austen Discussion with Friends!

A few months ago I approached two my dear friends to film a discussion about Jane Austen. I've mentioned before I'm a big Austen fan and we had a lot of fun talking about the books and movies we've watched over the years.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: November

   Girls of Paper and Fire 

  Angel and Bavar 


The fall release season is winding down (thank goodness my wallet couldn't take much more), but there are still a few books releasing in November I'm excited about.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Expected Release: November 6th

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after--the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king's consort. But Lei isn't content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable--she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

TW: violence and sexual abuse.

Angel and Bavar by Amy Wilson

Expected Release: November 6th

After the death of her parents, Angel has a lot to get used to: a new home, a new family, a new school. The last thing she’s interested in is making new friends. Until she meets Bavar, a strange boy who slips through the shadows, a boy who might understand her nightmares.

But Bavar doesn’t want to let anyone in. Everyone—and everything—in his enchanted house is already urging him to step up and protect the world from a magical rift and the fearsome monsters traveling through it, a responsibility he wishes he could ignore.

Then Bavar discovers that the monsters are the same ones that killed Angel’s parents. Determined to stop the creatures for good, he reluctantly accepts Angel’s help. Together, Angel and Bavar must find the courage to stand up for each other and themselves to repair the rift between worlds…before it’s too late.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Expected Release: November 13th

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. 

Sequels I'm Excited for: 

 Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 2 Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Nashville TBR

This week I'm traveling with my sister to Nashville, Tennessee! I've never visited the state before. While she is going to a conference, I'm going along to see a few sights. I'm hoping to get some reading done and explore the city a little bit. I'm planning to take two books with me since I will have a lot of down time on the trip.

My first pick is from my Fall TBR list for this year. I've decided to take the Fall appropriate choice of Written in Red by Anne Bishop.

Written in Red (The Others, #1)

My other book is still up for debate. I have two books I'd like to try and they both scream spooky Halloween read to me. I'm choosing between Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova and Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. Both of them sound amazing and I've wanted to read both for ages.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1) Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

Help me decide which one to take?Which one would you recommend for this trip?

Monday, October 8, 2018

Eight Things I Do for Self-Care

Recently life has been a lot. The news tends to overwhelm me and recently I needed to make this list for myself as much as for anyone else out there. So whether you need this list because the news it too much or you've had a rough day at work here are ten things I do to self-care.

1) Sign out of my social media. Sign out because if I just close the tab I can easily go right back to it. Instead I sign out so I need to consciously type in the password to jump back in again. Sometimes this stops me and sometimes it doesn't!

2) Reorganize my bookshelf  or go to the library - If I touch enough books the world is going to make sense again. If I spend enough time in a quiet place surrounded by books, everything will be ok.

3) Reading -  Obviously I love books and reading is one of my go-to self care options. Rereading a favorite book is also one of my favorite ways to relax and give myself a break. So often I feel pressure to read the newest thing and rereading reminds me I can take a break and read what I want!

4)Video Games - For me, being able to solve problems in video games is a big boost. I can't solve all my problems in the real world, but I can solve this issue in a fantasy world! Of course, if I can't solve the problems there I need to choose something else from this list to help me.

5) Taking a bath or doing a facemask - These are both things that restore my mind and body. A lot of people would put this on their list of self care things, but over the past year I've found the joy of reading in the bath. It relaxes me on a level I didn't know possible.

6) Using my favorite mug - I have three favorite mugs. One is an alumni mug from my college. One features one of my favorite bands, Anberlin, and the third is a chipped mug I got from garage sale that hold the perfect amount of coffee or tea I can drink before it gets cold. Drinking from one of these brings me joy and I tend to save them for bad days.

7) Baking- Cookies and cake can solve anything. If I have a particularly bad day, baking can take my mind off the bad things and make me focus on something else. Baking also results in something delicious.

8) Cleaning - One of the best ways for me to take care of myself is to organize my space. If my house is a mess, my mind is a mess. Cleaning up is often a way for me to take care of myself, calm my anxiety, just by doing something productive.

Most of these are all about giving myself a time out and essentially that is what self-care is for me. I am an introvert and most of my self-care is me taking a time out from my family and friends to recharge my batteries.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

September Reading Vlog (Part 2)

The end of September was excellent reading time for me. I really enjoyed everything I read and I spent a lot of time reading. I'm excited to share my reading with you this month. Next month will be back to normal wrap ups rather than vlog style. I want to do more with incorporating all the media I consume during a month for my wrap up rather than just books. So be on the lookout for at the end of October!