My Fall To-Do List

Hamilton Songs On Repeat (2).jpgSweaters, electric blankets, hot chai, and new TV shows. Fall IS my season. I know you’re not supposed to wish your life away, but Summer is the worst and I’m so glad it’s over.

I cannot wait to eat all the (gluten free) pumpkin things!

Like with Summer, I figured I’d do a proper to-do list for Fall. Looking back, I can say I did alright on my Summer list. *Maybe* I didn’t get to any beach reads, but I did dash through Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and see Top Gun in the theater so the season wasn’t an entire waste. Also, I went to three new coffee shops and an artisan Ice Cream parlor. Living my best life right there.

My plans for Fall mainly include watching Gilmore Girls with my mom, but I figured it’d be nice to make a more ambitious to-do than just getting through seven seasons of a show before November 25th.

Okay, the list isn’t incredibly more ambitious than that, but Fall is the season for books, tea, and coziness. I don’t want to do too much adventuring when I could be reading the next A Song of Ice and Fire.  

My Fall To-Do List

  • Carve Pumpkins ~ I’m terrible at carving pumpkins (because sharp objects and myself do not mix), but I love it anyway. The last two years I’ve missed out on carving but not this year! I will carve something wonky into a pumpkin’s side and display it proudly for trick-or-treaters.
  • Star Wars Watch-Through ~ Last year, I rewatched all of the Star Wars films in the Spring. I wish now that I’d waited until right before The Force Awakens came out so it’d all have felt more fresh. That’s why, this year, I’ve been waiting and waiting to start my rewatch for Rogue One. Originally, I’d planned to try watching it in “Machete Order” since I’ve only ever watched the series chronologically starting with the prequels. I’m not entirely sure that’s the best way to go since that would mean watching A New Hope (the film closest chronologically to Rogue One) first. I’ll probably just go with “Chronological Minus The Phantom Menace” as per usual.
  • Art Museum Trip ~ I’ve only been to the Cleveland Art Museum once. I was up in the city for an interview and was able to spend *maybe* an hour there–which meant that I got through the Egyptian exhibit and very little else. I’ve been longing to go back for a second visit, and Fall seems like the perfect time to wander through galleries.  
  • Reread Jane Eyre ~ Is it just me, or is Fall the perfect season for reading the Brontes? I might make that association thanks to my English Major days, but the gothic setting of Jane Eyre feels October-y to me. I haven’t read Jane Eyre since high school, and I’m well aware that I didn’t understand it at all back then. I need to go back and be more open minded about Rochester (unlikely) and more accepting of Jane (much more likely).
  • Go to a Craft Show ~There are indie craft shows ALL THE TIME downtown where I work. Unfortunately, a lot of them occur on Saturday so I end up working through them. I want to take advantage of one of the few Sunday fairs, even if that means venturing downtown on a day I’m not actually working.
  • Find a New 3DS Game to Play ~ So, I bought a 3DS last Fall and I’ve only purchased three games for it–two of which I hated (Disney Infinity and Animal Crossing). Right now, I’m playing through Legend of Zelda: An Ocarina of Time and I’m enjoying it. . .kind of. I have to use a walkthrough to get through the story–which can get incredibly frustrating. I want to find a game with more of a puzzle aspect to it. I loved computer games that had a nice balance of story and puzzle when I was a kid (like Torin’s Passage and Dr. Brain). I’m sure there’s something out there along a similar line. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!
  • Drink Spiced Apple Cider ~ Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s aren’t my thing. They’re too sweet and not pumpkin-y enough tasting for me. Spiced Apple Cider is the real deal. Every once in awhile, I even get to drink apple cider from the apples we’ve grown–which makes it even better!
  • Play More Games ~ I own a decent amount of board games, but this year, I’ve been terrible about actually playing them. I still haven’t touched my copies of Munchkin, Iota, or Diamonsters. Before Christmas, at the very least, I need to give them all a shot (then I don’t have to feel guilty if I ask for a game or two for the big day).
  • Watch Horror Movies ~ I’m a complete wimp when it comes to horror movies. I’ve always loved horror TV shows (Hannibal <3) and novels, but films just seem so much more intimidating. I have a short list of movies I want to watch in October (The Ring, The Host, Cabin in the Woods, etc), but I could definitely use recommendations for horror films that are scary but not terribly gory–which means do not recommend a Saw film! I will not watch it. 
  • Bake a Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie ~ I already have a recipe picked out. This will happen!

What’s on your Fall To-Do list?

{Film Review} Bridget Jones’s Baby

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Bridget Jones’s Baby is one of those movies you really shouldn’t think too much about. It’s cute, adorable fluff until you start analysing it–which, me being me, is exactly what I did.

My immediate reaction after leaving the theater was a positive one. I loved seeing Bridget on the screen again and was quite taken with her new suitor, Jack. I loved the goofier humor and her new thirty-something friends. There were, sadly, some pop culture jokes and references that already felt dated, but in the one lone Rom-Com of the year, I was willing to overlook a little lack of coolness.

It really is that general lack of Rom-Coms which makes me so sad that Bridget Jones’s Baby doesn’t work so well once you start dissecting the “Rom” part of the  “Rom-Com.”  The ending of the film wasn’t a surprise, but it wasn’t exactly a welcome revelation either–especially considering the information we’re given over the course of the film.

Warning: From here on out, there are spoilers.

So here it is: I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to have Bridget end up with a workaholic who hasn’t been able to commit to her for the last ten years, but that’s the ending of we get. Perhaps, we’re supposed to want her to end up with Mr. Mark Darcy simply because we’ve been rooting for them to tie the knot for the last two films, but I’m sorry, I couldn’t do that.

I actually groaned when he began pursuing her at their godchild’s christening. It might be because I’ve been watching so much horrible backsliding on Gilmore Girls lately, but I hated that they spent the night together after the awful way he’d treated her when they were a couple. I wanted Bridget to have a bit more self-control than that. I mean, the man was still married and he’d treated her very poorly.

Why’d you do it, Bridget? Why?

I was hoping it’d just be chalked up to one night of bad decisions–that she’d realize the two of them could never work out based on their past. It would have been nice for her to finally accept that it’s over and that Mark Darcy would never really be able to be there for her.

Unfortunately, the movie had a weird point to make about online dating.

In steps Jack, the match-making guru who uses an algorithm to figure out if people are compatible. Unsurprisingly, he and Bridget are compatible; Bridget and Mark are not. Again and again throughout the movie, we hear that Bridget and Jack are perfect for each other on paper. Of course, it doesn’t matter that they have genuine chemistry and he’s a sweetie pie. She has history with Mark and–even though they aren’t a good match based on an algorithm–we are supposed to believe they are meant for each other.

Oh please! Bridget and Mark dated for an extended amount of time. Much of that time, Bridget spent both alone and lonely. Mark’s had a failed marriage–most likely because he’s a workaholic with bad relationship skills (and not because he’s meant to be with Bridget). Sure, an algorithm’s just an algorithm, but math has a point here. Mark might be a good guy, but that doesn’t mean he’s the best guy for Bridget.

Jack, on the other hand, was supportive and in for the adventure with Bridget. He might have been a bit competitive when it came to being a prospective daddy, but he was genuinely happy to go along with the ride and be there whenever she needed him. He was the one bringing her gifts, watching her diet, and helping her paint the baby’s room. He was the one there for her when the other possible dad was taking work calls and ditching Bridget when he was led to believe he wasn’t the father. Sure, some of that was Jack’s fault, but maybe, Mark could have talked to Bridget before jumping to conclusions and abandoning her.

I’m sorry. I’m Team Jack–which means, of course, Bridget couldn’t end up with Jack. (I always seem to back the dark horse.) In the end, Bridget walks down the aisle with Mark and carries around Mark’s baby around the reception. We’re all supposed to be happy for the fact that love (and not math) won out, but I was just confused about everything.

Why are we supposed to believe Mark and Bridget will be happy this time around? Why was Jack at the wedding if the baby wasn’t his? Why, most importantly, was this film so hostile toward tech and online dating.

It’s ridiculous how weirdly combative a Rom-Com made in 2016 is toward technology. I got a strong “KIDS THESE DAYS WITH THEIR TINDER AND THEIR SMARTPHONES!” vibe from the film–which was off-putting because I think the only way Rom-Coms have a chance of surviving as a subgenre is by their creators accepting that people do meet and fall in love in different ways now. Bridget Jones’s Baby rages against the machine and makes it’s ending unpalatable in the process.

On the whole, Bridget Jones’s Baby is passable as Rom-Coms go but only because there are some real doozies out there. I’ll be sticking with the original Bridget Jones’s Diary and choosing to ignore the fact that this one ever happened.

What Rom-Com characters do you think should have ended up together but didn’t?

Fall Movies On My Must-See List

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So far this year, I’ve seen a grand total of thirteen movies in the theater. I believe that’s a record high for me–even with how many times I went to The Fellowship of the Ring and various Disney movies in Junior High.

Thirteen might be an unlucky number, but I’m actually really proud of it. For years, anxiety’s completely messed with my movie-going enjoyment. (It’s hard to have fun watching a film when you’re in the middle of a panic attack.) This year, I figured my own form of exposure therapy would help me get over that, and by movie five or six, I realized my master plan was working.

I *may* have ended up seeing a few doozies (I nearly fell asleep during Pete’s Dragon), but it was worth it to get to the point where I’m look forward to seeing things on the big screen again.

To keep up this momentum (and keep myself from getting squirmish), I’ve made a list of all the movies I’m going to go see this Fall. Of course, you’ll all be able to guess what movies I’m really, really looking forward to (ahem, Rogue One), but I’m going to try to force myself a little outside my comfort zone with a weeper like Light Between Oceans (I can, at least, bribe myself with the likes of Fassy).   

Fall Movies On My Must-See List

Light Between Oceans (September 2nd) ~ Several years ago, I read the book during a single, long car ride. I don’t remember much about the novel other than the very basic plot–which probably means it wasn’t the greatest book of all time. Still, the trailers for the film look gorgeous (as does the cast). This will be my first time seeing Alicia Vikander in a film other than The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Hopefully seeing her in something serious will give me the added gumption to watch Ex Machina . .finally.  

 

Bridget Jones’ Baby (September 16th) ~ I never expected Bridget Jones’ Diary to be one of my favorite films, but I’m incredibly partial to it. While Edge of Reason wasn’t the greatest sequel in the world (I remember very little of that film), I’m so looking forward the the third in the trilogy. I’m also pleased to see McDreamy returning to the RomCom circuit. Maybe a resurgence on his part could mean a sequel to Enchanted?  

 

The Magnificent Seven (September 23rd) ~ The Coen Brother’s True Grit is one of my favorite films of all time. Before that movie, I had a very low tolerance for Westerns. Slowly, though, I’m coming to appreciate the genre. (It helps, of course, that newly released Westerns have actors like Michael Fassbender and Chris Pratt in them.) Before the new Magnificent Seven is released I plan on watching The Seven Samurai and the original Magnificent Seven–which feels incredibly ambitious since both of those films are LONG.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (September 30th) ~Let me confess something: I really didn’t like the book this film is based on. Thankfully, the film appears to be COMPLETELY different from the source material. I’m rooting for Tim Burton to make a decent film out of this concept. I can’t say my expectations are high, but I’m going to give it a proper chance regardless.   

 

Arrival (November 11th) ~ I hate myself for still liking Jeremy Renner in films, but he and Amy Adams are completely selling me on Arrival. I love a good low-key Science Fiction film, but this is the first one in awhile that has a cast I can get on board with. Sorry, but if Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, or George Clooney are in space, I’m out.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18th) ~ I wasn’t anticipating the release of Fantastic Beasts until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released. My enthusiasm for Harry Potter had been waning in recent years, but rereading the series and getting an 8th “book” has gotten me back in the Potterhead zone. Also, I really just want to see Colin Farrell as a wizard villain.

 

Moana (November 23rd) ~ Not the point of this movie, but I want Dwayne Johnson to be a Disney Prince. Someday, I hope it will happen, but until then I’ll be satisfied with him voicing a prominent character in Moana.

 

Rules Don’t Apply (November 23rd) ~ Actual Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, is in another film about old Hollywood. After Hail, Caesar, this isn’t a movie I’d pass up voluntarily. I know it won’t be as good as Hail, Caesar (no Charming Potato as a Gene Kelly-a-like), but it looks cute all the same. It’s also part of my old Hollywood to-watch list with Trumbo and The Magnificent.

Rogue One (December 16th) ~ I love Star Wars. I also loved Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. There’s nothing about this movie that makes me think I won’t absolutely adore it. I’m just worried that by book shelves won’t have room for the inevitable Rogue One collectibles that I’ll be adding to my Star Wars collection.

Passengers (December 21st) ~ No trailer for Passengers yet, but a Science Fiction romance with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence is a must see. I hope it will have some humor to it and maybe a few shirtless scenes for Pratt. It’s about time I see Jennifer Lawrence in a film outside of the Hunger Games or X-Men franchises anyway.

 

What Films Are On Your Must-See List This Fall?

Let’s Chat About: Blogging, Creativity, and Trying New Things

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So, this year’s been a bit of a rough one. Just thought I’d preface this post with that fact. I haven’t exactly been keeping up with Readerly Geek on a regular basis. My own expectations are the culprit for that. I tend to get one thing stuck in my head (like having to have two blog posts up every week or having a proper niche), and when I can’t do that thing, I sort of self-destruct. It doesn’t help that I’ve also been trying very, very hard to psyche myself up for starting a secondary blog–one for essays and the like that I can use for proper writing examples *if* I ever decide to apply to writing jobs. Of course, to be able to write essays for that future and non-existent blog, I need to get over some of the hang-ups I’ve acquired about my writing (that English degree was a doozy). Until that long-distant time, I want to keep writing and sharing my work. Readerly Geek can’t just fade of into the sunset because, when I’m not writing or commenting, I miss putting my thoughts into typed words and I miss all of you.

Starting now, I’m going to try cutting back to one post a week and see if that helps me keep my sanity. In addition to that second blog, I want to try some new projects and cutting back on writing posts will give me the opportunity to pursue a possible podcast and play around with filming vlogs. (You might finally get to hear my voice. I’ll try to keep it out of Minnie Mouse octaves!) I feel like it’s time for me to try new things again. It’s been too long since I’ve experimented with new forms of creativity.

Have you ever just felt like you’ve been too complacent? It wasn’t until the last couple of months that I realized I’ve been struggling with complacency all year. I’d never had a proper adult job before last Fall and I feel like, now, not having to hustle with used book selling, subbing, and crafting has made me stop reaching for new goals. I’m not the sort of person who is just happy putting in her hours and lazing her free time away. I want to be productive. I want to be doing cool things. Hopefully, before the end of 2016, I can start doing those cool things again.

It helps that I got a iPad Air 2 over Summer. Now, I have access to a halfway decent camera and Garageband. I haven’t used Sophie (the iPad’s name) much yet, but I’m going to make it my goal to, at least, get one video filmed, edited, and shared before the end of the month. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see me talk about, let me know. Right now, I just can’t work up the enthusiasm to record a “Reading Wrap-Up” or something along that lines. I want to have fun with the video, but I’m not entirely certain what would entail yet.

As for a podcast, alas! The problem with podcasting is that it seems so much harder to do by yourself. I adore listening to podcasts though so I’m challenging myself to try it this year. Whether I get someone to take a chance on me and include me in their podcast or start my own, remains to be seen. Has anyone else started a podcast? How on earth did you do it?!?!

We’ll see what these last couple months of 2016 bring. I want to write, I want to share things I create, I want to try new ways of expressing myself. When I get there, I’ll just be sure Readerly Geek is around so I can share those things with all of you.

Thanks for hanging around!

Have you been struggling with being creative this year? Are there any new projects you’ve been  dreaming of?

Mystery Mini Monday #2

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Happy Mystery Mini Monday, everyone! It’s been about a month since my inaugural MMM post. Thanks everyone who voted on which box I should get next. Zooptopia won out. The only issue turned out to be Zootopia Mystery Minis are harder to track down right now than you might think. My local Hot Topic had two boxes left, but they were both super, super light. I wanted to get a box with, at least, a slight possibility of Nick or Judy, but I seriously think the ones I shook at Hot Topic were going to be either Mr. Big or Finnick. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a better selection soon.

In the meantime, I sort of ignored the voting all together and picked up a Batman v Superman box.

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I know, I know. The film wasn’t super popular, but I actually liked it quite a bit–even in spite of fully expecting to hate Batfleck. I’m sort of excited for the “Ultimate Edition” to come out on Blu-ray this week. I’ve heard it’s even better than the Theatrical Cut so I’ll definitely be all for buying it.

What can I say? I’m a DC Comics fan.

The Mystery Minis from the film have been on my to-buy list for awhile. I already have a decent sized BvS Funko collection. I own Wonder Woman (of course), the Toys R Us Exclusive Batman and Superman Set, and Knightmare Batman. I’m still on the lookout for the Rock Candy Woman Woman from the film, but I haven’t tracked her down yet. The Mystery Mini set will have to do for now.

bvsmystery.jpgThe choices for the box include three different Dianas, Alfred, Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, three Batmans, one Supes, a Superman Soldier, and Aquaman. Seriously, other than the single Superman Soldier, there aren’t any bad options. Wonder Woman, Alfred, and Aquaman top my Most Desirable List, but I wouldn’t fret most of the others.

Duh, duh, duh. . .let’s see what I got!

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Score! Wonder Woman!

Ugh, and I just love her. The detail on her suit and crown is amazing. I love her power pose and angry eyes. This is one Diana you wouldn’t mess with. I have an older Wonder Woman Mystery Mini too, but she’s nowhere near as detailed and tough looking as this one. I’m so glad I took a chance on this box. I can always use more DC Women on my shelves!

wonderwomen.jpgSpeaking of DC Women, is anyone signing up for the Women of DC box from Legion of Collectors? I’m so tempted. In my dreams, it would include an Oracle and/or Black Canary Pop. There are just two things keeping me from signing up:

  1. Funko’s unisex shirts don’t fit me.
  2. I’ve not been thrilled with what I’ve seen in recent Legion and Collector Corps boxes. (Smuggler’s Bounty has been pretty awesome, admittedly.)

I don’t know what to do! What do you think?

Also, who’s your favorite woman from DC Comics? (Mine’s Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl!)

 

Funko Fridays: Harry Potter and the Funko Pop Exchange

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With only 15 days left until the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I have to say I’m not feeling ready. That could be because I’ve failed to keep up with my Harry Potter Reread. I stalled somewhere in the middle of the fifth book and had to take a break (A LONG BREAK–I’m currently reading the brick Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell). I think trying to read all seven Harry Potter books in a row was just a bit too ambitious for me. I’m the sort of reader who needs a lot of variety so, apparently, there is a thing as too much Harry Potter.

I still plan on finishing my reread before attempting The Cursed Child. I just probably will be rereading past the release date at this point.

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While taking my hiatus from the books, I haven’t taken a break from the series as a whole. I got sorted into my Ilvermorny House a couple of weeks ago and still haven’t come to terms with being placed in Thunderbird. (I’m a Slytherin. It really doesn’t make sense.) I’m tempted to take the test again because I 100% know that I am not a Thunderbird. Horned Serpent or even the Hufflepuff equivalent seems more likely, but not Thunderbird. Nope!

I also have managed to add two new Funko figures to my Harry Potter collection this month. I bought a Harry Potter Mystery Minis box for myself (will share pictures soon!) and I joined in on the Geek Girls x Bloggers’ Funko Exchange and ended up with my second Funko Pop from the line.

My Funko Swap partner was Andrea from Alithea and she was kind enough to send me a Luna Lovegood Pop.

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My Harry Potter Funko collection is, obviously, small so I was super happy to add Luna to my set. She’s one of my favorite characters from the series, and I’m still seriously invested in shipping her and Neville Longbottom. I wanted to add Luna to my collection because I thought her figure was absolutely adorable. I love her radish earrings and swirly Mary Jane shoes. She even has a spider ring and impressive wavy hair! While I think some of the Harry Potter figures are a bit boring, Luna–like her character in the books–most certainly isn’t. I’m definitely looking forward to displaying her on my desk!

With Luna Lovegood and Harry in the Sorting Hat in my collection, I’m finding it really difficult not to jump in and start collecting all of the Potter Funkos. Right now, on my very limited wish list, I want Hermione in her Yule Ball gown and Neville. Someday, hopefully, I’ll be able to buy my favorite character of all time, Remus Lupin, too. I’m just worried it will be hard to stop once I start buying this series! I already have so many Pops!!

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If you’re a Geek Girl Blogger, like me, you should check out the Facebook page of the group who organized the swap. They’re a super encouraging and friendly group of ladies! Also, check out Andrea’s blog. She’ll be blogging about to the swap as well, but she also writes about Funkos and other geeky stuff on the regular so take a look!

So what Ilvermorny House were you sorted into? What Harry Potter Funko is on your wish list?

Funko Fridays Blogging Prompt

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{Make It Nerdy} Cubicle Inspiration

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I have two desks: One at the library and one at home. My home office desk is VERY representative of who I am as person. It’s filled with Funko Pops (ones from Harry Potter, Jupiter Ascending, and Crimson Peak) Lord of the Rings candles, and Star Wars art. My desk at work, on the other hand, is decorated with my least favorite Funkos, and other random things.

If you saw my desk at work, you’d think I was a huge Marvel and The X-Files fan. Neither of those things are true (no more X-Files for me, at least, after that horrible event series!).

I’ve really been getting the bug to spruce up my library desk so I feel more at home there. The only problem is that I don’t want to spend much money on redecorating. Basically, I’m hoping to mostly use items I have at home to fix up my cubicle, but we’ll see how that goes.

During my brainstorming process, so far, I’ve been lurking on Pinterest and Polyvore searching for inspiration. I like themes so I’m trying to get an idea of how I want everything to look when I’m finished. I’ve made a few “Cubicle Inspiration” round-ups to get the creative juices flowing. I thought I’d share them with all you–you know, in case you’re getting the designer bug too. And if you have any awesome ideas, let me know! We can brainstorm together. Teamwork’s how I ended up with a rocking Christmas desk this past winter.

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A Very Nerdy Girl Desk

 

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A Very Bookish Desk

 

Quirk-i-fied Desk

 

How do you decorate your desk (whether at home or at work)?

Graphic Novels on My TBR

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I’ve been bad about reading comics this year. The only series I’ve followed in single issues are New Romancer, Venus, Green Arrow Rebirth (which just started), and Goldie Vance. Thankfully, with DC Rebirth happening this summer, there’s a lot of series I hope to add to my pull list. I know I’m at least going to try Batgirl, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Superwoman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad, and The Hellblazer. I’m crossing my fingers that half of those series are as good as Green Arrow. I need more superheroines and anti-heroes in my life.

As bad as I’ve been with single issues this year, I’ve been even worse with trades. I’ve read maybe eight volumes–which is really low for me (I read 35 last year). I probably wouldn’t even have made it to eight if it wasn’t for all those Star Wars series. I’m not even caught up on them. Maybe I’ll get to Vader Down before Rogue One is released.

In general, I think this lack of comics enthusiasm’s in part because I started associating comics with depression thanks to my binging of X-Men when I was feeling really, really low last year. I’ve been trying to read comics when I’m feeling okay in 2016 to break that correlation.

It’s working. Sort of.

I still catch myself saving up comics and graphic novels to read when I’m feeling bad. The way I figure I can best circumvent that is to read more comics. That way I don’t have to hoard them for bad days. There can be enough to go around on the good days too.

To see if my plan works, I’ve made a proper Graphic Novel to-read list. This way, when I’m wondering what series I should read next, I can just check my handy list.

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  • Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North ~ Choose-Your-Own-Shakespeare-Adventure by the writer of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? Yes, please!
  • Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Stephane Roux, Alex Sinclair, Paul Mounts ~ I’m very much looking forward to Margot Robbie as Harley in The Suicide Squad. Somehow though, I’ve never actually read any Harley-related comics. I need to remedy that before August, and I figured I’d start with The New 52 and move out from there.
  • Birds of Prey by Gail Simone, Ed Benes, Adriana Melo, and Alvin Lee ~ Gail Simone introduced me to the world of DC Comics with her Wonder Woman and Batgirl series. I haven’t ever picked up her Birds of Prey, but with the new Rebirth series coming out and me having Barbara Gordon withdraws, I figured now was as good of time as any to start it.  
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo ~ I read the first issue of Constantine and loved it. I meant to keep buying it in single issues, but I sort of missed the second issue and never caught up.
  • Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, and Matthew Wilson ~ Unpopular Opinion: I don’t care for Brian K. Vaughn’s writing. I’ve heard that Paper Girls is sort of “The Goonies with Girls” so I’m going to give it a try anyways. The 80’s nerd in me wants to like it.  
  • Archie by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish ~ Time for another confession: I’ve never read any Archie comics in my entire life.  With Riverdale coming to the CW, I want to finally change that.
  • DC Bombshells by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage ~ I read the first issue of DC Bombshells and it just didn’t capture my attention. I love the art though and I’m going to give it a proper chance now that it’s in trade.  
  • Black Canary by Brenden Fletcher, Annie Wu, Pia Guerra, and Sandy Jarrell ~ The only thing I liked about the new Batgirl run was Black Canary. From what I remember, she was grumpy and all around lovable. Since I’m also adoring the character in Green Arrow Rebirth, I want to go back and read through her solo series. After that I might try to track down the Black Canary and Zatanna series too.
  • Power Up by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings ~ I know I can always rely on Kate Leth for a fun read. I haven’t read any Power Up yet, but it looks pretty adorable. (Released June 28th!)
  • Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dexter Soy, Emma Rios, Richard Elson, Karel Kesel, and Al Barrionuevo ~ I’ve read the first volume in DeConnick’s Captain Marvel before, but I didn’t like it (I actually gave it one star on Goodreads). Recently, I decided to try Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps and I really, really liked it. It’s about time I gave this series another chance.  

What comics are you loving right now? Anything good on your TBR?

Lazy Day Summer Reads

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Thanks to my Harry Potter Reread, my summer reading is more ambitious than usual. Last year, I mostly contented myself with binging X-Men comics and picking up the stray YA here and there. This year, unfortunately, I’m trying to get through 4,100 pages of Harry Potter while still reading other books in-between for flavor. It’s not tremendously fun, but I know I’ll be glad that I forced myself through it when I finally have Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in my hands.

Or, at least, I hope I will be. Some of those spoilers are bonkers.

Either way, none of that means I’m not dreaming of beach reads, cozy mysteries, and trashy biographies. (I’ve been so tempted to make myself a non-Potter summer TBR, but I know better than to tempt myself.) Still, I figure others are living the dream this summer and reading all the page turners and mass market paperbacks they desire. Since I can’t be among you, I figured I might as well make a list of lazy day summer reads to share instead. These are absolutely the sort of books I’d be reading if it wasn’t for this dratted Harry Potter Reread.

Lazy Day Summer Reads

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Is It Just Me? By Miranda Hart

I adore Miranda Hart. It’d probably be really difficult to read this memoir if you haven’t watched any of the TV show, Miranda, but if you have, it’s absolutely hilarious to read about Miranda Hart’s real life misadventures. Bonus: It’s very relatable for awkward nerds!

 

 

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Starter for 10 by David Nicholls

I had to include David Nicholls on here somewhere. A lot of you might be familiar with the film Starter for 10 (with James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, AND Dominic Cooper), and this is the book it was adapted from. It’s essentially about college students competing in a University Challenge competition–which is not usually my sort of thing–but it’s endearing like any of Nicholls’ work. Fun Fact: If you’re checking it out of the library, it *might* be called Question of Attraction. That’s the title on my cover. They didn’t use the original title for us Americans until after the film came out.

 

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Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

Okay, I might be doing a movie/TV theme unintentionally. I know tons of people love Miss Fisher’s Mysteries. I’ve only watched the pilot, but I still enjoyed reading the first book in the series it was based on. There’s plenty of sumptuous costume changes and dreamy details in this Australia-based mystery series. It’s the perfect read for rainy afternoons.

 

 

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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

There’s something about The Neverending Story that seems summery to me. Maybe, it’s the 80s soundtrack I hear playing in my head as I read the book. Who really knows?

 

 

 

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I Capture the Castle by Dottie Smith

Coming of age? In a castle? I don’t know that it gets much more “Cozy Summer Reading” than that. Also, if you haven’t seen the adaptation, track it down! It has a very young and strapping Henry Cavill in it.

 

 

 

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Sorcery and Cecelia (or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

There’s a very special place in my heart for fantasy novels set in the Regency period. There’s nice gowns, Austen-esque wooing, and magic! I particularly like that this series is written in epistolary form. It’s a quick but immersive read!

 

 

 

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Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

I never expected to like reading comedic memoirs, but Why Not Me? is fantastic. As comedians go, Mindy Kaling is one of my favorites. I have been terrible at keeping up with her show, The Mindy Project since it moved to Hulu Plus, but I will catch up. . .eventually. If you want to know what it’s like to run a TV show and be friends with B. J. Novak., this one’s for you.

 

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Hark a Vagrant! By Kate Beaton

Literary and historical comics. READ IT NOW!

 

 

 

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Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

One last mystery before I’m through. Peters’ series is about a Victorian lady, Egypt-enthusiast who fights crime and falls in love. Basically, the entire thing is very entertaining and fun.

 

 

 

What sort of books do you like reading in the summer? Have anything exciting on your summer TBR?

Inside the Theme: Craftamageddon

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Almost every month, the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club shares prompts based on their theme for the month. I’ve been wanting to answer some of these Inside the Theme questions for awhile, but I’ve completely forgotten to do it!

Well, not so this time around! The theme for June is Craftamageddon (which is a fantastic word) and I answered all of the prompts. If you’d like to join in on Inside the Theme too, you can find out more on IGGPPC’s blog. If you do the prompts, let me know your answers too!

Inside the Theme: Craftamageddon

1)What is your favorite type of craft, and why is it so amazing?

I love crocheting, but right now, I’m all about knitting. I’m still fairly beginner-level when it comes to knitting so I really appreciate that you can make gorgeous things without being super advanced. I also love that it’s a very easy craft to take with you–which is great because I drag my projects with me when I visit my grandma or need something to work on during my lunch break.

2)What would your preferred weapon in the Craftamageddon be?

Metal knitting needles. Or maybe wooden. It depends whether we’re dealing with crafty vampires or artsy zombies.

3)Where on a scale from “Look At This Pair Of Shoes I Just Made” to “What Do You Mean You Own A Pair Of Scissors?” do you consider yourself? Do you have any funny craftastrophe stories?

I’m probably closer to the “What do you mean you own a pair of scissors?” end of the spectrum–mostly because I’m not super varied when it comes to crafting. I knit, crochet, and am learning how to cross stitch. If you put me near scissors and a sewing machine though, I’m sunk.

As for my worst craftastrophe, it, not surprisingly, has to do with sewing.

When you’re homeschool, most fellow homeschoolers take for granted that you’re very good at homemaking skills, like sewing and cooking. In highschool, I took a class on quilting through my homeschool co-op and it was an unmitigated disaster. I had never used a sewing machine in my life (unlike every other student in the class) and had never even seen a quilt pattern before. The teacher, assuming we were all old hats at this, assigned us insanely complicated squares to work on week by week without telling us how to make them.

I couldn’t even sew in a straight line so you can guess how well that went.

Beyond that, I was using my great-grandma’s sewing machine which was made for sterner stuff than modern day thread. The bobbin kept breaking the thread and it took me eight frustrating hours to get even a portion of my square done.

Finally, we broke down and bought a new machine, but things didn’t get any easier until my teacher realized I had no idea what I was doing. She effectively put me in “Remedial Quilting” and set me to sewing strips of fabric together. It was still awful, but at least, I wasn’t in tears constantly.

By the end of that class, I swore I would never quilt again and I haven’t in the eleven years since. I still have the quilt though and it looks as just slapdash as you might expect from someone unskilled in quilting and burning with fury at how awful her class on quilting was.

 4) 3 Things You Would Bring To A Deserted Island, Craftamageddon style! (Because why wouldn’t you bring a glue gun and washi tape as opposed to survival necessities and loved ones?)

If LOST taught me anything, it’s that tarps are important. I’d definitely bring yards and yards of waterproof fabric, some needles (good for mending clothes and bodies), and scissors (can be both practical and a weapon!).

5)Show us a DIY project you are (sort of mildly) proud of

I’ll show you one of my most recent projects because I think it came out so well. It’s a Miss Marple Scarf and I’m just super impressed that I managed to knit keyholes. I made Outlander inspired arm warmers recently too (my first larger project on dpns), but I made a big mistake on them so they’re staying out of pictures!

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What are you crafting right now?