may 23, 2016

Hi everyone!

What I’m Reading
A lot! So let’s get right to it.

  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.

This precious adorable book! I can’t even tell you how much I loved it. DOGS! All the dogs. All the cute animals. I also loved the friendship and family themes of the story, it’s basically the perfect blend of what I want to see and write in YA contemporary. Plus, an adorable romance. I also adore the design of this book (front and back cover). It’s so, so pretty, and I know I’m gonna crack soon and buy my own copy.

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  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay.

 

 

Silly me, I did not realize how accurate that very posed fangirling crying on the bed photo would become. It was 1 in the morning when I finished reading and I was legit ugly crying, but I had been ugly crying for the last 80 pages of the book.

I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’m not okay. I’M NOT OKAY.

  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

This is my current read! I’m only on like chapter 3, and You are a rare species of cod is my favorite thing. So much so I’m randomly texting it to people.

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What I’m Doing
I went to B&N hoping they put Stacey Lee’s OUTRUN THE MOON out a couple days early. Ha, no luck.

I ended up getting sick (travel, stress, allergies, boo), so I’ve been in a fog all week. I just got on antibiotics yesterday, so hopefully that kicks this thing. Because of my sickness, I had to miss the brilliant and amazing Maggie Stiefvater at Books of Wonder over the weekend.

I’d been looking forward to Maggie’s signing since it was announced months ago. It was such a shame to miss it. I love, love, love The Raven Cycle beyond words.

But, I’m consoling myself with the memories of 2011, when she was at the Scholastic store (with Meg Cabot and Libba Bray) and I talked to her during a lull in her signing line for like 10 minutes.

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Oh, yeah. That actually happened. 

That was actually such a crazy event because my friend and I got to the store super early. When we reached there, we asked an employee where to go for the This Is Teen event, and they directed us upstairs to some sort of cocktail event, handed us goodie bags with ARCs (including Maggie’s FOREVER!!), and left us alone with publishing officials and bloggers. I remember we had no idea what was going on and were afraid at any moment someone would realize we weren’t bloggers, take our goodie bags away, and kick us out. We grabbed some finger foods, and sat on the floor in the corner, looking at the view of the city, marveling over how we ended up in this fancy room with all these people.

There came a point, as it got closer to the event and I wasn’t seeing more kids our age, I had a feeling we were in the wrong place. I coerced Friend into investigating with me. We left the room, went back the way we came, and ended up back in the Scholastic store’s main floor/store area. Sure enough, there were hordes of actual readers waiting for the event to start. We joined them, replaying everything in our heads and realized the mistake the person had made assuming we were there so early to attend the blogger/publishing mixer.

This is now one of my fondest memories! ❤ And I can’t believe I have a picture with Meg and Libba, but not Maggie. Shame on me!

 

Okay, enough of memory lane. I was sick and missed Maggie. Boooo. Hopefully I don’t have to wait another 5 years for my chance to see her again.

I feel like I’m in a transitional period right now. This last week has been spent feeling sick, and going to see my dad during visiting hours. I have this new experience now, and I’m trying to memorize every detail, notice and remember things. My dad has been a patient for 8 days now.

I have a new understanding of what a psych ward is. But then again, I have a very limited view, confined to a dining room for one and a half hours a day. But even this brief glimpse has stripped me of preconceived notions.

What I’m Thinking About
-I should see an allergy specialist. The last few years I’ve had horrible seasonal allergies that spiral into infections/colds, and it’s no bueno. Should look into allergy shots.

-I saw bits of The View this morning and they were talking about little girls in provocative outfits courtesy of Chris Brown being mad at his daughter’s dance costume. All the women on the show agreed with Chris, because they have husbands who are overprotective of their daughters. They were saying that they can’t see the world as a man does, so they need to respect what their husbands want. Whoopie was the only one that seemed to have a problem with what was being said, but she didn’t really join in.

It made me angry. How about we stop hyper-sexualizing little girls. How about we stop telling girls they can’t wear leggings, get their ears pierced, or pose with their hands on their hip because they are nothing but objects that distract men, and have no worth as a human being. They are things with a body that has no purpose but to make babies and distract men and boys.

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Stop looking at 2-year-old girls, little girls, teenage girls, young women, ladies as sexual objects. Why aren’t boys and men taught to look at girls and women in different ways, in respectful ways, in ways that value their dignity as people first?

You are a rare species of cod.

What I’m Writing
Classified.

What I’m Watching
Oh my gosh, Jurassic World has been on tv like 3 times in the last week.

In other news, I have watched Jurassic World 3 times in the last week.

I love the way it critiques captivity, plus how beautiful Chris Pratt is. I mean, I have some problems with this film, like how Bryce Dallas Howard’s character is conceived as the frigid business woman who needs to be told to RELAX by her boss, the way POC side characters are all killed off, and how Morgana from Merlin is needlessly and viciously killed off. But the heart wants what it wants. Adorable raptors, my badass baby t-rex of wonders, bickering OTP, adorable little boy with feels = my dreams.

It’s about to start again. I will be watching it again. No shame!

I’m also getting caught up on Orphan Black! I really like this season. I feel like it has finally recaptured that blend of Clone Family Humor and Actual Plot of season one. I also love all the exploration of Beth, since I have so many feels about her. All the little details too, when Sarah and Art are watching the footage and how they have their own feels over Paul and Beth. Tat and the Guy Who Plays Art have beautifully captured their grief.

The only drawback is that disgusting Cheek Maggot Thing. But I’ve mastered the art of looking away at this point.

One other thing, still waiting on the first promo of season 3 of The Royals. I need it.

That’s all from me for now. Be kind to each other,
Mic ❤

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