june 15, 2016

Hey there!

What I’m Reading
Oh my gosh, I just read listened to the best book ever!!!!!

I’ve never listened to an audiobook before, and when book blogger Sarah tweeted about listening to it, I thought, “Hmm… this is supposedly a sassy book, it seems perfect for audio.” So I looked into Audible after hearing about it everywhere, decided to do a free trial, and plucked My Lady Jane off the digital shelves.

I’m so glad I did because it was literally perfect. The narration was amazing. It felt like a movie in my head. The voices for each character, sometimes even different accents, were spot on and lovely. It felt like Katherine Kellgren truly loved this book she was performing. And the sass! There was so much sass. And horse jokes! ❤

If I had to describe My Lady Jane, I’d call it 1/3 The Princess Bride, 1/3 JKR’s Animagus creature thingy, and 1/3 Tudor England. It’s 100% charming and delightful.

I loved Jane, Gifford, and Edward. Not only their POVs and interactions, but also their own individual arcs. It’s been awhile since I read something with developed arcs that sing and you can see how far a character (and this time 3!) have come. It makes reading an adventure, like you’re growing alongside the characters. They become real.

If you don’t believe me, look how perfect this book is!

SASS BEYOND BELIEF:

And this gem of marketing:
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In conclusion, you all need this book. It’s amazing. You don’t even know the half of what you’re getting into. I really hope these three talented authors team up for another book, because I WOULD READ IT NOW. Hell, I’d have pre-ordered it yesterday.

(I was going to talk about the book I’m reading now, but I think it’ll be overshadowed by all the fangirling above, so I’ll hold off until my next post.)

What I’m Doing
Well, I did promise you more exciting stuff! I can happily deliver.

So when we last left off I was waiting for all my plans to begin.

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I went to see Finding Neverland last Friday, as previously mentioned. I’m actually listening to a song from the show (Stronger) right now, ha. I’d heard the song before, while watching last year’s Tony Awards, and on an 8tracks mix called ‘Get Shit Done’ or something like that.

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I really wasn’t expecting much from this show. I am a Pan nuthead, but I just wasn’t feeling anything I’d heard or seen about this show. So I went in with really low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised.

The 4 little boys in the show were cutie-pies! And so talented, I would watch a show with them just putting on fairy tale plays for two hours. The sets were beautiful. There wasn’t much humor but when there was, it was on point. I also loved how Pan never overshadowed the main story, and when it comes time for opening night, the story we’re all there to celebrate is still very subtly shown.

But.. uhh.. it’s not really a kid’s show. Like, the kids around me seemed not into it. And it’s also kind of dark. Even I was like, “Enough with the angst!” Friend and I were also bothered with a line in act 1 about writing being “grown-up.” We were like, “It’s not,” and then started laughing. It wasn’t until midway act 2 that there was a song that captured the feel of writing for me (and it wasn’t even about writing, but acting).

2016-06-10 21.19.38My momma and I 🙂

It’s closing soon, so get your tickets while you can!

My next big adventure was the following day for #BFestBuzz. I really wanted to score an ARC of Stalking Jack the Ripper. I got to B&N about half an hour before they were supposed to be handed out, so I paced the YA section and resisted the urge to buy all the things!

The person in charge of BFirst told me he was filling in for someone that had called out sick, so he really had no idea what he was supposed to do. It took some time until he could find the arcs and lay them out, and then SURPRISE, there were lots of books being given away! I came home with far too many, and actually ended up buying a tote bag to manage the trek back.

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I’m going to have to do some giveaways, since I made a grave error haha and can’t possibly keep all these. If you’re not already following me on Twitter and want to win some books, then do hop aboard. That’s where I do my giveaways. I previous gave away a preorder of Blackhearts and, recently, an ARC of A Shadow Bright and Burning.

And look, here’s a cute dog I found!

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The following day I was back at B&N to support Friend (the same from Broadway night ;D) on her YA Blogger Panel!

Basically, have fun, be kind, be yourself! Those are the secrets to blogging like a pro. And if you wonder which books they recommend, wonder no more!

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And then! FINALLY last night.

I’ve been waiting for this concert for months. I can’t even remember when I bought my tickets, but it was definitely dark, cold, and wintery. I want to say January, but I honestly can’t remember at this point.

There were 2 opening acts, which was kind of pushing it. I mean, I was overexcited for Florence to play us her perfect music, but that in no way influenced my opinion.

She came out in this beautiful purple outfit that was sheer and flowy and so perfect. It fanned out behind her every time she twirled around (and she twirled a lot). She ran around the stage and into the audience, and still sounded amazing. I don’t even want to know what her cardio workout is like to be able to do THAT for 2 hours every night.

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She did a blend of songs from all three albums. But the stand out moment was her tribute to the Orlando Massacre victims. First she came out with the lgbtqia flag and held it up. Spectrum played. She waved the flag, spinning with it, and running t0 each end of the stage.

Say my name, and every color illuminates. We are shining. And we will never be afraid again. 

It was the perfect song she could have chosen.

And then she spoke. Love is love is love is love is love is love is love. 

She had everyone hug each other. I see so much love in this room. Take your love out there.

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It was a magical night. A perfect concert. With a beautiful soul sharing her music and stories with us. Championing love and freedom. At the beginning of the show she said she wanted to see people on shoulders. “Lift up your girlfriends! Lift up your boyfriends!”

Thank you, Florence + and the Machine.

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What I’m Thinking About
-I’m so grateful the Tony Awards were on Sunday night. Queer teens needed to see positive representation in the face of the horror. In the past years I’ve noticed the Tony’s seems more geared towards inspiring the next generation of theater actors and giving hope, and they did not disappoint that night. I wanted to hug everyone in that room for the beauty they displayed.

Say Their Names

What I’m Writing 
My name–> Ban the AR-15 from Civilian Ownership

We need gun laws, and we need them now. I was barely processing the news of Christina Grimmie’s murder at her own goddamn concert when the Pulse Nightclub Shooting happened. The United States is the only country in the world where mass shootings and gun violence is out of control. Gun laws work, as proven by other countries that have them and are much safer than ours. Sandy Hook was supposed to be a turning point. Let this be one, please.

What I’m Watching
Republicans and anti-lgbt voices offering their prayers and sympathy. And then doing nothing.

The conversation about gun laws being derailed because of terrorism and Islamaphobia. The conversation about homophobia being derailed because of terrorism and Islmaphobia.

People in pain wanting change. A reporter walking off a TV set when the anchors refuse to acknowledge this was a hate crime. A Democratic representative boycotting a moment of silence because no action ever follows it.

Florence Welch with the Pride flag and a stadium full of people saying they will never be afraid again.

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

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