december 9, 2016

Holy! Wow, I’ve been gone for awhile. Blame the semester and NaNoWriMo. But today was technically the last day of class (I say technically cause I actually go to my Narrating Childhood class one more time for peer review next week because the prof messed up her syllabus and is refusing to change it -_-), and I’m back to talk to you all!

What I’m Reading
Today, I just finished THE DARK DAYS PACT by Alison Goodman. Ha, it’s so funny to be writing this, because I remember writing about loooooving THE DARK DAYS CLUB months ago and freaking out here. I definitely loved book one more, but not because of a dip in quality of writing. The ship is still A+ perfect and full of emotions, and I love the core group of characters, our team, but I have mixed feelings about what generally happened in the book and how it played out. I’m excited I got to read it a little early, but now so sad I need to wait until 2018 for the last book! *insert that sobbing emoji here*

A few blogs ago I also said I’d be starting THRONE OF GLASS soon. I can report I am a woman of my word! I’ve read every book except EMPIRE OF STORMS just because I found out it ends on a cliffhanger, so I’m trying to spare myself the agony of waiting. I’m already waiting (im)patiently for A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN (omg need this book need), and I don’t know if I can handle waiting for two Maas books. QUEEN OF SHADOWS ends at a pretty good place where it leaves me wanting more, but isn’t a brutal cliff I’m hanging off.

So my thoughts on the series? I really, really love from CROWN OF MIDNIGHT on. I went into the series wanting to get to CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, as I was told that’s an amazing book, but there were places in THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE and THRONE OF GLASS I was really hooked and invested. But then CROWN OF MIDNIGHT happened, and I was like “yes, boom, that’s it.”

But as for the beginning books, I totally shipped Celaena/Chaol, but I knew that ship was doomed from Twitter and my buddy Brittany. It helped to know that, or else I would have been so sad. I can’t imagine how all you Celaena/Chaol shippers from the beginning felt. Their dance in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT was so beautiful– “for the first time in ten years, Celeana was home.”

For the latter books, omg Lysandra! LYSANDRA. Queen. Love. Her. Manon and her witchy tribe and her Toothless-esque wyvren thing. I love the epic ladies in these books.

What I’m Doing
I think this is the next section? It’s been so long since I wrote a blog I don’t remember my own format, haha. Besides papers and work and trying to crack 200 books for 2016 (I’m at like 183! I CAN DO IT.), I’m totally living on the egde…

… totally.

I was lucky enough to see some of the cast from the Broadway production of ANASTASIA perform recently. I love this movie so, so much, and can’t wait to see it on Broadway. The cast sound beautiful and Journey to the Past totally got me all choked up!

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My lovely friend Brittany made me a pie and we watched ZOOTOPIA, because it is the best movie ever. Fight me.

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I took MetroNorth upstate-ish to walk over the Hudson River!

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I saw the talented and lovely Marissa Meyer on her HEARTLESS tour. (I’m so excited for THE LUNAR CHRONICLES coloring book, too!) I love going to Marissa events, because they’re so different from other book events. And the fantastic Rebecca Soler who narrates the audiobook has been at the last few NYC tour stops, so it’s always spectacular to get to listen to her read. She’s like a walking movie. Here I am amazing them with my wit, ha:

I’m about to start coloring the THRONE OF GLASS series coloring book! In my Pusheen pj pants. Because obviously. The wonderful Kristen sent it to me, because she is, again, wonderful. AND, you should all get excited for her YA fantasy trilogy about dragons and epic ladies.

What I’m Thinking About
When my December Owlcrate Box is going to ship! haha I wants it!

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What I’m Writing
princesspilotbook aka sci-fi WIP aka the book of my dreams!!! So excited to one day be able to share this book with you–hopefully 🙂

What I’m Watching
THE ROYALS ARE BACK! Season 3! I love this show, and my ship Jaspenor. I’m so happy they’re back in my life.

I also managed to stay caught up with Jane the Virgin. I also love this show lots, and can’t wait for it to come back.

I need to finish season 2 of Outlander. It’s one of my plans for winter break.

also omg Teen Wolf 😦 #SaveStiles #StydiaForever “Remember I love you.”

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I also spent Thanksgiving Break watching Gilmore Girls with my Oy With the Poodles Already shirt. I have no regrets, but lots of opinions.

What I’m Listening To
~can you save my, can you save my heavy dirty soul~

Twenty-One Pilots, yessss.

That’s all from me! Hopefully it won’t be so long until I blog again, lovelies! ❤

Be kind to each other,

Mic ❤

october 26, 2016

Hi all! Today’s post is gonna be a little different. Last night I went to see Nova Ren Suma and Courtney Summers because I adore their words, but I also was using the event for one of my response papers for a class I’m taking this semester called Feminism and American Poetry. Like the nerd I am, I’m ridiculously proud of what I wrote, so I thought I’d share for anyone that missed the event and wishes they could have attended.

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Suma and Summers Talk Their “Beautiful and Brutal” Novels at McNally Jackson

New York Times Bestseller author Nova Ren Suma and ALA Award Winning author Courtney Summers were at the independent bookstore McNally Jackson last night, October 25, 2016, to promote the paperback releases of their latest novels, “The Walls Around Us” and “All the Rage,” respectively.

Events at McNally begin the same way. You step into the store, the roar of the city behind you instantly fading, sneak a peek at the crowded café and long for a warm cup of tea, marvel at the tables of books and resist the urge to touch each of them, and then you make your way downstairs. You meet strangers, readers, and bloggers, and editors all mingling. Eventually, the booksellers will appear to transform half of the lower floor into an event space. It’s a magic trick. Bookshelves disappear, hundreds of books vanishing with them.

Listening to Suma and Summers is no less magical. One would think these two talented women have known each other for years, as just a glance at Summers’ second book “This is Not a Test” yields a powerful blurb from Suma calling the at-the-time fledgling author a “ferocious talent.” However, there is a twist in the story. Suma and Summers had only just—finally—met in person the day before the event. Their relationship began online. They connected through Suma’s blog, on a post she had written about rejection. Summers could relate. She left a comment, and their friendship followed from there. Suma read pieces of the original post, laughing and grimacing at the purple prose and overdramatic “the rainbows have turned grey” sentiment of what rejection makes one feel.

They have been online friends and critique partners for ten years, a support system for each other. When asked what the best piece of advice one has given the other, Summers said simply that when Suma tells her she “can do it,” she can keep going, Summers believes her. I’ve seen female authors do events together before, but it is always different when the authors have worked together, and battled the hardest parts of writing—the doubt, the anxiety, the frustration—together. There is a special bond there. When recounting their meeting at the hotel the other night, Summers and Suma were both laughing, describing Summers’ elevator opening as Suma walked into the lobby, like a romance from a movie.

The women also talked about writing “beautiful and brutal” books about teen girls. Summers, while wearing a shirt that said Unlikeable Female Character, spoke about the large number of female characters in literature that have been written by men. They are portrayed as “objects,” as “mystical” perfect girls. Summers’ said she feels women read this work and have a disconnect to it, can’t recognize themselves in it. The crowd laughed in agreement, as if all remembering a moment they read a woman in literature written by a man who was more a goddess than a human. Summers ended with the notion female characters are different when women write women. Suma agreed, talking about teen girl culture, which she said is beautiful and brutal, to recall the earlier words of the moderator, and that “the teenage girl is so feared, powerful, and misunderstood.”

Suma also raised an interesting point when asked what her favorite scenes to write were. She said, without pause, she liked the violent scenes. “The Walls Around Us” certainly is a violent book, set in a juvenile delinquent center for teenage girls, with ghosts and murderous ballerinas. She self-deprecatingly said she does not know what that enjoyment of violent scenes means about her. But I think it raises the point Summers made earlier about men co-opting women’s stories and female characters. In the same way, men have controlled the rhetoric around violence in literature, and many times, women are victims of usually sexual violence. Men tend to be heroes, punching people in the face, handling a gun deftly, and skilled with knives while they save the girl. Or, they are the perpetrators and get to unleash every urge and desire they have. Women, when they do have the luxury of being a hero, tend to be sexualized, or she is the single one in a group of men. So there is something revolutionary of women writing violence, of taking control of the narrative around blood and letting teenage girls be more than victims, but terrifying.

While “The Walls Around Us” is an exploration of girls and violence, Summers’ “All the Rage” is about rape culture, sexual violence, and trauma. Summers was not able to talk much about rape culture, but she did say briefly that it was hard to write a book about these topics and look around at the world around her and see it mirrored so closely.

Feminist poet Anne Sexton also got a shout-out by Suma, when asked what books she loved as a teen. Suma said she loved “The Handmaid’s Tale,” as well, and those two writers tell you all you need to know about what Suma was like as a teen.

To close the evening, Summers said about writing, “It almost feels like magic.” It does, just like a crowd of strangers gathered in the basement of an indie bookstore over words on a page, or two women meeting each other after ten years of kinship online, or the notion that girls can be beautiful and brutal.

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october 12, 2016

Hi people!

What I’m Reading
So I stayed up all night reading THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu and SOBBED SOBBED SOBBED. Ahhhhhh soooooo gooooooddd what are feelings???

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I was lucky enough to attend her launch event last night. It was so much fun, especially since she talked about how different the series was when she started writing it. Also she seemed so calm and composed, and I aspire to have that level of cool.

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I’m also reading THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen. I’m loving it, especially the focus on family and going off to college. I’m also kinda hoping for some sort of reconciliation with Luke… I liked him… Theo is blah. I also love all the Dessen Easter eggs. (I lowkey squealed with Wes and Bert were mentioned!)

“As long as you were moving, you were always going somewhere.”

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I’m going to be starting the Throne of Glass series soon. I have all the books from the library, and I’m going to dive into it once I get through the other library books I already have. Ha, so it’s my motivation to clear my pile.

What I’m Doing
LOTS OF STUFF.

So the coolest thing to happen last month was Leigh Bardugo’s launch party for CROOKED KINGDOM. I remember when the event was announced. I was showing my mother the wonders of the Jane Eyre mini-series when news broke and shortly after it was revealed we’d have to buy tickets. Tickets were supposed to go up that day, but no one would say when, other than vague hints like “soon.”

I was in ultimate fangirl mode, definitely not wanting to miss out. It was mid-afternoon at this point, and I couldn’t focus on the mini-series anymore, constantly checking Strand’s website if tickets had gone up. At one point, we crashed the Strand site.

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I waited alllllll day. Night struck, business hours closed. I began to lose hope.

And then, without a warning, a hint, a sound, a whisper, tickets went up. It was like ten or eleven at night, but the buy link was live. All my refreshing had paid off. I secured a ticket! And thus a countdown to September 26 began.

And now I can tell you it was one of the best book events I’ve ever been to!

Also this book destroyed me. The end.

Then, I was just at Comic Con!

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That was an insane four days of nonstop action and excitement. I spent most of my time on the show floor ogling plushies and shouting out cosplays as soon as I saw them. “Gaston! *GASP* It’s Rose and 10!! Aang! omg that is the coolest Jafar! So many Ariels! Ms. Marvel, I love her. REY!” Yeah, I was fun.

Here’s a mini cosplay collage:

I only went to one big panel, and that was to see the cast of Shadowhunters. They were adorable cupcakes. Dom kept jumping off the stage like Jace whenever fans would ask for a selfie or had something to give him. Kat and Emeraude were so supportive and excited to talk about the relationship between Clary and Isabelle, a light of positivity and girl power. Harry reenacted how he does Magnus’ magic, and it was actually pretty cool. It was a fun panel to be at, for sure! The dynamic between the cast is adorable.

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Also… I found BB8 and it was the best moment of my life.

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Oh, speaking of BB8!!! I can’t believe I forgot to include this in my collage!

I’ll leave you with this final image from Comic Con…

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I AM GROOT! ❤ 

What I’m Thinking About
THE ELECTION. Oh my gosh, guys get out there and vote. #ImWithHer

Also, if I’ll get all the things I need to get done, done + get through my TBR pile. #stressed

What I’m Writing
This thing I’ve been thinking about and loving. Not actually really writing, yet. Still plotting and outlining and I can’t talk about it yet! But *happy squeal*

What I’m Listening To
Ha, well I’m back on a Hamilton stint. Brittany and I did a sing along on our way to Comic Con on Sunday, and I’m back. I mean, I’ve been listening to it nonstop (;)) since the album came out, but with the new Bastille album and some other things, I kinda stopped listening to it as much in the last few weeks. Never fear, I’m back.

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

september 10, 2016

Hello!!!

What I’m Reading
Wow, I’m actually going to use this section properly and tell you what I’m reading right now.

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So, yes, I’m reading FURTHERMORE, as you can probably tell. I’m super loving it. It feels so whimsical and new (even though it’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling! which I did not know, ha). I want to read it slowly and savor every bit of it.

Also, the people who designed this book deserve all the awards. It’s gorgeous. Not just the cover, which you can see clearly, but the interior of the book and its illustrations and “chapter” headings are all astounding. I love it SO much.

I’m not much of a middle grade reader, but I picked this up in Target last weekend and was curious since I did read the first book in Mafi’s SHATTER ME series, so I knew I liked her writing. I couldn’t put it down, compelled to keep reading. And here we are now.

What I’m Doing
Guys, I’ve not stopped since my last blog post. I went back to class and it’s just been madness since. I was still adjusting to my new work schedule and still hadn’t quite gotten the balance down between that and social things, but now it’s even more Things That Need To Get Done constantly.

I’m taking four classes this semester.

On Monday and Wednesday I’m in Feminism and American Poetry. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this class at all. I like feminism, but I don’t really know anything about poetry besides the little I did my senior year of high school (and I didn’t like it much). I like watching some Slam Poetry on Youtube, but that’s not the same as reading and analyzing poetry from years ago. But so far the professor is interesting and the great thing I learned is that feminist poetry was meant to be accessible so women of all socioeconomic statuses could join in and write about their own experiences. Which is perfect for me! I’m excited to see what the rest of this class brings.

Tuesdays are a crazy day since I have three classes. One of them is a block class, so I only have it on Tuesdays. That class is Narrating Childhood, technically a comparative literature seminar. We’re going to be reading Proust. And Joyce. And Freud (which I’ve read in too many classes at this point, really).

But also Fun Home, the most modern book on the syllabus (and also a great Broadway show ;)).

Selfie game was really hard that day
I think this was Mother’s Day last year? And I think we got upgraded to the second row?

Tuesday (and Friday) I’m also taking Chaucer. Oh my GOSH. Apparently, by the end of it I’ll be able to read and speak Middle English pretty well. I feel like I have a decent enough grasp of it so far. It’s interesting, and I really like the professor, so we’ll see how it goes! My other class that day is US Immigration and Ethnicity, partly done for a pluralism requirement, and also for my history minor. I’m not overjoyed with it, but I gotta get it done.

Then when I’m not in class or doing stuff for class, I’m usually at work at the library. I’m so boring, ha.

What I’m Thinking About
How I’ve become a shell of a person.

Also what I’m going to have for dinner because I am starving and I need to finish typing this so I can eat.

What I’m Writing
Okay, I have like 0 time, but I DO HAVE THIS IDEA.

I desperately want to sit with this idea for an entire day and just go wild. I do jot some stuff down when I have the time, but it’s just not enough. Hopefully as I adjust to the work load of both class and my actual work ha, I’ll be able to better figure this out.

What I’m Watching Listening To
The new Bastille album came out yesterday and wheeeyyyy I’m stoked!!

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It’s been so long! I feel like I’ve completely exhausted their last one. I still remember seeing them in November 2014.

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omg my SHORT HAIR of 2014

It was such a great show. Bastille is one of my favorite bands–both for their writing and sound. Getting to see them live was a highlight of the year, and also just like, my concert going life in general.

I’ve been looking forward to their second record for so long, but was also nervous they’d disappoint me. It’s so sad when you completely love a first album, and then the band or artist changes their sound or you just don’t like their subsequent work as much.

But ahhhhhhh!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ (commence fangirling) I’m so happy with this album! I feel like there’s so much of it I don’t even understand yet. There are certain songs with an intro/narration before it, and I’m trying to piece together the narrative of the whole album.

I hope all you fellow Bastille fans love the second album, and if you haven’t listened to them yet, here’s your official kick in the butt 😉

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

july 10, 2016

Hello!

What I’m Reading

  • FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake

Okay, okay, everyone needs to read when it comes out in January cause omg it’s too good!

I stayed up till 2am to finish cause I could not stop! The writing is so pretty, and the world-building and story are so rich! There are so many layers to it, and the further you go the deeper you are. Ruby is a really great character, stubborn and strong and wracked with guilt. Then there’s swoony Arcus and his creative pet names for Ruby (you’ll love ’em I can’t get enough).

Just a note, I think this is a great read for Zutara shippers and ATLA lovers. Also for Grisha fans, especially the complex Alina/Darkling relationship (but that’s a small part of the book).

Basically, I can’t wait till everyone can read this because it’s really good. REALLY. GOOD.

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  • THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon

So I was sitting at the dining table during lunch on July 4 when I reached the final pages of this book and lowkey started bawling right there. My mom looked at me and was shocked. “Are you crying?” I had no shame, guys.

I can’t speak more highly of this #OwnVoices book. There are so many sides and layers to this enchanting story. Beautiful prose, a beautiful message, beautiful characters. If you’re looking for a contemporary about family, America, identity, love, and serendipity, this is THE One to pick up in November.

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  • THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab

Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. THIS BOOK.

This is a special book. Monsters born from violent human acts, a girl who wants to be a monster, and a monster who wants to be a boy. I was enchanted.

Ms. Schwab knows how to build a world and craft characters that suck you in, carrying you through his journey with slow burn character arcs. She explores what it means to be an outsider. Anxiety. Family.

How far apart are humans and monsters really?

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I was so thrilled when I found out Victoria would be stopping at my indie for her tour. Seeing her was one of the best author events I’ve ever been to. She spoke so eloquently and made me appreciate themes and ideas in the story I hadn’t even picked up on.

I’d love to hear her talk about all her books. I just know I’d gain a greater appreciation for them.

And then of course there was also this…

I saw this in person! It’s epic! #goals

If you haven’t read a Victoria Schwab book, get to it!! Your life will change. And if you are a Schwab fan but haven’t yet read, This Savage Song, you must! It’s soooo good.

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  • THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie

This is a book I’d been looking forward to before it even came out this February. Sea monsters! Pirates! Queer YA! I’ve been waiting so long for the library to purchase their own copies. I was actually starting to give up, when one day it finally appeared in the catalogue.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I tore through this today, and actually contrived ways to stay on public transit and Vivi’s Tea longer that way I could keep reading 🙂

The world-building! It was so fascinating and well done. This, as grey and messed up as it is, is a world I want to visit. Pirate ships! Floating cities! Sea monster training centers! Gahhhhh, I want it all.

The slow burn relationship between Cas and Swift was amazingly done. I loved that the uneven power dynamics were addressed. One of my favorite tropes is haters to lovers, so I was basically born to ship them. Their developing feelings never overwhelmed the prose, nor did Cas make ridiculous decisions instead of looking out for herself or her own survival.

I love that this book was populated by loads of female characters. Badass pirate queen, Cas’ mom the scientist, Swift and Chuck pirates, etc. Just awesome.

My only quibble is I saw all the twists coming from a mile away. + I also wanted a little more time devoted to Swift’s arc, her growing discontentment with the captain and feeling of being trapped in a life she chose under extreme duress.

Curious about where this story is going, and looking forward to book two.

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  • CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

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What I’m Doing
So since we last spoke, I went to an alpaca farm!

Side note: I really love this Tiled Mosaic Thing 😉

Okay so, one: those two alpacas are not having sex. Those are two females who are comforting each other, like they would if they were pregnant. Or, the people at the farm lied and those aplacas are totally in lesbian love.

Two: You can see the babies have a lot of wool on their face. Once that hair is shaved, it never grows back! ALAS. They are also more valuable with that super soft wool, so the farmers don’t shave it until the alpaca has already sold at a higher value.

Three: Alpacas don’t have teeth! At least on their upper jaw. So feeding them isn’t painful at all. They’re actually rather excited about food. They’re like my cat.

Four: LOOK HOW CUTE.

As mentioned above, I also went to see Victoria Schwab at Books of Wonder. You can sneak a peek at me in the third row on the right 😉

I’ve also done a bit of cooking! My new thing now is to just throw veggies into pasta and see what happens. So far it’s been successful. I just picked up a Food Network Magazine today, so I’m excited to get creating.

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And speaking of food, I was back at my favorite NY hangout–Smorgasburg! Scored a lot of yummy delights.

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What I’m Thinking About
Like a lot of people, I’m sad and angry about what’s happening in our country right now.

It’s currently 1:30AM, though, and I’m really tired, so I’m going to keep this section short and sweet.

What I’m Writing
I’m very productive when I write outside the house, and after hearing Victoria talk about writing for 2 hours straight in the evening at a coffee shop back in the day, I really want to make the most of this summer and be productive. So hopefully this idea I’m tossing around will turn into something and I’ll be reporting back here soon 🙂

What I’m Watching
I just finished my season 1 of Once Upon a Time re-watch. I can’t get enough of how good it is. Not sure if I’ll do season two, although I probably should because that’s the beginning of my OTP (CAPTAIN SWAN), and the beginning of the season does have some really good Emma/Snow moments. We’ll see, we’ll see.

I’ve been following the Olympic Trials. Can’t wait for the conclusion of gymnastics tomorrow (today, oops)!

And tomorrow (today, oops) is also the Wimbledon Men’s Final and the UEFA Champions Final. My favorite Murray made it to the final, while my other fave Germany didn’t. I’ll be rooting for Murray and France tomorrow (today, oops). And congrats to Serena Williams for being the best, Venus Williams for winning Doubles alongside her sis, and for Hope Solo smashing it and being the first goalie to achieve 100 shut-outs.

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

june 21, 2016

Hey!

What I’m Reading
So last time I went super mega fangirl about My Lady Jane and alluded to a book I was reading, but decided to save it for my next blog. Well, I am ready to tell you about that book, but first we need to talk about My Lady Jane again.

So last Tuesday, the authors were at Books of Wonder for an event. But you might remember I was seeing Florence and the Machine that night. I was really, really sad I had to miss it because I read an interview Cynthia, Jodi, and Brodi had done in the Epic Reads book they gave away at BookCon. It was so funny, and I instantly knew I wanted to see these three in person. Alas, that could not be. But, I did order myself a signed personalized copy from the store (cause Books of Wonder is awesome like that–and they ship worldwide).

I finally got around to taking some pictures of my beautiful gorgeous book!

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And now!! To the other wonderful book I read recently and absolutely adored.

Side note: this was the first book I read and tweeted about that attracted people I didn’t even know to tell me how good it was. The tweet actually got way more attention than I thought it would. Right away I had a feeling I was in for something good.

Ummmmm…. so yeah, let’s talk about how AMAZING The Dark Days Club was???? I was not prepared to be blown away by this! Right away, the writing jumped out at me, and I loved how many rich female relationships Lady Helen had.

I’m just gonna embed the Goodreads review, even though now I know they look boring :(, but I honestly don’t think I can write coherently about this book again cause I loved it and need book two right now!

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This cover is unfairly beautiful. Look at the lace! Look at the fans and skeletons and all the intricacies of it!
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ummmmmm this was perfect bye.

Reasons This Book Is The Best
-So many lady friendships/relationships! The story opens with Helen’s concern for her missing maid and the ruin of one of her close friends. Women are integral to the plot and Helen takes her relationships seriously. Her bond with her (parabati) maid Darby is so sweet, as is her desire to be there for her friend who is now disgraced. I loved the role Millicent plays throughout, as well, as the friend and lifeline to the normal world Helen is gradually leaving behind as she learns more about her abilities. Then there’s her complicated relationship with her aunt, and the loss of her mother, who actually plays quite a role in the book. There are also the other women in society, who are not Catty Evil Mean Girls… but just girls, acquaintances, etc. MUCH LOVE. *heart eyes*

-THE NEW SHIP OF MY HEART. ugh. No one prepared me for its perfection. It was subtle, but swoony af and reminded me of Lizzie/Darcy and Jane/Rochester. Like a perfect blend of both those ships. A particularly *fans self* scene with Lord Byron reciting stirring poetry, demon exorcism hand holding, the fight/first aid scene, the next to last chapter showdown OMG.

-Regency England. Goddamn, this book is amazing. Alison Goodman knows everything about the Regency Era, I am convinced. There are lots of historical books that go for the glitz and glamor of an era, but never follow society’s rigid rules. This book never takes an easy way out. Helen has to sneak out to attend a public hanging? Well she can’t just climb out her bedroom window, but instead this book is excellently plotted and constructed to really live in its time period. Regency jargon! Apparently even the weather in the book is accurate to its date (see: author’s note). I’m just in awe of how perfectly in synch this book is with Regency conventions, rules, and daily happenings. It’s a marvel of a book that feels like Austen reinvented with some actual magic.

-Physically, this book is so beautiful. The art at the top of every single page. The typography of the letters. The dates.

-A refreshing take on The Chosen One and an actual choice for Helen. So, we all know the YA fantasy where the MC has this special power than can quite literally save the world (not that I don’t also enjoy those books from time to time). Helen is also a special lady, but she actually has this amazing choice if she wants it or not, and I love it. Like, there are real stakes/consequences for whichever choice she makes and it was riveting.

-On the same line, the world-building. Along with giving Helen a choice and consequences, the mythology in the story is fascinating. It’s also the reason the fact Helen has a choice works so well. I never felt flooded with too much info. It’s well paced and artfully spread out, and feels familiar yet new.

-WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR READ IT NOW

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I want to marry this book. MARRY IT. I also want to marry Carlston. *cough*

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Just… just… please everyone read it. And then come at me so we can swoon and fangirl and WAIT tortuously for The Dark Days Pact.

And since this section is technically called “What I’m Reading” and not “What I Just Read and Loved and I’m Pretty Sure I’m Now Dead,” I’ll say I’m listening to the audiobook of Jenn Barnes’ The Fixer, and it’s so good!! YA Scandal, basically. I’m all for it.

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What I’m Doing 
FOOOOOOODD! Okay, well wait. I have some other things to blog about before we get to the food.

So firstly I was at Books of Wonder last week to see three amazing people: Steph Perkins, Nina LaCour, and David Levithan. Also on the panel were Lisa Williamson (The Art of Being Normal), who has the best English accent and read from her book SO well; Jane Mason (Without Annette); and Billy Merrell (Full Spectrum). They were also amazing, I just didn’t know it until I found out about them at the event 😉

Unbeknownst to me, this event was part of the Openly YA series Books of Wonder was doing in celebration of Pride Month. I felt so honored to be in that room with so many queer teens and allies, especially just a few days after the horror in Orlando. All the authors on the panel recognized the importance of this event, in supporting lgbtqia teens and literature, and standing up to hate with love.

In David’s words, the readings that night would begin with tragedy, but end with Pride. He was right. We started with a scene from one of his older books were a girl is lighting candles at a 9/11 memorial, and from there moved to Stephanie Perkins reading an excerpt from Tim Federle’s short story in her anthology Summer Days and Summer Nights where a gay couple just broke up.

Next was Lisa who read a scene where her main character was being bullied. Then there was Billy who read an excerpt from one the new essays in Full Spectrum about sex and gender.

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Jane read the opening of her book where the girls are arriving at boarding school. And then, Nina and David stood up and owned the floor.

 

They read the opening two chapters from their new book You Know Me Well, and then read a bit from the end (and the crowd was freaking out about spoilers). It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. The two of them were acting it out, being silly and adorable, and reveling in their unapologetically gay book about teens being HAPPY and THEMSELVES and ALIVE. I haven’t read my copy yet, but I am so so SO excited.

That was Wednesday night. And then on Friday….

 

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I did my waiting! 12 13 years of it! In Azkaban. 

Jess and I went to see Finding Dory! We went to an 11am showing haha because we could just not wait any longer. Plus, we wanted to avoid screaming loud children. It worked out very well.

The short film, Piper, before the movie is too cute. Like, I reached my capacity of cuteness before the actual movie even started.

Finding Dory was really good! It was just cute. There was no horrible traumatic scene we’ve come to expect from Pixar movies. It was lighthearted and adorable and I loved how Dory’s neurodiversity was celebrated. They did such a good job with it, which is why it was a letdown when they failed to do the same two side characters (find an article about it here). That was the only blah part of the movie for me.

Then we went to eat.

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My French toast after I’d taken a bite out of it. I love me some French toast ❤

I promised you food, didn’t I? Well, here’s more!

Yesterday, Mom and I had a day out and enjoyed lunch at this Italian restaurant we’d never been to before in Park Slope.

The first being my appetizer, mozzarella and tomato! ❤ You can never go wrong with that. Then I had penne fiorentina, which is spinach pesto and fresh ricotta! My mom had fillet de sol. For dessert we split a pear tart with hazelnut ice cream. Yuuummm!!

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Oh, I almost forgot. There was also an excess of vodka pizza for Father’s Day, and I only managed to grab this picture before it was all gone.

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Pizza is the best. Pizza is life. Piiiiiizza.

What I’m Thinking About
-I just found these 2 articles I wrote on a short lived blog I was running last year, and I’m still really proud of them a year later! 🙂

-Vote vote vote in November to remove all the awful Senate Republicans who voted against stricter gun laws. They’re not even strict gun laws; they’re common sense gun laws. Obviously you should have to pass a background check to buy a gun. Obviously if you’re a suspected terrorist you should not be able to buy a goddamn assault weapon.

-Sometimes you cut toxic people out of your life for a reason. But sometimes they reappear, seemingly to have changed, but then pull the same crap. It just sucks, when you’re hopeful something is different now and you can get back to a good place. And then you have your heart stomped on again.

-My cat is a celery fiend.

What I’m Writing
Nothing! Right now, anyway. Because I finished my draft!!!!!!!!

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What I’m Watching
The Bachelorette. Gotta say though, last night’s episode was pretty boring with Chad gone and all the guys turning into jerks/blobs/sexists. I need a good show! Recommendations?

That NBA finals game was intense.

US men’s soccer team vs Argentina tonight! I’m excited! Am bummed UEFA and Copa America are happening at the same time, though. I wish they were one after the other so we could have more soccer over a longer period of time. Alas.

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