Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gift Guide- For the Mean Girls Fan



Because I'm psychotically obsessed with Etsy, I decided to make a few lists of gifts you could buy fans of specific things-- book lovers, Gilmore Girls fan, Friends fan, etc.

This guide is for the Mean Girls Fan we all know.

I'm pretty sure the Cult Status of Mean Girls isn't going away anytime soon.  People are probably rocking the "On Wednesday's We Wear Pink" shirts now more than they were 10 years ago.  

So, here are the items I think a Mean Girl lover would love:




1.  Cheese Fries T-shirt by cocoaandjam
  • I totally want this shirt.  I also love cheese fries (but who doesn't??)
2. Cool Mom Mug by MadOliveShop
  • This is a must for the moms out there!
3.  So Fetch Ornament by CABFayre
  • Favorite movies should always be involved when decorating a Christmas tree.
4.  She Doesn't Even Go Here Poster by BixtonCreative
  • LOVE simplistic movie posters.
5.  Mean Girls Magnetic Poetry by LogophilesAnonymous
  • This is my Etsy store is my go-to for specific fandoms.  They really have a poetry set for almost anything you can be a fan of.  Pair this with a magnetic board and it's such a cute gift!
6.  Boo, You Whore Mug by AveryAnnBoutique
  • I love that this mug has a surprise element when you take a sip of your drink!!  Plus, sparkle is never a bad thing.





7.  So Fetch Hat by BabyDollKnitting
  • This is the cutest hat I've ever seen!!
8.  The Plastics Pillow by AllieR
  • A fun pillow for a Mean Girls fan.
9.  Christmas is Fetch by SheSquatsClothing
  • Who doesn't love fun Christmas shirts??  And Mean Girls has that epic talent show scene, making it perfect!
10.  Burn Book Tote by AllieR
  • Every Mean Girls fan needs a Burn Book item in their life.



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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday- New To Me Authors In 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (December 6) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016



  • I didn't read a lot of new-to-me authors this year.  Weird.  I did read a lot of debut authors' books and those are new to everyone, but I decided to include my 3 of my favorite ones to fill the list :)





1.  Alexandra Sirowy- I read The Creeping and The Telling this year and they become instant favorites.  I'm definitely putting Alexandra Sirowy on my Auto-Buy List.

2.  Emma Mills- This Adventure Ends was SO cute.  So, so, so cute!!  I wasn't dying to read it, so it caught me off-guard-- and I love when books do that.  I'm definitely going to read First & Then soon!

3.  Mindy McGinnis- The Female of the Species HURT MY HEART.  It also made me very intrigued to read more by Mindy McGinnis.

4.  Tara Altebrando- The Leaving wasn't my fave of the year, but it was weirdly addicting.  I've been meaning to read Tara Altebrando ever since she collaborated with Sara Zarr, but I hadn't until this book.  I'm definitely putting her 2017 book The Possible on my MUST LIST for next year.

5.  Louise O'Neill- Asking For It may be one of the most powerful books I've ever read.  It completely blew me away.  Only Ever Yours is now a top priority.

6. Amy Lukavics- I don't read a lot of horror, so I had fun reading Women in the Walls.  I would definitely try more books by Amy Lukavics.

7.  Sarah Combs- The Light Fantastic was, surprise surprise, FANTASTIC.  I love tough books like this one was and Sarah Combs is now firmly on my radar.

Favorite Debut Authors of 2016


8.  Caleb Roehrig- Last Seen Leaving was fucking great.  Sorry for my language, but it was.

9.  Amber Smith- The Way I Used to Be gave Asking For It a run for it's money in the powerful, tough, emotional category.  I can't wait to read more by Amber Smith.

10.  Kim Savage- After the Woods was a really smart, twisty, and impressive debut.  I cannot WAIT for Beautiful Broken Girls in 2017.



What authors did you discover this year?


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child-- My belated thoughts

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

It's been nineteen years since the Battle of Hogwarts.  Harry Potter now works at the Ministry and has 3 kids going to Hogwarts.  The youngest of the three shares a name with 2 of Harry's idols, but Harry can't connect with this boy like he can his other 2 kids.  Albus Severus Potter is sick of being the "disappointing" Potter.  He's sick of having people stare and judge.  His dad doesn't seem to get how his fame has affected his youngest son's life and Albus doesn't have the energy to explain it to him.  As the rift grows larger between father and son, it becomes obvious that there's an opening for something Dark to come into Albus's life.














This was never going to be a coherent "review", so instead I'm just going to share some random thoughts on this book/script.  Before I get to that, I just want to say that I've avoided all spoilers of this book until I read it this past week.  I mean, I knew it was about Harry and Ginny's son, and I did hear something about Draco having a child in this book, but that was seriously all I knew.  I didn't know who was "cursed" or why or really anything beyond the epilogue at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

So here are my thoughts on this new chapter of Harry Potter:

(PS-- Definitely some SPOILERS ahead)


  • I almost got up and did a tap dance when I found out that Harry's youngest son went into the Slytherin House.  I did a whole post on how I didn't think J.K. Rowling gave enough love to Slytherin-- and here I am a few months later reading about HARRY POTTER'S SON being in the house.
  • I'm in Slytherin if you didn't already figure that out-- but GUYS, we get a POTTER in our house now!!  I'm still dying of happiness inside.
  • I loved Scorpius.  He was hands down my favorite character.  He was bookish, the voice of reason, super loyal... I'm actually not sure why he got sorted in Slytherin except for his being a Malfoy.
  • I liked the premise, but it seemed a little basic for J.K. Rowling.  It was cool that there was a secret Voldemort heir and that it was a girl, but I didn't think there was enough set up for it to be a shocking revelation.  Maybe it feels different on the stage, but reading it in print, it fell a little flat.
  • The dialogue felt off to me somehow.  Especially as it went on.  I don't feel like they truly captured any of the character's real voices.  I just wasn't feeling that 100%.
  • Albus had highs and lows.  At the beginning I was feeling his angst.  It really would be hard to be the son of such a famous person-- there would be so many expectations-- but it would be even harder if you had older siblings that were talented.  Albus had a lot he was supposed to live up to, and I can totally see him rejecting all of it before he could fail.
  • After a while though??  Albus got on my nerves.  He was really whiney and wanted to make everything about his damn dad.  They'd be right in the middle of almost dying, and he'd stop and be like-- I wonder if my dad still thinks I'm a loser?  Scorpius deserved better.
  • I LOVED the Albus/Scorpius friendship!!  It was different from the Ron/Hermione/Harry friendship and I appreciated that.  It was an us-against-the-world type of friendship instead of us-against-an-evil-enemy.  I also loved that they weren't the heroes that the original characters were.  Scorpius and Albus were just regular dudes.
  • The other characters-- I really wasn't feeling the original Harry Potter characters.  Barely any of them felt like the same people.  I know Draco has been through a lot, and he may have begrudgingly helped with preventing Voldemort's return, but he would not have been chummy with Harry Potter.  I didn't think that was true to his character.
  • I didn't like how McGonagall let Harry, Ginny, Hermione, and Ron walk all over her.  I know Hermione is the Minister for Magic, but McGonagall is in charge at Hogwarts.  I didn't think that was true to her character.
  • Ron's character was half-assed.
  • I thought a lot things weren't being described well enough.  For example, when they're in the maze of the Tri-Wizard Tournament the time-turner runs out of time, as it had been doing every time they went back... next thing we know they're at a train station in 1981.  How did they get there and how did Delphi get away from them without them seeing her?  Also, why was she able to stay in 1981 for longer than 5 minutes?  If she destroyed the time-turner, why wasn't that told to us?
  • There were lots of little questions like that that kept coming up for me.
  • Hermione's office was another sore spot for me.  A.  Alohamora to get in the Minister for Magic's office-- really???  B.  Her library riddles to get to such a dangerous and forbidden object were not up to Hermione's intelligence level.
  • I do think it would be fun to see this on stage.  All the time-turner turning scenes would be cool to see.  It's fun imagining what effects they would use to bring that to life.  I would also love to see the stage-version of those Tri-Wizard events.
  • It feel like I spent the majority of this complaining, but I didn't hate it.  I'm glad it exists because it's FUN.  I was completely entertained and couldn't stop reading it.  Even though it didn't feel like a J.K. Rowling story-- it was supremely satisfying to read what she envisions for the future of the characters.

OVERALL: It's worth reading for any true Harry Potter fan even though I don't see this as a true addition to the original series.  This was more like authorized fan-fiction.  Fun to read, and fun to think this is what COULD have happened... but in my head I don't 100% put it as what DOES happen.



Did you read this?  What did you think of it?


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

December = Catch Up Month





A few weeks ago I told you guys about how I was dreading the end of the year because it means FAILED GOODREADS CHALLENGE & me not reading a bunch of books that I really wanted to read this year.  

I talked to my friend Cassi about it (sidenote: she's been inspiring a lot of my posts lately.... thanks Cassi!!), and she told me she usually spends December catching up on books she didn't get to during the year.  It's a pretty perfect month to do that because so few books are released in December-- so there's not as much NEWNESS distraction.

So I've made a small list of the books I'm most sad about passing over this year.  I kept the list short so it's do-able... I'm always setting myself up to fail because my book hunger is always bigger than my book reading ability.




  • Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay- So it's an older book, but I swear every year I say THIS is the year I'll read this book and every year I put it off until next year.  I am reading this this month!!


  • The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater- Yes I really really really need to read this and finish the series.  Somehow I've managed to avoid all spoilers, and I'm just beyond ready to find out what happens.  Also, as I'm a super terrible mood reader-- I think I'm actually in the MOOD for this book!! Finally!!


  • Replica (#1) by Lauren Oliver- It didn't come out THAT long ago, but I love Lauren Oliver and was REALLY REALLY hyped on this book all year long.


  • What Light by Jay Asher- Another newer book, but another book I've had in my possession for a really long time and have been SO EXCITED to read.  Also, it involves a Christmas tree farm, so I'd say it's perfect for the season.


  • The Amateurs (#1) by Sara Shepard- Another recent release, but UGHHH MUST READ!!!  Love Sara Shepard and have been missing her in my life.





Those are the books I'm hoping to read this month to "catch up" on my 2016 TBR.  Honestly, I'll never catch up, but these are the ones I'd be super disappointed if I didn't finish before the year is out. 

Have you read any of these?  What do you think I should read first?  What books are you really hoping to read before 2017?


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

So Obsessed... (19)


It's time for an Obsessions update!!  I get obsessed with a lot of things and they're constantly changing, and I want to share :)

Gilmore Girls Revival


Have SO MANY THOUGHTS.  So many EMOTIONS.  Must get them out!  So in case you didn't know--- SPOILERS are ahead:

  • I went into this series hoping for a lot of things.  I know it's probably not the best way to go into something like this-- I mean, I went into the Full House relaunch with ZERO expectations and that worked out quite well.  But Gilmore Girls had left me with so much angst and blah-ness that I wanted THINGS from the new episodes.
  • So it's a 4-parter with 1.5 hour episodes and I was hoping each season would be like a mini-movie.  With a distinct plot and endings, and it just wasn't like that.
  • I sort of felt like not much really happened??  I mean, stuff happened, but there was a lot of slowness that I felt didn't really add anything besides length to the episodes.

Rory

  • I could go on a Rory Rant for dayssss.  She wasn't my fave in the last seasons of the original series, and unfortunately that continued in the revival.
  • One of the big things I wanted from the revival was Rory redemption.  Oh boy, that didn't happen!!  I thought high school Rory was great-- she was a kid and she was smart and funny and had a cool BFF and an awesome frenemy at school.  Yale Rory--- ummm, not so much.  She got on my last nerve and if I hadn't started to love to hate her, I probably would have quit the series.  She was special snowflake on privileged steroids.
  • Revival Rory was somehow worse.
  • She didn't have success in her love life or her professional life.  And honestly, it didn't even feel like she was trying.  If something wasn't coming easy for her, she would just give up.
  • The website interview was the culmination of everything that's wrong with Rory.  She's been built up to believe that she's special and everything should be handed to her... and she's just not.
  • I never got "leader" from Rory Gilmore.  She was smart, she was bookish-- but was she a leader??  I never felt that, so it doesn't surprise me that she wasn't able to become the international journalist superstar that she dreamed of being.
  • Do you remember the Dean thing??  Remember when Rory didn't even CARE that she was potentially ruining a marriage or hurting a bunch of people?  Well it was like dejavu.  Now she's her engaged ex-boyfriend's booty call.  Just-- what the fuck are you doing girl???
  • I genuinely thought the creators would make her successful in her career and maybe not so much at love.  The creators must hate her as much as I do though, because they gave her nada (except a fat trust fund apparently, because look how she travels and pays for stuff without working).

Lorelai

  • Now we get to Lorelai.  I was happy with Lorelai until halfway through Summer.  Emily told her off during the Winter episode and I thought it was spot on & Lorelai was okay for me after that.... until it became glaringly obvious that she didn't give a shit about what Luke wanted for his life.  It was all about her--- again.  
  • I thought that since Luke and Lorelai were still together 9 years later, she'd moved past that and started including him as a partner in her life.  But no.  She didn't even THINK to ask him if he ever wanted more kids.  She didn't even THINK about seeing what he thought about marriage.  
  • When she decides that he is what she wants, she almost won me over-- until she opened her mouth and said that she already set a date for that month.  Like really??  You can't even wait to see if he still wants your crazy ass before you set a date??  And like, maybe he has plans that day??
  • I want to talk about the Wild incident, but I don't think my brain can take it.  It was just so dumb.

Emily

  • Emily Gilmore fucking rocks.  She blew me away on this revival.  She lost Richard and it was sad (**tear), and I loved that the series actually took a journey with her on the grief process.  It wasn't- let's explain this missing character, and we've all moved on.  They actually gave Emily (and Lorelai to a lesser extent) a storyline of finding herself without her husband.  
  • I never liked Emily all that much in the original series.  I mean, I thought she was funny and knew how to get things done, but her likability was so-so.  On the revival she had vulnerability and growth and her parts were my absolute favs.

Side character & cameo thoughts

  • Lane's husband looked like he was 105 years old.  Sebastian Bach looked younger.  It was weird.  And why does Lane always get the shaft in this series?  Her appearances in the revival were few and far between.  
  • PARIS!!  Paris was giving me life in this revival!!  She was still kick-ass Paris & I was super thankful for that.  Her and Doyle were.... her and Doyle.  I'm hoping that they're not really splitting up-- just because he's turned into a Hollywood D-bag doesn't mean Paris can't stomp that out of him!!
  • April-- ughhh.  Nothing much to say about that.  Her scene seemed to be put in to show the audience that she doesn't have her life together either.... but ummmm she's 22.  Rory is 32.  Big difference.
  • Sookie- probably the closest I came to crying was when she showed up!!  But that milestone cake she made just cemented everything I felt about Luke and Lorelai's relationship-- it's alllll about Lorelai.  But I really wish Melissa McCarthy committed for more because she was NEEDED.
  • The Parenthood appearances were adorable!!  Especially Lauren Graham's IRL boyfriend.  I know there were Bunhead appearances too, but I've never watched that show, so I can't really say anything about those.

Dean, Jess, and Logan

  • Logan--- ughh.  International Fuck Buddy.  Great.
  • Dean-- he was my least favorite of Rory's boyfriends, but I thought his scene in the revival was cute.  I liked the cornstarch reference.  I could have lived without Rory telling him he made her feel "safe".  Shut up Rory.
  • Jess-- I thought he could have had more in these episodes.  He was once again, a guiding force for Rory, but she didn't really interact with him all that much.

Ending

  • Not happy.
  • Full circle my ass!!  Rory is not 16, it's not the same thing.  She's not her mom, she's a spoiled little trust fund bitch with no work ethic.
  • And the whole thing with her writing a book called Gilmore Girls?  SOOOO SHOCKING!!  Like that hasn't been done 500 times already in 500 other shows/movies/books.
  • I really hope there's no more seasons.  I really don't want it.

Did you watch yet?  If so, SHARE OPINIONS!!


Choosing a Kindle Cover


  • I used to be a Nook girl, but then they pissed me off by not being compatible with sending epubs to it.  So I bought a cheap Kindle.  It's pretty much the cheapest Paperwhite you can get, but it's all I really need for now.  Of course a day after I got it, my dog stepped on it and put a small dent in the screen.  So moral of the story is, I need a cover.  I've been putting it off, but I know it's only a matter of time before my brat dogs go stepping on it again.
  • The thing is, it's a HARD choice.  Here are some of the ones I've been considering.
Flower / Nancy Drew / Feather / BSC / Bow



Which one do you like best?  Help me pick!!


Plaid Everything


I really love plaid and finding plaid everything on Polyvore.  My credit card hurts a little bit!

Plaid



  • I know fall is almost over and we're all moving on to the Christmas season, but I still want to share my love for plaid.  Plaid everything.  I've loved plaid since I was wee 90's girl living in a plaid 90's world and I've never given up the obsession.  The only type of plaid I don't buy as much are the plaid skirts.  I'm starting to age out from that style :(

What is your favorite fall fashion trend?

Books




The Thousandth Floor (#1) by Katharine McGee
  • I started reading this the other day and I'm TOTALLY OBSESSED.  Like I can't stop reading it.  It's over 400 pages, so that's the only reason I haven't finished it yet (I'm sort of a slow reader compared to you guys).  It's so addictive.  I love the futuristic details and can't get enough of this cool world.
  • If you haven't heard of it-- it's about a group of teens living in 2116 NYC where a giant 1000-story tower has been built over Central Park.  It's basically a complete city in one building & it's SO interesting.
  • The only thing I'm EHHH about is that there's an adopted brother/sister forbidden love thing going on.  I'm not a big incest fan.  I know they're not blood related, but it's icky.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • I was a little worried about starting this because it has super big hype AND I loved the Lunar Chronicles-- it's always scary when you've loved 1 series by an author and are about to read his/her new material.  Will it turn out??  I am so happy that so far I really really like this one.  It's super interesting to read about the Queen of Hearts before she was Queen and was actually.... nice??  I also love reading Wonderland from Marissa Meyer's POV.  She makes sense of the senseless :)


So, let's talk!!  Tell me about your Gilmore Girl Revival impressions!  What are you reading now?  Anything completely awesome that I should read next?


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