Potter Month: My Harry Potter Shelves

Potter Month

Potter Month is a month long celebration of Harry Potter hosted by myself and The Nerdy Girlie! If you partake in Potter Month, you can POST YOUR LINK HERE and see what other Potter fans are up to!

Yesterday night / morning I was one of the many people not at SDCC scrambling to secure the Funko exclusives being sold at retailers so people unable to make SDCC also had the opportunity to feed their collectibles addiction.  The number one collectible I needed for my collection, more than anything else is the Newt Scamander Funko pop which I talked about in a YouTube video recently.  He’s such a cutie and he’s wearing a little Hufflepuff scarf!  For those that don’t know, Newt is the main character in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  I seemed to be one of the only people able to place an order at B&N yesterday morning (the website was down for the majority of the day) but I got an email shortly after I placed the order that my Newt would be delayed. Which made me incredibly nervous.  So I basically ran to B&N yesterday morning and I picked up two more Newts.  Albeit, I got an email later in the day that Newt shipped so that’s great news! I’m glad that I was able to help friends with my two extras who were unable to get him.  The new figure inspired me to rearrange my bookshelves a bit since there was literally zero space on my two shelves dedicated to Harry Potter and I still had another set of books and some potions to add to my display.  So last night I got to work and I’m so pleased with the result! Although, I STILL have no space for the Hogwarts Funko train >.<  Also! Sorry there are no outfit photos this week.  My computer was being slow last night and I didn’t have the time to stay up and edit since I waited until 1 AM the night before to get the Dorbz Rides Vanellope Funko when Hot Topic put their exclusives up for sale and I near fell asleep at work the next day since my normal bedtime is 10PM lol!

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: My Sailor Moon Art Collection

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing Sailor Moon swag! I posted my wish list yesterday because I was having some technical difficulties uploading my video of my Sailor Moon art collection.  But the good news is that I have it to post today (even though it’s totally Cee’s day and you should head over to her blog to see her post)!  Don’t forget to check out our Sailor Moon FavoritesSailor Moon Book Tag, enter our giveaway!

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Tea & Book Chat

Tea & Book Chat: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (Summer #2)

**Warning! If you haven’t read The Summer I Turned Pretty which is the first book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han, there will be spoilers ahead.  You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**

It’s Not Summer Without You is the second book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han.  This book picks up almost 10 months after the events of the first book and we spend the majority of it living the current consequences resulting from past events which are often relayed via flashbacks.  Your thrown into a world where many things have changed since The Summer I Turned Pretty ended and because I waited between books (it’s been almost a year since I read the first – also during BookTube-A-Thon!) I initially thought I had forgotten a major thing that happened.  I really enjoyed this book, much more than the first despite how sad it is.

It's Not Summer Without You

Belly is still immature and a bit annoying but after what happened, I felt more for her.  The sibling love triangle is in full force in this book which is one of the only aspects that I really didn’t like from the first book, but I feel like it was developed more thoroughly and that it worked better in It’s Not Summer Without You.  At the end of the first book Conrad and Belly appear to be living happily ever after but everything basically falls apart in this installment.  We see the cruel ways Conrad has been treating Belly, his hot and cold behavior, and their awful prom experience.  There’s one major factor that I do not want to spoil, but it’s a huge reason for his behavior.  While it’s understandable that he would be affected by this event, he definitely uses this as a scapegoat in my opinion.  Belly’s brother Steven was mostly absent from this book and her bossy best friend Taylor continually got on my nerves.

Final Thoughts:  While I enjoyed It’s Not Summer Without You much more than the first book in the Summer series, it was not without its faults.  This is a heartbreaking book to read but I felt that Han truly created and built upon some beautiful relationships in this installment.  As I stated before, the main character, Belly, is still immature and annoying but I definitely forged more of a connection to her.  I’m looking forward to reading book three (much sooner than it took me to get to this one!) and seeing how the story concludes although I am extremely worried that my ship will be sinking.

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Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach. ( via Goodreads)

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli because I will read anything Becky Albertalli writes!  I sincerely hope that The Upside of Unrequited can capture even half of the magic of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda because it would be an immediate favorite.  The cover for this book was just recently released and I love the colors.  It perfectly compliments the Simon cover so I’m envisioning many bookstagram photos of the pair of them<3

The Upside of Unrequited

“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back.”

What does a sixteen-year-old girl have to do to kiss a boy? Molly Peskin-Suso wishes she knew. She’s crushed on twenty-six guys…but has kissed exactly none. Her twin sister Cassie’s advice to “just go for it” and “take a risk” isn’t that helpful. It’s easy for her to say: she’s had flings with lots of girls. She’s fearless and effortlessly svelte, while Molly is introverted and what their grandma calls zaftig.

Then Cassie meets Mina, and for the first time ever, Cassie is falling in love. While Molly is happy for her twin, she can’t help but feel lonelier than ever. But Cassie and Mina are determined to end Molly’s string of unrequited crushes once and for all. They decide to set her up with Mina’s friend Will, who is ridiculously good-looking, flirty, and seems to be into Molly. Perfect, right? But as Molly spends more time with Reid, her cute, nerdy co-worker, her feelings get all kinds of complicated. Now she has to decide whether to follow everyone’s advice…or follow her own heart. (via Goodreads)

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: Wish List (+ Art Collection coming later today!)

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing Sailor Moon swag! I filmed a video of my Sailor Moon art collection but unfortunately, it didn’t render correctly last night so that will be coming later today to YouTube.  In the meantime, I’m going to share a wish list here! Don’t forget to check out our Sailor Moon FavoritesSailor Moon Book Tag, enter our giveaway!

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BookTube-A-Thon TBR

I changed my mind about participating in BookTube-A-Thon because my Pokemon Go addiction is real and I want to give myself the motivation to put down my phone for a week (at least) and refocus on reading.  Good luck to everyone else participating as well!

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BookTube: July TBR

Now that we’re already halfway through the month it seems like a good time to finally post my July TBR.  These are all the books I’m planning on reading it July (although I am completely failing at reading because Pokemon Go has been my life this month).  I’m giving myself today as my last day to be super obsessed and then I’m going to get back to some serious binge reading next week, just in time for the BookTube-A-Thon which I am sort of casually participating in.  I’m not committing to five books for the week though because next Saturday is my birthday!

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outfit of the day

Book Look OOTD – Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

As far as life updates go, I’m still pretty obsessed with Pokemon GO so there’s not a ton of new things to report.  Right now I’m level 17, going on 18 and in the last 7 days Pokemon GO is responsible for wasting 79% of my battery life so that’s embarrassing.  I will say that I just love the sense of community that’s formed when I pass other people playing and we just give each other knowing nods whereas previously in NYC I wouldn’t ever think of engaging with a stranger under any circumstance.  I even made friends with a man in a suit and we sat together during my lunch break attempting to catch Pokemon at our nearest PokeStop.  Andrew and I have also been re-watching Sailor Moon<3 and we just finished the first part of the first season last night.  So far my favorite episode is the one where they have to battle an enemy who targets an anime artist working on the Sailor V anime.  I’m also just about finished reading the second volume of the Princess Jellyfish 2-in-1 omnibus manga.  So I’ve just felt like an Otaku for the past week.  Other exciting news is that we finally got a shower curtain and it’s the best shower curtain because it features the Death Star!

I’ve known for a while that I wanted to style a Book Look OOTD for Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan because it’s one of my favorite books of the year so far.  It’s inspired by Rapunzel (one of my favorite fairytales!) and the end left me CRAVING the next book.  You can read my full review here.  I can’t believe how lucky I was to find a shirt that matched the Reign of Shadows book cover so well! The funny thing is, I didn’t even realize until I was already wearing it.  A lot of times while I’m shopping I’ll buy a shirt or dress with a certain book cover in mind but this one was, as Dumbledore would say, a happy mistake.  I’m also wearing the shoes that I wore at my wedding.  I bought a pair of fancy sparkly Bagdley Mischka d’Orsay heels for the photos I took at my house before the ceremony but as soon as I left I switched into my new and blue bottomed Tieks.  I’m seriously obsessed with Tieks.  I have about six(?) pairs now and I have a wish list of more colors.  They’re just so comfy and I need that in a shoe when I’m walking 3+ miles per day in NYC.

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Outfit Details: Shirt – (ModCloth)  |  Jeans (Siwy – Similar)  | Headband – (FemmeDeBlom – Similar)

Shoes (Tieks)  |  Necklace (House of Harlow – N/A)  |  Bracelet (House of Harlow – N/A)

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BookTube: News + GIVEAWAY!

Today I’m sharing a general news video about things I’m excited for and I’m also teaming up with Disney books to give away a copy of Serafina and the Black Cloak and Serafina and the Twisted Staff to one lucky reader! Some of the things I touch upon are the Mistborn board game Kickstarter, Neil Gaiman’s new book, the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film, Pokemon GO and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige.  Stealing Snow is a retelling of the Snow Queen!!  The story takes place in modern day New York where Snow has spent most of her life in a mental hospital.  She dreams about a strange tree and breaks free into the nearby forest and starts to discover who she really is.  The final line of the synopsis is what really gets me: “the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a Queen and ultimately a hero.”

Stealing Snow

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero. (via Goodreads)

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