Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman because I love me some Neil Gaiman!  I’ve always been interested in Norse mythology and Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors so the fact that he’s going to be retelling these myths in his own prose is like music to my ears.  The stunning cover was released earlier last week and I absolutely love the design.  It prominently features Thor’s hammer against a cosmic backdrop.  Serious heart eyes.

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Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. (via Goodreads)

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Baltimore Comic Con: The Cosplay

Baltimore Comic Con was a blast (as always!).  If you haven’t already, you can watch my vlog of the con as well as my haul which I posted on my YouTube channel earlier in the week.  One of my favorite parts of the convention is admiring all of the wonderful cosplay that you see while walking around the exhibit hall, so today I’m sharing some of my favorites from this year’s show.  Saturday was the costume contest so I definitely saw the best cosplay that day and I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with how many adorable kids I saw in cosplay this con!  I think my favorites of the bunch are the Saga cosplayers, Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale, Hawkgirl and the Spider-Men cosplay group!  Which are your favorites?

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Baltimore Comic Con: Vlog & Haul

Over Labor Day weekend, Andrew and I woke up at 3 AM to start our journey to Baltimore to attend my all time favorite convention, Baltimore Comic Con.  It’s been two years since I’ve been able to go and it was so great to be back!  The reason I love Baltimore so very much is that the main emphasis of the show is on comics and it’s evident of that focus when you look at the guest list each year.  They always manage to book the top writers and artists in the industry and it’s a pleasure to spend time on their show floor.  It’s not like SDCC or NYCC where walking from one end of the convention to the other end is an unbearable feat that requires you to set aside at least 30 minutes for.  And on the day of the costume contest, they always have some amazing cosplayers!  Admittedly, the show was a bit quieter this year after having been moved to Labor Day Weekend because Baltimore Comic Con was competing with 8 other conventions.  I still had a wonderful time and I fully expect to attend again next year when the date gets pushed back later in the month.  A major plus of the convention is that it’s right near the beautiful Barnes & Noble in the inner harbor which is totally worth a trip to.  Anyway, here’s the footage of our trip and my video of the treasures I acquired.

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BookTube: August Wrap Up + September TBR

Hello bookworms! Here are two of my three monthly wrap up videos (my book haul will be coming later in the week).  I had a really great reading month in August- I read 9 books total which might not sound like  ton but almost all of the books I read were quite long.  I would be interested in going back through my spreadsheet of book stats and figuring out how many pages I read in August because I would bet that it’s my highest page count yet in 2016.  I’m so excited to get into September reading because I have such a wonderful TBR to enjoy this month! I’m going to begin reading some spooky books and have them get increasingly scarier as we lead into October.  Also Empire of Storms is finally out today and I cannot wait for more of that story!

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Furthermore Book Look OOTD + GIVEAWAY!

Hi Bookworms! I have another exciting giveaway to share with you today! I partnered with Penguin Teen to give one lucky reader a copy of Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi as well as some of Tahereh’s favorite things which include Rifle Paper Co journals (MY FAVORITE) and a super cute letter opener!  Tahereh’s new book has major Alice in Wonderland vibes so I was really happy to have been chosen to work on this.  In honor of Furthermore‘s release, I put together a Book Look in which I wore the brightest colors I could find in my closet.  This is the first book look that I’ve ever filmed for my YouTube channel but you can see the rest of my Book Look photos here. Good luck and below is a synopsis of the book!!

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. 

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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Autumnal Tea Time!

As you may have noticed I’ve recently been living in my own personal autumnal bubble despite it still technically being summer or whatever.  I usually tend to start doing this at the end of July every year.  I really only enjoy summer weather for a couple of weeks but when it comes down to it I just want to layer on scarves and don my favorite pair of boots while walking around NYC with a PSL in hand.  Then on those crisp Fall nights, there’s nothing better than getting cozy with a good book and a large cup of tea<3.

Yesterday, I was catching up on blog posts as you do when I saw Jen’s latest post about the Fall collection from David’s Tea (side note: Jen is a lovely geek-centric lifestyle blogger who I’ve been following for ages and I definitely recommend checking her out!  She’s actually the person who sparked my obsession with David’s Tea before we had one in NYC)!  I got so excited that I immediately placed my autumn order.  David’s Tea always sells out of season specific teas (packaged in the skinny tins, which are my favorite) so quickly so I refused to miss out on the offerings from my favorite season.  Below is a little collage of items I ordered but you can see the full line on the David’s Tea website.  I’m particularly excited to try pom cider  which is a sweet black tea made with apple and pomegranate.  The pumpkin chai tea is an obvious staple that needs no explanation and I also ordered some apple hand lotion and two new mugs to add to my ever-growing collection.  There’s a super cute bear mug that either already sold out on the US site or is only available in Canada but either way, I’m pleased with my new fox and foliage additions.

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ModCloth Autumn Wish List

Lately I feel like I’ve been having a fashion identity crisis (which I recently tweeted about!).  I really want to add more basic staple pieces to my wardrobe and purge my closet of everything that isn’t autumnal or timelessly fashionable.  I want to be able to go into my closet at a moments notice, grab any dress or any skirt / shirt combo and be able to have everything match without giving it a second thought.  This means I’ve been filling my fall wardrobe with more reds, blacks, whites, blues, tans and plaids.  I’ve also continued to be really attracted to any pieces with heart prints, peter pan collars, ribbon neck ties, etc.  As for accessories, I’m loving any simple jewelry made out of silver or gold with the occasional statement ring, blanket scarves, oxfords and chunky heels.  My favorite store has always been ModCloth and I’m addicted to browsing their new releases each day at noon so that’s where I’ve been indulging in my evolved fashion choices.  What Fall trends are you looking most forward to exploring?  Have you also been feeling any wardrobe burnout? (If you want to view the full set & see where you can buy any of these items, click here)

Autumn ModCloth Wish List
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Books I Can’t Live Without + GIVEAWAY!

Hello bookworms! Today I have an exciting giveaway to share with you! I partnered with Penguin Teen to giveaway a copy of the upcoming YA fantasy novel, The Reader by Traci Chee which is the first book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, as well as an adorable tote bag!  The Reader follows a girl named Safi who lives in a world without books which is something that I never could / would ever want to imagine.  What would even be the point of anything? There would be no learning, no internet, and everything would be extremely primitive.  Books provide such a wonderful escape into other worlds.  They force us to see things from perspectives different than our own and I truly believe that they help to make us more tolerant and accepting of other cultures and allow us to have empathy for people in situations different than our own.  They’re also a wonderful way to experience other parts of the world that you may not be able to afford to travel to and they teach important lessons.  There’s a quote I’ve seen online that essentially says that books are the only purchase that make you richer and I fully stand behind that sentiment.  That’s why when Penguin contacted me about celebrating books and sharing The Reader I jumped at the chance! Below is a synopsis of the book, my video about the books I couldn’t live without and the rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway!  Good luck and even if you don’t win, the book comes out on September 13th so you should definitely look for it at your local bookstore!  If you want to get a taste for the book, you can read the first two chapters here.

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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 Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.  I adored her debut novel Everything, Everything so I’ve been anticipating her follow up since last year.  This book is a love story between Natasha and Daniel who meet on a crowded street in NYC only hours before Natasha’s family is getting deported to Jamaica and the description leads me to believe that we’ll see multiple futures play out until we know which one comes true.  I really hope Nicola’s husband will be illustrating this book as well!

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? (via Goodreads)

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Pokemon, PotterCon & Book Shopping Vlog ft. Jordandene, Geekscape & More!

I’ve been having a really fun time getting into vlogging! It’s really weird and awkward at first if you’re filming in public so I’m still adjusting to that but I love having the footage to look back on afterward so I’ve been making a concerted effort to vlog whenever I’m on the go.  Two weekends ago, I had a really exciting string of days so I combined footage from Jonathan of Geekscape’s Pokemon Go meetup, PotterCon at Irving Plaza in NYC and National Book Lover’s Day at Barnes and Noble with Monica.  At PotterCon I finally got to meet Jordandene who is a super lovely person and she filmed a little clip with me for my video!  There’s also a ton of Harry Potter cosplay (the winner of the contest’s cosplay is one of my favorite I’ve ever seen) and a mini book haul.

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