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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Pandemic Game Review

A few months ago (I’m behind, I know!) I had the opportunity to play Pandemic for the first time and I really loved it!  Pandemic is a board game that I’ve been dying to play but my board game friends had been reluctant to break it out because it’s challenging to win and they hadn’t ever done it.  Luckily, they decided to give it one last shot and it was worth it because we kicked that diseases butt!  Pandemic is pretty timely considering the ebola outbreak.  The object of the game is to cure a rapidly spreading disease while traveling around the globe before every major city is infected.  You use cubes to signify the disease and if a city with three cubes gets hit, it’s called an outbreak and the disease spreads to each of the surrounding cities.  Once the disease is cured in a research center the disease cubes that are already there remain until you clear them, but no new cities may be infected.  I think one of the reasons we were able to win is because my role was that of the scientist.  The scientist is able to cure a disease by getting four cards of the same color instead of five.  (Also just noting that I love that the scientist card depicts a female).  Andrew, Carolyn and I had a wonderful time playing this game and I definitely recommend it if you like feeling slightly panicked while strategizing!

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5 Fandom Friday: New Years Fandom Resolutions

I am so pleased that 5 Fandom Friday is still alive and kicking and we’re starting off 2015 with a new post about our fandom resolutions!  I feel like I’ve been writing best of and resolution lists for days now but this one was a lot of fun to think about.  Megan and I also have a special treat at the end of our posts today, which is the 5 Fandom Friday topics for February and March!!  I hope everyone is enjoying our topics and will continue to participate through 2015.

11) Re-read all of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings – I briefly touched upon my intention to re-read more books I enjoy in my 2015 resolutions post but more specifically, this is going to be the year I re-read Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.  I have re-read Harry Potter more times than I can count as a child and it was always so enjoyable to do so that I want to make the time to experience them again this year.  In April, Andrew and I are going to Lincoln Center to see all three Lord of the Rings films with the music performed by a live orchestra so I think a re-read is the perfect way to get excited for it!

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2) Play more Board Games – I have always been interested in learning and playing board games but I never had anyone who wanted to play with me.  Luckily, my boyfriend is rather into games and he and his friends love planning board game nights.  I’ve already learned and played more games in the past year than I have, well, ever, but I want to continue to see what else is out there and working on my strategic skills.

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3) Go to more Conventions – I went to SO many conventions between 2012-2013 and in 2014 I was a huge con slacker.  It was partially because of moving and starting a new job (read: moving costs and no vacation time), but now that I’m settled I’m really looking forward to planning a trip.  Even though I’ve been to Orlando a ton of times, I would love to go back with Andrew so we can see the new Diagon Alley expansion at Universal and enjoy fireworks at Disney together and such (and visit Kristin!).  So maybe we’ll plan for a MegaCon/Harry Potter World/Disney trip in the near future?  I would also love to attend ECCC, C2E2 (for the second time), and Baltimore Comic Con (because it’s my FAVORITE).

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4) Cosplay – There are two characters that I am dying to cosplay and both will involve A LOT of work and preparation.  I hate revealing my cosplays until right before the convention or the actual day of, so I’m not going to list them here but man I am really hoping I can make these two happen.  My favorite cosplay of 2014 was the Kiki’s Delivery Service characters that Andrew and I did together at NYCC.

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5) Hang my art prints – Another side effect of moving is that I haven’t had the chance to determine which art prints I want to hang on my walls yet.  I loved my old setup at my parents house, but I think want to be more adult and get some of the really special ones framed before I hang them.  I’ve acquired quite the collection of prints throughout the years and for the pieces I don’t choose to hang, I’ve been meaning to buy these portfolios that Amy suggested to me one Skype date ago so I can browse through and appreciate what I own instead of having it all sit in a plastic sleeve in my closet.

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Art Print I Bought From Babs Tarr at NYCC 2014

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PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS

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January 2nd – New Years Fandom Resolutions
January 9th – My Favorite Things About Winter
January 16th – Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend
January 23rd – Songs That Changed My Life
January 30th – Favorite Fandom Accessories I Own
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February 6th – Favorite Funko Pop Figures
February 13th – Favorite Fictional Couples I Ship (Valentine’s Day)
February 20th – Things I’ve Bought But Haven’t Read/Watched/Played Yet
February 27th – Characters I Would Name My Kids After
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March 6th – Favorite Snacks/Drinks To Consume While Blogging
March 13th – My Fictional BFF’s
March 20th – My Comfort Films
March 27th – One Fandom Item Styled Five Different Ways
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November 2014

Books

1. Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

2. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater

3. Nana Volume 10 by Ai Yazawa

4. Nana Volume 11 by Ai Yazawa

5. Nana Volume 12 by Ai Yazawa

6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

7. Nana Volume 13 by Ai Yazawa

8. Nana Volume 14 by Ai Yazawa

9. Hawkeye Volume 3 by Matt Fraction

10. Teen Titans Earth One Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire

11. Nana Volume 15 by Ai Yazawa

12.  My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors

13. Nana Volume 16 by Ai Yazawa

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TV Shows

1. Arrow

2. Twin Peaks

3. The Flash

4. Constantine

5. Bob’s Burgers

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Movies

1. Big Hero 6

2. Elf

3. Akira

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

9. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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Games

1. Pandemic

2. Adventure Time Munchkin

3. Luigi’s Mansion

4. Tsum Tsum

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Gotham, Board Games, The Boxtrolls, Oreo’s & A Medieval Festival

This past week has felt like a breath of fresh air as my social life took a turn for the best.  It all started on Monday night when Andrew, Taylor and I gathered in the living room to watch the premiere of Gotham.  We’re all usually so busy that it can become hard to coordinate at times, so I really revel in the moments I get to spend with my best friends and boyfriend.  Even though we all had other obligations – Taylor has been busy as a bee spending just about every minute in our apartment working on cosplay for NYCC, Andrew has been hard at work creating this beautiful print series of Elsa (Frozen), Spike (Cowboy Bebop) and Link (Legend of Zelda), and I am forever with a laptop in front of me and tea in hand blogging for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink and SuperSpaceChick – we managed to come together for the hour.  I only wish I had had the time to make these Batman chips.  I’m planning on baking them for the finale instead.  Another blogger friend Travis made some for his premiere party along with Joker Juice which looked super fun!  I really enjoyed the first episode and I can’t wait to see what direction Gotham is going to take.  My only issue with it was that there were so many villains and characters crammed into the first episode, but since it’s a pilot, I think FOX deserves some slack for that.  I would rather see a more in depth look at several characters than short bits of too many.  For instance, give us more Montoya!

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On Thursday night, after what had felt like forever (but was probably about a month) of dying to see The Boxtrolls, Andrew and I satisfied my desire.  We would see The Boxtrolls movie poster advertisement in literally every subway station in NYC.  It felt like torture!  So when the night finally arrived, I could not have been more excited.  Before the movies, I went to the grocery store to pick up some Halloween candy to snack on, and I happened upon those Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s I’ve been eager to try!  So here are my brief reviews of each: 1) The Boxtrolls – The movie was adorable and well worth the wait.  I loved the animation style and the story was so charming.  I hadn’t realized that so many actors I love voiced the characters (despite seeing the poster every day, good job Kristin), but Ben Kingsely, Richard Ayode, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were all wonderful choices.  The Boxtrolls are the cutest creatures and Andrew and I have been imitating some of their motions ever since we saw it.  If you’re interested in animation, you’ll especially enjoy the ending that’s played while the credits are rolling, but that’s all I’ll say about that, and 2) The Oreos – Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s are like autumn in your mouth.  It might just be me, but I felt like the cookie part tasted more like a graham cracker and sandwiched in between was a glorious pumpkin spice cream.  They’re just the right amount of sweet and pumpkin.  They’re now officially my second favorite Oreo flavor thus far, the first being Cookie Dough and the third being Birthday Cake.

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Friday night, Andrew and I met up with Marlene for a catch up dinner at Beecher’s.  Beecher’s is a delicious grilled cheese place in the Flatiron District and I’d only ever been there once before.  It was the perfect evening.  We sat around our table and each of us recounted our tales of the times we met Neil Gaiman.  We also chatted about tumblr, (Marlene works there, how cool is that?!), I made each of them promise to read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss because it’s been recommended to me for ages and ever since I picked it up I’ve been captivated with Kvothe’s story, and just internet silliness in general.  After dinner, Andrew and I went back to my apartment (where Taylor was still working on cosplay) and my brother Bob and Andrew’s co-worker Ben came over for a board game night and all the pumpkin flavored desserts you can imagine.  We played a new game I had just gotten called Cosmic Encounter and it was SO much fun.  It was recommended to me by Josh Houchin and I am so glad I listened to his suggestion.  The game initially seemed really complicated (poor Andrew read us about 11 pages of instructions for 1.5 hours before we could actually play), but once the game started it was much simpler and way more quick paced than we though it would be.  Basically, you pick an alien race, and then spend the rest of the game trying to be the first person to colonize 5 planets.  Your pieces are spaceships which you use to attack other players with along with attack cards after choosing a Destiny card.  Alliances are formed, and there are plenty of other cards which keep the game interesting.  I definitely suggest playing if you have the chance! Oh, and my Peter Pan teapot came in the mail!

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Saturday was probably the most relaxing day of my week.  I woke up late (board games had kept us up well past 4 AM) and spent the morning/early afternoon baking Bee & Puppycat cupcakes.  I also spent a good portion of the day watching Birds of Prey with Andrew and Taylor (again, while all three of us worked on blogging, art, and cosplay respectively).  I hadn’t ever watched the Birds of Prey series while it was on television but I really loved what I saw.  Keeping in mind it was made in the early 2000’s and the soundtrack, clothing, and filming style were VERY reminiscent of the time.  For instance, there was some Michelle Branch music and it didn’t feel dissimilar to watching an episode of Dawson’s Creek except our protagonists had super powers and fought crime.  Oh, and Aunt Becky from Full House played Dinah Lance’s mother, the OG Black Canary.  My favorite part of the Birds of Prey DVDs were the animated shorts of the webseries Gotham Girls featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and Batgirl.  They were super cute.  Later I took so more photos for my next Outfit of the Day post on Wednesday which I’m pretty excited to share!  Then Andrew and I headed to my brother’s apartment to celebrate his birthday.  We spent hours chatting and drinking before heading to a bar in Williamsburg that my brother claimed was right off the L train (lies), but nonetheless, it was a lovely evening that turned into another really late night.

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The next morning it was much more difficult to wake up but I was too excited to attend my first Medieval Festival to skip it in favor of Arrow and Parks & Recreation (because the last season is finally on Netflix!)  Under different circumstances, I think the Medieval Festival would’ve been a lot of fun.  I say this because according to our calendars it is officially autumn, but the sun decided to radiate heat at 81 degrees yesterday as if it were reverting back to summer.  On top of that, the event was held at Fort Tyron Park by the Cloisters on 190th street and it was not the easiest location to get to.  We went on a Hobbit style journey down several blocks and climbed about 150 steps and walked some more before finally hitting our destination.  Combine all that with the fact that we were probably still dehydrated from the night before and quite honestly, it was not the best of conditions.  Although, it was really interesting to see men jousting, women playing instruments, and a man welding metal.  I would love to attend a Ren Faire in the near future when it’s cooler and I’m fully hydrated.  Then Andrew and I went back to his apartment and spent the better part of the day eating pizza, French fries, pumpkin macarons, and pumpkin cheesecake, and drinking chai tea.  We did get to watch more Arrow and Parks & Rec, but we spent a good deal of the evening playing Donkey Kong Country 3.  I’m 94% completed with the game (after having beat it numerous times in my childhood), and I had been trying to get this one darn bonus coin so I could unlock the next level in the secret world for more time than my mind could handle.

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Lastly, I’ll be recapping some blog things!  Two of the most exhilarating things I did blogwise this week were publishing my first Outfit of the Day post, and announcing 5 Fandom Fridays With SuperSpaceChick & The Nerdy Girlie. We received such a warm reception via Twitter from other bloggers within the network and we were just so pleased with the positive reaction.  I’ve already written a few of my 5 Fandom Friday posts because I can hardly wait to share them with the world!  And here are a few of my favorite things I wrote for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink:

DC Comics: Supergirl Getting A TV Show

Disney Debuts The Pumpkin Spice Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich In Epcot’s France

DIY: Sailor Moon Transformation Brooch Pinata Cookies

Star Trek: The Next Generation A-Line Dresses

Disney: Haunted Mansion Makeup Line

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reimagined As Animated Series

Cosplay: Kaylee From Firefly

Sailor Moon: Luna and Artemis Cat Tights

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