The Great Book Giveaway With Neil Gaiman & Lemony Snicket

Yesterday morning Andrew and I braved the below freezing cold weather and headed to Washington Square Park before work because we found out that one of our favorite authors would be there handing out free books.  The author in question is Neil Gaiman (*heart pounds* *arm flails* *Sailor Moon heart eyes*).  On top of Neil being there, Daniel Handler, the author better known as Lemony Snicket, was also in tow for the event which was held by The National Book Foundation.  The Great Book Giveaway was a contest in which Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket would spend 30 minutes competing to hand out the most free books of their own and those nominated for the 2014 National Book Awards.
Two brilliant authors in one Manhattan park?  TOTALLY worth the loss of sleep and feeling in our extremities.  We arrived around 7:50AM and were handed numbers (60 and 61!) to wait in line for our chance to meet and greet the mastermind who’s changed both of our lives (side note: a mutual love of Neil Gaiman is one of the reasons Andrew and I started dating).  After getting our numbers, we headed to Starbucks for a quick hot beverage to combat the cold (another side note: I tried the new Chestnut Praline latte from Starbucks and it was scrumptious!  I’ll definitely be grabbing another one this season) and a warm buttery croissant to fill our empty stomachs.  As we walked back to get on the line which was now long enough to circle an entire New York City avenue, Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket walked RIGHT BY US.  So.  Much.  Excitement.
The line moved fairly quickly and the closer we got, the higher my already inflated energy level climbed!  I got a copy The Graveyard Book Volume 1 graphic novel which was adapted by P. Craig Russell, a big hug, a photo and an everlasting memory!  Andrew let Neil choose his book for him and he ended up with a copy of a graphic novel nominated for a book award called Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?  I had a wonderful time despite the 20 degree weather and having to wear multiple pairs of leggings yet still losing feeling in many places on my body and then being in pain from coldness once I re-entered the warmth of the subway.  Also enjoyable were the fall foliage and architecture of Washington Square Park.  Yay books!
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2015 Divination Planner

I’ve always been a pen and paper kind of gal when it comes to planners.  Anytime I tell someone that I’ve been spending the past few weeks carrying around a 2014 and 2015 planner I’m met with tons of responses about Google calendars.  I get it.  I know they’re much easier to tote around since all the information is stored in your phone, but for me, a virtual calendar just doesn’t work.  I like having the option of flipping freely between weeks and months while I’m planning without having to hit a dot to tell me what’s happening certain days.  I love using highlighters to signify different releases (theatrical releases, blu-rays, comics, books, music, etc.), and there is something inherently satisfying about crossing off days when I’m counting down to a big event (CHRISTMAS!).  I put a lot of care into choosing my planner each year and I’m super excited about my 2015 pick.  It’s a Harry Potter themed Divination planner from Ruskerville’s Etsy shop.  Also for sale are really cute Doctor Who and Sherlock planners but being the proud Ravenclaw Potterhead that I am, I couldn’t have picked anything else.  The first page has a student profile and there are Deathly Hallows symbols printed atop each day of the week alternating with a Harry Potter glasses and lighting scar icon.  The last pages which are designated for notes are printed with the word “Always,” because Snape<3.

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In Which, NYC Loses Another Bookstore

Last week, Posman Books announced that their location in Grand Central station would be closing.  Grand Central refused to renew their lease which is up in December because they’re claiming the space is needed for construction and “improved pedestrian circulation.”  To which, I completely agree with Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York‘s rage.  Jeremiah brings up the valid point that Posman Books is being sacrificed to the MTA’s construction plan while the even bigger Rite-Aid located exactly next to the bookstore will remain untouched.  There have been too many bookstores disappearing from New York City in the past few years and the loss of Posman simply splits my heart in half.  I love stopping in there before work or during my lunch break to browse around and pick up something new to read.  The employees are always super friendly and helpful and it kills me to think that yet another bookstore will be forced out of their brick and mortar shop and by the MTA no less.  I went to Posman yesterday to glance around my favorite sections (YA, Science Fiction/Fantasy) and support the store before its closing on December 31st.  Employees were noticeably saddened and discussing how awful it is that the space is closing.  They said that many of them don’t know where they’re going to end up because there’s no guarantee they’ll be placed in one of Posman’s other locations.  Posman Books has been in talks with Grand Central to relocate, but all of the other spaces available are too small to house the independent bookseller.  There is a petition circulating online to stop this horrible happenstance but sadly, I doubt it will have any effect on the MTA’s decision.  The President of Posman Books recently posted a letter to its customers outside the store (below) and on it’s website about their closing.

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This Is The Year I’m Going To Participate In NaNoWriMo!

One particular challenge that I have always wanted to participate in is National Novel Writing Month, usually referred to as NaNoWriMo. NaNoWritMo takes place each November, and the goal of the participants is to complete a 50,000 word rough first draft of a novel. The following months, mainly January and February are used for editing, revisions, and the like. Participants in NaNoWriMo are encouraged not to go back and make revisions to their stories as they go. It’s about getting the words out there on the metaphorical page (because laptops, amirite?) and editing afterwards.

1Each year I’ve wished I could join but I’ve never felt comfortable committing to it because of other distractions and such that have prevented me from devoting the time and attention NaNoWriMo demands. For instance, last November, I was dealing with the wake of Fangasm and I was forced to travel so often that I didn’t even fantasize (often) about attempting it. This year I finally feel like I’m a place where a 50,000 word goal in a month seems attainable. Writing has always been therapeutic for me and I take it very seriously which is why I have been so hesitant to commit in the past. Between both of my blogs (this one, and On Wednesdays We Wear Pink), I’m willing to bet that I write well over 50,000 words per month as it is. It’s just going to be a matter of shifting my focus and prioritizing accordingly.

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I’ve taken the first steps of setting up my NaNoWriMo profile, announcing my novel, completing NaNoWriMo prep (such as the 100 question guideline of questions to ask yourself before writing your novel) and I’ve read a few author pep talks, but I’m going to save some for when the going gets tough. The story I’m telling and the characters I’m using are near and dear to my heart and I can’t wait to share their story!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, what’s your username? Let’s help keep each other motivated!

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5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today

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I am so so so excited to be writing my first 5 Fandom Friday post here on SuperSpaceChick!  Megan and I were so happy that everyone was so receptive to our idea.  It totally made our days, so thank you<3! We decided to kick off our blog baby with a post about our gateway fandoms.  There are so many fandoms that are near and dear to my heart but it was very simple to pinpoint the top 5 from my childhood that molded me into the fan I am today.  It was such an enjoyable writing experience to relive those old memories and really analyze my passions.  What were your gateway fandoms?  If you write your own post I would love to read it and share it here!

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Harry Potter

I’ve written extensively about how Harry Potter will always be my number one fandom.  I’ve always felt an unbreakable connection to the characters in JK Rowling’s series because, besides the obvious fantastically crafted story, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville, and I basically grew up together.  We were the same age throughout the series (my birthday being in July a mere week after Harry’s) until the delay between Order of the Phoenix and the Half Blood Prince.  I will never forget browsing through my a book catalog (my dad worked at a publishing company for the majority of my life so our house has always been overflowing with books) for new books worthy of my next order when I came across Harry Potter.  My ten year old self read the description and preordered this book about wizards, having no idea it would end up meaning more to me than anything else I would read for the rest of my life (thus far).  Besides the constant guidance from my parents, JK Rowling’s series is responsible for teaching me lessons about what’s right and how making the right choice is almost never the easy choice.  My favorite character is Luna Lovegood and I am a proud Ravenclaw.  I’ve attended every midnight book release party at my local Borders (how I miss that shop!), and every midnight movie premiere, having made custom Harry Potter t-shirts with my group of friends for all of these events.  I own multiple copies of the books and all of the films on Blu-ray and more Harry Potter clothing and accessories than anyone needs.  I visit Harry Potter World in Orlando as often as I can afford and I would do just about anything to take the studio tour in London.  I also fancy torturing people in my car by forcing them to listen to Wizard Rock.

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Star Wars

When my brother and I were kids, my Dad took us to a local movie theater to see Star Wars: A New Hope.  I remember sitting in the theater, popcorn in hand, and being completely blown away by the opening credits.  I felt like I was actually in outer space.  For a kid that loved looking at the night sky through a telescope, this was huge.  As soon as the movie ended my brother and I both wanted to see more.  Luckily, the theater also screened Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and my dad took us to see each of those as well.  Since then all three of the original Star Wars films have become my go to comfort movies.  I’ve spent more nights than I can count scrolling through my Netflix cue for 30-45 minutes before just throwing on Empire Strikes Back.  I was always (and still am) fascinated by Leia.  She’s an awesome Princess but she’s still a badass.  And now that she’s a Disney Princess, she’s set the bar pretty high for future female characters!

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Neil Gaiman/Sandman

After falling head over heels in love with the Harry Potter series, I was eager to read more fantasy genre novels.  I happened upon Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series which I love with all of my heart and then promptly proceeded to read just about everything else he’s ever published.  I could watch YouTube videos of Neil speaking about writing or storytelling for hours on end.  The entire reason that I joined Twitter is because (in the least creepy way possible) Neil is on it and I could read updates from him more frequently.  He is the first person that I followed.  I’ve embarrassed myself in front of him in real life but luckily he was so delightful and British and could see how happy and nervous I was that he interrupted me and offered to give me a hug.  My first and only tattoo is an ankh symbol because of the Sandman series and I’ve cosplayed the character Death who wears an ankh around her neck.  I’ve seen Neil at book signings, conversational evenings, and one of my favorite and most obscure events, when he read A Christmas Carol in its entirety at the New York Public Library.  Neil Gaiman + Christmas is a combination that’s almost too much for me to handle.

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Super Nintendo

Super Nintendo was my gateway into video games.  It’s still one of my favorite game systems to date despite the realistic graphics and special effects that go into modern games.  Call me crazy but I would take a side scrolling 2D game over the confusing directional controls on my PS3 any day.  I think this is also why the game system I use most often is my Nintendo 3DS.  My favorite game on Super Nintendo was Donkey Kong Country 2 which I feel like I could still beat with my eyes closed.  I recently replayed the second and third games with Andrew (who makes fun of me for insisting that I haven’t beaten the game until I obtain the highest percentage achievable) and it was still so much fun.  Andrew is going to let me play Chrono Trigger on his system soon!  Because my brother and I used to play with our best friends Lauren and Gina, we would often do a two player contest and have to rotate playing or have two people sit and watch since SNES is only made for two controllers.  I remember how excited we were to get Nintendo64 and play games like Mario Kart and Mario Party where we could all participate simultaneously.  What a treat!

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Pokémon

My final gateway fandom is without a doubt, Pokémon.  I collected those cards like you wouldn’t believe.  I remember printing out images I found on AOL during the days of dial up internet and pimping out my binder with cutouts of Jigglypuff, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur.  I had pages of holographic cards (the best cards, obviously) and my brother, Lauren, Gina and I would beg our moms to buy us a new pack of cards every week after our swimming lessons.  I think it was this behavior that made me into the collector I am today.  We would also collect McDonald’s toys (those were the unhealthiest weeks of our lives), Beanie Babies, Goosebumps cards, and so many other things I’m probably forgetting.  I also loved watching the classic Pokémon TV show with Ash, Misty and Pikachu.  I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to get into anime since I loved that series so much.

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Honorable Mention: Disney

My Grandma and I would watch The Little Mermaid every single time I slept over her house.  We would sing the songs (there are too many videos of me signing and thinking I sound like Ariel than I care to reveal), pretend forks were hair brushes, and then sing some more.  I also loved watching Beauty and the Beast.  Belle’s library is what I’ve always aspired to recreate in my future adult home.

Other Blogs That Participated In 5 Fandom Friday Participants!

The Nerdy Girlie

Travis The Grimm

A Nudge in the Right Direction

Adventures in Mediocrity

Distracted Blogger

The Charming Finch

Kitten Of All Trades

Girl in the Nerd Shop

A Nudge In The Right Direction

Usagi In Wonderland

Adorkable Me

Whimsy & Noir

Emilee Speaks

Epic Mundainty

A Geek and Her Oven

Geek Glam Fit

Fabled Orxata

Cateaclysmic

Sarah Synapse

Cold’s Gold Factory

Gift’s For Gamers and Geeks

Common Room PC

Mama Needs Mana

Mel Writes

Nerdjoy!

Syrco

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Tale As Old As Time

Part of my getting-back-into-SuperSpaceChick-blogging-initiative includes the introduction of Outfit of the Day posts.  I’m always getting tons of questions about my clothing when I post photos on instagram, so I thought it would be easier to share more details in one simple place.  For my first outfit, I chose to wear this beautiful stained glass window dress which recreates the gorgeous ending of Beauty and the Beast.  The dress is full of striking colors and it fits perfectly.  It’s part of BlackMilk’s Disney collection, and it’s still available to order online.  I also chose to take photos in front of my new bookshelf because Belle, books, enchanted roses, etc.  I used my enchanted rose replica which a close friend of mine surprised me with while we were visiting Disney World in March.  I also took a few photos with my Lumiere Funko but despite loving the figure, I wasn’t thrilled with either of the photos, so you can only spot him in the background on my bookshelf in one of the photos below.  The castle ring was purchased at Spooky Empire when I visited Kristin a few years ago, but I’m sure there are similar ones on Etsy.  For links to everything that’s still available, scroll down ^_^

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress – BlackMilk | Necklace – H&M | Shoes – melissa | Ring – Spooky Empire | Bracelets – Betsey Johnson & Givenchy

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Comics, Desserts, Hobbits & Cartoons

I’ve been itching to get into a better blogging routine for posting more on SuperSpaceChick since it’s my personal site and I have some of the most fun writing things here than I do any other place.  I’ve already been plotting some really exciting things with The Nerdy Girlie and I cannot wait to debut our new idea to all our blogger friends out there on the interwebz!  I’m sure we’ll even make some new ones in the process :-D  But, since this has been one whirlwind of an eventful week, I thought I’d share all of the wonderful things that’ve been happening in my first foray back into blogging!

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It’s been a very slow moving process for me to bring all of my beloved collectibles, books, comics, and other assorted treasures to my new home.  I moved into an apartment in Brooklyn in May with my good friend Taylor and my new friend Emma.  Since then, it’s been weekend after weekend of my wonderfully supportive family and boyfriend Andrew driving from my old Long Island home to my new place and carrying heavy bag after heavy bag of graphic novels, shoes, statues, video games, books, and more up several flights of stairs and into my bright pink room.  In the last batch of packed items I hauled some of my favorite comfort graphic novels since I had previously tried to fill my shelves with things I have yet to read.  Since I have less space here it’s been quite a project to prioritize and determine which things I want to have here and which collectibles should be displayed.  One of my creative ways to display more toys was to prop my TV set up on several art books so I could place my Star Wars themed Disney Vinylmations in front of the set without blocking the picture.  It’s kind of funny to think that I’ve been trying to de-clutter my online life (another project this week was to unfriend anyone on Facebook that isn’t a close personal friend, a family member, or someone I communicate with regularly online), while trying to maximize the clutter in my real life.

 IMG_9238While I’m on the subject of comics, SPIDER-GWEN came out last week and it was literally one of the best moments of my life.  It’s part of the Spider-Verse story arc and it takes place in an alternate dimension where Gwen Stacy was bitten by a spider and becomes Spider-Woman.  Even more exciting than this is that Gwen is awesome.  She’s the drummer in a band called The Mary Janes with Mary Jane Watson as the lead vocalist.  Their hit song is fittingly titled Face It Tiger and there’s already a band that recorded their interpretation of the song!  It has a punk feel which totally fits the story.  I love the father/daughter dynamic of the story between Gwen and Captain Stacy and I really really really hope Marvel sees all of the positive feedback they’ve been getting and the pleading so many of us have done online for a Spider-Gwen ongoing series.  Gwen has always been my favorite Marvel lady for Peter Parker.  They’re my OTP.  To see Gwen in this one issue (and ASM #9) is a dream come true.  The variant cover even looks exactly like yours truly!

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photoLately I’ve been on a major Disney kick.  I think it all began when I saw that Disney came out with a second wave of their beautiful fairytale collection mugs.  I have the Tangled mug from the first collection which I purchased after admiring Megan’s.  I remember how quickly they sold out of stores so a few hours after my discovery I speed walked over to the Disney Store in Times Square on my lunch break and I picked up the Aurora mug.  I also bought my first Tsum Tsum, Minnie, and she is just precious.  Shortly after that, Betty told me about the Tsum Tsum game that I could play on my iPhone, and let’s just say that Andrew has mentioned the word intervention more than once since I made my account.  It’s a really fast paced 60 second game where you have to connect as many of the same Tsum Tsum’s as possible.  The more points and coins you accrue, the more Tsum Tsum’s you can purchase and the higher level you’ll achieve.  It’s also fun because several of my other friends play too and we send each other hearts every chance we get!  Then on Saturday night Andrew agreed to have a Disney movie marathon with me.  We decided to watch The Little Mermaid, my personal favorite, and Frozen, my second favorite.  The marathon also included Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Core Ice Cream which is just heavenly and brings us to the dessert and food portion of my post.  (Sleeping Beauty is coming out on blu-ray in October, so we’re going to fit that into our viewing schedule as soon as we get a copy too!)

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It’s been big few weeks of desserts for me.  I’ve always had a sweet tooth and I’ve been trying my hardest to eat really healthy during the week for breakfast and lunch, that way I don’t feel as bad about indulging in some sugary sweets later on in the day.  The first photo, which may look like an ordinary Starbucks cup, is full of one of my seasonal favorites, the Pumpkin Spice latte.  I know it’s a thing that everyone makes fun of, and it’s even worse that I instagrammed it, but I love Pumpkin Spice everything and I’m not ashamed to admit it!  If it was offered throughout the year, I would buy even more of it than I do now, even though Andrew is convinced that I’m a victim of limited time marketing, but I’ll post more on that later.  We also found that Trader Joe’s, our go-to dinner source, made an ice cream version of Cookie Butter!  It’s vanilla ice cream with cookie butter inside and it’s just as delicious as it sounds.  The next photo are of some Battlestar Galactica cupcakes I baked a few weekends ago.  Andrew and I have been binge watching the series to the extreme and I felt inspired.  And when we’re not watching Starbuck, Adama, Helo, Apollo and the rest of the gang aboard Galactica, we’ve been having our regular weekend routine of Sunday pizza and video game day.  We’re currently in the middle of BioShock!  Andrew and I also stopped at my favorite cupcakery in NYC, Georgetown Cupcakes, to pick up a box to bring home and consume during tea time with my parents.  I love trying their monthly flavors and I’m really looking forward to when Gingerbread returns.  One of the most exciting things I’ve done this week is that I FINALLY tried a cronut.  And not just any cronut, a coffee creme filled cronut.  It was scrumptious!  I’ve never been a huge fan of donuts, however, I am a big advocator of croissants.  I also had a macaron brownie which is basically a macaron half dipped in chocolate and wedged in between a rich chocolate brownie.  All of this sugary goodness was eaten at Paris Baguette with Leonard and Andrew, where we also debated the number of times Gallifrey was shown on Doctor Who, discusses Peter Capaldi’s attack eyebrows, and complained relentlessly about how Clara needs to go.  Another new thing I tried is the Lazy Sunday ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.  There are cupcakes bits inside it and I developed very strong feelings about it within the first few bites.  Lastly, a Smashburger was recently opened in NYC and since I used to love going there during lunch at my old job with my friends, I suggested that Andrew and I head there for dinner.  My favorite item on their menu is the Nutter Butter shake.  I also got an Avocado Ranch Black Bean Burger (vegetarian), and veggie fries which I like to think are healthier than regular french fries, but probably not.

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Since I started working at my new job, I am no longer allowed to dress casually.  This has meant that I’ve been purchasing and wearing an influx of geeky jewelry so I can still feel like myself from 9-5.  Some of my new favorites are this Groot necklace by Red Dingo Designs on Etsy and this Hobbit Hole necklace that was fashioned after Bag End.  I wore my Hobbit necklace most of last week because I am so excited for my future Lord of the Rings plans.  My wonderful boyfriend Andrew got tickets for us to see the full LOTR trilogy screened with a live orchestra at Lincoln Center next April.  The event takes place over three separate nights and I’m going to be decked out in all the Tolkien things every single performance.  Now the only question is how I’m going to be able to wait until next April!

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Luckily I still have the weekend to exercise the fun part of my wardrobe!  I decided to wear my LSP skater dress by Black Milk on Saturday for my Grandma’s 75th surprise party.  I accessorized with my glittery LSP necklace, House of Harlow fringe earrings, a ton of bracelets, my Batman ring, and my favorite pair of Jeffrey Campbell wedge boots.  Oh my glob did I feel great!  I was almost as tall as Andrew!  Then this morning I was feeling very magical girl and I decided to wear my Pinkie Moon t-shirt from WeLoveFine.  It’s a mash up of Sailor Moon and My Little Pony which seemed appropriate since Andrew and I were going to a movie theater in Williamsburg to watch cartoons.  I accessorized with my Artemis ring and my Moon Stick necklace, both of which were purchased on Etsy.  You also get a sneak peek of my bookshelf in this photo!  I’m going to be doing a more in depth post about my new room once I feel like I have it decorated to my hearts desire.

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So, as I mentioned above, there’s a wonderful indie cinema in Brooklyn called NiteHawk Cinema.  They hold a monthly event called Spoons, Toons, and Booze and it’s one of the most fun events I’ve ever been too.  I’m definitely going to go back next month, and I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be Halloween themed.  There’s an all you can eat cereal bar included in your ticket price.  I munched on Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Golden Grahams, Fruit Loops, and a peanut butter Jif cereal from Canada while Andrew’s cereals of choice included Cocoa Puffs and Oops All Berries.  There’s also a separate menu you can order from if you want other brunch foods, and there’s a menu of cocktails as well.  I had a black tea and lemon iced drink that was infused with vodka.  They also offer cereal shots, in which you mix a shot of Baileys or Kahlua with milk and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  And the best part of the whole ordeal is that all of this food is served while you watch Saturday morning cartoons on a big screen.  There’s always a theme (this month’s was Rock and Roll), and the audience votes on which cartoons they watch.  In my session we viewed Garfield, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Animaniacs. Afterwards, we walked along the Williamsburg Waterfront and admired the view of what we could see of the New York City skyline in the fog.  Then on our way back to my apartment we came across this beautiful graffiti!

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And the last paragraph in this incredibly long post is dedicated to my favorite things I wrote this past week for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  We’ve been updating our site with 6-9 articles per day and I’m so proud of how much content we’ve been putting out but I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite posts.

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TOP 10 BOOKS THAT WILL BE IN MY BEACH BAG THIS SUMMER

I have an overwhelming amount of books.  To the point where any strangers who enter my room (and some who have been in it in the past) are immediately afflicted with a serious case of ADHD.  I mean it, there are books EVERYWHERE.  I love it.  It’s cluttered and colorful and homey and it makes me feel safe to be surrounded by so many of my favorite characters.  It’s almost like they’re all watching over me.  Which brings me to the only downside of my book buying addiction; it’s nearly impossible to chose which book to read next unless I’ve clearly mapped out a list with my top choices.  If I don’t create a list I will forget about a certain book I had been looking forward to and its location on my bookshelf (I have too many to read to consolidate into one TBR pile) and it will be buried and lost among the stacks of my personal library.  I was inspired to write this summer post by one of my favorite book bloggers, Jamie, of Perpetual Page Turner who posted her list of top beach reads today. If you think a book looks interesting and what to know more about it, you can click the title of a book you’ll be brought to Amazon where you can read a synopsis of the plot.  Here’s my list of what I’m making my summer priorities!

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1. The Vacationers by Emma Straub

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2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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3. Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

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4. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

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5. Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

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6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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7. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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10. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

 What are you looking forward to reading this summer?  Have you read any of the books I’ve listed?  I’d love to hear your thoughts or additions in the comments below!

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Thoughts About THE FAULT IN OUR STARS & Giveaway Details

We’re having a giveaway to celebrate The Fault in Our Stars movie release over on Wear Pink Wednesdays!  I had been putting off reading John Green’s novel of the same name for quite some time but I finally decided to be brave and read this book I was terrified of starting for so long last week.  I had previously purchased TFIOS and I would see it sitting on my shelf and shudder and think about how one day I might be able to pick it up.  The reason I had been putting off my inevitable reading session is because for the past few years my mother had been battling cancer and I didn’t think I would be emotionally strong enough to handle reading about other people who are in pain while my mom was going through something similar.  Her latest test results have come back clear and she’s been cancer free for a few months, so her having won her battle made me feel like it was time that I could read this book.  I ended up loving it so much that I finished in only two days.  I don’t regret my decision to wait because within the first few pages Hazel Grace talks about a member of her support group who has the same kind of rare cancer my mother had (Hazel’s direct quote is “She was a regular- in a long remission from appendiceal cancer, which I had not previously known existed”).

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After getting over the initial anxiety I had felt, I fell for Augustus Waters’ charm, the same way Hazel Grace did.  I really enjoyed the course of their romance and while I understood Hazel’s reservations about getting involved with someone while being fully aware that she’s terminally ill, I was still rooting for those little lovebirds.  Another fascinating element of the story is Hazel Grace”s obsession with a novel by Peter Van Houten.  The fictional novel-within-a-novel, about a girl who suffers from cancer, serves as an interesting parallel between the fictitious characters and their own tales.  The novel, An Imperial Affliction, is one that Hazel had become obsessed with several years earlier, so she shares it with Augustus and thereafter, the pair forge a tenacious bond.  John Green takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the entirety of the novel and by the last page I became so attached to the aforementioned characters that I understood why the journey was worth the pain and sadness I knew I would feel when I started reading the first page.

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And now for the fun part, the giveaway part!  As I previously mentioned, we’re hosting a giveaway on Wear Pink Wednesdays, and you should totally enter to win!  The prize includes a $25 Visa Gift Card to see the film in theaters, a copy of John Green’s book with the movie-tie in cover, a TFIOS tote bag, and a headphone splitter with a phone stand.  The contest is open to all US residents and a winner will be chosen on Friday June 6th.  Good luck!

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Summer Wish List Inspired By The Sweetest Treats

Ever since the sun began making all of our days more pleasant this season I’ve been daydreaming about scorching hot days, oversized sunglasses, ice cream cones, denim shorts, and that incredible energy level that comes along with my favorite season.  My last wish list theme was very magical girl, and as I’ve started building my next wish list I’ve noticed that it’s inspired by some of my favorite dessert foods.  Macarons, cupcakes and pies, oh my!  I decided to start a new list after happening upon the beautiful cherry pie crossbody purse I found by Betsey Johnson last night.  It reminds me of one of my favorite television shows, Pushing Daisies, and I feel like I must have it.  What does the warm weather having you wish for this summer season?

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Macaron t-shirt by BDG $18 (Urban Outfitters)

1Bubble Tea Ring by Fatally Feminine $15 (Etsy)

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My Sweet Art Cupcake Print Dress $89.99 (ModCloth)

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Betsey Johnson Cherry Pie Crossbody Purse $68 (Macy’s)

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Watermelon iPhone Case $19.50 (Etsy)

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Pops! Icy Treats For Everyone By Krystina Castella $15.95 (QuirkBooks)

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Scented Heart Cookie Earrings by Fatally Feminine $32 (Etsy)

1Heart Cut Out Ice Cream Print Dress $89.00 (Etsy)

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Macarons by Mowie Kay $13 (Amazon)

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Lime Crime Nail Polish in Pastelchio $8 (Lime Crime)

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