News & Stuff #4: NYCC Edition

Last weekend I was one of the chosen ones who were able to acquire an NYCC 4-day pass so that is where I spent my days!  There was so much exciting news that came out of New York Comic Con that I wanted to make a video to share some of my favorite upcoming things.  One thing I forgot to include in my video is that VIZ Media is coming out with a Pokemon art book! I cannot wait.  Gimme all the Pokemon things.  Also is it Sun & Moon release day yet?! Anyway, I think Marvel was the clear news winner at NYCC this year but I’m also super excited about the new Shoujo manga that Kodansha got licenses for.  What are you most looking forward to?

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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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BookTube: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Review

I filmed my first review video! With the exception of Cassie, Melissa and I’s monthly book club, Spines With Wines, I usually save my wrap ups for the end of the month.  Apparently, if it’s Harry Potter, I have no trouble talking for 20 minutes straight so that was fun for Andrew to edit lol! Filming this video made me unexpectedly emotional and spoiler warning, I cried two times because Harry<3.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Vlog

I can’t believe I have a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in my possession.  To celebrate the book’s release and Harry’s birthday, me, Andrew, Gil and Kelly baked some Harry Potter treats, watched some films and favorite YouTube videos and attended the midnight party at our local Barnes and Noble!

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Potter Month: My Harry Potter World Haul

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!

Today I’m finally posting my Wizarding World of Harry Potter (and Marvel) haul from when Andrew and I went to Universal during our honeymoon.  I had been saving the video for Potter Month (despite filming as soon as we got home) and then other things just took priority because I was so behind due to wedding things!  I swear our honeymoon vlog and EternalCon vlogs are still coming!  Our day at Harry Potter World was my favorite of the whole honeymoon since my office had gifted us with a VIP tour.  We got to go to the front of every line and take photos wherever we wanted and we were even told how things are made and we had the opportunity to see their production stages which was really cool!  We spent the bulk of the day in Diagon Alley (the Gringotts ride is my absolute favorite now!) and by Hogwarts of course<3

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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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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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Potter Month: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them NYC Premiere Ticket Buying Experience / STRESS

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!

Despite this happening last week, I am writing this post mere minutes after finally acquiring tickets to the New York City premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  My heart is still POUNDING.  I’ve never met J.K. Rowling and she is my literal hero so I basically sat at my computer hungrily waiting for that countdown clock on the Carnegie Hall website to hit zero because I would do anything to meet my Queen!

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I had the tab open in my computer since 9 AM so I thought I would be all set when 11AM rolled around. I was wrong because technology ARG.  As soon as the counter ended, a progress bar appeared with a little man walking toward the front of the line to buy tickets.  It only took him about 30 seconds to get to the front of line and then BOOM a screen saying there’s been an error detected and I could get back in the queue if I wanted. I WANTED. So I got back in line, only to have two client show up to my office. I have never gotten anyone coffee and situated them in a conference room so quickly in my life to date.  When I got back to my computer I was still waiting in line so all was good. Then the little man made his way to the end of the progress bar only to be met with another error.  WHY DOESN’T THE UNIVERSE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT OF THE YEAR TO ME?!?!  So I immediately started trying on my phone.  I got to the front of the line quickly there but it was near impossible to choose seats and get my phone to cooperate.  FREAK OUT COMMENCE.

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(I should also point out that I am a tea drinker who stopped drinking coffee as soon as college ended because it makes me jittery and a little bit nauseated – for some reason I grabbed a grande cold brew coffee from Starbucks today of all days).  Next, I switched my browser to Internet Explorer and began trying again. At this point there was no line but no matter which tickets I clicked on (I was aiming for the balcony $25-$50 range), the website would only show me $500 tickets to add to my cart.  I began losing my mind because only one section said sold out and I should’ve been able to add cheaper ones to my cart.  So I literally sat at my computer for 20 minutes repeatedly selecting new tickets until finally I was able to add $250 tickets to my cart.  I text Andrew to see his feelings on that because it was still more than I really wanted to spend. Then I noticed that I only had one minute to complete my purchase before the tickets would expire (apparently they just started counting down my 20 minutes from the first time I searched tickets instead of when I actually placed them in my cart) so I began checking out without waiting for Andrew’s response.  Since I haven’t attended anything at Carnegie Hall in the past I had to create a new user profile which meant that my tickets expired while I was in the process. TYPICAL.  BUT, as fate would have it, the next time I tried to add tickets I was able to score two in the dress circle for $106 each!  Still more than I *wanted* to spend, but much more reasonable than $250 or $500 per ticket.  Plus, I think I’ll be really happy to be seated where we are once November rolls around.  Plus, we’re right by Melissa! So many of my New York friends were able to acquire tickets and I cannot wait to make a huge day of this premiere!

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Potter Month: Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

Potter Month

Today I’m kicking off Potter Month with a good ole book tag!  I was tagged to do this one by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books ages ago but ya know, wedding planning (I wonder what I’ll have to start saying now that that excuse is no longer valid :-P)  But in all seriousness, I’m obviously thrilled to be tagged since Harry Potter is my life.  Megan and I even dedicated this whole month to Harry and gang!  I decided not to use the Harry Potter series as answers to any of the questions below because that would be too easy.

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AN UPCOMING RELEASE YOU WISH YOU COULD GET YOUR HANDS ON RIGHT NOW

I just need this is my life ASAP. Laini Taylor’s writing is a thing of beauty and my BEA chapter sampler has sat unread on my bookshelf because I know I won’t be able to start reading it knowing that I’ll have to wait months to get more. 2_600px

FAVORITE SERIES STARTER

I adore this series.  A Court of Thorns and Roses was my favorite book of 2015 and I didn’t think I could possibly love anything more.  It has all the elements that I love in a story: 1) fantasy, 2) not only a fairytale retelling but a Beauty and the Beast retelling, 3) a realm of faeries, each one named and modeled after the seasons and times of day and 4) the beginning of an epic love story.3_600px

A BOOK THAT GAVE YOU ALL THE WARM & FUZZIES

I just finished reading The Unexpected Everything yesterday and I loved it to pieces! Unlike Morgan Matson’s other books which each focus on a very specific relationship, this one covered friendship, family and romantic love.  And Clark is a fantasy writer! *swoon*4_600px

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU UGLY CRY

If you’ve ever read If I Stay, you’ll completely understand why this book really got to me.  The beginning is probably one of the saddest things I’ve ever read and just being in the mind space of a girl who’s lost her entire family and is deciding whether she wants to continue living or let go was enough to get my tear ducts going.5_600px

BOOKISH HERO OR HEROINE YOU WANT AROUND TO PROTECT YOU IN REAL LIFE

Celaena Sardothian is one badass assassin.  Over the course of the four books that I’ve read (I still have to get to Queen of Shadows – I SWEAR I will soon) I’ve come to adore Celaena’s character.  She’s a fashionable assassin with a conscience and a penchant for reading so in addition to having a personal bodyguard we’d also have to literature to discuss when our lives aren’t in danger.6_600px

A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD MAKE EVERYONE READ BECAUSE YOU LOVED IT SO MUCH

This is one of my favorite YA series and I’m EAGERLY awaiting the third book which finally has a title!  The Archived series follows a girl named Mackenzie who’s responsible for guiding lost souls back through a doorway which will allow librarians to re-catalog them where they belong.  Plus there’s an amazing book boyfriend that’s pretty irresistible.7_600px

A BOOK SERIES YOU WISH NEVER ENDED

As I stated in the first question, Laini Taylor is a beautiful word magician and I never want Daughter of Smoke and Bone to End (so much so that I haven’t read the final book because I can’t come to terms with not having more Laini Taylor to read).8_600px

A BOOK WITH AN UPLIFTING MESSAGE

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is such an uplifting and humorous book.  It’s full of geeky references but most importantly, it’s about discovering who you are and how to be comfortable in your own skin.  I was rooting for Simon from page 1 and I think anyone who reads this would agree!9_600px

A BOOK YOU WISH YOU COULD FORGET YOU EVER READ

Now I know you’re thinking WHAT ARE THINKING KRISTIN?! ISN’T THIS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?! And the answer to that would be a big yes!  I wish I could forget it so I could enjoy the experience of reading it over again for the first time and being immersed in Kvothe’s world.  10_600px

AN AUTHOR WHOSE BOOKS ALWAYS GET YOU OUT OF A READING SLUMP

Kiera Cass has the ability to completely get anyone out of a reading slump.  Her Selection series got me out a mini slump I was in last year because reading this series was like being addicted to an awful reality tv show.  I couldn’t stop reading and I had to know what would happen next despite disliking the main character and getting really annoyed at her life choices.11_600px

A SWOON-WORTHY HERO OR HEROINE

Two words: Will Herondale.12_600px

A BOOK THAT CAUSED YOU TO STOP DOING ALL OTHER THINGS UNTIL YOU FINISHED IT

I could not put Carry On down when I read it last year! I thought it was going to take me a while to read since it’s over 500 pages but I’m pretty sure I devoured this over a two day period.  I remember sneaking in minutes of reading any time I had the opportunity!13_600px

A BOOK THAT WAS PAINFUL TO READ (FOR WHATEVER REASON) OR BROKE YOU

Anyone who watched the December Spines with Wines book club knows just how much Cassie, Melissa and I loathed this book. All three of us only finished it because we had to discuss it for book club.  I remember always looking at it and frowning and just wishing I could move on already.  It had so much going for it with it being a standalone Nutcracker retelling but this one was just not for me.14_600px

A BOOK THAT HAD YOU LAUGHING OUT LOUD

My most recent laugh out loud read is Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley.  The main character Solomon struggles with agoraphobia but he has one of the best senses of humor.  He has the best rapport with his family and his new friends and it led to me laughing out loud on the train several times during my commute.  15_600px

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU WANT TO SEND IT (OR YOUR E-READER) FLYING

This is a book that I just could not get behind.  I enjoyed a lot of the elements of the main character (she wears retro clothes and bakes cupcakes with her grandma) but her views on astrology were just too unbelievable for me.  I couldn’t stand the way she handled choosing a relationship and sibling love triangles just kill me.16_600px

A BOOKISH WORLD YOU WISH YOU COULD VISIT

I would love to visit the faerie world in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.  I loved the courts described in A Court of Mist and Fury way more than the Spring Court.  I took a quiz yesterday which said that I would belong in the Autumn Court which we haven’t yet seen in the books but it’s the place I would chose to live if I resided in the world.  I just want to stroll through fall foliage, drink pumpkin spiced lattes and wear chunky scarves and boots and perpetually celebrate Halloween and Christmas.17_600px

A BOOK WITH A SHOCKING TWIST OR ENDING

Don’t worry, no spoilers, but whoa!18_600px

A CHARACTER DEATH THAT DESTROYED YOU

I’m just going to leave this right here. *sobs indefinitely*19_600px

BEST SERIES CONCLUSION

Everything about this series is pure perfection.  I see so very many re-reads in my future because I just need to live here forever with the Aglionby Raven boys.

I Tag:

Cassie from The Bibliomantics

Kay from My Open Sketchbook

Sara from Sincerely, Sara

Melissa from Readerly Geek

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5FF: Potter Month Celebration & Link-Up!

Magic is in the air! Each day we’re drawing closer and closer to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child where we’ll get a closer look at what Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco have been up to for the past 19 years (even though the story will focus primarily on their offspring).  Megan and I wanted to host a blog event worthy of one of our favorite fandoms so we decided to declare July POTTER MONTH and make it a month long celebration.  Potter Month is going to replace 5 Fandom Friday for July!  We’re encouraging everyone to post as many NEW wizarding posts as they see fit to spread wizard love in the blogosphere<3  Unlike 5 Fandom Friday, we’re not going to give you a specific topics to follow because we want everyone to be creative! Here’s a list of post ideas to you get you started: sorting non-HP characters into Hogwarts houses, magical outfits of the day, Harry Potter ships, House pride, re-read or re-watch thoughts, thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child excited? not excited?, etc.  I can’t wait to see what everyone will come up with! We’re also going to have a link-up go live on July 1st when Potter month kicks off so you can link your posts for all to see! The link up will last through August 1st.  Below are some guidelines if you’d like to participate.

Potter Month

The link up will run from July 1st to August 1st for all NEW Harry Potter themed blog posts.  If you link to old posts, we will be deleting it (and we will be checking).  The link up can be found HERE and in Megan’s post beginning on July 1st.  And if you’re posting on social media, you can use the hashtag #PotterMonth!

Please use the below format when linking:

Blog Post Title – Your Name @ Your Blog Name

ie. For my kick-off post, I would type:

Potter Month Celebration & Link-Up – Kristin @ Super Space Chick

Don’t forget to check back here throughout the month to see what your fellow Potter fans are up to!

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