‘Tis the Season: Not-So-Secret Santa Mini Challenge

I was so excited when I saw Alexa Loves Books’s Christmas mini challenge! It’s called the Not-So-Secret Santa Mini Challenge and if you win, you get $25 worth of books from either Amazon or Book Depository!  The challenge is to pick a book character (or several book characters) and tell what you would give them for Christmas!

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Alexa already came up with some great ideas in her post so I’m going to try my best to pick different characters but there is one repeat I couldn’t resist (cough Lara Jean cough).  Here are the top 5 characters I would love to buy Christmas presents for!  Which book characters would you love to shop for if you could?

Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han)

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Lara Jean loves baking just as much as I do so shopping for her would be so much fun.  I think she would adore this pastel pink KitchenAid mixer because it would make her life easier and it completely matches her aesthetic.  Plus, a KitchenAid mixer is the ultimate baker’s dream tool.  I think Peter K. would appreciate this gift too because it would mean more sweets for him!

Cath (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

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Cath is a writer through and through and if there’s one thing a writer always needs (besides a pen), it’s a place to write down their ideas.  I think Cath would really like these flowery Rifle Paper Co. notebooks.  She could keep them with her when she’s traveling back home to visit her dad or when she’s sitting in class so if a Simon and Baz idea comes to her she can jot it down without having to fear it being lost.

Anna (Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins)

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Anna is obsessed with film and writing movie reviews.  It would be easy to get her a notebook as well, or something banana to add to her collection, but I think she would really enjoy this film projector necklace by Betsey Johnson.  It seems like something she wouldn’t think to buy for herself but it would allow her to incorporate her favorite hobby into her everyday wardrobe.

Echo (The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey)

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Echo is a girl after my own heart because she shares an affinity for good food.  We already know she loves macarons and I think it would brighten her holiday to get a giant custom box full of her favorite flavors.  Echo is really busy trying to figure out how to stop the war between the Avicen and the Drakhar so she doesn’t have the most time to be stopping to think about food and she can eat these macarons on the go.

Hermione (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)

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Hermione is everyone’s favorite bookworm and what’s better to gift a bookworm than a set of collectible books?  I think Hermione would appreciate this gorgeous collectible set of the Penguin Drop Caps editions and they would look lovely arranged in a central area on her bookshelf to brighten up the area where her neutral colored magic books are displayed.

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Tea & Book Chat: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This book is EVERYTHING.  Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is an anomaly of a book for even getting the opportunity to be published.  The story’s inception happened in the popular YA contemporary novel Fangirl (also by Rowell – also a favorite of mine and you can read my review here LINK) about a fanfic author named Cath who has serious feels for the characters in the Simon Snow series.  Cath writes slash fanfic about Simon Snow (very similar to Harry Potter) and Baz (very similar to Draco Malfoy) and Rainbow’s newest book Carry On picks up in their eighth year at Watford as the supposed final novel in the series.  Us as readers have insight into their world through Cath’s Fangirl fanfic and knowledge of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

I had already fallen in love with Simon and Baz through Cath’s intense love for them so while I was skeptical about Carry On, I was always planning on reading it and hopefully enjoying it as an extension of Fangirl.  Carry On ended up being so much more than that.  It’s a story in it’s own right and I’m amazed at how Rowell was able to pick up the story as if seven others books has already been published and read by fans picking up this one.  The worldbuilding is phenomenal and I never felt confused about the prior events.  There is a healthy amount of exposition within the first 50 pages or so and it’s engaging enough to keep the reader hooked until her original story begins to shine through.  When people told me that The Magicians by Lev Grossman was Harry Potter for adults, I was severely disappointed (read my review here) LINK.  Carry Onis actually Harry Potter for adults.  The characters are in their 8th year of schooling so the situations they face and their dialogue is more mature in their nature.  I really really really wish that there would be more books in this series because I loved it so very much.

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For each character in Carry On, there is a definitive parallel counterpart in Harry Potter.  In addition to Simon and Baz who I previously compared, we also have The Mage (Dumbledore), Ebb (Hagrid), Penelope (a Ron Weasley / Hermione Granger mash up) and the Humdrum (Voldemort).  One of the best aspects of Rainbow Rowell’s writing is her ability to capture the feelings of romance between characters and Carry On is no exception.  My heart was melting when I devoured certain scenes and it broke my heart each time I had to put the book down to go to work.  The characters are compelling and well developed and all of the outside knowledge the reader goes into with just enhances the experience.  The characters spend their time in the story unraveling a small mystery in addition to something much bigger involving several Mage wars.  I don’t want to give anything at all away about the plot because it’s so perfect that it deserves to be experienced for the first time while reading it through.

Final Thoughts: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is a literary dream come  true for anyone who spent their youth reading and writing fanfiction (especially Harry Potter fanfiction).  The characters will capture your heart and the romance will have you swooning beyond belief.  Rainbow Rowell gets it.  It’s not necessary to have read Fangirl first in order to enjoy Carry On but I did very much appreciate having fallen in love with Simon and Baz through Cath’s eyes before Carry On was ever announced.  Carry On is a really fun, snarky, fantasy read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for adult Harry Potter.

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Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters. (via Goodreads)

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Tea & Book Chat: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

If anyone ever understood how deep my love of Harry Potter runs it’s the main character Cath in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.  Cath and her twin sister Wren are both huge fans of the Simon Snow series (side note: Rainbow is actually coming out with a book based on those characters in October of this year!)  and Cath has actually garnered quite an online following with her Simon and Baz (Harry and Malfoy type characters) fan fiction.  Wren has always been supportive in the past but now that the girls are getting older and leaving for college, they’re in a more transitory period and Wren, especially, wants to separate herself from her twin.  She doesn’t even want to live with Cath which ends up effecting each sister differently.

Cath is a character I completely related to.  She’s an introvert who loves literature and she takes on the burden of familial responsibilities when Wren becomes more concerned with going out and partying than the well-being of her father.  She’s also pretty insecure and awkward.  I love that Rowell even uses Cath’s fanfic as a story element by interweaving it through chapters.  Cath’s writing also gives us a sense of how she’s coping with her own real life.  Even if you didn’t grow up addicted to Harry Potter, if you’ve ever loved anything fictional, you’ll be able to relate to Cath’s intense passion for the characters.  It still amazes me how much Rainbow Rowell understands and expresses the feelings superfans experience.

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Part of what made this book so enjoyable is that it explored so many of the relationships in Cath’s life from her twin sister to her father to her absent mother to her new roommate / potential friend  to a potential love interest.  Levi, the potential love interest, is probably my second favorite character of the book (after Cath of course) because he really gets Cath to break out her shell, even if it’s only a little.  He’s patient and understanding and it’s evident that he cares for her.

Overall Fangirl is an enjoyable journey through the transition from childhood to adulthood.  It captures the essence of what it means to be a fangirl and celebrates the love of fanficiton, which is typically viewed with negative connotations.  It’s no wonder Fangirl was the first book read by the official Tumblr book club.  I loved how Cath’s character grew throughout the novel and how despite her reluctance, she begins to step outside her comfort zone and experience life differently.  I cannot wait to read Rainbow Rowell’s book set in the world of Simon Snow, titled Carry On, which is scheduled for release this October.

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Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? (via Goodreads)

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Top 10 Books

I decided to split my top books of 2014 into two categories as well.  I think it would be a shame to leave out some of my favorite things this year just because they hadn’t been published in 2014.  For a more in depth look into my reading habits and tastes this year, you can view my end of year book survey!  And Don’t forget to check out the Top 10 Comics, and Top 10 TV Shows, Top 7 Movies, & Top 5 Broadway/Off Broadway Shows of 2014! What were your favorite books this year?  Is there anything your particularly looking forward to reading in 2015, new or otherwise?

Top 5 Books Published in 2014

1) Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

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2) The Unbound (An Archived Novel) by Victoria Scwab
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3) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
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4) We Were Liars by E. Lockheart
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5) Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

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Top 5 Books (I Read) in 2014

1) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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2) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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4) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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5) The Diviners by Libba Bray

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5 Fandom Friday: Authors I Would Love To Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast

My how I’ve grown to love Fridays!  First things first: For the past few weeks Megan and I have been working hard to figure out a better system for linking all the 5 Fandom Friday bloggers in one place.  At first I was adding links as they were sent to me but it ended up being really challenging because everyone posts at different times throughout the day and some people don’t even publish their post on Fridays at all (which is totally fine!).  I tend to publish my posts between 6 and 7 am because I have a full time job and it’s not blogging.  So, not being able to update my post with links until Friday evening or the next morning while the links kept building was becoming overwhelming pretty quickly.  The entire purpose of 5 Fandom Friday is to meet other bloggers, make new friends and find some new sites to read in the process which I’m so happy to have done so far!  I’ve added SO many new blogs to my Feedly and made so many new Twitter friends in the process that I’m totally satisfied with the experience so far and I hope you are too!  So enter, ~the new system~.  At the bottom of this post you’ll find a little blue button which allows you to enter the link to your post if you want to share it here (and I certainly hope you do!).  I think this is going to be great and work better for everyone involved.  Also, I just want to thank everyone who reached out to Megan and I with kind and supportive words last week when we were being harassed online.  We both can’t thank everyone enough for your support<3

Now, to my post intro!  This is the first week of 5 Fandom Friday that I’m choosing to use a variation on the topic Megan and I decided upon.  The original topic is Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast but I decided to write about the authors I would love to invite.  I’ve been on such a huge reading kick for the past 4 years (which I suppose classifies as more of a lifestyle choice now?) and there are so many fascinating authors that I would kill a turkey for a chance to dine with.  Plus, I’m really truly thankful for each of the people in this list because each has written something that’s affected me in its own unique way.  So, here they are!

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2.  Neil Gaiman – The first time I met Neil Gaiman I babbled incoherently until he interrupted me and asked if I needed a hug.  When I met Neil yesterday I immediately went in for a hug and told him how excited I am to see him again and I like to think that the third time is a charm and should I cross paths with him again I would be able to interact like a semi-normal human being.  I find it confounding that Neil Gaiman has the exact same words to work with as everyone else does yet he manages to arrange them in such a captivating manner.  My only tattoo is a symbol from one of his works, my boyfriend and I began our relationship conversing about our mutual love of him, and I have more copies of the same titles of his books than any other author.  Plus, THAT VOICE!  So so so many thanks to Neil for existing and creating a better existence for all of us bibliophiles.

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3.  Victoria Schwab – I started reading Victoria’s Archived series when it debuted and I immediately fell in love with the characters and the world she created.  I still firmly believe that The Unbound is the best sequel I have ever read.  Victoria manages to continue the story in a believable way because the main character is justifiably TRAUMATIZED by the events in the first book and it’s one of the only books I’ve read where the character admits that she’s not okay and realizes that it’s okay to not be okay.  Also, I am in LOVE with Guyliner (read it, you’ll get it!).  Victoria is by far my favorite person to follow on Twitter.  I love her general enthusiasm, the star stickers she places on her calendar for writing and the fact that she’s the same age as me and has written SO MANY BOOKS.  She is a super-human and I would love a chance to interact with her in real life.
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4.  Rainbow Rowell – Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl really tugged at my heartstrings.  Cath was one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever read about and it’s because she is the ultimate Fangirl.  She feels so intensely passionate about a book series similar to Harry Potter (you may catch the relatability here) that she begins writing fan fiction at a young age and establishes herself online as one of the most prominent fanfic writers.  The story takes place when Cath is dealing with a lot of change in her life and I just wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be okay.  And read more of her fanfiction!  I’m thankful to Rainbow for writing such a compelling story about a fan and for crafting a story about fanfiction because it’s interesting to see an author justify it.
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5.  Stephanie Perkins – I recently just finished reading Lola and the Boy Next Door and I read Anna and the French Kiss a few months ago and holy cow I experienced all the feelings from both of these stories.  Anna and Etienne and Lola and Cricket are matches made in heaven and I cannot even describe how enthusiastically I jumped up and down when Anna and Etienne appeared in Lola and Cricket’s story.  Stephanie Perkins seriously knows how to write a love story.  There were even times where I thought I was going to burst into tears because of how much I was rooting for certain characters to get together.  If you haven’t read them yet, DO IT!
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November 21st: Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast
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December 5th – My Favorite Holiday Songs To Spread Cheer
December 12th – Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me
December 19th – My Must See List of Christmas Movies
December 26th – New Years Blogging Resolutions
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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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Winter Catch Up Post

I haven’t written any personal updates recently about what I’ve been up to and since I have some extra time I thought it would be fun to catch you up on what’s been going on (mostly through photos because how else would I remember the last few months?) from Christmas to present.  I’m finally back to writing consistently for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink with my BFF other Kristin. I really missed the excitement of finding stories and sharing them with all of our readers.  Now that I’m back to writing I feel totally refreshed and re-motivated about working on our little blog baby.  I spent the winter getting my life back in order after Fangasm ended and spending all of my time with the people who matter most to me, namely my soulmate BFF, Melissa and my favorite little fiery redhead Cassie.  I wouldn’t trade my Fangasm experience for anything, but I would lying if I didn’t say that I’m kind of ecstatic it’s finally over (despite missing Molly like crazy).  Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing:

CHRISTMAS (obviously the largest collection of photos)!

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I spent December doing the things I always do which include visiting the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center twice a week or more, drinking as many gingerbread lattes I can possibly consume without getting sick from the traditional red holiday cups at Starbucks, and dressing as festively as my wardrobe allows.  I saw Neil Gaiman perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the New York Public Library with my brother Bob and friend Rachael, drank the most delicious white hot chocolate topped with gingerbread spice at Rue 57 with my friend Leo, admired the stars hanging from the ceiling in the Columbus Circle mall, ate my cousin Samantha’s delicious sugar cookies, saw a gingerbread version of the Flatiron building at Citarella, traded presents with my besties, and of course, opened the presents under my own tree on Christmas morning from Santa!

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My love for Disney’s Frozen intensified.  I loved the film so much and I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for March 18th to roll around so I can start watching the blu-ray on loop in my room.  I might’ve sang ‘Let it Go’ about a million times in my room/shower/car, etc.  In glancing through my Instagram photos I also noticed that Frozen subconsciously began influencing my fashion and food decisions.  Many trips to the Disney store in Times Square were made.

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One of the most exciting things I did this winter was attend the New York City premiere of American Hustle at the Ziegfeld Theater.  I have fond memories of the Ziegfeld seeing as my first experience there was to help with the Star Wars fashion show.  As soon as Leo and I arrived at the theater we walked right past Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner, who just so happen to play some of my favorite superheroes.  The director David O. Russell gave us a speech before we watched the film and introduced the cast.  Unfortunately, Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t in attendance because she had Hunger Games obligations so I guess that’s excusable or whatever.  After the film we grabbed a cab to Cipriani and spent the night enjoying the 70’s decor and talking to some of the cast.  I might’ve had a major fangirl moment when Jeremy Renner put his arm around my waist.  Also in attendance were Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams.

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2013-2014 has been one giant snowpocalypse of a winter season.  I always read a lot but with the 57+ inches of snow we’ve received this winter, I’ve spent much of my time inside hibernating and reading.  Some of my favorite things I’ve read recently are 1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which touched upon my Harry Potter addiction and  told the most endearing story about a fanfiction writer, 2) The Unbound by Victoria Schwab which is the sequel to The Archived and tells the story of Mackenzie Bishop, a keeper of Histories (dead people),  and her relationship with my literary crush Guyliner (Wes), and how she’s dealing with the aftermath of her traumatic experience in the first book, 3) Gotham Central and Daredevil which both fall under my read-all-the-Ed-Brubaker-things kick, 4) The Diviners by Libba Bray which is a supernatural story about a rebellious young girl named Evie O’Neill who moves in with her uncle in NYC during the roaring 20’s and works with him to uncover a serial killer which gave me nightmares, and 5) the last few issues of Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie which made me want to sob uncontrollably because I was not ready for the series to end.  I also FINALLY acquired the new Harry Potter paperback books with the redesigned covers by Kazu Kibuishi which I’ve basically been coveting and visiting in bookstores since they’re been released.  I feel a re-read coming on.

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I had a very low key New Years Eve this year and it was absolutely wonderful.  I rang in 2014 with Melissa and my brother.  We drank pink champagne and watched the Akira blu-ray I recently purchased.  I couldn’t think of a better way to have spent the holiday.

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I’ve been eating and baking a lot of junk food lately so I’ll have to revert back to my rabbit food like vegetarian diet soon if I plan on fitting in my dresses for the summer.  Cookie dough Oreos may be the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted.  They have a faintly coffee like taste but you can feel the sugar particles in your mouth while you’re devouring them.  Macarons have kind of been my jam this winter.  I especially love Macaron Parlour in St. Marks which has really creative flavors like Cheetos and Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese. Yeah.  I’m also really impressed with the Carrot Cake M&M’s.  They’re no Pumpkin Spice, but they really hit the spot.IMG_0117 IMG_0230 IMG_0425 IMG_0894 IMG_0900 IMG_1277 IMG_1366 IMG_1481 IMG_1598 IMG_2158IMG_2126 IMG_2173IMG_1870

Being a hoarder, I’ve added a bunch of new statues, dolls, clothes, etc., to my collection over the past few months.  The biggest item I’ve added is the life size Daredevil bust by Sideshow Collectibles which I’ve been told freaks some people out but they’ll just have to get over it because it’s my room, my second favorite Marvel hero and he makes me happy.  I’ve also been collecting the DC Bombshell statues which combine my love of superheroes with my love of retro pinup style models.  Unfortunately my Supergirl broke into six pieces after falling two feet onto a carpeted surface (I shudder to think what would’ve happened on a tiled or wood floor), but my Dad superglued her together for me and she’s almost as good as new.  Sideshow Collectibles also sent me the Mary Jane Watson statue which is the first statue released in their J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man collection and I wrote a rave review of her for both of my websites.  Lastly, I’ve been getting into DC Tonner dolls.  My most recent addition is Poison Ivy and my instagram photo of her is featured on Comics Alliance this week!  I also received my first Sailor Moon preorder from Japan so I’m expecting a flood of new magical girl things in the next few months.  Seriously though, I just love these compacts.  And the newest anything I’ve gotten is the Target exclusive edition of Thor: The Dark World.  Obviously it was worth the trip alone to have my lovely Loki on the cover.

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I recently saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway (right before it closed) with Dan, Marlene and Ali.  It was incredibly silly and we all laughed throughout many of the scenes.  I had been the only one who hadn’t seen the show yet, and I’m SO thankful Dan thought of me when he got some last minute tickets.  Some of the villains had awesome costumes while others were absurd.  I was a little bit nervous when Spider-Man and the Green Goblin would fly above our heads after many actor injuries earlier in the show’s run.  I also saw Cinderella on Broadway with Leo which I totally loved to pieces!  Cinderella was played by Carlie Rae Jeppson (who I hadn’t known sang ‘Call Me Maybe’ until my mother informed me >.<)  They took some liberties from the original fairy tale but it worked for the play and I still find myself humming the songs from time to time.  The evil step mother was played by Fran Drescher who was perfect for the role.  One of her best lines was “I married for love, he died, I cried.  I married for money, he died, I got a house.”

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For the second year in a row I celebrated Galentine’s Day with Melissa.  As per tradition I re-read Mad Love by Paul Dini while I waited for Melissa’s train to bring her to me. We spent the night drinking lots of wine, eating lots of pizza, shopping for books, and having a Twitter battle over who our biggest celebrity crushes are, mine being Michael Cera.  You may think the top photo of Paolo Rivera sketches are of Melissa and I and shockingly they’re supposed to be the Baroness and Gwen Stacy but just compare our likeness!  We must’ve been used as references.

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A few weeks ago, Melissa and I braved the snow and polar vortexes and went to Toy Fair where I MET GRUMPY CAT.  Grumpy Cat is tiny, fluffy, adorable, and definitely heavily sedated since she sat in one spot for a few hours.  We also met Emmet from the LEGO Movie and everything was awesome.  I fell in love with all of the DC Collectibles, especially the Li’l Gotham figures, Pajama Party Harley Quinn, and Bombshell Zatanna.  I also loved everything by Funko, from Marvel blind boxes, to a Harley Quinn plush to their new line of Ha Batman and TNMT soft vinyls.  Kidrobot finally acquired a DC Comics license so I’m also super psyched for that Joker Labbit.  I wrote about Toy Fair extensively for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.

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Next is a collection of friend photos.  I played Cards Against Humanity with my high school friends during a mini reunion one night (I was so happy to have gotten the Batman card).  I co-hosted an event at Midtown Comics for my friend Eric Smith’s book The Geeks Guide to Dating.  We had such a fun time and afterwards we headed to the Red Door with Cassie, Taylor, and Katherine for after book club drinks and chit chat.  The gold photo is of Melissa and I drinking cider at Piano’s where we saw Giovanni’s band perform.  I also took a day off of work and spent the day shopping and drinking extra large green apple cocktails with Betty, Angelina, Lauren, and Nick.  And most recently, I tried on my bridesmaid dress for my friend Amanda’s upcoming wedding in November.

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Last and most certainly not least, I impulsively booked a trip to Orlando to see the aforementioned Kristin and my friend Christine.  I’m SO SO SO excited to leave for Harry Potter World and Disney and MegaCon in a few weeks and it seems like a bunch of my other friends will also be in town during the same time!  I’m going to try not to let as much time pass between posts so I won’t have to write a three month catch up again any time soon.  I hope you’ve all been well and I really hope that Spring weather starts happening soon so my upcoming adventures are warmer.

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