Summer of Sailor Scouts: Sailor Venus Book Recommendations

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

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This week, we’re each discussing our favorite Sailor Scouts and giving book recommendations based on their personality!  My favorite scout has always been Sailor Venus.  First of all, we’re introduced to her because she’s the star of her own video game and Sailor Moon is addicted at the arcade.  Plus, she has her own manga series that’s collected in two volumes so I feel like she’s one of the scouts that we get to know the most (if you read Codename: Sailor V).  She’s very similar to Sailor Moon but she’s not as much of a crybaby.  She’s outgoing and ambitious and she’s a born leader.  She tends to get serious when she transforms, hiding away her sillier side.  Sailor Venus (who attempted to give herself the nickname ‘The Goddess of Love”) is also pretty boy crazy which is always entertaining to me.  She’s obsessed with celebrities too and she’ll follow them anywhere which reminds me of my own fandom tendencies.  One area where we differ is that Sailor Venus is much more athletic than I’ve ever been / hope to be.

I think she would most enjoy reading contemporary romances and anything about celebrities or fans.  Here are my recs for her!

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The Hundred Oaks Series by Miranda Kenneally – This is the first series that immediately popped into my head when I thought about books Sailor Venus would enjoy because it’s a sports romance.  Each book focuses on a different story and a different sport (but all the stories are set at Hundred Oaks High).Sailor V-2_600px

Something Real by Heather Demetrios – I think Sailor Venus would love to read Something Real because of her fascination with celebrities.  She would get to read from the perspective of a teenage star and I think she would love it so much, she would read it in one sitting!Sailor V-3_600px

The Pivot Point Duology by Kasie West – Pivot Point and Split Second are also contemporary romance novels where football plays a part in.  Plus they have a sci-fi twist, which is similar to Sailor Venus’s own story!Sailor V-4_600px

Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout – This is another one that I think Sailor Venus would like because of her love of celebrities.  It follows an American girl who moves to Korea to study abroad and ends up falling in love with a K-Pop star.

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Wish List Worthy: Sailor Moon Luggage

I came across the cutest Sailor Moon luggage, carry ons and passport covers ever and I’ve been swooning over them ever since.  The accessories incorporate everything I love about fashion.  They’re pastel colored, they’re detailed with bows, and even the inside lining is covered in moonsticks.  My favorite of the sets are the bags styled after Sailor Jupiter because mint green and pastel pink are my aesthetic.  I’m really hoping I’ll be able to buy these online without spending hundreds of dollars for it on eBay! Japan always gets the best merchandise.  For even more photos you can see everything on the Sailor Moon Collectibles website.

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Wish List Worthy: Sailor Moon Petit Chara Christmas Figures

There’s nothing I love more than Christmas and now that the season has officially begun with it being Fall and all I’ve started looking at decorations and listening to Christmas music and all that fun traditional stuff that everyone gives me a hard time for starting early each year.  During my browsing, I came across these amazing Sailor Moon petit chara Christmas figures by Megahouse.  Each Sailor Scout has a santa hat that matches her outfit but best of all, Sailor Venus comes with a snowman version of Artemis! I mean, it doesn’t get any cuter than that.  I also love that they’re sold as a set and it’s not any of this blind box business.  Sadly it seems that the preorders have already sold out on every single website (they’re scheduled to be released in November) but I’m still hoping to find them on eBay at some point.  They’re just so adorable and festive and I want them so much!

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Life Lately: NYC Adventures with Sincerely Sara

Last weekend Sara of Sincerely Sara and I met up for a full day of fun on the first day of the season that was actually worthy of spring.  We grabbed crepes from Viva La Crepe (both of us opted for nutella & strawberry) and then walked over to The Strand where I put a slight lift on my No Spend April but I limited myself to just 3 books (which was especially difficult since we kept trading recommendations).  Then we met up with Andrew who took this lovely photo of us in front of a cherry blossom tree<3  We also got to see the newly unveiled street art of the giant baby Hulk in front of an American flag made up of distorted logos and ads which hit the corner of Bowery and Houston just one day prior.

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We walked to Morgenstern’s for ice cream cones (I had pistachio green tea, Andrew had salted caramel pretzel and Sara had mango), and then backtracked down 2nd Avenue where we made a quick stop at Toy Tokyo.  Sara picked up so Funko Pop figures for her brothers and herself, and I grabbed some Sailor Moon charms and a Funko vinyl of Trixie Lulamoon (the wizard pony on MLP).  We ended our day at Phyiscal Graffitea where Andrew and I had the most refreshing iced Moroccan Mint tea, and Sara had chocolate iced tea which we sipped while chatting about photography and past art exhibits in the New York area.  We also saw this beautiful Converse sneaker along our travels.  Overall, we had such a wonderful time and I can’t wait to plan another trip together!  Sara is absolutely lovely in person and if you haven’t read her blog you can check it out here.  I personally love her outfits inspired by Once Upon a Time and classic literature, as well as her own outfit of the day posts and book reviews!

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NYCC 2014: Art I Purchased Spotlight On Babs Tarr

Since the day my press pass for NYCC arrived, I began scouring the official website to see which artists and exhibitors I couldn’t leave the convention without seeing.  To say that my enthusiasm level was anything less than the max when I came across Babs Tarr’s name, would be a gross understatement.  I’ve been following Babs art for ages before she was announced as the new artist on Batgirl but we have never been at the same convention and her Etsy shop is (sadly) forever closed.  I knew Babs’ table would be the one where I spent the majority of my convention budget and I couldn’t wait to hand over my credit card.

As soon as we got to NYCC on Thursday, Andrew and I went to straight to Artist Alley and I basically beelined for Babs’ table.  Unfortunately she was busy speaking on a panel so I decided to wait until she was there to take the plunge.  After visiting other artist friends and hanging at their tables which just so happened to be in close proximity to Babs’, she returned.  I may have even gotten a text message from Jen simply stating “the eagle has landed.”

I rushed back and excitedly pointed at all of the things I needed!  Babs was SO nice and I told her about how I had wanted her Harley and Ivy heart print forever but since her Etsy is always closed I’ve yet to acquire it which is when she explained that she hates shipping things.  Totally understandable!  Anyway, I ended up with 5 pieces in total and I’m so happy I picked them up when I did.  As the con went on her selection dwindled because obviously.  I just love the way Babs draws female heroes and villains and my favorite print I picked up from her was a Spider-Gwen.

I think part of the reason I’m so attracted to Babs Tarr’s art is because she pays such close attention to fashion.  I would wear the majority of the clothing the women she illustrates are depicted in.  I’m really really hoping that Babs will design a poster for The Mary Janes since she already took the time to draw Spider-Gwen.  Anyway, the below prints were a portion of my NYCC art haul:

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In case you also really love Babs’ work, here are the links to her Etsy store and her deviantart page:

DeviantArt – http://babsdraws.deviantart.com/

Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/shop/babsdraws

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Etsy Shop I’m Obsessed With This Week: Word To Your Unicorn

My fellow geek girl blogger and good friend Leslie Stewart, also happens to operate one of my all time favorite Etsy shops, Word to Your Unicorn.  Leslie sells post cards, greeting cards, and stickers which were inspired by her geeky and kawaii interests.  She keeps adding more and more to her shop and I always find myself favoriting every new item.  I’m especially obsessed with her recent Studio Ghibli and Sailor Moon designs.  I’m also loving the minimalist Avengers postcards which resemble Pantone color cards, and I dare you to look at the Dalek’s Need Love Too postcards without immediately wishing you could hug one of Doctor Who’s adversaries.  It’s fitting that Leslie would be impressing us with her designs in the form of postcards and greeting cards, because she’s also one of the co-creators of the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club.  If you haven’t already joined, I highly suggest you do!  It’s a great way to make a new geeky friend, preserve the lost art of letter writing, and of course, get excited for geeky surprised in your daily snail mail delivery!  Leslie is uber talented and when she’s not busy designing new stationary, she’s blogging all of her clever thoughts on her new site Leslie IRL.  I have a bunch of Leslie’s stationary but I love it too much to send to anyone =^.^=

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