This week’s Top 5 Wednesday category is Halloween recommendations which is appropriate since Halloween is only 3 days away! For some reason my subconscious decided to type decorations instead of recommendations in the first sentence which shows much being festive is always on my mind on some level so that’s normal. Are there any specific books that you recommend for Halloween? Doing my video has given me the desire to re-read some of Neil Gaiman’s books<3
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting. This week I’m choosing This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab which finally had it’s big cover reveal last week! I love Victoria Schwab and every single thing she’s written so this picking a book this week was really a no-brainer for me. I preordered it the minute it went up and I can’t wait for it to come in the mail. It’s full of monsters and it follows a pair of friends who battle them together. It sounds really exciting but in all honesty, the “by Victoria Schwab” is what sold me :-)
The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.
As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.
When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.
A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within. (via Goodreads)
It’s been a while since I’ve done a 5 Fandom Friday, but I did film some catch up posts which will be going up soon! In the meantime, I thought that the topic of real life geeks who inspire me would be the perfect point to jump back into the swing of things because who doesn’t love giving recognition to the people who make them want to be better?
1) Felicia Day – Felicia is probably the most accredited “celebrity” who has done wonders for female gamers and geeks. She’s also known for campaigning against bullying and just being an all around friendly, inclusive and relatable person. I’m really looking forward to reading her new book!
2) Victoria Schwab – Victoria has to be some kind of machine that’s fueled by tea. She’s not even 30 and she’s already written 10 books. Oh yeah, several of which she wrote while also going to grad school in Scotland. Seriously I want to be a superhuman like her.
3) Zachary Levi – Zachary Levi launched The Nerd Machine which has helped spread nerd culture and provided a positive environment for people with similar interests to communicate with one another and they’ve also donated a ton of money to Operation Smile. I was lucky enough to see Zach in First Date on Broadway and he stayed after the show to take photos with every single fan which shows how much he appreciates them and their support. He’s just such a sweet guy!
4) Misha Collins – Misha Collins (Castiel on Supernatural) is responsible for starting GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) which includes of ton of charitable challenges and general acts of kindness. I love that he’s pushing so many people to be better versions of themselves.
5) Tina Fey – Tina is hilarious and intelligent and she’s helped push those attributes in females to the forefront of modern society. She and Amy Poehler are one of my favorite OTP besties in Hollywood and I love seeing their support for one another and all females in the comedy industry. Also, who could not be inspired by Liz Lemon?
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
5) Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Top 5 Books (I Read) in 2014
1) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
2) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
4) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
5) The Diviners by Libba Bray
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!
1. JK Rowling – If I wouldn’t immediately burst into tears the moment I would be within personal bubble range of JK Rowling, I would have SO many things to tell her I’m thankful for. Harry Potter has and always will be my number one fandom as I’ve stated repeated online and IRL. I have formed strong opinions on every single character in the series whether I want to kiss them or send them infinite death glares but no matter what they each make me FEEL something which is so important for writing to do. Maybe these feelings have stuck with me for so long because I grew up with the characters and my impressions began forming at a young age, but OMG I would be fangirling uncontrollably if JK were sitting at my table.
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.