Friday, September 30, 2016

To Do #11: Read Banned Books

I started posting my "to do" list aka a bucket list, around the summer I started blogging. And I've only made it to number 11. That's how well that's going.
I had a list all written out, or typed out. (I think I wrote it in a journal, but I'd have to look for it.) Problem with typing, sometimes computers break. I lost that list and never really bothered rewriting it. Until I found the book 2,001 Things to Do Before You Die; I added 102 that I want to do and found that I already had 26 that I've done. (Including "Count up everything in these pages that you've done.")

So until I decide to go back to writing things I want I'm basing a lot of these post on things from that book.

One of the things suggested: Read Banned books.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My Favorite Things

Yet another feature I've wanted to start forever.
The idea probably came along around the holidays or my birthday (same difference, they're within a month of each other) when someone gave me the "I don't know what you like and don't know what to get you." They also threw out a "I mean a real store" when I said bookstore to their question about gift cards.

So I decided to make a list, not entirely for them but for myself. Kind of a "What do my likes say about" type of thing.

Well one thing they might not say about me; but I've mentioned before: I can be lazy.

As proven now in which I share my top ten post from last week.

I give you ten of my favorite songs:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Song(s) of the Moment [9/27}

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

There's a reason I've had this song running through my head this past week; one that I won't be sharing. Sorry.
Let's just say that whatever the reason it hit me so hard that it made me think of this song.

A lot.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Toadhouse Trilogy by Jess Lourey - Book Review*

The Toadhouse Trilogy (Book #1)The Toadhouse Trilogy by Jess Lourey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published July 17th 2012 by Toadhouse Books

Aine (pronounced "Aw-nee") believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn't really her grandmother and that she's been living inside a book for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she's called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos' black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life.
As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn't remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the worlds... if she can stay alive.

The Sex Toy Coloring Book by Magnus Frederiksen - Book Review

Disclaimer: With the title I would hope I don't have to state that this book is clearly 18+. As for the review it's been kept pretty PG.

The Sex Toy Coloring Book by Magnus Frederiksen
Color yourself sexy with this incredible collection of sex toy images! From dildos, to cock-rings, and everything in between, this book of fifty coloring pages will leave you feeling creative and satisfied.

Date of Publication: September 13, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ten Songs I Love

It's been a year since I've really listened to audiobooks; mainly I listened while working on projects in class. But I finished that class, so the number of books I've listened to has dropped. Probably taking the total number of books all together. I made a list of audiobooks I love; number one Libba Bray's Beauty Queens.

Then I realized that besides Beauty Queens I don't care enough to share the rest. Except maybe Harry Potter, Jim Dale's voice is very soothing. So I decided to do some of my favorite songs in hopes that it encourages me to continue with a list I started at the end of last year of 100 of my favorite songs.
I'm currently around 30.

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Something wonderful happened last night; I finished a novel.

Today marks a month since I left for Spain and saying I can't believe it would be an understatement. I'm trying not to think too much about it. The point of that tidbit was to point out that I hadn't been reading much before or since.
Last read novel was sometime early August. Very early.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Guest Post by Magnus Frederiksen illustrator of The Sex Toy Coloring Book

The Sex Toy Coloring Book by Magnus Frederiksen
Color yourself sexy with this incredible collection of sex toy images! From dildos, to cock-rings, and everything in between, this book of fifty coloring pages will leave you feeling creative and satisfied.

Date of Publication: September 13, 2016

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Retelling vs Retelling*

There are a lot of mythology retellings going around, they're like the new vampire or something. One myth that I've notice is hugely popular in the retelling department is the story of Persephone.

In case you don't know her story Persephone was the daughter of the goddess of the harvest, Demeter. One day while picking flowers with her friends Hades, god of the Underworld, kidnaps her and takes her with him to be his bride. While in the Underworld Hades gets Persephone to eat some pomegranate seeds, which ensure that she would stay with him. After some negotiation it was decided that she would only have to live in the Underworld for 4 months of the year.

Whether Persephone purposely ate the pomegranate fully aware of the consequences or if Hades "tricked" her is a question for another day.
For today let's take a look at the modern day retellings of the myth of Persephone:

My First Bloggiesta

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This is my first time participating in the Bloggiesta, I've been hearing about it since I don't know when but never really gave it much of a second thought. Until this morning, when I was reading a blog post from another participant and thought "Hey, this might be a good thing for me."

As a blogger I'm probably in the same place I was last September (and the one before that), wanting to give more after letting it go these past months. (Especially the last since I was out of town for almost three weeks.)
Of course, that's probably all true for my life in general, but might as well start with the blog first.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan - Book Review

;Snow White: A Graphic NovelSnow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published September 13th 2016 by Candlewick Press

Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL." In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.

Song(s) of the Moment [9/13]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

Pulling out a theme with my last two music posts!
But only because in the last one I said songs about Spain aren't as famous as the ones for Paris. By which I meant I couldn't find any for Spain but knew of plenty for Paris.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Start of a New Season

I don't know what I meant with that title, just go with it.
It's not like anything new is coming, or something is about to change.

I live in Southern California, the season isn't even set to change for another two months.
Have I ever mentioned that I hate that change? For some reason I always get pretty mean in colder weather. I always say it's because I don't like the clothes, and miss all my dresses- especially the lower cut ones since I hate things with a collar- and absolutely hate layering.
Honestly, I don't know what causes that mood shift, maybe it was the stress of school (when I was in school), maybe it's the realization that another year is about to end, maybe it really is the cold.
I'll let you know if I figure it out this year.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal - Book Review*

Transcendent: Tales of the ParanormalTranscendent: Tales of the Paranormal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published December 1st 2011 by Robot Playground Inc

Discover the secrets of a siren, fly with a hawk girl over the mountains of Montana, and flee supernatural party-crashers as the d├ęcor comes to life in this magical journey through paranormal stories.

Along the way, watch for ghosts in a haunted house, or ride through the moonlight with a stranger. Save a comatose boy who has lost his soul, and don’t forget to bring your garlic and wolfsbane—you never know when the shadows will snag you.

Transcendent includes eight stories of magic, love, death, and choice by some of the newest names in young adult fiction.

Friday, September 2, 2016

"To-Do" #10 - Route 66*

I haven't done one of these post since February 2014. The topic was Make A List of Things I Want To Do Before I'm 30; this was a week after I had turned 24 and I said:
The best I can plan it out is: if I turn 30 in six years I have three years to write it and three years to accomplish it.
That could totally work.
Now I just need to start thinking what to add to that list.

It's been two years and I haven't written anything! Can you imagine if I actually try to accomplish that list? If I actually make it?
I'll be running around January 2020, trying to get everything done. And, most likely, trying to figure out what I was thinking when I came up with the idea.