Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics

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Yes! I am so super stoked for this week’s theme of graphic novels/comics! I am so that uber annoying person who tries to convince all of my friends that they definitely do need to read every comic ever created. You know, the type that starts pointing things out about the comics versus the movies. That’s me. Feel bad for my husband.

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What are your favorite comics?

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Get (But TOTALLY Mean To)

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The last year wasn’t the best year for me reading wise, so this list could actually be much much longer than merely ten titles. I definitely have the intention of reading each of these books, in some cases even the book that comes previously in the series. Also, most of these books are currently staring me in the face from my bookshelves. If books could give side eye, man. I know a lot of you have read probably all of these, so I ask you. Which should I start with?

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Have a great reading week!

Top Ten Tuesday: Podcasts To Listen To

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This week’s TTT is an audio freebie. Being the huge podcast nerd that I am what better than to list all of the beautiful podcasts that keep me from reading, but make my morning commute that much more bearable.

1. Harmontown

I’m a giant fan of anything Dan Harmon touches and that totally includes his podcast Harmontown that has been running out of Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles for a few years. There isn’t really much of a format to the show, but that’s sort of the fun of it. Dan tackles topics on his mind from his strange dealings with race and his own personal mental struggles to the tree in his front yard that may be dying and farting. It’s pretty great.

2. The Smartest Man in the World

Greg Proops is the flyest mother fucker on the planet. He is so intelligent and so funny. I honestly learn some crazy information listening to his podcast, about him and the world around me.

3. The Nerdist

Have I ever mentioned that I’m a total geek? Like most readers, but honestly probably more, I’m a HUGE pop culture addict. I live, breathe and just plain out survive knowing strange pop culturey information. The Nerdist and Chris Hardwick have always been my go to for the best interviews and all the best pop culture news and references. My dream job is totally working for Hardwick.

4. Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Who doesn’t love trivia? I mean really. This is the best trivia gameshow on Earth. It totally gives me a false sense of security and knowledge for my weekly pub quiz outings.

5. Welcome To Night Vale

I’m a sucker for weird, even creepy, funny fictional podcasts. I’ve been a giant Night Vale fan since the beginning, but please don’t tell anyone that I haven’t read the book yet. I OWN IT! But, there is just so little time in the day when you listen to as many podcasts as I do.

6. Nerd Poker

I’m always just outing myself for being a giant freaking nerd. I love DND. I love my DND group and the only thing that I love just as much is listening to comedians play Dungeons and Dragons. At the moment Brian Posehn, comedian and creator of the podcast, hasn’t been updating with any new shows after taking a hiatus sometime last year (I think it was last year), but thanks to reddit, I’ve seen rumors of them making a comeback soon. This is by far Earwolf’s best podcast, so I’m really hoping the rumors are true.

7. Book Riot – The Podcast

Of course, I have to put a book related podcast on the list and what better than Book Riot’s podcast? This podcast is my go to for book related news and content at the beginning of my week and really gets me pumped for a week of hardcore reading. Though, I will say my TBR list has been growing at an out of control rate thanks to them.

8. This American Life

This American Life has always been one of my favorite radio shows, it was actually This American Life that turned me over to listening to podcasts in the first place. Ira Glass puts on the most riveting, theme based show of journalistic content. Some of the stories told on the show leave me shocked, awed and at times very emotional. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking to push outside of their bubble.

9. 2 Dope Queens

Can’t have a podcast post without mentioning the Dope Queens of comedy, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams (who you may recognize from her time on The Daily Show). This is a great, honest, very millennial comedy podcast show casing so many amazing comics and story tellers. As a bonus, also check out Phoebe’s solo podcast Sooo Many White Guys.

10. We’re Alive

This podcast has been going on FOREVER, but I just recently started listening to the entire backlog of episodes. I’ve now listened to two straight years of zombie survival and CAN NOT GET ENOUGH. I’m sort of super duper obsessed at the moment.

 

Friday Five: September 2nd

 

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The Friday Five is my version of a weekly round-up of five things bookish and non bookish that I found interesting, entertaining, hilarious and/or down right shocking all around the many, many corners of the internet.

1. Casual (Season Two)

The husband and I have been binge watching the Hulu original show Casual pretty religiously for the last week or so and just finished on Wednesday. We became pretty obsessed with it pretty quickly. To give you guys the gist, if you haven’t seen it, the show revolves around brother/sister duo Alex (shown above) and Valerie after she and her daughter Laura (also shown above) move into Alex’s house following her divorce from her unfaithful ex-husband. As the title may give away, Casual is a pretty modernistic view into the casual dating world of adults who utterly suck at adulting. Alex and Val are pretty messed up. Alex is somehow the middle ground between a sociopath and an idiot savant, plus he’s the co-founder of a dating website that while popular can’t even match him to a lovely lady and Val is a therapist who tries her best to help everyone, but can’t seem to get her life in order. Then you have Laura and her teenage angst who’s being raised by them both, so good luck to her. Needless to say, their lives are a shit show, making my husband and I pretty thankful that our lives share zero resemblance to theirs. But, damn, makes for good television.

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2. Pottermore Presents: a trio of ebooks

It seems like everywhere you look there is more news about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. While technically this news dropped two weeks, I only heard about it earlier this week, I’m like a snail sometimes. Basically, Pottermore will be dropping three ebooks, Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, and Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, on September 6th – “just in time for the new Hogwarts term” (and my birthday) – that delve deeper into the wizarding world that we all know and love. Obviously, I’m pretty stoked about this. I just wish there were physical books to add to my ever growing collection of Harry Potter memorabilia.

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3. RIP Gene Wilder

Growing up I was huge fans of Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein so losing Gene is like losing a piece of my childhood. Gene will be severely loved and missed.

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4. Stranger Things Renewed for Second Season

Earlier this week it became official that the Stranger Things was greenlit for a second season! If you are like me or my closest friends, this news is everything we’ve been wanting since binge watching the first season of the throwback 80s horror show about a billion times. The only show I’ve watched more is Rick and Morty, that’s saying something. Netflix even dropped a teaser video listing the episode titles for the second season which really got my heart pumping. What’s interesting is that it looks like the Duffer Brothers are going to be releasing the second series as more of a sequel titling it Stranger Things 2. Yet, instead of doing a major time jump they are sticking to the current timeline of the show leaving us in the fall of 1984. [The Atlantic.] It’s also been noted that most of the major characters from the first season are returning, but nothing has been confirmed for our tiny heroine Eleven and her eggos. In other news, Funko, popular vinyl toy company, released mock ups for Eleven and poor deceased Barb possibly hinting towards creating a line for the show soon. As a collector, I HOPE HOPE HOPE this turns into a reality.

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5. Book Riot’s 10 Hilarious Books for Your Coffee Table & Guest Bathroom.

My husband and I have finally decided to take the plunge into become homeowners as we go into our fifth year of marriage and get dangerously closer to our thirties. In preparation and to keep my sanity while house hunting I’ve been scouring pinterest and the rest of the interwebs for decor ideas and came across this list of books. I may end up maxing out my credit card on coffee table books. My husband has been warned.

How was your week?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School Freebie

 

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This weeks TTT could be about anything school related, so I thought that I’d compile a list of books of ten books I think every kid, like me (i.e. super nerdy, believes in magic) should read. Without further ado:

Top Ten Books of Magic and Fantasy

The Kingkiller Chronicle

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Shannara Chronicles

The Magicians Trilogy

All Souls Trilogy

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Tigana

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The Sword of Truth

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The Lord of the Rings

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Throne of Glass

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The Night Circus

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Top Ten Tuesday: Adaptations To Be Watched

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It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to post a TTT, so I’m pretty excited that this week’s had to do with film adaptations. I’m a big fan of adaptations, but I’m also the type of person who refuses to watch them without having read the book first. It’s a problem. I’m not proud.

1. Room

I’ve had this book downloaded on my Kindle pretty much since it was published and for one reason or another I still haven’t found the time to sit down and read it. Now that the movie has been out for a little bit, I have a bit more motivation.

2. Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children

I’m in the middle of the latest installment of this series and pretty excited for this movie. I’m just really hoping they actually involve the pictures from the books.

3. Fantastic Beats and Where to Find THem

Who isn’t excited for this? I dare you to defy me. I DARE YOU. Okay, but really, don’t, because that may make me a little sad.

4. Beauty and the Beast

Emma. Watson. That’s all I have to say to any of you.

5. Goosebumps

I’ve been really wanting to see this movie. I LOVED Goosebumps as a kid. I was totally one of those pain in the ass kids that read all the “choose your own adventure” books and cheated. You know, the type that flipped back and forth until I ended up at the conclusion that I wanted. Yep. That was me.

6. The Scorch Trials

This is the moment in the post where I drool over a picture of Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario. It’s actually been FOREVER since I’ve read the Maze Runner books and while I’ve seen the first movie more than a few times, it’d probably be a good idea to reread them again.

7. The Duff

Even though I haven’t read this book yet, and will have to before I see the movie, it looks super interesting and right up my alley.

8. Through the Looking Glass

When I was little I wanted to be Alice Liddell. I was OBSESSED with Alice in Wonderland. I still own multiple copies of it because I can’t see a different edition without giving it a loving home. I mean, all girls wanted to fall in a rabbit hole into a crazy opposite world right? Right.

9. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

I’ve still never seen the Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara version. I’m not sure why I’ve been avoiding it. I love this series.

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You didn’t really think I was going to end this post without referencing one comic book right?

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