Book of the Month

Hi Beans!

So you know those horrible Facebook adds and how they used to be quite horrible? Well I keep getting really good adds lately and I hate it because it clearly works and also WHY DIDN’T I KNOW ABOUT THE BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB?!? 

I genuinely don’t understand how I was never made aware of this. 


In December I learned about BOTM, a monthly book subscription where you choose one out of five new hardbacks that get deliered to you a few days after the first! I purchased a year long subscription, making my books less than $12.00 a month for each hardback – which is a very good deal! (And it will insure that I read at least 12 books this year)

You can purchase one book, two books, as many as you’d like, but your subscription only covers the one. I placed the order for one book on January 1st and received the book on January 18th. It’s a bit of a delay but I don’t mind. 

Carlos and Santana were not included in this months box. They just happened to be gathering sunlight outside)


Here’s what I got in my first months box! A lovely tote, a short story by Gillian Flynn called The Grownup, and my pick for the month, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney. 

The books have the most darling details on the jackets. There’s a BOTM logo on the front and on the spine. I can’t wait to have my little BOTM section on my bookshelf! 

<3, Buns

Reading Progress

Hi Beans,

I wanted to update you on my reading process. I haven’t read anything since I finished the Mistborn Trilogy and I will accept a punishment if I don’t read between now and my next post. Same goes for you? Between now and next Saturday some book progress must be made!

Here’s our joint challenge (completed tasks in italics):

  1. A book published this year: In the Labyrinth of Drakes (Memoir by Lady Trent, #4) by Marie Brennan
  2. A book you can finish in a day: The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling.
  3. A book you’ve been meaning to read:  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  4. A book recommended by someone at Changing Hands: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
  5. A book you should have read in school:
  6. A book chosen by your spouse & one chosen by your BFF: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  7. A book published before you were born:
  8. A book that was banned at some point:
  9. A book you own but have never read:
  10. A book that intimidates you:
  11. A book that you’ve already read once: The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling

6/11 books completed.

As for my personal challenge, I’ve completed 14/20 books. I’d like to be at 25 by the end of the year though.

MAKE ME READ.

hello. help me pick my next book.


The Cuckoo’s Calling -A Review

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Hi Steffibun!

I FINALLY finished The Cuckoo’s Calling last weekend…only 2 months to read it, not bad. It was over 400 pages, making it the longest book I’ve read since Harry Potter. I enjoyed reading it a lot; it’s a mystery crime novel and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed Nancy Drew. I tried not to think of who actually wrote it as I read, but I do know that helped me through some parts…Jo must have a great ending so I have to keep going. Don’t worry, no spoilers here. I was both surprised and mildly disappointed in the ending. Surprised because I honestly didn’t see it coming, but I am very bad at predicting the outcome of such stories even though I watch lots of CASTLE. Disappointed because I was surprised for all of half a second until the effect wore off.
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I was a fan of the foreshadowing that I didn’t know was there until it was all revealed at the end. It had a OHHHHHHH-esque feeling to it that I’ve been missing since Harry Potter, though it was nothing of that caliber.

So I am definitely glad I read it, but I’m excited to read something more fantastical next. Which is why I am currently reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! It’s very short and I plan on reading the illustrated HP afterwards so I can catch up on the challenge.
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2016 Book Challenge: 1/12
Books read in 2016: 3

25 Things Every HP Fan Did Before Deathly Hallows Was Released

Hi Steffibun,

Last night I saw Andrew Sim’s post from Buzzfeed “25 Things Every Harry Potter Fan Did Before Deathly Hallows Was Released” and I said YASSS to so many of them I wanted to show you with my own pictures.

#1. You obsessively reread every book, combing for information you might have missed on the previous read through.
This is obvious.

#2. To the point where all your books looked like this.

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I barely dare open this one because the spine has split.

#3. Midnight book releases were your jam.
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#5. And you definitely slept on the street at least once for a movie premiere, if you were close enough to one.

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Order of the Phoenix movie release

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Half-Blood Prince movie release

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Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie release

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Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie release

#6. Your bedroom was wallpapered with posters from the films.
Cue Harry Potter wall from baby Kara’s bedroom!
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#7. In fact, your whole room was a shrine dedicated to the series.

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Yes I hung a wand from my ceiling.

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I took a 6 foot holographic poster from a theater.

#8. You’d spend hours clicking through J.K. Rowling’s website trying to find clues.
This was my life during Christmas break!
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#9. And Mugglenet was your homepage so you’d be up to date 100% of the time.
It is still my homepage..
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#10. Movie marathons were a common occurrence at your house.
Correction, they ARE.

#11. And of course, you’d accompany the films with themed snacks.
We made pumpkin pasties and butterbeer for our Harry Potter class in college.

#12. You bought any kind of merchandise you could get your hands on.
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#13. You spent hours assembling intricate Hogwarts Lego sets.
No. But playing the Lego Harry Potter games, yes.

#15. You frequently visited dumbledoreisnotdead.com, reading so far into every theory that came along.
Also the unplottables LiveJournal.

#16. You got super into role playing on various online forums.
Hogwarts Is Home LiveJournal!! Also, Neopets guilds, so many Neopets guilds.
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#17. After Half-Blood Prince came out, you theorised non-stop about Snape’s loyalties.
Whilst in tears.
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#18. You spent a lot of time writing or reading unhealthy levels of fanfiction.
Harry Potter and the Amulet of Time! ❤

#19. You listened to Mugglecast so much that you got to the point where you considered Andrew, Ben, Kevin, Eric, Micah, and all the rest of the gang to be your friends.
They’re all I listened to during long vacation car rides to Mexico and California.

#20. If you lived in the right area, you went to all the fan conventions.
Or not, I went to one in Florida.

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LeakyCon 2011

#21. And if you lived too far or your parents didn’t let you go, you’d just look at photos on the internet and be sad.
I remember when I missed out on Azkatraz.

#22. You made so many online friends who shared your undying love for the series.
Just friends in general. You know who you are.

#23. If you weren’t in a Wrock band, you sure listened to a lot of it.

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Harry & the Potters concert 2013

#25. But mainly, your time was spent waiting impatiently for the next book release, so you could devour it in a few hours and repeat the whole cycle.
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New bag! 

Hi Keddah!

Before we get into things 1) my phone auto corrects Keddah to be capitalized and I think that’s just so considerate.

2) I’m doing a book challenge on our Instagram. For those who aren’t following us, click the link here! Books are fun and cool and pretty.

And speaking of books, 3) I finished Lindsey Stirling’s book The Only Pirate at the Party in a day (from start to finish it was 25 hours but it only took me around 7-6 to read it). It was lackluster. It read like a children’s book – hence the quick reading. Joseph brought me it to read because (and he didn’t know this) – I wanted to test out a theory that has been wildly speculated. Not everyone on YouTube has lived a life worth putting into book form. And guess what it’s true. I gave it a 2 out of 5 on Goodreads. I also read The Story of My Teeth by  Valeria Luiselli. It was a good book but not my kind of good book. I gave it a 3 out of 5 on Goodreads. So this puts me at 24/50 books read for my 101 challenge, 5/20 books read this year and 2/12(? 11?) books read towards our book challenge! I’m nailing this.

But this post is really about my new bag! (Which isn’t very new at all shhh)


This bag is a wonderfully constructed medium sized bag. It holds all my necessary things, doesn’t make me carry so much stuff that my shoulder is dying by the end of the day, holds its form, and isn’t too small that nothing fits in it. Plus, it was from Modcloth and therefore reasonably priced!

 

so tidy!


On weekdays, it carries: a book, my 3DS XL, my wallet, work keys, a lip stick, whip stick, gum, a hair tie and a sock. A sock? It was in there because I 1) hadn’t cleaned it out and 2) was holding my menstrual cup in it but makes for a 3) very handy glasses cleaner.

On weekends I substitute the book and 3DS for my sunglasses case. It’s a really wonderful bag, my third from Modcloth, and I know I will get a lot of wear out of it.

I hope you had a great week! See you NEXT WEEKEND WOOO!!!

PS your post last week nearly killed me. Stoping and starting my heart like that when I’m totally unprepared is NOT NICE okay it was so nice it was the nicest and I loved it and you alright bye.

Four Parts

Hi Keddah,

This post comes to you in four parts.

First, I thought I looked cute today so I took a selfie. I looked like this:  

 
Second, I’ve been editing my wedding pictures and, although I’m not done, you can see the album here: Wedding Day!

I have about 200 pictures to go through and edit, which I will be doing this weekend. Yay!

 

Third, I finished The Magicians. It was the worst book I’ve ever finished. I wrote a goodreads review on it here: Goodreads Review. Extremely minor spoiler alert warning.

I started reading the third novel in the Lady Trent series and it’s just amazing. I love love love these books. I’m on page 66.

 

Four, I’m concerned that I may have extra-early onset Alzheimers. Here’s why: Last weekend, we went to Changing Hands. Before going to Changing Hands, I packaged up some books to sell back. What I didn’t realize was that my unfinished book – The Magicians – was packed up with those books. How? I set it on my bookshelf to protect it from the cats while we were gone, stacked books on top of it to sell, and then packed them all into the bag. I called Changing Hands that night and asked them if someone had sold The Magicians to them that day. Someone had. It was me. My business card was in it. I just. I can’t.

To the very furthest star and back,

Monkeys and Things

Hi Steffibun! Today’s post comes to you in four parts.

Part one: happy Chinese New Year! This year it’s the year of the monkey and I know this because there’s lots of crocheted monkeys around.

 

I made my own too! The pattern was meant for thin yarn but I don’t use thin yarn so my monkey is huge. Lookit his face!

Part two: something that makes me and Grayson very old. We go see movies well after their release date, on Saturdays, in the mornings. Not only is the cost only $12.50, but there’s no one else there and we love it. We went to see The Revenant last Saturday (not recommended, but it’s part of my 101 in 1001 and Leo) and there were only some old people who showed up. We also saw Inside Out on a quiet Saturday morning. Oh! And speaking of movies, you have seen the Martian, right? You have to if you haven’t! We rented it on the PSN and it was totally worth the $6 to stay home and watch it from our couch with pizza.

Part three: is something that was on Dear Hank & John. I love listening to their podcast and on a recent episode they were talking about code-switching. Grayson had to explain it to me:

In linguistics, codeswitching occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation

And he observes me doing this anytime I am around my family. We don this weird accent and say weird things. It’s not something I do consciously, but I love it and I love that we have something unique that brings us together.

Part four: reading updates! Let me just start by saying that so far this year, I finished Felicia’s book and Tyler’s book and I’m starting on a third book. And it’s not even 2 months into the year yet! And those aren’t on my challenge list because I was already reading them beforehand. So I am on track to read FOURTEEN books this year.

Here’s the ones I’m adding to my list based on your suggestions:
A book published before you were born: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
A book chosen by your BFF: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
A book you can read in a day: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
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Currently reading: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith pg 80

And for your book, Grayson suggests you read Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth series) by Terry Goodkind. I suggest you read it too because he’s been telling me forever to read it and I will, eventually.

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Book Challenge

Hello Karibbean,

I’m going to talk about books! We’re doing this challenge together and I will not be able to answer all the categories today because I can’t plan out what I’m going to read BUT I can get some down!

  1. A book published this year: I’ll let Changing Hands decide my fate on this one
  2. A book you can finish in a day: Maybe Lindsey Stirlings book? I might go picture book though!
  3. A book you’ve been meaning to read: All books will qualify for this category.
  4. A book recommended by someone at Changing Hands:
  5. A book you should have read in school: I think I’ll go with Song of Solomon by Toni Morison.
  6. A book chosen by your spouse & one chosen by your BFF: This will force me to read Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, which Andrew is trying to get me to read, plus you can still suggest one!
  7. A book published before you were born: I might go with Watership Down by Richard Adams, another book Andrew wants me to read. 
  8. A book that was banned at some point: I’ve never read Go Ask Alice by Anonymous- but I’ve always wanted to – so that one!
  9. A book you own but have never read: We all know that I have plenty to choose from here
  10. A book that intimidates you: I don’t like this one. Books don’t really intimidate me if I’m interested in them. I might make a new category? Help me make one?
  11. A book that you’ve already read once: I just finished illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone so I will count this one done!

1/12 complete!

Let’s update each other on where we’re at in our reading so we can feel ashamed if we say the same thing each week! 

Currently Reading : The Magicians by Lev Grossman pg 207!

To the furthest star and back!

 

 

2016 Book Challenge

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Hi Steffibun! I wanted to show you the books I plan on reading for this year’s challenge. And I need suggestions from you!

  • A book published this year: All the Birds in the Sky (thanks Felicia!)
  • A book you can finish in a day: ANY SUGGESTIONS?
  • A book you’ve been meaning to read: The Maze Runner
  • A book recommended by your local bookseller: The Cuckoo’s Calling (B&N top 100)
  • A book you should have read in school: The Catcher in the Rye
  • A book chosen for you by your BFF: YOU PICK! (lemme guess, the author rhymes with Fart or …Dawson)
  • A book published before you were born: ANY SUGGESTIONS?
  • A book that was banned at some point: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • A book you previously abandoned: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • A book you own but have never read: Ready Player One
  • A book that intimidates you: The Name of the Wind (662 pages??!)
  • A book you’ve already read: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

All the Birds in the SkyThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)The Catcher in the RyeThe Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)Ready Player OneThe Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter #1)

I’m using my Goodreads account to keep track of all of these. Feel free to yell at me when I’ve been reading a book for over a month. Otherwise I’ll never read this many haha!

One Line A Day 2015

I filled out my second year in my five-year memory book. I left 3 days blank on accident this time, oops. Here’s some of the highlights from my 2015!

January 10: Disneyland trip with Hannah, Derek, Nikki & Matt. Hannah’s first time!
January 19: Geek & Sundry is following me!
January 31: Passed my real estate state test! Went to Get Air and I did a front flip!
February 5: Grayson deadlifted 475 lbs!
February 14: Kyle got me 20 Disney movies for my birthday!
February 21: Went to find a wedding dress with Steffi! She tried on a huge cupcake dress as a joke and she loved it. She looked like Charlotte from PatF 🙂
March 4: Wished Kyle and Joyce a happy birthday and I beat Pikmin 3.
March 8: 2nd day of Wild Wild West Con. I had Brian Kesinger sign my copy of Big Hero 6 and I gave him a dancing baby Groot to congratulate him on his new comic!
March 15: Went to Ren Fest again. I met Jessica Nigri!!!
April 5: Dyed eggs and had a delicious dinner with my family. Me and Kyle played Goof Troop while Grayson was the peanut gallery. “Hands down Goofy!”
April 15: Went to the Welcome to Night Vale show. So crazy seeing Cecil speak!
April 17: Drove to California for Kyle’s Disneyland birthday trip. We checked into our tiny hotel with sketchy parking at 1am and of course the room key didn’t work. Of course!
April 20: Grayson has shingles! 😦
May 9: Spent time catching up and laughing with Jodie, Cassie and Savanna. Savanna leaves for Montana soon, I’ll miss her!
May 31: Last day of Comicon. I got my Harry Potter stars tattoo!
June 30: Got our new puppy!! He doesn’t have a name yet, but he’s so adorable!
July 17: Happy 60th birthday Disneyland! I fly out tomorrow!
July 29: Ludo is still peeing overnight and pretty much all the time. He drinks too much water!
August 11: Indiana vacation! Went tubing on the lake and Kyle lost his suit. “I lost everything!”
August 15: Happy birthday Grayson! We went to Melissa’s wedding and had a bonfire where Kyle drank too much beer and failed Kevin’s sobriety tests haha.
October 10: Woke up at 4:30am to drive to Vegas with Steffi & Andrew.
October 23: Flew to LA, I booked a creepy hotel so we stayed at the fancy wedding hotel instead. Katie & Andrew’s rehearsal dinner ❤
November 22: Went to the Bengals/Cardinals game, I saw 2 touchdowns right in front of me! I had a sore throat from all the yelling.
December 2: Drove to Disneyland on a bus for Steffi’s wedding! It takes 3 Disney movies to get there.

Another 4 Disney trips last year. How many did you do?