This week’s gonna be a busy one but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get her reading done! *Puts on determined face.*
I’m currently on page 346 of The Girl with All the Gifts, by M.R. Carey and I plan on finishing it in the next day or two. I really have enjoyed this book from the start but it did hit a little bit of a slow point in the middle that slowed me down for a while. Last night’s reading session changed that though and I’m just as invested as I was when I started reading it. I can’t wait to see how this one ends. Overall I’ve greatly enjoyed it thus far.
My other reading goals for the week are of the comic book variety. I recently read both volume 1 and volume 2 of the New 52 Batwoman TPBs by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman. This week I’m hoping to start and complete volume 3.
I was really looking forward to checking out the Batwoman comics for a variety of reasons, but one of the main ones goes wayyy back to Batwoman’s origins in the 1950’s. One of the supposed major reasons for her creation was to provide Bruce Wayne with a female love interest to shush all those rumors about Batman and Robin being “partners” of a vastly different nature than the crime-fighting variety. These days, Batwoman is much more than a pretty little bandage to cover up any sort of wounded hetero-masculinity that Batman and the Boy Wonder might have had circling around them. In fact, she herself is a lesbian. Times are changing and if DC really did initially create Batwoman to sweep any rumors of homosexuality under the conservative rug than I think it is a refreshing change to see her now out and not giving a damn what others think regarding her sexual orientation.
*Steps calmly off of soapbox*
Aaaannd now back to your regularly scheduled reading program:
So, keeping it in the Bat Family, my other intended reading goal is one that has been on my TBR list for a while: Batman: The Long Halloween, written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Time Sale. With Halloween coming fast it seems an appropriate time to read this. The art and the color scheme are pretty dark and moody which I think will go well with the story.
There’s been hints of it in the air lately, but fall is finally upon us!! 😀
Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite season. The weather’s perfect, there’s the king of all holidays (I’m looking at you, Halloween, you sexy bitch!), cider and donuts, spooky activities galore, hoodies and scarves to be worn, and horror movies and books to be devoured.
Aaaaand today being September 22nd also means that it is none other than Hobbit Day!!
Hobbit Day celebrates the mutual birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and if you don’t know who they are, you need to get yourself schooled because you’re missing out on some good shit.
I found a bubble gum flavored soda at the store and ended up mixing 12 ounces of it with a box of strawberry cake mix. The resulting cake was a pretty snazzy purple-magenta color. The lighting in the pic doesn’t really do the color enough justice, but here was the result:
The pink-canned bubble gum soda was surprisingly bright blue when poured out of the can, so when mixed with pink cake mix, it created quite the lovely color. The fizzy batter literally looked like cotton candy when I was stirring it.
The flavor was pleasant, not-too-sugary-sweet, and is pretty good when topped with whipped cream (like most things, I suppose). 😉
Though, I gotta say, it really didn’t taste all that much like bubble gum.
Although I have yet to mention it in this blog, I belong to a pretty snazzy book club. We’re a small group (there are only eight of us), but we have a great dynamic and have managed to keep it that way for three years now as of this month. Each month, one of us is in charge of picking about four to five books for the rest of our lot to vote on. The winning book is what we end up reading and then we get together near the end of the month to discuss the book (honestly, only for like five minutes and then the talk always turns to inappropriate banter on one topic or another for the rest of the night). There’s also almost always booze and delicious food. Needless to say, it’s always a good time. 🙂
This month is my turn to play hostess. I suggested a variety of books, and the winner was The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. A few of the girls even had it on their TBR lists already. I’d had a good friend of mine recommend it to me months ago. She literally squealed with joy when I told her I was finally going to be reading it.
Although I am not all that far into the book yet, I can honestly say I like it quite a bit already. It doesn’t suffer from any sort of a slow start or info dump that you sometimes have to get through in even the best of books. The chapters are short and interesting, with different characters’ POVs. The characters have depth to them and feel real. Your initial assumptions about them do not define them as characters. They’re complex.
I don’t want to give much about the plot away since I think it is kind of fun going into it without much background info like I did. It’s a book that doesn’t feel the need to spoon feed you all the answers right away. You learn more about the characters, plot, and setting the further you go along reading it. It is a dystopian horror, I can tell you that much. The world has seen better days in it, and although the outlook of the future is grim, there is hope. But what if you had to do horrible things to hang on to that hope? Unethical things? It’s a story that forces its characters to set aside their humanity at times all in the hopes of saving humanity. And all while questioning what exactly even defines humanity to begin with.
If you’re interested in it, here is the book’s goodreads page so you can read a little more about it, but I do honestly think this is a book that is fun to go into with very little background information on it.
Vacation (aka- “work-ation”) is officially done and over with. I spent most of it working and doing paperwork/classes and being sick, but there were a few fun points sprinkled throughout it so I can’t complain too much.
My bestie made some amazing baked goods again today. Peanut butter fudge and banana bread. I am convinced she is trying to ensure everyone in the house one day has diabetes.
Got to have a (mostly) fun pizza/movie night with my boyfriend. I say “mostly” because this was the first night I was sick so that tends to put a damper on things. He was sweet and took care of me though, so that was nice. We watched Princess Mononoke (my first time seeing it). I really enjoyed the film, though I gotta say I was surprised by how much darker and more violent this one was than the other Studio Ghibli films I’ve seen. Not that that is a bad thing, just very surprising to say the least. I loved it though. I like darker animation in general though. Anyone who says cartoons are only for children clearly hasn’t ventured far into the world of animation.
I’d have to say that out of any of the Studio Ghibli movies I’ve seen so far, Princess Mononoke was by far the most mature. There has been a magical childlike quality in the others I’ve watched that I didn’t feel in this one but the magic is still definitely there. It’s just a different type of magic is all. The movie explores the relationship between humans and nature, focusing on the conflict of gods, beasts, and man (man, of course, being the biggest beast of them all) trying to share the same earth.
Well, I would write more but as I said at the start of this post: vacation has come to an end and I have to work in the morning. Off to bed now.
What do you do when your vacation from your current job becomes a “work-ation” for your new job? Squeeze the tiniest bit of free time you have into huddling over your laptop with a trusty energy drink (nectar of the writing gods) at your side and write your little heart out.
One of my co-workers recently pointed out that there were only 4 months until Christmas. She was promptly met with boos, hisses, and the laments of the rest of us.
I’ll admit, I used to be a total grinch, but my best friend made it her mission to show me the festive side of the holidays and not just the stressful side I had been experience all my adult life, and the past couple years I’ve been enjoying it more and more.
Well, it’s only August and I’ve already been looking for ideas for Christmas shopping. I actually found something today that I plan on getting my best friend (who is honestly probably my favorite person to shop for). Recently I also found one of my brother’s gifts at a craft tent during my town’s summer fest.
It might seem early, but I like to pick up things here and there when I find something that seems perfect for the people I am shopping for. Plus, it makes holiday shopping wayyyy less stressful the closer it gets to Christmas.
Another perk is having more time to relax and enjoy the fun things like decorating a tree, drinking hot cocoa and watching holiday movies, etc. So it may seem too soon to some, but I regret nothing!!