The Babe with the Power

Today was a no-good-crummy-mood kind of day. (And yes, that’s okay).

Today, more than ever, I felt like a secondary character in my own life. You know, like Salieri in Amadeaus except MUCH less nefarious. (Though to be fair, Mozart was a showy in-your-face kinda guy). Nothing Salieri ever attempted came close to the dreams of a soaring career, or any kind of success; he was somehow ever overshadowed by the talent of others.  (If you haven’t seen that movie, go watch it now p l e a s e yes.)

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Today, I was feeling downright sorry for myself. I found myself in a funk that I just could not shake, a self-imposed quicksand of despair. I couldn’t let go of my own insecurities….

…and then the silliest thing happened; I was moping  wandering through Target with my family and I stumbled upon this T-Shirt:

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Here’s the thing–I watched Labyrinth for the first time just MONTHS ago, and I can’t say it was my favorite. But when I saw this shirt, I couldn’t help but smile and think of that iconic Bowie dance scene!

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I love this song SO MUCH and even though the lyrics don’t make much sense probably because of all the coke   this scene just made the WHOLE movie for me, and I can’t wait to see The Dark Crystal. (I’m sorry, I still haven’t taken the time to watch that yet.)

But I digress, I digress!

Seeing this shirt reminded me (In the most profound way that traversing Target at Eleven-Thirty at night in sweatpants can) that *I* am the one who can change my own circumstances. With anxiety, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed and insignificant at the same time, like an impostor, like three children in a trench coat. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others.

But you are NOT the sum of your failures. There is always time to be who you want to be, even if it takes forever to get there. (See that sneaky Labyrinth theme again there?)

I happened upon this shirt at the exact right moment–fifteen dollars WELL spent.

For the first time in a long while, I choose to be the Babe with the Power.

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Currently Playing/Watching/Reading VII

Question: Will I ever tire of anime, cartoons and other “children’s” media?

Answer: nah

Currents post! Without further ado, let’s get started:

Currently Playing: Spyro Reignited

(and it’s giving me fond flashbacks of wanting to pull my hair out, even at ten years old.)

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I love the Spyro games SO MUCH. Growing up, I could never put them down! I had as many of the games as my systems would allow, including the two for Gameboy Advance. (I still have all my original copies tucked away in a box, because I’m extra like that).

This re-make is simply STUNNING. You can tell how much love and devotion was put into this game by the brand new artwork, minute detailing, and the painstaking effort of making sure that everything remained true to the original–just with a clearer lens, more so than what Technology would allow in the 90’s/early 2000’s.

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Just as well in keeping with the original, the cast and crew also made sure to add their own artistic flair to the game. There are all new objectives called “skill points” which allow you to unlock a fun and beautiful set of artwork from the creators and the crew! It is wonderful, and everything I could ever hope for.

I spent my entire Christmas day (Happy Holidays!) completing the first game at 120%, something I was never able to do as a kid. (Sidebar: This is *the* game for overachievers, holy moly! You can track every bit of progress you make throughout the game, and it’s just as satisfying as any to-do list WOW.)

(Also I totally spent the morning visiting with family first, I could never ignore them on Christmas!!)

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Parents, teenagers, millenials, grandparents–if you’re looking for something fun and infuriating cute, Spyro is the way to go.

I’ll be devoting an entire blog post to this series in the near future, bet on it.

Currently Watching: Voltron

By “currently watching” I mean squinting at my phone while dying on the treadmill.

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I finally decided to give this one a watch. I’ve been meaning to for a while, and it’s only been exacerbated by the beautiful fan art and the immense screaming attention it gets on Twitter.  I’m really only on the first few episodes, but so far I’m enjoying it. I can certainly tell that the artwork is inspired by anime, and that while it is mostly geared towards a younger audience, I can see that there will be some heavy themes as I continue.

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The humor is very…slapstick? Cheesy? But I actually kind of love it. I love that they are able to throw some ridiculous humor in there, while maintaining some very adult themes. I am  looking forward to finishing it someday in the future, though I hear the ending is disappointing. (I spoiled myself on Twitter, whoops.)

I plan to continue watching, even if I do know what happens. I am sure I will ramble more about this on a later post.

Currently Reading: The Name of the Wind

This book.

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THIS BOOK.

“Demons fear three things: cold iron, clean fire, and the Holy name of God.”

“I seem to wander, if I seem to stray, true stories seldom take the straightest way.”

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I don’t even know where to start. (Maybe by admitting that I’m not finished yet.)

I’ve seen this floating around Goodreads a lot in the last few months, all of the reviews simply *raving*. Lately, I don’t read much adult fantasy; my attention span leaves much to be desired. This book has CHANGED me. This one has been a VERY pleasant surprise–I am liking it so much that I actually bought a hardcover copy to give to my dad for Christmas! (Because who doesn’t want a 700 pg tome in their library?) (Unfotunately not the Original cover though because it’s $40+ dollars everywhere I look).

(But I *will* find a copy because do you SEE that?)

Honestly though, I haven’t even finished it yet and I’m already trying to share with everyone I know because it is that good. (I know more people than my dad OKAY.) Patrick Rothfuss is one of those writers who so easily puts into words all the things that I can’t. And I really like that. I have an ongoing Google Doc that I update as I’m reading books, all with quotes and my own thoughts. I had to stop “updating” the Wind section because I’ve already put too many quotes in there. Any more and I’m pretty sure I’ll have just retyped the whole book. 

I would try to explain the plot, but I just… can’t? It’s so multi-faceted that I wouldn’t be able to do it justice, even if I tried. So I’m just going to bail myself out of this one and leave the Goodreads link up 🙂 For a debut novel, over ten years old…it holds up.

A review will DEFINITELY be coming.

Unfortunately,

That’s about it for this month! My life has been pretty crazy with all the holidays–I haven’t had much time to add anything else to my currents (but I do have a Que of books, movies and games etc that seems to be miles long).

 

Until next time!

-Lux

Book Haul

Hey everyone! Today I thought I would take it easy switch things up, and show off a few things that came in the mail. A short and sweet post! Do you have anything on the way that you’re really excited about?

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Nimona

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this graphic novel–the characterization, personal growth, beautiful artwork and the LGBT+ representation come highly recommended. That makes me all the more excited to dive into it! I have also not read anything by this author yet–but as you can see from this photo, once I find a writer that I enjoy, I am *all in*.

Which brings me to my next talking point….

The Song of Achilles

Okay, I’ve cried screamed about this one MANY times before, so I’ll let you do your own investigation….but seriously guys, read it. This book contains multitudes. I don’t know that any review or description I could write, would ever do it justice. As previously stated, this is probably my favorite read of 2018 (or, you know–ALL TIME.)

Circe

I picked this one up off of Amazon after having read the Song of Achilles, and I cannot WAIT to get into it! I don’t know much about it, except that it’s another masterpiece set in Greek mythology. I’m ready to be RUINED.

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The Grisha Trilogy

Confession–I’ve never read anything by Leigh Bardugo. (It’s painful, I know). My boyfriend recently bought me the beautiful box set as an early Christmas gift, so my error will soon be fixed! I’ve been pining after this set for a while now. (Just LOOK at those covers, the picture does not do them justice.) The YA world seems to think very highly of these, and they seem to be something I would enjoy. Stay tuned for book reviews!

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The Tea Dragon Society

So I definitely ordered this as part of a Christmas gift for my nieces, and I also accidentally definitely ordered two, so I could have one to keep 🙂 I follow Katie O’Neill on Twitter, and I’m just so in love with everything that she does. She is precious.

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Girls of Paper and Fire

Last, and more certainly not least–I downloaded a copy of this on iBooks, if only to save a little bit of money (I’ve clearly spent way too much on books this month as it is, hehe.) Yet another one that has been getting rave reviews! I’ve only just started, but already I can see why. It is beautifully written, and the main character is so level-headed and strong. I will be posting a review of this one, for sure!

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this post;

Tell me about any books that you’re really looking forward to! Do you enjoy posts like these? Is this a thing I should regularly do?

-Lux

 

My Favorite (things??) of 2018

You guessed it–this is (yet another) chance for me to scream about all the things I love.

Because I just love to talk about myself, to anyone who will listen 🙂

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(I’ll try not so bombard you with all the things you’ve already heard about on this blog, but I make no promises)

This list is going to be SO long.

From what I can see so far, many of us have had a rough year. With all of the horrible things going on in the world right now, it’s hard not to–but I would like for you to take a moment, as you (hopefully) read this post, and think back on a few of your own highlights from this year. I hope that you have some wonderful moments that come to mind, be they personal accomplishments, new friends, new books, old favorites….anything!! That has made this world a better place for you this year.

Clearly,  you can see that this post is going to be biased, as it is all about my *personal* favorites. I want to hear about some of your personal favorites, too. What has helped you keep going, through all of your struggles?

The Song of Achilles

“Chiron had said once that nations were the most foolish of mortal inventions. “No man is worth more than another, wherever he is from.”

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

This book.  THIS. BOOK. Broke me, and didn’t even try to put me back together. It affected me so much. The writing was lush, imaginative and full of emotion. This is, quite easily, the best romance/epic I’ve read in my life. Even though I knew how it was going to end the entire way through, I could not put it down. If you are feeling uninspired, or going through a hard time, this is a heartbreaking wonderful distraction.

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Modcloth

I love this site, so much!  They have a lot of really cute, modest work attire that has a flair of vintage appeal. In the last year, I’ve really learned to put more money into my wardrobe. It’s helped my self-confidence so much, and I look forward to getting dressed in the morning instead of dreading it. While they are not exactly cheap, they have great sales! Despite this, you honestly get what you pay for–I’ve learned that paying a little bit more for a piece of clothing that you love makes all the difference. Their pieces are great quality, and they really last. It also helps me, because I don’t settle for anything that looks just okay–If I’m going to spend that money, it will be on something I plan to get a lot of use out of!

Skin and Earth

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“So just
Hold on tight
I’ll be coming, I’m coming for you, oh-oh
And every night I’ll be burning, burning for you, oh-oh
And I, I will back you up
I will show you love
I will give you all I got ’til I can not
Hold on tight
I’m breathing, breathing for you, oh-oh”

This is Lights’ most recent album, and she killed it as always. Her music makes me feel an entire range of emotions, and it’s always been that way. In this latest installment, she’s created a whole new post-apocalyptic world (and an award-winning comic, to go along with it.) If you’ve never heard of or listened to Lights, you’re in for a fun ride.

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Fate/Grand Order

I’ve been playing this mobile game quite frequently the last six months, and it is a *great* distraction from everyday life. If you’re not looking to spend your down time coasting through various social media, this is a great alternative. I’m sure you’ve already heard me scream about it in my last post, so I’ll spare you this time–but I would highly recommend giving it a try. It’s fun, creative, and oddly educational. Also, the graphics are simply stunning.

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(This is a gif taken straight from the opening sequence of the game!)

Makeup/Lipsticks

This year, I’ve really learned to appreciate (and hopefully) better apply makeup–it is quickly becoming one of my favorite things, and has certainly helped enhance my 2018 experience. Just like with my choice of clothing, learning to use makeup has really made me excited to get up and get ready in the morning! I fully recognize that makeup isn’t something you should feel “lacking” without. You can (and absolutely should) feel beautiful in any way that you choose to be. For me, makeup has been a fun and gratifying practice in patience and a nice, steady morning routine.

Another thing I’ve finally gained to confidence to try, is lipstick! My lips are always something I have been really self-conscious about, since they tend to be dry alllll the time–I felt like I was always pointing out my flaws instead of softening them. However, I’ve discovered the magic of lip tints and lip glosses, both which help moisten the lip and mask the things you’re sensitive about. So far, my favorite has been the Bigelow “My favorite Night Balm”  and the Christian Dior lipstains.  (Okay, so not cheap but SO worth it!! Easy to apply, smooths evenly along the edges so you don’t smear it all down your face, and so so pretty. Plus, a tube lasts you months and months and months.)

I think my goal for the coming year will be to try out eyelash extensions, and the Milk brand of foundations/makeup.

Your Lie in April

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Yet another one that I’ve screamed about in the past, but also very very worthwhile. If you’re feeling stuck, or at a loss, this will help you so much. I will never not recommend this story. It’s on Netflix and Crunchyroll, if you would like to stream it somewhere (legally) online.

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YouTube

I would honestly say I hardly watch TV anymore, simply because YouTube is much more readily available (and vibrant…is that the right word to use?). This has easily been my go-to of 2018. My favorite things to watch are book reviews, haul videos, makeup tutorials, play-throughs, travel vloggers…the possibilities are endless. More than anything, I love watching candid everyday videos of people just talking about their lives. It’s…soothing? Haha. It’s a great distraction for right before bed, to spend 10-15 minutes catching up on your subscribed channels.

New Apartment

This year, I took a huge step in my life; I moved in with my boyfriend! For me, this was a monumental moment–I’ve never taken a relationship to that level before, and while it’s definitely been an adjustment…I would most certainly say that it’s been a highlight of my year. I truly feel that it’s only up and onward from here, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings. A little bit of courage pays off.

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TCG//Trading Card Games

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I’ve spent the majority of 2018 working weekends in a trading card store, that rekindled my love of collecting! (Okay okay, it’s mostly Pokemon cards, but still).

Collecting Pokemon/Trading cards is a lot of fun–there’s always the thrill of the “hunt”, and aren’t these full-art trainers simply BEAUTIFUL? They didn’t have these when I was a kid. I think the artwork alone is inspiring. Also, it may (or may not) be a great investment in your future, because the prices can skyrocket for resale if you grab the right ones! (I plan to hold on to all of mine though, hehe.)

I don’t work that job anymore, and I miss it so very much. I made so many friends there, and work never really…felt like work?? Maybe 2019 will allow me to return at some point. That job really did make 2018 a wonderful year.

Which brings me to my next point….

My Job

I’ve been at my weekday job, full time, for about a year and a half now. I can honestly say that, yet again, this is the best thing that’s happened to me in a LONG time. I have steady income, regular hours, and everyone that I work with is kind and understanding. I get anxious a lot, and tend to make mistakes here and there, and yet they still treat me well and value me as a person and employee. I got a bonus and a raise this year that was quite substantial, despite only being there a short time. I really do love this job so much, and it has been a wonderful constant in my 2018. I know that money is not everything, but I am so grateful to have this stability in my life.

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There is so much more I could add to this list,

But I think it’s important to stop here. (Because honestly, I don’t think I would ever stop if I kept rambling).

Don’t let this post fool you–this is simply a highlight reel of my best moments in 2018. Despite this long list of favorites and happy things, I have struggled quite a bit in the last year, with bouts of depression in between. Nothing is ever perfect–I just want to look back on this year and reflect on the good, rather than the bad. I hope that you, whoever you are, can do the same!

Tell me about yourself, and the things that you love.

-Lux

Build Something You can Be Proud Of, V. II

Today, I don’t have any exciting reviews or media content to share with you; today, I feel like only showing just myself. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching or reading anything–I’ve honestly been doing a lot more of that than anything else, I think. While I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with that, I want to bring myself back down to reality for a bit.

You see, I’m in a bit of a slump. When I’m in a slump, I feel that making small goals, or lists of aspirations, would help me to feel better–so that is what I’m here to do today!

Goals

1. Cross-Stitch

I want to learn to Cross-Stitch so badly! It looks so calming, and methodical and just…pretty. I see so many beautiful pieces on Instagram and Twitter. I would love to try it for myself!

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(Irina Tkachenko / EyeEm / Getty Images)

(by Liz. E @ http://www.oldfashionedfamilies.com/cross-stitch-pattern-walkthrough/) SO CUTE.

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(Pattern at http://de.weddbook.com/media/2670024/floral-boogie-modern-cross-stitch-pattern-pdf-instant-download  ) I am *so going back to try this later. Can you tell that I love Floral print?)

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(plan to see some pretty epic “Expectations vs Reality” photos like this one…hehe)

2. Create a Bullet Journal

I’m definitely one of those people who buy pretty journals/calendars, work hard in them for about two weeks…and then forget that they exist. (Whoops.)

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(Journal by Christina )

I have a hard time staying focused, and being inspired in my everyday life–it’s so easy for me to get discouraged. I think that keeping up with something like this would help me so much, both in productivity and peace of mind. I have so much creative energy pent up, and I’m too shy to really try much with it. I think that, with something like this, something *just* for me, I would learn to channel it the right way.

I love the flexibility of it. I love that you can keep track of whatever you think will help you the most–a mood tracker, a habit tracker, an expense tracker…or all three. I like that you can change it up, or become as detailed with it as you want to be.

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(Journal by Sarah Mims Yeargin)

3. Read More (& write more)

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Yeah, this one is pretty vague–but I’ve been in a huuuge reading slump lately, and I can’t seem to focus. The frustrating thing is that I absolutely love reading,  and I think it’s a great gateway to other creative ideas. I remember reading an interview by Neil Gaiman, and something he said really stuck with me–the idea that in order to write well, you also had to give yourself breaks and *read* well–to read anything that you can get your hands on! My friends, I have a TBR a good mile & a half long. It’s time  to get to work!

4. Quality over Quantity

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Last year, I posted this photo of my old Bookshelf; it is still one of my favorite photos to date. while I still own quite a bit in terms of books and comics, I’ve learned to really be selective about what I own, and how I own it. (Digital vs in-print, Audiobook, etc etc.) I’ve downsized at least a little bit, thinking hard about the titles that really matter to me. Moving forward, I would like to downsize a bit more, and be much more mindful of my hobbies and spending habits, vs how much stuff I really *own*. I want to be able to look at the things that I have, and be truly grateful and excited about each and every one of them!

There you have it, folks.

Four goals that I’m really hoping to expand on in the coming months! While these don’t exactly seem  small (c’mon, I know that starting new hobbies can be expensive/time consuming), I hope that in the end I can become a more mindful person.

Do you have any smaller (or long-term) goals for yourself? How do you cope with being in a slump?

-Lux

 

Currently Playing/Watching/Reading VI

Hey guys! It’s that time again 🙂 I haven’t had a chance to do many other posts except for these, but you know what? I like it. Writing about the things that I am enjoying makes me happy, and on your bad days, I hope it makes you happy, too. Tell me about some of the things that *you* like! As with my last update, I’ve been doing more reading than anything else, and I want to post some book reviews here soon. Stay tuned!

Until then…..

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Currently Playing: Fate/Grand Order

This game is SO MUCH FUN! It has everything–time travel, strategy, magic, *wonder*. As you may have guessed, this is a spin-off of the super popular Fate/Stay Night Visual Novel/anime/manga series, and let me tell you….it WORKS.

If you’re not familiar with the Fate series, it revolves around obtaining a mythical chalice called the Holy Grail–the ultimate end which will grant your one true heart’s desire. Each generation, Seven sorcerers are chosen to compete in the Holy Grail War. In order to compete, they summon “Heroic Spirits”, the men and women who in their lifetime achieved greatness in one way or another. (This isn’t limited to *real* historical figures–they can be legends & myths as well. I’m looking at my girl Medusa right now <3). They act as their master’s sword–the last duo standing wins and their wishes are…granted? (Bear with me, I know this is a super watered-down explanation) But if this sounds appealing to you, I would definitely recommend checking it out!

This version a mobile, turn-based style game in which you work your way through Seven different eras in history. These eras have been disrupted by the Holy Grail (well, pieces of it) that have been scattered throughout time. With the grail comes sorcerers, both good and evil, who are trying to get to the grail first in order to achieve their ultimate “Wish”. YOU are one of those sorcerers! Defeat the evil and “cleanse”  the singularities before it’s too late, and history is altered as we know it. This game is super exciting, and oddly educational. Fight alongside some of your favorites–Captain Blackbeard, Shakespeare, Florence Nightingale–and achieve greatness!

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This game is multi-faceted, and that’s one the things that is so appealing to me. If you’ve ever played Kingdom Hearts: Chain of memories, this is vaguely reminiscent of that. Each “attack” is based off of a card (like in a card game). “Quick” cards, “Arts” cards, and “Buster” cards allow you to use strategy and achieve your “Noble Phantasm”–which is another way to go…super saiyan? It’s like your final form, except it’s your Deus ex Machina attack that is much stronger than any which come before. (I digress, I digress).

There’s so much strategy, and variety to this game that it’s hard to encompass in only a few paragraphs–but it’s free, it’s so much fun, and I hope you give it a try. It’s way too engrossing to be a mobile game, but I think that’s what makes it so fun. It’s easy to lose time in here, but I think that’s okay too. Sometimes real life warrants a distraction.

Currently Watching: The Haunting of Hill House

(And by “currently watching” I mean, “already finished and had a few nightmares about”.)

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This was….SO GOOD. I laughed, I cried, I hid under the covers. This show made me feel every little thing.

The story revolves around a family.

(And that, in itself, is really such a perfect description).

In the early-mid 90’s, a family of seven move into Hill House–a beautiful, Gothic and historical mansion seemingly built decades before. They come to stay on the premise that it will only be a few weeks over the summer–they’re “House Flippers”, a Husband (contractor) and Wife (Architect) duo who make their living off of renovations. Hill House was the “Last Stop”, the one that would allow them to build the house of their dreams.

Or so they thought.

It seems like a typical Haunted House story, but it’s so much more than that. Each episode is told from the perspective of a different family member–there are ten episodes total. The timeline is fluid, split from their childhood in the home, to the aftereffects they experience when they’re adults living their own lives. This is a story about trauma, the stigmas of mental illness, relationships, and healing.

I feel the show was also perfectly cast, and SO well executed. Carla Gugino is a personal favorite of mine, her performance was STUNNING. (Not to mention, her wardrobe was so beautiful and flattering. I was getting some serious Evelyn O’Connell vibes from her).

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For me, the show was 10/10; I cannot sing its praises enough.

Hill House was based on a novel by Shirley Jackson, published (I think?) in 1959. Even though the “spooky” season is over, I might still add it to my TBR (Though to be honest, I’m kind of spooked out for the year.) I will get around to it *sometime*!

 

Currently Watching: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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(In which I realize that I truly may be spooked out for the Fall 18′ season).

My best friend came over last week, and we started this together. We also had the same reaction of “huh….”

(Okay okay, let me start from the beginning)

I was expecting the Sabrina rerun to be dark, but more….”campy” dark, like Riverdale. What I got was something a bit more unsettling. (And this is saying something, because I watch a LOT of horror.)

First Impressions (Negatives):

*I was not expecting the whole show to revolve around Satanism, but I guess I should have seen that coming with the whole “Witch” factor. (And I’m not knocking Satanism, you do you. I’m not even religious.) Honestly though, if you’ve seen The Witch, you’ve seen Sabrina because so far it’s basically the same thing. While I was definitely freaked out, I was disappointed to watch something that is so much like what I’ve seen before.

*The camera–somehow they keep using fish-eye lens for dramatic effect, and it’s really doing quite the opposite. Instead of making me focus on one specific thing, my eyes are all over the place because they keep trying to make the rest of the picture less blurry.

*A lot of the characters fall flat (for me, at least.) It’s like the secondary characters, (mainly Sabrina’s friends) are all typecast and don’t display much of  a personality outside of that.

First Impressions (Positives):

*Diversity

*Female empowerment/voices are heard

*Actors look the age that they’re portraying (Even if they’re not.)

Speaking of actors/characters…these two make the show *heart eyes*

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Ambrose is totally best boy–he’s smart, he’s witty, and he’s not typecast into a definitive “roll”. His sarcasm is light and airy, a sharp contrast to the constant darkness.  (I think he’s supposed to make up for Salem the Cat, who doesn’t talk in this rendition.)

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Madame Satan is a QUEEN. I love her. She is the Antihero I never knew that I needed. She’s resourceful, smart, dark with reason, and purposeful. I can’t wait to see more of her.

Overall,

This show has its ups and downs–I think I’m just trying to decide if the ups are worth watching for the downs.

The atmosphere, the wardrobe the overall creepy vibes are amazing, but so far I think this one’s gone too far for me. (I know, I know. Unpopular Opinion).

I’ve only seen 2 or 3 episodes, so I would like to try a few more before I make my final judgement.

At the very least–

Congratulations, Sabrina is the Supreme Reigning EdgeLord of the year 2018.

Currently Reading: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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This book was a fun, quick read–atmospheric, with great characterization. (Like a game of clue!) Shari does a wonderful job of planting doubt in your mind, of making you wonder at the little darkness inside of everyone. While it didn’t blow me away, I can definitely appreciate it for a great in-between. The relationships seemed a bit rushed in the story, but I also felt she didn’t give herself time or length to flesh it out any more so again, good enough. I don’t read a lot of mystery/thriller genre, but this one made me want to read more! (& really, I think that’s a solid accomplishment for any book.)

Currently Reading: Dreamin’ Sun by Ichigo  Takano

Dreamin' Sun, Vol. 1

I finished this up and, it was cute!! There was nothing terribly unexpected in there, but I’m okay with that. Sometimes you just need to get lost in a good Shojo manga, and you need something lighthearted and happy to balance out your brain.  I think that this was the perfect story for that. The characters were all likable, the humor was *perfectly* timed (Mostly thanks to Best Boy Zen).

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(Guess which one is Zen)

I think the only couple of thing I wasn’t too thrilled with was the main character, Shimana–I don’t feel like she had much personality. I wish that had been explored a bit better.

BUT. In typical Takano fashion, there were some GREAT plot twists in there, some very signature moves of this author, and I was all about that.

And well, that’s a wrap!

Thank you guys for reading, and sticking with me even though I  manage to go so long in between posts. I’m grateful for your support, and I’m so pleased that anyone is willing to read my posts. I have a few more ideas for the upcoming year, so please bear with me until then!

-Lux

Twenty Questions Book Tag

Hey guys! I elected *myself* to participate in this book tag 🙂 I realize that I’ve never participated in tags before, and it’s kind of fun to think of answers to them in my head–so why not put them on the page?

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

That depends on the series, really; JK Rowling wrote a *masterpiece* in the Harry Potter series, and that was 7+ books! For me, I think it comes down to the content and whether or not I feel like it needs to be drawn out. I can’t stand when a book is split apart that doesn’t need to be–if it’s 200 pages each, that could have *easily* been one book and now it’s just a cash grab. I really like books that aren’t necessarily in a series, but set in the same universe, if that makes sense! Each book just focuses on separate individual or aspect of the universe. Holly Black is very good at that! Also mad respect to her for still making great standalone books too.

2. How do you feel about Cliffhangers?

I think that in this world we live in, with *soooo* many series and sequels, cliffhangers are a necessary evil. The suspense! The Wonder! I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers. They’re stressful, but at the same time it’s a great way to keep me excited/invested in a story. It’s that difference between going to sleep on time, or failing to function as a human the morning after a late night 🙂 (Or getting anything else done, really).

(“Just oneeee more chapter!)

3. Hardback or Paperback?

I LOVE  hardback books! To me, they are easier to keep nice & they look good on the shelf. Lately though, I’ve been reading more & more E-books. Since I don’t go to the library, I usually buy my books–I’m trying this thing called “quality over quantity” were I read the E-book and if I absolutely love it, I buy a hardback copy. It saves space for the best ones on the shelf!!

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4. Favorite Book?

It comes and goes. (Except Harry Potter, because *Always* is the best answer.) Aside from HP though, I would have to say The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, or Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones.

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5. Least Favorite Book?

Glitter by Aprilynn Pike makes me pretty angry; the main character was narcissistic and completely without emotion for anyone but herself, and I couldn’t stand it. I talk about it more in-depth on this post.

6. Love Triangles, Yes or No?

Someone in the story will always get their feelings hurt, which means that *I* in turn will get my feelings hurt, so no. I don’t enjoy them. I also feel like it lessens the value of each person’s experience, and in some cases, creates the “special snowflake” effect. *cough*Twilight*cough*

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7. The Most Recent Book You Just Couldn’t Finish

Amy Tan’s Valley of Amazement; I don’t know why, but I had a really hard time with that one. I DNF’d it back at the beginning of summer–I loved the other books I’ve read by her, but this one was not my cup of tea.

8. A Book You’re Currently Reading

Right now, I’m reading a few–so far I love them all so much!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Red Winter trilogy by Annette Marie

9. Last Book You Recommended to Someone

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon was a complete Dark Horse for me; I stumbled on a retweet from the author about it being on sale, so I scooped it up on iBooks for $2.99 and BOY I was not disappointed. It was so good–it pulled me apart and quietly put me back together again. I would recommend that to anyone looking for something new and different to read.

10. Oldest Thing You’ve Read (Publication Date)

uhh…does it count if I read it for a class? The oldest things I’ve read (and enjoyed) are Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, anything by Jane Austin, Shakespeare, or Charles Dickens.

11. Newest Book You’ve Read (Publication Date)

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, or You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon.

12. Favorite Author?

J.K Rowling, Holly Black and Rainbow Rowell ❤ (No, I can’t choose just one. That’s impossible!)

13. Buying Books or Borrowing Books?

I prefer to buy mine! It makes me nervous to borrow from friends, and I never have time to go to the library. Maybe once I leave my second job I’ll give it a shot!

14. A Book You Dislike That Everyone Seems to Love?

Eliza and Her Monsters. I disliked that one so much–the relationship between her and Wes was so unhealthy (more specifically, something he did later on), and Eliza was a jerk more often than not. There was a lot of problematic behavior. And yes, I *understand* the important representation of depression in the story–I related to a few of her struggles. But I just can’t get over the mentality that all of her mistakes/bad things that happen in her life are the result of someone else–the mental blame game. She blamed everyone else for her problems. I’ll talk more about my feelings in another post…next question please!

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15. Bookmarks or Dog-Ears?

I’ll take crumpled CVS receipts for 500, Alex!

16. A Book You can Always Re-Read

Harry Potter is number one, but pretty much anything on my favorite books list above!

17. Can You Read While Hearing Music?

Unless I’m reading subtitles on the TV…nope!

18. One POV or Multiple POV’s?

I think that books with multiple POV’s can go really well or horribly wrong, and when they go horribly wrong sometimes it’s hard for me to tell because I feel like maybe I’m just not understanding it. So, while I enjoy that multiple POV’s help you see ever side of the story, I like on POV better. Also, I don’t like when the multiple POV pulls you away from something big happening to one character. (That’s the kind of cliffhanger I *don’t* like. I’m looking at  you, George R.R. Martin.)

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19. Do You Read a Book in One Sitting, or Multiple Sittings?

That honestly depends on the book, but most days it will take me more than one since I never seem to have time to read consecutively.

20. Who do you Tag?

Everyone!! (Seriously, I want to see them.)

 

As always, thanks for reading! I hope to have some posts with a bit more content in the upcoming months.

Lux