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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Books, Reviews | 2 comments


“The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy”

By Sam Maggs
Published May 2015 by Quirk Books
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Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

This book is a very light guide to fandom and owning it as a female geek. It touches a lot of the basics of fandom from what ones are out there, the lingo, online etiquette, attending cons and how to meet other “geeks”. It’s filled with fun little graphics and is presented in various different sections making it easy to read straight through, or pick out what topics interest you and jump around.

It’s a great reference for merch sites, places to find people in real life within your fandom (found a local YA book club, will have to check it out!), or if you’re looking for a new show/book there are many suggestions (especially ones with strong female leads).

I liked the “girl power” aspect of it and the section on feminism. Although, I don’t necessarily feel that women are outnumbered in fandom as it seems like most fandoms have a female majority. I always just assumed subconsciously when I met someone on a Stargate forum that they were a girl. But she made some interesting points about how women are portrayed in TV/movies. She talks about the Bechdel Test where only 3 items are needed to pass:

1) Two named female characters…
2) who talk to each other…
3) about something other than a man

Of course that’s a little easier with the longevity of TV shows, but if you think about movies, not many will pass that which is shocking.

For me, “The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy” was a fun trip down memory lane to when I was very heavily into the Stargate fandom. I’d recommend this book to someone who is just starting off in the world of fandom or if you’re planning to attend your first convention. For those already immersed in the world of geekdom, most of this book would already be familiar to you, but a funny read nonetheless, and you might just catch a mini interview from some of your favourite women in the geek world.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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April in Instagram

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in My Life, Photography | 1 comment

I’m still alive!!! I’ve noticed that when I’m busy at work, I get really lazy at home. There’s been lots of Netflix in my life the last month. But I’m all caught up at work, there are no new people to train and my coworker isn’t out so it’s time to get some shit done.

Yes, I survived camping last week. Barely. There was a frost warning the first night and I almost froze to death and then got sick. Plus, my eink kindle died *dies* so I’m on the hunt for a new one.

Anywho, here is my April in Instagram. Yes I’m a month late. Deal with it ;)

April was actually a fun month, unlike May.

Tiny Cat cuddles are the best
I won a copy of this book!
Started working on the mudroom wall
Woohoo! Double cat cuddle
We bought a scary/awesome toy
Mudroom wall in progress
I got all pinteresty on a Saturday
Painting With a Twist with my old coworkers
The finished masterpiece
I got to drive this around on my bday!!
Helo just being Helo aka adorable
Ummm… this isn’t a space book???
Dave & Busters. Mario Kart is always the best.
A typical morning for me these days
Darcy Keychain!!! Thanks Kelsey!
And a cute P&P quote from Kelsey!!
There are no words for this kitten. It’s love.
Books with maps are so much more fun!
White paint selection: an important life choice
Lap cat again (he’s forgiven me for Oswin)
The discard pile next to my bed
They’re sort of cuddling!!!
I made the mistake of going to the library…
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Guesting over at TexErin’s

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Guest Posts | 1 comment

Happy Hump Day!!

Today I’m guest posting over at Erin’s blog TexErin in Sydneyland! Erin is the opposite of me: an America living in Australia. It’s hard to say who has the better deal, being Australian born in America or not be Australian, but currently living in there. I’d give up anything (well almost, let’s be reasonable) to live in Australia, but I wouldn’t give up my Aussie blood for anything. Check out my guest post where I talk about some of the things I miss about Australia.

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Top 10 Books I Need to Read Already

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Books, Lists | 5 comments


This week is a freebie! So I decided to go with the top 10 books I have sitting on my bookshelf that I really just need to read already. These are books I already own and really want to read, I just haven’t gotten to them yet. Book nerd problems, amiright?

Shadow&Bone150 FortunesPawn150 ReadyPlayerOne150 DarkestPartofForest150 Fragments150 MansfieldPark150 Storybook150 Soulless150PoisonStudy150 HollowCity150

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Fortune’s Pawn – Rachel Bach
Ready player One – Ernest Cline
The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black
Fragments – Dan Wells
The Storybook of Legends – Shannon Hale
Soulless – Gail Carriger
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder
Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

Got any books sitting on your shelf that you just need to read already?

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Samantha Lately #3

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Books, My Life, Samantha Lately, Television & Movies | 3 comments

I’ve kinda let the blog fall the the side lately. Sorry about that. It’s a combination of things but the last couple of weeks I’ve been working a bit of overtime and by the time I get home and eat dinner I just want to veg in front of the TV. The next couple of weeks are going to be the same with my co-worker going on vacation and training another new person. But I’ll try, I promise.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…



ShadesofMilkandHoneyGlamourist Histories Series – I recently started reading through this series by Mary Robinette Kowal. It’s basically like a Jane Austen novel but with magic. I devoured the first 90% of “Shades of Milk and Honey” and then it all went horribly wrong and I was so upset. I think she was trying to make it too Pride & Prejudice-y and I just don’t like the guy she ends up with. I’ve read the next couple of books and they’re alright, just not great. I won’t go out of my way to read the fourth.
“Shades of Milk & Honey” – 4 Stars
“Glamour In Glass” – 3 Stars
“Without A Summer” – 3 Stars

Shiver Shiver - 3 Stars – I’ve seen this one floating around the blogosphere as a fav among many book bloogers. I was never interested because of the paranormal aspect. Werewolves? No thanks (although I love Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series which has werewolves in it). But when I saw this one available from my library in audiobook format I figuredI’d give it a go. I went in with low expectations, figuring I’d probably end up secretly really liking it… but it’s nothing to get excited about. Not much happens in the first 90% of the book. It’s all insta love about a girl sneaking a guy into her room every night. I’d probably still audiobook the next 2 books but I wouldn’t pay to buy the books.

I’ve read a bunch more books, add me on Goodreads to see them all.


Pitch Perfect 2 – I saw this on Friday and LOVED it. I was crying with laughter. It’s always great when sequels are just as good. Apparently it did better it’s opening weekend than the first movie did during it’s entire theatre run which is awesome! It also deserves props cause it’s the second most successful opening weekend for a female directed movie. Girl power! I also adore Fat Amy and there were a few Aussie jokes in it that went over most peoples’ heads which was more fun for me.




ReignReign – OMG. I started this on netflix and devoured the entire first season in 48 hours. It’s been a while since I binge watched anything and it felt lazy but SO good. It’s about Mary, queen of Scots living in France in the 1500s where she’s engaged to the prince of France. It’s very much focused on relationships and romance and I’m sure it is horribly historically inaccurate. Plus, they’re all French and Scottish, but all have Brittish accents. But it’s very addicting. I’m totally in love with Bash. Plus, it has aussie Caitlin Stasey and Anna Popplewell from the Narnia movies.

I’m still making my way through season 2 which I seem to have lost my steam on, but I really like this series!


Star Crossed- I stumbled across this show on Netflix this weekend and watched the entire series, lol. I’d never heard of it before. It’s about a bunch of aliens that crashed on Earth and to try and assimilate them, a group of teenagers are let out of their facility to attend a local school. And of course one of them falls in love with a human. It was a CW midseason show about a year ago that never made it past its original 13 episode order. It was enjoyable, nothing too amazing. Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) played the lead and it had cute boys (which I’m allowed to say because even though they’re playing teens, the actors are all actually older than me. So it’s not weird, k?).

Star Crossed



Tyrannosauruslexxx – I’ve recently started watching this vlog and I think she’s adorable and fun. Makes me want to vlog, but I’m terribly awkward and camera shy, so it won’t happen.

So that’s me lately. Apparently we’re going camping next weekend. Like in a tent. It’s going to ba an adventure.

What have you been up to lately? And what should I binge watch next?

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