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Europe 2016 – Germany

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Photography, Travel & Adventure | 0 comments

So let’s start by jumping towards the end of our vacation, cause why not?

Germany was our shortest part of the trip with only two full days, but I really enjoyed out time there and would love to explore more of the country one day.

There were two things that led to us deciding to go to Munich: I was trying to find something that would be a little more intriguing to Zack, and found the Deutches Museum (science museum) and I really wanted to visit a castle and found that Neuschwanstein Castle was in the area. Munich was decided.

The first day we hit up the Deutches Museum It totes being the world’s largest science and industry museum. I was thinking it was going to be more of a hands on/interactive museum, but it was your average ‘here’s a bunch of stuff!’ museum. Thankfully Zack still enjoyed it (I was a bit bored, and more than a little exhausted). On the plus side, the main floor had gorgeous lighting.

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My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 3 comments

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“My Lady Jane”

By Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

Published June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen
Format: Audiobook
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The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.  

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

The dedication for “My Lady Jane” expertly sets the tone for this book: “For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door. And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history”. From that page forward it’s an absolute riot.

This book takes the rather tragic real life story of Lady Jane Grey who was queen of England for only 9 days, and sort of flips it on its head. The three authors cleverly twist history and add a fantastical element where there are people who shape shift into animals (called Eðians) and a social tension between those who support them and those who don’t, which is clearly a parallel of the war between Catholics and Protestants of the period.

With three authors and three character POVs, I was a little worried about the flow of the book, but they seamlessly weave these characters and their stories together and keep the humour constant. If I didn’t know it was written by three authors, I wouldn’t have even noticed as there is no abrupt changes in the writing style at all.

It’s hard to express how humorous and clever this book is. Even though this is set in the 1500s, the authors still poke fun of the sexism and social etiquette of the time.

This is an absolute must-read… and re-read. I’ve been singing it’s praises since I finished it last week. If there’s only book you can read this year, I think this might be the one. Now go read it so we can love on it together.

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Samantha Lately #6

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Books, Samantha Lately, Television & Movies, Travel & Adventure | 5 comments

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Oh hello. 2 months? What?? You’re crazy! Anywho…

I’m still around. I guess I’ve been up to a few things lately:

Europe

Hells yea! We went to Europe!! Lots of photos and details to come, but we had an amazing, crazy two weeks.

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TV – True Blood

This is my latest binge watch. I’m up to season 5. I watched through season 1 back in the day, but gave up early in season 2. I don’t think it’s as good as when it first started, and I must say I really don’t like Bill at all, someone put a stake in that guy (Team Eric!). Also, I have loved Ryan Kwanten since I was 12 and he was on Home and Away in Australia, and I think he’s fantastic on this show.

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Books – My Lady Jane

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OMFG “My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows is an absolute riot. I can’t recommend this book enough. This is the not entirely true story of 16 year old Lady Jane Grey, cousin of King Edward, who is about to be married off to a stranger and becomes queen of England for 9 days. There’s a bit of a fantasy twist thrown in to make it even more fun and ridiculous. It’s so clever and hilarious, and you should be reading it already.

 

Book Con

I don’t think I ever mentioned it, but I went to Book Con back in May. It was pretty crazy, but I achieved my one goal: I got Marissa Meyer’s autograph and as a bonus I got an ARC of Heartless!! I haven’t read it yet, but soon! (Ignore this horribly unflattering photo of me).

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That’s all for now. Lots of vacay photos to come, and I will finally get to my awesome new library/craft room. I promise.

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A Day at the Detroit Zoo

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Photography, Travel & Adventure | 1 comment

This weekend I went to the Detroit Zoo with my friend Kylie and her family to take some pregnancy announcement pictures for their second son who will be arriving in August (I’ll be his godmother!).

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to the Detroit Zoo. It’s actually a really nice zoo and a couple of weeks ago they opened a brand new penguin exhibit which was really cool.

Anywho, here are a bunch of photos. There are a lot more animals than what I photographed, I’ve just photographed animals at zoos a million times (like here & here) And I have a million more from various trips that I apparently haven’t shared. Anyways.

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7 LOL Books

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Books, Lists | 5 comments

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday (well, 7 for me this week) is all about books that make you laugh. I decided to pick books that aren’t comedies, but have characters that are sharp of tongue, and so witty that I can’t help but laugh out loud while reading.


My 7 LOL Books

The Martian by Andy Weir
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Soulless by Gail Carriger

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Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen

What are some of your LOL books?

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