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How Do You Read So Much?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Books | 2 comments

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I get asked this question a lot, and the fact that I’ve already hit my goodreads goal for the year? Yea, I guess I do. I know it’s a lot more than most, but a lot less than a lot of other book bloggers out there.

So how do I read so many books? Here’s how I do it:

Every night I go to bed at least an hour or two before I actually go to sleep. For the most part, that’s the only time I actually read. Occasionally on a weekend I may read for an hour or two during the day if I’m in the middle of a particularly good book. I typically get through a couple of books a week at this pace.

I’m destroying my goal this year because I’ve started audiobooking like crazy. My job is pretty easy, so I can just plug in my headphones and listen to books all day long, that’s adding another 2-3 books a week into my count. It’s kinda the best, not going to lie.

Audiobooks aside, to read more I think the best thing to do is to find a time and place where you can sit and read every day, every other day, once a week, whatever works for you. It’s all about creating a habit. Maybe at first you need to force yourself to read, but it doesn’t feel so much like forcing yourself if you’re enjoying it. Or if it does feel like a chore, you’re apparently reading the wrong book, try picking up something else.

What are your reading habits? Do you wish you read more, or think you read too much (if there’s such a thing)?

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Still Alive

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in My Life, Website | 3 comments

Hey guys, just checking in to let you know that I’m still alive, just haven’t been in the blogging mood. I didn’t want to force myself to blog because I consider this a hobby, and didn’t want it to become a chore. Instead of hopping on the computer each evening, I’ve been sitting in front the TV binge watching anything and everything (I just finished Leverage today and I miss it already, I need more!).

But today I went and got a new laptop! Yay! My last one died a year ago and I’ve just been using my desktop. So now I’m hoping to be a lot more productive while sitting on the couch. I’ve got plenty of book reviews to write, vacation photos to share (oh, we went to NYC earlier this month!), and plenty more. You should be hearing a lot more from me, and I have lots of blogs to catch up on, so give me a little to get this laptop up and running and get caught up ;)

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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

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“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.

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