Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Immediate Reading List-2016

I love to read. Love it. I'm always reading a book; fantasy, historical fiction, drama, horror, sci-fi, the classics....I love it all. As soon as I finish one, I pick up another. Sometimes I read multiple books at a time. My mother encouraged me to read at every opportunity as a child, never saying no to new books, and as a result I have a reading list several miles long. Here is a glimpse at my immediate reading list. It would take days for me to relate my entire reading list (and ain't nobody got time for that), so this list comprises of the top five books on the agenda this year:


Mansfield Park: I've been trying to work my way through all of Austen's novels for a while now. All I have left are Mansfield Park and Emma. Pride and Prejudice has been my favorite so far, and it was also the first one that I read. I tried reading Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice when I was much much younger (starting around the 6th grade I decided I needed to read more "grown-up" books) but I just couldn't get a good mental image of what was going on and couldn't follow the books. Plus, they were boring. As an adult though, I enjoy Jane Austen's work very much.

The Maid: I found The Maid by Kimberly Cutter in a used book store (2nd and Charles) when I last went home for a visit. It's an historical novel about Joan of Arc. I've never read anything by Cutter before, but as I perused the first chapter I got the impression that I would enjoy her writing style and the manner in which she presents Joan.

Fight Club: I've been wanting to read Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk ever since I saw the movie. It's as simple as that. I liked the movie a lot, and 99.99% of the time the book is always better than the movie. So if I liked the movie, I'll love the book.

1776: I like to read to educate and exercise my mind as much as I enjoy reading to entertain my brain. I started 1776 last year and never got around to finishing it (which tends to happen every once in a while when reading multiple books). This year I intend to finish what I started. 1776 by David McCullough covers the entire year of 1776 from the perspective of the colonial and British armies. McCullough doesn't focus solely on the upper echelons, but includes the stories of redcoats and average every day people who made up the colonial army. Obviously, George Washington features largely in 1776 and I have found that (in what I have read so far) the book is really interesting.

Pioneer Girl: Pioneer Girl is the annotated autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I absolutely adored the Little House series when I was a kid and wanted to be a pioneer girl with all my little heart. I got a kick out of how Wilder described average every day tasks on the prairie, such as making butter or butchering a pig, with such detail. As an adult I realize that Wilder fictionalized her life story to make it more interesting to young readers (something her daughter had a problem with as a journalist.....) so I wanted to read a more accurate account of her life. Reading Wilder's autobiography accompanied by the notes from the editor has been very interesting. I'm only a few chapters in, but I can already tell that I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this book.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

TeeFury's Fan Bundles!

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Attention nerds, attention! TeeFury is now offering their new Fan Bundles. Find your favorite fandom and grab your bundle while they last. Each bundle consists of products that you can't find anywhere else. Hurry while supplies last; the sale will be going on until 2/1/2016! I've got my eye on the Horror Bundle, and I know a certain someone over at Geek and Glam who'd like the Whovian Bundle! Shop the Fury Fan Bundles at TeeFury!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Shows to Binge Watch in 2016

In the time of "Netflix and Chill", "The Showhole", and binge watching you may be wondering, "What should I watch next?" Well, here are a list of shows that you should binge watch before their new seasons come out this year:

I cannot state how much I love this show. Love. The writing is fantastic, the characters are complex and wonderful, and the locations they film at are lovely. Oh, and there are some kick ass battle scenes, duh. I am totally on Team Lagertha because she is completely awesome. Season 4 starts on Thursday February 18, 2016 on the History Channel. Don't miss it.

Game of Thrones
FIRE AND BLOOD! You should definitely binge watch the first five seasons of Game of Thrones before the season 6 premier on Sunday April 24, 2016. You've got plenty of time. There are some big questions that need to be answered this season. I don't want to post any spoilers for those who live under a rock and haven't seen the season 5 finale, but you all know what I'm talking about. You know. I personally believe that he, like Glen from TWD, will miraculously make it. I'm a huge fan of the show, but an even bigger fan of the books. If you like the show please please please read the books. They're even better than the show, if you can believe it.

Marco Polo
While it's true, one season hardly counts as a binge, I think you should definitely watch season one of Marco Polo on Netflix before the second season drops later this year. I love period dramas, and this Netflix original series definitely delivers the drama here. Love, action, adventure; everything is rolled up into a neat package in Marco Polo.

The Walking Dead
Part two of season six of The Walking Dead premiers on Valentines Day this year. My husband and I will definitely be watching this as we sip glasses of wine and eat chocolate. Because nothing says love like "I want to watch The Walking Dead with no one but you". If you want to catch up, jog your memory as to what's gone down in the first half of the season, or if you simply love this show as much as I do you should spend some time binge watching TWD. And don't forget The Talking Dead after the episode. It's always worth a watch.

                     shows to binge watch 2016

P.S. I would have added "Downton Abbey", one of my favorite shows, but it's final season has already started. However, I totally recommend that you give this show a try. My husband and I are re-watching seasons 1-5 now so that when we get season 6  from PBS at the end of the month we'll have everything fresh in our minds.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Things I'm Digging This Week

Hello everyone! I hope everybody had a happy and safe New Year. We spent a quiet Christmas at home, and spent New Years Eve with our besties and their kids.So, for my first post of the new year, here are a few things I'm digging this week:

Timber Peak
     I bought my husband the "Last Night On Earth" game expansion "Timber Peak" for Christmas. We got to play it on New Years Eve when our friends came over for dinner. It was so much fun. What I like about this game is that you can play it in conjunction with the other LNOE game/expansions OR you can play it as a stand-alone game. My friend Danielle over at Geek and Glam blog and her husband played with us, and they're LNOE veterans. Danielle and I played the heroes (who *very* narrowly lost) and our respective husbands played the zombie horde. I'll be posting a game review some time soon outlining the game and the differences between Timber Peak and the previous LNOE game and expansion.

Spiralizer Apple Peeler
     Words can hardly express how much I love my new Spiralizer apple peeler. It peels, slices, and cores apples, pears, and potatoes. It makes my life SO much easier when I want to can apple sauce or apple butter. It used to take me a really long time to core, peel, and dice my apples (I usually do 5lbs at a time) and now it takes me a few minutes. Now, I know you're probably thinking "Meridith, who the hell cares about peeling apples?" I DO. My kids go through apple sauce like it's going out of style so anything that makes canning apple sauce easier for me becomes a beloved and venerated appliance in my kitchen. My spiralizer has joined my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and immersion blender in the upper echelons of kitchen gadgetry.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Pallet
     Last November I redeemed my Ipsy points for the new Too Faced eye shadow pallet. I was able to redeem my points for the pallet before they went on sale, and received it in my December Ipsy bag. Not only is the pallet cute (the heart shaped shadows remind me of being a kid; little me would have adored makeup like this) but it also smells wonderful. The shadow has cocoa in it, and it smells faintly of chocolate. The colors range from neutral taupes and browns to bold pinks and purples. All in all, it's a really fun pallet made all the more fun because it was free.