Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Spooky Reads!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish where each week there is a new topic for a top ten list. 

This week is "Top Ten Spooky-Ish YA Books" 

I love thrilling, paranormal, scary (to a point) books. So since Halloween is this weekend I thought I'd share my top scary ya books!

Usually I do these lists in no particular order but #1. on my list is my all time favorite spooky read. #2.- #10 are still random. 

Full Tilt scared me when I first read it years and years ago and to this day still gives me the creeps but I LOVE IT! If you're looking for a good book to read this Halloween, this is it!  

 And if you're still looking for a good spine tingling read, here are 9 more to add to your list! 

Feel free to link your TTT below or just leave a comment with your favorite book to read this time of year! 

Until next time, 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

How To: Survive Comic Con!

How To: Survive (Salt Lake) Comic Con

If you follow me on twitter or instagram you may know that I spent three days at Salt Lake Comic Con at the end of September. This was my 5th Con and I now feel like somewhat of a pro so I thought I'd share some of my tips and tricks.

#1. Buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale! I don't know about other Con's but SLCC has deals for early tickets. They are usually 30-50% off. 

Even if you're not sure you're going, buy them anyway and you can always sell them to a friend if you end up not going. 

#2. If you're going to cosplay plan ahead! Order what you need online, check Pinterest for DIY's and make sure you have everything you need the week before. 

You don't want to wake up the day of and realize you're missing your elf ears or your cape.

#3. Pre-register! I don't know about other Con's but SLCC allows you to pre-register your wrist band. It takes all of two seconds once your receive your bands in the mail and it saves you SO MUCH TIME! 

Trust me, you don't want to spend hours in line to register when you could be buying your first Harry Potter wand or stalking a very realistic Batman.

#4. Pack. Pack. Pack.

 Pack your wristband (duh!). Pack hand sanitizer, an empty water bottle (to fill once you're inside) snacks, protein bars and cash.

Hand sanitizer doesn't really need an explanation. 

As for the water bottle and snacks, even nerds get dehydrated. 

And even if you're not planning on buying things at the event you'll need cash for parking.  

Which brings us to tip #5. Weigh your options for parking. This is going to sound stupid but make the decision before you go downtown whether or not you're going to pay a ton for parking and walk right in or if you're going to book it 12 blocks to save some cash. 

Personally I would rather spend as much time as possible inside the venue and I park right next to it. Granted it's more expensive but when I pay to spend three days there I don't want to waste half of it walking to and from the venue. 

#6. Plan out your days. Know what time you're leaving, what time you'll get there, which panels you're going to and when you'll have free time. 

If you go in blind you're going to miss a lot. 

SLCC always releases their panel schedule a couple days early and I go through and make sure I know where and when all my panels are. Sometime you'll have to leave a little early to get to a different panel or you might be lucky and have three panels in a row all in the same room. Either way, plan ahead. 

#7. Have a seat. 

All of the big panels are in the main ballroom, if you want to see a panel at 5 get in line for the 4 o'clock panel. They don't clear the ballroom in between panels so you can save time standing in line by sitting through an extra panel. Plus you can move up quite a bit when the people for the 4 o'clock panel leave. 

I always have my sister with me so she'll save our seats in the back while I try to find a closer one. Then I wave her up or text her where I am. It works like a charm. Last year we got first row seats for Paul Weasley, Tom Fleton and Felicia Day. 

8. Going along with the last tip, go to panels you wouldn't normally go to. 

This past con me and my sister were sitting in line waiting for the Robbie Ammell panel to start when the volunteer at the front of the line told us there was still seating inside for the current panel. 

That panel turned out to be the panel for the new MTV show based on the books by Terry Brooks. I had never heard of The Shannara Chronicles before I stepped into that panel room but the second I saw Manu Bennett sitting next to Terry I knew I was hooked. 

Don't miss out on amazing panels just because you didn't take the time to read who the panelists were. 

I had NO IDEA Manu Bennett was two feet away while I was trying to kill 40 minutes on twitter. I'm so glad I got to see this panel and it turned out to be one of my favorites! 

#9. Manage your time! 

If one person in your group has to pee, you all pee. Trust me on this one, you don't want to be, say, in the middle of the Weasley twins panel thinking about how embarrassing it's going to be when you pee your pants.

Eat during the panels. 

Don't waste time standing in the long lines for food inside and don't waste time leaving the event to eat elsewhere. 

Have a big breakfast at home, eat a protein bar for lunch during whatever panel you're in and then stop somewhere on the way home for a late dinner. 

Also. Fruit snacks are a lifesaver at Comic Con! I get the big box at Target of all strawberry ones. 

#10. Have realistic expectations. 

This past Con Chris Evans was the main star. Because he is such a big deal they closed his panel to the public and instead entered all the ticket holders in a lottery to see who would get in. 

Sadly I was not a lucky winner. 

I'm coping.. Thanks for asking... 

On the other hand some panels you get into won't be worth it. 

Two examples, the first being Scott Wilson's panel... While I adored him as Hershel on The Walking Dead... Lets just say his panel was a one way ticket to snoozeville. 

Don't be afraid to walk out of a panel if you're not enjoying yourself. You only have so much time and there's a lot to do! 

The other example being Ian Somerhalder. 

I used to LOVE Ian. I mean, have you seen him?

 I love Damon Salvatore and I was ecstatic to find out he would be attending. 

Me and my sis got up hours earlier than we needed to in order to get downtown and get in line for his panel. 

We got there two and a half hours early. 

We stood in line for two hours, once we finally got in and found seats we had about five minutes before the panel started. 

We were... For lack of a better word, giddy.

But the great thing about Comic Con is you're never the only one fangirling! 

We waited... And waited... And waited... 

The panel started 35 minutes late. 

Since this had never happened before I had no idea what to expect. 

I assumed he would still do a 50 minute panel and I wasn't too upset about the wait. 

Until he started talking. 

He answered two maybe three questions about the Vampire Diaries and spent his remaining 10 minutes talking about his stupid flight and global warming. 

He never once acknowledged the fact that he was late or that the panel was less than 20 minutes long. 

Needless to say I wasn't the only one in the crowd of 5,000 who was a little pissed off. 

Manage your expectations. Sometimes the panel you're looking forward too the most will blow and sometimes the panel you stumble into on accident will blow your mind.

Lastly #11. If you're going to shop the floor do it on Thursday. SLCC runs Thursday-Saturday and if you don't want to find yourself in the middle of a nerd sandwich (hold the deodorant) do most of your shopping/browsing on the first day. Saturday is going to be ten times as crowded and you'll likely miss out on some great deals.

And there you have it! It's extremely long and filled with gif's but hopefully it'll help you out! 

Until next time, 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday

 Waiting On Wednesday 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Here is my selection for the week:

Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like . . . until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything 
Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen hearthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.
Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule . . . Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t? 


I honestly hadn't heard of this book until I went looking for a new upcoming release for this post, but the second I saw the cover I knew I needed to at it to my TBR. It instantly reminded me of "This Song Will Save Your Life" and coincidentally Leila Sales is already praising it! 

I can't wait to get my hands on this one! 

Until next time, 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top Ten Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish where each week there is a new topic for a top ten list. 

This week is "Top Ten Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me" 

1. A new Harry Potter book... No... Multiple new Harry Potter books. As many as I can read! 

2. A dream library, with a spiral staircase, a turret, a big comfy reading chair and a secret room accessible only through a hidden bookcase door.

3. Lunch with Kevin Brooks. "Lucas" is one of my all time favorite books and I would kill to sit down and pick Kevin's brain. 

4. A time turner. Can you imagine how much reading you could get done with a time turner?! I'd never worry about my TBR pile or DNF because I'd have all the time in the world to read! 

5. The ability to step into the book I'm reading. I can't even list all the books I'd jump into. Can you imagine fighting Voldomort beside Harry? Or searching for the mortal cup with Jace? Or even something slightly less magical but still exciting, traveling with Isla or Lola? I'd never leave my fictional worlds. 

6. The ability to pull characters out of the book I'm reading. One name: Will Herondale. Never again would I show up someplace without a date. Oh no. Friends wedding? Check. Concert downtown? Check. Running into someone you hate? Double check. I'd never run out of fictional boyfriends to escort me places. 


7. A credit card to buy alllll the books (and the bill doesn't come to me!). If I had space and money I don't think I would even read what a book was about, I would want as many as humanly possible so I would never run out of reading material. 

8. A cell phone with a couple of my favorite authors on speed dial. J.K Rowling. Stephanie Perkins. Cassandra Clare. Kami Garcia. Margret Stohl. Ann Brashare. Lauren Oliver. For... You know... Reasons. 

I'm not crazy I swear.

9. The ability to pronounce character names the way the author intended them. I don't think I have to explain this one... 

10. And last but not least the ability to dream cast a favorite book. I honestly don't know which one I'd choose but it would be amazing to hand pick the entire cast for the movie/TV adaptation of a favorite book. 

This has got to be one of my favorite top ten's so please link yours below so I can check out all the other posts! 

Until next time,

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fangirl With Me! Arrow Season 4 Episode 1

Fangirling with Ginger 

So today I realized that I haven't blogged in almost an entire month. Which is just sad. But to be honest I didn't feel like writing reviews or catching up on my cross posting... Or doing anything blog related at all. I'm hoping my unscheduled break was enough of a vacation. 

While I haven't been reading a ton lately I have been loving that all my favorite fall tv shows are coming back. 

One of my all time favorite shows is Arrow. And since season 4 started last night (with an incredible episode) I thought I'd post about it so we can all fan girl together. 

We'll see how this goes, if I continue or not, but for now, enjoy my endless ramblings about Oliver Queens abs. 

(Oh and this kind of goes without saying but SPOILERS AHEAD!)

So the episode starts with Oliver arriving home after a leisurely run. Felicity is trying, and failing horribly, at making breakfast. 

When your OTP is making breakfast in their kitchen like a happy little domesticated couple you have to pause it just to smile! 

Then of course we get to see the city and the people they left behind to live their perfect life. 

Thea who is still trying to get people to call her the red arrow (even though that just means no left turn). 

Diggle who has FINALLY gotten a disguise! 

And Laurel (insert eye roll here) who wants to go get Oliver to save the city. 


I know it has to happen but really? You couldn't give them just a little more time to themselves?! 

Apparently there are 'ghosts' who have taken over the city and who are now taking out city officials. 

Also Captain Lance made fun of the Flash so yeah... There's that. 

Getting back to the good stuff: 

It's revealed by new friends of Felicity and Ollie that Oliver has... Wait for it... A RING! 

Pause for dramatic effect... 

I can't even tell you how much fangirling happened during this episode. 

But of course, an enagement happening during the first episode of the season would've been too much to ask for. 

Because freaking Laurel and Thea show up and ruin the moment. 

Of course Oliver can't turn down their plea for help so him and Felicity are headed back to Star City. 

Then there are some flashbacks, an awkward exchange between Oliver and Diggle, and a revelation that Felicity hasn't been as truthful as Ollie thought. 

Then... Oliver suits up. 

They save the city (for the time being) from Damion Dark (creepy little dude) and Oliver officially becomes The Green Arrow by giving an EPIC speech about being the symbol of hope for the city. 

Lance is an evil son of a bitch (although I think this might play a part in Sara's return?). 

Oliver tells Felicity they can get a rug and the episode ends on a high note.

I wish. 

Oliver hasn't smiled this much in the past 3 season. I LOVED seeing him 'argue' with Felicity because you could see him the entire time trying his hardest (and failing) to not smile. 

The amount of PDA between the two of them in this episode was enough to make my poor little fangirl heart swell. 

So of course, OF COURSE (!!!!) it had to end with a horrible, devastating, heartbreaking scene. 

Six Months Later. 

Oliver is standing over a freshly dug grave, Barry is saying he's sorry he couldn't make it to the funeral and Oliver is crying. 


I'm honestly not crazy. 

But a crazy person wouldn't admit to being crazy would they? 

Lets just say if they kill off Oliver's true love I will need a major fan girl intervention...

I realize it's just a television show but... Oh goodness I won't be able to handle that.

To sum it all up it was (as always) an amazing episode. They once again outdid themselves and I'm thrilled that it's back for another season. 

My favorite part was of course any and all scenes with Oliver and Felicity. 

My least favorite part... Well I don't want to talk about it again so scroll up until you see the crying gif. 

My favorite quote was by the woman in Oliver's flashback (I can't remember her name). 

But she said " Stop trying to run from your inner darkness. Embrace it." 

While this episode wasn't all kittens and rainbows it definitely had a lighter feel than previous episodes and I'm hoping that whatever happens leading up to the sixth month mark that Oliver and his 'team' can all embrace their inner darkness without letting it control them. 

And that's all! 

I hope you've enjoyed fangirling with me! 

Let me know what you thought of the episode below and maybe I'll see you next week for episode 402. 

Until next time,