It is Monday, what are you reading?

The girl and the clockwork cat (for review)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (trying again)

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (#novelteabookclub)

And I got Murder of a Needled Knitter by the awesome Denise Swanson one day before release.

What are you reading?


Tuesday Top 5

Time for Tuesday Top 5

1. I love Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, even if it hits too close to home sometimes. Did you know it was a NaNoWriMo book?

2. The Ocean at the end of the Lane was dedicated to Amanda Palmer, the author's (Neil Gaiman) wife… And she wrote a song about Judy Blume, listen here.

3. Author Christopher Moore lived in a place not too far from where I was exciled. It gives me hope.

4. I have been writing lately and it has been pretty inspiring. So yeah…

5. Getting used to this mobile blogging thing, and I really like it! Yay, technology.


It’s Monday, What are you Reading?

Each week, Sheila asks us what we are reading. Here are the physical books I want to read. Fangirl is for #novelteabookclub. Oh Africa is an arc I received that I have to finish. Sacre Bleu is pure pleasure and Sway is another arc.


Book Review:: Heading out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick


Having immensely enjoyed A Reliable Wife, I found it necessary to pick up Robert Goolrick’s sophomore attempt at literature, Heading out to Wonderland. And, as literature goes, I was very impressed; I picked up the book and had a very hard time putting it down.

Telling the story of a mysterious traveller whom settles into the quiet, sleepy town of Brownsburg, Virginia, Heading out to Wonderland is a marvelous study in characters, and the difference between right and wrong (along with the subtle grays of everyday life).

Goolrick spins a marvelous tale of Charlie Beale whom appears in town with two suitcases one day, from parts unknown. One suitcase has clothing and a set of German knives. The other suitcase is filled with money. Charlie uses it to set himself up in town, but he isn’t too far from the butcher, his boss and eventual friend, Will. Will’s wife, Alma, and son, Sam, help him get used to life in this small town, that has southern tendencies. It is 1948, and the town is segregated.

The unofficial owner of the town (and most of its land) is ‘Boaty’ Glass, an old friend of Wil’s. And Boaty keeps his wife, Sylvan, very close to him—almost like a prize. And while he is the wealthiest man in town, he is not the nicest. Soon Charlie finds himself drawn to Sylvan, and the two of them start something even more dangerous than they ever imagine.

For me, personally, I was drawn into this story by the character of Charlie. As a reader, you understand he’s mysterious and he has a past—you’re not quite sure what that past may be. And when he befriends Sam, taking the 5 year old under his wing, it seems really fantastic. However, the relationship takes a turn for the worse when Charlie’s relationship with Sylvan takes a turn for the ‘better.’

I was utterly shocked at the end of this novel, and that rarely happens to me, so overall, this was an amazing read.

I bought this on sale, in trade paperback form—check it out at your local bookstore, library or on your ereader!

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616202793

Notes to my Teenage Self


Inspired by a linkup Jana from JanaSays, I’ve decided to add a few Notes to my Teenage Self.


Dear Awesome Gal,

The 90s will end at some point, so you need to be ready. Bangs are not your friend, but hair straighteners are. And, at some point, you’re going to have even more red hair that you cannot control, and it will get curlier the longer it gets, oddly enough. Sometimes you will love it, sometimes you will hate it–and sometimes you will have pink hair. Overall, you remember you have great hair and you can rock it.

High school will suck, mostly because of some terribly catty bullying from people in yearbook, of all places, and they’ll lock you in a bathroom. Hey, don’t sweat it, they won’t be around you for too long. People will eventually forget that your Mom told the entire quiz team bus you are a virgin (you’re on the quiz team, I don’t think your virginity comes as a shock to anyone). Eventually it won’t matter that you weren’t born and raised in the same town as the high school, because you are destined for different things.

You’ll have some meaty roles in theatre and you’ll find out that you are an extremely mature and conscientious person by reading the journals you keep as a teen (later in life, of course). You realize that not everyone watches British comedy, nor that everyone gets your dry humor, but that’s fine–you eventually manage to refine your comedic timing. You participate in a few really close to your heart causes and programs and know what you want from life.

You don’t go to prom in high school…You don’t have a grad night at Disneyland… You’ll lose friends (in the course of living life) and that is okay. Keep your head up, everyone is battling their own struggles. Everything is also not as black and white as it may seem, and occasionally a little gray is okay, it keeps life interesting. Contrary to what you’ve been told, it is okay for girls to read comic books, play video games and amass an amazing collection of geeky t-shirts.

At some point, after college (which is pretty awesome, despite some awkwardness) you meet up with an amazing bookgroup in Akron, Ohio of all places and proceed to find the people you should have had in high school. These are your tribe–they’re literate, they karaoke and you learn some awesome lessons from each and every member of the Rubber City Book Posse. Unfortunately, you will have to leave the Akron area, but there will always be a small chunk in your heart for the place where you learned to be you. You will miss those people every day, and not know how to bridge the gap or bring up your utter yearning for them.

You meet the man of your dreams without having to settle, and you’re on your way to all of your other dreams coming true (including annual Disneyland passes). You read, you write, you watch this thing called reality tv and try to find the humor in everything. Because, let’s face it, you’re good at that.

In closing, you survive. And you may not realize it at the time, but every struggle you face as a teen will help you navigate through life.

With much love and support,

Me (aka Future You)

P.S. PLEASE start opening your eyes in pictures. Even if that one eye is a little wonky, you’ll love the result.
P.P.S. PLEASE start getting IN pictures, quit taking them so much–or get an automatic timer so you can be in them, okay?
P.P.P.S. You are awesome.


Finally Comic Friday

It is SDCC2014 weekend. While I am driving people down, the arcane ticketing system did not allow me in to purchase a ticket (despite queueing the same amount of time as my husband, I never got to buy a ticket and everything sold out 30 minutes later with the 3 ticket cap). So, you can honestly say #SDCC2014 broke up a family.

I have plans for my own fun, though. Speaking of fun, Marvel Unlimited is running a 99 cent promo for your first month. Yeah, totally awesome. Use SDCC2014 as a promo code through Sunday to sign up. After a month you will be back to $9.99 a month. For back issues it is great!

Comixology is also killing me with deals. Seriously check them out. I may go crazy with the next email I get from them.

I also picked up this from Image Comics. It features really awesome art, cool lady characters (who are STRONG) and has a playful RPGS feel.

What comic related things are on your radar this week?


Mini Bloggiesta July 19-20 (To Do List)


  1. Read at least 3 books.
  2. Write 6 reviews.
  3. Plan next week/two weeks of blog content.
  4. Organize at least one bookshelf.
  5. Update blog pages to better reflect my review policy.

It’s Monday, What are you Reading? 07/14/2014

I’m AlwaysReiding over here, and so when Sheila at asks, I am always keen to answer!


Here’s what I am reading today:

On my eReader:
sixes.jpg I love Kate White’s Bailey Wiggins books, so this is a welcome addition. I think I picked it up during a daily deal a few months ago. Am trying to be good and not buying so many other deals, so this is definitely needed.

For a group:
download_gift.jpgMy penpal group has an offshoot of a group where we are reading this and also going to really study this and a few other books. I am totally excited about this, I started reading this, but wanted to go through it with others so I stopped.

For Review:
download.jpg I started this, and then stopped. But then I started again, and am SO happy the publisher sent this to me. It’s a great book so far and I got sucked in at about page 30. Really love the time period (early film in America) and the characters (2 male twins) are really three dimensional.

download (1).jpg This looked like such an interesting book, so I definitely jumped at the chance to review it–and I am super happy I did. So far, the book is the perfect compliment to summer reading.

It’s Monday, and even though I am AlwaysReiding, I want to know what you are reading!!! Comment below, please.