10 Geeky Things I’m Thankful For

10 Geeky Things That I'm Thankful For!

I was completely stumped on what to do for this month’s 10 things. I have some ideas I’m working on for future 10 things, but wanted to reach out and see what you guys, my readers, wanted to know about me. I popped an open request up on my facebook page and got some great suggestions including this one from Alicia of EightBitBlonde to do a geeky post that ties in with Thanksgiving. As a Brit I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, however, I have a lot of US readers so in the spirit of celebrating Thanksgiving this months 10 Things is dedicated to 10 Geeky thinks that I’m Thankful for.

[bctt tweet=”As a Brit I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but in the spirit of celebrating Thanksgiving this months 10 Things is dedicated to 10 Geeky thinks that I’m Thankful for.” username=”justgeekingby”]

I previously wrote about 5 fandoms I’m thankful for in a 5 Fandom Friday prompt so this time I’m doing things a little bit differently. I’m going to talk about 10 geeky things in a more abstract way – keep reading to find out what I mean!

 

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - World Building

World Building

One of the greatest things that everything geeky has given to me is world building. As a young girl I started with stories created from my imagination, stories fuelled from worlds and characters I read in books. As a teenager  exploring the internet for the first time I stumbled upon the world of role playing and from there my interest in world building grew even further. Every tv show, movie, book and video game is set in it’s own universe that has been created by people. A world built from imagination and the possibilities are endless and it’s given us films like Star Wars, to the cheese-fests like Sharknado. There’s so many elements to it too and I started off with this one because I touch on more of them in other sections of this post.

[bctt tweet=” As a teenager exploring the internet for the first time I stumbled upon the world of role playing and from there my interest in world building grew even further. ” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Escapism

Escapism

[bctt tweet=” I could lose myself in the endless words and worlds of books, and it helped me to stay strong, to work through what was happening in the real world. ” username=”justgeekingby”]

The geek world isn’t just about escapism to me, I want to make that clear first, but it certainly is part of it’s charm. Growing up I was bullied a lot and the geeky world gave me a way to escape my tormentors, as well as helping me find myself. I could lose myself in the endless words and worlds of books, and it helped me to stay strong, to work through what was happening in the real world. As I got older and new problems replaced the bullying my geeky interests and pursuits continued to be there for me to offer solace when I needed to relax and remind myself that my every day life isn’t just filled with pain.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Identity & Belonging

Identity & Belonging

A little while ago Hannah of A London Geek wrote about being a Fangirl and not being ashamed, it’s a great post that you should all check out and Hannah really hits the nail on the head with what it feels like to be embrace your geek community. I don’t remember when exactly I realised I was a geek; I was always different, I never fit in and I was instinctively attracted to geeky things. As I got older I embraced the term geek (or nerd, personally I’ve always preferred the term geek for some reason although I accept either!) and it was an important part of piecing together my own identity. I suddenly wasn’t just a weirdo, the odd one out, I was a part of a group of people who saw the world differently and shared my passions.

[bctt tweet=” I don’t remember when exactly I realised I was a geek; I was always different, I never fit in and I was instinctively attracted to geeky things.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - The Games That Define Us Blog Collaboration

 

A few days ago my post as a part of The Games that Define Us collaboration went live and in it I talk about how I became a gamer. It was a very cathartic post, and until I put my story down on paper I hadn’t even realised just how much that one game had effected my life, and that is just one element of my geeky world. Every part of my geeky interests and pursuits from this blog, to the games I play and the books I adore are what make me who I am.

[bctt tweet=”A few days ago my post as a part of The Games that Define Us collaboration went live. In it I talk about how I became a gamer and I realise how much that one game had effected my life.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Friendly Communities

Friendly Communities

The geek community isn’t all sunshine and rainbows – just ask any geeky woman – which is why this section is specifically called ‘friendly’ communities. I have been in many communities over the years that have I thought were friendly and I later realised in hindsight were toxic, however, I’m not going to dwell on those as this is about what I’m thankful for and not losing myself in the past. I make a point of mentioning them because I think it’s important to recognise the toxicity that does exist in the geek community rather than pushing it under the carpet – and in doing so it makes me even more grateful for the friendly communities I have now found and the friendships that have grown from them.

You may have heard or even used the term ‘geeking out’ before, and for me being a geek is a community thing. While I can entertain myself with my own thoughts and theories about a plot or character, at the end of the day I get the most joy from being able to talk about it with someone. My relationship with my fiancé Chris is filled with geeky moments. We are a couple that games and geeks out together, and I love that. I love that we have a room in our house dedicated to geeky things and that we agreed to decorate in a geeky way. I love seeing a tweet on twitter from a friend as they discover my favourite book or show for the first time, and their excitement as they enter that new world of wonder and magic. And I love the endless creativity and adventures of my fellow geek bloggers.

Being a geek is 100 times more fun with friends.

[bctt tweet=”While I can entertain myself with my own thoughts and theories about a plot or character, at the end of the day I get the most joy from being able to talk about it with someone.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Collectables

Collectables

I’ve always been a collector; keyrings, badges, postcards. I still have them from when I was a kid.  The internet has brought many wonders including online shopping and that’s just made it even easier to access geeky items, especially now there’s subscription boxes like Lootcrate and Geek Box. There are now so many things to collect and sites like etsy and redbubble, just to name a few, mean that we can also buy things created by other fans. Art and items created with the love, joy and attention to detail that comes from someone who feels the same way you do about a fandom. It doesn’t matter how old or obscure a fandom is there is something out there for everyone or there will be. Just the other day one of my favourite authors, Tamora Pierce, announced the first official line of merchandise for her books despite her writing for decades.

[bctt tweet=”I’ve always been a collector; keyrings, badges, postcards. I still have them from when I was a kid. The internet has brought many wonders including easier access to geeky items!” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Geeky Fashion

Geeky Fashion

You may have noticed that I love geeky fashion 😉 I’ve never been a big fashion person, style has never been top of my list and I tend to rock my own unique style that is a hybrid of geeky, boho, rock and a bit of goth thrown in. I’m very much a jeans and t-shirt girl so I love accessories to add some flare to my outfits. So it’s always been really important to me to have geeky fashion items that help me show my identify, my style to the world. I rarely like or care for the current trends – I’m the type of girl who walks into a woman’s fashion store, takes a look around at the ghastly ‘in season’ colours and walks right back out the door. However, I am a Libra and that means I do like to look good. Growing up in the 90s and 00s there wasn’t much geeky fashion at all; you could order from Hot Topic in the US but the prices were high and you had to deal with shipping prices. That was  all we had back then. So what I am incredibly grateful for now is the wider range of online stores catering to women’s geeky fashion.

[bctt tweet=”I’m very much a jeans/t-shirt girl so I love to add some geeky flare to my outfits. So it’s always been really important to me to have items that help me show my identify, my style to the world.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Spin Offs

Spin Offs

Oh no, she said the evil ‘spin off’ term! Don’t panic; hear me out. Spin offs, adaptations, accompanying material, whatever you want to call it. I’m not just talking about TV shows that spin off from an original show or books being adapted into movies; I’m also referring to book and comics that are written in the same universe as a movie or a game. My favourite and most beloved example being the Star Wars Expanded Universe (now referred to as Legends since the Disney canon reboot). I am the sort of fan that literally gobbles everything I can get my hands on. I don’t care if the movie is dodgy, or if the book is badly written. If there is one then I want to see it/read it. I still watch/read stand-alone movies and books but things that are part of a series and a much wider universe are so much more special to me. I think that is what appeals to me about the Star Wars EU, the Warcraft Universe and DC Comics Universe; there are so many characters and stories to be told. It’s why I was sad to see the Star Wars reboot happen, and also excited for the new canon because to me it’s just more stories that get to be told.

[bctt tweet=”I am the sort of fan that literally gobbles everything I can get my hands on. I don’t care if it’s dodgy, or badly written. If there is something then I want to see it/read it.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Fansites

Fansites

As I touched upon in world building every universe of a fandom has so many aspects and this has led to the creation of various virtual fan creations since the creation of the internet. Everyone has their favourite ways of consuming this content and one of those ways for me is fansites. There are so many different formats that a fan can show their love for a subject; news site, guides, shrines, cliques, fanlistings, website listing, online rpg, and more. I’ve been involved or ran my own versions of several of those over the years and I know the joy that it brings to be a part of that larger community online. I also love seeing the way in which people express themselves and their love for the subject and/or the community through their site.

[bctt tweet=”There are so many different formats that a fan can show their love for a subject and I know the joy that it brings to be a part of that larger community online.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Fanart

Fan Art

Fan art is the other big way I consume fan creations online whether it be digital art or traditional, and I am just so grateful that there are so many talented individuals out there that take the time to create such gorgeous work and share it with the world. I know there are some artists who have been treated badly and no longer share their work, and that breaks my heart but I can understand why they feel that way. I’ve always felt a special connection to art, always been drawn to it and to see someone capture the emotions of a character, relationship or scene accurately has always been very moving to me.

[bctt tweet=”I’ve always felt a special connection to art, always been drawn to it and to see someone capture the emotions of a character, relationship or scene accurately has always been very moving to me.” username=”justgeekingby”]

This wonderful piece of art was commissioned by Chris, my fiancé, from our wonderful friend and talented artist Jen Pattison. You can read my interview with Jen right here!

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Inspiration

Inspiration

The one theme that I think ties all these points together for me is this one; inspiration. It isn’t just from the geeky world, or what it represents, it’s how it inspires me and others to be ourselves and to grow as people. As I was writing this I realised that I was representing just one type of geek; a fandom geek, a fan girl. I’m a bookworm, a Star Wars nerd, a comic book geek. But that’s not the only type of geek out there and that is amazing. The geeky world inspires people to be different, to be who they really are and to reach for the unknown. It can be what inspires them to go into careers in tech or science, to educate and support the next generation, or to share their passions by creating new worlds and universes for people to enjoy and explore.

[bctt tweet=”The geeky world inspires people to be different, to be who they really are & to reach for the unknown. It can be what inspires them to go into careers in tech or science, to educate and support the next generation.” username=”justgeekingby”]

Being a geek is amazing and inspirational, and I am thankful for it teaching me that anything is possible.

 

Over to You

I hope that this gave you a bit more of an insight into me and what being a geek and the geeky world means to me. What about you? Is there an identity or community that you’re thankful for?

[bctt tweet=”Being a geek is amazing and inspirational, and I am thankful for it teaching me that anything is possible.” username=”justgeekingby”]

Is it the geeky world or something else?

If you’re a fellow geek did anything in this entry strike a chord? Do you have any insights of your own to add?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Let me know in the comments and if you’re in the US I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving! Got a suggestion for another 10 Things? Pop it in the comments too 🙂

 

60 + Imaginative Fandom & RPGs Inktober Prompts!

Inktober 2018 Prompts - Fandom & RPG

Welcome to the fourth in a series of posts featuring prompts for Inktober – This week the theme is Fandom and RPGs! If you’re not familiar with Inktober I’ll be going into more detail in just a moment but basically it is an art prompt that takes place every October using only ink. There is a set prompt list created by the original Inktober founder, however, it has become such a wonderful community project now that there are so many new prompts popping up each year. Every year Inktober is responsible for the creation of so much fantastic art and connecting people with new artists. It is also so inspiration for many people and with so many fantastic prompts to choose from there is something for everyone! So I wanted to share them all before October comes around so people can take part or start following hashtags to see the wonderful art that emerges from these prompts.

Disclaimer: I have done my best to only include prompts in which the creators have clearly stated they are happy for people to share and take part in. If I have accidentally included a personal one or you wish for your prompt to be removed from this list please let me know and I’ll be happy to oblige.

 

About Inktober

Inktober is an art prompt that was originally created in 2009 by Jake Parker who wanted a challenge to develop his inking skills. It has grown from there to become a worldwide event with thousands of artists of all skill levels taking part. The prompt consists of 31 words that act as a prompt, an idea for an ink drawing for each day. As explained in the FAQ section of the Inktober website participants are welcome to use whatever medium they want and interpret the prompts in their own way. That includes working with calligraphy and lettering if that is your field of interest. In general the rules are pretty much lax about everything; if you want to do one a day or several in one day then that’s fine too! The whole point is to get together, challenge yourself and most of all have some fun doing it 🙂

Below is the official Inktober 2018 prompt list:

 

 

Fandom & RPGs

We’ve had Magic & Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural and Nature prompts, and now it’s time to take inspiration from the fandoms we all know and love. Whether it be your favourite video game that you’ve logged hours into exploring or beating that level, that TV show or anime you love to binge, the timeless movie classics or the books that give you endless pleasure. These prompts are dedicated to all things fandom – and RPGs! With the likes of Critical Role and other groups streaming their DnD sessions more people are becoming roleplaying geeks which is fantastic to see. So you’ll also find in here a bunch of DnD and roleplaying related prompts including one for Critical Role and Exalted.

 


 

Video Games

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Tv, Anime & Cartoons

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For Inktober, I’m going to be doing Kaitober if that is even a thing. I’ll make it a thing. I kind of want to promote some producers that use Kaito in their songs by drawing fan art of those songs throughout October. If you all want to join and blow up the Kaito tag that would be awesome. For those who don’t know who or what Kaito is, he is a computer software called VOCALOID that is used to create songs. He is the first male Japanese VOCALOID. All copyright goes to Crypton Future Media and the Song Producers (and Internet Co. for a few songs in the playlist…). I’ll just be drawing fan art because Kaito needs all the love. I made a playlist of all the songs featured in this Prompt in order. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9N3Or5H6rljdPNPegTswJd547L-TIkDt #vocaloid #kaito #kaitovocaloid #kaitober2018 #inktober2018 #myprompt #projectdiva #kaitov1 #kaitov3 #cryptonfuturemedia #inktoberprompts2018 #inktoberprompt #kaitober

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Movies

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TV, Anime & Cartoons

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For Inktober, I’m going to be doing Kaitober if that is even a thing. I’ll make it a thing. I kind of want to promote some producers that use Kaito in their songs by drawing fan art of those songs throughout October. If you all want to join and blow up the Kaito tag that would be awesome. For those who don’t know who or what Kaito is, he is a computer software called VOCALOID that is used to create songs. He is the first male Japanese VOCALOID. All copyright goes to Crypton Future Media and the Song Producers (and Internet Co. for a few songs in the playlist…). I’ll just be drawing fan art because Kaito needs all the love. I made a playlist of all the songs featured in this Prompt in order. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9N3Or5H6rljdPNPegTswJd547L-TIkDt #vocaloid #kaito #kaitovocaloid #kaitober2018 #inktober2018 #myprompt #projectdiva #kaitov1 #kaitov3 #cryptonfuturemedia #inktoberprompts2018 #inktoberprompt #kaitober

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Movies

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Miscellaneous

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This year I decided to make my own list for #inktober The topic is choose your favourite couple ( #otp ) and draw them, inspiring me in the word of the day. I choose Blake and Rookie, my own roleplay characters. Feel free to join #31otpchallenge ! . . Este año he decidido hacer mi propia lista para #inktober El tema es elegir tu pareja favorita y dibujarlos, inspirándome en la palabra del día. He escogido Blake y Rookie, mis propios personajes de rol. Siéntate libre de unirte al #31otpchallenge ! #inktober2018 #inktoberchallenge #oc #comic #promptlist #brookiechallenge #couple #loveislove #bisexual #boyslove #inktoberprompts #illustrations #blaunaillustration #roleplay #roleplaycharacter

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RPGs & DnD

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Over to You

Have you ever taken part in Inktober? Or any other art prompt? I’m planning in taking part for the first time this year and I’ll be posting more about that at the end of the month!

Did any of these prompts catch your eye?

If you’re not an artist will you be following any of the hashtags to see what art is created?

Is your favourite fandom included? If not, what one would you have liked to see listed?

Let me know in the comments!

Have a prompt to add to the list? Let me know in the comments 🙂 Please keep in mind that only 2018 Inktober prompts will be listed.

 

We've had Magic & Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural and Nature prompts, and now it's time to take inspiration from the fandoms we all know and love. Whether it be your favourite video game that you've logged hours into exploring or beating that level, that TV show or anime you love to binge, the timeless movie classics or the books that give you endless pleasure. These prompts are dedicated to all things fandom - and RPGs! With the likes of Critical Role and other groups streaming their DnD sessions more people are becoming roleplaying geeks which is fantastic to see. So you'll also find in here a bunch of DnD and roleplaying related prompts including one for Critical Role and Exalted.

Disney Fashion on the High Street!

Being a fan of Disney might not be something that most people consider to be necessarily geeky, however, in my experience being a fan of Disney fashion tends to be quite a geeky trait. I love Disney and would quite happily show off my Disney pride in any way I can. Unlike other franchises, Disney is pretty popular in UK high street stores as it’s consider to be something that most (if not all) women like so there was plenty to choose from. A lot of the time though it was sleepwear or underwear though; a not so subtle suggestion that women don’t want to wear these sorts of things? 😛 You’ll also notice a reoccurring theme or lack of theme, namely what retailers think are the most popular Disney characters so lots of the Mouses and Princes. I did managed to dig out a few other items and they are here in this post, so enjoy!

Check out the rest of the board below for more items!

 

 

Primark

Nightdresses

As I said, sleepwear was a common theme and despite the connotation that women only want to be seen in Disney clothes in their bedroom, some of them are downright cute. Primark have finally updated their website (hurray!) to actually show products which means I can bring you these goodies. There’s the beautiful Aladdin Nightdress in a deep burgundy, followed by some pure cattitude from the Aristocats Marie Nightshirt, and finally this fantastic ‘I speak fluent Disney’ nightdress (it’s listed as a pajama top, it looks way too long to be a top to me) which I would LOVE as t-shirt.

 

 

Pyjamas

Primark also have some really cute Pyjama sets in right now, and I loved the fact that they had a variety of characters as well! First up are a personal favourite of mine; Chip ‘n’ Dale. I used to love Rescue Rangers when I was a kid so every time I see anything with these guys on I’m super happy.  Next is an awesome set of Aladdin PJs featuring the genie, and then there’s a cute pair set of Thumper Pyjamas.

 

 

Socks

We’re finally getting to something you can show off in the day time 😉 Primark have some fabulous Disney socks right now including the ones featured here: Little Mermaid, Mrs Potts & Chip, Stitch and Disney Team.

 

Miscellaneous

Here are a few more ‘outgoing’ *wink* Disney items I found while exploring the Primark website. They have a nice range of caps, including these two; a Minnie Mouse cap complete with ears and a bow and a plainer Mickey Mouse one. This Mickey Mouse hoodie was one of the few non-sleepwear items I could find. And yes, I am aware that a cushion is not a fashion item – but this Lion King Hakuna Matata cushion is just so awesome! I had to include it and I want one so badly!

 


 

Sports Direct

 

Sports Direct still has some good stuff on offer, including some great Disney swimwear which considering the weather in the UK right now is right on point! Their Disney range includes these two great items which aren’t your usual run of the mill Disney. The Disney Princess swimwear set is dark and gothic, and the Swimming Costume features the often overlooked villains. There aren’t many t-shirts listed and this Disney Princess Rose T-Shirt (also available in pink) and Minnie and Mickey arguing T-Shirt were the only ones available.

 

 

Uniqlo

 

Personally I’m not a big fan of Uniqlo as I find that their women’s t-shirts tend to be terribly unisex, however, they are the only UK high street store that goes out of it’s way to collaborate with geeky franchises. They did so with Disney and you view the whole collaboration here. I’ve chosen a few of my favourite pieces to show you here; Jasmine t-Shirt, The Little Mermaid t-shirt, Minnie and Daisy BFFs t-shirt,   Minnie and the sun t-shirt,   Mickey and the Sun shorts, and Mickey sweat long sleeve dress.

 

 

TK Maxx

 

I found some great T-Shirts over at TK Maxx including these Snow White and Cinderella ones which appear to be part of a series so check out the pinterest board for the others. It was great to see a Tinkerbell and Bambi t-shirt too instead of sleepwear for a change 😉

 

 

George at Asda

 

 

Last of all I bring you my best finds. George at Asda had some great Disney stuff and here are my favourites. I am absolutely in love with this Beauty and the Beast Squad Goals T-shirt! The colours and design of this Aladdin pyjama set is gorgeous, and then there’s two unique mouse designs; a red Minnie top and an ice cream Mickey t-shirt.

Over to You

I hope you enjoyed this months Geek on the High Street!

Have you seen something you need to add to your wardrobe asap?

Do you think that something’s overdone (princesses, mouses) or do you not mind, you just love Disney in any form?

What characters/movies do you wish designers featured more?

How do you feel about Disney usually being relegated to sleepwear?

Let me know in the comments, I always love to hear from you <3

Do you speak fluent Disney? Get your Disney Geek on with these awesome fashion items availble in UK high street stores! Includng Aladdin, Tinkerbell & more!

2017 End Of Year Book Survey

2017 End Of Year Book Survey

Helllo 2018! The last few months have sucked, emotions running low and motivation non-existant but I’m back and the new year has brought with it my long-lost motivation! After a difficult January I’ll be posting about my word of the year, plans and a review of last year, however, first of all it’s time to start out with something bookish.

I was surprised to find that this was my first time doing one of Perpetual Pageturner’s End of Year book surveys. I thought I’d done it at least once before, but that was actually her A-Z book survey! You can find out more about the End of Book survey over at her blog! I’ve linked my answers to their respective goodreads pages so you can go add them to your TBR if they tickle your fancy 🙂

 

2017 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 371 – Most of these were comics as I started reading DC in a big way this year.
Number of Re-Reads: 0 – I don’t have time to re-read, too much new stuff to devour!
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy and Urban Fantasy.

 

 

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017? Non-fiction has to be Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. This book really did have a massive impact on my life and how I think. Fiction, wow that is a tough one. I guess it will have to be the Gilded Cage by Vic James.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Probably The Green Arrow DC 52 series. I have been such a fan of Green Arrow in Smallville and Arrow, but the comics were just so bad. I had to give up.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Most of the DC comics I read. I started with the New 52 series and was surprised at how good they were, especially the Green Lantern series. I ended up reading the Red and Yellow Lantern series as well.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I’m not sure I pushed many, but I did recommend the Mindfulness book a lot. I doubt anyone actually listened though.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017? Best series goes to the DC comics, namely the new 52 run of Batman and Batman and Robin. To be honest, all the Bat family storylines were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable! Best sequel goes to Patricia Briggs’ Fire Touched, book 9 of the Mercy Thompson series. I read a couple of good enders last year as I made a point of catching up and finishing series as much as possible. I think Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare is the winner though. The previous book in the series was such a let down that I left it years before picking up Heavenly Fire, which I devoured, then devoured the Infernal Devices and the next series and finally two seasons of Shadowhunters!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? I didn’t read many new authors  last year, but it was a pleasure to be able to finally read some of the work of my friend Leah Chiasson. I absolutely loved her novella Bound by Blood, and can’t wait to get my hands on more of her work!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Again, DC comics. I’ve been around the fandom and enjoyed the film and tv verses, however, getting into the comics properly was quite scary and intimidating at times.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?  I’ve named several of them already so to throw a new name into the hat; Rick Riordan. I caught up with Magnus Chase, started the Apollo series and finished off the Kane Chronicles. I literally have to pick up several of his books from the library at a time so I can read them back to back!

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? I’m not a big re-reader, as I said, so it will probably just be Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World  because it has so content that is always going to be relevant to what I’m going through.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? I’m a major sucker for pretty covers, and have picked up quite a few amazing books just by cover, so this is a really hard question! I think it has to be the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The cover is as mysterious as the book, however, once you’ve read the book the cover takes on a whole different meaning. It’s like a puzzle all on it’s own.

11. Most memorable character of 2017? Oh wow, another difficult one! I always become very emotionally involved in books and their characters. I fully immerse myself in anything I read, and if I can’t then it’s a sure sign that the book isn’t enjoyable for me. I would answer every character because every one has left an imprint on my mind and heart. Two came to mind immediately; Apollo from the Trials of Apollo series and Jem from the Infernal Devices series. Apollo, to put it bluntly, is a complete ass. He’s a god that has been dumped on earth and has trouble adjusting. But then you begin to see things from (some of) his side of things, including what it must be like to have Zeus as a father. His character gave me a lot to think. Jem was memorable for a complicated life that transcended time, and his story was particularly poignant to me.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? The Night Circus – This book came highly recommended and I can see why; it is a work of art, as intricately created and connected as each part of the circus within. I found it very reminiscent of Victorian Horror stories, a genre that I really enjoy and admire. However, that being said it is a genre and writing style that I appreciate more from an academic standpoint rather than as a reader. The story is enjoyable, but it is the construct of the novel that makes it truly remarkable and while it intrigued me, it just didn’t hit all the spots for me.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017? Again, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? So so many!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017? It would take me hours to find one, so I’m going to pick one from the Mindfulness book that had such an effect on me;

“Mindfulness meditation teaches you to recognise memories and damaging thoughts as they arise. It reminds you that they are memories. They are like propaganda, they are not real. They are not you. You can learn to observe negative thoughts as they arise, let them stay a while and then simply watch them evaporate before your eyes. And when this occurs, an extraordinary thing can happen: a profound sense of happiness and peace fills the void.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017? Shortest (not including comics) – Bound by Blood and Longest – City of Heavenly Fire.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most: Lord of Shadows, I did not see that ending coming and ohmygoodness I need the next book like NOW.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR: Jem/Theresa/Will from the Infernal Devices.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Apollo and Meg from Trials of Apollo, their relationship is so serious and so hilarious at the same time.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Betrayals, book 4 in the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong. I have loved every single one of these books and will be pretty bummed when the series ends.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Wonder Woman comics.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017? I wasn’t sure, and then I remembered; Diana aka Wonder Woman. With the new movie coming I decided to start with her various comic arcs and fell in love with her. Until then I’d never seen the appeal, I wasn’t really interested in her compared to other female superheroes. Tying with her is Dick Drake aka Robin/Nightwing. I love his character, but have to be honest; the art work in his 52 series is seriously swoonworthy!

23. Best 2017 debut you read? I only read one this year, and it was Gilded Cage by Vic James. Fantastic series set in a contemporary British setting – pick it up!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? The Night Circus  for the same reasons listed in #12.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? Any of Rick Riordan’s books, with a special shout out to Magnus Chase because his take on Norse mythology is hilarious.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017? Every Cassandra Clare book I read this year? Yep seems about right!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. It’s a set of short stories and they are amazing. Usually I find additional short stories are ok, great sources of additional information but Clare really out did herself with these.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare; the whole plot is just urgh! It’s so heartbreaking to watch the characters go through everything.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017? Gilded Cage by Vic James.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare; I just wanted to scream at everything happening, at all the mess and heartache.

 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? I don’t read many book blogs, but I’ve really enjoyed Epicfied’s blog in 2017!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017? Nada.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? It was actually my last entry about my struggles with my ME diagnosis and why I’ve been so quiet. The comments really helped me realise I had nothing to be ashamed with and I’m planning to talk a lot more about it this year.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I only went to one, so it was the Sci Fi Weekender which we’re heading back to this year!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? No idea.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Realising that I need to change how I do things, and having to cut back on some of my blog series because I don’t have the energy for the upkeep. Likewise, accepting this was not an easy thing to do.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? N/A.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? My birthstone series.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? I don’t think there were many this year.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I completed my goodreads goal twice and upped it, but failed the third one.

 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018? The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. I’ve been trying to get around to reading this and finishing the series all year, and now that there’s a TV series due I really want this finished.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)? Tempests and Slaughter the first book in the Numair Chronicles by Tamora Pierce. It has been a very long time coming and so long since we had a new Tortall book!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? My book list is so huge that I am way behind on new releases, and very rarely get hold of debut authors the year they actually debut.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018? It’s a toss up between the Queen of Air and Darkness, the next book in Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series (December! 🙁 ) and the next book (Burn Bright) in Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018? I want to get back into the ease of reading. Due to a difficult January that’s not happened, and I’ve read a handful of comics this year and that’s it – which really isn’t like me at all.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable): None I’m afraid!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this survey, as late as it is, and get some great book recommendations from it!

My Favourite World of Warcraft Art

My Favourite World of Warcraft Art

I was supposed to be rounding off the week of World of Warcraft on a more serious note with ‘Why I always report harassment in Games & why you should too’ and while I do still intend to write that post, now doesn’t seem the right time. I’ve been celebrating a game I love, and dipping into the darker and more childish side of trolls and harassment just doesn’t have the same vibe. So instead I’m joining my final post with Sharing Saturday, and sharing with you my favourite World of Warcraft art. This includes a variety of sources; official art, fan art, trading card art and some art from Blizzard’s online card game Hearthstone.

I’ve done several World of Warcraft themed Sharing Saturdays before that might also interest you!

 

Disclaimer: The work here is displayed only out of admiration and credit is given for every image (where possible I use the ’embed’ code directly from sites such as instagram or deviantArt). If you are the artist and want your work removed please leave me a comment. If you like some of the art here please take the time to visit the artist’s gallery or deviantArt account, and/or leave a comment to let them know. This is probably obvious, but: this post is very image heavy.


 

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