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text 2017-03-17 11:38
Nonfiction Library Book Haul
The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital - Alexandra Robbins
George Lucas: A Life - Brian Jay Jones
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day
Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior - Richard O'Connor
J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon: Duel for Media Master of the Universe - Wendy Sterba

Been enjoying my foray into non-fiction. So I hit up the library and took out some nonfiction books I found interesting.  

 

J.J. Abrams vs Joss Whedon could be interesting. Fan of both.

 

Looking forward to all of these!

 

Still deciding on my Friday reads. I will probably post them later today. Decisions, decisions...

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review 2017-02-28 17:29
Audio Book Review: You're Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) By Felicia Day
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day

 

I will first admit that I only knew Felicia Day from the Youtube channel 'Geek & Sundry' and from a few very awesome 'Supernatural' episodes. As much as I would love to say that I'm also a gamer girl, I'm not. Way back in my childhood, I had friends who had PS2's (or XBox's, etc., etc.,) and when I played I was very bad. I recently discovered that I'd much rather watch someone play the game and actually move the story along, then be stuck on level 2 and have my stress level at an all time high.

 

Onto The Book:

 

After reading this novel I feel way more connected to Felicia as a person. I also wish I had a few of her childhood experiences because they would make such entertaining stories for the present day. I adored how eccentric she was raised. It's true what they say: 'Your experiences shape who you become'.

 

It's inspiring to know what lengths someone has gone to and what obstacles were put in his/her path to have the career we see today. It's never roses and daffodils all of the time. 

 

The second to last chapter was very heartbreaking. I didn't know that even existed in the gamer world. I've read up on what GamerGate actually is, which can be defined by Gawker as "participants believe they're fighting for video game journalism ethics and with protecting the 'gamer' identity". It began in 2014 and with everything that happens on the internet it also got misunderstood as hating women gamers apparently. Felicia Day had her personal information leaked all because she wrote a tumblr post asking for unity and tolerance in the gamer community. That's terrifying for anyone. Good thing it didn't keep her down!

 

The Audio Book:

 

I enjoyed Felicia's rendition of this audio book. I liked how she would start singing a few of the lines (that were meant to be sung) just to give the reader more accuracy and heighten the entertainment value. Her voice was very relaxing to me. I would recommend any and all books read by her.

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review 2017-01-24 05:44
Oh, Felicia Day, You Inspire Me
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day

I know there's a slim chance she'd ever actually see this post, but I thought it would be worth it to aim my title directly at her regardless.

 

Because seriously, guys, I love her. I have always admired and respected her, ever since I first watched her in Dr. Horrible, and that respect and admiration has only grown as a result of reading this book. Equal parts funny and, at times, heart-breaking, I love seeing where one of my favorite people came from.

 

It gives me a small amount of hope at a time when I desperately need some.

 

Her upbringing was definitely weird, but her intelligence and determination shove through, even if she was simultaneously rather neurotic about it all. I've experienced that same "I CAN DO THE THING JUST TO DO THE THING" drive. That's actually part of the compulsion that drove me in graduate school while I worked on my currently worthless Master's degree.

 

Needless to say, I adored this book, just as I adore Felicia Day. And if she does ever actually see this review somewhere? Hi Felicia! You're one of a few celebrity-type people I'd genuinely like to sit down and have coffee with.

 

(Also, I wound up not even really reading at all on Sunday, so the 24in48 thing died pretty quickly, but I guess that's just me.)

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text 2017-01-22 08:15
24in48 Readathon - Hours 3 and 4...
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day

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I'm not gonna make it to the full 24 hours like I wanted to, but I will definitely be finishing this amazing memoir autobiography thing, and soon! I'm going to sleep before I do so, but at least I will have knocked out a great read in a weekend before this thing wraps up. Once I do so, I'll keep reading other books to see how many hours I can read before midnight and continue posting updates. 

 

I've got a few options: Me Before You, The Scribe of Siena, a book of short stories by Virginia Woolf (supposedly a complete collection), and a curious little book called Church of the Divine Duck, which I read a chapter of in mid-December and haven't touched since. This isn't because of lack of interest, mind you.

 

Nope. This is entirely because of a lack of an attention span on my part. It's honestly somewhat miraculous that I am on the cusp of finishing my fifth book for the year, not counting the book I had to read about 40% of to finish off.

 

That's all for now, guys. Assuming anybody is reading this, that is. I'll drop a review of Felicia Day's book at some point tomorrow amidst the general turmoil that is going grocery shopping within 50 miles of New York City.

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text 2017-01-21 18:59
24in48 Readathon - Hour 2 Progress Report and more Felicia Day
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day

Oh, I do so adore how my brain short circuits. "Let's take a screenshot of the timer on our phone so we can share that we spent another hour reading."

 

*closes timer without taking screenshot*

 

"Excellent. Well-done, me."

 

On the plus side, I did just spend another hour reading. I'm realizing this is going to be much harder than I thought it was going to because of distractions, like my boyfriend looking over while I'm in the middle of reading a chapter asking if I want to go for a walk. Yes, I do, but give me a bit.

 

On the reading front, I'm now on Chapter 5 of Felicia Day's fabulous and funny autobiography. She is so fabulously human in her writing and in her actual life, even if she is ten times the genius/prodigy that most people ever will be. My boyfriend even commented that he saw the cover earlier and thought it was probably a funny book, although I don't know how much he knows about Felicia Day. Probably not much.

 

I think I made a solid choice for my first read of this weekend, though. I don't normally get into celebrity biographies/memoirs/etc. but there are a few I'll gladly make that exception for and she is one of them.

 

In other news, there's worldwide women's marches going on today and I am so, so proud of those going out there to stand up for women everywhere. I just need to do a better job of avoiding the comments sections, because people can be rather putrid. It's all fuel for my fire, though, and I'll keep reading and learning and fighting.

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