Gallery Mondays: Patch Whisky’s Smart Monster #EducationIsNotACrime

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I stumbled upon South Carolina artist Patch Whisky’s mural for the Not a Crime campaign in East Harlem on the wall of Fabco Shoes a few weeks ago when I got off the M103 bus.

I cannot handle how adorbs his colorful monsters are! The one featured in this mural is reading a book and wearing a black graduation cap, hot air balloons floating around her.

Can I get a book recommendation? I’m always looking for something fun to read, and whatever she’s reading looks like it’s quite entertaining.

See more of Patch Whisky’s monsters at www.patchwhisky.com/murals and learn more about the Not A Crime campaign.

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I Failed My 2016 Reading Challenge

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It seems a combination of the 40-hour (sometimes 48-hour) work week, extra freelance work, and putting some really thick books on my reading list took its toll on my ability to complete my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge.

As you may remember from last year, I wrote a post about my 2015 victory, which included a list of books I wanted to read in 2016. In 2015, I successfully read 12 books. For 2016, I pledged 15.

I knew this challenge was going downhill when I realized I couldn’t keep my eyes open long enough to finish reading a page while riding in the backseat on road trip vacations with my parents.

Of the 15 books I pledged, here are the ones I actually got to finish:

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From top left: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer, The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Coffee Girl by Shanna Hatfield, How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo, China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan.

Yeah, 6 of 15. I failed hard.

My favorite of the books I got to read was Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I’d heard such great things about it, and it definitely lived up to all the praise. I’m a sucker for a good romance novel, and this one made me want to read more of Rowell’s work.

For my 2017 Goodreads Challenge, I’m just going to pick up where I left off. I’m still in the process of reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (a book of over 700 pages that I’m trying really hard to finish by the end of January) plus 8 other books that are carrying over from last year equals 9 books.

Sounds doable.

Here’s the list:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (started at end of 2016, currently on pg. 109 of 773)

Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sutlan

What Pretty Girls Are Made Of by Lindsay Jill Roth

The Unexpected by J Sheley

Taming Cross by Ella James

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Subject to Change by Alessandra Thomas

If you’d like to, feel free to add me on Goodreads to see my progress, and please scold me in the comments on my recent activity if I’ve spent more than 30 days on one book!

Books I Want to Read in 2016

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It’s a new year, so I’ve got a new list of books I want to read!

Honestly, one of the best things about being out of school is the fact that you can read every and any book you want by choice. 

In 2015 I challenged myself to read 12 books, which I documented on Goodreads. I got really close to not completing my goal, as I strayed off my schedule of one book per month, but I got back on track by cramming two books a month in the fall.

Also, I think Jennifer E. Smith is one of my new favorite authors. The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love at First Sight was such a great read that I’ve decided to make it my business to read every single book this woman has written.

I’m actually quite proud of myself because I managed to finish three book series’ and start two new ones that I plan to continue this year.

My list for 2016 features 15 books I plan to read in order to fulfill my new reading challenge. A few books on this list are coming out as movies this year as well, so let’s see if I can finish them before their release dates.

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sutlan

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

What Pretty Girls Are Made Of by Lindsay Jill Roth

The Unexpected by J Sheley

The Coffee Girl by Shanna Hatfield

Taming Cross by Ella James

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Subject to Change by Alessandra Thomas

If you’d like to, feel free to add me on Goodreads to see my progress!

Fan Art Fridays: Katniss Everdeen

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This is it, guys—the last movie of The Hunger Games trilogy was released today, marking the end of what many millennials found to be one of the most inspiring film franchises of the decade.

Katniss Everdeen is more than just the gorgeous girl you see depicted in the books and movies. She’s confident, strong, and symbolizes everything feminists have worked so hard to let the world realize what women are capable of.

I chose this digital fan art of Katniss I found on Deviant Art for today’s Fan Art Fridays because of how magical she looks as she stares up at the multicolored sky, gorgeous false eyelashes and jeweled crown softening her hard facial features.

For those of you going to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 this weekend, enjoy yourselves, and if you’re Team Gale, check out this fan fiction by Niamh2816 that I’ve chosen to go along with this week’s post in honor of NaNoWriMo:

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View the original fan art here.

 

Fan Art Fridays: Grace Helbig and Chester See (Grester)

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In honor of #NaNoWriMo, every Fan Art Fridays post for November will have a fan fiction story to go along with it. Coincidentally, the cover of the fan fiction is almost the same as this week’s fan art!

YouTube fans cannot stop gushing over Grester. I figured that I would find some pretty good fan fiction about their relationship online, so I decided to go with this piece of fan art I found on Deviant Art.

The artwork was created by Super-Gia, and it’s a cartoon/anime version of a picture from a photo shoot Grace Helbig and Chester See did together. Chester’s cartoon looks so much like him! Grace sort of looks like a housewife that loves to drink wine, but I don’t hate it!

Head over to Whattpad to read this awesome fan fiction by croyden called The Secret Love which is about Grester hiding their relationship from their friends. At this rate, these two will get married and not tell us anything.

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Enjoy! See the original fan art here.

Gallery Mondays: Allen Ruppersberg’s ‘Too Many Books’ @ Printed Matter

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Printed Matter opened their new location on 11th Avenue last week, so I went to check it out with two of my friends before heading to dinner in Little Italy.

The book store is filled with tons of art books by artists, as well as artwork for sale, and an exhibit which is currently Paper Rad: The Zines of Paper Rad.

On the second floor of the book store, I found this 4.5 x 3-foot photo block by Allen Ruppersberg leaning against the wall. It’s called Too Many Books, and you can buy it for $2,000.

I wonder if the pile of books ever fell before the photo was taken. The books are piled almost as high as the guy in the photo, who looks about 5’7″ or 5’9″, so it must have been fun piling all those books up on the sidewalk.

If you’re in Chelsea, be sure to check out Printed Matter’s new location!

 

How About Some Literary Would You Rather?

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I stumbled upon a fellow blog from the Her Campus Blogger Network, Falling From Grace the other day. Bookworm that I am, I couldn’t refrain from answering the Literary Would You Rather she featured in a post. The questions are from the 6th edition of 101books.net’s Literary Would You Rather.

So here we go!

  1. Would you rather be a character from Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey?
    This is hard. I love the two series dearly, but I’d rather be Ana Grey from Fifty Shades. I don’t think I could marry a cold blooded man. I like warm cuddles 😉
  2. Would you rather forfeit reading for the rest of your life or forfeit all food but bread for the rest of your life?
    See, that’s not fair. Can someone else still read to me? Can I listen to an audio book? I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY FICTION.
  3. Would you rather be Gatsby or Daisy?
    Daisy. I don’t want to live my life a fraud.
  4. Would you rather never love again or never read again?
    Why would you ask such a cruel question?! Again, can someone else still read to me? Can I listen to an audio book? If I HAVE to choose then love trumps all.
  5. Would you rather your eyeballs be located next to your bellybutton or have to quote Scarlett O’Hara 10 times a day for the rest of your life?

    “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

    – Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With the Wind

  6. Would you rather be a literate member of a cult or an illiterate member of happy, healthy family?
    If the cult fights for a good cause then I’ll be literate.
  7. Would you rather have written The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, or Game of Thrones?
    The Chronicles of Narnia. C.S. Lewis is brilliant.

 

If you take the quiz, send me a link to your responses!