Nerd Alert

This week was one of those odd ones for me: The individual days seemed to drag on forever, but the weekend seemed to get here surprisingly soon. It will likely be over just as quickly, especially since I actually have plans! I had brunch this morning with some great girlfriends who I haven’t seen in awhile, have brunch with my cousin tomorrow (who I also haven’t seen in awhile), and the Mysterious Mr. C and I are heading to the theater at some point to see John Wick: Chapter 2. It may not be all that relaxing, but reconnecting with everyone has been just what I needed!  Read More

Golden Son

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Del Ray

Warning: There are some mild spoilers in this, so proceed at your own risk!

Over the past few years, I’ve developed a bad habit as a reader – I skim ahead. I don’t do it all the time, but I do it often enough that I consciously avoided the impulse to skip forward while reading Pierce Brown’s Red Rising. I was really enjoying the book and didn’t want anything to be spoiled!

The sequel, Golden Son, was a different story. While reading that, when I finished a chapter, I thumbed through the next few pages A LOT. Read More

Level Up Your Life

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Rodale Books

Every year, usually the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, there is a proliferation of articles about making New Year’s resolutions. Then, about a week later, there is a host of stories about how most of us will give up on those resolutions by February. It is a seemingly endless and unbreakable cycle, one that I am certainly guilty of participating in. But not this year!

True, I didn’t have that much of a choice about foregoing my 2017 resolutions, but being laid out with a nasty upper respiratory infection helped me internalize the idea put forth by the ladies behind PowerSheets (which I am also trying out) that there is nothing special about January 1. Read More

Red Rising

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Del Ray

Warning: There are some mild spoilers in this, so proceed at your own risk!

I follow a number of book-centric accounts on Instagram, many of which seem to be focused on young adult novels, so I’ve seen my fair share of artistic photographs highlighting the books in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy over the years. I had never really looked into his books though, 1) because I am super partial to Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games series and 2) the last time I read something that was hailed as “the next Hunger Games,” I was sorely disappointed.

Then, in December, shortly after my feeds exploded with excitement over Brown’s cover reveal for his next book (the first in a new Red Rising trilogy), I overheard a couple of coworkers talking about their latest reads. Read More

Nerd Alert

I’ll be honest, readers, this was a really hard post to put together. With everything that’s been going on in the country lately (and especially over the past 24 hours), blogging about my favorite geekynerdy finds seemed so silly. There were scores of people being detained in airports as I typed and I felt like I should be doing anything but this.

That said, over the past year or so, I’ve realized the importance of self-care; sometimes, you just need to take a break from all of the bad news, shut off your electronic devices, and do something that reenergizes you. So, in that spirit, I decided to focus this Nerd Alert on some things that might help you relax and remember that, as Harvey Dent (paraphrasing Thomas Fuller) told us, “The night is darkest just before the dawn. [And] I promise, the dawn is coming.” Enjoy!  Read More