loves & latest: April 2

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Loves

Reads

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

Yep, I had to come back for more. This series is my new addiction and I can’t wait to pick up the next book from my library. (I’m currently #4 in line)

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

I ordered this one for my own library collection (ICYMI, I’m a librarian). I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was intrigued by the idea of YA not-yet-superheroes and Marie Lu does not disappoint. Her Bruce reads like a real person with real doubts and these are all good things.

Beauty

I tried the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-hour Primer in Light and I think I finally found a color match. Not 100% green, but I don’t have a problem with the ingredients listed. It scores a 1 on the EWG Skin Deep database and feels really nice on the skin (it’s a cream to powder finish with physical SPF). I’m saving it for travel and ordering a full size.

 


Latest

Podcast

bluestocking-circleEpisode 8: Star Wars: A New Hope and Spaceballs is live! Give us a listen and follow the pod @bluesoxcircle on Twitter and Insta.

You can find the episode on Podomatic, Apple Podcasts, or Google Play.

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Loves & Latest for March 26

monday musings

Loves

Reads

The Sheriff of Babylon by Tom King and Mitch Gerads

The boy says I’m having a weird literary affair with Tom King. He may be right. I enjoy his writing and this is an incredibly compelling story set during the so-called War on Terror. A hard read, but a good (and important) one.

A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman

I needed something light after a series of emotionally heavy reads (see above) and this sweet romance about second chances fit the bill. Rather than the classic Duke meets lady (or other bold female) trope, the novel reminds me of Persuasion–or Persuasion if Wentworth married Anne before misunderstandings ensued. There is a heavy dose of mystery and plenty of flashbacks, which set this apart from the typical Duke romance.

(This review is based on a ARC from NetGalley)

A Curious Beginning (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) by Deanna Raybourn

Long on my TBR list, I was inspired to check out the first in the series after listening to an excellent interview with Deanna Raybourn on the Smart Bitches Trashy Books podcast. I read it in a day. That should tell you something of my enjoyment. Mystery, banter, and serious, slow-burn tension.

Beauty

  • After my 3+ year old elf flawless face brush came apart mid-sweep, I decided it was time for an upgrade and picked up the IT Cosmetics airbrush buffing foundation brush. While not strictly a cream foundation brush, I like the flat top and it’s soft and fluffy. All good things.
  • Spring has reignited my love Red Apple Lipstick’s Hollypeno. Sadly, they just recently discontinued this shade.
  • In “project use it up” news, I hit pan on my glossier stretch concealer (I use the medium shade).

 


 

Latest

Podcast

bluestocking-circleWe just recorded Episode 8, but you can still catch up with Episode 7.5, where we wrap up our thoughts on Howl, share more recommendations, and hatch our evil plot to make Bee watch Star Wars for the First Time(!) via a carefully orchestrated comparison to Spaceballs.

You can find the episode on Podomatic, Apple Podcasts, or Google Play.

Monday Musings: Loves & Latest

monday musings

Loves

Reads

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

Part of reducing my consumption and learning to live simply is my desire to live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. I have a long way to go, but this book provides practical, tested advice from one of the top advocates of the Zero Waste Movement.

Beauty (aka. on my face)

Nothing new, but I am appreciating a nude pink lip now that the season is changing. Current rotation: MAC Mehr and Patisserie (obvs. not cruelty free or eco, but I’m not a purist), and Kosas Undone.


Latest

Media

Between writing and life, I shoved recording to the side, so no videos for the moment. Instead, I give you the latest installment of The Bluestocking Circle Podcast — lady nerds on popular culture.

I got to play host for Episode 7: Howl’s Moving Castle, so if you love Howl as much as I do, give it a listen. Follow us on twitter and instagram for updates and plenty of fangirling.

Monday Musings: Loves & Latest

monday musings

 

Loves

Reads

Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way by Anna Brones

I admire the Swedes, almost as much as I admire the Japanese. There’s just something about a slow, simple lifestyle that resonates with me and this book does just that. I purchased this on a whim because it had a pretty cover, but what I found is an inspirational and incredibly smart ode to slowing down and living with just enough.

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee

I review for Library Journal and my editor (shoutout to Stephanie!) has a knack for sending me just what I need when I need it. This is a prepub, and I’m still thinking how I’m going to review this, but the essays are excellent and Chee won me over when he revealed that we have the same tarot deck. *love*

Beauty

I feel like I should title this “on my face”

RMS Lip2Cheek in Beloved (the Detox Market)

The website describes this color as a “true red with just a hint of poppy to suit all skin tones” and boy does it suit my skin tone. In the pot this is red but on my cheeks it is the perfect, natural flush. I bought a sample of this through the Detox Market website and will be upgrading to a full size as soon as it’s empty.


 

Latest

Podcast

The Bluestocking Circle Podcast just celebrates it’s very merry half-birthday with Episode 6.5! If you love me, have a listen 🙂 We gush about all things geek with a theme every month.

Minisode 6.5: Feedback, Favorites, and First Impressions (with OTPs!)

Episode 6: Pushing Daisies

You can also find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and follow us everywhere @bluesoxcircle

 

2017 in review

While it had its ups and downs, 2017 managed to leave me relatively unscathed (minus a personal crisis or two).

There were two big accomplishments:

  1.  I completed my application for promotion (When one of those two crises hit, I contemplated putting my promotion on hold, then thought better of it. I’m glad I did.)
  2. I wrote 105,037 words (as of December 28th, I may update this number before the year ends).

A few fun things:

  1. I accepted a very excited proposal to co-host The Bluestocking Circle Podcast and I’m so glad I did.
  2. I rediscovered my love of Batman comics with the Rebirth series (though Doomsday has me like)

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And a couple of health breakthroughs:

  1. A re-evaluation of my thyroid health and maintenance plan.
  2. A possible PCOS connection that explains a lot about my hormonal headaches and unpredictable cycles.

All said, not too shabby.

Happy New Year!

 

podcast: Episode 4 | Persuasion

 

bluestocking-circleIn which we discuss the merits of sense vs. sensibility, consider the virtues of Austen’s gents, and have a lively discussion on “the marriage plot” and how Jane set the bar for happy-ever-after a little too high (ruining romance for all). All this and more as the Bluestockings share their thoughts on Jane Austen’s Persuasion and subsequent film adaptations.

WARNING: Spoilers galore! If you haven’t read the book or seen one of the adaptations, do so now! 

(Though, really, what are you doing here if you don’t know Jane!? – Gricel)

You can listen and subscribe on:

Reading Recommendations:

Works Referenced:

Other Readings:

Video Clips:

“Love Your Library” links will take you to WorldCat, where you will see a list of libraries near you that have the book. “Support the Circle” links will take you to Amazon, where your purchase will help support the podcast.

Enjoy! Our next episode on your thoughts on Persuasion and all things Jane, our recent favorites, and First Impressions for our next selected work will be released on December 15. 

Find us everywhere @bluesoxcircle and join the conversation.

Help us grow! Rate, Review, and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Podomatic.

life: November wrap-up, the tl;dr version

  • NaNoWriMo happened. I did not meet my goal, but I am revising.
  • Meds are working 🙂 energy is high (this is what it feels like…)
  • S.O. has a new job and weekends are suddenly exciting again
  • The Bluestocking Circle Podcast is alive and kicking (and now on Apple Podcasts and Google Play). Episode 4: Persuasion drops on December 1st.
  • I baked a pie. Then I ate a pie. It was good.
  • Videos will come back in December… *fingers crossed*

podcast: Episode 3 – The 10th Kingdom

bluestocking-circleThe Bluestockings are back! And this time we’re dissecting that epic, made-for-TV fantasy mashup: The 10th Kingdom.

Where to listen:

(coming to Apple Podcasts soon! We’re working on it!)

Notes

In which inner children wage war with outer adults, the ethical implications of magic love towns are discussed, and the ladies are delighted by dancing trolls, singing mushrooms, and gossiping mice. All this and more as the Bluestockings discuss the TV miniseries The 10th Kingdom.

WARNING: Spoilers galore. If you haven’t seen the series, do so now!

Recommended reading and viewing:

Books and Comics:

Movies and TV Shows:

Other:

“Love Your Library” links will take you to WorldCat, where you will see a list of libraries near you that have the book. “Support the Circle” links will take you to Amazon, where your purchase will help support the podcast.

Enjoy! Our next episode on your thoughts on The 10th Kingdom, our recent favorites, and the First Impressions for our next selected work will be released on November 15. Find us everywhere @bluesoxcircle and join the conversation.

podcast: Episode 2 | Firefly and Serenity

Episode 2 of the pod is live!

bluestocking-circleIn which we discuss the ownership of fictional characters, male gazes and female sexuality, the importance of second seasons in character development, and nonsense Mandarin. All this and more as the Bluestockings discuss the TV series Firefly and the related film Serenity.

WARNING: Spoilers galore. If you haven’t seen the series or movie, do so now!

(coming to Podcasts soon!)

Honorable mentions and recommended reading:

Articles:

Books and Comics:

Other:

Credits:

“Love Your Library” links will take you to WorldCat, where you will see a list of libraries near you that have the book. “Support the Circle” links will take you to Amazon, where your purchase will help support the podcast.

Enjoy! Our next episode on your thoughts on Firefly and Serenity, our recent favorites, and the First Impressions for our next selected work will be released on October 15. Find us everywhere @bluesoxcircle and join the conversation.

podcast: P.S. Soulless

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We’ve emerged from out hurricane bunkers with another episode! Recorded at the behest of our fearless leader, no storm can stop the Bluestockings!

In Mini Episode 1.5 the lady nerds follow up on your feedback from their makeshift hurricane bunker, plus recommend a few recent favorites and provide First Impressions on the next selection.

Recent Favorites:

“Love Your Library” links will take you to WorldCat, where you will see a list of libraries near you that have the book. “Support the Circle” links will take you to Amazon, where your purchase will help support the podcast.