Monday, March 27, 2017

Tales from the Bookshelf: Comics, Comics, Comics

This month has been all about reading comics on Hoopla. I've known about this service for months now, but didn't bother downloading it until recently. Don't be like me - get it now! If you're a comic reader and not using the Hoopla app, you're really missing out. They also have ebooks, audio books, movies, music, and shows - however I've found their comic selection is the most impressive. Hoopla is not run through your library (meaning they don't just carry the same stuff your library carries), but you will need a library card to sign up. The only downside is that they limit the amount of materials you can borrow each month; but it's all free so can I really complain? My account allows me to borrow 6 titles per month, but this number will vary depending on which library your card is from. Here are the titles I read this month!

Jughead, Vol. 1
👽👽👽👽 (4 stars - err, aliens)

Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, JUGHEAD JONES swears vengeance! Well, I mean, he doesn't "swear." This is still Archie Comics after all.

This is a volume I wanted to get the last two times I was at the comic book store, but ended up being persuaded to get other volumes instead (those being Archie vol. 1 (review on that here!) and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina vol. 1, both very good). I figured the library was more likely to get this one in at some point so I could wait for that, but they never did. Luckily Hoopla had it, and lots of other Archie comics, if that's your thing.

If you're a Jughead fangirl (like meee) then you will love this series. If you're not, I'd say it will be enjoyable for you, but not quite so much. I say this because the storytelling has some faults, but if you're enjoying the other aspects of the story enough then those faults aren't as prevalent. It was a little hard to follow at times. There was a bunch of mini stories hidden within one big story arc, and the main story often got lost in the shuffle. If you used to read the original Archie Digests then you'll recognize this format. So it isn't bad, seeing as I read those digests for years and years, but I was kind of hoping it'd be a bit different, and similar to the treatment everyone got in the new Archie series, but less Betty/Veronica drama. In a way this felt like the Jughead Digests, but with an updated look and not $3 in the grocery store checkout line. I don't feel the need to own this volume, but I'll definitely be reading volume 2!

Alex + Ada, Vol. 2 & 3
👽👽 (2 aliens)

Tensions rise between humans and robots in this sci-fi/drama set in the near future. Alex took a huge risk to unlock Ada and it seems to have paid off - Ada can now think for herself and explore life as a sentient android. As Alex and Ada spend more time together, they become closer. But as restrictions tighten on androids, Ada feels unsure about her place in Alex's life and the world.

I started this series last year, when I found vol. 1 at the library. For whatever reason they never decided to get the rest of the series, even though there was only two more volumes and they had already been out for awhile by then. So when vol. 2 showed up on my recommended reading on Hoopla, I was surprised! I had forgotten I needed to finish this series.

Unfortunately, the rest of the series wasn't very good. In vol. 1 Alex goes back and forth on if he should "unlock" his android, Ada. But now that she's unlocked it gets kind of boring. She has to sit around the house all day so no one suspects she's sentient. Then they go through the typical "I have feelings for you - but I can't - your a robot!" spiel. Later in vol. 3 there's some robo-politics involved, but that's boring too. Maybe because I'm just getting tired of reading about politics >_>

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide
👽 (1 sad alien)

After the detonation of FANDEMONIUM the gods-as-pop-stars of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE try living in the long dark shadow. Team WicDiv are joined by a stellar cast of guest artists to put the spotlight on each of the gods. The multiple Eisner Award nominated series continues in the only way it knows how: darker, weirder, faster. Don't worry. It's going to be okay.

I need someone to tell me why they like this series, because I know a lot of you do. I read volume 1 and 2 and was like, "these are ok, but I don't love them" (I really like the character designs, though). So I started vol. 3 and now I'm not sure if I even want to continue this series. I understand it was sort of a weird time for the series, with all the guest artists and everything, but I dunno guys. Learning more about what happened to Lucy was cool, but that's about it. All the different art styles was so distracting - I couldn't focus on what was going on. Plus one of the few reasons I kept reading this series was to see what happens to our girl Laura - who isn't even in this volume. It's mostly just filler to give you a little backstory on the Gods - and even then they don't actually do a whole lot.

What I'll probably read next:
- Jughead vol. 2
- Paper Girls vol. 1
- Sex Criminals vol. 3

(All on Hoopla, naturally.)

What have you been reading lately? What are your favorite resources for comic book reading?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March Small Goals

I'm just gonna ignore the fact that I haven't done one of these posts since November.

Even though we're already almost 2 weeks into the month, I sill wanted to take a few and address some things I'm hoping to accomplish this month. Sometimes it helps writing them all down to keep myself accountable ;)

1. Give bridesmaids their color swatches. So I haven't talked about wedding stuff in forever - but I finally have a wedding date! Yay! I also asked all my bridesmaids, and they said yes. Another yay! I picked out some color swatches for their dresses, but I keep forgetting to give them out - boo! And that is about all of the wedding related things I have done so far hahah.

2. Work out 4 times a week. So recently my mom gifted me a gym membership until my wedding! Super yay! We already decided to go 3 days a week, but now that we're getting into that habit I also want to incorporate a 4th workout day into my week, but I would probably do that one at home. So I'd probably put on an exercise video, or lift my weight thingies or something. If you'd like to learn more about my trials and tribulations of a new gym-goer, join us on Powerpuff Bloggers for all the whining you can handle!

3. Make crock-pot freezer meals. My mom helped me prep the meals, we used some recipes she likes and portioned them out into freezer baggies. Tomorrow I'm going to try one out! My goal was to still be able to eat home cooked meals even on the days that I'm at work all day and don't feel like cooking when I come home (which is most days tbh). So in the morning I'll dump one of the baggies in my crock-pot and when I come home - ta-dah! Food is ready. Such a new and novel concept, I know.

4. Schedule an eye appointment. I've been seriously putting this one off. The eye appointment itself isn't terrible...but after eye appointments you have to deal with (and spend too much money) on getting new frames or lenses (or both) which I don't want to do. Getting new frames is always fun, but this time I'm going to look into just getting the lenses updated in my current pair. I like my current frames more than any other pair I've had, and they're still in great condition, so why change them?

What are your goals this month?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Valentine Swapping!

Two posts in two weeks! Yeah!

Last month I set up a Valentines Day card swap for the lovely girls in the Geek Girls x Bloggers group on Facebook! A little back story...

Late in January I found these Parks & Rec valentines on Etsy. I love them! Galentines Day is the best, and I wanted an excuse to get the cards and send them out. Well, last year, a couple of other girls hosted a valentine card swap (lots of fun, you can read about it here). So I went to the group and asked if anyone was planning on hosting another swap this year. No one said they were (and I was secretly fishing for someone to offer, but we're all busy, I get it). Instead there was a lot of "that sounds fun!" and "sign me up!" So I was like, ok, I guess I'm the one doing it this year. Hahah! I need to learn to take matters into my own hands when I want something, and I guess this is a good representation of that. I'm so glad I did, though! I had so much fun, and it seems like everyone else did too.

I loved getting little surprises in the mail sprinkled throughout the month! Each card is unique! Some are handmade (I admire your dedication!), some are from store bought kits (which never lose their charm, no matter how old you are), and some even had stickers and tattoos falling out of the envelopes! I wish I could have made my Valentines by hand, but I'm not as talented as some of the other girls hahah. Oh and yes, two girls sent the same card! What are the chances of that?! So funny! That just shows that we all have great taste ;)

Thank you everyone for playing along with me! I loved sending little bits of love to you all <3

I'm adding a list of everyone else's posts below, so if also wrote a post about our swap and I haven't added you here yet, leave me a comment with your link! I'd love to have all of our valentine posts collected in one place!

The Fangirl Crafter
Usagi in Wonderland
Her Geekery
The Vivacious Hobo