Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Vintage Video Game Collection

Hello, all!

Ok, first off-- I have a hard time wrapping my head around how these games I'm gonna get into are considered "vintage", but alas, I have yet to come to terms with the fact that as I get older, so do the things I grew up with. But anyhoo.

My 30th birthday was in November and my brother got me the best gift: a Retron 3 game system. I'd been coveting his ever since he got one, so I'm super pumped to now have my own. This system plays NES, SNES and SEGA games (which are pretty much the only systems I'm slightly good at) and I love it. I also really like how the controllers are wireless, although it does take away a little bit of the nostalgia factor of being up close and personal with the TV.

Along with the system, he gave me a few games and then he and my mom both got me some more for Christmas, so I thought it might be fun to show you all!

Mortal Kombat: This is one of my favorite video games ever. This is also a game where I need to apologize in advance for anything I might say while playing cause I get way too into it.

Super Star Wars: Before my Wii decided to go to the Dark Side, I had the Empire Strikes Back game downloaded and would play it all the time, so now I can start from the beginning of the saga.

Super Return of the Jedi: I don't think I've ever played this one before, so I'm excited to see little Ewoks takin' out Stormtroopers with some sticks and rocks.

DuckTales: There's only one thing to say about this one: DUCKTALES, WOOO HOOOO.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: This was another I had downloaded onto my Wii that I loved playing, so I'm glad I get to jump back into the turtle party.

X-Men: Unfortunately, for some reason, this one won't play on my system, but I'm gonna try and use my mutant powers to make it work. If not, I know it works on my brothers since he tried it, so if anything we'll just have to have a sibling game day like when we were kids.

Sonic the Hedgehog: In the words of my brother,  "How can you have Sega without Sonic?"

There's a few games I'm now on the hunt for, namely Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Galaga, so I'm going to have to do some major digging at the vintage game store by me. Or some intense Amazon shopping. Lemme know if you had any games you loved when you were younger!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Book Haul

Hello, all!

Remember when I said I was trying not to buy any books for awhile? Weeeeeell, I lied. To be fair, I had gotten a few gift cards over the holiday that were burning a hole in my pocket, and a Barnes and Noble coupon, so really, what's a girl to do? Here are just a few I picked up before going back to my regularly scheduled library visits.

Essential Bukowski Poetry- Edited by Abel Debritto: I have quite a few Bukowski books, so what's one more? I know Charles Bukowski is a bit of an acquired taste, but I've loved his stuff since high school. As crude and crass as he was, he also had some lovely gems and one of my favorite poems will forever be "Bluebird."

Soulless- Gail Carriger: Honestly, I was initially drawn to this book because of the cover, but then I read the synopsis and knew I had to pick it up. This story follows Alexia who has three big strikes against her: 1. She has no soul 2. She's a spinster whose father is dead and 3. She was so rudely bitten by a vampire which is totally against social protocol. To make matters worse (could they really get worse?), Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, which leads Queen Victoria to send Lord Maccon, an annoyingly charming werewolf, to investigate. With everyone believing Alexia to be the culprit in the recent vampire disappearances, it's up to her to uncover what's really going on in London society before it's too late.

Codename: Sailor V, Vol #2: I'm such a sucker for anything having to do with Sailor Moon/the rest of the Sailor Scouts. I read the first volume, so I'm excited to keep going with it.

Saga, Vols 2-4: I'm super late to the party when it comes to this series. I only picked up the first volume at last years BookCon, but I immediately loved it. Barnes and Noble was having a buy 2, get 1 free on their graphic novels, so I knew I had to take advantage of that and picked the next three up.

Smash! Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX and the 90s Punk Explosion- Ian Winwood: Confession: I'm a massive pop punk kid at heart. Most of my favorite memories growing up consist of finger pointing and singing my heart out at shows with my best friends, so the second I saw this I knew I needed it. Unlike other books/documentaries/etc that focus mainly on the 70s-80s scene, this one delves into the 90s era that really changed the game and catapulted the genre to a whole other level. Just yes to everything about this book. Letting me relive my plaid pants/wallet chain glory days and I am here. for. it.

 Have you read anything good lately? Lemme know!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Mini Thoughts

Hello, all!

I'm sure you all know by now how massive of a Star Wars fan I am, but what you might not know is that I love books that take place within the circus, especially in the 1920s. So big thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for two very fun reads that were right up my alley.

Pub Date: 10-23-18 by
Epic Ink
Pop Culture - Info - Fiction 
Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious- Pablo Hidalgo: This book is full of great artwork and information on various bad guys in the galaxy far, far away. It reads sort of like a cross between a recruitment pamphlet and a crime dossier. It's split up into three different parts, and within these parts you have everything from warrants for the arrest of everyone's favorite scoundrel and rebel princess, Han Solo and Princess Leia, to surveillance footage and mugshots from notable bounty hunters like Boba Fett to the slightly lesser known IG-88. This is such a cool perspective on the Star Wars universe. Usually, everything is about the good guys and this shines a spotlight on the bad guys who're the underbelly of the Galaxy. While this book doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the table, it is a really fun read for any Star Wars fan.

Pub Date: 1-22-19 by
Polis Books
Adult - Fiction - Fantasy
Miraculum- Steph Post: Ruby is a tattooed snake charmer in her father's carnival, Pontillar's Spectactular Star Light Miraculum. She is jaded, stand-offish and not quick to trust people, but all that changes when a mysterious man in black seemingly comes out of nowhere and joins up with the traveling show. Soon, death comes to the circus and it's up to Ruby, and the rough around the edges Hayden, to uncover the truth about the charming stranger, while also learning about her own inner power. I really enjoyed this book, it was very atmospheric and you really feel as if you're in the sweaty summer sun with all the other dusty rousties. Ruby is such a feisty, tough main character and I loved watching her go through this journey and really come into her own and embrace her destiny. This story mixes mystery with the supernatural and throws in a dash of romance, and it all flows so nicely. I'm such a sucker for circus reads, and this one was no exception.

Monday, December 31, 2018

End of the Year Book Haul

Hello, all!

I can't even remember the last time I did a book haul. My goal for the year had been to try and utilize my local library a bit more because I had gotten to the point where I was literally tripping over stacks of books, and I'm very happy to say that for the most part, I stuck to that. Until Black Friday where I bought a massive stack, but in my defense, the sales on Book Depository and Book Outlet were just way too good to pass up. And then I got even more for Christmas, so I thought I would round out this year with the bookish goodies I picked up/received. As always, let me know what you all are reading!

Friday, December 28, 2018

OwlCrate December Review

Hello, all!

This months OwlCrate theme was Power of Illusions, and it was the perfect box to end the year with. Let's get into it.

First up was this lovely little candle by Flick the Wick inspired by The Lunar Chronicles. It has notes of blackberry, vanilla and greenery, and it smells so so good.

Of course you can't have a December box without including an ornament, and this one from Juniper and Ivy Designs is so pretty. This was inspired by The Crown's Game, which I've never read, but the design of this reminds me of Anastasia and I dig it.

Next up was this cute The Night Circus magnet by Ink and Wonder Designs. I love that book, and I also really like all the hype it's been getting all of a sudden. I do wish the magnet had a little bit more of the red/black aesthetic that the book had, but I still like it.

Oh, how I love a tote bag, and this one designed by Stella Bookish Art is no exception. This is a lovely Caraval inspired tote, and not only is the art super pretty, but the actual quality of the bag feels very durable which is great since I usually use these for groceries.

This reading planner made by Blue Star Press was probably my favorite thing in this months box. They included a planner like this in last years box as well, but I think this one is way better. It's a great size, the design is cute, and the way it's broken down is so nice-- not only does it have monthly views, but weekly as well. Each month also has spots for new releases for that month, your TBR and even spots to review what you've read during that time. I actually keep my own reading journal, but I think I'll be switching between both since I just love this.

The book this month was Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene. This story follows Sylvie, an orphan living in the Dusklands, whose strict guardians are ashamed of her power to conjure illusions and treat her like a walking curse. Sylvie decides to set off on an adventure to the royal palace, hoping to show off her skills and earn a place in the court. Once she arrives in the Amber City, she realizes things are not as they seem. Sylvie must train and learn to harness her powers if she wishes to survive and make a name for herself in this harsh new world.

I also really like how they included a little amber pendant to go along with the book. The OwlCrate team really think of every little thing, and their attention to detail is one of my favorite things about this box. I can't wait to see what next year brings!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

LitJoy Crate December Review

Hello, all!

This months theme was Fallen Kingdom, so let's get into the goodies.

WEASLEY CAN SAVE ANYTHING, HE NEVER LEAVES A SINGLE RING, THAT'S WHY GRYFFINDORS ALL SING, WEASLEY IS OUR KING! I love collecting pins and I love Harry Potter, so this LitJoy exclusive enamel pin was definitely right up my alley.

This little tumbler was another LitJoy exclusive. I'm not super into the design of this one, it's a bit thinner than a normal tumbler, but I guess it'll be a good back up.

These socks were another item I wasn't super into, but who doesn't have a use for socks? They are pretty soft, so I'm sure they'll be comfy, but I'm just not a huge fan of the writing on the feet.

I have a confession: I'm obsessed with collecting cute notebooks, and this one designed by Lucy in the Sky Creations will be a nice addition to my massive stack. Also, could you really have a box about kingdoms without including Narnia?

You guys know how much I love the ACOTAR series, and we received a print of Feyre last month, so it's only fair to include her lovely mate, Rhysand this month! This artwork by Tara Spruit is so pretty and I love the flecks of stars in the background.

This month they also included these collector trading cards based on the Throne of Glass series with artwork by Gabriella Bujdoso. I actually just read the last book in this series, Kingdom of Ash, this month and it was an emotional rollercoaster, so I was super happy to receive these cards.

Now for the book-- Once A King by Erin Summerill. For 20 years, Channelers--women with magical abilities-- have been persecuted in Malam by those without magic. Now King Aodren is looking to end this bloody divide and try to unite his kingdom. But it seems like years of hatred can't be overcome with decrees, and rumors about a deadly Channeler-made substance are only adding fuel to the people's fires. Lirra has every reason to distrust Aodren, yet can't help saying yes when he asks for assistance in discovering the truth behind the rumors. Can Aodren rewrite the past mistakes of his people before his enemies destroy the world he's working so hard to rebuild?

I'm obsessed with the design of this book. There's no dust jacket or anything, it's printed right on the book itself, and it's just so pretty. It looks like one of those collector's edition of classic books, and those are some of my favorites, so it'll fit right in on my shelves.

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Top 5: Underrated Christmas Movies

Hello, all!

My favorite thing to do during this time of year is watch a bunch of Christmas movies, so I figured I'd dedicate this list to the unsung holiday movies that don't always get enough love.

1. Babes in Toyland: This was one of my favorite Christmas movies when I was younger. It has a tiny Drew Barrymore who plays Lisa, a young girl who has no time for playthings and hates being treated like a child. Then an accident during a Christmas Eve blizzard sends her into Toyland. While there, Lisa must stop a plot to marry Mary Contrary off to the horrible Barnaby Barnacle, who wants to take over Toyland. But there's one little problem: the Toymaster will only help if Lisa really believes in toys. Not only does this movie have a young Keanu Reeves, but  also a fun car singalong that's super catchy. What more could you want?

2. Jingle All The Way: Growing up, I fully remember my Mom saying how savage it was trying to get whatever the latest toy craze was for us. Not to mention seeing countless pictures of people with scratch marks all over their faces and people getting into fights all for a Furby or Tickle Me Elmo. This movie fully embodies that mad rush, but throws Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad into the mix.

3. To Grandmother's House We Go: Who didn't love a Mary Kate and Ashley movie in the 90s? When the two overhear their mom call them a "handful", they decide to run away to their grandma's, but they aren't allowed to cross the street without an adult. So what do they do? Hope on a bus, of course!  Thus kicking off their crazy Christmas adventure.

4. Ernest Saves Christmas: Where does Santa Claus go to look for his successor? Florida, obviously. While there, Santa gets into some unexpected trouble, as one does, and lovable doofy cab driver, Ernest, steps in to help save Christmas.

5. Serendipity: Everyone loves a romance during the holiday, and what better than one with John Cusack? During the Christmas season, Jonathan meets Sara while shopping at Bloomingdale's when they both try to purchase the same pair of gloves. After having dinner together, the pair decide to write their phone numbers on different items thinking that if fate really wanted them together they'd find each other. Years pass and both are in relationships, but fate finally pulls through and brings them together again. What a Christmas miracle!

Honorable Mention:

Trading Places: You just can't beat a Dan Aykroyd/Eddie Murphy team up!

What're some of your favorites? Lemme know!