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Dear author, I will read anything you write.

I didn’t mean it to be, but I ignored this draft long enough it’s now perfect for The Broke and The Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday weekly linkup, this week’s being top ten favorite authors!. Except I only have a top six. Forgive me? I’ve considered the […]

Books, Lately [April]

Welcome to Quick Lit! This is where I partake in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s link-up and share short (sometimes) and sweet (cavities not included) reviews of what I’ve been reading lately. I realize that this is about where I say things about the month’s books that are basically some […]

#bookwormproblems [one]

Being a bookworm has never been something I’ve minded. How could I? I loved reading too much to care if I was teased for it, and I really wasn’t. (Unless I blocked it out. This is always an unnerving idea.)

I did get in trouble for reading under the covers past bedtime as a kid. This happened most nights. However, I was never (or almost never) called for reading other books in school, which, in retrospect, is kind of suprising.

But being a chronic reader does have some other problems.

1. I will always discover words that I technically know and may even have used in writing, but apparently have never heard outloud, and therefore cannot fathom the correct pronunciation. Or think I have it right, but just don’t. (As I’ve learned, it’s sub-se-quent, not sub-seee-quent).

2. I get anxious when I think about how many books I want to read as soon as possible. Then I look at goodreads and see that I’m currently “reading” (which sometimes means “have been neglecting to finish for two months”) anywhere from 3 to 8 books, and despair that I will never read enough books to feel like I have read enough books. I anticipate this will be a problem for me till I die or books stop being published. Although, I expect vast libraries in heaven, and there are plenty of books for me to stress about without new releases, so, I have to deal with the fact that I will never read enough books.

3. The temptation to buy books when I haven’t read 3/4 of what I already own. Thank the stars my commute changed and I no longer walk past Open Books happy window displays every day. So. Much. Temptation.

& 4. Waiting for these releases.

Go check out other bookworm’s problems at Quirky Bookworm’s monthly link up!

Quick Lit [March]

Welcome to Quick Lit! This is where I partake in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s link-up and share short (sometimes) and sweet (cavities not included) reviews of what I’ve been reading lately.After 10-book-January, I really wasnt suprised to hit a lull month right away. I am a little bit perplexed […]

Top (Thirteen) Tuesday: Spring Reading

Every Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish hosts a top ten linkup, and this week’s is “Top Ten Books On Your Spring TBR List.” But rules are hard, so mine has 13. NONFICTION NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL Lena Dunham >>> I’m reading this because it’s trendy. No […]

That weekend, tho. (Tales of the very specifically Chicagoan version of an Irish holiday.)

That weekend, tho. (Tales of the very specifically Chicagoan version of an Irish holiday.)

So apparently when they turn the river green for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s actually pretty cool. I expected to be underwhelmed, but the only disappointment was the devatating lack of sun. People, if it’s going to be nine AM and it’s still March, just wear your coats. It’s not worth it to be cool.

Pun not intended, but completely left there on purpose.

Also not underwhelming? Out of town friends visiting for the weekend! I would likely have been incapable of dragigng myself out of bed for the river-dying and the parade, but I am so glad I did. Thank you, Kristi Joy 🙂
She also coaxed me into buying this bow. I have no regrets.

And then… It was Pi day! (Talk about enough good things in one day for a month… Or to tire you out for a month.)

This is pie. & this is how nerdy people (and pie-eating friends of nerdy people) celebrate March 14.

(And yes, we did take bites of pie at 9:26. 


And there was, completely unrelated to pie, but also a two year tradition, playing of cards against humanity: the card game for terrible people.

Then. Did you guys meet Monday? Spring! Real spring! The kind of spring that doesn’t require socks! (And then Tuesday was chilly. Can’t win them all this early in the year.)

Another result of a Kristi Joy visit: I’ve now discovered the Chicago cultural center. 

I may go back just for the ceilings.

And then she left: very disappointing. The actual St. Patrick’s Day tried to make up for it, but it had a hard time. Deciding to take a picture of most of my green books helped a little bit.

It really is the little things. The little, tiny, weird and kind of nerdy ones.

Not-green drinks at an Irish pub with live accordions and a folk band lent a hand too 🙂

Happy March!

Life, Currently // Two

Time //  Lunch break on a Thursday. I don’t normally work in the office Thursdays, but the infamous Kristi Joy is visiting this weekend (AKA getting here at an ungodly early hour tomorrow morning), and so this is one of the times when my flexible work schedule […]

Learning styles (and challenging my own with audiobooks)

This is more-or-less part of my slow-updating Newly-Minted Adult series. Technically it’s just another way for me to talk about books, but it still counts. It does! I am not an auditory learner. Not even in the slightest. I used to feel lacking, or lazy, or […]

Life, Currently // One (& a review)

I completely stole this format from Cassie over at Nose Stuck in a Book. She’s significantly less long-winded, so there’s a good chance you’d rather be reading her blog right now.

Time //  A super lazy Saturday night.

Reading // I’m in a bit of a lull after a ton of reading in January. Right now I’ve just finished the preview excerpt for A Darker Shade of Magic (from Netgalley), I’m still neglecting Bad Feminist (despite loving every bit so far), and occasionally I open Fairest. I’m looking forward to starting Damaged Goods soon, but I’ll probably need some fast fiction first.

A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic // This is my first time receiving an ARC [advanced reader copy] through Netgalley, and I’m pretty excited about the possiblity of getting to read books in exchange for honest reviews A) before they come out and, of course, B) for free.

I was definitely disappointed when halfway through this preview I realized it was, in fact, a preview—because it’s quite good. ADSOM boasts a story of magic in London, but not just one—several Londons, referred to as Red London, White London, and Grey London (can you guess which one our world boasts? Yeah, it’s grey). Kell is one of the Antari, or Travelers, one of dwindling few who can cross between the worlds. While a long time ago the walls of the worlds were more open, now Travelers carry letters, and letters only, between the rulers of each London. Except Kell occasionally smuggles more. Oops. And may have just accidentally commited treason because of it. Double oops.

Then there’s Lila, a pocket-picking cut purse (who I love so far) who gets caught up in all of the things.

I find it hard to give a real review after an except, but perhaps it’s helpful to tell you that if I can get this off my library soon enough, I absolutely plan to finish it. Magic and multiple worlds is a favorite of mine, and I like both Kell and Lila.

Kudos, netgalley, kudos, for suckering me into a book I now have to acquire for myself to finish!

Listening to // The Dandy Warhols.

Watching // I just finished Veronica Mars, and it reminded me why getting so completely into something that I’m marathoning it is a terrible idea for my life. The plan was to avoid new shows for a bit and just keeping up with the likes of Suits, New Girl, BBT, Arrow, and Flash, but I just discovered Stargate is on Amazon Prime. So that’s happening now.

Loving // I’ve been using the company for a few months now, and I’m still in love with Twice. Twice is an online consignment store: all clothes are nice brands, in excellent condition, and anywhere between 50-90% off original price. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on clothes, and Twice lets me pay Ross-like prices for much nicer things.

If you sign up, do it with this link:, and you’ll get $10 credit. I believe you can also get another $10 for downloading the IOS app, and if you let me know, I can probably find you a 50% off first purchase coupon. Yes, that effectively makes your first $40 free.

Also loving: Arizona Rx Energy Tea, diffusing Young Living Thieves oil blend in the office (my cubicle neigbors’ favorite of anything I’ve diffused so far), Old Navy’s Rockstar jeans, and Milani lipstick (in Pretty Natural).

Working on // I’ve got a nice, big design project going right now—an admissions catalog for a school I do a good bit of work for—and having some continuous freelance work like this is lovely. However, I’m looking ahead right now at different ways to expand my freelancing options, both with design and editing. Some of it’s exciting, and some of it’s terrifying. Scratch that, it’s all a little terrifying.

Shopping // I’m resisting a lot of things shopping right now, because a studio can only hold so much (and I’m broke, whatever). So books? Resisting. Furniture? That’s funny, where would I put it?! Some new clothes for spring? Ok, I’m not resisting that one, but I’m trying to be smart, for the very good reason of being, well, a stereotypically broke 20-something.

One thing I am keeping an eye out for is some big, inexpensive wall art. I haven’t gotten my studio’s walls to a place I really love, and even though I could DIY something, I’m still looking.

Hobbying //  I added this category because my knitting has to fall somewhere, right? Right now I’m working up some ear-warmer headbands, and have multiple scarves-in-progress. I’m in serious considerations to attempt socks, starting with something chunky and fast.

…I didn’t promise this would be a very exciting  category, did I?

Photo Jan 20, 12 49 40 PMPhoto Dec 28, 3 45 03 PMPhoto Jan 11, 4 17 15 PM

Anticipating // I am really looking forward to some warm weather. I am desperate to wear skirts and dresses without tights, and to put away socks for awhile. I am also really looking forward to the release of Shadow Scale, the sequel to Seraphina, a beautifully written YA fantasy with really great dragons.

Because if I can’t have decent weather, I can at least have some decent dragons.

Books, Lately [January]

Welcome to Quick Lit! This is where I partake in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s link-up and share short (sometimes) and sweet (cavities not included) reviews of what I’ve been reading lately. So let’s talk about how I obsessively read ten books in 31 days, which is likely a new […]