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November 21, 2016

Shitstorms, Heartbreakers, Gossipmongers, & Thanksgiving



Thanksgiving is in a couple of days and everyone here in the US are gearing for the long weekend in some shape or form whether it's planning The Meal, long weekend somewhere, working overtime for that extra cash, or just stay-cationing. 

A few of you have posted your Gratitude posts and for sure it reinforced and reminded me of all the things I'm thankful for: family, friends, job, blessings, etc. 

November 19, 2016

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [224]: #LemonySnicket #NPH


BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, ongoing events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 




November 18, 2016

Darkest Night by Christopher Bloodworth and Jimmy Juliano #podcast #thriller

Narrated By: Lee Pace
Launched: October 31, 2016
Episodes: 6 (ongoing)
Length: 25-45 mins.
Genre: Dark Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Mystery | Thriller

Darkest Night is a binaurally recorded audio drama centering around the Roth Lobdow Center for Advanced Research. Each chapter follows two scientists working for the center on top secret 'Project Cyclops'. Through Project Cyclops, we are able to relive a person's last waking moments and uncover the secrets of the dead. The Darkest Night is narrated by Lee Pace (The Hobbit Films, Guardians of the Galaxy, Pushing Daisies. Halt & Catch Fire, etc). The Darkest Night features acting performances from Denis O'Hare (American Horror Story), Missi Pyle (The Artist & Dodgeball), RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ricky Dillon, KC Wayland (We're Alive), Johnny Ferro, Callie Schuttera, Miguel Lopez, and more. Darkest Night is written by Chris Bloodworth. Additional writing done by Jimmy Juliano. Darkest Night is produced by The Paragon Collective & NoSleep.


You guys, I'm getting addicted to podcasts! So it seems my life in fiction have organized itself somehow:

  • Reading: Literary and Women's Fiction
  • Audiobooks: Self-Help & Humorous Memoirs
  • Podcast: Dark Supernatural &/or Sci-Fi Fantasy

DARKEST NIGHT is my latest discovery. I found it this week and finished the available episodes in less than 48 hours. 


November 16, 2016

Loved It: Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey

Series: Standalone
Format: Mobi
Release Date: January 27, 2009
Publisher: Amistad
Source: Borrowed via Overdrive
Genre: Relationship Self-Help

The #1 New York Times bestseller from the new guru of relationship advice, Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is an invaluable self-help book that can empower women everywhere to take control of their relationships. The host of a top-rated radio show listened to by millions daily—and of cable TV’s The Steve Harvey Project—Harvey knows what men really think about love, intimacy, and commitment. In Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the author, media personality, and stand-up comedian gets serious, sharing his wealth of knowledge, insight, and no-nonsense advice for every good woman who wants to find a good man or make her current love last.




After a full day of watching the news that had me feeling all kinds of negative, I tuned into Steve Harvey's afternoon talk show. This episode was about dating, like tips on how to know if the dude is a Player, a Mama's Boy, or a Potential, and it broke down this lady's dating mistakes (so cringe worthy btw). I found myself not only entertained, but actually paying attention!

I've seen both Think Like A Man movies and I didn't know who Steve Harvey was before then, and though I was thoroughly entertained by the films, I didn't really peg SHarvey as a relationship guru. Yet after watching said episode, I got so curious on what else he has to say so I ended up borrowing the book. 

November 15, 2016

Match Series: Getting To Know You, Getting To Know All About You... #onlinedatingadventures

 

When it comes to the stage of getting to know someone in terms of dating, there are a few things that I want to know right away versus allowing time to lay it out for me. I'm just not the type of person who wants to take chances when it comes to important things.

See, I hold time as something that's almost sacred as one can't take it back, I believe it's one of the most valuable things we could ever invest on someone so if from the beginning it's clear that something isn't going to work because of fundamental differences, I suggest you cut ties with that person before you get too emotionally involved regardless of chemistry.

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.


November 12, 2016

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged [223]: #WonderWoman #LadyBoner


BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, ongoing events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 




November 8, 2016

Currently Listening To: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink #podcast




I just recently discovered Joseph Fink's serialized podcast WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE last week. As of writing, I'm listening to episode 22 of 97, each podcast is about 25 minutes long on average and a new one is released every two weeks. 

November 6, 2016

Steampunk Sundays: Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Series: Finishing School 4
Format: Mobi
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Source: Borrowed via Public Library
Genre: Steampunk | Young Adult

If one must flirt…flirt with danger.

Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sweet sootie Soap nearby. She would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and now she’s not sure whom to trust. What does the brusque werewolf dewan know? On whose side is the ever-stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way, and when it comes to fruition, Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster—in decidedly dramatic fashion, of course.

What will become of our proper young heroine when she puts her years of training to the test? Find out in this highly anticipated and thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!



The end of an era marks the beginning of a new one. That is if you're following the timeline of Carriger's Steampunk universe. Although Finishing School released after her Parasol Protectorate, the former is a prequel in case you're unfamiliar with Gail Carriger and this wonderful alternate Victorian world she penned. 

November 5, 2016

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [222]: #DoctorStrange #Cumberbitch


BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, ongoing events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 




November 4, 2016

Loved It: Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro

Series: Standalone
Format: Audiobook
Narrated By: Hillary Huber
Length: 7h 54m
Release Date: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Villard
Source: Borrowed via Overdrive
Genre: Memoir-Humor

In Autobiography of a Fat Bride, Laurie Notaro tries painfully to make the transition from all-night partyer and bar-stool regular to mortgagee with plumbing problems and no air conditioning. Laurie finds grown-up life just as harrowing as her reckless youth, as she meets Mr. Right, moves in, settles down, and crosses the toe-stubbing threshold of matrimony. From her mother's grade-school warning to avoid kids in tie-died shirts because their hippie parents spent their food money on drugs and art supplies; to her night-before-the-wedding panic over whether her religion is the one where you step on the glass; to her unfortunate overpreparation for the mandatory drug-screening urine test at work; to her audition as a Playboy centerfold as research for a newspaper story, Autobiography of a Fat Bride has the same candor and outrageous humor that made Idiot Girls an instant cult phenomenon.

In Autobiography of a Fat Bride, Laurie contemplates family, home improvement, and the horrible tyrannies of cosmetic saleswomen. She finds that life doesn't necessarily get any easier as you get older. But it does get funnier.




AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FAT BRIDE, my second Laurie Notaro audiobook, didn't disappoint! This time we get a more... err... Intimate look-see into LNotaro's love life from dating losers, an STD scare, to her eventual happily ever after. LNotaro poked fun and tried to make light out of meeting and being with the love of her life, their love story is truly sweet and gooey!

November 2, 2016

Match Series: Proud & Will Not Compromise

 


As well read and "worldly" as I think I am, I never realized how naive I am until I joined Match.

Men aren't created equal in that some are gentle while other are just big pieces of shit. Signing up for Match has me thinking that since it's a paid membership that it would whittle out some of the POS you'd find in say, Tinder.

While the men I've interacted so far are decent for the most part, there are still some who left me scratching my head in wonder, frustration, and even fascination. Like how can one be so educated yet remain so ignorant at the same time!


November 1, 2016

Gush & Gripe: The 5-Year Itch


Talk Supe hit the 5 year mark this year and for the first time, I didn't make any deal out of it. I know it's a big achievement, maintaining a blog for five years averaging at five posts a week, blog hopping, comment popping. I took book blogging to heart and did my best to be innovative, creative, accessible, etc.

Until I hit the 5-year itch. If there's such a thing.