Bout of Books 14: What to Read Next Challenge

Here we are, for the last day of the Bout of Books 14 Read-a-thon.

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Today’s challenge is hosted by Sarah Reads too Much and this is the challenge:

For this Challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great – something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall.  If you can, say a short little something about why you recommend these books.

I’m going for 3 books that not only did I read this year, but that also came out this year, from 3 different genres.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I can’t praise this book enough. Everyone should read it, because not only does it has diverse characters and deals with issues of homosexuality and acceptance, but does it in a fun and light way, so that’s impossible not to have a smile on your face and fall in love with the characters.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalThis New Adult Fantasy novel is just amazing. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast done in a most wonderful way. Sarah J. Maas is a master with her words and world building, and this book will leave you wanting for more. More story, more of the characters, more everything.

YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by FELICIA DAY

This book, wow, all the love for this book. Felicia Day, the “Queen of the Geeks” pours her story, hard work and soul into this book, and the result is amazing. I loved to get to know her, I have a newfound respect for her and this is such an inspiring and acceptance driven book… you should read it.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (Felicia Day)

From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day — violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs. 

After growing up in the south where she was “homeschooled for hippie reasons”, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star. 

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir. 

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.


I don’t think I can express adequately how much I loved this book… I loved it a lot!

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I was roaming through my audible account one day, when I realized that Felicia Day’s book was already out, and that the audiobook was read by her, with a preface by Joss Whedon?! OMG, why the hell hadn’t I buy it already?! I did that as soon as I got home (a.k.a. WIFI!) and then I started to listen to this masterpiece.

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Felicia’s life story is funny, weird, relatable, sad and amazing. It’s incredible, really, to listen to all these things that happened in her life, her successes, her insecurities, her troubles, depressions,… I laughed out loud, and cried my eyes out with this book, and at the end of it, I has a newfound respect for a person that I already had loads of respect and admiration for. Felicia Day is a Queen! She’s so smart and talented, and yet so vulnerable, … I love her a hell of a lot more now!

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(again, so relatable!)

It also, finally, made me start to watch The Guild, I’m already finishing season 4…

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(and inspiring!)

I would recommend this book to everyone. I loved the audiobook, Felicia has a special way of talking too fast that is just adorable and totally hers. But I do intend to buy the physical copy of this book, because I found it so inspiring, relatable, fascinating and weirdly awesome. Somehow, I feel like I know her better, almost like a friend (but not those creeps who stalked her, ok?).

Rating: 5 Stars

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The Fireworks Book Tag

Hey, another Tag! Nattie @Book Rambles nominated me for the Fireworks Book Tag, thank you so much Nattie! So, let’s do this!

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Screamers – A book that made you want to scream! (In a good or bad way)

For this I’m going to pick what I’m currently “reading” (listening to), because I’ve cracked up laughing out loud quite a few times, and I’m gonna count that as screaming, and that is You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day .

Bombers – A book that you read before it “exploded” in the book community

I’ve been in the “community” for far too little, so I have no idea how to answer this…

Banger – A banned book YOU’VE read

Apparently I read somewhere that the first couple of books of the Harry Potter series had been banned in some places of the US when it came out?! I don’t know, I don’t even think we have banned books in Portugal.

Peony – A book/author you think everyone needs to read

Sarah J. Maas, or Cassandra Clare, or Rainbow Rowell… but most people here have read it already… (am I right?!)

    

Crossette – A book/series with a complicated plot

Game of Thrones is hyper complicated, so I’m gonna go with that!

Diadem – A book/series with an amazing set of central characters

The Throne of Glass series. Celaena is one of the best female protagonist that I have ever read, and the other central characters are just as amazingly written.

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Matches – Light your own fireworks by tagging 5 people!

Con Man: my geeky dream come true!

How could I not know that this was happening?! Con Man is a tv show written and directed by Alan Tudyk, that will be coming to Vimeo on September 30. It will have 12 episodes released throughout 4 weeks (3 eps for week). Go check the trailer below!

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It’s a spoof of what happens in real life after a Firefly-like show!!!! 😀 I’m SO HAPPY! The show looks fun and amazing, and it has all my favorite people on it. This has totally made my day!

  

With a cast full of very recognizable people (at least for us geeks), such as Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Gina Torres, Michael Trucco, Milo Ventimiglia, Amy Acker, Wil Wheaton, Mindy Sterling, Sean Astin, Felicia Day, Seth Green, James Gunn, Tricia Helfer, Casper Van Dien, and even a special appearance by Joss Whedon.

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Supernatural recap (of the epic) LARP and the Real Girl

Wednesday is Supernatural day! And yesterday was a mega super day for SPN, with the episode LARP and the Real Girl (S08E11)!!! This is one of the episodes that’s gonna stick forever… like the episode where Dean keeps dying (S03E11 Mystery spot) or the one where the guys are sent to another dimension – ours (S06E15 The French Mistake)… And to top it off, Felicia Day is back as Charlie!

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So this epic episode starts with Ed, our victim to be, that enters his apartment (full of very geeky stuff… very geeky in deed, like, worst than the 4  guys from Big Bang Theory) having a heated discussion with someone on the phone and while in bed, gets his limbs torn off with the help of some invisible ropes and we can even hear the hooves of some horses somewhere in the room… ah, and a strange tattoo of some tree like symbol appears on his arm.

Then we see Sam and Dean tiding on their car. Sam is still mopping and Dean gets it, a suggest that the brothers should go out and have some fun, maybe hit a bar or two, while Kevin is on tablet duty. But Sam gets a phone call from Garth and he informs them of a case nearby (yes, he is tracking them via GPS – “And Garth? Its bad enough that you’re tracking us, but it’s even worse when you say ‘We’ve been Garthed’.”) – By the way… I want Garth back ASAP. So while there’s no word from Kevin, Sam wants to work on cases (and have no fun!).

At the vic’s apartment, the boys show their (very fake) badges and the sheriff comments how quick they were – the body’s not even out yet (“The FBI is all work, no play.”). So the sheriff shows the crime scene to Sam (“He lived alone. Which is a real shocker considering this place is full of toys.”) – the sheriff is incredible! – and Sam notices the tattoo on the victim’s arm – “So is anything missing from the body?” “You mean aside from his arms and legs?!”. The sheriff then informs him they have a lead, Lance, based on the phone records (“These kids today with their texting and murder.”).

The brothers question Lance, who immediately starts to cry and tells they that the murderous text messages weren’t from him (“Those texts weren’t from me. They were from me, but they weren’t from me me.” “Did you really think that sentence was gonna clear things up.”) and explains about their characters in Moondoor and the LARPing (“He was Lancelot to my Merlin”) – and by the way, this Lance had challenged Ed to a duel with wands and swords at dawn – “Now when you wands, do you mean magic wands?” “No, unmagic wands, agent. Because what I really want in a duel in an unmagic wand!”. So the guys go outside to checkout the website Lance talked about, and recognize the Queen – Charlie (and throughout the video, we can see the excitement in Dean’s face)! Meanwhile, inside the interrogation room, Lance bleeds to death after he receives the same tattoo his friend did.

So the Winchesters decide to go to the game site – “Lucky for us we know the Queen” !!! In Moondoor they are watching a judgment kind of role-play when everything stops because the guy trapped looses his fake teeth (hilarious!) – and then the guys are called on the fakeness of their badges and cheep suits – genera mashup is only every third month…

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Then we finally see Charlie, who’s battling one of her squires, he yields and professes his love to her, in a very Star Wars kind of way: “I love you.” “I know.”. And then, as she makes a speech to her leeches, she sees the brothers and is not happy about it! Because if they’re there, so are monsters, then she wonders if she’s a “monster magnet“. After she considers leaving for good (and basically crowning Dean), he informs her that Ed and Lance are both dead, so she stays and decides to help (Dean wanted her to go and be safe and Sam wanted her to stay and help, and she agrees with Sam). – Great moment when Dean helps her with the strategy for the upcoming battle!

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The tox results from Lance’s autopsy come back and even though they aren’t any physical signs, Sam tells them “But the medical examiner said his body showed clear signs of belladonna poisoning.”, to which Charlie and Dean respond in unison “The pornstar?” and Sam (with the most amusing face ever) responds “The poison.“. At this moment Sam needs a laptop, but there aren’t any at Moondoor (because there are rules), but there is a tent full of computers… Sam goes to find it.

Charlie informs Dean that he needs to change clothes if he’s going to walk around with her, and she also wants to hear the full wiki of what they’ve been up to.

After Dean recaps their last months (off screen), Charlie informs him that the phantom text to Sam (supposedly from Amelia) was a dick move and he admits it was not his finest hour. They have a very great exchange, and she realizes that he “broke with someone too” (although not in the same sense). And off they go (with a very hot Dean in chain mail), and she tells him that she stayed in the LARPing thing because there she was a here, he tells her that in the real world she’s a hero too, cause without her they wouldn’t have been able to get Dick (“I’m noticing a lot of these maidens checking you out.” “What, you can’t shut this down. It’s good to be queen.”).

In the computer tent, Sam is looking at the files of all the victims, and ends up getting some help from blondie sitting next to him, Galandria, that helps him realize that the symbol is the Celtic symbol for the Tree of Pain, whomever has the mark, will fall prey to fairy magic (while all along flirting with him!). She then asks him to stop by her tent latter, which he declines… bummer!

Charlie and Dean try to find the meaning of the little tree as well, while she flirts with every girl in site (she’s worst than Dean, awesome!). They find out that is the crest for the Shadow King. They run into Boltar and Dean asks her to get back to Sam, while he goes to seek an audience with the King. On her way back she manages to get kidnapped by some disturbing cloaked figure.

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Dean reunites with Sam, they share their findings and then realize they lost Charlie!

Charlie wakes up and tries to run away and finds out she can’t (“I’m just an I.T. girl standing in front of a monster asking it not to kill her”)! Then the mask come off and behind it there a beautiful fairy, Gilda, that tells her she’s been brought to this realm to do her master’s biding and she wants to stop it and be freed.

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In their quest to find Charlie, Dean brings a gun to intimidate the Shadow King, and sure enough he tells them everything he knows. And promises not to press charges… And the Shadow orc guy that helps them has a huge crush on the queen… but Dean informs him that he ain’t her type (“What, you mean she’s not into orcs?”). They eventually find the tent, only to get in on the worst moment possible… (“Dudes! If the tent is rockin’ don’t come knockin.”)

Then Gilda reveals that her master is none other than Boltar, that wanted to get rid of the competition in order to become king. After a very unfair fight (because Boltar, aka Jerry, has fairy magic on his side), Charlie is able to destroy the spell book (he got at eBay) in a fashion very similar to Harry Potter with a basilisk fang destroying Tom Riddle’s diary in HP and the Chamber of Secrets. Gilda tells them she will take Jerry to her realm, to face a tribunal, but she doesn’t go without a kiss goodbye from Charlie (“Call me… maybe.”). I also like how Jerry refers to Sam as “the big one”!

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Charlie decides she will stay and face reality and offers her help whenever they need. And when Dean asks her if she’s good… “Apart from the fact that you blocked me from banging a fairy and I’m about to go lose my crown in battle thanks to my army being decimated, yeah, totally good.”

“Smell you latter bitches”

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So Dean and Sam talk and Sam decides that they both need some fun… and comes the best part of the episode! Dean, in character (with a blond wig) replays the Bravehart speech (“it’s the only one he knows”), which gets interrupted by a frisbee in the middle of the battlefield and a random normal dude getting it, and he resume and off they go, Sam and Dean in epic clothes, face paint and stylish hairdos! (How hot is Jared Padalecki, aka Sam, with a ponytail?!)

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One of the best SPN episodes to date! Great to see them have some fun again, mainly because they were so off sync for the first half of the season! Great job!