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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Wendy @ What the Log | Novel Newcomers

Hellooooo!

This month means big, BIG things:
  1. NaNoWriMo
  2. Thanksgiving which is secretly code for lots and lots of yummy food but also trying to catch up/get ahead in school work.
  3. WE TURNED FIVE EARLIER THIS MONTH. AHHH. I am, at least. Lupe is three, Anelise is one.
*screaming ensues in distance*

It's been a busy week (all those projects due and there's more next week #someonehelpmenotprocrastinate 😭), but I'm trying to Novel Newcomers back on track so I finish on time this year. However, it looks like I'll be carrying this over to January of next year. I'm completely okay with this. Maybe I'll get a few stray ones I forgot to message or my email got lost in the year or... or...
OH. And there are laptop issues. I'm sick and tired of my laptop spazzing on my internet. It's not the school WiFi, it's not the mobile hotspot. I've tried everything to the moon and back, including searching Google.
Disclaimer: While I am frustrated with my computer (I brought it earlier this year! Gah.), no computers were harmed.

My current mission in the gaming world has been (that post has been put off for way too long) accomplished, so time to get my little self in gear and try to schedule as many posts as possible throughout Thanksgiving Break. I mean, I now have a questing buddy as well, so I'm hoping new laptop will actually NOT be annoying and I can do blog things while the game is doing its spell animations that I've seen 20 million times.

Okay, I'm done complaining.
This week's Novel Newcomer is Wendy from What the Log.


Whatthelog’s Epic List of Bisexual Books

My name is Wendy and I blog at www.whatthelog.wordpress.com and @whatthelogsaid. September is bisexual visibility month*, and as an out and proud bisexual lady myself, I thought an EPIC list of bisexual books would be very appropriate! Now, please keep in mind that I haven’t read every one of these books, so I cannot always vouch for their representation. However, to the best of my knowledge, none of these books contain harmful rep.

*Note from Sophia: Wendy wrote this post for September, but it is never too late for book recommendations.

I have a pet theory that the best representation is often found in young adult novels. So here’s a couple of young adult novels that have bisexual main characters.
  • I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
  • Wild by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Science fiction and fantasy are great genres for exploration of sexuality. Here is a couple of books (all of them young adult, sorry about that!) where bisexuality is a key aspect of the novel.
  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  • Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee
  • Hold by Rachel Davidson Leigh
I love historical fiction that talks about bisexuality, especially when they’re about actual people. So often we forget that bisexual and queer people were around throughout the whole of history, and I love it when these stories are celebrated!
  • A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
  • Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham
  • Goddess by Kelly Gardiner
  • The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
Graphic novels often also push boundaries in theme and content. Here are three graphic novels in which bisexuality meshes with other important topics such as mental health and interracial marriage.
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney
  • She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya
  • Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Resume by Mari Naomi
And finally, there is non-fiction! All of these are on my TBR for when I need a good bisexual kick up the butt! I especially like the idea of a bisexual revolution.
  • Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World edited by Robyn Ochs & Sarah E Rowley
  • Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out edited by Loraine Hutchins & Lani Ka-ahumanu
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner
  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

I hope that you have been inspired to pick up some books with bisexual characters, and if you ever need recommendations, give me a shout! I’m always here to yell about diverse books, particularly about bisexuality and mental health.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Fantastic Beasts Sequel + RAMPAGE

Next week is finally THANKSGIVING! You know what that means.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC!

I'm all up for Christmas music, but only AFTER Thanksgiving. Although, I will contradict myself by saying that I would not mind listening to it year round.
Time for the big news of the week.

We have a title for the new Fantastic Beasts sequel that will be released on November 16, 2018!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

"At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world."

RAMPAGE Trailer
Check out the FANTASTIC trailer below!






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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Krokotopia, Wysteria, Sunken City (Myth + Ice) | Questing Shenanigans

Lately, I've been focusing on gaming a little more because we had a group post about villains taking over the world, and I wanted to get some shots of the second storyline villain, which meant I had to get my act together and power my balance wizard as much as I could until she got those shots at the end of Azteca.

She made it, peeps, but didn't enter until a few days later

So I basically abandoned reading a little in the past few weeks. (I promise I read a little because waiting to choose a card is very boring when you're in a team, even though I had to pay a lot more attention since I'm the healer/support/tank. Life as a balance is wonderful, as you can see.

Here's a cool screenshot right before entering Xibalba, which, goshdarnit I forgot the shortcut. One day on a future character I will come here and find that I have very bad shots of early Wizard Photography.
OMG is that really one away from 5K health on my tank gear? πŸ™„

Now we're moving on to the actual topic(s) of the post: Ice and Myth. I wonder why I'm so behind on these but I did power through lately so that might be why I feel very ahead of myself.

Sophia Legendheart (Myth)

Surprisingly, my myth actually has a questing team of three, but we're all a little ahead/behind each other with promises to catch each other up during our school breaks (sometimes I wouldn't mind if they got ahead of me because then they can catch up to my balance and we'll have a support/tank on our team with the occasional heal). Legendheart trekked a little into Celestia (more on that in the future), but has been sidetracked to get some side quests in earlier worlds out of the way before I venture on (there's a lot to do for me).

Speaking of side quests, I finally got the Bookworm badge on Sophia Legendheart! I almost always have this badge on because I'm a book nerd and I'm proud of it.

I did take a screenshot, but I'm not posting it because I don't have anything to edit out the number of crowns I have on my account at the moment aka I don't feel like showing my stats either.

First up, Sunken City! I'm actually a little surprised I didn't do this earlier, but I'm also not surprised since this is a dungeon and soloing a dungeon is unadvised. Sunken City is also a side dungeon, so there wouldn't be any who would venture into this place.
This probably wouldn't be as bad if I didn't press X before CTRL + G.
I think I took off the dialogue box by then, so it's not as bad the first but still... I haven't been here in a long while so I've forgotten about this place entirely. The last time I went through Sunken City was about 5 years ago?

After that, Wysteria. I actually took a photo from the Great Reading Places Around the Spiral on this character, so it's only fair I brought it up again, haha.
I've been experimenting with environmental shots in game lately (ever since trying to work on that post) when I'm not failing at pressing CTRL + G. It's harder in a dungeon because I'm likely not the first person to go to the next destination, triggering a worthy scene to be shot.

I'm also experimenting with spell shots, which is really helpful when you have a pet that has may cast Unicorn (I can fail the first shot and succeed on the second). I'm being blessed by the fairy. The pet my myth has was also an accidental find from years ago when I set her aside to work on a good snake in a basket pet.

I also took Legendheart back into Krokotopia since I focused on the main storyline most of the time rather than doing both sides and main. Let's be honest though: when I first created Sophia Waterheart, there was no main storyline quest indicator.
Bird's eye view is super cool sometimes. I'd love to have a photography option rather than trying to figure out which shots are best, but I suppose the fun is in this photography puzzle?

Speaking of Krokotopia, time to switch characters.

Sophia Iceheart (Ice)

I started her a few months ago when Legendheart finished Dragonspyre, but I didn't quest much on her. I still don't go on her a lot, as I wanted to focus on getting my main (balance) past Azteca (it's kind of my priority to get her to max level) and Legendheart to level 60 before continuing with Iceheart.

Sometimes, however, I get bored of questing, so I hop on my ice to knock out some basic quests and maybe take a funny photo or two.
Pop! Goes the snowman! Also 999. Ha, I just noticed this.

For a tanking and resist school, I'm currently failing. Also death spells are nice to save me in a pinch in the second part of Krokotopia. I hate the second part of Krokotopia on my ice.

And finally...
I found this in my files. Wizard Photography is all about taking multiple shots and trying to find the best one, but this one is perfect for a Caption This if I learned to press shortcuts on time.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

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Great Reading Places Around the Spiral (Pirate101 Was Totally Fair Game)

Other than steering clear from the Commons of Wizard City in general, some wizards take time out of their questing and wizardly duties to catch a quick read or two.

We're not counting audiobooks here. Sorry. Audiobooks are great for questing by your own, lonely self.

Every wizardly book nerd has to go to a reading place - while that dorm room is nice and cozy, not everyone wants to stay cooped up in their rooms (and let's be honest: that dorm room is boring if you don't decorate it because you're too busy saving the spiral. Sadly, that is the case with my myth and ice wizards).

Here are six great places for catching a quick page or two in:
Upstairs in the Wizard City Library
If you want to hide from everyone (unless they look up), the second floor of the Wizard City library is a great place to get some reading done assuming you don't get tempted to check out all the other books on the shelves.

The Forbidden Area in the Wizard City Library
You know that one place when you go visit Harold in Wizard City? Have you always been curious what was hidden behind those lights that led to infinite darkness? If you're an adventurous wizard daring to jump over the rope, you might find an action-packed book or two hidden among those shelves.

Behind the Waterfall (Nightside, Wizard City)
If you want a quiet little area with nothing but the rush of water and the faint chatter of wizards talking in the Commons, worry not: there's a place for you. All you'll find behind the waterfall are death wizards scurrying by you as they speak to Dworgyn and test their luck in the Sunken City.

Maybe you'll even catch a rainbow or two.

Dragon's Mouth Cave (Golem Court, Wizard City)
If water isn't your thing or the sounds of the waterfall and chatter of wizards is too much for you, the Dragon's Mouth cave is another place for your reading enjoyment. As long as you don't mind a stone dragon staring down at you menacingly or dim lighting (lest you set your book on fire), it'll be perfectly quiet and warm.

This is a good place to hibernate, isn't it.

Halley's Observatory (Royal Museum, Marleybone)
Unfortunately for young wizardlings who want to gaze at the stars in between breaks of reading or want to risk their lives balancing around in a library with no railings and a rotating dino, this won't be accessible until you finish Avalon.

Pigswick Library (Wysteria)
Mari mentioned it during our very public conversation on Twitter about reading places, but I didn't find a really good place for photos until I started questing through there on my myth.

The Community Chimes In

Over on Twitter during the summer, I asked the rest of the community about great reading places. Here's a select few:
Autumn forgot a pic! (She is also no longer on Twitter, but please know this does not give any rights to take and claim as your own.) But anyway, here's a pic of Autumn running around Jade Palace.
If you don't mind a little music while reading...
Mari volunteers her library as a tribute, wizards. Hit her up if you want a quiet place with the occasional owner popping in to make sure you're not causing havoc in her home. Thanks Mari for letting me sneak around your library for pics to use for the post header! (And probably for Spiral Reads, because Mari's library is fabulous).
Misty took some amazing pics over in Pirate101. I mean, Pirate101 is totally fair game. No one else chose to take it but Misty.

Do you have a favorite reading place in the spiral? How about in general? 

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

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LATE Fangirl Friday Edition: Texas Church Shooting + Harry Potter AR Game

Sorry for the late post! Had to study all night for an exam I had for Friday. Sadly, finals are coming up and it's gonna be HELL. #HellWeek #CollegeLife

Another week, another tragedy. Yes, it involves with guns. I mean this is getting out of hand. Last month we just experienced a horrible shooting tragedy in Las Vegas! I've known this for a while, but man is this becoming clearer every day; we are no longer safe where ever we go.

Just a moment of silence for everyone who died in that church on Sunday. It just hurts to know that so many children has died as well. What has our country come to?

Let's move onto some Harry Potter news!

I think you've all heard about the famous Pokemon GO game that was super popular even the popular kids got hooked. Yes and they are the ones who used to make fun of the nerds who played Pokemon WAY BEFORE the AR game launched. Yes, they sure are hypocrites. 
This new augmented reality game for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will launch as early as 2018! I can already see how divided we are all gonna be when we wear our house colors like Pokemon did! Imagine everyone saying spells in the middle of a park, and you wouldn't even question it, because YOU ARE GONNA BE ONE OF THOSE! NO SHAME. I'm joining in like I did with Pokemon GO.
Who's with me?

Check their website to find out more info! 

Alright, more gaming!

Any Wizard101 gamers out there? There is a new update! I got a screenshot of the update explained from their website.



 



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Friday, November 3, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: The Lion King Remake + More

Hey guys! Hope you had a marvelous Halloween and ready to look forward to thanksgiving, because I already am.

Gosh, I can't even explain how much I love Disney's The Lion King and they finally released the cast for the live action movie coming in summer 2019! Check it out below and can I say, I'm LIVING for this marvelous cast!

Here's a blurb about the upcoming movie!
"From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, BeyoncΓ© Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, “The Lion King” roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.”

Becky Arbertalli's YA novel Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda will be coming to the big screen! The movie title will be Love, Simon and will be released on March,16 2018. Here's a blurb according to the IMDB website.
"Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it's complicated: no-one knows he's gay and he doesn't know who the anonymous classmate is that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing."


I'm glad we are finally getting to see some more LGBTQ content! It's about time!

Just a reminder to go on Goodreads and vote in the annual Goodreads Choice Awards 2017!

Lastly, I just want to congratulate the Astros for winning their first World Series championship in franchise history!







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Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Somehow I Survived 5 Years - AKA Bookwyrming Thoughts is Officially Halfway to a Decade

That's not my hand if you're wondering
HEY! HI! HELLO.
Ish me. Sophia. Or Hannah. Or Hannah Sophia. Whichever makes the boat stay upright and not causes anyone to fall over face first into the water unless you have done me wrong, in which so case, please, fall into the water. Did that sound too cruel? Anelise here to hijack... you can never be too cruel when it comes to torture... Umm... *hides*

Let me take a moment out of my day to say, "I'M FLIPPING ANCIENT TODAY." And I'm working as well, which is ten times the bummer factor.

Honestly, when I look back at the three* blogoversary posts that I did, I want to hide in a hole somewhere and never come out**.

*Three posts = 1, 2, 3, oops, forgot about 4.
** Okay, but this is the scenario when I look back at old posts or find that my old posts are still getting views.

But here we are today, and on this day in 2012, little high school freshman me went off and away from her gaming blog, making a blog known as Bookwyrming Thoughts. Considering the fact my first blog only lasted 5 months, I don't even know if this is an accomplishment or not since I'm a smol (medium?) little bean in the ever-changing blogging world. Haha, I think five years is a big accomplishment!

Let's Travel Back to 2012 When I Was NOT the College Bean I Am Today

OMG, I GREW UP. 😱

I'm in college and OMG HOW DID I EVEN SURVIVE DURING THOSE PERILOUS TIMES? Easy, you didn't. I went back through the few blogoversary posts I did manage to accomplish and oh dear, I never included stats. Ever. So um... obviously I must include it this year because 1) it's a big year (I mean, half a decade!), 2) admit it: you're as curious as I am. Lol, I'm kinda curious now too...

November 2013:
Followers: I don't even know the data got lost, but maybe 10.
Posts: 283
Random Things Of Note:
  • I thought indenting was perfectly okay and normal and well... it's still there. lol
  • Apparently, a design backfired on me. Ha... whoops.
November 2014:
Followers: I give up, so I'm just going to skip this. Have you ever taken notes of followers? Haha
Also no... I've never really taken notes...
Posts: 590
Random Things of Note:
  • At this point, I've learned not to indent. It took me almost two years.
  • I'm not soloing!
  • Um... I passed 500 posts, and I never noticed.
November 2015:
Posts: 771
Random Things of Note:
  • I think I might have gotten my blogging voice then.
  • Fangirl Friday began this year. (I never even noticed. Wow.)
November 2016:
Posts: 946
Random Things of Note:
  • Anelise joins us, who will later be replacing Ella 😭 (The crying is the Ella leaving part, not Anelise joining). I would hope so! Glad I joined but it's always sad to see another go :(
  • I forgot the blogoversary/blogiversary/blogversary (really there are so many ways to write this, my head spins around and my neck hurts from it all) post. I had my reasons. 😭 I'm sure you did... That's all right though! Life gets in the way (literally my excuse for everything #oops).
November 2017:
Followers: Approximately 6,325 (includes all social media)
Posts: 1,116
Total Views: 441,830
Random Things of Note:
  • I think I'm coming back to blogging routine, but I really suck at time management. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if we all sucked at time management. We also all suck at getting things done on time #procrastinationforthewin
  • Holy monkeys we're almost to half a million views. Let me take a step back from this and breathe. 😱😱😱
  • Elena decided to kidnap my soul after us discussing whether or not we should give her the guest contributor badge, so I'm now on The Novelistics as well, so if you want more of my shenanigans, follow me there as well.

This Is Where Sophia Shoves Delicious Food At Everyone Because She Can and She Will - Thank You To... 

Did you just call people food? I mean, if you're a dragon that's fine but if you're a cannibal... *runs away*
Yey! Now we can get to the fun part, where I promptly pull out food from thin air to shove at all the people who have made this wonderful, wonderful blogging life possible. I'm not a cannibal. Accusations, Anelise.

Ella (Once Upon a Bookish Time/@abookishtime) - For sticking with me for over 2 years and being the very first co-blogger here. I know I'm a very quiet person who doesn't initiate conversations much because I suck at it, but thank you for being a wonderful human being. *squishy hugs*

Lupe (@catchingbookz) - For being a fabulous co-blogger who pretty much took over the blog most of the last year because of things... and being a phenomenal friend/sister from another mother. And for kidnapping my soul in sixth grade and not being tired of me even though I'm sure you are sometimes. I would be tired of me too.

Anelise (@UnwantedElf) - For being adorable and a fabulous addition even though sometimes you feel bad for not posting as often as you would like. It's okay. I still love you as a co-blogger and the GIFs we share. <3 Aww thanks :) Here's a GIF for you:
Okay, this isn't the best GIF I've found, but it's cute!
Roberta (Offbeat YA/@offbeatya) - For being one of my first followers? I think? Thank you for dealing with my shenanigans and sass and all the snarky, smart-ass self that I am. Also for introducing me to The Art of Escaping, which the rights got solddd. And uh... I think I forgot you once in a blogoversary post.

Nori (ReadWriteLove28/@readwritelove28) - For helping me launch Novel Newcomers my first year and hosting one of the best Twitter chats. Also as a general fabulous person overall.

Caroline (@carolinedmeek) and Olivia (@livtherog) - For allowing me to "wreak havoc" as the social media (manager?! o_o) even though I probably have no clue what I'm doing. Unfortunately, it looks like Project Canvas's Twitter will be forever known as the writer who lost their pen. I do lose my pens. A LOT. *forever laughs* Same, although it's with my pencils.

People I talk to on an occasional/often basis that I forgot the reason why but I'm adding you to this list for the sake of adding you on here: Savannah // Mari // Kay // Cait // Shenwei // Tessa // Kelsey // Edward // CW

Everyone who visits/comments/interacts - I don't know, but I probably wouldn't be a happy blogger if I never got to interact with anyone because the blogging journey would be very lonely without people to shove books at/shoving books at me. All thy readers of this blog are awesome! Shoving books at people is a plus!

Chances are, I probably forgot someone as always. My memory isn't helpful. 😭😭😭

There's a lot of crying emojis going on here. Isn't this supposed to be a happy celebration? Oh well, I guess it can sometimes get emotional *shrugs*

Whether you've been mentioned or not, thank YOU for making this possible. It's been an incredible journey, and I've learned so much about myself throughout the past few years that I don't think would have been possible if I just gave up blogging after a gaming blog began to feel like a chore. Whether I'm still here for the next milestone or not, I plan on making the most of it. πŸ’ž

But Isn't There a Giveaway?

Because Let's Be Honest: That IS the reason, right?
hAhA tOtAlLy *nervous laughter*

Tessa, Roberta, my co-bloggers and I had originally planned something because all of our blogoversaries fall around each and why not do something fun. Like the true procrastinators we were, we didn't have enough time to develop a full plan so...

Fail. 😒 Maybe next year!

I probably could come up with something, but my budget is very low (boo), I just got a new phone that is unlocked so I can switch carriers (god, Sophia, why you gotta be so rude), and I don't even know what to give away (even more boo). Books! Those are expensive.... I don't know. swag? arcs? something remotely cool?

Ah well. There's always next year. And then there's always five years from now when we're in the double digits if we all exist. No SoPhIa We'Ll AlL bE dEaD (yes, this is a sarcastic font... or is it?)

Or... or... I could be lying. You should eyeball my Twitter @HannahSophiaLin. Anything is fair game in the next 24 hours. 😏


and the awesome co-blogger who just hijacked this post, Anelise :)

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