#TBTBSanta, #OTSPSecretSister, #GeekySwap2018, and #SecretSanta2018

As promised, here are all the lovely goodies that I received from the 4 secret santas that I participated in this year.  I count myself very lucky as each of my santas were quite generous and put a lot of thought and care into each package.  Thank you to all the lovely ladies that sent to me!

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Pre-Holiday Book Haul and Kickstarter

With all of the craziness that comes with the end of the year and holidays, I’ve been unable to document all the lovely books that I’ve been blessed with.  Both pre-holiday and as Christmas presents.  In this post, I will focus on the goodies not associated with the holidays.  Another post will deal with all the lovely secret santas that I participated in.  I’m really excited to share all of these wonderful books!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads of 2018

Happy Christmas to those of you who celebrate!  And to the rest of you, we’re almost done with 2018!

Today I want to share the top ten books that I’ve read this year, most of them didn’t actually release in 2018, but I’ve been doing a lot of backlog reading, which is great!  These are the ones that really got to me by evoking deep feels or wonderful imagination, vivid images that I made (or will make) into fanart, or just made life a little easier to live.

In no particular order, here are my top ten favorite reads of 2018!

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Waiting on Wednesday Review: In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)

Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Tor.com

This book feels like me in a nutshell.  A thin, compact tome of distilled essence.  My essence.  How Seanan knew what was hiding in my heart, I may never know.  Perhaps we share a kinship in this.  A little anyway.  Every new Wayward Children novella is a little piece of perfection.

Lundy’s story is one that we learned the overview of in the first book, but I’m so glad that Seanan chose this one to share next.  Even though I knew what the ending had to be, I loved the complete story.  All the bits and pieces that make it special feel like spoilers, so I guess this review will be rather brief.  I’m just incredibly happy to be able to read this series and hope that the publisher keeps it going for a long, long time.

Summary:

This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

For anyone . . .

Fangirl Friday: #squad312 and #terminaluprising with not-the-heroes-you-wanted heroes

2019 is shaping up to be another marvelously fantastic year for new releases in science fiction and fantasy!  The covers are masterfully crafted, the authors are excited to share more and continuing stories, and the pre-order incentives have stepped up their game.

I wanted to bring your attention to two books in particular.  One that’s got some great hype already, and one that’s a little quieter but no less awesome.

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Top 10 Movie/TV Characters I Want a Funko Pop for

I’ve decided to do something a bit different with this post.  It’s actually the first of two three posts (while writing this I discovered there are some fandoms that don’t fit these 2 categories) where I explain why I want Funko Pops of certain characters.  (Spoilers: It’s to feed my Funko addiction collection!)  This post will focus on Movies and TV shows that don’t already have Funkos in existence or announced (that I’m aware of).  These are easier to find photo references for and are more likely to be made someday.  Then the second post will feature favorite book characters that would be auto-buys if Funko ever did make them.  That list is harder to dream about because of the lack of photos, but I’ll talk about that more in that post.  The third will feature whichever ones I’m craving that don’t fit those first two categories.

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