Playing Catch Up

Why hello there, long time, no see!  It has been quite awhile since I updated – over three months actually – eek!

My husband and I are expecting a baby boy in May so as you can imagine, our world is in the process of being turned upside down.  We’ve decided on a Harry Potter nursery, is anyone actually surprised??

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Our baby announcement!

We’ve gotten some of the major furniture items, done the baby registry, my friends are planning my NC baby shower and my next item of business is researching daycare for after I go back to work. The whole things still seems surreal!

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Harry Potter flying key mobile

My best friend from college was in Atlanta for a conference so we went a bit baby crazy.  We made this gorgeous Harry Potter mobile using this YouTube video as a reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyvv5eVOLao.  I am absolutely in love with it!

Amidst all the baby preparations, I did keep up with my reading.  Yes it is February but I would still like to share a few of my favorites from 2015:

Favorite Comics – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Nimona, Locke and Key, Rat Queens, Trillium, Descender, Wytches, Saga, Ms. Marvel

Favorite Books – Carry On, The Revenge Playbook, An Ember in the Ashes, Speak, I’ll Give You the Sun, Rose Under Fire, Legend

Favorite TV Shows – Orphan Black, Supergirl

Favorite Movies – Star Wars, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two.

I hope you all have been doing well these path few months, reading some great books, and nerding out with some wonderful fandoms!

 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Almost exactly one year ago, I saw Laurie Halse Anderson speak at the Georgia Center for the Book and was blown away by her presence. I read Wintergirls for my January book club pick and I was reduced to tears over how heartbreaking it was (please see my earlier entry from January 2014 expounding upon the gut wrenching sadness that is Wintergirls). It has taken a whole year but I finally read my second LHA book – Speak and again I was deeply moved. There may have been tears but I plead the fifth.

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Melinda is a severely depressed high school student and Speak unfolds in the aftermath of her sexual assault and rape the summer before high school. As time progresses, Melinda speaks less and less, folding in on herself as she is unable to come to terms with her assault and the alienation from her friends (the result of calling 911 during the very party in which the assault took place). LHA drew on her own experiences when writing Speak and the result is an extremely authentic, heartbreaking novel.

Via the magic of Pinterest, I have learned that Speak is currently in the process of being adapted into a graphic novel and LHA is overseeing the adaptation. The illustration below is a piece of sample art by Emily Carroll who will be illustrating the graphic novel. Needless to say, I am very excited – the graphic novel is tentatively due out Fall 2016.

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I think my next LHA book will be The Impossible Knife of Memory. Speak also marks the first book I nabbed off my sister’s bookshelf rather than the other way around.