And for all you blogger users, I have some questions you may (or may not) be able to answer:
1. If I change my url name, am I going to lose all my bloglovin/e-mail/GFC followers? Or do any/all of those transfer over? I'm assuming the answer is yes, but I'm not sure the protocol for such things.
2. After my lovely, wonderful brother went down the coding rabbit hole with me for a couple hours (aka he did all the work), we ended up having an AWFUL looking drop down menu. I'd really, really want a dropdown menu...but there so far doesn't appear to be a way to keep my current formatting...but with a drop down menu. Any ideas?
3. Is the GFC widget only for blogger? Because of above questions, I am considering just moving to a whole new platform altogether. Especially if I'm going to make a big change with my url - I need to either commit to staying here, or moving since that would be the time to do a big move like that. I know I DON'T want Wordpress though (I know, I know I'm weird. But I tried figuring out how to format things there for free, and it didn't go well haha)
4. That being said, my GFC followers might just be pretty ornaments - I'm not sure if any of you actually come to the blog through the GFC feed. So that might be a moot point, really. (And if you do, let me know so I know that it isn't one!)
It's been an absolute madhouse of Christmas frenzy for the past week (as per usual with my family) so I'm honestly so exhausted by it all that I can't bring myself to write anymore. Also why there haven't been any content posts lately - I always overestimate my ability to manage time when I'm out here with the family haha! But I WOULD like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas (or happy whatever holiday you celebrate)! I'm out until the New Year (probably), but I'll be back and hopefully rested up with loads of sunshine and pictures from our annual trip to Mexico! In the meantime, happy holidays and see you in the new year!
Books: Art or Commodities - Another thought provoking post by Nafiza
P.S. I Love Fanfiction - I'm determined to post everything about fanfic I read, because if I do, the rest of you will start to at least understand...right? RIGHT? Meg gets it for sure, so go read this. Shoo.
Fatness and Diversity in YA - Personally, I would love some diversity on this front because I'd love more perspective on how it's ok to talk about! As someone who is skinny, I'm constantly afraid of making a misstep on this one because well...I haven't ever had someone show me the ropes, sadly.
When Your Favorite Writer Lets You Down - On Kurt Vonnegut and rape culture.
A Message From John Sargent - A look at expectations for e-books (financially) over the next few years in light of the Apple court case
Roundup: Books That Pass the Bechdel Test - I have been extraordinarily...lax when it has come to updating my Bechdel Test part of the blog. (Aka I haven't...at all...) At least I know where to start with these books!
What about a Graphic Novel?: The Bum Rap of the Graphic Novel - A look at the stigmas that stop people from reading graphic novels today.
Ship Shape: Banter, Bicker, Bang- Aka, my favourite type of ship
Specific Books and Authors
YA Characters and Their Fave Reality TV Shows - Bahaha these are perfect!
Hello, I Love You Cover Reveal Celebration and Interview - I am SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!! I rarely pay attention to debuts or books that are coming up unless they're the next in a series/by an author I really, really love. I just don't, for whatever reason. But this book? This book speaks to me. As a white girl dating a Korean, as a lover of K-dramas AND K-pop, and most especially because Katie's favourite band is also CNBlue and she pictured Jung Yong-hwa (swoon! Go watch Heartstrings and You're Beautiful NOWWW) as her male lead here. For whatever reason, I'm stoked for this book...when it finally comes out!
Re-reading Narnia: 'The Horse and His Boy'- Katherine always has some of the most in depth, well thought out reviews. I don't generally read reviews, but I never miss hers when she does them!
The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 7 and 8 - This talks about the Veela, and really nails down my issues with them. Male Veela ftw!
Felicia Day Announces the Perfect Memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) - Guys, I freaking adore Felicia Day. I don't read nonfiction often, but this will definitely be on my TBR pile when it comes out!The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Marissa Meyer - I love these pop quizzes, you always find out some entertaining things about the authors!
How blogging changed my life - Mel talks about all the great things blogging has helped her with
28 Literary Accessories All Book Lovers Must Have - I want ALL. THE. THINGS.
Young Princess Bride Fan Devises Excellent Dread Pirate Roberts Headcanon - Why didn't I think of this?!? It's brilliant!
Bill Gates Gives Redditor Her Christmas Wish - Bill Gates does reddit secret santa?! This is awesome!
Getting Into Into the Woods - Ahhhh I'm so excited!! I'm going to see this with my godmother I believe right after Christmas!
"Something Terrible Has Happened Here": The Crazy Story Of How "Clue" Went From Forgotten Flop To Cult Triumph - I finally watched all of this about a month ago! I'd never seen the whole film before.
Australians Just Showed the World Exactly How to Respond to Terrorism With #IllRideWithYou - Mic - This definitely helped me regain faith in humanity. I only wish we saw more of this over here in the States.
And that's it for the year! (Probably) Until next year, I bid you adieu!