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The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy By Sam Maggs

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy By Sam Maggs
Publication Date: 12 May 2015 By Quirk Books

Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o the publisher via Netgalley.

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Summary: Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom.

With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

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Absolutely delightful.

Firstly, I’m so glad this book exists. I love the illustrations, the content, the fangirl-y-ness of it all! We live in the age of the Internet (and Tumblr) and we’re met with different terminologies and different people of varied interests. What makes this book so special is how empowering it is. It tells you that it’s okay to like comics or write fanfiction — and its absolutely okay if you’re a female geek.

The Fangirl’s Guide is exactly what it is: it compiles a bunch of fanfiction terminologies, cons to go to, books and more. There’s also a bunch of interviews from fellow girl geeks! The Fangirl’s Guide is certainly an interesting take on fangirls / female geeks in a typically male-dominated world. Its nice to see that there is a book out there that understands me; it made me feel less alone and more empowered by how awesome this community of fangirls is.

I really really loved this entire book and I will definitely get my hands on an actual copy. The only thing that I felt I couldn’t relate to were the cons, because they’re all situated in America etc. where I’ve never been or live, so they’re not quite applicable to me. Nevertheless, The Fangirl’s Guide is a great book. Its something that we all can relate to one way or another, and even though it isn’t exactly new, you’ll still enjoy it (and perhaps still learn a thing or two — I know I did!).

One for the coffee tables and shelves, for sure!

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Confessions of a Shopaholic By Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic By Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic #1
Published 4 March 2003 By The Dial Press

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Summary: Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

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Fun, fun, fun!

I think Sophie Kinsella has a way of making you fall in love with her characters. I watched the movie when it was out and it was alright, but I never felt the desire to pick the book up. But as I read he first few pages of Confessions of a Shopaholic, I knew I was instantly going to love it. Rebecca is the perfect mix of ditzy-intelligent. She’s witty, intelligent and aware of her problems, but Rebecca has a problem: she’s a shopaholic and can’t pay the bills.

Rebecca is a realistic character with realistic problems, which is probably why her character is very well loved. Rebecca’s hilarious antics and attempts to dodge paying her bills is something I look forward to with each chapter. I absolutely loved that there are bank letters before the chapters — my favourite is the one in Finnish but all of them are equally hilarious!

Confessions of a Shopaholic is far superior from its movie counterpart. The movie omitted quite a lot from the book and changed some minor things such as Becky being American (she’s British in the books) and working for a gardening magazine (she works for Successful Savings in the books). The movie omitted Becky’s successful article for The Daily World, which I feel is one of the core plot of the book. I didn’t quite enjoy the movie version of Becky Bloomwood — she came off as too ditzy and silly, but the original book version of Becky Bloomwood was charming (albeit also ditzy and silly!)

I finally understand why people love this series so much. Its so easy to read but has fantastic and charming characters with a simple yet good plot. I do see myself continue picking the rest of the series up — I’m excited to see what Rebecca gets into next!

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I’ve Got Your Number By Sophie Kinsella

I’ve Got Your Number By Sophie Kinsella
Published 14 Feb 2012 By The Dial Press

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SummaryI’ve lost it. 😦 The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive 🙂 !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

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I absolutely loved I’ve Got Your Number!

Over the years I’ve heard nothing but good things about Sophie Kinsella’s work. And now I can understand why. I don’t often read chick lit (or adult books for that matter) so I was a little bit worried if I would enjoy this but I really fell in love with Poppy.

I’ve Got Your Number has a good, simple yet engaging plot. But I think what made me love this book so much are the characters. They’re absolutely silly and hilarious, but at the same time they manage to weave themselves into your heart. I’ve grown so attached to Poppy and Sam; I wish there was a sequel or anything at all just so I can see what they get up to.

I’ve Got Your Number started off with Poppy losing her engagement ring and by the end of a luckless night, her phone gets knicked. By a stroke of luck, she finds this phone thrown into the bin and decides that she would use the number temporarily while she sorts out her ring problems. In comes Sam, telling her it’s company property and that she needs to return it. Poppy and Sam soon become fast acquaintances, while Sam’s company get embroiled in a fiasco.

I enjoyed the plot a lot more than I thought I would. The brilliant and hilarious writing, along with Poppy’s silly antics made the book even more charming and heartwarming. The plot was light, but there was a good range and flow of the different story arcs. While I enjoyed it all, my favourite has to be when Poppy becomes Sam’s maybe, sort of, but not quite PA and becomes his sidekick during the company fiasco. It really made me fall in love with Sam and Poppy as a duo, rather than individuals. The book also has other shining stars like Poppy’s hilarious friend Annalise.

I have so much love for I’ve Got Your Number. I can definitely see myself reading more Sophie Kinsella. I hope I’ll keep getting attached to the different characters. I hope this gets made into a movie at some point. I loved the Cofessions of a Shoppaholic movie and I love I’ll just love seeing Poppy and Sam on the big screen.

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February Bingo Update

March is almost over and I’m sad to report that I’ve barely gotten any reading done since starting my new job. I’m constantly using the spare time to sleep rather than reading, and I desperately want to change this terrible habit. Must. Keep. Reading.

Anyway, I’ve managed to cross out 4 more boxes off my bingo chart for the month of February. I’m hoping I could cross out a couple more boxes before March is completely over! (Fat chance of that happening, but who is to say I wouldn’t….) Read a lot of fantastic books in February, which I’m hoping I can compile and share in a blog post soon. (I’m not going to make promises!)

On to the books!

Read a review book

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks By Sam Maggs • Love Hurts By Malorie Blackman

Read a 2015 release

Love Hurts By Malorie Blackman • The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks By Sam Maggs

Read a book to movie adaptation

Confessions of a Shopaholic By Sophie Kinsella

Read an adult book

I’ve Got Your Number By Sophie Kinsella • Confessions of a Shopaholic By Sophie Kinsella