Top Ten Tuesday – Lost in the Stacks

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books you’d recommend to people who like ” insert extremely popular book of your choice”. I’ve talked about how much I hate when publishers do this, so I’m not going to turn around and do my own list. Instead, I’ve chosen an entirely different topic.

I love the library. I love that people can access books without having to spend any money (for the most part). That you can go and sit for hours and no one tells you to leave. And libraries always have the most comfortable chairs. So today, I’m going to do a dream library tour. Okay, not the big global dream, but the North America dream. Libraries I might actually, realistically get to one of these days. A lot of these are very modern in their styling. I have a lot of old libraries I’d like to visit, but these are ones I’m drawn to for their aesthetics and architecture.

I’m bookending the list with two awesome libraries I’ve already visited.

Seattle Central Library (Koolhaus Library) – Seattle, Washington

I was here a few years ago. Maybe 2010? Some time around then. It is magical. And huge. There’s this floor in the middle of the building that’s completely red. Floors, walls, ceiling. It’s like being in the heart of the library.


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Throwback Thursday – School’s Out

My obsession with YA drama started long before I was a young adult. Canadian teen drama hit a high note when Degrassi premiered in 1987. Still in my single digits, I was hooked. I watched it every week. Anyone who knows me at all knows my obsession with all things Degrassi. The whole series holds a place in my heart, but the original series finale School’s Out is seriously one of my favourite things ever. I could probably quote the entire thing. Caitlin was a terrible waitress.

Originally airing in 1992, it was one of the first shows (or at least of shows that I remember) where the series was over and then a significant period of time later, we got a movie to wrap things up. A two hour tv special technically, but now it’s a bit of a trend. And something that happens to the shows I love… Firefly. Veronica Mars… Hmmm. Not sure what that means, but back to the point.

1992, we got our wrap up. I remember sitting on the floor in the living room, glued to the tv, telling my younger siblings to shut up or leave. My parents wandering in and out of the room. This last part made all the sex in the show a little awkward. But I’d followed these kids, who were actually played by teens, since they were kids. And now they were on the verge of adulthood. There was no way I wasn’t watching this. As a junior high kid, it was like a forecast for my future. There was drinking. Drugs. Sex. Teen marriage. Drinking and driving. Abortion. This was not your stuffy teenage life that were usually shown. It was exciting. For its time, it really pushed the boundaries of realistic portrayals of teens.

And then they broke the rules and swore on tv. And they said the one you could never say on tv. And having it come from Snake, potentially the most well behaved of the Degrassi boys, and then repeated by Caitlin, made it all that more impactful. “dating Caitlin and fucking Tessa” was a recognizable pop culture moment. For a certain group of us, the name Tessa Campanelli still triggers instant memories. I wish I could find the paper I wrote on the show for university. I feel like it was good. But I lost those files somewhere.

And then there’s the music. Late 80s / Early 90s cheese at its best. Harem Scarem and Gowan provoke an almost Pavlovian response in me. And luck for you (and me) the entire thing exists on youtube. Enjoy.

Top Ten Tuesday – Autumn To-Be-Read Books

New season. New Tuesday. New TBR list. With darkening weather comes darkening reading preferences. Well, not really. My tastes typically land the depressing side of things. So this isn’t a change. We’ve got a missing girls, the rapture, rape culture, Lizbeth. And then this strange book about Happiness that was recommended to me. It seems a little out of place on the list, but we must shake things up from time to time. Or whatever. Good books are good books.

Oh, and this is exciting for me, I just noticed that almost all of these are new authors. Ren Suma is the only one I’ve read before and that was several years ago. Embarking on adventures in new authors. The possibilities are exciting.


17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything. Continue reading

Free For All Friday – Music Round Up

It’s Friday! I have no reviews written. That means it’s music day. Some are in high rotation on my ipod.  Some are songs I’ve been introduced to lately. Or really, just whatever I want. Cause sharing music is rad.

Perhaps you will like some of these. Or have suggestions for songs to check out.

Chick Habit – April March

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet(almost) by Felicia Day (@feliciaday)

I don’t typically review memoirs, but I think this is probably only a review in the loosest of terms and I connected with the book enough that I want to talk about it.

I don’t remember how Felicia Day appeared on my radar. I was an avid Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, but honestly, on the first couple viewings of season seven, the little slayerettes were not my focus. A group of slightly annoying girls I paid less attention to than I should’ve (and that is the correct way to write that. It is not ‘should of’. Not. Ever). And when Dr. Horrible rolled around, I was crazy excited cause – Nathan Fillion and NPH and Joss Whedon. But I already knew who Felica was. Not specifically. I couldn’t tell you why I knew who she was, but I just knew her name. I’ve always had a soft spot for gingers, so it probably had something to do with why she stayed in my brain – even though I couldn’t have named a single thing she’d done at the time. But for some reason, this peculiar woman struck me as someone I wanted to pay attention to. I’ve never seen The Guild. I’m not a regular watcher of Geek & Sundry. I’m a mediocre twitterer at best (and even that’s a stretch). I don’t game (at least not in the video sense). But Day has always stuck with me as someone who was probably pretty damn cool.

Then a couple years ago, I saw her on the list of attendees at a comic expo I attend annually. It’s always worth it. I’m always excited. But that year, it was more than worth the six hours of drive time to get there and back. I tried to explain my excitement to people, but typically, the response was ‘who’s that’. As she says in her book – situational recognition. A couple people would nod at the Dr. Horrible reference, but beyond that it was mostly, followed by ‘who else is there’. I don’t do the photo ops or the autograph lines. I’m a panel girl. I love to sit and listen to people talk. To tell stories about what makes them love their jobs. Their favourite experiences. Piecing together answers to the most obscure audience questions on the spot. To me, that’s what makes a convention worth it. Continue reading