30-Day Book Challenge

I saw this on a blog that I follow (shout-out to Nerdy Girl Seeks Self blog!) and thought, recipe I should SO do this! I read 30 books in like two weeks, so I definitely can do this! So today, I’m posting the list, to show what I will be doing over the next month and so you guys can maybe do it along with me!

30-Day Book Challenge:

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already

Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever

Day 05 – A book or series you hate

Day 06 – Favorite male character in a book and why

Day 07 – Favorite female character and why

Day 08 -Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise

Day 09 – A book everyone should read at least once

Day 10 – Best scene ever

Day 11- A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 12 – A book that disappointed you

Day 13 – A book that you’ve read countless times

Day 14 – Favorite book from your favourite author

Day 15 – A book that changed your opinion on something

Day 16 – Your “comfort” book

Day 17 – The most hilarious book you’ve ever read

Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book

Day 19 – Favorite book cover

Day 20 – Favorite kiss

Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship

Day 22 – Favorite non-romantic/non-sexual relationship

Day 23 – Favorite mythical place in a book

Day 24 – Best quotation from a novel

Day 25 – Any five books from you “to be read” stack

Day 26 – A book that you liked reading until the ending

Day 27 – If a book contains _____, you will always read it

Day 28 – A book you couldn’t put down

Day 29 – Saddest character death

Day 30 – What book are you reading now?

Happy Reading everyone!

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Ron Weasley is My Best Friend

Its funny; I’m obsessed with a lot of fandoms. Which equals into obsessing over a ton of characters in those fandoms. I love everyone in the Harry Potter universe, viagra I love the elves in Lord of the Rings, I’m obsessed with Princess Leia and the Doctor and on and on. But probably my favorite character in all of my fandoms is Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter world.

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I know, Ron Weasley. Most of the time when people ask me who my favorite Harry Potter character is and I say Ron, I get “why?” Ron’s a jerk, Ron is lazy, etc, etc.

But I adore Ron. And there are several reasons why.

First off, look at his best friends. I couldn’t have Harry Potter as my favorite character. I love Harry, don’t get me wrong. But he’s the Chosen One, the Boy Who Lived, the one who is famous and stands out and has the bravery and the courage and the selflessness to sacrifice himself for everyone he loves and more. Oh and don’t forget his fantastic talent on the Quidditch pitch. And then you have Hermione Granger, the brightest witch of her age, who literally can memorize a book word-for-word and is extremely quick thinking and clever. These two people are amazing, and though I love them dearly, its so hard to relate to them.

Ron, on the other hand, is just Ron. He’s so…real to me. He has his faults, of course. He’s a tall, redheaded, freckly kid with average intelligence and average athletic ability. He’s overshadowed by his five older brothers and even his younger sister at times. He’s overshadowed by his best friend. He’s just so normal with normal feelings. He’s angry and hungry when they’re searching for the Deathly Hallows. Everyone sees him as such a jerk and so selfish but he’s 17/18 years old. That’s not an easy thing to take on. I’m sure all of us are selfless enough to drop everything in our lives to save the world and be hungry and not see our family or friends or any of that. Not. He’s the character with the most realness to him.

And that’s why he’s my favorite character. I can completely relate to this guy. He’s average all around, which is what I’ve felt like for most of my life. I have no considerable talents, except maybe writing and reading, but they don’t exactly gather around to applaud you for reading an 800 page book in a few hours. He’s selfish, which I know that I definitely can be at times. I sometimes fear that is one of my more prominent faults, my selfishness and sometimes it can be hard to control, especially when you’re surrounded by people who are so damn selfless.

And he is constantly living in the shadows of others. This is definitely something I can relate to. I’ve always managed to attach myself to best friends who are prettier and smarter and more outgoing and charming and well-liked than I am. I’m shy and quiet (if I don’t know you) and can be lacking of confidence in my abilities and my looks. And I always seem to attach myself to those shining stars, the ones that can’t help but be noticed by everyone around you. And I love all my friends, past and present, they are amazing people. But sometimes it gets hard to live in that shadow. Its hard to watch your new friends become better friends with your best friend. Its hard watching guys you’ve liked being charmed as hell by your best friend. Its hard standing on the sidelines while the spotlight hits them. And its hard to live in the shadow of my much prettier younger sister and my extremely athletically talented younger brother. It’s hard. And its so very not to feel resentful and selfish and angry and jealous sometimes just like Ron does in the books towards Harry, sometimes Hermione and definitely his brothers.

So that is why Ron is my favorite character of all time. It is why I love Donna Noble the best of the Doctor’s companions, because she’s so normal and real and she lacks that confidence in herself, just a temp. It’s why I love Edmund from Chronicles of Narnia; he only did what a little boy jealous of his older brother would do. It’s why I love Han Solo, because he wants to help, but he’s selfish and he wants that money and he wants to stay alive. I love these characters because they are real and the envelope both the good and bad things about being a human being. Because Ron is a good person, a great person, who just sometimes gets those normal human feelings of anger and jealousy and resentment. But in the end, he always remains a good friend, a good brother and a good person. And I love him for it.

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P.S. I will be doing a Dark Knight Rises review VERY soon and also will be starting the 30-Day Book Challenge VERY soon! Stay tuned for more awesomeness from whatanerdgirlsays!

Clockwork Princess Cover Reveal!

A few days ago, what is ed I posted about the things I was most looking forward to in the remaining months of 2012. One of those things happened to the third and last books of the Infernal Devices trilogy, Clockwork Princess. I posted a fan made cover of the book because there hadn’t been a released cover yet. 

Today, I would love to inform you and share with you the official cover of Clockwork Princess. 

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Insert little fangirl scream. Actually, insert HUGE fangirl scream. 

It looks awesome and even better than I imagined. I seriously cannot wait til this book comes out. I was expecting it to come out in December of this year but was postponed until March 2013. 

The basic synopsis is this: Tessa Gray, a young girl in the Victorian age, comes away from America to London to meet up with her brother, Nate. Instead of Nate meeting her, however, she is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters. It is soon revealed that the world is not as she knows it, and she learns that she has a very strong power to shape-shift into anyone as long as she is holding an object belonging to that person. When she is rescued by Will and Jem (both extremely attractive Shadowhunters, humans with angel blood who fight demons and rogue Downworlders-vampires, warlocks, faery), she gets swept up into their world. While she deals with a family betrayal, corrupt politics, two very attractive boys to choose from, and a madmen with a pretty scary army, she tries to fit in and figure exactly who she is and where she came from. 

Now, the book series has almost come to an end, and like any middle book of a trilogy, it leaves a lot hanging. There are so many questions and I’m hoping that Clockwork Princess answers those questions. I love the cover because it shows Tessa looking so pretty, and a book can sometimes reveal a lot. I love the open book, could it be the Shadowhunter codex? Or maybe its a metaphor for the knowledge Tessa will finally gain on who she really is? Or is it just referring to her deep love for books? Who knows, but I can’t wait to find out!

Either way, I’m super happy about this cover and I cannot wait til it comes out. 

If you have not read any of Cassandra Clare’s books (which seriously is a travesty!), I recommend taking a trip down to Amazon where you can pick up her books, for fairly cheap:


THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire (to be released Sept. 2014 TOO FAR AWAY) 

and THE INFERNAL DEVICES

Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess (Mar. 2013) 

Also, for all my California nerds, it is planned for Cassandra to write a Shadowhunter series in our very own Los Angeles. Insert more fangirl squeals!!!!

For all my fellow Shadowhunters (or Downworlders, if you wish), what do you think?! As always, let me know, in the comments :)

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Best Nerd of 2012…So Far…and What I Can’t Wait For!

Now that we have reached early July, information pills I’ve realized that half the year is over and damn, approved it went by fast. The beginning of 2012 has brought me many awesome things and there is still so much to look forward to these next six months. So now that I am smack dab in the middle of the year, I figured a nice countdown of some of the fantastic things that the year has already brought me and what I am most looking forward to. 

Best Things About 2012…So Far

5. Avengers movie 

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The Avengers was an unbelievably amazing movie and of course it would be with nerdtastic Joss Whedon at the helm. It is packed full of action but not in an extremely annoying Michael Bay kind of way. It has drama, it has humor. All the actors do just a fantastic job. And let’s face it, Captain American, Ironman, Hawkeye, Thor and Bruce Banner made very geek girl out there feel a little hot and bothered. Then the awesome Avengers de Mayo party held by the ever fantastic Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army was superb, especially since my team, Team Hawkeye, won :D

4. The Secret World of Arrietty

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I feel like its been ages since a new Studio Ghibli movie has been released so I was dying with excitement to see this one. I would definitely say its one of my favorites (after Howl’s Moving Castle, of course). It’s based on the great children’s book, The Borrowers, by Mary Norton and its sooo much better and more fun than its 1997 counterpart. Although…Tom Felton as a little redhead? Adorable.

3. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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This is the fifth installment of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and I warn you, if you have not read them all yet, there are definitely spoilers ahead. (SPOILER ALERT!!!). Now, the series is about Clary Fray, a normal teenager who suddenly gets swept up in the world of Shadowhunters, half human, half angel demon hunters. It’s no surprise when it turns out that she has Shadowhunter blood and the story unfolds from there. The series was originally supposed to be a trilogy and the third book ended pretty perfectly, in my opinion. Then the 4th book came out and I absolutely loathed it. The plotline seemed to focus more on whether Clary and Jace were going to have sex or not and less on actual demon hunting. I really debated on getting Lost Souls and I’m glad I did. It doesn’t quite reach the epicness of the first three but it did redeem the series. Now if only Alex Pettyfer was playing Jace and not Jamie Bower…

2. Hunger Games

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I love love love LOVE Hunger games and I could not wait for the movie. I couldn’t wait so badly that when it did eventually come out, I saw it three times in one week. And I really liked it. I thought it was a good adaptation. The book centers on a country, Panem, that uses the Hunger Games-a contest to the death featuring the nation’s children-to keep its citizens subdued. Its a sort of brutal idea, kids fighting other kids to the death and the nation watching it on television like a fun reality show. I was impressed on how they did it, portraying the violence but not throwing it in your face so all the young readers could still go to the a movie that wasn’t rated R. The icing on the cake was the epic Capitol party held by the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army, where I represented District 4 and partied all night long.

1. Once Upon a Time

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I know that the season started in 2011 but it finished in 2012 so pooh on your technicalities. This is the best new show, easily. The cast was perfectly selected and each episode kept me watching. It follows Emma Swan, a 28-year-old bail bondsperson, who meets her son, Henry, for the first time after giving him up ten years ago. She soon gets swept up in the life of Storybrooke, Maine, where cursed storybook characters have been living the past few decades, unaware of their real identities. Of course, Emma is the only one who can save them. It was so awesome to get alternate views of fairy tales and hell, I loved the romance. My pony-wanting, prince-seeking, little girl princess heart loved this.

Best Things in 2012…To Come…

5. Clockwork Princess

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Please keep in mind that this is NOT a legitimate cover for this novel. The cover has not yet been released and this is a cover generated by a fan on goodreads.com. Okay, now that that’s taken care of. this is the last installment of the Infernal Devices series, the Victorian age counterpart to the previously mentioned Mortal Instruments. This one follows Tessa Gray, a young girl who gets pulled into the Shadowhunter world when she discovers she has shape-shifting powers. I LOVE this series even more than I love the Mortal Instruments. I’ve been counting down the days til the last novel since the previous one came out this past December. I can’t wait to see how this ends as Tessa battles Mortmain and his robot army and figures out exactly what she is. This will hit stores in December of this year.

Just kidding, I’ve just learned that this has been delayed until March 2013. I’m still leaving it on the list though. I dare you to argue with me :D

4. Once Upon a Time, Season Two

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I’m warning you, if you have not watched Once Upon a Time and you plan to (and why wouldn’t you plan to!), I would warn you not to read further. I’m gonna spoil allll of season one for you. So now that I’ve warned you…I seriously cannot wait til season two. Season one ended on a crazy note! Emma finally believes in her destiny, finally breaks the curse, all the fairy tale characters remember who they are. Snow and Charming are back together finally! Belle and Rumple are finally together! Regina is finally going down! What could go wrong? Everything, apparently, as Rumple returns the magic to the land and you see that sly little smile from Regina and then it ends. I can’t wait to see how this changes everything. Regina is obviously not going anywhere and now that the people of Storybrooke know who she is, how is that all going to play out? And I can’t wait to see Emma accept David/Charming and Mary Margaret/Snow as her parents :D. Once Upon a Time seems likely to return in October of this year.

3. Doctor Who, Series 7

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Now that I’ve busted my way through the first six series in about a month and now consider myself a Whovian (and I’m considering a Tardis tattoo…hey, why not?), I am dying to have the Doctor back. This season should be great and the previews for it have looked exciting so far. Halfway through this season, the Doctor’s current companion’s Amy Pond and Rory Williams will depart and the Doctor will get a new companion played by Jenna Louise Coleman. I’m looking forward to seeing how awesome Jenna is and I’m dreading the tears that will inevitably come as Amy and Rory depart, in what has been revealed to be a heartbreaking departure involving the freaky Weeping Angels. Rumors are abound as to when it returns but it seems likely to return between September and October of this year.

2. The Hobbit

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Its been nearly ten years since The Return of the King came out in theaters. Now, Peter Jackson is likely to impress us once more with his amazingness (and yeah, that’s word. try and dispute that, I dare you, I’ll just ignore you haha). The Hobbit is one of my favorite books, this one is a little simpler than the LoTR series. Where the LoTR is all about saving the very existence of Middle Earth, The Hobbit is about Bilbo going on an adventure. Yes, it’s dangerous and yes, he gets his hands on the one Ring, that leads to the LoTR series, but its more adventurous by far. I’m seriously looking forward to it, and you know I’ll be out there at midnight, cosplaying as a Hobbit or Elf. I’m also really excited to see Martin Freeman as Bilbo because I already love him as John Watson on Sherlock. This movie comes out December 14th.

1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Now I know its going to be completely different from Harry Potter. I get that. I’ve accepted that. From what I’ve read, its a political thriller about a mysterious murder in a small town and how it reveals a whole web of conspiracy in the town. Definitely in a different realm of wizards and magic. But I’m so excited for it. I love reading mostly everything I can get my hands on and JKR is a phenomenal author. She’s a magician with words. So the fact that this is the first thing she’ll have put out since Deathly Hallows back in 2007 has got me going fangirl crazy. I’m sure that its going to be wonderful and I’m hoping that the millions of HP fans out there will accept it as a separate thing from Harry Potter. Nothing will ever touch HP in my mind and heart but I have every faith that this will be a great novel. I’m counting down the days til the release on September 27th.

So those are the things I’m most looking forward to for the rest of the year, and I’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg of exciting things coming. I mean, there’s a TON of movies coming out, like the new Batman and Leo Dicaprio’s The Great Gatsby and Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in Perks of a Wallflower . There are epic video games coming out and so so so much more. There is so much to look forward to. What are some of the best things about 2012 so far and what are you guys most looking forward to? As always, let me know in the comments. And thanks for reading guys!

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My First Anime Expo

The best thing about being a nerd is discovering new stuff. 

Honestly. I live for books and movies and tv shows and almost anything that’s science fiction-y or supernatural. I’m constantly looking for my new obsession. 

Now my younger brother (one of my brothers, ambulance I have like 30 of them) is fairly obsessed with anime and has been going to anime conventions and cosplaying as Tsuna from Hitman Reborn for awhile now. I was supposed to go with him to the big Anime Expo last year, pharmacy but funds just kept me from going. This year however, order he bugged me until I bought my badge, months in advance. 

To be completely truthful, I’m not the biggest anime fan. It’s not that I don’t like it; I definitely do. I just don’t know a lot of it. I watched Inuyasha, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho when they were on TV and I’m absolutely obsessed with early Pokemon. I read my share of mangas,mostly Inuyasha and Ranma 1/2. I also absolutely ADORE any and all Studio Ghibli films. So I was feeling apprehensive about going to the expo; I wasn’t sure if I was going to fit in or have fun. 

I was so wrong! And I love being wrong when it comes to things like this!

Anime Expo was so much FUN! And there were so MANY reasons for that.

The people were awesome. Everyone was friendly and welcoming, no matter what you were. I dressed in my Ravenclaw gear and even though that is completely not anime, people were awesome and didn’t judge at all.

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It was crowded, but in a good way. Having ditched Comic Con after only a couple years of going because of the insane amount of people that go nowadays, this con was perfect. It had a ton of people to let you know that it was going to be a good time but it wasn’t so crowded that you couldn’t move. 

The lines. And by lines, I mean the basically nonexistent ones. I mean, sure there were lines and they were long. The line to get your badge was long, the lines to get into panels were long, the lines to meet people were long. BUT they didn’t take forever! You could show up ten minutes before a panel, and be the last person in line and make it in and have a decent seat. Beautiful. 

The cosplays. There were some seriously awesome cosplays. There were a lot that I didn’t get, seeing as I’m not the biggest anime fan in the world. But that didn’t even matter. They were just done so well, that I was incredibly impressed. 

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Sophie and Howl From one of my favorite movies, definitely my favorite Studio Ghibli films. 

But cosplays ranged anywhere from impressive, to cute, with this little Baby Cloud, from Final Fantasy

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to awesomely OLD SCHOOL! (you know, for a 90s kid like me)…That’s Lola Bunny from Space Jam, if you didn’t know

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to just downright sexy, like half naked HOT pokemon…

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But my favorite part about the Anime Expo was discovering something new, or new to me, at least. One of my brother’s favorite anime shows is Madoka Magica. They had a panel for the show with all the English voice actors and then an autograph signing with those voice actors. Of course, we had to go. Between the panel and the autograph signing, I was hooked.

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What caught me was that there was a cute little cat-like creature named Kyubey who encouraged these young girls to become Magical Girls (who hunted witches) in exchange for one wish, any wish. They get super awesome magical powers, get to be powerful and fight witches and have bad ass costumes. Sounds pretty great right? Only apparently Kyubey is not what he seems and you definitely DO NOT want to enter a contract with him.

Now I’m only a few episodes in, but its been fantastically awesome. The show is funny and dramatic and full of action. And the actresses who play some of the main characters: Madoka, Kyoko, Homura, Sayaka, Mami and Kyubey were fun to meet; funny, laidback and genuinely excited to meet their fans.

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Lauren Landa, voice actress of the character Kyoko, posing with the Madoka Magica manga book she signed for me!

So, in a nutshell, I had a great time and I encourage all nerds to go, if only to discover fun and awesome new things. You’ll definitely have a good time and who knows, you could go home part of a new fandom. 

And I know definitely I will be going again next year, and who knows? You may just see me in a Sayaka or Madoka outfit next year…

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Worst Blogger Ever

I know, decease I know, approved its been sooooo long since I posted, it seems.

I do apologize to my three avid readers (are there three? maybe no one reads this! haha)

Anyway, this nerd girl has been quite busy lately and hasn’t had the chance to write an awesome blog post for you guys yet!

However, I’m spending this weekend (today and tomorrow) at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles (only about 35 minutes away from my dear hometown), and will be writing a nice, long AWESOME post on how AWESOME its been.

I promise. Scout’s honor :D

Until then, what’s been going on in all of your nerd lives? What’s been tickling your fancy this week?