Loving . . . My Makeup Class

Quick update on the makeup class. So in addition to the shocking revelation that I’m a warm-toned person (gasp!), I’ve also learned that my head is round/angular, not rectangular as I always believed. Shocking! Yes, you can have more than one face shape and, in fact, most people do.

loving . . . going bovine

Going Bovine Going Bovine by Libba Bray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to admit that Going Bovine surprised me–it’s quite the departure from the Gemma Doyle Trilogy! But Libba Bray’s newest tale is a madcap adventure that, at times, makes you sad, but always makes you glad to be alive. With Going Bovine, Bray seems to have found her voice: hysterically funny, intelligent, daring, and delightfully unapologetic. Any author who can work “epic fail” and a Disney ride so lame that it’s cool into her book is definitely in touch with her inner teen. I hope Bray continues to write stories this well-developed and satisfying.

That said, Going Bovine is not for everyone. It takes a certain appreciation for the mad non-sequiter to be able to love the twists and turns in this story. If you enjoy David Foster Wallace’s work, you might really like this one.

loving . . . the guild

Oh, it’s a good, good day to be a geek. Via Twitter, I followed Will Wheaton and Felicia Day at Comi-Con — such fun! Then I got the big, happy surprise of the day: Will is on Season 3 of Felicia’s web show The Guild. Apparently he’s playing the leader of a rival guild, Axis of Anarchy. I cannot wait! Also, I just have to see the music video that premiered at The Guild panel, “Do You Want to Date My Avatar?” The music video was written and directed by Jed Whedon (Joss’ brother and co-writer/composer of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog). {grins}

Here’s a great synopsis of the panel.

loving . . . peace, love, and baby ducks

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anyone who has ever had a sister will find some moment in Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks that resonates with them. This was one of the most enjoyable “real world” young adult books that I’ve ever read. The voice was compelling and, as a whole, it simply rang true to me in a way that few books of this sort do. Lauren Myracle has a way with words and an ability to delve to the heart of her characters’ situation (in a YA novel) in a way that I’ve previously only discovered in John Green’s writing.

My little sister, Tine, just finished this book, and she also liked it. Although, she is quick to point out, it doesn’t compare to TTYL! She prefers the Lauren’s more light-hearted works.