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First and foremost!

HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY [ profile] wethepainted and [ profile] saba1789 and [ profile] egelantier!!!
I hope it was full of joy and cake and awesome people. And pressies, let's not forget those :D

As most of you probably know, AO3 is hosting a fundraising auction, but since not all of us fans are writers, some people thought to set up a sister multimedia auction :)

a donation-based auction to raise money for Archive of Our Own & OTW

If you want/can, go have a look and spread the word :) My offer is here, btw :)

ION, I got my hands on a copy of "Save Rock and Roll" :D There weren't any copies left in HMV except for the store copy that was playing, and the lady at the conter was a total darling and sold me that one <3 I am still unable to listen to anything but that *dances around* (also, tell me someone already made a shippy video with "The Mighty Fall"!)

Lately, I've been reading less fic and more actual books (due to my phone deciding that no, data roaming is not to be had) and ugh, I had forgotten how nice it is to stuck my face through the pages while I'm reading. I love my kindle dearly, but sometimes you just have to feel the paper under your fingers, yes? Anyway, books that I've read in the past week:

"Soulless" by Gail Carriger - Steampunk-ish fantasy of utter delight. It was a really fun read, though I had some problem in the beginning because the POV kept switching around. I guess I got spoiled by all the terrific fandom authors who keep their POV consistent and/or make it easy to recognise a POV switch. Anyway, it's a pretty nice story and the characters are quite funny. I am still debating whether to buy the other books in the series, though.

Finally got around to read "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". I found it quite hard to get into in the beginning and then loved it completely once I reached the middle, which happened with "Catcher in the Rye" as well. I am still having thinky thoughts about it and I still think it should come with a very big "Warning: Feels" sticker on the cover. I am tempted to watch the movie at some point, but I'm not sure if I would survive the feels at this point. Thoughts?

I bought "Divergent" by Veronica Roth by chance because it was at half price and omg, HOW MUCH DID I LIKE IT? A LOT. It's a dystopian novel with a girl protagonist and it is probably the most engaging YA fantasy novel I've read since the first Hunger Games book. Basically, I started reading it and I couldn't put it down until I reached the end. And now I want more. So, yeah, if you are looking for a something to read, pick this one (though, be careful because the Trigger Warnings abound! Like, really. A different TW for every chapter) and then come here and tell me how much you want all the AUs.

What are you reading, lovelies? Any recs for me?
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Two post in three days and I feel like I'm spamming you all with my nonsense, but bear with me, please, I have awesome recs for you!

The second wave of [ profile] bandombigbang is in full swinging and yesterday the story I drew fanart for went up! Don't Drink the Water by [personal profile] cloudlessclimes is an amazing story about Spencer the grumpy fish scientist (yes! Now you know what all my fish-related drawing woes were about!) and his wading the waters of life as a researcher towards happiness. This story's so lovely and I reccomend everyone to click on the link and go check it out.

Remeber that icon meme I did a few days ago? Well, [ profile] sarahyyy wanted to play and I asked her to tell me about her Tangled icon and she said something about wanting to write tangled fic but never getting around to do it and so I said "WRITE IT NOW!" and what d'you know, she did! In Love for a While, run don't walk!

In case you were not aware, [ profile] thesocialbbang has been showering my friend page in sparkly joy for a couple of days. I've been bookmarking everything because free time hasn't been on the menu this past week, but I managed to read one the other day: Draw Me A Map by [ profile] fairy_tale_echo. I keep going back to it so I thought I'd rec it here (and then we can spazz all together about the sheer brilliance that is correspondence!fic, Y/Y/MFY?)

In Real Life news, my old medications weren't working anymore so I had to change them with something stronger :/ I'm not particularly fond of this new one, but it seems to be doing its job so far... If I suddenly start spewing stupid(er) crap around here, I'm blaming it. Also, to cheer myself up, I bought a mammoth book of fairytales. The best thing about it is that among the usual ones, it also features classic fairytales written by women :) I don't know when I'll have the time to read them all, but it's something nice to look forward to, no?
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Your eyes are not deceiving you! This is a real update! Or something like that.

Random things in an even more random order! A-hem.

o1. Autumn is here! Woo! I can't wait for the air to get a little bit chillier so I can start wearing my lovely hats and skarves. Also, dry leaves! Rosted chestnuts! Hot chocolate! KNITTING! :DDD

02. Went to see Inception again today, this time with the family. It is even better the second time around! <333 While we were coming back home I asked mum what was her favourite character. It went like this: )

o3. Let's talk about Glee! Two episodes in the new season and Rachel continues to be my least favourite character. Why is she so stupidly blind? Did they actually made her even more irritating? Also, where did that blond kid from the first ep end up? I really like how he sings, can we have him back asap?

o4. My pile of books-to-read keeps getting higher. This is not really relevant to your interest, but it is to mine because it's positioned in front of my alarm clock and it's now high enough to cover the clock face. I wake up in the morning and I don't know what the time is, only that as soon as I finish Empire of Ivory I'll have to tackle Watership Down because it is thicker than Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. My strategy, let me tell you about it!

o5. Watched RocknRolla. Twice. HI, MOVIE MADE OF MAGIC! WHERE THE F IS THE SEQUEL? Furthermore, where is the FIC? *presses play again*

o6. Mum and dad, while walking Milla, stumbled upon a litter of, and I quote, "the most adorable little kittens ever! You'd love them so much, N!". Mum followed me around the house telling me that "There is a black one with green-green eyes! It practically screams your name, N!" and dad was all "you should come with us next time so you can bring him food!" and mum chimed in with "yes! So you can pet him and see if you like each other" and at this point my heart was just ready explode with all the hope they were stuffing in it so, of course, that's when they both looked at me and said "it's just such a shame that you can't bring him home because you're the only one who like cats". Sometimes, I think they do it on purpose to make me suffer.

o7. Can someone tell me to NOT sign up for yuletart? Thanks.
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I don't have writer's block (actually, I wrote 652 words of dorky!Darwin fic that I don't hate, so...), but this caught my eyes :)

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5 books; or 4 books and an arc )

This past week I went to the cinema twice. On the 8th I went with a friend to celebrate International Women's Day and we watched "I Love Shopping" (she said she really wanted to see it, but if it was too "easy" for me we could choose something else.... I didn't know if should have been offended or not), while on Tuesday I forcedpolitely asked my sister to come with me to watch "Watchmen". EPIC AWESOMENESS OF AWESOMELY EPIC PROPORTIONS! I loved it to pieces (apart from those scenes on Mars... they looked too much like those forwarded slideshows about the meaning of life and God's project for you and whatnot) and I pretty much fell in love with the soundtrack... which is why I uploaded it here for you ;D

So, today I was surfing the internet, looking for funny tees... and then I found one with THE PANIC BOYS AS GIRAFFES!!!!!. IT SHALL BE MINNNNNNNNNE!!! Either I'll do it myself, or I'll buy it with the money from those tattoos I'm going to do next week.

So, since tomorrow I'll be busy with PACKING MY BAG because I leave Saturday morning for the FOB SHOW IN MILAN, this will be the last post until next Tuesday (when I'll probably get up at noon and then try to write a passable recap of the show with pictures).
See you :)

(OMG! First FOB show in Italy EVER!!! And I'll be there!!!!)
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No, really.
I actually spent one hour and a half reading a thesaurus.
I went to the bookshop yesterday because I needed an Italian-Spanish dictionary and an English Thesaurus. I just wanted a pocket one... but then I saw it: Roget's Thesaurus. Burnt orange hard-cover, terracotta-coloured spine, 1232 pages full of English words. It sat there on the shelf near a similar book of quotes (which will be mine in the very near future).
I pratically pounced.
And then I sat on the floor, for an hour and a half, reading it until the clerk asked me if I could move to one of the chairs because I was blocking the aisle.
Seems my book-addiction is degenerating. As is my obsession with English.
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