Monday, August 14, 2017

Computer Building and IGGPPCamp

I've had such an excellent time since we last recapped and I have so many updates!

Last Saturday night, I built my first ever gaming rig! It was so awesome and I had an absolute blast making it. All the hard work paid off the moment the lights turned on! I really wanted to make my entire setup D.Va themed, so this was an incredible start.

Jonathan surprised me with a D.Va gaming mouse and mousepad and we also added a dual monitor display, which has been life-changing!

This past weekend, I was able to really utilize my new computer since IGGPPCamp was happening! If you aren't familiar, IGGPPCamp is run by the lovely ladies of The International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club every year. This event includes sorting into Troops, twitter chats, watchalongs, hangouts, and just gathering to celebrate being a geeky girl with other geeky girls. The great thing is, it's like summer camp but without leaving your home!

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We had such a blast this year! I was in Troop Chimera and I made so many great friends! I was so bummed when it ended but now I have some awesome people to connect with forever!

Due to all the excitement, I've been slacking a bit on my reading but I'm excited to jump back in, especially since I still have to finish our book club read of the month! 

Other cool things that have happened this month:

I met some really awesome Sailor Scouts on International Sailor Moon Day!

So much good food!!


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I had an absolute blast and I'm so glad to have made so many great memories!

What have you guys been up to? Let's chat in the comments or tweet me @raineedayze!

Always, Raineedayze

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Reviews: Girl Against the Universe

Hey look! A book review!

I just finished Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes and, let me tell you, this book was awesome!

This book follows Macguire, a teenage girl who, after surviving a number of accidents, including one that killed her father, uncle, and brother, believes she is "cursed". She develops a phobia of getting in cars with people other than her mother, and being in situations where she has no control over the situation. Macguire relies on "5 second checks" to survey the scene of every situation and prevent accidents from occurring. As you can probably guess, this makes her a pretty anxious person.

Macguire has dealt with this for 5 years but after her mom tells her about a family trip to Ireland, she, with the help of her therapist, decides to do something about it. 

I adored this book so much. Like Macguire, I have a very real anxiety about cars. Mine is geared more towards driving, but I understand the dread that comes with plans that require you to have to put yourself on the road. I have also opted out of situations that would force me to drive, even when they sounded super fun. So, following this story, I really felt inspired by her pushing herself to overcome her fears.

I had heard a lot of reviews about this book, and I knew there was a romantic aspect to it. I am very glad that this book didn't fall into "Romance fixes all your anxiety" and instead had Macguire pushing herself for herself. She definitely has become one of my new inspirations. 

Jordy, the love interest, was also dealing with his own things. She meets him in her psychiatrist's office and together, they help build each other up without depending on each other to "fix" them. I adored him!! He was so sweet and funny and I really liked how he was a more realistic portrayal of a guy instead of being perfect.

This book dealt with a lot of female friendships as well as family dynamics, which was refreshing to see. Macguire's family was made up of her mom, her stepfather and her stepsiblings. I really enjoyed that the stepfather played a huge role in helping Macguire instead of having the "evil" stepparent trope. Plus, there wasn't really any resentment or weirdness with the family unit, which I really loved.

I rarely give books a 5 star rating but I have to say, this book was definitely a 5/5!

Also, while researching more into this book, I found an excellent playlist by BookiEmoji that you can check out here!

Have you read this book? Let's chat in the comments, or tweet me @raineedayze!

Always, Raineedayze

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mid - Year Book Freakout Tag

I've finally been tagged in something!

I've seen this tag floating around the interwebz and my lovely best friend Becca of My Life as A Sports Fangirl decided to tag little old me in it! Check out her post in the link! 

I feel so important.

So let's do this thing!

1. Best Book You've Read So Far in 2017?

Ah. I would have to go with The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. Though not a traditional novel, I got incredibly emotional reading this book and had to kind of sit alone in silence for a really long time after I finished it. 

2. Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2017?

Easily the best sequel has to be Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. I absolutely adored this entire series and the conclusion was beautifully written. I fell so in love with these characters and to see the story finally wrap up was a treasure. 

3. New Release You Haven't Read Yet, But Want To?

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. It just looks so fun and I adore the cover.

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Rest of 2017?

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. It looks creepy and cheesy and I haven't read a good horror book in a while! Also, Warcross by Marie Lu!

5. Biggest Disappointment?

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. I found the plot really cheesy. It was kind of cute, but I really couldn't get into it because the characters were pretty one-dimensional.

6. Biggest Surprise?

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. I had heard about this book all over the internet, but I thought it was gonna be pretty stereotypical teen drama. This book was fantastic and I flew through it, on the edge of my seat til the end!

7. Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)?

Morgan Matson. I read both The Unexpected Everything and Since You've Been Gone this year and I loved them. I adore the way she writes and love that she incorporates lists and callbacks to characters from other books. I am definitely excited to read more from her.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

John Ambrose McClaren from the To All The Boys I Loved Before series and Clark from The Unexpected Everything. Both guys were so cute and sweet and perfect!

9. Newest Favorite Character?

Probably Lara Jean. I just adored her and immediately filled my Pinterest with "Lara Jean aesthetic" posts. 

10. Book That Made You Cry?

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I bawled so hard at the end of this book and then bawled again when telling Jonathan about it. It was so good and agh......just....agh!!

11. Book That Made You Happy?

Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman. It was an easy read but I really enjoyed it!

12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation This Year?

I don't think I saw any book to movie adaptations this year but I am super excited for Ready Player One and To All The Boys I Loved Before!

13. Favorite Review You've Written This Year?

This One!

14. Most Beautiful Book You've Bought or Received This Year?

Since I didn't buy a physical copy of Caraval, I have to say Replica by Lauren Oliver. I just love that there are two covers to it!

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of 2017?

Uh....A Lot!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, Replica by Lauren Oliver, Once and For All by Sarah Dessen, Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett, My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, and probably a zillion others that I have forgotten. 

I am tagging you, YES YOU, to do this wonderful tag and then comment a link to your post! I would love to see all of your lovely answers!

Always, Raineedayze

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Goals

Hello there August. You're looking lovely.


Last month, I had three goals and completed them with pretty good success. This month, I put a lot of thought into my goals and how they would benefit my life. 

1. Use my drawing app

I was really pleased with the graphic I made for Online Tea Party and after spending hours on my tablet, tweaking and shading, I remembered why I love doing this so much. This is also my first big step into digital artwork, something I've always wanted to do. I'm really excited to start working more on my own graphics and maybe actually getting some of my art goals achieved.

2. Drink more water


I've been super bad on drinking enough water this month and it totally sucks. I've been tired, breaking out, and I feel sluggish. Since I spend a lot of my time in front of the Xbox and the computer, I tend to snack on unhealthy things and so if I can at least incorporate a little more water into my diet, I may be able to make better choices with my other snack choices. 

3. Read 5 Books

Pretty big goal considering my past few months, but I know I won't have much time once school begins. I really want to finish the summer strong with my reading challenge and I am debating on completing a 24 hour read-a-thon, just to finish with a bang!

4. Build my Computer

Jon and I ordered my pieces for my new gaming set-up and hopefully I will be able to complete this by the end of August. I helped build his gaming computer, and was amazed by my skill. I grew up not knowing a thing about technology, so the idea that I could build my entire gaming PC is so incredible to me. Plus, I'm so excited to unveil the completed setup! 

I really hope to make the most of August and see more improvement in my life. I believe in myself!


I hope your August is filled with awesomeness! 

Always, Raineedayze

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Captain's Log 13: July Recap

Guys, I can't believe July is already ending!

I hate the end of summer because it reminds me that school is about to begin and I long for the freedom and excitement I had at the end of May.

But I must be positive and instead, focus on the awesomeness this summer has brought to me! 

July was filled with a ton of excitement. I went on vacation twice and finally left my job! I also got more in touch with my interests and completed some pretty daunting goals! 

This month, I read a total of 11 books. Wow!!! I slacked off at the beginning of the month but went on a reading binge the last few days. I even had to reupdate this post a few times to reflect the new books!

Loose Girl by Kerry Cohen | The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt | How it Ends by Catherine Lo | When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler | All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Little Bee by Chris Cleave | How To Love by Katie Cotugno | Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten | Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate |

I was pretty pleased with my books this month. I hadn't heard of a lot of these books and I really enjoyed all but one. Plus, one was nonfiction, a genre I struggle reading enough of, so that was awesome!

Goodreads Goal: 32/35

This month, I actually watched more TV than previous months, probably because I had a lot more free time!

Movies: Alien: Covenant

Shows: Game of Thrones, Friends from College, Raven's Home

I finally started Game of Thrones and I LOVE IT. I have no idea why it took me so long to watch it but I'm currently obsessed. I'm still in the first season so I have a long way to go, but I hope to catch up by the time next season starts!

I also finished Friends from College, a Netflix Original Series, about a group of friends from college (ha!) who's friend group becomes tested by the secrets and stressors that come with being an actual adult. I really enjoyed this series and it has so much great talent (Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage, & Billy Eichner, just to name a few) and I really hope it comes back for a second season. It got a lot of negative reviews because the characters are the literal worst humans ever, but I really enjoyed it because I don't want to watch TV where all the characters are white picket fences and golden smiles. This show makes you hate the characters, laugh with them, and maybe cry a little. 

I also saw the first episode of Raven's Home and I was kinda meh on it. I hope the next episodes are more enjoyable and have a little less laugh-track. But, I am optimistic!

Movie-wise, Jonathan and I went to go see Alien Covenant, and it wasn't....terrible. It was pretty ridiculous because the crew made such easy mistakes that caused their issues, but Danny McBride was excellent in it!

Skyrim (XboxOne) | Stardew Valley (PC) | Overwatch (XboxOne) | Crush Crush (PC) | Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (DS) | Borderlands (Xbox One) |

This month, I mostly played a ton of Skyrim and even started streaming a bit. I'm still figuring out Twitch, but I am pretty excited to start using it again.

I spent the majority of the beginning of the month getting obsessed with Stardew Valley. I had never been able to play it so when it went on sale, I immediately jumped on it. I am now happily married to Shane and nearing the end of Year 2. 

I finished Happy Home Designer, after wanting it for a year. I'm pretty bummed that it was such a short game but I plan on replaying it on days where ACNL isn't enough.

I also spent a few hours shifting between Overwatch, Crush Crush, and Borderlands for when I needed a quick distraction. Doomfist and the new highlight features on Overwatch are incredible! Crush Crush is currently holding their Summer Fling event and a DVA swimsuit is one of the perks, so I'm pretty excited for that as well!

July Goals - Check In

1. Take More Photos
I think I did a pretty good job with this goal. I took a ton of photos on our camping trip, although I realized I rarely use my phone for photos. The area has no service and I left my phone in my bag, rendering it useless until I realized there was a camera on it .-. Overall, I'd say: Could be Better

2. Make A Graphic for Online Tea Party

SUCCESS!!!! I installed an awesome drawing program on my tablet and have been obsessed with it. The new graphic will debut on my Instagram (if it hasn't already) and will of course be in my OTP post for August! Feel free to use it if you join us!

3. Game More

Oh hell yes. Definitely completed that one. 

July was fantastic and I'm so excited to see my life progress in ways that I never realized. I'm starting to feel like the person I want to be rather than letting life pass me by and I know August will only bring more improvement!

Always, Raineedayze

Friday, July 28, 2017

Vacation Recap: Part Deux

Hey guys!

My blog has been a little on the back burner lately, but there was an actual reason aside from the fact that I am literal trash.

I actually just got back Monday from a camping vacation that I took with Jonathan and some lovely friends. Normally, we try to go camping once a year at least with our friends, who own a cabin a couple ours from here right next to the river. However, since we are all adulting and trying to make ends meet, it can be a little difficult to find the time that everyone has off.

Luckily, this trip brought together so many people and we had an absolute blast. In total, there were 11 people, and we had an absolute blast playing board games, swimming in the river, and overall relaxing. 

Panoramic view

This rest of the week has been me getting used to not having a job and reconnecting with my hobbies. I finally got a great sketch program on my tablet and finally made a graphic for Online Tea Party, which will be unveiled this week on my Instagram along with the title of next month's read! Be sure to follow me in the link so you can join in on the fun!

I also bought a new backpack to ease the anxiety of starting Senior year of university in August. I'm just so happy to finally be finished with school and can't wait to not have to worry about it. 

Obv not my photo, but the bag is the same!

I've been watching a lot more TV and playing way more games but I'll cover that more in my July Recap, so be on the lookout for that. 

Anyways, just thought I would leave you guys with a little update so you don't forget me!

Always, Raineedayze

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Online Tea Party: When Dimple Met Rishi


Hey guys and welcome to our first "official" Online Tea Party. If you're new here, Online Tea Party is a book club started by myself and Becca from My Life As A Sports Fangirl. Each month, we pick a book and come up with a few questions, preferably while sipping some yummy tea. For the month of July, we chose When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

This book has been all over the internet and both of us were so stoked to finally read it. 

Dimple is an Indian girl who is constantly at war with her parents, who want her to find the "Ideal Indian Husband". After her parents allow her to attend a technology-based summer program with the opportunity to develop an app with a tech genius, Dimple thinks they may finally be on her side and give up on the IIH. Unbeknownst to her, Rishi, a very traditional Indian teen, is on his way to the same camp after being told he would be able to connect with his future wife. When Rishi approaches her with "Hello future wife!", Dimple throws an iced coffee in his face and runs away. And that is just the beginning. 

This book not only tells a cute romantic story, but it also deals with fitting in, discovering yourself, and figuring out the role people play in their lives. 

Dimple is constantly rebelling against the traditional Indian ideal, while Rishi is trying to be the perfect Indian son that he feels his parents expect of him. One of the things I really liked about this book was that it dealt with the conflict that comes from wanting to do what is expected and what you really want in life. Rishi loves art and comics but is going to school to become an engineer because he feels he must keep a sensible job and provide his family with the perfect Indian son, since his brother is more interested in girls, basketball, and is more "American-ized". 

Now, onto the questions of the month!

1. Who do you identify more with, Dimple or Rishi?

     I think I definitely identify with Rishi more. Not only am I a huge art/comic nerd, I also tend to think with my heart instead of my head. Obviously, Rishi is trying to do the sensible thing career and marriage-wise, but throughout the book, he tends to rely more on how he feels while Dimple tends to hold back in order to maintain order. The dinner scene was where I really felt connected to Rishi because when the douchey rich kids are being gross and racist, he sticks up for himself and Dimple without a second thought. Plus, he has some epic one-liners. 

2. Dimple and Rishi attend a program to develop a new app. If you could design an app, what would it be?

I love Dimple's app idea. She chooses to develop a fun game for helping diabetics track their levels and medication, inspired by her father who struggles with diabetes. Since I am in a relationship with a diabetic, I see how difficult in can be to track their health, especially because it feels so ostracizing in our junk food obsessed world. If I could develop an app, I would like to develop an app that would connect two people with like-minded interests with each other through a co-op based strategy game. The app would provide extra rewards for good teamwork, and penalize for bad teamwork.

3. What was your favorite moment?

The Bollywood dance!! I loved that scene and was so excited for Dimple and Rishi to perform it. I looked up the song on YouTube to put me in the right mindset and then jammed out to it all night. The entire talent show was a huge emotional rollercoaster, because after being so excited, Rishi gets in a fight with the douchey guys and I was so scared he would get the team disqualified. Plus, gross sexism from douchey guys was gross. 

4. Are you a hopeless romantic like Rishi?

Yes. YA has convinced me that meet-cutes are normal. Plus, I fell in love with my boyfriend the day I met him so I think I'm pretty hopeless. Luckily, he loved me back ;)

5. Was it worth the hype?

At first, I was having a hard time getting into the story, because Indian culture is so incredibly foreign to me. I felt kind of lost at the beginning, especially because I had no idea what some of the phrases meant and was having a hard time figuring out who was who. But this book was totally worth the hype. I adored it so much and give it 4/5 stars.

Did you read When Dimple Met Rishi? Leave your answers or a link to your blog post in the comments so I can check it out! Make sure to check out Becca's post as well!!

Follow me on Instagram (@raineedayze) to see what we read next and feel free to pour yourself a cup of tea with us!

Always, Raineedayze