Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hiatus


Hey guys!

I know. It's been a while. 

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Raineedayze will currently be on hiatus until the end of May. I hope that you can all understand, but do not fret. I've been working on some awesome new content that I can't wait to share with all of you!!

Love you guys and see you in May!

In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

Always, Raineedayze

Friday, February 3, 2017

5 Fandom Friday: My TBR pile


Hello there nerdlings!

It's 5 Fandom Friday!!! This week we're talking about our TBR (to-be-read) piles. As I am so incredibly busy all the time, I am super behind on books that I want to read. As you can imagine, my list is insanely long. Since I rarely have time to keep up with newer releases, I typically keep up through Booktube blogger reviews. So most of these books are releases from years past that I can't wait to check out.

5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber


        This is the most recently released book on my list, having come out last month. I have heard so many book bloggers raving about this book and the premise sounds incredible. Scarlett and her sister Tella have dreams of attending the week-long game of Caraval, a mysterious game of legends. After finally receiving their invitations, they attend only for Tella to get kidnapped. Scarlett struggles with the hopes that Caraval is only a game, though she may not be prepared to play. This book sounds amazing and I can't wait to start it. However, I may want to read the next book on my list before I begin, as I hear it is pretty similar.

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern


       A circus that arrives without warning and vanishes without a trace. This book sounds super mysterious and I have avoided reading too many reviews for it just because it seems like every review has a spoiler. I hear it's less focused on the mystery of the circus and more on the players, but I've always been a fan of creepy circuses, mysteries, and magic. I can't wait to read this one as it is currently tempting me from my Kindle. 

3. This is Our Story by Ashley Elston 


       I have to thank Kristin for this recommendation because she's been recommending it on her channel for about a month and it sounds so interesting!! Another mystery, this time about a group of 5 boys who, after a hunting trip, come out as group of 4. None of the boys will say what happened but Kate, the new intern at the DA office, isn't about to let them go that easy. What really happened to the 5th boy, and is Kate really prepared to find out? I know I am and I can't wait to pick up this book!

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


       I feel like I'm the only person on the planet who has yet to read this book. With recommendations by pretty much everyone, including my best friend Cassie, I have to check this book out. This book follows a fangirl named Cath who has to go through her first year of college, no longer accompanied by her twin. Wren, her sister, is ready to leave the fandom behind and embrace college life, but Cath is just not too hopeful. I actually started reading it today between classes and I'm already really into it. I'm only a few pages in, hence the TBR status, however as a fellow fangirl of most things, I can't wait to delve deeper in this story. The synopsis really spoke to me because when I came to college and left my entire life 9 hours away, I took to my fandoms to keep me sane. I'm excited to see what Cath chooses to do.

1. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus


       This book won't come out until May of this year but I'm already so freaking excited for it. I'm a huge fan of the Breakfast Club and this book sounds pretty similar. 5 students enter detention, 4 leave and of course, no one wants to talk. This book also sounds very similar to One of Us is Lying, but I can't get enough of weird high school mysteries. The 5 students all share the same stereotypical characteristics of the Breakfast Club characters: brain, beauty, outcast, jock, and criminal. There is an added twist though, as the outcast also happens to run a super high-profile gossip app and plans to release huge news on his detention buddies. Everyone has a motive, but who did the deed?

Those are just some of the books on my TBR! Have you read any of them? Are you excited to check any out? Let's chat in the comments!

Also, if you'd like to participate in 5 Fandom Friday, check out the links below! If you do participate, feel free to leave your link below and I'll totally check them out!

Origin of 5 Fandom Friday

February Prompts for 2017


Always, Raineedayze

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Check-In and February Goals


                                

Happy last day of January!

For this post, I decided to take a look at how I did with my goals in January and look ahead to my goals for February. To read my 2017 goal list, click HERE.

Goal 1: Do Something and Do it Well
   
      This goal was all about school and work. I can definitely say I've been keeping on top of my classwork this month. That could be because it's the beginning of a new year, but I also feel so much calmer knowing that I have finished all I have to for the day by 8 p.m. and having the rest of the night to binge on Roswell. It's also nice to feel good about the work I turn in and showing off what I know I can do.

Goal 2: Do Something Active

      This goal was the tough one. I have been skipping the coffee for more tea or water and have been taking my lunch instead of buying Hot Cheetos (something my wallet is eternally grateful for). However, I still find myself eating when I'm bored or when I know I'm not really hungry. This is definitely something I have to work on.



Goal 3: Do Things for and With Others

       I did start putting down my phone more, especially when I have time with Jonathan. One thing about my new schedule is it only leaves me with a few hours to see him before I fall asleep for the night. It made me realize how precious our time is and I feel so much healthier for it. I am able to explore my hobbies and feel less tied to a false "connection" through my screen. Not to say that computer and phone time is bad, but it's nice to be around people in the real world. Which brings me to...

Goal 4: Just Do It

       I definitely started doing things I've been putting off. I started waking up earlier to just spend a few minutes to myself. I started watching shows and movies I've put off. I went to the movies for the first time in forever and enjoyed myself. I started becoming more independent by not relying on Jonathan to take me places. I've read way more books in the last month than I have in the past year. I love how I feel accomplishing this and can't wait to see what February has in store.

Goodreads Goal 


4/35 books! Yay!!

My February Goals




  • Blog more and more consistently 
    • I feel pretty confident in this goal despite my recent blogging hiccup. I feel with my planner keeping me on schedule and the surge of new audience members I have (I see you!) I have more of an obligation to make this blog as awesome as possible. It reminds me why I started blogging in the first place.
  • Save money
    • It's been super tough with all of our big holidays falling within a four month period. Between Christmas, our anniversary, my birthday, Valentine's Day, and Jon's birthday in March....it's a lot! I hope to cut back on spending and make do with what we have. I know we can do it if we try!
  •  Be more independent
    • It's been really tough with our conflicting schedules lately, and oftentimes because of that, I become even more dependent on Jonathan because the little bit I get from him is so precious. However, it's time I explored my own hobbies and started doing more things that benefit us instead of waiting for us both to be free. I often hold off on grocery shopping or running errands because I love going places with him or spending our time outside of the house. Yet, I don't love putting a strain on him when he gets out of work. This will be a huge transition, but I think I can do this.                         
What are some of your goals for February? How are your previous goals going? Let's chat in the comments!


Always, Raineedayze

Monday, January 30, 2017

Where I've Been


Hey there!

As you guys may have noticed, I've been MIA for a week. However, I did do a ton of things!

Jonathan and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary last week and had a fabulous time! We went to our favorite restaurant, a local burger joint in the mall, and went to the movie theater to watch Split. It was epic and perfect for us. I'm so grateful to have Jonathan in my life and am looking forward to many more anniversaries.

Not on our anniversary, but still in love

I also started my practicum this month. It's on the job training for my counseling degree and it really makes me feel "grown up". It makes all I've been working toward start to feel real, which is awesome and terrifying at the same time. However, it does take up a ton of my time now so I have to really schedule everything in so I don't fall too far behind. It's tough but I'm excited to see where my future leads me.

All this is happening and my birthday is also next Monday!! My life is pretty crazy at the moment but I'm trying to keep everything on track. Hopefully, this doesn't affect my blog schedule too much but I'll definitely keep you guys updated on my Twitter or Instagram.

 I hope you guys continue to follow my journey even through the sporadic schedules! 

Always, Raineedayze

Friday, January 20, 2017

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Films I'm Excited for in 2017





Can you believe it's already 5 Fandom Friday? This week we're talking about 5 films I'm super stoked about in 2017!

2017 already looks fabulous as far as entertainment is concerned. I feel like within the past few years, it's been so great (and expensive) to be a nerd.We've seen an incredible spike in superhero, sci-fi, and historical movies and I am so here for it. There's been great (Civil War), funny (Deadpool), strange (Suicide Squad), and not-so-great (Batman V. Superman. Check out my review.)

For 2017, these are the 5 films I'm most excited to see.

5. Wonder Woman.


I love Wonder Woman. I mean, LOVE Wonder Woman. I am a huge fan and although I hated BvS, I adored the trailer for the Wonder Woman solo movie. I can't wait to get dressed up and see Wonder Woman kick some serious butt in June when it's released. Also, I really dig Chris Pine and Steve Trevor. He's no Nathan Fillion, but he will do great as the handsome yet arrogant Steve. 

4. Justice League. 


In the same category, I'm super excited for Justice League to come out. I am immensely excited to see Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, because as a huge fan of the animated series, Aquaman always was so tough and masculine. I'm super excited to see the whole team together and it's gonna be awesome to see some Flash wittiness on the big screen. This will be great!

3. Lego Batman. 



More DC, I know. I loved the Lego Movie. Jonathan and I watch this movie at least once a month. It's one of our favorites and I may or may not listen to Everything is Awesome when I drive to work. It is so much fun and Lego Batman looks hilarious and adorable! 

2. Beauty and the Beast. 


It's almost here guys!! I love Disney and the original movie and Emma Watson. Basically, this movie already wins. This looks fantastic and I can't wait to see how they transform from animation to live-action. 

1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. 


The first one was fantastic. I loved the storyline, I loved the characters, I loved the soundtrack. I adore Chris Pratt and I can't wait for Baby Groot. It's going to be fantastic!! 


What movies are you most excited for in 2017? Let's chat in the comments!

Always, Raineedayze

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Raineedayze Reads: The Secret History of Wonder Woman


Hello, wonderful readers!

Today, I have a special treat because I'm finally reviewing Jill Lepore's book, "The Secret History of Wonder Woman". 


Guys, this book was gooooood. Even though it took me FOREVER to finish, I'm so glad I did because it was so good!

The book follows the history, not only of Wonder Woman, but of Dr. William Moulton Marston, the "creator" of Wonder Woman. I have "creator" in quotes because, as this book continuously points out, Wonder Woman was not a one-person idea. Lepore manages to trace every bit of history that may have contributed to the development of what of the most beloved and powerful icons in history. Not only does she provide a history of Marston and the women who shaped Wonder Woman's personality and design, she provides insight on the critiques, the movements, and the ideals that provided a platform for Wonder Woman.


This book manages to shed light on the fight for birth control, the suffrage movement, the divide between psychology and fame, and the free love movement, all which contributed to every bit of Wonder Woman's origin. Even her clothes, accessories, phrasing, and individual panels were carefully created to combine all of the events and ideas that Wonder Woman stood for. As an avid Wonder Woman fan, I was riveted by the amount of detail and research Lepore put into this book. 


There are even some fabulous early sketches of Wonder Woman inscribed on the inside of the book, along with pages of Wonder Woman panels throughout the year.

This was not something that can or should be read in a day, or even a week. It is something I had to re-read, flip back, and think about while I read. I believe it is vital for any feminist, fan, and historian. I truly recommend it because this book made me actively look at why I loved the character. When I found out the sheer amount of fighting to make Wonder Woman into the character she is today, I was nearly moved to tears. 


This book made me appreciate Wonder Woman, appreciate the details of others who shape my life, and appreciate how far the feminist movement has come over time. 

Rating: 4.5/5


Always, Raineedayze


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Nintendo Switch: Thoughts, Hopes, and First Impressions



Hey nerds!

In case you've been living in a cave, Nintendo released their formal presentation for the Nintendo Switch last week. It was.....entertaining to say the least.


First of all, I was already on board with the Switch since it was first announced under the NX codename. I'm a huge Nintendo fangirl. I feel a lot of their video games are made to be played socially and that to me is the whole point of gaming. Don't get me wrong, I can spend a whole 9 hours gaming solo while Jonathan is at work and enjoy the hell out of it. However, I adore the social aspect of it. I like having our gaming group take on RPGs together and having party games like Smash or Mario Kart as a part of our weekend festivities with friends. This is something that I've noticed as being very consistent with Nintendo, since my days playing on the 64. 

This still seems to be a huge selling point for the Switch, with the ability to play with 8 simultaneous Switch consoles and the two Joy-Cons (the mini side controllers). It seems very co-op oriented which I'm pretty excited about. 


Here's what you need to know about the Switch. 

All photos are from the Nintendo website.


Gameplay

We got a first detailed look at the play modes for the Switch during the presentation. There are three modes: Handheld, TV, and Tabletop. TV mode is what we are all used to. Plug it in to the TV, and using the Pro Controller or the Joy-Con Grip and Joy-Cons, play on the TV. Handheld is similar to the WiiU controller, with the Switch screen in the center and both Joy-Cons attached to the sides for on-the-go gaming. Tabletop combines these two with a kickstand on the back of the Nintendo Switch and the two Joy-Cons for you and a friend to play.
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Left: Joy-Cons in the Joy-Con Grip. Right: Joy-Cons attached to the Switch.


This is kind of....meh for me because I would like to have local multiplayer on our TV instead of just during tabletop play. I'm sure it will still be possible, but it would be nice to not have to buy a second controller for these purposes.

Console and Specs

The Nintendo Switch will be released March 3rd, at a price of $299.99. Comparitively speaking, the WiiU was released for $249.99. Their will also be a subscription service for online play. At launch, players will be able to use the online software for free, which will change in the fall of this year to a fee. Nintendo did not announce pricing at this time.

Red-Blue variant version
For $299.99, you get the console, the docking station (for TV gameplay and docking), both L-R Joy-Cons, two Joy-Con wrist straps, the Joy-Con Grip, an HDMi cable, and the Switch AC adapter. These packages come in two colors, gray and a red-blue combo.

Extra accessories will cost you a lot more with the Pro Controller running at $69.99, extra sets of Joy-Cons at $89.99, a charging grip for simultaneous charging while playing at $29.99, and an extra dock for any other TVs at $89.99.

The Switch has a 6.2-inch screen and 32 GB of storage, which fortunately allows for expandable storage through microSD cards. There is also an amiibo scanner available on the Joy-Con.

My Thoughts

Let's talk about what I liked. I loved the screenshot button on the controller. I am a huge screenshotter during games so that is very convenient for me. I also love the portability of the console. Jonathan and I go camping with our gaming group every year so this will definitely be something to look forward to. 



I didn't like the small controllers. I understand, it helps make the Switch easier to move and play on-the-go, however these things are so small! It's going to be hard to get into a game with a small controller. Also, Joy-Con is a weird name for it. Not feeling that at all.

I also wasn't a huge fan of the lack of games to be released at launch. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is going to be available, however the game I am most excited for, Super Mario Odyssey will be coming later this Christmas. It seems most of the other games will also be coming after the launch, so it may be sitting on my shelf for a while until the rest of the games come out. 
 

Overall, it could use a few tweaks and I know there will more than likely be some extra features, more controllers, more colors, and different accessories released later, but I plan on pre-ordering mine as soon as they become available. I'm even shrinking my birthday festivities to save up for it. 

You can check out the entirety of the presentation on Nintendo's website.

Do you plan on ordering? Let's chat in the comments!

Always, Raineedayze