Friday, April 19, 2019

My Favorite...Thing About Spring

I'm back with another My Favorite post! 

It's been a hot minute since we've done one of these posts and I really want to get back into them because not only are they super fun, they also help out my friend Becca who hosts these! So if you decide to join these posts, make sure to check her blog out for the prompts every week!

This week's prompt is my favorite thing about spring! I'm a person who can never decide what season is their favorite (although I lean a bit closer to winter) so I love each season for what it brings.

For me springtime is the best time to pull out a cute contemporary and head outside for a long read. I also am a huge fan of those April showers and May flowers!


Enjoying the scenery and curling up with a book outside before mosquitoes begin to come out sounds perfect to me!

What is your favorite thing about springtime? Let's chat about it! 

Always, Raineedayze

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Liebster Award Tag

I stole this tag from Becca, as per usual because I loved the idea of it and want to add more tags to this site. 

The Liebster Award Rules:

1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award 
2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself 
4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination 
5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

In this, you are to tag 11 people but as always, I tag everyone reading this and the questions I leave you will be at the bottom! 

1. If you could acquire any ability, what would it be?

Teleportation yo! Imagine never having to deal with traffic again!

2. What's your perfect breakfast?

Waffles, fruit, whipped cream, coffee, orange juice, and mimosas!

3. What's your phone background?

My lock screen is me and Jonathan and then my actual home screen is this piece by Jen Bartel of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel.

4. Who was your first favorite author?

Probably Mary Downing Hahn. I loved her spooky books and I remember Daphne's Book being my all time favorite book for a while.

5. If you could use any spell from Harry Potter, what would it be?

Accio ____ because I'm a lazy trashcan.

6. If you could name your children/pets after book characters, who would you choose?

Well I already had a cat named Bellatrix, a cat named Crookshanks, and a dog named Lily. So obviously Harry Potter. Although I named my cactus Usagi after Sailor Moon so that would be a close second.

7. What is something you've been recently obsessed with and gush about it.

Um...the Jonas Brothers being back?! Can we just talk about Cool and how it is my new summertime bop?

8. If you could make everyone read one book, what would it be?

Probably Harry Potter because it's just so damn good.

9. Hot or Iced Coffee?

Iced coffee. I'm basic af.


10. What was your favorite subject in school?

Drama. I was and still am a huge theater nerd!!

11. If you could tell your 15 year old self one thing what would it be?

Stop trying to impress losers. Impress yourself!

11 Facts About Me

  • When I'm anxious, I sleep on the couch. I don't know why but it chills me out.
  • I love therapy because it gets me out of my head for an hour and recommend it to everyone
  • I have synesthesia where I see colors when I listen to music. It varies in my family but for me it's colors and music mainly.
  • I think Kale is the devil
  • I hate the boba balls in boba tea but I enjoy the tea.
  • I shop when I'm stressed and I'm trying to break that habit.
  • I hate having unread books on my shelf. It makes me nervous.
  • My most prized possesion is my D.Va statue Jon got me for my birthday. It's like 3 feet tall and 80 lbs. 
  • I'm a massive crybaby. I cry all the time.
  • Yuri is best girl
  • My first jouney into fanfic was writing love letters between Hermione and Ron.

My Questions for you

1. What's your theme song?
2. How would you describe your aesthetic?
3. Comfort food?
4. Fictional character you most resonate with?
5. Who do people say you look like?
6. What's your most prized possession?
7. Favorite mythical creature?
8. Hogwarts House?
9. Favorite Season and Why?
10. What's your view right now?
11. Unpopular book opinion!

I hope you do this tag and I'd love to read your responses! If you do, link it down below!

 Always, Raineedayze

Monday, April 15, 2019

Top 5(ish) Geek-Centric Reads

One of my absolute favorite genres to read is books about being a geek. Whether it's a book following a geeky main character, or a book about living life in the best nerdy way, I am a huge sucker for books that I can relate to. 

So I decided to share some of my favorite geeky reads with you guys! Maybe you've read these, and maybe you will find a new favorite book!

In no particular order

Geekerella by Ashley Poston/The Princess and the Fangirl

Was there any question that I wouldn't add these two to the list? They are two of my favorite geekcentric books and if you haven't read them, put down this computer and pick them up!

I have reviews of both these books on this site, but in short Geekerella is a Cinderella re-telling with a geeky twist. Starfield (think Star Trek) fangirl Elle is a nerd blogger who's subject is usually recapping Starfield episodes. When it's revealed that a new Starfield movie is coming out and a mainstream teen heartthrob is in the lead role, Elle is furious. Insert nerd rage hijinks and a convention ball while Elle tries to stop the movie from happening.

This book is cute and sweet with so much nerdy goodness thrown in. If you like fairy tales and Star Trek, I highly recommend.

The Princess and the Fangirl is a sequel to Geekerella and is a Princess and the Pauper retelling. Imogene is a huge Starfield fan and just so happens to look like the main actress in the film, Jessica Stone. What happens when they switch places and have to fit in as each other? Not to mention the fact that Jessica hates Starfield for an unknown reason and wants to be killed off and Imogene is running the campaign to save Jessica's character. 

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

This is probably my favorite book on this list. In this book is a collection of short nerdy stories by multiple authors including David Levithan, Holly  Black, Cassandra Clare, John Green, and so many more. What happens if a Klingon and a Jedi fall in love? Or read about best friends who love the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Like Buffy, space, or debate team? This book has it all.

My favorite story in this book is probably One of Us by Tracy Lynn about a girl who wants to learn to be a geek and it's just....really good. Just yes.

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvanez Tash

This is one of the more recent reads for me but it's super adorable and takes place over NYCC weekend. This book follows a guy named Graham as he comes up with a plan to tell his best friend Roxy he is in love with her at NYCC. A plan that includes their favorite comic creator, a lot of courage, and a hell of a lot of hope.

This book was described as John Hughes meets Comic Con and I can definitely vouch for it. It's super cute and there's just so much geeky references and geek love in this book. 

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs 

If you don't read any of these books but one, this is the one you should definitely pick up. This is one of the most mainstream reads on this list and it's written in the format of a guide to fandoms, conventions, websites, and more. I love this book so much I even have this signed poster of the cover! 

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Various Authors

When I first read this book, it was very different from what I thought it was going to be but I ended up adoring it. This book follows multiple authors as they tell the story of a love of theirs. There is a ton of wlw content in this book and it's essentially a love letter to their younger selves. I definitely loved this book, so much that I gifted a copy to one of my closest friends last year.

Notable Mentions
  • Game Over by Jonathan Green
Horror anthology with all the stories based on classic games like Frogger, Donkey Kong, and Rampage 
  • Wolf Boy by Evan Kuhlman
Follows a kid who is dealing with his family life after a tragedy by creating a comic book series.

I hope you enjoyed this list! What are some of your favorite geeky themed books? Let's chat about it!

Always, Raineedayze

Monday, April 8, 2019

Sunday Funday: Us, Dinner, and Dollar Drinks

Happy Monday!

This past week I worked the week straight with no days off so I had been pretty bummed to not really do a whole lot. However, the weekend actually was pretty eventful after work. 

Saturday was Jon's niece's birthday so we headed there and celebrated with her party. It was really fun and we got to see a lot of family that we hadn't seen in awhile. 

Sunday night, we ended up getting together with a friend of mine, Jocelyn (from the PAX South trip) and we headed to get dollaritas (which were super lame) and then to the Drafthouse to "get lit" as the kids say and watch Us.

The movie was super creepy and I loved all the ambiguity and hidden references in it. Also Winston Duke as a dad was just..... *heart eyes emoji*


Jonathan also had a blast taking pics with the different props around the theater and I got to help work towards my goal of taking more photos. :)

Overall the weekend was great, but this morning I woke up sick as a dog in bed with no voice. So I've been resting a ton, reading in bed, and spraying terrible tasting numbing spray down my throat which is just as fun as it sounds -__-

However, I was able to finish Reflection by Elisabeth Kim, the Mulan retelling in the Twisted Tales series. I also started On The Come Up by Angie Thomas and I'm already 200 pages in and I adore it! I'll talk more about these in my April wrap-up later this month. 

That's how my weekend has been going! How was yours? Let's chat about it!

Always, Raineedayze

Behind the Blogger Tag

Today we get to talk about my favorite subject, ME!

I was actually tagged by Becca to do this Behind the Blogger tag and I really wanted to do it because I think it might be nice for the newbies who have stumbled here to get to know me a little bit better. Thanks Becca for the tag!

 I suck at knowing bloggers so if you are reading this, YOU should do this! Yes you!


  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

1. Why did you start blogging and why do you keep blogging?

I started blogging because I needed an outlet to share my geeky loves and random life stuff. I was also inspired by Megan from The Nerdy Girlie and Kristin from SuperSpaceChick, both awesome geeky ladies who I am constantly inspired by.

I keep blogging because it's therapeutic and I've met so many cool people doing this! Also, it's nice to share my interests with people from all over the world.

2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I love the Captain's Log posts because they help me reflect back on my month and see how much I accomplished throughout that time. It is like a neat little snapshot of the month and I like to go back through them periodically to see how my life as progressed. :D

3.What is your top three favorite blog posts?

How World of Warcraft Saved My Life, My TATBILB review, and My Princess and the Fangirl review.

4. What are your favorite things to do to relax?

Read a great book, listen to music on my #BossBitch playlist, and draw.


5. What are your 3 favorite things?
   - Jonathan <3
   - D.Va
   - Book shopping

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

Being able to participate in the Geek Bloggers Vday card swap! I'm still friends with a few of them and it was so much fun to send love and discover new blogs!

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

Gaming, reading, drawing, and listening to music. I also love Star Trek, reading comics, hanging with Jonathan, and drinking with friends.

8. Describe your personality in 3 words.

Geeky, anxious, salty

9. What are your top 3 pet peeves?
- People against feminism
- ignorance
- Bad drivers

10. What is something your followers don't know about you?

I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology and if I ever get my masters, I would probably go into researching paraphilic disorders.

Hopefully you learned something new about me! I'd love to hear about you! If you do this, link your post below! 

Always, Raineedayze

Friday, April 5, 2019

Raineedayze Reads: The Princess and the Fangirl (Spoilers Inside!)

If you've been a follower for a while, you know how much I LOVED Geekerella by Ashley Poston. So when the sequel, The Princess and the Fangirl, based on the the Princess and the Pauper (or is it prince? Who knows!) was announced, you bet I was preordering as fast as I could. 

The book came in and I devoured it within the day at work. Also, look at this beautiful cover!

The book follows geek girl Imogene, who is campaigning to save her favorite character Amara from Starfield from being "fridged" (a term used to describe a female character whose death is only used to further the male character's plot). This is the same Amara from the first book, portrayed by Jessica Stone. 

The book is told in dual perspective between Imogen and Jessica Stone, the actress portraying Amara who is very against the entirety of Starfield and wants it her character to stay "dead". 

At the beginning of the novel, I HATED Jessica and it was very different from the first book, because of how much I loved all the main characters in Geekerella. I honestly thought it would make me not love this book as much.

I was dead wrong.

Jessica's hatred of Starfield doesn't come from the actual show itself, but instead stems from the hate lobbed towards female actresses in sci-fi/fantasy (a la Kelly Marie Tran, Daisy Ridley, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, the new I need to go on?)

I think in this time, this book is so impactful because it really delves into an idea of what it would be like to be a star and get all sorts of hate for not being what fans (read: angry nerd trolls) picture as the perfect princess, ghostbuster, or hero. 

This book also has so many queer relationships which I am SO here for. I'm so in love with Imogene's mom's and want an entire mini story around them and Figurine It Out. 

It also doesn't pander to geek girls. Ashley Poston herself is a geek who writes the way fangirls talk. I go more in to detail about this in my Youtube review (link TBA). But, so much of the dialogue is authentic fangirl speak and the references are hilarious and lovely. 

Also, hella throwbacks to the OG book and so much cute Dare and Elle <3

Overall, I gave this book a 5/5 and it joins Geekerella as being one of my all time favorite reads! I cannot wait to see if more comes to this series!

 Have you read this book? Let's chat about it!

 Always, Raineedayze

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Captain's Log: March Wrap-Up

March was the month of getting back on my feet and doing all I could to continue improving myself. I feel like this month, more specifically the second half of the month, I really worked hard on making sure I was doing more and pushing through the big setbacks I had in February. 

So let's recap.

Armada by Ernest Cline | Say Something: A Hate List Novella by Jennifer Brown | The Lost Sisters by Holly Black | The Wicked King by Holly Black | Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond | Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt De La Pena |

This month I read a total of 6 books which wasn't a whole ton of books but more than I had been reading. In terms of quality, I had an excellent month with all these books being 3+ stars! I also accomplished a ton off my TBR shelf so honestly, this month was a win for me.

Captain Marvel | Game of Thrones | The Act | Kaguya-sama: Love is War |

This month was all about catching up on things I had put off seeing. So I'm now on Season 3 of Game of Thrones (and LOVING it) and I finally saw Captain Marvel, which I am going to go see again later this week. I'm just happy to finally be getting around to doing more and getting out of the funk that plagued me earlier this year.

Other Cool Things This Month

Meeting Wonder Woman

  • I got a new job! Yay money!
  • I bought a bunch of cool things (yay already spending my paycheck)

  • I saw my family!
Sisterly Love

  • Jon's birthday! 

How was your March? Let's chat about it!

Always, Raineedayze

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April TBR

April is already upon us and I still am writing 2018 on all my paperwork.

Regardless of that, I've been doing pretty well with my reading, powering through a ton of books at the tail end of March. So this April I hope to keep up that momentum with some more awesome reads.

1. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston (April 2nd)

Geekerella was my absolute favorite read last year and I know I'm absolutely going to devour this book so this will probably be my first read of the month. 

2. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (April 16th)

I know, I know, I wasn't the biggest fan of Jenn Bennett's other two books. They both were cheesy but cute but their endings were so bleh. However, I am a sucker for these covers and want to pick up a lighthearted contemporary for spring. Who knows, it might surprise me!

3. Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne (April 2nd)

This is the only graphic novel on my list this month and after really digging Aquaman, I am super stoked to read more about a teenage Mera. I usually fly through graphic novels, so I feel pretty good about accomplishing this one. 

4. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Available now)

Everyone and their mother has been talking about how good this book is. It's even being produced into a series by Reese Witherspoon! Plus this book is all about '70's rock'n'roll and I am ALL about that!

5. Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller (April 9th)

This book is one of the more serious reads on this list, following a girl who goes on a road trip to get an abortion in secret. Am I gonna cry? Probably. The premise reminds me a lot of Crossroads so I'm excited for some friendships and tears.

6. William Shakespeare's Much Ado about Mean Girls by Ian Doescher (April 23rd)

Shakespeare and Mean Girls...What more could you want?

7. Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston (Available now)

A book about one of the coolest characters in the Star Wars universe, this book follows Padme and her handmaidens and I'm just really all about female-centric books.

8. Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner (April 16th)

I love space and want a queer contemporary and friendship so I'm hoping high for this!

Obviously, I have a pretty big catalog to get through this month so catch me with a book in my face! What are you reading this month? Let's chat about it!

Always, Raineedayze

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Raineedayze Reviews: The Poki Palette

If you've been on the internet for a while and play video games, you probably know who Pokimane is.

If for some reason you don't, let me fill you in. Pokimane is a popular Twitch streamer/Youtube gamer who is super popular for being a prominent face in female streamers.

I actually really love her videos as she is super adorable and sweet and when I heard she was coming out with her own eyeshadow palette, I was, as the kids say, shooketh.

I immediately preordered it and it arrived at my door within about 4 days.

First impression was the packaging was absolutely adorable!

The palette was a partnership with Winky Lux, and I had never ordered from them before so I don't know how their standard packaging is but the flowers and baby pink was right up my aesthetic alley.

The palette itself was pinky-purple and covered in flowers. Very girly and sweet.

On the back, Pokimane says the shades are named after some of her favorite things, with names like pink pixels and glazed donut. 

When I swatched them, I was slightly underwhelmed. The pigmentation isn't very heavy, but the shimmers were very nice.

The shades are very much in line with the typical makeup look Pokimane wears in her streams/videos with champagne, reds, and warm neutral shades. 

Overall, I really liked the shades. Though they swatched a little weak, they were very blendable and I loved that the colors were wearable for everyday.

My least favorite shade had to be Pink Pixels. It kind of reminded me of a kid's glittery makeup shade, with a vaseline type of consistency, layered in red glitter. I think it would be nice over a red lip but maybe not on the eyes since it isn't very pigmented.

All in all, I think the palette was pretty good for the price of $25. I love supporting my favorite creators when I can, and so I feel pretty good with this purchase. There is also a Poki lip balm that you can also pick up on the WL website if you so desire. I personally didn't get that because it is a bit too nude for me, but it may be a great companion to these shades.

If you want to pick up your own, check out the palette here!

 Always, Raineedayze


Monday, March 11, 2019

March TBR

Gonna pretend like we aren't halfway through March already and talk about my TBR for this month. As of writing this I haven't finished any of these books, but when this post goes up I'll probably be done with one of these (oh so ambitious!).

This month is the first month that I actually have a TBR that I think I may complete, because I own all the books and I am finally back on my reading game. SO without further ado, let's chat about them.

1. Armada by Ernest Cline

If the name sounds familiar, it's because the author is also the author of Ready Player One, which was one of my favorite books. A lot of people weren't fans of these books because they found them to be too geek-centric and making too many references but I really enjoyed RP1 and so far am really loving Armada. I love the story and it gives me Wargames/Starship Trooper vibes. There are also a ton of references to sci-fi, video games, and geeky stuff in general which I adore.

2. Absolute Boyfriend Vol. 1 & 2 by Yuu Watase

I haven't read much manga this year and I really wanna remedy that since I love manga. I also want to build up my physical manga collection so I'm going back to a series I really enjoyed in the past. I read AB 1 a LONG time ago but don't really remember it so I wanted to re-read it and get into the rest of the series. 

3. Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña

This is the final book in the DC Icons series and it comes out this month which is super exciting. I already pre-ordered it and it's on it's way so I'm so stoked to read it. I have to admit Superman is my least favorite superhero but I adore this set and all the books so far have been amazing so I'm ready for this one.

4. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

....yeah I am so behind on reading this book and Finale is coming out in May and I STILL haven't read this one. I've owned it since it came out and I ended up forgetting I owned it. That's how long I've had it. I hate having unread books on my shelf so I really want to read this. I may have to refresh on Book 1 since it's been forever, but it's gonna happen.

5. The Wicked King by Holly Black

Another book I've had for a bit, I loved The Cruel Prince and I wanted this sequel so bad and then when I got it, I was in a reading slump and had no motivation to read. So now that I'm back on my reading, I'm down to finally read this and get back in this world.  

What is your TBR for March? Let's chat about it!

Always, Raineedayze