041715_1Hi, all! I hope you had great weeks and that your weekend plans go off without a hitch! I have a friend from high school coming to visit until tomorrow morning, and also, I am SO PSYCHED for the new season of Orphan Black, which is premiering tomorrow night on BBC America and all AMC networks! Toni is coming over to watch with me, so it’s gonna be a great time!

(Also shout out to my little booger, Boone, who turned two this week! It’s like he came home just yesterday! I’ll never forget how BIG his paws were in relation to the rest of his little puppy body!)

Meg and a friend are creating a new chapter of Geek Girl Brunch… in Grand Rapids, MI!

Kacie did the Chocolate Book Challenge, which pairs two of my favorite things together: reading and chocolate! Reading is so delicious!

This BookRiot essay about why it can’t be necessary to sugarcoat YA (I have never been so happy to read a piece about YA in my life)

There was an article in the NYT that demonized Millennials and sang praise for a generation of kids just barely out of high school… and makes me want to scream

My little cousin has been vlogging and last week he and my grandma came to visit me. If you go to 6:14 you can see what he thinks of me. I think he sums me up pretty accurately. (It is hard for me to accept his lumberjack beard though because he’s my baby cousin)

If I’m going to share links to videos, I can’t share this one often enough!: a short film by my friend Erin Cohen and her friend Imogen Hopper about a girl whose dream is to be on Shark Week

ALSO: I review nonfiction books for IGGPPC, and there is definitely no shortage of nonfiction books out there but I wanted some suggestions, if you have any, of books whose subject matter falls outside of the United States. I would love for my nonfiction selections to become more diverse and to include works by authors whose first language isn’t English, or more generally, who are not from the US or Western Europe. If you have any suggestions, tweet at me or give them in the comments below!

What caught your attention this week?



Processed with VSCOcamHey, everyone! How are you this week? This week was pretty exciting for me: I had more visitors to my apartment, I made some pretty awesome chicken (recipe to come next week!), and it looks like my baby plants are finally showing some signs of life (as seen above)! Here are some links to keep you busy for maybe an hour this weekend. Good stuff, these:




as Harper points out in her April to-do list, April is STD Awareness Month and the CDC wants you to know that; I encourage you to get tested, as well as talking to your partner about your sexual history and being honest about it!

it’s 90s Week on Like Gwen Stacy, where Gwen’s waxing nostalgic about fashion, toys, music, and more!

this glitter mug tutorial from BUST

this BookRiot piece about Johnny Tremain (which I used to wish people would write more fanfiction about… I’m not making this up!) and its relevance to the 1940s when it was published

this discussion of YouTube and its need to promote diverse content, but more specifically the work of POC

in light of Dear Kate’s “First Time” ad, media outlets are speculating whether the conversation around periods is finally changing

What links caught your eye this week?


I cleaned out my purse last night. All those papers were IN MY PURSE IN ENVELOPES. My purse now feels 11 million pounds lighter.

I cleaned out my purse last night. All those papers were IN MY PURSE IN ENVELOPES. My purse now feels 11 million pounds lighter.

Oh, boy! What a busy week! I am still in the process of winding down from my move last week (I HAVE SO MANY TOILETRIES! HOW DID I GET SO MANY TOILETRIES?!) and winding down from how unbelievably AWESOME the season finale of The Walking Dead was. There was some good news, too, for someone else in my family: my little sister was accepted into a graduate program!

There were a lot of things this week that caught my attention. Enjoy your weekend reading, guys!

this chocolate recipe by Emily at Dairy Free Since ’03

this piece Jessica Valenti did for the Guardian about men, Instagram, and the female body

Bookriot’s post about ways you can support female authors

folks at my alma mater, Michigan State University, had a short-lived riot & threw bagels at the cops after we made it to the Final Four (I have laughed about this pretty much every day this week)

Cards Against Humanity launched a science pack AND formed a full-ride scholarship to women seeking undergraduate degrees in STEM

This article about the Rez Condom Tour supplying condoms to the Navajo Nation

What caught your eye this week?


Ahhhh, Friday! I’m going to be a little busy this weekend because I’M MOVING INTO MY OWN APARTMENT (!!!!!!) but here are a few links from this week that I thought were pretty great for your own weekend reading!

This HuffPo post about menstruation

This blog post on “princess shaming” and why it’s a bad thing

Apparently there’s going to be a new film adaptation of Little Women! Let the dream casting commence!

Margaret Atwood’s essay in The Guardian about Game of Thrones

Quite a bit of stuff from BuzzFeed (sorry! kinda? but not really because this is gold)

What got your attention this week? Who are you dying to see as Jo March?


Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetAt this moment, I am drinking a mocha I made this morning using my mom’s Keurig and debating if I want the quinoa-red bean salad I made for breakfast or brunch. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but in my rush to leave the house I didn’t grab anything for lunch. (I decided I am going to keep the title “Smoky Links” for now because I find it mildly hilarious!)

These are some of the things I found this week that I absolutely loved!

Brooke at World of Wanderlust made a list of 5 Nonfiction Books to Read on a Plane

AMC is doing an adaptation of Preacher (which I didn’t know) and they have cast Ruth Negga as Tulip

Not one, but TWO things from BUST Magazine (my fave!):

  • 7 gorgeous images of senior citizens show how tattoos age (this is from last week, but I didn’t see it til after my blogroll was published last week) (NSFW!)
  • on a more dire note that is a little closer to home, Detroit has a rape kit situation

International Geek Girl Pen Pals (IGGPPC) turns 2 this month! Here are some numbers about the organization and its success! Want to know how many Iggles there are in Iceland and New Zealand (and the US and Canada and just about everywhere?)

Kacie read the entire Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot this month. For the first time ever!

Gwen of The Book Nosher (a book blog I follow) started a new blog called Hello, Gwen Stacy.

And at Jezebel, they applauded Broad City‘s response to randos who tell you to “smile, sweetheart” (AKA the one thing I hate most)