Felicia Day

2019 Top 10 Books of the Year

Yeah, so January is almost over, but it took me a bit to catch up on the books I was most looking forward to that came out in 2019. There are still books from 2019 that I haven’t read, but what’s left I don’t believe would make the list. Maybe I’m wrong, I’ll find out in ten years if I ever catch up on my to-read list.

  1. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – Great LGBT fantasy with wonderful characters.
  2. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – Love Helen Hoang, this book was a great romance with an autistic hero and a mixed race heroine.
  3. The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite – Holy shit I never knew astronomy could be so hot. Same sex historical romance that was just beautiful.
  4. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole – This is a book in the Reluctant Royals series and like all the others I devoured it. So freaking good.
  5. Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh – Book 18 in the Psy-Changling series and somehow this series just continues to deliver amazing stories. I loved this empath wolf story and all the development that was done in the universe.
  6. Well Met by Jen DeLuca – I never expected a book to make me want to attend a Ren Fair but this one did. Cute romance with wenches in corsets.
  7. Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews – I love Ilona Andrews, there will always be a book from them on my list (I hope)
  8. Paper Girls Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson– Final volume in this series and it was a wonderful wrap up to the story. I love the art in this series and the fact that it’s a mostly female cast.
  9. Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity by Felicia Day – This book was so positive and uplifting. Even though I haven’t finished it yet I had to include it on my list.
  10. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore – I’m loving these historical romances that infuse a lot of modern day ideals. I don’t care if it bends historical accuracy, the books are fiction after all, I just want more.

 

Honorable Mentions

  1. Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon – This book was ridiculously hot. Like holy cow fanning my face as it turns beet red.
  2. Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews – Maud is a kickass mom that is so smart and capable and I have a weakness for characters like that.
  3. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks – Great art, super sweet story, lovely characters.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) By: Felicia Day

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) By: Felicia Day

Summary:

From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was “homeschooled for hippie reasons”, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

Review:

Full disclosure I’m a big Felicia Day fan. For a time I bordered on obsessive. I’ve watched everything she’s done and purchased most of her stuff, still lacking a couple comics. At the height of my obsession I friended her on Goodreads and started reading her reviews. Our relationship soured a bit when I saw that she didn’t love Ilona Andrews as much as I did. So I backed off. I still loved her, but I didn’t hang on her every word. I think this has made our relationship more stable.

Anyway, my husband bought this book for me after a particularly horrible day at home with my daughter. The terrible twos have hit hard in our home and I believe my daughter has evolved into a monster. After a lovely BLT and my demon spawn laid to rest I started reading. The world was instantly better.

If my parents were liberal and not conservative Christian I could have been Felicia Day. Totally. We’re like totally the same. It’s awesome.

She loved Anne of Green Gables growing up. ME TOO!

She was homeschooled growing up. ME TOO!

She’s neurotic. ME TOO!

She took violin lessons growing up. Um… I took piano lessons and only for like six weeks because my parents couldn’t afford it. Kind of the same, right?

She is really good at math. Yeah…about that. My mom told me that girls weren’t good at math and science. I guess we aren’t the same.

*Sigh* Oh well.

Still, this book was so great and made me feel like I wasn’t alone. Which is weird, because I’ve never thought about feeling alone because of my geeky likes. I know that I can get on the internet and find all kinds of forums with people talking about my fandoms, I just never do for some reason. The one forum I post on I still agonize before every post afraid I’ll say something stupid and people will attack me.

Back to the book. I loved getting a glimpse into Felicia Day’s life. She could have very easily name dropped all the famous geeks she knows or talked exclusively about games, but she didn’t. She came off as humble, hard working, nice, and really funny.

5/5

 

tl;dr

LOVED IT!