Drugstore Makeup Finds I Was OBSESSED With In 2016

I’m not usually a makeup blogger β€” I mean, LOOK at that flat-lay. Sad! Anyway, I’m not a ‘makeup blogger,’ but I do own, wear, and covet makeup A LOT. Like, a-lot, a-lot. Anyway, since it’s December and we’re winding down the year, I thought I’d share a list of[…]

My First Date with Lush

Yes, you read that right: my first.  After I shared about my struggles with acne, I took the advice of the comments and got my butt to Lush on the Upper West Side.  It was a rainy Thursday afternoon, and I was the only shopper in the store, with three[…]

Starship Troopers

This is arguably the most famous of Heinlein’s novels and I would venture to say it is probably the least typical Heinlein novel.  The humour is sparse, there’s almost no sexual encounters, and the female characters can be counted on one hand.  While I always enjoy The Dean’s writing, I[…]

I Was Told There’d Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley

As soon as I finished the first chapter of I Was Told There’d Be Cake, I realized something:  Sloane Crosley was the friend from Long Island I never had in college. Her humorous essays are very conversational, relateable, and then…they take a turn for the absurd.  I found myself smacking[…]

Podkayne of Mars

I can’t wait to introduce you to Podkayne of Mars!!!  Told as a diary written by Poddy Fries, nine Mars years old (which is like 16 Earth years – because of the longer orbit, duh, Heinlein thinks of everything) and about to embark on the journey that will change her[…]

I Will Fear No Evil

What do you get when you put the brain of a dying old man into the body of an impossibly hot young woman?  I Will Fear No Evil explores every possible angle of a horny old man being surgically implanted into the body of his secretary to prolong his life. […]

When the Tripods Came

Full disclosure:  this is a children’s book.  Yes, friends, this is how 1988 does YA dystopian sci-fi.  No icky love triangles, no pseudo-sexual undercurrents, no preachy abstinence subtext.  Just tripods. What I love about the Tripods is that they’re unpredictable.  No little green men screeching “TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER,”[…]

Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle

Nightwing may get top billing in this two-part Convergence story, but it’s Oracle (Barbara Gordon) who clearly steals the show.  Told mostly from her perspective, the story examines the more human aspects of being trapped under the giant dome. In very few well-chosen words and images, the reader quickly understands[…]

Time for the Stars

As far as Heinlein goes, this one is probably one of the least convoluted, and most child-appropriate.  That said, he falls into what I like to think of as his “short-book” pattern, where the first half is slow, plodding character development.  You get to know someone, get to like them…and[…]

Love in the Time of Cholera

Hoping for some light reading?  Love in the Time of Cholera is not it.  After four hours of reading in a waiting room, I had only made it through the first 30 pages.  This wordy behemoth is worth your time, because it will be hard to put it down, I[…]

Flutter

I met Jennie Wood at NYCC14 and this review is so beyond late, but trust me, it’s worth it.  If you’re a fan of Sex Criminals and coming-of-age comics, Flutter is one to check out. Navigating growing up and figuring yourself out is hard enough when you’re a teenager.  Understanding[…]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday: Organic Polenta

Trader Joe’s Organic Polenta Tastes Like:  Corn sausage.  Cornmeal patties?  Polenta is kind of a world unto itself. Great With:  Tomato sauce, salsa, cheese, curry powder – corn is a great blank-slate to sauce it up on! Perfect For:  Gluten-free “pizza bites” – we did this with tomato sauce and[…]

TTFN, Hipster Batgirl

Is there any better feeling than being right? Around the last issue of Batgirl of Burnside, I developed a theory as to who the villain was aaaaaaaaand… SPOILER ALERT I was totally right!  It’s Batgirl/Oracle herself!  In my theory, the whole Burnside blushy-hearts escapade was a fugue state and the[…]

Orphans of the Sky

At 128 pages, you may have a hard time believing this is a Heinlein novel.  But it is!  And a doozy at that!  First, let’s grok the title page: You’re probably wondering, “What does this book smell like?”  I’ll let those dates suffice to tell you it smells like Heaven,[…]

Saga: Book One

I can’t rave enough about Saga: Book One.  Because if I do, I’m afraid I’ll ruin the surprises. Saga: Book One is about Hazel.  How Hazel came to be alive.  And how Hazel is in danger of winding up dead. We meet some complicated characters. Some not-so complicated characters. And[…]

In Cold Blood

The Golden Rule is:  “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” The Golden Rule of the Internet is:  “If you can’t say something nice, at least say something funny.” That in mind, I would like to declare that In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is like[…]

Trader Joe’s Tuesday: Salted Caramel Gelato

Trader Joe’s Salted Caramel Gelato Tastes Like:  Words fail!  It’s creamy, savory, sweet.  But does it taste like salted caramel?  I would say “no.”  It’s got a sort of butterscotch-y flavor to it, and it’s delicious, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not even sure if I’d know the taste of[…]

Sex Criminals

I’ve heard so much about Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals that it had been on my radar for a while.  When I finally got my copy of the vol. 1 trade, I was not disappointed.  In fact, I was completely blown away. If you’re unfamiliar, you’re probably thinking[…]

Batgirl 38: Backsliding

Don’t be fooled by the shy, demure girl on the cover who’s apparently afraid to ride the subway.  In this issue, Batgirl does a complete 180 from badass to Bad Guy. But first, let’s talk about the good things. Even if it comes seemingly out of nowhere, Barbara Gordon’s sudden[…]