Brisk autumn chills are here (sort of) in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Alright, it’s been unseasonably warm, which is kind of annoying. I’ve been trying to cozy up in my winter coat and scarf, but mostly I’m just sweaty. I’m also getting psyched for the holiday season! Fa la la la la… I might be watching Christmas movies already. Don’t hate, I just got cable, and the Hallmark channel is my jam. Here’s what I’ve been a drooling fangirl for this month!
Felicia Day’s “You’re Never Weird on the Internet” [Audio book]
Felicia Day’s book makes me itch, but in a good way. It’s been inspiring me to create, while making me snort-laugh out loud. Felicia Day’s memoir covers her strange home-schooled childhood, angst-filled teen years (including awkward band moments), the sudden growth of a magical land known as the Internet, and ultimately her well-deserved success as a writer, actor and producer. It’s weird, uncomfortable, inspiring, funny, and totes relatable. Between candid descriptions of panic attacks in parked cars, social anxiety in Build-a-Bear workshops, a serious World of Warcraft addiction, and becoming a professional trash picker (for her screenplay, duh), this book has too much awesome and too much geek culture to reference. Listening to the audio book, as read by the author Felicia, will only help you to fully understand her neurotic awesomeness, as you listen to the cracks, quirk, and humor in her voice. If you’re a super nerd, love video games, were a child of 90’s and remember the rise of the Internet, or are an awkward lady – you’ll adore this adorable trip down her memory lane. I am loving it, and relating to every hilarious moment. (If you want to read about my personal Internet Firsts, I wrote an embarrassing blog post about it.)
Hello Fresh [Delivered Food Box]
If you want fresh-delivered ingredients that’ll make it look like a pilgrim barfed on your kitchen table, then you want Hello Fresh. It’s like a subscription box for people who like to pretend they can cook, and end up exploding a packet of cayenne pepper all over their kitchen table. I might not follow the recipes exactly (some of them involve using kitchen tools I don’t own, like a grater, or a peeler), but my cooking somehow turns out delicious. The ingredients are hand-picked from the best sources, the recipes are fun and unique, and it forces me to try new things. They send you everything you need for your entire meal, so there’s no chance for you to screw up and forget something at the grocery store (I do that all the time.) Use my referral code for a free box! (or don’t, I know it’s a lot of pressure, and who wants that?) I’d love to see pictures of your attempts at cooking (my attempts are hilarious and messy!) Seriously. I don’t cook.
Joe Hill’s “Locke and Key” [Comic Book / Audio Book / Drama Production]
In a nod to the spooky Cthulu mythos, Locke and Key is a fantastic story that takes place in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. The story centers around 3 very different siblings, and their enchanted house, known as Keyhouse. Their cozy home contains magical doors (and keys that unlock them!) to other worlds, or that grant you weird powers. If you found a key that could literally unlock your head, and then add or subtract anything you wanted by tossing in a book or removing a bad memory, you know you’d want to use it. The keys’ magical doings range from the ability to turn you into an animal, to the ability to change your gender entirely! (Mr. Stew could be a reality!) It’s not fair to call this an audio book – it’s a full blown theatrical audio production. Multiple voice actors, spooky sound effects, and enchanting music make this story immersive and magical. It’s hypnotizing, scary, and uber mystical. The original comic books are full of beautiful and imaginative artwork, so don’t leave those out if you listen to the book! Once you see how wild this story gets, you’ll want to see how it could possibly be drawn in comic book form.
What are you obsessed with this month? Let me know in a comment!