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Rachel Rising

The first book of November, belatedly posted (as per usual.)

Rachel Rising — Terry Moore : 4/5

Rachel is dead, but she’s very convinced that she’s not dead and instead just having a very, very bad day. She’s trying to convince everyone of the fact that she’s still alive while trying to piece together what happened last night. No wait, was that three nights ago?
Rachel Rising is my first Terry Moore book. I’m pretty sure that picked up the first issue last year’s Halloween during Halloween Comics Fest? Anyway. I have this thing with black and white books, I just want to color them in. That’s not really important to this review. I like horror comics. I like offbeat zombies. (Give me iZombie or give me death!)
Rachel Rising is no exception. I really enjoyed Moore’s art in this and the story was pretty solid too. It ends too soon, and it leaves you hungry for more. Definitely going to have to pick up the second volume.

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Reykjavik part 3 : Game of Thrones

Þingvellir

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and you happen to find yourself in Iceland, I highly recommend that you check out Gray Line Tours’ Game of Thrones tour. The highlights were Þingvellir National Park (home to the first Viking parliament! We got to walk the path of the Vikings) and a Settlement Era Viking Lodge at Þjórsárdalur. The “Þ” character is pronounced as “th” like in “thing,” by the way. Thingvellir.

Þingvellir
I will say, though, that the weather was pretty terrible on the Saturday of the tour. Rainy, windy and generally overcast. You can’t entirely tell from the pictures the extent of it. But if you check out the one of my friend and I in front of the waterfall, her hood is being blown up by the wind. The coolest part of the park was being on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Anyway, I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking on this post.

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Reykjavik part 1 : I Heart Reykjavik

I figure a few weeks out from my trip was high time to finally start writing about my time there.

To start with, it was amazing. What little I saw of the country has it ranked as the prettiest, most surreal place on earth. With some of the nicest people too. Honestly.
This post is going to be about Thursday, our first day, in Reykjavik. At the end, there’ll be short reviews of the airline and the hostel.

Of course, I didn’t sleep on the flight to Reykjavik, because despite it being a red eye, it was only around 1:30 a.m. EST when we landed at KEF. Iceland doesn’t participate in Daylight Savings/European Summer Time, so the time difference was only 4 hours. We pre-booked our fly- bus from the airport to the hostel which saved us a few bucks, but more importantly was just a serious convenience. That bus took us to the bus terminal and we hopped on a smaller bus to get dropped off at our hostel – most of downtown Reykjavik is too small for the full sized buses. We immediately dropped our bags, used the WC and went on a hunt for coffee and food.

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August 2015 Bookshelf

I dropped the ball in August, y’all. I’m casually blaming it on the fact that I spent 4 days in Asheville flanked in 12 hours of travel on either side. Keeping my eyes open was a struggle. FOR REALS. That’s not what this post is about though. Asheville post to come.
On the bright side, I rearranged my main bookshelf. And I’ve got my room back in order after an ENTIRE SUMMER of renovations. Yikes.
That said, 8 books is nothing to turn my nose up at, especially seeing as Pioneer Girl is massive. Especially if you’re reading all of the annotations. And I managed to sneak in 2 books from August in my July list because I’m a confused mess. Seriously Goodreads, your mobile app needs updating.
Excuses, excuses. This post is late. I know. Trying to get my head in the game in all other aspects of my life has been a struggle. But here I am.
August 2015 Bookshelf

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To Reykjavik We Go

It’s happening. For real. Seriously.

Iceland
Photo from Moyan Brenn on flickr.

In September I’m headed to Iceland with my friend, Ashley.We haven’t technically travelled with each other. But we did actually meet while studying abroad in London.
It wasn’t totally spur of the moment, it took us a bit for the momentum to get going, but here we are. Tickets booked, hostel beds reserved.
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