Cosplay Check In: NYCC 2019 - Rapunzel & Anastasia

Preparing Rapunzel + Anastasia For New York Comic Con – Cosplay Check In

New York Comic Con is swiftly approaching and I made a bad decision.

First, let’s back up. In case you don’t know, New York Comic Con is October 3rd – 6th at the Javit’s Center. It’s a huge convention, with countless panels, autographing sessions, and, of course, cosplayers.

I’ve been going every year since 2015, but usually I only get tickets for one day. Last year, I was lucky enough to sneak away for two. This year, I’m going for three.

Since I’m going more days than I usually can, I wanted to have a new cosplay.

This is where the bad decision comes in.

[ Related: BookCon & BookExpo Survival Guide ]

My original plan was to create – from scratch – Anastasia’s “Once Upon A December” dress and have that be my new cosplay this year. When did I come up with this plan? The 3am on September 2nd.

I realized that that probably isn’t the smartest idea, considering I’ve never made a ballgown from scratch, styled a wig, or tried to start and finish a cosplay in only a month, so I changed my mind.

Instead, I was going to do two new cosplays: Anastasia’s yellow and pink ballgown from the end of the movie, and Rapunzel in her classic dress and braided hair.

Why is this less of a bad decision? Because I’m not making the dresses, I ordered those online. All I have to do is make the accessories and style the wigs. Should be easy, right?

Wrong

Read more to see just how wrong I was!

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Disney-A-Thon Wrap Up (caitsbooks.com)

Disney-A-Thon Wrap Up!

Disney is kinda my brand (outside of books, that is). I’m known at work as the girl who always wears Disney dresses, I cosplay as Disney Princesses, I’m a Disney Vacation Club Member and I visit Disney World almost every year, and my house was literally designed after Disney.

Needless to say, I was excited to do this Disney-A-Thon.

Especially because I was going to Disney this month.

However, I’m awful at sticking to TBRs, and readathons scare me, so I knew this would definitely be a challenge. Not to mention, I set up pretty high goals for myself for the month.

If you haven’t seen my Disney-A-Thon TBR, here’s a link to catch up!

Read more to see if I actually managed to reach those goals, or if I crumbled under pressure!

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Tips for Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World – Visiting Batuu + Building A Lightsaber

I know this blog is usually only about books, but I just went to Disney World in Florida and I need to talk about it.

I’m a die hard Star Wars fan, and I’ve been counting down the days for Florida’s Galaxy’s Edge to open since it was announced. So naturally, when I had the opportunity to go to the Annual Passholder Preview Event- I jumped.

If you’re planning on going to Galaxy’s Edge after it opens, read more for some tips to make the most of your visit to Batuu.

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Disney-A-Thon TBR (Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Tangled)

My Disney-A-Thon TBR + A Useful Spreadsheet

I used to be terrified of readathons. Making a strict TBR and sticking to it had always intimidated me, and honestly, it still does. But then I joined the Reading Rush last month, and actually had a really good time (even though I didn’t read all 7 books). So now, I’m hoping to do the same thing with the Disney-A-Thon.

I mean, Disney kinda is the one true love of my life, so I feel like I have to.

If you haven’t heard of the Disney-A-Thon, it’s a readathon that takes place over the month of August. You pick a team (go team Tangled!), and complete challenges to earn points. Each team has their own list of challenges, but once you finish those, you can do other team’s challenges.

If you want more info, check out the Disney-A-Thon on twitter (@disneyreadathon)!

Also, if you’re doing the Disney-A-Thon, I created a spreadsheet that can help you organize your TBR and keep track of your points.

[In case twitter isn’t working- here’s a link to the spreadsheet]

Okay, enough background info, let’s get started talking about my TBR!

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Belle and Cinderella cosplays posing in front of the BookCon sign

BookCon and BookExpo 2019 Wrap Up

After sleeping for a solid 2 days, I think I’m finally able to talk about all of the amazing things that happened at BookExpo and BookCon this past year!!!

As I mentioned in my last BookExpo/BookCon post, this year was my third or fourth BookCon, and my second BookExpo. While I have some experience with the events, they really do change every year, and I think this year was one of my favorites.

Note: I’ll be posting my haul very soon!!! This just would have been a little too long if I added it here.


[Related: BookExpo and BookCon Survival Guide]


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New York Comic Con Wrap Up

New York Comic Con is perhaps my favorite time of year (maybe second only to Bookcon… it’s hard to decide).

From amazing cosplays to hilarious panels, you will always have something to see when visiting the Javits Center Columbus Day weekend. This year, I was able to go on Saturday and Sunday, with some fun Disney cosplays.

The real reason I love NYCC? That would have to be the free books. From ARCs to finished copies, there are dozens of free books handed out by the publishing booths. And when it comes to getting free things, I plan things out to the minute to make sure I can get as much as possible (a trait that really comes in handy at conventions). I typically try to stick with that plan, but this year a lot of the books I got were completely by coincidence.

Saturday was definitely my craziest day. I had to wake up at 5 in the morning to start my Belle transformation before leaving at 7 to begin the trek into the city. I live out on the North Fork of Long Island, so the drive can be a little long, but not long enough to make a hotel worthwhile. We had some issues getting parking, something that had never happened in the previous 3 years I’ve gone to NYCC, but of course one of the subway lines had to be down this weekend so everyone was driving in. Luckily, we got to the convention at around 10:30, just on time for me to sprint over to the Fierce Reads (Macmillan) booth to line up for an ARC of Tricia Levenseller’s Warrior of the Wild (Release Date: 2/26/19). If  I left with only one ARC, I would have wanted it to be this one. I absolutely adored her Daughter of the Pirate King series and I’m dying to see what she writes next.

After that, I was also lucky enough to get my hands on We Set the Dark on Fire (RD: 2/26/19) by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (RD: 2/05/19) and I got to go to a signing of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (RD: 3/26/29). Later, I was also grabbed a copy of The Afterward by E.K. Johnston (RD: 2/19/19).

I ended up not buying too many books, only three that I’m really excited to start reading. The first is The Wolf Queen by Cerece Rennie Murphy. I’ve been visiting her booth at NYCC since my first convention four years ago. Her books always amaze me and I always look forward to getting to see what she’s written. Plus, she is one of the nicest human beings! Her books are also available online, so go and pick up a copy! I also met an author I haven’t read before, Nicoline Evans. She had a variety of books but her Haemans series is the one that stuck out to me (she described it as a dark Anastasia-inspired book with zombies, so I was sold).

On Sunday, I only really wanted one book, and that was Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (RD: 3/19/19). I’m so glad I was able to get that, plus a few others! The most surprising book I got was Slayer by Kiersten White (RD: 1/8/19). I had no idea they were even dropping the ARC, and I’m so grateful that someone I was on line with (for another book) told me about it! Buffy the Vampire Slayer was my life in high school, and I am so glad I was able to get my hands on an ARC of Kiersten White’s book that takes place in that universe! I also got to go to a signing of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, and was able to pick up an ARC of The Women’s War by Jenna Glass (RD: 3/5/19).

Of course, I can’t finish my NYCC wrap up without showing a few of the amazing cosplays I saw during the weekend:

Disney to Book Recommendations

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Fairytale Retelling Recommendations!

Here are some fairytale retellings I adore, inspired by familiar characters we all grew up with!

For Snow White Fans: The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
The Shadow Queen is not your typical Snow White retelling. This dark and twisted fantasy novel follows a fugitive princess trying to take back her crown, and a prince who will do anything to save his kingdom, even if it means making a deal with an evil queen.
For Cinderella Fans: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Geekerella is an adorable Cinderella retelling, centered around fandom and geek culture. It’s a fresh take on a classic fairytale that will remain in your heart long after you put it down.
For Aladdin Fans: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
This Aladdin-inspired tale tells the story of Zahra, a jinni whose lamp is picked up by the not-very-princely Aladdin. When given the opportunity to be free of her lamp, she must decide if freedom is worth everything it will cost.

What is your favorite fairytale retelling?