Review: Boss Babes by Michelle Volansky + Awesome Shirt from Uber Prints

Posted November 21, 2016 by Samantha in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Review: Boss Babes by Michelle Volansky + Awesome Shirt from Uber PrintsBoss Babes by Michelle Volansky
Published by Workman Publishing on September 20th 2016
Genres: Activity Books (incl. Coloring Books), Games
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback
Rating: five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars

A playful and play-filled ode to strong women, BOSS BABES is a coloring and activity book filled with fun facts and whimsical black-and-white line drawings celebrating female powerhouses from Beyonce to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dolly Parton to Malala, Tina Fey to Serena Williams. On every page is a portrait to color or an activity to complete: Connect the dots to conjure J.K. Rowling s patronus. Complete the Beyonce crossword (12-DOWN: Who run the world?). Decorate Flo-Jo s nails, decode Cher s most recent tweet, design a new jabot for RBG, color in Frida Kahlo s flowers, and more!"

I apologize for not posting as much lately! Between the state of the world, grad school, and the hell of 2016, I’ve been navigating the depression waters again and trying to recharge my creativity. I hope to do some exciting things in December though, so stick around!

Mini-Review

While I’m a huge fan of the adult coloring book craze, I sometimes prefer something a little more engaging. Boss Babes is the perfect combination of fun activities (like doing word scrambles of kickass lady films) and empowering coloring (like designing Lady Gaga’s shoes or coloring a picture of J.K. Rowling). This activity book has one primarily goal: celebrating strong, badass women, aka boss babes. As violence and assault acts against women have been on the rise of late, I found Boss Babes to be a small piece of comfort and inspiration looking through all the powerful women it features (Beyonce, Malala, Cleopatra, and many, many more). It reminds us that women have made tremendous accomplishments, and no matter what happens, we will continue to do so. Highly recommend!

Awesome Shirt

I received a free shirt of my choice from the super cool Uber Prints (http://www.uberprints.com/). Uber Prints allows you to design your own shirt, which is something I really love. I spend way too much time on Society 6 and Etsy trying to find shirts/merchandise of lesser known books I adore, and those items rarely exist. Sites like Uber Prints are a great way to use their tools to come up with your own design. Since I loved Boss Babes so much, I decided to use this opportunity to make my own Boss Babes shirt! I absolutely love how it turned out, and the fit is nicely comfortable. Apologizes for some of the wrinkles on the shirt in the picture. It got a little squished in my closet, and it definitely didn’t arrive wrinkled or anything.

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Samantha

November Giveaway: #ownvoices Books! (US Only)

Posted November 16, 2016 by Samantha in Giveaways / 0 Comments
November Giveaway: #ownvoices Books! (US Only)

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Posted October 24, 2016 by Samantha in Reviews / 3 Comments
Review: Wish by Barbara O’Connor

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Posted October 15, 2016 by Sabrina in Giveaways / 2 Comments
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Posted October 10, 2016 by Samantha in Uncategorized / 2 Comments
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Posted October 3, 2016 by Samantha in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Discussion Post: Depression in YA

Posted September 28, 2016 by Samantha in Discusssion Posts, Uncategorized / 6 Comments
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[graphic that says “Discussion Post” with birds and trees in the background]Discussion PostContent warning: depression, suicideHi all! I’m back again with a discussion post. As many of you know, I have depression, and I’m so passionate about diversity in books, particularly authentic representations of characters with mental illness(es). It’s not uncommon for me to bring […]

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Posted September 28, 2016 by Samantha in Waiting On Wednesday / 2 Comments
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Posted September 27, 2016 by Samantha in Reviews / 1 Comment
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