Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Day 366: First Book, First Word of the Year

Well, what do you know? I'm still here. Maybe it wasn't every single day and maybe I am a little behind and obsessed with that, but we, Irene and I, and all the helping hands behind the scenes, the photographers, the style-advisors, the thrift store salespersons, have been going for a whole year with this mad, time consuming project that is Who Wore it Better? at Fur Earwig! Thank you to everyone involved, especially if that involvement was your reading me every now and again, and even more so for all the fabulous people who left comments throughout the year. I have, in some sort of deluded wisdom, decided to keep going. This has everything to do with the fact that I have amazing clothes in wait for my skinnier me (coming soon, theoretically). I went a little mad shopping this year, including my recent thrifting experiences in the States, and so, if it is okay with you, Irene and I thought we'd go until we maybe get to a thousand and one days instead. Saves me coming up with a new project for the new year. Feedback gladly welcomed. Let me know what you would like to see, or hear about. The suggestion of 'less rambling on like a rat in a maze' may be hard for me to comply with though.

Irene               List_Addict

That was the first word; now for the first book. Sheila over at Book Journey is celebrating the first book of the year with a great bunch of readers who are all excited to be starting a new year and a new book. I decided the one I would start today is one I won on a giveaway at Goodreads. I never win anything. Well, once I was holding a raffle ticket for my brother at my dad's corporate Christmas party and it was the winning number. I call it my only ever win even though the prize was a football and I had to hand it over to my brother as soon as he turned up again. Goodreads, if you weren't aware, have giveaways in which you can win copies of (mostly Goodreads) author's works, with what I guess is their hope you will read and review them. I won Dean Blake's Surface Children: short stories which introduce their readers to 'a generation consumed by vanity, self-indulgence, violence and a twisted understanding of love and heartbreak'. I entered the giveaway for this particular book because it seems to share a similar conversation to Chuck Palahniuk's, and so, in the interest of another perspective of the topics in Chuck that interest me for my PhD, I am excited to turn to page one today and see what Dean has to say on the issue of the consumer-driven, I-centric world we live in. Alternatively, I have been thinking of making my PhD an answer to the question Margaret Atwood asked recently: if vampires and zombies have become the good guys, who in this world now takes the place of the 'monster'. Oddly, I have a theory that maybe the answer may be in the same place—the vain, the violent and the self-indulgent Everyman. Mmmm, cheery. Happy New Year, happy new book.


The Outfit
Dress (under): Op-shopped
Jacket: Op-shopped shirt, backwards with the buttons open
Tutu: ModCloth
Belts: Op-shopped
Shoes: Irregular Choice 'Daisy Dayz'


Photographer de Jour: Moi


Who wore it better?

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pleated poppy


4 comments:

  1. Found you at Sheila's Book Journey. Quite an interesting outfit you are modeling. I hope you are enjoying your first book in 2014, and wish you much Happy Reading in 2014.

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  2. Love the earring and shoes! Love thrifting too so I guess you also took home with you tons when you here.

    I never thought about the vampires and zombies as good guys angle. So it does make sense that the bad guys are the everyday typical person. Great point!

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  3. I love your outfit! What a great idea to start your year reading a book you have won! I won a book in December in a giveaway too and I never win anything either so it's obviously a lucky site ;-)

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  4. List Addict is more beautiful in 2014!

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