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“The Fangirl Life”: Your New Handbook for Unleashing Your Inner Fanwoman

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Kathleen Smith is a fangirl on a mission. Her goal? To help her fellow fangirls wear the label with pride, embrace the unicorn inside of them, and harness their own personal awesomeness to transform themselves into kickass fanwomen who are ready to take on the world.   In her new book The Fangirl Life: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal, she offers tips ad tricks to help young woman step into the role of heroine in their own stories.

Don’t be fooled into thinking Smith, who runs the website Fangirl Therapy she shares her thoughts and answers questions from fellow fangirls, is your typical self-help guru with lofty ideas that no mere mundane or muggle could ever achieve. No, Smith’s advice is more like the kind you’d get from your best friend. A therapist by day and a fangirl by night, she expertly weaves science and psychology with pop culture references and humor punctuated with adorable illustrations. She keeps her tone light and fun with an empowering edge that will leave you feeling like you can go out and take on the world like Annalise Keating each time you finish a section. She doesn’t talk down to readers. Instead, she openly admits she’s just like them. She’s a successful, kickass chick who also loves Netflix binges, cries over her OTPs, and gets serious girl crushes on fictional characters and actresses.

Each chapter in The Fangirl Life explores a different aspect of the fangirl lifestyle and how each facet can be used to readers discover ways to become the stars of their own lives. All of a sudden, things that may seem like silly hobbies are valuable life tools. Your girl crush on an awesome lady like J-Law or Tami Taylor becomes an inspiration for how to be more assertive in the classroom or the office. All that Lea Michele hairporn empowers you to try out a new look with confidence. Writing Friday Night Lights fanfics becomes a way to expand your creative thought process. Smith includes fun yet thought-provoking exercises that guide fangirls on a journey of self-discovery to find out how their fandom can be be the greatest weapon in their arsenal to get to where she wants to go.

While she acknowledges all the amazing things that come with the fandom territory, Smith also addresses the pitfalls that can derail a fangirl’s path to success. She implores readers to spread a little more harmony in both their daily lives and fangirl lives. After all, no one likes haters and troll. Why would you want to become one? It’s about learning to control your feels and not let them control you. She not to get sucked into a world where you don’t feel like you can ever measure up. She’s quick to remind us our favorite actresses wouldn’t be able to look seemingly perfect without their glam squads, and, while the drama-filled up-and-down conflict may be fun to watch, your own romantic relationships should not be so chaotic. Above all else, she tells readers not to loose themselves in the crazy world of fandom. She wants her fellow fangirls to use what they love about their favorite badasses to become a more amazing version of themselves, not a carbon copy of someone else. (Yes, we would all love to be Tami Taylor, but, unfortunately, there can only be one.)

Most of all, Smith’s The Fangirl Life takes the shame out of the label and turns it into something empowering. You are some crazy chick who goes on Twitter rants when your favorite character dies or writers chose to wreck your beloved ship. No, you are a creative, strong, amazing fanwoman who can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. So any time you need a dose of encouragement to remind yourself that you are one BAMF, pick up a copy of The Fangirl Life, and let that fangirl flag fly, baby!

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September Reading List Day Eighteen: “Geek Girls Unite” by Leslie Simon

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Giving a new meaning to a long stigmatized label, Geek Girls Unite by Leslie Simon encourages readers to harness and celebrate their inner geek. Disassociating from the stereotypical perceptions, Simon classifies geeks as people who are wildly passionate about a particular topic, interest or hobby. Each chapter focuses on a unique subcategory of geeks and features interactive quizzes, histories of the different categories, lists of famous geeks, and stories from real-life geek girls. (She’s the first to admit that the categories in her book are only a small sampling of the different facets out there. I’ll proudly admit I’m a huge soap opera geek.) The thing I really love about this book is the way Simon encourages geek girls from all of over the spectrum to come together to build each other up in world where being different is often looked at as a negative by mainstream. While our fandoms may vary, we can all relate to the desire to feel like we belong. A manifesto for all geeky girls out there, Geek Girls Unite is a great read that will remind you to keep being yourself and to celebrate the things that make you stand out from the crowd.

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Get a Daily Dose of Ireland with These Irish Blogs

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If I could choose to live anywhere in the world, Ireland would be right up at the top of the list. I was lucky enough to spend ten days in the Emerald Isle back in 2010 as part of an accelerated study abroad program at my alma mater DeSales University, and I found myself falling head over heels in love with the country of my heritage. I walked streets lined with candy-colored buildings, explored ancient and historical sites, and shared a pint or two with the locals. Never had I experienced a place so peaceful yet vibrant, old yet modern, tragic yet full of of joy, nor had I ever been somewhere that looked exactly like all the pictures I looked at over the years. It was a place that made feel welcome, made me feel at home, and awakened my creativity. It really is true what they say. Ireland truly possesses a magic that is all its own.

While my next adventure in Ireland may be a couple of years off, I can still get a daily dose of the my favorite country in the world with a wide array of Irish bloggers I have discovered over the years. (Thanks Google and Pinterest!) So, if you’re planning a trip or simply dream of going one day, here are a few great Irish lifestyle and beauty blogs you should definitely check out.

From China Village

The Life of Stuff

The Look o’ the Irish

Gingerly Pale

Irish Allure

In an Irish Home

Irish Fashaholic

A Year in Redwood