Five Things: One Fandom Item Styled Five Different Ways

keysmash five things fandom 5 headerThe Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick started Five Fandom Friday as a community building project, and we jumped on board. We just love things numbered in fives, so we’ve added their topics to our Five Things feature. Check out this week’s #Fandom5 under the cut.

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Breaking the Bachelor (Smart Cupid #1), Maggie Kelley

keysmash book review breaking the bachelor maggie kelley title headerThis time, Cupid’s playing dirty…

Goaded by her competition, matchmaker Jane Wright makes a very public bet that she can find the “perfect” match for Manhattan’s hottest confirmed bachelor—sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman. Unfortunately, Charlie is also Jane’s ex-lover, a man she broke up with on a cocktail napkin. With her company on the line, Jane has no choice but to convince the man of her most impractical dreams to dive back into the dating pool.

Charlie doesn’t want to see Jane’s business fail. He just wants a little revenge. Determined to prove to Jane that chemistry always beats compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive her crazy with desire…then walk away. And his plan is working. A little too well, actually. Because even as Jane scrambles to calculate Charlie’s best match, the heat building between them combusts. But Charlie’s been so busy outsmarting Cupid that he hasn’t noticed he’s the naughty cherub’s next target…

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Who’s gonna be the first to say goodbye?



Yesterday, Zayn Malik said goodbye to One Direction.

I cried. A lot. Hell, I’m still crying today. I knew I loved this band, but I didn’t know just how much until now. In fandom, we jokingly call the boys our sons since we feel super protective over them, and yesterday was no different. I felt like a part of my heart broke hearing that he decided to leave.

This fandom has been a part of my life for 3 years now. I spend a lot of time talking about them on twitter and with friends, posting about them here and on my personal tumblr, and investing my money into them as a group.

When you’ve held onto something so tightly for that long, seeing it crack, only to break is devastating. Unlike something like Twilight or Harry Potter, both of which had natural endings, ours was sudden and unexpected.

Fandom is never easy, especially when you put a large group of opinionated people on the internet. But yesterday, we were a united front. While some made fun of us for being upset over a boyband, we stood up for our valid feelings and emotions. Everyone should have something they love enough to show serious emotion over. Don’t ever let anyone give you crap for how you feel.

Originally, Zayn stepped away from the band a week ago citing stress, but it was only supposed to be a temporary leave. Many media outlets praised him for being vocal and strong enough to say that he was in over his head and needed a break. Billboard said him taking time now, would secure a future for the band. They were unfortunately wrong.

As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, I have to know my limits. I would never blame Zayn for recognizing his own, and standing up for his own health and peace of mind.

This is not new in music. The Beatles broke up, The Rolling Stones broke up, NSYNC broke up, and the list goes on and on. It doesn’t make it hurt any less knowing that the boys could get back together because right now they’re not, and that is like a kick to the gut.

I’m devastated that I won’t get to hear his incredible vocal ability with Harry, Liam, Niall, and Louis. But, I know that with time, maybe Zayn will come back to us, back to the band in some way.

I support him and the other boys in whatever they choose, so long as they’re happy. All you want for someone you’re a fan of is to love what they’re doing. I wish Zayn the best of luck with his future. I thank him for being a part of something that has brought me so many wonderful people, and changing my life in unbelievable ways. I hope he never stops singing because his voice is a gift to the world. And I hope he finds the part of himself he lost, and becomes whole again.

Until then, I raise my glass to the boy almighty.


The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, Edited by Kate White

keysmash book review the mystery writers of america cookbook title headerHard-boiled breakfasts, thrilling entrees, cozy desserts, and more–this illustrated cookbook features more than 100 recipes from legendary mystery authors. Whether you’re planning a sinister dinner party or whipping up some comfort food perfect for a day of writing, you’ll find plenty to savor in this cunning collection. Full-color photography is featured throughout, along with mischievous sidebars revealing the links between food and foul play. Contributors include Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille, Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, Charlaine Harris, James Patterson, Louise Penny, Scott Turow, and many more.

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Drinking from the dog bowl thirsty. (Supernatural 10.15, “The Things They Carried”)

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“A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If a story seems moral, do not believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie. There is no rectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue. As a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its absolute and uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil. ”
Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

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March Mixtape: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from keysmashblog on 8tracks Radio.

Say what?

  1. Bubble Toes | Jack Johnson [Brie]
  2. Bug A Boo | Destiny’s Child [Brie]
  3. Thuggish Ruggish Bone | Bone Thugz-N-Harmony  [Brie]
  4. Tutti Frutti | Little Richard [Elle]
  5. Tubthumping | Chumbawamba [Elle]
  6. Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Ya) | NSYNC [Elle]
  7. El Scorcho | Weezer [Heidi]
  8. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da | The Beatles [Heidi]
  9. Baba O’Riley | The Who [Heidi]
  10. MMMBop | Hanson [Liz]
  11. Do Wah Diddy Diddy | Manfred Mann- [Liz]
  12. Kollapz Tradixional (Thee Olde Dirty Flag) | Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra [Liz]
  13. Super Bon Bon | Soul Coughing [Meg]
  14. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part 1 | The Flaming Lips [Meg]
  15. Lockdown Hurricane | Eels [Meg]

That’s nonsense. Send us some songs whose titles make you go hmm?

Awakening, Shannon Duffy (Book Trailer Reveal)

keysmash book trailer review awakening shannon duffy title headerBook trailers! They’re so fascinating. Making a moving visual tease for the written word. Fantastic. We’ve been offered a chance to show off the trailer for an upcoming release from Entangled Teen, Awakening by Shannon Duffy. I haven’t watched a great many book trailers (I think my total is three? Heh.) but this one is well done, and kind of terrifying. Check it out below.

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