Love, Simon

It’s been a long ass two months but I’ve definitely needed this break. I’m not even sure if I’m ready to go back to posting three times a week but I have missed writing. These two months have been sososo stressful and I’m glad that I took the steps to make myself a little less stressed.

That all being said, I just have to talk about the amazing movie I just watched. Love, Simon is a gay movie and surprise, I might just be a little gay. Now, I’m only saying that because it really affected the way that I feel about this movie. This movie is not going to be the same for every person watching it but it is going to evoke different emotions from a straight person compared to someone like me. Whos come out. Whos had the fear of coming out. This movie felt like I was watching myself work through everything that was going on in my life, even if the situation was different.

Enough about me though, this movie was amazing. I cried at least four times because I couldn’t help but relate to so much of what was going on. The fear that Simon feels is something I know all too well and that is something no one outside of the LGBTQ+ community will ever understand. If you want to look at the movie while ignoring the big neon sign that marks it as a gay movie, you’re left with an amazing movie about a young boy figuring everything out. The movie is normal. There isn’t some big focus on sex or experimenting. The movie is just like every other romantic comedy except the main character falls in love with another boy. It. Is. Amazing.

Even though I’ve already come out to a majority of the people in my life, there are still those who don’t know and that is my decision. Certain scenes in this movie reminded me of times when people outed me with no worries about how it would affect me in the long run. This movie was something I didn’t know I needed because it was perfect. I’ve seen enough movies where the girl falls for the guy and they live happily ever after. I want to see more about the people who have been persecuted for the people they love. I don’t mean to get all political or righteous…I just want to see something that I can relate to on the big screen.

I think this movie will open a lot of doors and most of them will be beneficial to the world and that makes me sosososoo happy. I’d highly recommend seeing this movie, especially if you want to support a community of people who just want to love each other the same way that heteronormative couples do.

I’m not too sure how often I’m going to be posting from here on out and I’m sorry for that but I really wanted to talk about this amazing movie. Wow. Could I have said the word amazing more in this post? I hope you all decide to go support this fantastic (see new word) movie while it is still in theaters! ❤

I need to take a break

I think it’s time that I take a break. I’m currently in a weird place mentally and I’m incredibly stressed out because of this new class that I’m in. I haven’t really taken a break from the blog in a year and I think it’s something that will give me the chance to work on the content that I’m posting. As of right now, I feel like I’m not posting good content and it is a lot of book tags. I haven’t been reading much and that is really the main focus of my blog and I want to get back to that. I don’t know how long this is going to last but I’m not going to be gone for too terribly long…I hope.

I really hope this works out in the long run because I really do enjoy doing the posts that go on this account. So um I’ll see you guys soon…I do have a review coming up on Thursday but after that, I don’t see much coming for a while.

2017 Books I Couldn’t Get to this year

I’ve missed a few posting days but I’ve just been trying to get back into the groove of writing and dealing with school. One of the new classes that I’m in has me writing an APA paper and doing a lab every 2 weeks on top of the other work so I’m a little stressed. I’ve also been doing very minimal reading so that is why there has been a lack of reviews. Sorry guys! There should be one up on Saturday but even that might be a lie. Here are some books that I didn’t get to read last year though.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard

My Favorite Books of 2017

So these aren’t actually in any order because I’m way too indecisive for that kind of commitment. I probably missed a few as well because that always tends to happen to me, especially on posts like this. Some of these books came out this year but a few have been published in the past but I had just gotten around to reading them. I also have reviews up for most of these books so if you’re interested in hearing more about them, feel free to click on the author’s name to go to the review.

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1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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2. The Handmaids Tale by Margret Atwood

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3. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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4. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

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5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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6. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

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7. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

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8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard 

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9. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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10. Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor

I Found the Worst Article on the Internet

I was looking for some ideas for a new book tag and while I was looking around I found an article that I just didn’t like. I say it’s the worst article on the internet and that might just be a little bit of click bait for you but it really is a bad article to me personally. Now, I might link the article at the end but I also don’t really want to you know? I’d just like to say that this post is a very opinionated post and if that isn’t your thing then that’s cool. I just thought it would be something else to put on my blog and it probably won’t happen again just because I don’t really like the whole negative vibe.

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what this article was about. This young adult wrote a post about why she doesn’t read young adult novels. The title of the article literally just reminds me of an edgy tumblr teen who is trying to separate from the masses. I know I shouldn’t judge an article off of the title but as an author of blog posts, I understand that a title sets the mood for the rest of the post.

She makes some good points about how sometimes, the book misses the mark on how teenagers actually act. I understand that that can be an annoying thing in certain books but to complain about an entire genre is a little excessive. She also says that there are a ton of generalizations made in YA books which is true for the most part. But I’m going to give this one to the authors because, as someone who’s done some writing herself, you can’t make everyone their own individual person. It just makes the book boring. You get a lot of information that doesn’t matter and because of that, I don’t care that the only thing I know about a character is that they were mean to the MC one time.

She says that a lot of YA books are about twenty year olds. Like yes hello?? Being a young adult doesn’t stop the minute you turn twenty. I don’t think that young adult means only teenage characters but a lot of people tend to have that mindset and because of that, a lot of authors stick with what they know people will read.

When I was reading this post I just kept thinking about how she obviously hasn’t read a lot of YA books. She talks about how there is only one type of beauty in YA books but I’ve read books about characters with braces and zits. Things that make them normal teenagers. I just think it’s not cool to complain about something when there are actually a decent amount of books out there where the character couldn’t “win a Gigi Hadid look-a-like competition.” The same thing can be said about how she wants characters with flaws. Almost every YA book I’ve read has had a main character with major flaws that they are working through.

I agree with her last 2 or 3 points because that is something that I’ve said annoyed me before. But that was in certain books. I wasn’t complaining about how all the characters in YA books are sarcastic because they’re not. I’m pretty sure she didn’t mean that every YA author made every character sarcastic but the way it was written made it seem that way.

I’m going to link you guys to the article here because I figure context is always good and why not.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-ya-gets-wrong-about-teenagers-from-a-teen_us_594a8e4de4b062254f3a5a94

A lot of stuff just annoyed me with this article but I don’t mean to bash the young woman that wrote it. She makes good points but overall, I felt like the post was written by someone who hasn’t read a lot of YA books. I just want to start a conversation with you guys. What do you think about the article? Do you agree with what she’s saying?

TV Show Reccomendation: The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel

So I found this show because of a Youtube ad and I’m so so happy that I watched the entire ad. Not only is this show incredibly funny but it also portrays a woman in a role that I haven’t really seen much of. Mrs. Maisel or Midge is a young woman who gets into comedy after her husband leaves her and her two children. He originally thought he was going to be the star of the comedy world but once they split up, he never really tried again. The entire show is about how Midge joins a workforce where she can be arrested for saying the wrong thing and one that is predominantly male.

Midge is a hilarious woman and I absolutely love her character. She is one that is hardly seen in a tv show set in the 1950’s because she is rude and vulgar. She is a woman meant for 2017 and yet she is stuck in a time when the only thing that is expected of her is to have children and be a good wife. While she does do her best to do these things, she also has a mind of her own and can do things for herself. Midge is someone I could see myself being friends with because while she likes a high-class life, she isn’t terrified to go into the “slums” to do what she wants.

Now her husband and parents are a different story. They are perfectly suited for the time period that they are in and I can’t really fault them for that. Her husband was someone she met while in college and for the most part, he was a good husband. At the end of the season, he does something that I really hadn’t seen coming and it really showed that he could grow. Her parents aren’t the worst but they aren’t really the best either. They have their own struggles but they really do love their daughter. I liked their dynamic that they had with their daughter because it was real. They had fights and they made up, much like a real family.

I’d really recommend this show to anyone who loves comedy but also likes shows that are real. This show is hilarious and I really loved watching it with my mum in the afternoons because it was a good way to forget about the day. That being said, this show is definitely not one for young children because there is a little nudity and a lot of swearing. Of course, you can make the judgment for yourself after watching the trailer that I’ve linked below! Have any of you guys watched this show yet?

Holiday Gift Guide! Bookworm Edition

It’s basically Christmas now right? So I like giving people ideas about what they should give people for Christmas so I thought, why not write about it but make it all bookish. So, um, that’s what I’m doing. This is also another way for me to write a post without making it a review or book tag! I’m being creative! Kind of!

Laptop case from Society6! 

Now, this is for the techy person in your life that loves to carry their laptop around with them. So I actually have a MacBook case from Society6 and it is a quote from A Court of Mist and Fury! It is so high quality and sososo beautiful. I couldn’t be happier that I ordered a case from them because it gives me the opportunity to read my favorite quote every day. This specific case was designed by Evie Seo and I absolutely love her work!

Tote bags!

I really love carrying around books because I’m always reading. I’ve bought bags from Barnes & Noble, Society6, and just little shops that I’ve seen while I’m in oldtown. I really love Barnes and Noble ones because they have inexpensive ones that are both cute and great quality. I think tote bags are a great gift because they can be used for so many different things. And they’re just really cute.

Bookmarks from Barnes and Noble or a small business! 

I love buying bookmarks and I know a lot of readers love to collect them. Barnes and Noble has a ton of great bookmarks and they come in a decent amount of styles. There are also a ton of small businesses that sell bookmarks. They’re all over websites like Etsy and Instagram and they have some absolutely beautiful handmade bookmarks. Some of my favorites are @/heyatlascreative on Instagram and @/behindthepagesstore which is also on Instagram.

Illustrated Harry Potter books!

Now, this is something that I’m actually asking for this year and I think it’s something worth investing in. As an avid Harry Potter fan, I love the idea of illustrated versions and I think that anyone who loves Harry Potter would love receiving a copy of any of the books.

Throw Pillows! 

Now I don’t personally have any throw pillows with book-related things on them but I’ve given them as gifts. They’ve always been a hit and everyone I’ve given them to has had it out for everyone to see. Most pillows don’t even look like they’re about a book and it’s a great way for a book nerd to have a nerdy thing around the house.

Socks!

Okay, this one might be a little weird but as an avid sock lover, I love getting socks. I’m not talking about plain and boring white socks. No, I’m talking about those taco socks that are out there. I got a year long sock subscription last year and it has been one of the best things because you always get a surprise pair of socks in the mail.