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?

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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?

Turtles All the Way Down ★★☆☆☆

1.5 stars

This is officially the last John Green book I am ever going to read. I just think he isn’t for me and this book really made that clear to me. I hate giving books low ratings but I just didn’t like this book and there are more than a few reasons why.

*If you love John Green then this review probably isn’t for you.*

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

My review:

The main character was a bore and I ended up skipping most of her inner dialog with herself. I understand that she is dealing with a mental illness and that she has no control over the thoughts that she had but gosh I just didn’t like her. I loved her best friend though. Now she was someone I could see myself becoming friends with.

This book would have been at least a 2.5 or 3 star book if it had stuck to the premise of a teenage girl working through her mental illness. But no. John Green decided that there was going to be a mystery about a missing billionaire as well? I saw no reason for it and I didn’t care about any of it at all. I opened this book expecting something that would show a young teen learning how to deal with her illness but instead, I got a book about a bad teenage romance and a mystery. Bleh.

Nothing happens in this book. It has zero depth to it. There is no real plot and half the time these two teenagers are engaging in unrealistic philosophical conversations. It was a bore and that’s coming from someone who loves space and constellations. I was so sick of hearing about the universe and how everything needed to be a metaphor. It was boringgggggg. Also can we talk about how the entire book just feels like a spew of words? There are no details about anything!

Some will say that I’m being unforgiving to a book that I cannot personally relate to and I think that’s bs. As someone with a mental illness, this book didn’t resonate with me but if it did for other people than great! I’m happy for you! Just don’t complain and tell me that I was unable to grasp how truly hard it is to live with a voice inside your head constantly critiquing you. I only included this because I did have a person irl tell me that I wasn’t understanding the bigger meaning behind the book and I did. I got it. I just didn’t like anything about the book.

All the negative points aside, I did read this book relatively fast and did enjoy certain parts of it. There were parts where I really felt like I was getting into the story and then Green would go back to spewing philisophical bs at me. The good didn’t make up for the other parts of the book that I just couldn’t stand to read. I just really wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone because I almost DNF’ed it but I was really hoping that there would be some sort of saving grace.

 

Doctor Who Book Tag

So I’m a nerd about much more than books and it just so happens that I love Doctor Who. When I saw this tag I just had to do it and I’m so excited for you guys to read my answers! If any of you do this tag, please tag me so I can see what your answers were. This specific tag was made by Becomingbookish and all credit belongs to them!

1. The Classics

{A classic book that still fits into YA literature}

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Hmmm, I think The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton could definitely be called a young adult book! It reads like a young adult book and it is definitely

2. The Ninth Doctor

{A book you feel is very underrated}

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I really think that the Tigers Curse series by Colleen Houck and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern are two books that I don’t hear people talking about even though they’re both great books. That being said, I did read Tigers Curse a long time ago so that’s probably why no ones talking about it lol.

3. David Tennant

{A book or series that was hard to say goodbye to when it ended}

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The ACOTAR series was so hard to say goodbye to and I guess it’s not technically over because we’re getting a novella soon but the trilogy is over and it’s the saddest thing. I’m not going to blab about the series more because I did that a few posts ago lol.

4. Matt Smith

{A book that made you smile}

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There are so many books that have made me smile but I guess the most recent one was Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco because the relationship in it is one of my favorites.

5. Rose and Ten

{One of your ships that never sailed}

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Hmmm, I can’t really think of one for this! I’m sure there are ships that I’ve liked but that haven’t sailed but I can’t think of any 😦

6. Weeping Angel

{A book that you blinked and it was over}

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The Valiant by Lesley Livingston because I read this book so fricken fast! I loved the book so hopefully, this isn’t taken as me not liking the book lol. Also! A Court of Mist and Fury! I blinked and I was done with the book. It was so amazing and I loved it so much!

7. Daleks

{A book you want to exterminate}

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller and Winterspell by Claire Legrand are all books that I wouldn’t mind seeing destroyed. This is, of course, my personal opinion and I hope none of you get offended by these answers.

8. Bowties Are Cool!

{A bandwagon you jumped on early}

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The whole Shadowhunters trend that is based on the Mortal Instruments series. It’s one of my favorite series’s and I love the world that Cassandra Clare has made. I’m really happy I got to jump on this bandwagon before it got crazy lol.

9. Run you clever boy, and remember…

{A book with an awesome plot twist that you didn’t see coming}

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Can I first just say that I love Clara to death! She is one of my favorite companions and I also love Jenna Coleman. I almost always say Red Queen for questions that involve a plot twist that I didn’t see coming and I’m going to do it one more time. But I’m going to include a second book as well! The Valiant by Lesley Livingston had a really cool twist that I honestly wasn’t expecting!

10. Raxacoricofallapatorius

{A book with hard to pronounce names or titles}

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I honestly couldn’t think of anything for this one so I made sure the gif was extra good lmao.

11. The T.A.R.D.I.S

{A book that took you back in time}

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon transports me back in time to old Scotland and it is amazing. The entire series put me in the mindset of old Scotish history and every time after I finish one of the books, I wish I didn’t have to deal with real world drama.

 

 

The Valiant ★★★★☆

4.5 stars 

I read this book in about 4 total hours and it was amazing. Every time I opened the book I couldn’t stop reading. I loved reading about female gladiators and how Ceaser realized that women could fight just as good as the men. I’ve only seen a few negative reviews and I can see why! It’s just such a good book!

Goodreads Summary:

Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.

My review: 

The main character in this novel, Fallon, was such a cool character who just wanted to make a name for herself. She trained every chance that she got and was trying her hardest to become a warrior like her older sister. I love the fact that she follows the goddess of war/death, the Morrigan because I’m such a nerd when it comes to anything Celtic.
They jump straight into a romance with this book and I wasn’t ready at all. It was a shock but I can see why the author did it. It definitely led to a quickly moving plot. Even though us, as readers, are thrown into a romance that we’ve never seen before, it’s one that has been solid for a while. I haven’t read a ton of books where the main character was actually with someone in the first chapter of the book.
I didn’t really see the plot twist coming in this book until I was five pages away from it actually happening. It was such a cool twist and I feel like the characters really handled it well. Everything in this book was about sisterhood and I haven’t really read a book that focuses so much on how much sisters need each other (that’s including the sisters she makes later on in the book). It was something I really loved and want to see in more books that are coming out. I’m sick of reading books where they pit girls against each other because it is just a cheap way to make the plot “interesting.”
I feel like this book could and should have been longer. I feel like this book was just setting up the next book and to be honest, I don’t really mind it because this book was actually really good. I just got to the end of this book and was like “oh this it?” and it wasn’t like every other time that I’ve said that because it just felt like it should have had more. I’m not mad at where this book ended though because it was a natural ending that left a good starting point for the next book to happen. I think this is quickly going to become one of my favorite series.
I loved the setting in this book and I’m really excited to continue reading about the people living in it. I think that the author painted a really clear picture in my mind and I could see the entire book happening like a movie in my head. That’s something that I love. There’s nothing like letting your mind run off with the images that the words in the book create.
I’d highly recommend this book, obviously. This is one that I think lots of people would enjoy and I will definitely be telling my friends to read it while I’m waiting for the second book to come out. Only about 2 months till I can finally get back into the story!!

 

November Wrap Up and December TBR

I didn’t actually read too much this month because of how busy I was but at least I got a few read! I enjoyed every book that I read (even though two were for school) and I’m really happy about that fact. I don’t think I’m going to reach my goal of 100 books this year though…which is kind of sad but I’ve just been so busy that I couldn’t read a ton.

The Assassins Heart by Sarah Ahiers, The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini, The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry, The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

December TBR!

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee, Wicked like Wildfire Lana Popovic and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 

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.