I have decided to write a blog post that doesn’t really have anything to do with books because this is a month close to my heart. This month is pride month for the LGBTQIA+ community. I am so proud to say that my hometown had their first ever pride celebration this weekend. I was unable to go due to work but I am so incredibly proud of my community. I think it was pretty successful. I am awaiting the results of how many showed up.
As you may or may not know, I live in Iowa. Iowa was one of the first states to legalize gay marriage but for the most part, we are an incredibly conservative state. So sometimes, I come across a lot of hate and discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ community. My high school was not very accepting of those in that community and it was really quite sad. I tried my best to stand up for those and I was oftentimes accused of being a lesbian.
I am straight but I am proud supporter the LGBTQIA+ community. My very best friend in the entire world is trans. He is female to male. I’m not going to lie, it did throw me into left field. I had no idea that he felt the way he did but you know what, I’m still going to love him and he is still my best friend. I just wanted you guys to know that and know that is one of the reasons this is an important month to me.
I just think it’s incredibly important to support those in the LGBTQIA+ community. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay, trans, asexual, bisexual, whatever. It just breaks my heart to see so much discrimination and hate. It bothers me even more that religion seems to be one of the massive reasons to hate. I’m not Christian but if I remember correctly, Jesus taught everyone to love everyone. So I get so mad when I see people use religion as an excuse to be nasty. Don’t do that. Just be a damn human being and be nice.
Words can’t express how I felt with gay marriage was finally legalized. But now with the current President, I don’t know what is going to happen. I hope that we can continue to move forward. But no matter what happens, please note that my blog is a safe space. I do not discriminate and I will not tolerate those that discriminate. You are free to be whoever you want on my blog.
I’m sorry that this sounds incredibly disjointed. I have a hard time putting my passions into words. And supporting this community is one of my passions. I was hope I was able to get my feelings across about how important this month is.
Happy pride month!
Another month has come and gone. It’s almost June. Where did the time go? Half the year is already over. So crazy how time flies.
Anyway, it’s time for another wrap up. In some very sad news, I had to lower my Goodreads challenge goal from 200 to 150. I think 150 is a lot more manageable. With the attempts to study for my GRE not going well, I think having my goal at 150 will be easier on me. I also did the math and I now only need to read 12.5 books instead of 17.
So I only read 11 books, which I guess is still a lot but for me it is not a lot at all. However, in my own defense, I read three adult books that were between 500 to 700 pages.
Without further ado here are the books I read. The ones that are bolded are my favorites of the month. So far, nothing has topped Scythe, although The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came close.
to read a blurb about this book from Goodreads, click here.
Ahh, it was so much fun to get back into the Caster world. Ever since Harry Potter, I had been looking for a magical world to suck me in. And I found it with this incredible series. Fun fact of the day: I was actually looking for the novel Beastly. Both covers are black with fun and pretty font. So I got confused but man, what a happy mistake.
We follow the lives of Lena and Ethan, even though the POV is entirely first person Ethan. Ethan is a typical boy living in Gatlin, a small town in the South. He feels like he doesn’t fit in with Gatlin. He is highly intelligent and loves to read. He even has a map of the US with markings from all the books he has read.
Then Lena blows into town and Ethan’s life is never the same.
The entire Caster world is really cool. I don’t want to give everything away because where is the fun in getting things spoiled. However, I’ll explain it a little. There are two types of Casters: Light and Dark. Light Casters have Light powers such as seeing into the past or healing. Dark Casters have Dark powers such as being a Siren (the power to control) or being a Shapeshifter. Both this powers don’t have to be considered bad but in this book, they are.
Lena’s family is unusual for a Caster family. In her family, when you turn 16, you are Claimed. Which means you will either be Light or Dark. In normal Caster families, you get to chose. In Lena’s family, you don’t get a choice. You either become Light or Dark. So Lena is terrified of becoming Dark because her cousin Ridley went Dark. They were very close, basically sisters. She doesn’t want to turn into Ridley, which is understandable. But turning into Ridley is the least of Lena’s problems…
Overall, I think this is an incredible start to a pretty incredible series. The Caster world is amazing and the love story between Ethan and Lena make me smile like a loon.I can’t wait to reread the rest of this series and get lost into the world.
note: There is a movie to this book. I have never seen it but I have heard mixed reviews on it. If it ever ends up on Netflix or Hulu, I’ll be sure to watch it so I can review it for you guys.
I decided that since I haven’t finished a book in a while, I would do another my favorite genre post. I think this helps you guys get to know me better and what to look out for in my reviews.
Today, I think I will talk about YA. Yes, I know that YA is a very broad genre so I’ll narrow it down to YA dystopian. For those that don’t know, dystopian is (according to Google) relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
What started my journey into dystopians was the Hunger Games. Super cliche, I know. Basically everyone starts out their dystopian journey with the Hunger Games. It’s like a staple in the YA world. Regardless, the book was recommended to me by my dad, who doesn’t read YA a whole lot. So that is saying something about the power of that book.
I think what I like best about the dystopians is the different world and how people live in it. I like reading about the underdog that rose up from the bottom to attempt to take out the terrible government. Katniss and Violet (from the Gender Game series) are the two that really stand out for me as those underdogs that are fighting for what is right.
Another reason I enjoy YA dystopian is I love information. I love learning about every aspect of the totalitarian government. I love learning about how they got there. Those info dumps that most people don’t like are the things I generally love.
If you are looking into starting your dystopian journey, I would immediately suggest The Hunger Games and The Gender Games. The Gender Games is like the Hunger Games meets sexism/ sexist inequality. They are both very fast paced novels and you will easily breeze through them.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading a little bit about one of my favorite genres. What are some good YA dystopians you enjoy? I would love to hear about them so I can add them to my TBR list.
Normally, I don’t do things like these but hey, I’m open to trying new things. I was nominated for the unique blogger award, which I thought was kind of awesome. I’m glad that my blog is considered unique. It’s what I strived for when creating a ravenclaw library. I was nominated by JessicaMarie493, so thanks Jessica! I appreciate it!
Here are some rules involved in the unique blogger award:
- Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
- Answer the questions.
- In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
- Ask them three questions.
1. Current favorite song/album?
Right now, I’ve been on a Korn kick, listening to the Paradigm Shift. Excellent album by a pretty sweet band. It’s basically tiding me over until September when Fall Out Boy’s M A N I A C comes out.
2. Other hobbies besides reading and blogging?
I am a huuuuuuge gamer! Currently I’m on that Overwatch and Destiny grind. I usually play D.Va and Zenyatta in Overwatch and a Hunter in Destiny. I also do some photography, usually landscapes, my doggo and macros of flowers.
3. Favorite book you’ve read in 2017 so far?
Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s Scythe. The world building was super cool. I loved the different take on the Grim Reaper. Too often, he is feared when he shouldn’t be. He is only there to comfort us when we pass on. I highly suggest you all check out Scythe.
Here is the part where I nominate some friends:
I know that there is supposed to be more but these are the people I know, not super well, but we’ve had some conversations on Goodreads and stuff. I’ve been so busy that I’ve haven’t had the time to personal delve into all my followers blogs. I promise that I shall do it soon!
Questions for you guys:
- Biggest disappointment of the year?
- An underrated indie author that you enjoy and want to spread the love for?
- Go to comfort read when the world is just too much?
I hope that this was a fun little post! I enjoy doing other things besides book reviews, although I really do love book reviews.
I went thrift store shopping again. Surprised right? Well Mom and I had the weekend off with nothing to do so of course we went shopping. We went to three different Goodwills and it paid off immensely! I had the best haul ever. I don’t think anything could top what I got.
As always, I will link each title to Goodreads. There are a few that I have read so I will link my reviews as well.
A couple of things here that I want to talk/flail about. First: I GOT THE ENTIRE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES SERIES! I kid you not, I found them in ONE STORE! There were the bottom shelf, all but forgotten. I almost had a heart attack. I grabbed them all and demanded that we find a cart at once. Mom was most confused and worried because I yelled “MOM MOM MOM LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!” and shoved them in her face. I had to explain what they were. She just looked at me.
Next, I am really excited because I completed/nearly completed several series that I have been working on buying. I have one more book in the Hunger Games series, one more in the Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the Uglies series, and I think only one more in the Divergent series.
I’m just excited, you guys. I have my books in a basket so I can grab them as I finish. I just stare at them lovingly every so often. It’s causing me to get killed a lot in Destiny and Overwatch. But I can’t help it. Reading is my one true passion and books just make me so happy!
So this post is technically a day late but who’s really checking? I work overnights thus the time I do my blog posts. So in my mind, it’s still Mother’s Day.
I really just want to write something about my momma. I struggle with writing/ talking about how I feel so I apologize in advance if this is a bit of mess and shorter than what you would expect.
My mom is amazing. She’s a single parent and struggles everyday to make ends meet for us kids. Even though I live on my own, there is not a day that goes by that I’m not in some sort of contact with Mom. I could go a few days without seeing her but I will call her or text her everyday. She does the same for me and the kids. Even when she went on trips, she would call everyday or send a quick text.
She’ll help me in anyway she can. I’ve been having a lot of car problems and she, no questions asked, let me borrow her car for hours at a time. She is always helping me if I’m short on cash and even buys me books when she is out shopping on her own. Basically, my mom is incredible.
Our bonding time is when we go thrift store shopping. She takes me all over Iowa and together we go and find books (or clothes for her, but lately she has been getting books.) We talk about everything during the drives and have really just a fun time.
So here’s to you, Momma. You’re my best friend and my everything. Without you, I would be lost in the world.
i love you, mom.