...and her nose stuck in a book.
Warning: this is a mouth-watering post and a rapid need of a snack while reading may appear.
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Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs: The audiobook was great, and had several different narrators, and it was really quite engaging, even for me. I've seen the movie as well, and the book is a little bit different, but they pretty much follow the same story line... read more
Gone With the Wind
The Armchair Librarian: Oh, Gone with the Wind - how you do go on. Seriously, though, this was one of the most difficult books I've read in about five years. Not just because of the length (1,000 pages!), but also because of the subject matter; the main character is so repulsive that you just want to slap some sense of her... read more
The Realist: Who is the monster? And who is the man? A question that could be answered either way depending on your perspective of things. When I first went into this book, I wasn't expecting much. Considering that I haven't had much experience reading the horror genre, I decided that I couldn't go wrong with a Gothic horror. And I didn't... read more
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!": This was a favorite book of mine when I was much younger. I used to beg my grandma to read it to me whenever she came over. There's just something about the wonderful artwork, the hands on quality of the book, and of course the story itself of the cute little caterpillar that eats and eats and eats some more until he feels sick and goes into his cacoon to hide and comes out a beautiful butterfly... read more
The Book-Addled Brain: Whoa, this series has certainly taken a turn down a very dark and twisted path! I absolutely loved it, but I've been considering reading this series aloud with my 6 1/2 year old daughter, and if I thought the incident with the unicorn in the first book would upset her, then there's no way I'm unleashing the soul-sucking dementors on her just yet... read more
Water for Elephants
Mallory Kellogg, Cat Lady and Author (in that order): Boy, was I surprised! It was wonderful! Usually, the popular books everyone loves I tend to hate. But this was so beautiful. The romance, the imagery, the time period. I knew nothing of circus life, but this was as informative as it was whimsical... read more
Kindle Gal: Knowing I eventually wanted to read this series, I tried to stay away from spoilers and kept myself in a bubble about the movie so I could truly experience it "fresh." But, in the end, it was the movie trailer that got my butt in gear to finally pick up the book. (Hello, Theo James!) I also know about "the big bad thing that happens in Book 3," because the internet doesn't ever shut up... read more
kerry: What can I say about this chilling masterpiece? Well, I can add that I'm pretty sure most of my generation is afraid of clowns, because of this book/movie. Although, I do remember going to the circus at a very young age and experiencing an old, drunk clown that scared me a bit, but I also saw the movie rather young (that and Killer Klowns from Outer Space)... read more
Dantastic Book Reviews: In 1958, seven kids took it upon themselves to rid the town of Derry of a child killer that took the form of a killer clown. In 1985, the clown is back and the kids return to Derry to finish what they started... Yeah, I'm a couple decades late to the party on this one. So what? Some friends were doing a group read and I decided it was time to tackle this kitten squisher... read more
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This is an update to my post about the recent revelation that two notable YouTube personalities (Tom Milsom and Alex Day), had been accused of and admitted to sexually abusing women (one of which was an underage fan).
Since my post went up Hank Green posted this video explaining the sizable steps the Nerdfighter community and Vlogbrother's channel will be making to help the community deal with the situation, and take steps to prevent abuse in the future.
Author Maureen Johnson wrote a post on her tumblr, in an attempt to lend a female voice to the discussion. She shared her personal experience with sexual abuse/assault.
While the Nerdfighter, and Youtube community is still reeling more accusations keep coming in. Tumblr user mellowblueness has posted a round of up of information confirming that a total of NINE people with tangible connections "to nerdfighteria have been called out as sexual abusers."
See list below (Click the name to read the accusations against them):
The NerdfightersNotAlone Tumblr has been created to help survivors and/or a nerdfighters, by providing a support network and various resources.
The Daily Dot posted another article about the scandal, this time focusing on Alex Day and the "dangers of YouTube celebrity culture."
I would like to point out that this situations is not isolated to YouTube, or even Nerdfighteria communities. Sexual abuse and exploitation is very common in any community where certain individuals have more authority/power than others. I've witnessed similar situations through out my more than twenty years in various communities and fandoms. I've seen perpetrators and victim of every gender and sexual orientation.
People with popularity/authority in a any community also have a responsibility to not exploit that power. Part of that responsibility involves educating peers, and holding them accountable for their actions. It looks like the Nerdfighter community is working toward this goal. I hope it will prevent these situations from happening in the future.
Additional note [credit to Rose]: Tumblr user nephiesworld's account of her own disturbing encounter with Alex Day ends with an interesting bit of information.
"John Green’s been warning girls after they have been in videos with Alex about him for the past few years."
If Green had been aware that Alex's behavior was a problem why did he only bother to warn girls, rather than do something about the actual problem?
Some superheroes have a tendency to wallow in angst in the midst of a problem or foe. She-Hulk prefers to just get shit done. But this comic isn't about She-Hulk, it's about Jennifer Walters' life outside of being a superhero. Jennifer is a damn good attorney, and when her employers reveal they only wanted her to bring in her rich superhero acquaintances as clients, not actually do her job, she quits. From there Jennifer takes on a case solo, even though the defendant is Tony Stark, and after a few robot pitfalls she settles the case with Tony himself. Issue #1 ends with Jennifer opening up her own law firm, and even though she's nervous, the readers know she'll be successful, because like I said, She-Hulk gets shit done.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
When it's not about reading, it's about writing. Discover author's know-how in pics, quotes and tips. Click image or link below to go to blog post.
A little while back on BookLikes, I promised to do something of a series of posts on my writing process and methods which I use to influence/enhance that process as I move along. This series is going to be equal parts reflection on my part and instruction, but I'll try to break it up into digestible sections so if there's a section you guys want to skip to or is more relevant to you, you can do so. But if you read it in any capacity, I salute you. - via Rose's Jumping Into Writing #1: Putting the Pen to the Page
#1 Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils. Read Margaret Atwood’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction via A Libra's Libros
Guidelines for writers via POCKET FULL OF MERMAIDS
Book to Screen via Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Short Story via Dilettante
Non-writing writer via Dilettante
How to survive relationship with a writer via Bookloving author and publisher
This is the first chapter in Kamala Khan's journey to become the new Ms. Marvel, and G. Willow Wilson did an excellent job in laying the groundwork for this journey. Kamala and I are quite similar in that we are awkward girls with strict, religious parents of the Abrahamic persuasion (Muslim in her case, Christian in mine). The fight she had with her parents at the dinner table could have been torn from my own diary when I was sixteen, as I'm willing to bet is the case with most other readers. Besides being relatable, Kamala is just adorable. I loved the whole sequence where she hallucinated Captain Marvel appearing to her like a divine intervention, with Captain America and Iron Man tagging along in the background. At the end of issue #1 Kamala has yet to understand that she has powers or to meet the real Carol Danvers, and I cannot wait to see it unfold. 4.5 stars
For me, the best part of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls was the protagonist herself, Victoria. Victoria Wright is literally the best--she is the top of her class, has bouncy blonde curls, and keeps her room immaculately clean. My favorite things about Victoria, however, are her flaws. She may be polite and courteous, but otherwise she is pretty terrible at socializing, even though she personally finds it a waste of time as it is a distraction from her studies. For example, one day she decides that Lawrence needs her friendship, so just tells him that he is her friend now, without caring that he initially doesn't want to be her friend, and oftentimes she fails to realize the difference between constructive criticism and just being mean. When Lawrence expresses how much her friendship means to him, she freaks out and avoids him. Then a few weeks later Lawrence disappears, and when Victoria is the only one who remembers he is gone she finally, though begrudgingly, accepts how much his friendship means to her. Luckily for Lawrence, Victoria has another flaw: extreme stubbornness. It is this stubbornness which helps Victoria recognize that other kids are missing, that many people in town smile like someone is pulling back their lips, and that nobody ever talks about the local orphanage down the street, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. While I am of the opinion that the book lost some of its appeal once the gophers showed up(the grotesque isn't really my thing), overall I really enjoyed reading this. The most remarkable thing about this book is not the mystery, but that Legrand dared to write a protagonist who can be rude and selfish, but as reader you still wanted to root for her with every page turn. 4.5 stars
"Wow, I did not expect this to open up with a murder. This isn't as boring as I thought it would be"
"OH JUST LIKE THE LION KING"
"Simba was just informed by Rafiki about seeing Mufasa's ghost haha"
"Tell me how long I have to wait before Simba and Nala go in the elephant graveyard?"
"IS THERE NOT AN EQUIVALENT TO THE ELEPHANT GRAVEYARD?"
"So I guess there's no elephant graveyard."
"Nala needs to be more assertive."
"Wow, Simba. Not cool."
"Hamlet is too much of an asshole for me to keep calling him Simba."
"HAMLET NOOOOOOOOOOOO DON'T KILL RAFIKI"
"HE KILLED RAFIKI"
I hope he can handle all the tragedy that happens after Hamlet gets back from England.
Some of the passages are downright gorgeous, but they don't rectify how flat these characters are. Maybe that's the point. Regardless, it didn't live up to the hype, nor to previous works of Fitzgerald I've read before. This is one of those books that's much more fun to dissect and discuss than to read.