Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thank-goodness-the-semester-is-ending-I'm-almost-free-TBR

Since my semester is almost over, and because I'm drowning in a pile of research and essay writing, I wanted to keep this simple. Here's the stuff I want to read when my work dies down!
Thank-goodness-the-semester-is-ending-I'm-almost-free-TBR

1. Difficult Women, Roxane Gay 
This one came out quite a while ago in January, and I bought it almost right away. I've read a few chapters of Gay's Bad Feminist for various classes in uni and I really enjoy her writing and point of view. Difficult Women is a serious of short fiction follow various women with various identity leading various lives. I love anything with a strong point of view, specifically one that I haven't read a lot of or experienced myself. I'm also a sucker for a good short fiction collection. After I'm done this, I'd love to go back and read Bad Feminist through, and I'm really excited for Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Gay coming out in June.
2. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul
This came out at the beginning of March and I picked it up a few days ago. I've had it on my list for quite a while after reading many, many articles outlining books 'I need to watch out for in 2017.' This was on many of them, specifically those highlighting women or women of colour. It's a collection of essays by Koul discussing her life in Canada as an Indian woman. Again, I love a good point of view, and this is giving a great one.
3. Crown of Wishes, Roshani Chokshi
I read The Star-Touched Queen a while back and absolutely flew through it. I gave it a moderate rating, but overall I enjoyed it for what it was. The Indian folklore vibes are really cool and the romance was excellent. So I'm pretty excited to jump into this one, although I am a bit disappointed that this is written as a stand-alone/companion novel. I want to know so badly what is going to happen after the end of TSTQ and I'm not even sure if there's an actual sequel in the works. Anyways, I enjoyed the world, so I'm excited to read this.
If you follow me on Goodreads, I'm also "currently" reading The Empress of a Thousand Skies, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, and The Opposite of Loneliness. The truth is, I'm always reading so many books because I have a short attention span. I would like to finished Empress of a Thousand Skies before going onto the other books, but we'll see.
What are you reading right now?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hi, Hello.

Is this thing still working?
I know.
I know I've done this multiple times. However, this little thing is great to have when you have no time for literally anything else. I'm at the point where I barely have a social life, sometimes I forget to eat, and the other day I almost fainted before a midterm. So I'm doing alright.
I tweeted today that I'm going to take an extended hiatus from booktube/youtube - and there are many, many reasons that aren't "having no time." Before mid-term season began and the impending end of my second year as an undergrad came upon me, I had plenty of time to make videos. But I didn't.
If you've been on the bookternet at all lately, you'll know how much of a shit show it is. And I'm not saying that to start so-called "drama," I'm saying because I know you think it too. Don't get me wrong, I love the bookternet and booktube. I've met really great people who have as much (or more) passion for books than I do, and I've found it's a really great place for me. But things can get sour fast as people continue to put their opinions out there - wether they're advocating for more diversity in novels (yay!), or complaining that gay people aren't realistic (what??? I mean, let's get this straight. I live in a house of 6 people, including me. 5 of out those 6 people are part of the LGBT+ community. What was that about straight people being a majority, again?).
In a community that advocates to for accepting other's opinions, it's really frustrating to see people putting (not dumb) ideas out there and watching them get aggressive responses.
So I needed a break. And this one is specifically from booktube. Back in December, I did the same thing for about 2 months, but I have a feeling this one might be a bit longer.
MOVING ON...
Here's what I've got planned. I want to be able to do casual reviews. I respect other book bloggers so much for all the work and graphics and structure for their book reviews, but yo' girl is too lazy. I'd love to put some gifs in here or there, but you may have to give me some time while I figure that out, as it's been quite a while since I've played around with coding.
I'd also love to talk about my program: it's ups, downs, etc. The stuff I read and learn. Mostly because it's what I want to talk about, it's what I'm passionate about. English is what I study and I want to talk about it!
If you don't follow me on instagram, I do have a bookstagram, and I'd like to kind of combine them. Not only to match my aesthetic, but too also get you some cool photos and do stuff like wrap-ups, tbrs. Basically what I was doing on booktube, just in a format where I can do it in my pjs with no makeup on.
Speaking of aesthetic though, if anyone does/knows anyone/anything about web design, hit me up, because this blog is more like a blahg.
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Alright, so that's what I've got for you. Casual, honest reviews. Chats about new books, old books. And once an a while an English major chat wether it be "over-reading" into books, or the history of literature critics.
So if you wanna follow along, you can follow me on bloglovin' if that is your follow method of choice. You can also get email updates when I post new posts.
I'd like to close this off with a song I've been listening to a lot - I figure it's a fun way to do this! This is Not Today by BTS. Kpop isn't always my genre of choice, but I do enjoy it! https://open.spotify.com/track/7KlTFTpy7dXLzr2NtLkvG6