Totally Didn’t Book Tag

Courtesy of ReadLikeWildFire The tag is interesting but the vlogger seems kind of drunk.

1. Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I get wanting to do more with those characters but it just didn’t feel necessary. I only know the premise of the next one and I’m disappoint.

2. Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth. There was no difference in the voices between Tris and Four. I get why two points of view was necessary but don’t do it if you can’t write it.

3. Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series.
Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde. I wanted a matched set dammit.

4. Totally didn’t need a love triangle.
Why pick one? 90% of love triangles are unnecessary since they never happen in real life. It’s a cheap plot device.

5. Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I appreciate what they were trying to do but Ron was grossly underdeveloped and it messed with time more than a damn season of Doctor Who.

6. Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger.
Catching Fire. It ends with ‘BTW, your district is gone.’ I can’t imagine getting that right when it came out and waiting for the rest of the information.

7. Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view.
I’m going to repeat myself and say the Thursday Next series. I’d love to see what other characters have to add to the series. I do agree with the original vlogger that Mockingjay would definitely have been a richer book with more behind the scenes information.

8. Totally didn’t need that much hype.
The Twilight series. It normalizes abuse and wraps everything up perfectly in a tidy bow. No one dies, nothing bad happens, and they all lived blissfully ever after.

9. Totally didn’t need a relative book reference. (Eg, For example: Hunger Games fan would love Divergent.)
Most YA dystopian don’t need a ‘if you liked this series.’ If you like YA dystopian, try the ones that sound interesting. They’re kind of over-saturating the market TBH.

10. Totally didn’t deserve my time.
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. This bitch needs to learn to google. She got so much wrong about D.C. as well as other really obvious things. If the makeup can hide a bruise, you can’t wash it off with crappy soap and hybrid SUVs aren’t common.

Read the Rainbow: Yellow & Nerdy 30 Book 18

For yellow I read Suck Less by Willam Belli. I was familiar with some of his songs like Chow Down and saw it at the library. The best way I can describe this book is weird

Some of his advice was great like eating fewer carbs, recommended exercises, and how revenge is a fool’s errand. He talked about being honest in relationships whether you’re in an open relationship or not. Some advice answered questions like where his balls go when he’s in drag.

Some advice is just straight up bad. I couldn’t tell if some of this was tongue in cheek or serious like how to cheat more effectively and how to give yourself an eating disorder to lose weight were.

There was absolutely some major male nudity. I expected as much but if you’re not prepared to see some wang, this is not for you. I’d give it 3 stars because the line between serious and personal and cheeky queen was perforated.

Music Monday: Rainbows!

Since I’ve been reading the rainbow and it’s still pride month, I thought the final Music Monday should celebrate the colors of the rainbow.

Red Light Special by TLC
Orange Colored Sky by Lady Gaga
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
Green Onions by Book T and the M.G.s
I’m Blue by Eiffel 65
Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
Red Blooded Woman by Kylie Minogue
Oranges by They Might Be Giants
Yellow by Coldplay
Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland by The B-52’s
Blue Jeans by Lana Del Rey
A Man in A Purple Dress by The Who

Summer Book Clean Out

I did a big clean out of board games recently. This freed up enough space on that book case for FHubs to move several of his books over to a dedicated shelf on them rather than have them mixed in with mine.

This freed up enough space on one of my shelves that it was very open and clean. I really liked how it looked when my books weren’t stacked and stuffed to the gills. I was originally considering doing July for my rereads but my wedding date is coming up fast. I think my rereads will be better served to relax me during when I have to make lots of little decisions.

July will instead be dedicated to reading what’s on my shelves and getting some stuff off them. After my complete gut of my shelves, I have one that is solely dedicated to books I want to read and decide if they stay or go. I’ll post my TBR in a week or so as usual.

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

It’s the middle of the year so what better time for this book tag?

 

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

Night Music by John Connolly. It has a bit of everything he does and he does it all very well.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

I’ve only read one sequel so this was pretty easy: Split the Party by Drew Hayes. It deepened the characters, story, and world. Two very big thumbs up.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

How to Be Married by Jo Piazza. A little advice can’t hurt.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

The upcoming Welcome to Night Vale book It Devours.

5. Biggest disappointment

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. I didn’t have high hopes going in but oh my god. The bitch couldn’t even be bothered to google critical information.

6. Biggest surprise

NPCs by Drew Hayes. I expected to be underwhelmed but instead I was completely charmed.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Drew Hayes. I’ve only read some of his NPC series but his other works sound like just as much fun.

8. Newest fictional crush

I don’t really have these so N/A

9. Newest favorite character

Probably Duane from My Fairy God Mother Is a Drag Queen. He’s incredibly fun and sassy without being a token sidekick. I’d love to hear more about his story.

10. Book that made you cry

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It was, I imagine, a very true to life portrait of slavery and the brutality of that time.

11. Book that made you happy

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. I laughed out loud at her dog stories. And the goose attack? Hysterical!

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

It’s a comic series so I’m counting it: Wonder Woman. It was incredibly well done and I hope it’s just the beginning for female hero movies.

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Probably the one I did for The Creators, Vol. 1 by Michael S. Bracco. I am acquainted with him and he’s a really cool guy. His book is also amazing so go read it.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

My Signature Shakespeare copy of Romeo and Juliet with laser cut paper designs. It’s a souvenir from my trip to NYC and I love it.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Accessing the Future edited by Djibril Al-Ayad and Kathryn Allan
  • In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn
  • The United States of Africa by Abdourahman A. Waberi
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Brimstone Angels by Erin M. Evans
  • The Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates

Categories with several options are

  • An adventure memoir
  • A celebrity memoir
  • A Translation
  • A non-Western fairy tale
  • A book from a TV show

 

Music Monday: All Hail the Queen

It wouldn’t be a true pride celebration without some royalty.

Supermodel by Rupaul
Chow Down by Willam (this still cracks me up)
Hello, I Love You by Adore Delano
Dressed to Kill by Sharon Needles
Bettie by Violet Chachki
Purse First by Bob the Drag Queen
Your Makeup Is Terrible by Alaska Thunderfuck
Supersonic by Detox
To Russia with Love by Courtney Act
Ovahness by Mainla Luzon
You Think You’re a Man by Divine

Minimalism for Most of Us

The Financial Diet post a blog about trying minimalism without getting rid of everything. I really liked it because it highlights key points of minimalism but reframes them for most people.

A great point the author made is that minimalism offers a lot of ‘one size fits all’ recommendations. But with so many different people in the world, with different needs, the same things can’t work for everyone.

My friend had/has acne from hell including pitting. She needs major face coverage to feel comfortable being out in the world every day. She keeps her eyes and lips simple. I own a fraction of the face products she has because I don’t need them and routinely sweat them off. However, I love bold eye shadows and lipsticks. Our versions of minimizing our makeup would look totally different.

Know what you like and what you need. I don’t need the white button down every capsule wardrobe blogger says you do. You may not need the comfy sneakers or little black dress. Figure out what applies to you and if you like the overall message. Customize a ‘one size fits all’ message and tailor it for your life.

“I think it is important to just make sure you have a place for all of your stuff”
Yaaass! I have a bunch of plushies that I don’t like having out in the open. I was brainstorming ideas for how to put them away. We figured out that a hollow bench I liked might not work with the furniture we have now. Instead, we’ll move a bookshelf and get me a proper nightstand. The plushies will go in a basket on the bookshelf. We’ll create a place for the stuff we have and not have to get rid of anything.

Other times you must get rid of your bridesmaid/prom dress to make room for a good winter coat. Or avoid bringing anything in if you can say exactly where you’d put it. Part of taking care of your things is to have a place to put them.

Get rid of trash is a very crucial point so many people forget. I have a couple of boxes of loose junk, old mail, etc. that I need to go through. I just got rid of some shopping bags out of the bedroom and it feels like our floor space increased dramatically. Our countertops are a disaster but it’s mostly junk mail. Before you decide to gut your closet again, see if you just don’t need to get rid of actual rubbish.

I will second the author on “you’re not going to find God because you cleaned your closet” if you’re a normal person. However, living in a tidy space and buying intentionally can improve your quality of life. It can make you more aware of what you really want for your home, your money, and even your life. You need to do some introspection to have lasting change to stop impulse shopping or ignoring the pile of junk even though it’s bringing you stress.

I don’t think I’ll ever be a true minimalist like the folks who make a living off of it but I aspire to minimize and declutter my life. The folks who have gone to the extreme have valuable knowledge and insight on how to declutter your life. Even if you don’t go whole hog, you should still see how you can apply certain pieces to your life.