The post in which I don’t talk about books, but catcalling, internet trolls and respecting humans

The post in which I don’t talk about books, but catcalling, internet trolls and respecting humans

Today I watched a video about catcalling on Jezebel that struck a nerve. The video, which as of writing had more than 10 million views, literally follows a young attractive woman as she navigates through the city streets. It illustrates the unwarranted attention that many women receive on a daily basis while just going about their lives. If you haven’t seen it, watch: Some of my personal favorites from the selection shown include: Hey, what’s up girl? How are you doing? [begins to raise voice as she is far from the person now] Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful. [Literally shouting to reach her ears] You should say thank you more! Man 1 -How are you doing today? Man 2 -Smile Man 1-I guess not good. Man 2-Smile! Man 1-You should smile more. Hey, look it there. [points at her] I just saw a thousand dollars. You don’t wanna talk?… Read more »

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Review: Annihilation and A Monster Calls, or I’m terrible at picking out horror

Review: Annihilation and A Monster Calls, or I’m terrible at picking out horror

As part of Oh, The Books! Horror October, I decided to read a few horror books in order to discover if they are up my alley, I think, as it turns out, I’m terrible at judging what constitutes as horror. I have finished two of the three reads, Annihilation and A Monster Calls, and I don’t know if they really count? What makes horror horror? Both were included on a Goodreads list. Mpmfff, maybe I shouldn’t have trusted that. Here are two mini reviews for the books, and why I am so confused about this category of stories. The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… This monster is… Read more »

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Characters I’d like to dress up as for Halloween

Characters I’d like to dress up as for Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is about characters you’d want to be for Halloween. 1. Karou/Madrigal mash-up from DoS&B I love Karou’s blue hair and Madrigal just sounds plain amazing. Put on a blue wig and some horns, draw some hamsa on my palms and good to go! 2. Lilith from Borderlands Complete with intricate blue tattoos. 3. Athena from Borderlands — the Pre-Sequel I love the characters from Borderlands. 4. The Winter Soldier from Captain America The Winter Soldier Sorry, Cap. The Winter Solider is a tad more awesome than you. Also, I have seen some great cosplay for this out there! 5. Melisandre from Game of Thrones I was going to be Melisandre at SDCC, but I was the… Read more »

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Series I’d like to consume

Series I’d like to consume

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is “new” series I’d like to start. I’ll be honest. I am a series addict. It probably goes hand in hand with being a fantasy addict too. There are many series out there that I have heard great things about. I just have to finish the ones I’m currently working on. O_o Here’s a list of the top series I want to read, not just ones that are new. Tammy Blackwell’s Timber Wolves and Shifters & Seers trilogies I’ve just heard good things about Shifters & Seers, which is a spin-off of the Timber Wolves trilogy. So, of course I need to read both to get a full picture of that universe! Random fact: our professional… Read more »

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Branching out with Horror October

Branching out with Horror October

  I’m not a Stephen King fan, I don’t rush out to see the latest Purge or Creepy Doll Killing Your Family movies. I’m not a fan of the horror genre, not because I get too scared. The fundamental problem is that I’m not frightened by it. It actually makes me laugh. Last fall a group of us went to the ride park where they had turned everything spooky. There were people walking around in costumes, trying to scare you, and haunted houses of various styles (zombie, Murder High, sanitarium, etc.) littered the park. As a good sport, I tried to keep my disdain at a minimum. There were people all around me who were absolutely out of their minds from this. Just, how? I don’t get it. The only truly creepy part was when the strange men in costume breathed on your neck and in your ear. I’m sorry,… Read more »

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Beautiful Books linkup: My book for NaNo

Beautiful Books linkup: My book for NaNo

From Notebook Sisters: Beautiful Books is a three-month-long blog event linkup focused on three different stages of writing: plotting, writing, and editing. It was designed with NaNoWriMo in mind. Cait from Notebook Sisters is really considerate. I mean, I don’t know that I would have really thought of some of these critical book things until I started NaNo. Mostly because I was under the impression it was cheating, but I was all ready to go out there and pants my way through this baby. But now I am better prepared after answering the Beautiful Books questions. Here’s a bit about what I’ll be working on in November. 1. What came first: characters or plot idea? Are you a plotter or a pantser? The setting was really the first aspect that came to me. I was on a girlfriends vacation (with my coblogger Ashley) and we stopped in an old growth… Read more »

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Fictional places I’d like to visit

Fictional places I’d like to visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is places I’d like to visit that are either real or fictional. There are so many real places that I’m dying to travel to, so it is more fun to think about places that I have no pressure to visit because they exist only in my books (or, time travel). Eretz from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series Yes, let’s start this list with a resounding, ANNE YOU ARE CRAZY. I know I am, but darn it. Taylor has a way with words and makes me want to visit this crazy world, even with all the dying and destruction. I want to see it though, I want to join the cause. Sevenwaters from Daughter of… Read more »

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Review: Tabula Rasa and some veiled racism

Review: Tabula Rasa and some veiled racism

This was disappointing. I’m sorry, that’s not a good way to start a review. That’s not even a decent attempt at starting a review. But honestly, that’s all I can think of. Tabula Rasa grabbed my attention not because it was likened to Divergent or The Bourne Identity. No, I was drawn to the book for its title. The very short-lived Dollhouse is one of my favorite TV series. At its core is the concept of tabula rasa: a blank slate.¬† Like a moth to flame, plots that involve mind erasing¬† call to me. I may have entered this read with high expectations (though I think realistically we start each book with those expectations). Instead of launching into my quibbles, there are a few high notes for this book. The pacing was really, well, fast. It felt a lot like Divergent in that regard. Once it starts rolling, you just… Read more »

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Movie review: Gone Girl

Movie review: Gone Girl

Some spoilers included in the below. If you haven’t read the book, I caution the following. If ever there was a case for the irrelevance of spoilers, the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl would be included as crucial evidence. You probably know the story — unemployed writer Nick Dunne’s fifth anniversary rolls around, and while he’s out at the bar instead of at home, his wife Amy is abducted. Of course this is just scratching the very surface of this story, one that does have a lot of twists and misdirections as we uncover what happened that day. When I first read the book, everyone coached me ahead of time to expect a big shocking twist. So when it did happen, it was anticipated, though the genius of the story isn’t the reveal, it’s all of the threads that led us to that point, and the complete unraveling… Read more »

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The contemporary experiment

The contemporary experiment

Less than two weeks ago, I asked for recommendations for contemporary books. Not possessing a lot of experience with the genre, I wanted to gain some perspective about these popular types of books before passing any sort of judgement. Sounds fair, right? Well you guys helped me out! Thanks to Hazel, Allie, Mel, Ashley, Charlene, Charlene, Alise and Rachel for leaving me suggestions! Like a good researcher, I went to work right away, narrowing down the list to a manageable amount for my first pass. I requested seven books on my library’s mobile app (it makes these binges so easy), and I was first on the list for all but Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You (I’m 65th in line). So, I had six books to read and I actually read them all in less than two weeks. Yeah for speed reading superpowers! I also ranked them in order of enjoyment,… Read more »

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