Queer, Comics, and Myths | BookTube

I will update with a full blog post later. I just wanted to get the video up.



BookTube Issues

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Hello! I’m back again so soon?? What is happening? Today I want to discuss about BookTube in general. I’ve already tried to make this post/video twice now, and… Well. Both times I tried to make this was as part of other BookTube videos and they were already pretty long. So I thought that it’d be better on its own anyway. My thoughts weren’t very organized both times, so doing a standalone is better. I have two specific things I want to discuss.

First, I am severely disappointed in the hit-and-miss of captions on BookTube. For a while, I thought there weren’t much recent videos captioned on BookTube. But then I realized my search filter wasn’t set to show in order of upload. Once that was changed, I found a whole bunch of recent captioned videos so… I guess I have a lot of videos to check out! But my point – before I discovered this – people really NEED to caption their content. Regardless of what content you make. And be consistent! If you’re all over the place with captions, or take DAYS to post captions… I’m not going to start or continue following you. CAPTION YOUR VIDEOS. In the video, I’m wearing a shirt that says “The Future Is Accessible.” If you want this shirt (and support an awesome YouTuber – Annie Elainey – in the process), you have a week to order one! I’ll link it here. If you know of any great BookTubers, or YouTubers in general, that caption their videos, leave them in the comments!

The second thing I want to discuss: there are so few masculine-presenting BookTubers. Why? I mean, I do kind of understand why there are so few, but at the same time… I know there are men out there that read. I know, because I’m one of them! I just would like to see more masculine-presenting BookTubers because I know you’re out there. Come on. Make videos. Tell me what you read! Part of why I want to see more is, from my fairly limited view of BookTube (like I just explained), it’s almost all white feminine-presenting people. And a lot of that talks about YA (Young Adult) books. Nothing wrong with that but… Where’s the diversity? There’s very little of the “masculine perspective.” I want to see books that men read. Hell, I want to see more people of color, enby, trans, queer, and disabled BookTubers! Diversity. If you know of diverse books or BookTubers (that caption!) leave them in the comments.

Really quick, I wanted to mention two things before ending. In my previous video, Augcollab Wrap Up, I mentioned that I was in a video with Cut. The curse words with deaf people, that one. I linked that one in that particular post/video. But they just posted another one recently, I will link that here if you want to see it. The second thing is that I went to the library today. I was thinking I’ll just get two or three books. I don’t know why I even thought that because… Come on, it’s me. I can never go to the library without getting more than that. Sure enough, I ended up leaving with nine books. By the way, you would know that if you follow me on Instagram. I posted it in both my stories and a post. If you’re interested in what books I got, it’s in the post.

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Math, Fantasy, Gender | BookTube

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Hello, I’m Rogan and I’m back already in just two days? What’s happening? Obviously as you could see from the title, this is a BookTube post. The reason why I’m back in two days is because today is the 30th, I decided I want to try to do a once-a-month sum up of what I’ve read. The last post/video was on July 30th, so… One month. And this time, I’ve actually read several books!

Image result for hidden figures bookFirst up at bat: Hidden Figures. You already saw this in my previous post/video. I was still in the process of reading it. You should read it. No question. Read it. It’s really good. It’s kind of chronological, from when women and people of color started getting involved with NASA, being what they called the computers, engineers, etc. It follows a few different people who were involved. The story–it’s good. Read. Yes, I still haven’t watched the movie. I plan to…eventually.

Image result for miss peregrine's home for peculiar children bookSecond book! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I did not realize that this was the first in a series, guess I’ll have to find the rest! It’s good. I haven’t seen the movie either. What I really liked about this book is that it takes a lot of concepts that are kind of old concepts, but add a twist to it. You know the freakshows way back then in circuses and the such? They would have a bearded woman, a strongman, that kind of thing. This book kind of has a connection to that. Those people (in the context of this book) and the people in this book are called peculiars or peculiar people. I really like this because it takes old pictures that are actual pictures but adds a twist, a story to include actual people. I thought that was really cool, including a little bit of history in the story. It has time travel (in a way) and… Yeah it’s really good. If you haven’t read it, read it.

Image result for wicked/son of a witch (barnes & noble leatherbound classics)Next is technically two books in one – Wicked/Son of a Witch. Way back when I ordered Hidden Figures, I also ordered this book. This is from Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions series. Fancy! It has a green ribbon marker and gilded pages. I thought the concept was interesting, but… A lot of holes, a lot of questions. The writing style is not exactly “normal.” I’m unsure whether I like it or not. I definitely like the concept, changing how she became the Wicked Witch of the West, her family, and the story about that. I like that concept, but the writing… I’m a little ehh about the writing. I’ve read several things online that said that the stage play was a lot better than the book. So, that’s interesting! If you like the Wizard of Oz, or you like twists on classic stories (or both) like Wicked is, yeah I’d say go ahead and read this. But I wouldn’t say it’s a must-read.

Image result for the riddle of genderThe next book, I… I’m really conflicted about this book: The Riddle of Gender. One thing you have to keep in mind is that this was published in 2005. So… There is some problematic language in it. It will often use the word transsexual. I want to be clear here, it will use that word if the person themselves identifies as transsexual. Which is fine, if a person identifies as transsexual, that’s what you use. But what I have a problem with is that it often will refer to this particular group as “transsexuals, transgender and intersex people.” I think it’s great that they have both terms – transgender and intersex – because they are different things. But also using transsexual to talk about the group as a whole, I’m not so sure about that. Another reason why I feel really conflicted about this book is because it was written by a white cis woman. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, but… The author herself clearly states she started writing this book because a friend of hers came out as trans. That made her go, “Oh, I want to understand this.” So she went on a journey, learning about gender and whatever. I think that’s great and all, but…mmm, I don’t know. She does include interviews with trans people and people who are heavily involved in the trans community though, so that’s good. This book is also heavy on the science, so I’m not sure how I feel about that. Let’s say this: It’s not awful. But… It’s not great either. I don’t know if I would recommend this to anyone. I would definitely not recommend it to someone who’s new to the queer community. It’s not the kind of book you want to read if you’re new to the community. Let’s move on.

Image result for a visual guide to drinkNext book is much more fun! A Visual Guide to Drink. This is an amazing book. This has different graphics, visuals of how drink evolved or how it’s made, the history, all of that. A few examples of pages are: the varieties of beer and styles and how they’re connected. The process of making red wine. Different maps throughout the book showing regions where the beer/wine/spirits come from.

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Example of some pages

The evolution of wine storage. Pages of cocktails that you can make with that specific kind of alcohol. They will list mixers, garnishes, alcohols, wine, all of that stuff. They even include amounts so you can make it yourself if you want. Pretty cool! There’s a lot of different fun stuff like that in here. It’s really good. It’s not at all a comprehensive history, it’s more of an overview of how things are made, how the history happened, how it evolved to what it is now. The point is, it’s a fun, informative book about different kinds of alcohol.

Image result for a guide to genderNext book! Remember I felt really conflicted about The Riddle of Gender? This book, I do not feel conflicted about: A Guide to Gender – The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook. This book is really good for beginners, people who are new to the queer community, or are still learning about the community. The author himself says this is NOT a textbook. But a lot of universities and professors have used this as a textbook. (Mainly in Gender Studies classes.) Which is fine, he’s okay with that. It’s “uncopyrighted” so you can actually download a free copy from his website or get a cheap e-book (guidetogender.com). So that’s cool. I do have to warn you, this book is very… Light, funny, lalala. He has A LOT of pop culture references in it, a lot of jokes, etc. Sometimes it’s a little annoying, but that’s his way of teaching people. Making it so that people are more able to connect to and learn from it, and not feel like they’re being preached at. Also, just be aware that the author is a white cis man. But it’s written really well. He had a lot of peer editors. He had a lot of different people look at it, say yes it’s good, and give it the okay. So it’s not like he wrote whatever and said this is what I think, here you go. No. He had a lot of people checking him. One thing that bothers me though. He had about 12 editors (?). I STILL found 5, 6 typos in it. Some were typos, some were grammatical errors. 12 editors? And none of them caught those? They were really basic errors! Anyway. Simple, basic errors bother me, especially when this is the second edition, not the first one! If it was the first edition, I understand that. But second edition? Come on! Come on. It even has this on the cover in the upper right corner which says: Now with a new foreword by the author, brand new chapters, fixed typos, and more gender! You did not fix all of them!

Image result for coming out an anthology of international gay and lesbian writingsImage result for calumet city bookThat aside, those are the books I’ve finished reading in the past month. I am currently reading two books: Calumet City and Coming Out: An Anthology of International Gay and Lesbian Writings. I won’t expand too much about them but Calumet City is basically a cop noir, even the blurb on the book says so. Coming Out is interesting so far. It does bother me a little bit that it says gay and lesbian writings because what about all of the other people in this community? But I want to finish reading it and see what the writings are before judging.

This post is getting a little long so I’m going to end here. I hope you found some books that you’re interested in reading. Let me know if there’s any books you want me to read and mention here in the comments of the video. Hopefully I succeed in doing another BookTube video within a month! We’ll see. Remember next month is Deaf Awareness Month, so keep an eye out for deaf topics!

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Politics, Sci-fi, and Action! | BookTube

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Note: All of the covers you see in this post are the covers of the books I read, so it might be different than what you see.

Hello, welcome back! Today, I have seven books that I have finished from the last time I did…a…post. Normally, I would have way more done, but… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Life happened. And I’m a little lazy. The first two books that I’m going to talk about, I don’t have because I borrowed them from the library. I had to return them and I read those a while ago. I’ve mentioned them in my previous posts as well.

Lang at the speed of sightThe first one is Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What We Can Do About It. It’s definitely a good book, however… It feels more aimed at academics or teachers. It’s not for the everyday, casual reader so… If you have a passion for language, and really love heavy, dense science, read this book. It’s certainly good, but I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. I would just suggest you look it up yourself, because I feel like I can’t really explain it well, so do that.

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The second book is Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government From the Founding to the Present. It is actually good. It’s really good. It talks about how the American People have always wanted freedom. They don’t want to be told what to do by the government. But at the same time, they want the government to enforce others to do things. It’s really interesting. It talks about how that want was right there from the beginning, the founding of American government. And continues to now! It is interesting, so if you really like politics and that kind of stuff, this is a good read.

Related imageNext book is my own, A Wrinkle in Time. My copy is old! (The cover I have is the image to the left.) When you see yellowed pages, you know it’s old. I don’t even know how many times I’ve read this book. I do have the second book, A Swiftly Tilting Planet. It’s on the shelves, and I have read it before but I haven’t re-read it recently. If you don’t know what this book is, who are you and where have you been? Read it! Okay. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s the description from the back of my copy. A scientist has vanished. Now an eerie midnight visitor leads three children in search of him — though a wrinkle in time, to the deadly unknown terrors beyond the tesseract! Chilling science fiction! If you like sci-fi, you’ll likely enjoy this one. I am SO excited for the movie re-make! They just announced it, AHH! It looks like it’s going to be SO GOOD and I’m excited about it for several reasons. The movie will be able to really show the world, unlike the 2003 version, because the technology just didn’t exist back then. There are a lot of people of color in it. A lot of women. A+. The director is a woman of color! For Mrs Who, Mrs Whatsit, and Mrs Which — two of them are women of color. There are scenes where they didn’t HAVE to be diverse, but they were! Fantastic. I am ready. I don’t think you understand how excited I am for this!

Image result for chocolat bookMoving on. The next book is one I borrowed from a friend when we were camping together in the Olympics, Chocolat. It is good! I wasn’t expecting to like it, but it is actually pretty good. It’s apparently a series. And…please don’t let the cover on GoodReads deceive you. I was really disappointed in it. The cover on GoodReads makes it look like one of those… Dare I say this? Trashy romance novels. Now. There is nothing wrong with a good trashy book every once in a while. But! You get what kind of book I’m talking about. Go look yourself (or look up the 2000 movie, I discovered that this cover is actually from the movie, not the book while trying to find a picture of the copy I have). It’s about a woman who has a gift of being able to see people’s secrets, and she opens up a chocolate shop in a small town that’s strongly controlled by a priest and the church. I don’t want to tell you too much of this book because it’s really good and I think you really should read it. The writing style is different, but it’s really good. Image result for the tide kingThe next book that I read… I don’t have a physical book, and I also will not be giving you my review because I did it for Chanticleer, the website I did a book review for before. The book I read was The Tide King. It’s…interesting. I will link that review when it’s posted, I will link that below. Moving on! The books from now on are all my own. Some are used, some are new. The next book is Honour Among ThievesRelated imageIt kind of bothers me that often now, the author names are bigger than the title. Why? Why do you do that? You confuse people! Stop! Especially if the title of the book is the name of a person. Why? ANYWAY. This book is…hm. It’s set in 1993. The year I was born! And basically, it’s about a group of criminals who got hired to steal the Declaration of Independence. If you want action, adventure, spies, that’s the book for you. Next! I was disappointed in this one. A Wanted Man – A Jack Reacher Novel.Image result for a wanted man jack reacher You probably recognize this name because of the recent movies with Tom Cruise. I’m sorry, but Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? Mmm no. His appearance doesn’t match what’s described in the books. But also, disclaimer, I’ve never seen one of those movies so… I’ve read Jack Reacher books before, and I do like the series, but not this one. This book is basically an action novel and I expected action to start kind of early with Jack Reacher. It should happen around maybe third-ways through the book, maybe earlier. But this, it felt like it didn’t really happen until halfway, or more. So… Eh.

Image result for hidden figuresAnd that’s all for the books that I’ve read since. The book I’m currently reading is Hidden Figures. I haven’t seen the movie yet, I want to finish reading this before I watch the movie. I bought this book a while ago, like November, I think? Something like that. And yeah, finally getting around to reading it now. (Whoops.) I have a whole stack of books that I got a while ago that I think I’ve shown on camera. I still haven’t even read them! So I’m finally getting around to them. That’s because I forced myself to stop getting books from the library until I actually read what I have. And um, speaking of not getting books from the library so I can actually read what I already have. I bought five more like, last week. Those books cost $15 altogether sooooo hey, good deal! What happened is that the local used bookstore that I got these from had a going-out-of-business sale. I thought about it and decided to go ahead and go in, see if I can find anything. And good thing I did! I thought they weren’t closing until July 31st. Oh boy, was I wrong. Something like three days after I went, they closed down and were completely empty except for the bookshelves. So, good thing I decided to go in! But there is another used bookstore just down the street, so we’re good to go on that front.

I’m hoping to do my next BookTube video a little sooner than this, because I’m starting to feel like I’m doing it only every two months. I would like to try and do it at least once a month with more books than just…you know. And hopefully that’ll motivate me to read more? If there’s any book recommendations that you have, leave them in the comments below. Yeah, I am fully aware I don’t really need more because my TBR (To Be Read) list is growing. It grows every day. Every day. At this rate, I’ll never finish reading. But hey, that’s the life of a book lover.

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Library Lovers Tag | VEDIM

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Welcome to day 21! Today, I decided I’m going to do the Library Lovers Tag. It’s kind of part of BookTube. This is just seven questions, so this video won’t be long.

1. How often do you visit your local library? That’s kind of hard to say because I do like going, but at the same time, I don’t want to go until I actually finish what I have. So sometimes I will have books, but I keep renewing them without actually going to the library. So…it can be anywhere from every two weeks to…two months?

2. Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due? Heh. I know I can finish the pile of books I get, but that’s only if I actually read. Sometimes I will have a stack and not feel like reading, so I’ll put it off until it’s due, then I renew… And not read again. I sometimes do check out way more than I know I can read but that’s because we have renewals. I can just read what I can, then return those and with what’s left, renew them until I’m finished. So…it depends.

3. How old were you when you got your first library card? I don’t know. I asked my parents, they don’t know either, but they know I got it VERY young. As soon as I could read I guess?

4. Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that piques your interest? It depends on the day. Sometimes, I know I have a book, or a specific kind of book that I want to read. But often I just go to the new books section and have a look, and if something looks good I grab that. That’s actually how I found several of my books. Sometimes because of that, I will get a book then I return it, and I happen to look at related books, or in that same section of related books. If I liked that book, I might like something else that’s related. That’s why I have so many political books right now, because they’re all from the same Dewey number.

5. Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out DVDs, audiobooks etc.? Mostly books yes. I used to frequently check out DVDs, but with Netflix now, you don’t really need to check out DVDs. And they’re usually older movies anyway, so…. But yeah, it’s nice because sometimes they have movies that Netflix doesn’t have, or movies that are really hard to find anywhere. For audiobooks… Have we met? So, no. I know my mom uses it a lot for audiobooks. Also, they have e-books. I do occasionally use it, and I know my mom uses it heavily. That is nice, not having to go to the library, get a book, and have to remember to return it. With e-books, they return themselves automatically, that’s nice, but mostly books for me.

6. From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? (YA, adult, nonfiction.) Lately, it’s been more non-fiction because that’s just what I’ve been grabbing from the shelves. But I really enjoy books from anywhere in the library. When I was younger, I tended to get fiction, YA too. Okay, I need to say something. I don’t understand why there are some people who look weird at adults who read YA books. Like… Some of them are good stories, so why would I not read them? Like Harry Potter! That is technically YA. So looking down on adults who go to the YA book section… Don’t do that. There are good books, you just have to know what they are. YES, I am done with all of the dystopian popularity right now. And I was never into the vampire craze when I was “YA.” But there are plenty of GOOD book series that are considered to be YA that adults can enjoy reading too.

7. What is your favorite part of using your local library? My favorite part: I can check out 12 books and not pay a single cent for it. That is fantastic. And if I do like the book enough to buy it, thumbs up! It’s nice because it’s a way to “test drive” a book, because if you’re not sure if you will like this book or not, you can get it. Read like three chapters, decide that you like it and go ahead and buy it. Or nah, just read it once and be done with it. That’s another thing, I tend to read a book once and not really need to read it again. I’ve mentioned this before, but I remember pretty well what a book is about, and I don’t have to read the whole thing again. That’s why it’s nice to have a library, so I can read way more books than I would ever re-read. Yes, my family does have a large home library but those are books we like, and probably will re-read or even loan to friends. (Only if we trust you, and if you don’t damage them.) I’m very protective of my books.

That’s all for today, short yeah, but it’s something! And it was a free day today too. I think I will most likely have an ASL Ponderings tomorrow, so for those who enjoy those, great! Watch tomorrow. And…that’s all. If you want to support me making content here, I have Patreon and ko-fi. Follow me on my socials – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Subscribe. And thanks for reading, see you tomorrow.

BookTube #2 | VEDIM

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Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to day 10. Today is books! We have eight books today. It could have been more, but I put off reading so… Let’s get into it.

Merger of the CenturyThe first book is Merger of the Century. I mentioned this in my last book post. But today, I’m going a bit more in-depth. I want to start with a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “When I have been in Canada, I have never heard a Canadian refer to an American as a ‘foreigner.’ He is just an ‘American.’ And, in the same way, in the United States, Canadians are not ‘foreigners,’ they are ‘Canadians.’ That simple little distinction illustrates to me better than anything else the relationship between our two countries.” Basically, Merger is all about the reasons why Canada and the US should consider a merger. Maybe only political, or only…whatever. It has one chapter talking all about threats for both: terrorism, drug smuggling, immigration (illegal and legal). Another chapter explains why a merger makes sense, another talks about the benefits of a merger for both countries. One chapter explains fairly in-depth about how a merger deal would be structured, in a few different ways. One example that was used is Germany, when it was West and East, with the whole Berlin Wall thing. It used that example of how it was a fast merger, because West took responsibility for some things, and in exchange for certain things from the East. It’s really interesting! They close the book talking about the politics of a merger, like how would that work, because obviously the governments of both countries won’t be willing to completely give up their power. And also, it talks about what happens if a merger doesn’t happen soon. It’s really interesting because it’s a really in-depth analysis of what’s happening right now. It is a little older book, but still relevant today, because… [sigh] I’m not saying I don’t want to be an American, no. It’s more of, it really makes sense for Canada and the US to become “one country.” Anyway, it’s a fascinating book. I think I would really recommend anyone read it.

Brewing RevolutionThe second book is Brewing Revolution: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement. This book is about Frank Appleton, and his experiences in the beer industry. He used to work for a large beer corporation in Canada. Then after a while, he became the “father of craft beer.” He left the corporation because he didn’t agree with their way of things. Appleton stumbled on the beer industry after someone asked him to help open up a pub with craft beer. After that, he worked on helping open up several different craft breweries mostly in North America. The reason why he decided he wanted to go into craft beer was because he was sick of all the light, boring lagers in the area for Canada. In the US, it’d be like Budweiser and Coors. In Canada, it’s Molson and Labatt. Beers that are really light, and very bland, no flavor. So if you really enjoy learning about how the industry works, and if you enjoy beer, craft beer, read this book. It’s really interesting history of beer in North America.

Public LibraryThe third book: Public Library and other stories. When I got this book, I did not expect what it actually turned out to be. I was expecting like, stories about experiences in public libraries — No! No. It’s nothing like that. It has short stories that are really out there, odd stories. The writing is a little unusual. It’s okay, I wouldn’t be like oh, you have to read! It’s interesting to read. I do want to give you a couple of quotes from the book. “It is the poorest, most isolated, and the least able in our society who suffer most if libraries are gone. So if our society does not care for libraries, then it is not caring for its most vulnerable.” “I believe that within every library is a door that opens to every other library in time and space: that door is the book.”

Next book. Actually, two books, from the same author, Clive Cussler. I LOVE this author. My mom and I are the same, we love this author. Odessa Sea CCPretty much all of his books are historically based. He has several different series. One particular series is set in the past, it happens in the 1920s. Around when cars and trains were taking off. (Isaac Bell) But the other series are based more in the present. BUT they have historical stories. A lot of them also have nautical themes. So I really enjoy that. The two books I read: Odessa Sea, and The Emperor’s Revenge. Odessa Sea is the legend of the Romanov treasure being brought from Russia to Britain, and a Cold War bomber that vanished with a dangerous cargo. In the present, a high-tech drone developer and Ukrainian rebels are trying to cause a big war. Emperor's Revenge CCEmperor’s Revenge is the story of Napoleon and his diary, the legend of the huge treasure Napoleon stole from Russia. When he invaded Russia, then retreated, he stole Russia’s expensive things then hid them. In the present, there are people trying to find where it is. That story parallels with people who are trying to throw the world economy in chaos, just so they can become rich. Basically, Cussler books tend to be pretty action-packed. Almost like a spy novel, kind of, but not really spies. Sometimes. Anyway.Book of Shade

Another book I read was The Book of Shade. I won’t give a review about it, because this was a book I read for a review website. I will link that review here if you want to read it. It’s actually pretty good. A little unexpected, but good.

A_Thousand_Splendid_SunsNext book that I read: A Thousand Splendid Suns. This was recommended to me by someone who commented on my last book video. Fantastic read. If you like books with happy stories, this is not the book for you. It’s not. This book focuses on two different women in different times of their lives, then they intersect at one point. They live in Kabul, Afghanistan. This book is set right before the war starts, around almost the same time as the war. It’s mostly set during the war in Afghanistan. So it’s good, yes, but it’s not all happy, it’s not. Very touching good, and it does have moments of hope and happiness here and there.

ModifiedAnd the last book I’ve finished reading is Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future. I just finished it this morning. It’s an interesting read. It is in-depth, a lot of analysis, thinking—but I wasn’t expecting it to be written almost like an autobiography. The author got sick from corn, GMOs, and she was trying to find out if it was really because of the GMOs? She dived into that, researching what are GMOs, what are the threats, all of that. So… At times, it’s written like verified research, explaining the history, and sometimes it’s written like a story. I’m not sure if I like the writing style, but it is good. You do learn a lot of the history of how GMOs started, how they’re progressing, what’s going on with the fight with GMOs for now. I’m not going to give you my personal opinion on GMOs, because it’s… I honestly don’t know what to think. But the book is an interesting read.

Okay, now that’s all of the books I’ve read in the past two months, plus the Harry Potter books. I did a Harry Potter video about that so technically, you could say I’ve read 15 books in the past two months. That’s all for today. Hope you enjoyed! If you have any book recommendations, or books that you think I should read, go ahead and leave it in the comments below. Not that I need any more book recommendations because I have plenty saved on my GoodReads account! If you want to support me making content here, I have a Patreon and ko-fi. Follow me on my socials. All links in the video linked above. Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow.

Harry Potter Tag!

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Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome. Today, we’re doing something a little fun! The Harry Potter Tag. I have a list of questions, I’ll be answering them, and that’s it, simple as that. Let’s go!

Favorite HP book? I would have to say either Goblet of Fire or Order of the Phoenix.

Least favorite book? I think maybe that would be Chamber of Secrets? I’m not sure, they’re all good in their own right.

Favorite movie? Prisoner of Azkaban. Easy. Alfonso Cuarón is a great director, Prisoner felt like it fit the book, fit the feeling of the book. Yeah, I’d pick Prisoner.

Least favorite movie? Does that mean the one I most don’t like or the one I wish they had done differently? I don’t know. I probably would say Phoenix or Half-Blood Prince. Prince was just a lot of green, really unnecessary green. Because Phoenix had a lot of scenes cut, and I mean a LOT. Prince was just a lot of green, I felt like they needed to tone down all the green.

Which movie would you remake? Like I just said, Phoenix had a lot of cut scenes. Phoenix is the one I would most want to change. Also maybe Goblet because while it was mostly good, the maze had a lot of parts cut out that I wish they’d left in. There are a few other scenes that left out or changed major details that I think should’ve been left the way they were.

What parts of the books or movies made you cry? I’m not a crier, not really a crier. So… Not cry, but feel sad, yes. Dobby’s death. I know everyone says that, but Dobby’s death did get to me. Also… Winky and her addiction problems. (You would know about this only if you’ve read the books.)

If you could hook up with one character, who and why? Honestly? I don’t know.

What would your Patronus be? I took the Pottermore quiz online, and I got a Tonkinese cat. Okay, I wasn’t really expecting that. However, if I could choose my own, I probably would choose either a wolf or an owl (specifically, a barn owl). I’ve loved those animals for my whole life, so there you go.

Favorite quote? I have a few, but one of the top ones for me is: “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” Another favorite quote: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Both are from the same person, Albus Dumbledore, so there you go.

Which house would you be in? I’ve taken the Pottermore quiz for this as well, and it’s not really a secret. I’m a Ravenclaw! Most of the quizzes (Pottermore or otherwise) I’ve taken tend to be between either Ravenclaw or Gryffindor. Though I tend to lean more towards Ravenclaw. I’m not surprised really. Hello? I’m obsessed with books, I love learning, and yeah.

Favorite Weasley? Molly. I love her. She’s an amazing woman. Both the character and the actor.

Favorite villain? Well. There aren’t really any apart from Voldemort and Umbridge. I am aware there are several others such as Bellatrix Lestrange but most of the other villains are followers of Voldemort.

If you could meet any member of the cast, who would you meet and why? Maggie Smith! Amazing woman! She acted while fighting cancer. That’s pretty badass. Plus, her character is one of my favorite characters.

Have you played any of the video games? Nope, I’m not a gamer by any definition of the word. I may occasionally play for fun, but that usually happens only if I’m at someone else’s place.

Do you like the end? Yes. I can accept it. To be clear, by end, we’re talking about the end of the books. That… Abomination that is Cursed Child is not part of this. No. Cursed Child is fanfic to me.

Richard Harris or Michael Gambon? I like both. Yes, I do kind of disagree with some parts of Gambon’s performance but overall, he was good. As for Harris, he did great for the two movies he was in. However, if he was in more movies, maybe it could be more of a fair comparison. But it was only two movies so it wouldn’t be fair to compare the two.

Favorite Hogwarts class? We’re supposed to pick? No. Sigh. Fine. If I ABSOLUTELY had to choose, I couldn’t pick just one. I would have to pick two. Charms and Transfiguration.

Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn? Aren’t they all useful? I think maybe I would learn a Summoning spell, just so I can summon things I need?

If you could bring one character back to life, who and why? I don’t think it’s really a good idea to bring back any of the dead.

Hallows or Horcruxes? What kind of question is that? Hallows, duh. Though I would want just the cloak, I don’t want anything else.

How much does HP mean to you? A lot. I actually refused to start reading the books in the first place. But my parents convinced me to just read the first book and if I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to read the rest. So I started reading and was in love. Really… I love Harry Potter. The stories/lessons, how JK masterfully wove the whole thing together, everything. Side note: I’ve been to HP at Universal Studios, both parks. That was pretty cool.

That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this post and learned a little bit more about me, I guess? I don’t know. The next post may be a book post or an ASL Ponderings. I don’t know yet. We’ll see. And maybe a kinda travel vlog? I don’t know. You will see. Don’t forget to follow me on social media and subscribe to my YouTube! Patreon, ko-fi, all links in the video description! Thanks for reading, see you next time.