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Sensing the Rhythm Book Review | BookTube


I haven’t posted in a while because I just haven’t felt like making anything. But I need to get serious and make something. Maybe that will help me get back into making videos regularly.

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to another BookTube video. I know I’ve been posting a lot of that lately, but this is one that I promised a while ago. This is specifically a book review of Sensing the Rhythm by Mandy Harvey. Before we continue, I wanted to let you know that I got this book from the publisher for free. They emailed me a while ago and asked if I was interested in getting the book for doing a review. Sure, why would I say no to a free book? So they sent me a free copy. Just so you know.

Image result for sensing the rhythmIf you don’t know who Mandy Harvey is, she is…deaf or hard of hearing, I don’t know how she identifies herself, but she has hearing loss. She was recently on America’s Got Talent, and she made it to the finals. She didn’t win, but she got to the finals so that’s pretty good. She’s a singer, and plays the guitar a little too. The book is basically about her life, her experiences, and some advice about how to approach different things that happen in your life. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. It’s an easy read, I finished it in a couple hours, it’s easy to flip through. I enjoyed reading this book because it was written from the perspective of a person who grew up having hearing and eventually losing it, trying to figure out who she is again, what her identity is, where she fits in now. I never had that, so it was interesting to read about that experience. Another nice thing, each chapter ended with kind of a wrap-up of that chapter, saying what lessons you learn from that chapter and what’s important to keep in mind. That was nice.

Now, I have to say, the book does have a few detractors. I’ll admit, I have watched a couple other review videos, I’ll link them below. First, from Rikki Poynter. I saw her video way before the publishers asked me if I wanted to review this, so I’ve seen that one. The second review that I’ve seen, I watched after I read the book, but before I made this video/post. It was from ASL Stew, Jenna was the one who read it. I have to say, I agree with Jenna. I felt like this book had no identity, it was a little confused about what it was supposed to be – a biography/memoir, “self-help,” or what? It felt very superficial. It could have been expanded and been more in-depth. The book is pretty thin. The text’s not small either, so… It’s a pretty small book and superficial. I felt like it could have been split into two, maybe three books and be more in-depth. But I’d add to Jenna’s review, and say maybe the book feels a little confused because Mandy herself is still figuring out herself? I don’t know, maybe I’m just making things up. I don’t know Mandy personally, I don’t know anything about her other than what’s in the book and that she was on America’s Got Talent. So… Maybe that’s a possibility. She admitted that it took her time to figure out where she fit in the world after losing her hearing so…

A few other things that Jenna mentioned in her review that I agree with. It has a couple of things that Mandy said in the book that’s not quite right. One was that Deaf culture is anti-music. Er, no. Not everyone. I personally don’t really listen to music. I occasionally will—I have Spotify on my phone. I occasionally will plug it into my car and crank up the music while I’m driving for a long time. That’s fine, though other than that, I’m not really into music. BUT just because I’m not into music doesn’t mean other people aren’t. Jenna enjoys music. Rikki enjoys music. At least, when she can hear it. I know a lot of my friends who love music. They’ll constantly talk about it, and I just nod along, and give them a thumbs up. I don’t understand. But the point is, deaf people do enjoy music. In every community, there’s a certain group of people who will seem like they represent the whole community, while they don’t. So, a certain group in the deaf community will be all militant and say, “We’re anti-music! We hate sound!” Hm. No.

Another thing that Jenna mentioned too. It has an inaccurate definition of what big D deaf and small d deaf means. (I made a whole video discussing this.) So overall, yes, it’s a good book. Just a few things that I wish they had verified before publishing because now, that information is out there. You can’t really change that and people reading this will either accept that as right, that’s the truth. Or they’ll say no, this isn’t right, because they know the deaf community. Or maybe some people will go, “That doesn’t seem right,” and do their own research. But honestly, how many people will do that? Not many. So… Just a little disappointed that they didn’t verify their information with some other deaf people or whatever.

And that is my honest review of Sensing the Rhythm by Mandy Harvey. I want to thank the publisher for sending me a free book to read. If you’ve read this book, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought. And if you want to read this, let me know below.

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Sbooktacular Wrap-Up | BookTube #sbookyreads #sbookyghost


Quick note: I didn’t edit this much, it’s essentially a direct transcript of the linked video, so if some things don’t make sense, that’s why.

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome. If you read the title, you know what this is about. My Sbooktactular Reading Adventure! I made it! I finished my whole TBR and with time to spare! I will be going in the order that I read the books. I normally will read 1, 2, 3, 4 books at the same time but for this week, I decided that I’d read one at a time. So that makes it a little bit easier for me to go through.

Image result for black panther graphic novelThe first book was a graphic novel: Black Panther – Book One. I read this for the Read in a Day challenge. It was, yeah, okay. I’m not really into comics, so… It was actually a little nice because it has more information about the Black Panther if you don’t really know his world. But also, you kind of have to already know a little bit of his background, and not just go into it knowing nothing about it. This version has the original appearance of Black Panther in the comics from way back, years ago. That was cool to see, the original look.

Funny thing, a lot of the books that I got had extra introductions, or history of the book, or bits from the original (like Black Panther).

Image result for chilling adventures of sabrinaThe next one: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I read this for the Graphic Novel challenge. This has an original comic as well. This is really interesting because it’s basically teenage witch Sabrina, but with a dark twist. So this is just the story of Sabrina but has a very dark twist.

Image result for we yevgeny zamyatinI actually read both Black Panther and Sabrina in the same day. And I finished We in under 24 hours. And that takes us to the next book! I picked We for Dystopian Novel challenge. When I read the introduction of this one, it said that this is the forefather to pretty much every dystopian novel ever, including Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World. After reading this… Yep. YEP. It’s very clear that 1984 takes a lot of inspiration from this. It’s basically about a world in the future that no one has a name, just numbers. Letters and numbers. They live in a perfect, clean world. This novel focuses on one guy who starts to question his world, his place in life, and if this is really everything. It’s pretty good. It’s good for an old book. The writing style is a little hard to understand sometimes, but I enjoyed it. I liked it.

Related imageThis book, Fahrenheit 451, I read for the Set in the Future challenge. In my TBR video, I said that I wanted to re-read this because I wanted to see if I still like it now or what. The answer is: Yes, I do still like it. Another thing I like about this copy is that it’s the 60th anniversary edition, so they added a foreword, added a large section of “History, Context, and Criticism.” If you don’t know what this book is about, where have you been? It’s set in a future where books are illegal. And firemen don’t put out fires, they start them. If anyone is caught with a book, they get the person out of the house then burn the whole house. People aren’t allowed to think, pretty much. The book focuses on one guy, Guy Montag. He’s a fireman. And it’s about him trying to figure out what books are, and realizing that this is not he wants, that this is wrong. It’s really good. I can’t really tell you too much about the book without ruining it, so I’m going to shut up now.

Image result for 2001 space odyssey bookNext book! 2001 – A Space Odyssey. I chose this one for Black Cover challenge. If the name is not familiar to you at all… Who are you? This book was written in 1968, right when the Space Race was taking off, people were all gaga about space. This predicts what will happen in 2001… Clearly that future didn’t happen. But there are a lot of things that happened in the book that were kind of predicted that would happen. Even now, this still feels like it’s set in the future. Which is odd. That also makes you realize that, wow, we really don’t know what is coming. 1968 seemed like it would explode, and we’d be traveling in space, been to Jupiter, Saturn, by 2001. But now, it’s 2017. We’re not even close to touching Mars. If you don’t know even the basic story, it’s about a crew who were selected to go on a trip to Saturn. It was originally to Jupiter, but was changed to Saturn for unknown reasons. And that ship is run by a computer, HAL9000. And then–most people know this–the computer freaks out and tries to take over, kill the crew, and whatever. If you haven’t read or even seen the movie, do it.

Related imageNext book: The Lovely Bones. This is for the Dead Narrator challenge. I actually really enjoyed myself reading this, even though it’s really sad. I enjoyed myself reading this. It was different than what I’m used to. It’s a really interesting perspective on death and life. The dead watching the living, the living trying to go through without the dead. It’s really good, really good. And that’s really impressive for a first-time author. If you haven’t already read this, read it. Okay! The story is about a girl who’s 14 years old who was murdered by her neighbor. That is told right off the bat. Then the rest of the story is her narrating, telling about her watching her family, her family trying to deal with that absence, how the whole dynamics change, how they deal with that. I’m afraid that if I keep going, I will give away some major details so I’m going to stop now.

Related imageLast but not least, Horrorstör, for the Read Any Book challenge. Oh… I’m so happy I saved this for last. I started reading this, this morning at like 10:30. I finished it in three hours. I was just sucked in. Oh…so good! The store in this is called Orsk. Inside the cover, it has the floor plan. Basically–the book says this–Orsk is an American rip-off of IKEA. So it’s all the same concept. IKEA furniture that you have to build yourself with IKEA’s special tools, all of that. The same idea, but it’s an American company. It’s a horror story set in Orsk. Now… I want to emphasize this. If you have NEVER been to IKEA, I really recommend you go to IKEA, experience IKEA first before you read this. If you have experienced IKEA, at least once, you will understand this book much better. You will understand the experience in this book much better, you will enjoy the book better that way anyway. The other thing that I love about this is that each chapter starts with a piece of furniture. It even makes up all the names of furniture and stuff. It’s hilarious, it’s fantastic, I love it. The story is that they’re puzzled that Orsk keeps having things broken when the first shift comes in. Three employees stay the night. They “volunteered” for a night shift. Staying inside, keeping an eye out, patrolling, with the lights dimmed and whatever. That’s when the horror starts. Obviously. But oh, it’s so good. I– I don’t want to say any more because you really need to read this. But remember! IKEA first, go to IKEA first and then read this.

That’s it for my Sbooktactular Reading Adventure! I am ready to get back to my other books, especially The Card Catalog.I read through half of it the night before this challenge started. So… I probably will finish it pretty quick. Maybe even today? Anyway. If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them in the comments below. And if you want to read any of these. Any recommendations. (Not that I need anymore, but I’m always open to more recommendations.) And I guess that’s it.

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Sbooktacular TBR | BookTube #sbooktober #sbookyghost


*turns on light with wand* Welcome.

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to my Sbooktacular Reading Adventure! For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a readathon but with a twist! It’s a choose your own adventure readathon. It will run from Oct 25–Oct 31. The goal is to read seven books, but if a book can count for more than one challenge, that’s fine too. I’ve actually never done a readathon before, so this is my first one! I have a book for all of the challenges.

Now, I know for those who have watched my previous video or read my previous post will be saying, “Rogan, didn’t you just say that you have six library books to read?” Well… Yes, I do. But I couldn’t resist! A friend of mine posted her TBR (To Be Read) list for this challenge, and I thought, “Oh, that actually sounds fun. Why not?”#sbookyghostOn my friend’s TBR, they’re all kind of spooky books, and I thought yeah, maybe I’ll do that for my list too. Erm. Nahhhh. I didn’t feel like putting in that much effort to find those books, but about half of the books I ended up picking ARE spooky so… Before I continue, the readathon also has a competition, so there’s five different teams. I’m Team #sbookyghost. IT’S SO CUTE! LOOK AT IT.


Okay! Books!

Related image1. Trick or treat, read a book of your choice: Horrorstör.

Since I already had this book, sure. I haven’t started reading it so… Why not?

2. Read a book set in the future: Fahrenheit 451.

Related imageI’m being honest here, I have read this before. But the last time I read this, I was a freshman in high school. So that’s nine, or ten years ago? Has it really been that long?? *has an existential crisis* Anyway! I want to re-read it because it’s one of my favorite books from back then, so I want to see if I still like it today. Also… A book about books? Who doesn’t love that? I am also loving the new cover for the 60th anniversary edition.

Related image3. Read a book where the narrator is dead: The Lovely Bones.


I haven’t read this. I haven’t seen the movie either. So… I am going into this knowing nothing. No, I do know the basic story but there you go.

4. Read a book with a black cover: 2001–A Space Odyssey.

Image result for 2001 space odyssey bookNow, I have a story about this one. I originally picked Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. But when I got to the library and found it… *chuckles* Yeah no, I’m not going to try and read this. It’s just over 1,000 pages! And it’s not large print either! So yeah no, I’ll add it to my list to read, but I’m not reading it for this challenge. No. So I got 2001 instead. I’ve never read this book, so… I thought this would be a good opportunity.

Image result for black panther graphic novelThe next book COULD kind of count for 4, 5, AND 6. (I got seven books anyway, like I said before.)

5. Read a book in one day: Black Panther (graphic novel).

This could count as black on the cover, black in the name, read in one day, AND…

Image result for chilling adventures of sabrina6. Read a graphic novel: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Now, I said that Black Panther could count, but I got another one for this challenge. I found Sabrina when I was looking for something else unrelated. So I read the description and it seemed interesting, so why not?

7. Read a dystopian novel: We (by Yevgeny Zamyatin).

Image result for we yevgeny zamyatinI chose the dystopian novel path, but We actually fits the other path as well (sci-fi book). This could count for a book with a black cover too (the version I have is a monochrome picture of a man). I’m actually kind of excited to read We, because it’s apparently the inspiration for every dystopian novel…ever. Including 1984 and Brave New World.

Aaaaand these are the books I will hopefully finish in a week. We’ll see how this goes! They’re all fairly short. Kind of. What have I gotten myself into?

Team #sbookyghost. *fades out*

*fades back in* Hold on, hold on. I’m not finished. Like always, if you’ve read a book or want to read a book I mentioned, leave it in the comments of the video. And… I guess that is all for today.

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Law, Logic, and Turtles | BookTube


Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to another BookTube post/video! The last one was a little over a month ago. So I have a few books. (Not as many as I would like but oh well.)

Image result for coming out: an international anthology bookLet’s get right into it. If you’ve been watching, you’ll know that I’ve been reading Coming Out for…a while now. And I finally finished it. The book was published in 1992, so it’s a little outdated. But…I thought it was interesting, yes. It has a really good variety of writings. Some are studies, some are letters, kind of open letters. Some are manifestos. Some are just stories about the culture there in a country, or what life is like for people living in that country. Sometimes this book is really easy to read through, sometimes it’s slow because it uses a lot of academic language, so it becomes really dry and dull. But sometimes it’s easy to flip through because it’s written like a story. So… Because this is written by a variety of people so of course, the writing styles will be varied. So…That’s one thing you have to be aware of going into reading this book. Overall, I thought it was interesting, yeah, but definitely outdated.

Image result for hyde bookNext book: Hyde. Hyde was a really interesting re-telling of a classic story, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This book is set in the Victorian era. But the way it’s told, Mr. Hyde is given agency to explore life on his own. Jekyll is still kind of watching him do it from inside his head. It shows the role switching. However, the story is always told from Hyde’s perspective. But sometimes it will tell it from when he’s in Jekyll’s body, watching what Jekyll does, the people he meets and talks with, and whatever. It’s interesting because there is death happening in this book. There is…love kind of? Sex. A lot of things happen in this book. I would recommend this book if you like dark thrillers, mystery stories, this is a good one.

Image result for deaf culture fairy talesNext book is actually my dad’s book, Deaf Culture Fairy Tales. I don’t know, I was expecting something a little different. But when I was reading through it, ahhh, yeah okay. Basically, what it does is it will take classic fairy tales like Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, those kind of stories. And re-tell them but with a Deaf twist. Or modify it so all the characters are Deaf. It was really interesting to see how they modified parts of the stories to fit Deaf culture, Deaf stories, Deaf history. Some of the re-tellings were [shrugs] ehh, okay. But some were oh, that’s actually pretty good. I think this would be good book for children, CODAs, deaf kids, any kids really.

Related imageNext book: Ruby. It was…wow. That was not what I was expecting. I read the description, and I was like okay, fine. But as I read through, wait what? The main characters are Ruby and Ephram Jennings. This is set in East Texas, and they grew up in that town. Ruby, at one point when she was young, moved to go live with a white woman, then moved to New York City. Then came back, and basically the villagers watched her mental health decline. This is not a happy story. It’s hard to read, yes, because it does mention–I’m going to censor this word here–child r*pe, adult r*pe. So…This is not an easy book to read. It’s good. It is good. But it’s hard to get through. I don’t want to say too much about this book, but it does include a little voodoo, magic kind of. It is a good book. Just has tough topics in it. So be aware of that.

Related imageNext book: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. I love this author. Honestly, I love this author. This was written by the same person who wrote Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. It’s so good. Same with Aristotle and Dante, this book has a Mexican-American family. However! The main character (there’s two), the boy is adopted by a gay Mexican man. The second, a girl, is Mexican and her family is Mexican. The story is about the boy, mostly about the boy, and how he starts having anger problems, trying to figure out who he is, where he fits in the world. It’s really good. His history comes back to bother him again, something happens in his life that causes him and his best friend, Samantha, to be faced with how to deal with grief, how to deal with loss. Ahh, it’s really good. This is DEFINITELY another must-read.

Image result for rogue lawyerNext: Rogue Lawyer. John Grisham’s books are always good. When I first started reading this one, I immediately thought, “Oh, this is kind of like Jack Reacher, but in lawyer form.” But as I read through, eh, not really. It’s about a lawyer that will take on almost any case, but he will often do criminal defense. It’s interesting. It has several stories happening that are kind of connected, some are connected, some are just offshoots. It’s pretty good. If you like crime, if you like law, if you like action, this is a good read.

Next book, I will not review in this video because I was sent a free copy of this by the publisher to read and review. So… I will make a full video focusing on that. Sensing the Rhythm by Mandy Harvey. It’s about her life and such, I will expand more in another video. I’ll link that here when it’s up.

Related imageMoving on! Next book, I’m sure a lot of you have already heard of this book. Turtles All the Way Down. And it’s signed! My dad pre-ordered this online, so it was sent to us, we got it on the day it came out. I’m a little disappointed that it’s not one of the copies where he signed it with extra stuff, or his son added to it, or whatever. But yeah, it’s a signed copy so that’s cool. That book is SO good! I already kind of want to re-read it. The main character is a girl named Aza. She has these intrustive thoughts that will just keep going, continue to bother her until she does something to make them stop. Or they just keep going. They’re thought spirals. And it talks about her dealing with that, trying to recover from it, trying to stop them, reduce them. It’s really good! There were a couple times when it was hard to read, but so good.

That’s it for the books that I’ve read in the last month-ish. But I do have a whole stack of books from the library that I really need to get through. So I’m going to put it here to hold myself accountable.

What I am currently reading: The Chickenshit Club. I thought the title was hilarious, and then I read the sub-title, oh yes I want to read this. The sub-title says: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives. It’s interesting so far, so we’ll see how that goes.

Next two books, I will need to finish reading in the next week or so before they’re due at the library. Double Bind: Women on Ambition and The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures. The next three books, I have two weeks to read them so I should be fine.

I added the next two books to my list because they were recommended by people I watch and I ended up checking to see if the library had them, I’d decided that if they had them, I’d get them. They had both. Landline and Exit West.

The last one for today. Oh, when I saw this on the shelf at my library, I just had to get it. Let me explain a little bit about my library before I show you the book. In the fiction section, they have one shelf that’s half, not a full floor-to-ceiling one. They will have themes, not every month, but if there’s something happening that month like Halloween, Christmas, whatever, they will put themed books on that shelf. And they have another smaller section, for like elections coming up, they’ll have books about politics. That’s how I found some of the political books I’ve read before. But now, since it’s October, obviously the shelf is Halloween-related books. And this book. I saw the title and I immediately knew what it was about: Horrorstör. I think you can guess from the cover…that it’s IKEA. And inside the cover, it has a floor plan and “Welcome to ORSK!” Anyway. This is basically a parody of IKEA. Honestly, when I saw the cover, I was like yeah, I’m going to get this, it doesn’t matter what it’s about, I’m getting it. I read the description–yep, I’m convinced, I’m getting it. So this will be fun to read. I hope.

Now I will shut up and end. These are all due in two weeks, ish, something like that. So you may get another video in two weeks all about these. And also you will be getting a short video about Sensing the Rhythm. So let me know if you’ve read any of these or want to read any of these. Any books I mentioned today. And…let me know if there’s any book you’ve read recently that you want me to read. I don’t know, whatever. Leave them in the comments. I hope you found something to read today. And that’s all for today so…

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Queer, Comics, and Myths | BookTube


Hello and welcome to a BookTube post! Today I have seven books and one comic. Yes, I read comics. And yes, I consider them books because you read them, so… In my previous post, I mentioned that I was reading Coming Out. I’m still reading that, so it won’t be in this post.

Image result for arabella of marsThe first book I read was Arabella of Mars. This is AMAZING! Literally, I started reading and I didn’t want to stop reading. I just flew through it, I finished it in a day? 24 hours together, so… Yeah… It’s really good. It’s set in the 1800s, and they have space travel! They invented a way to do it with the technology they had at the time. And of course, there are a few things that are different than our world. But it’s really, really, really good. And as you could tell from the name, Arabella, the lead character is a woman. If you like science fiction, read it! Its’ excellent.

Image result for you're in the wrong bathroom and 20 otherNext book! You’re in the wrong bathroom! and 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People. A really long title, but there you go. This book is good for people who don’t really know much about trans people, or about that community. It covers a lot of things that people commonly don’t understand about the trans community. So this is really good for that. Though if you’re already a part of it, know it fairly well, you might already know most of this. But yeah, they include resources. A thick resources section in the back. (I’ll see if I can find the list online somewhere. If not, I’ll try to create a doc or something to list it, and I’ll link it here.) Also, they have a lot of evidence in the back, notes. It’s to show that we really do have evidence for this, to argue the myths and misconceptions.

Image result for rock and riotThe next thing that I read was actually a comic, Rock and Riot. I loved it. I know people will argue oh, this is not really a book. Yes it is. Ah, ah, shh! I do not want that argument here. Rock and Riot is beautiful. It’s a queer-inclusive, queer book set in the 1950s. I will link it here. It’s good! It’s a completed comic, from beginning to end, on Tapas. (It used to be called Tapastic.) I want to mention comic books really quick. On one of my videos a while ago, someone asked me if I read comic books. And I replied, no, I don’t really read comic books. I have a few but I don’t really read that kind of book. Not because I don’t like them, no, just not what I read. But webcomics on the other hand… I’ve been reading them more lately than I normally do. Part of that is because webcomics will often have a lot of inclusivity. Maybe not even a major point of the story, it’ll just happen to have a character be trans, gay, ace, whatever. So that’s part of why I started to read webcomics, because they’re really inclusive. A good example is Rock and Riot. The thing is, I haven’t really recommended any on here because most of the ones I read aren’t finished. They’re in, a work in progress. Rock and Riot is finished. My question is: should I make one video, about what webcomics I read right now, and what I would recommend. Yes or no? Okay! Back to books.

Image result for calumet city bookCalumet City. I was reading this in the last video. It’s good, a standard cop noir. But what I do like about this is that the lead character is a woman, working in the police force. She has a traumatic childhood, a dark past. The story includes that and is based on her dark childhood. So I thought that was really good, including several aspects of a character. Not just “oh, she’s a cop. Great, this is a cop story.” No, it’s about her past too. It’s really good.

Image result for at the broken placesNext.*cringe* The book: At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces. This was written by two people – the mother and her trans son, like the title says. I want to emphasize that I am not trans, so I do not have this experience. I’ve always been supportive of trans people so I had a hard time reading this because of the mother’s essays. The style of this book is like essays, kind of going back and forth. For example, one section will talk about telling their story to others. It will have an essay by the mother and by the son. The son explains his experiences coming out to other people, and how they reacted, how he felt about that. Then you have the mother, how she tells people that her child is trans, when it’s important or not. Or if she makes a mistake, should she correct it or is it not that important? Overall, I think it’s good, yes. But there are some parts that I’m a little mhmm. Because the mother—often, the mother sounds almost…whiny? Like, oh poor me, the doctors ignored me. They didn’t give me any say in what my child’s life is… [Then I went off on a tangent on how I feel for a few minutes. I might make a longer post/video specifically about this book.] The way the mother comes across often in this book is a little–ugh, I don’t know. Again, I’m not a parent, I’m not trans, I don’t have a trans child. So I do not have the experiences that these people in the book have. It’s good, just. A little hard to read. By hard, I don’t mean hard to understand. I mean emotionally hard to read.

Image result for aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universeLuckily, the next book that I read… Yesss. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. This is SO good. This is a must-read! One, the two main characters are Mexican. Two… This book doesn’t explicitly say they’re gay, or bi, or whatever. They don’t explicitly state their sexuality. But the characters are queer. It’s really good. I started reading it and just flew through it. I have the second book. The second book by the same author (meaning not a series) is the Inexplicable Logic of my Life. I haven’t started reading it yet, so this will be in my next book post. Definitely read this one.

Image result for born both an intersex lifeNext! Born Both: an Intersex Life. It’s a really interesting book. The author’s name is Hida Viloria. She is intersex, and she didn’t know that until later in life. She writes about her experiences growing up. When she started to question herself, “am I not normal?” About those experiences. It’s also overlapping with her experiences as a Latina. She was involved with advocacy for intersex people, for queer people as well, but more focused on intersex advocacy. It’s really good. She calls herself “her,” but she also considers herself non-binary. Growing up, she experimented with presenting more masculine, more feminine, in between, both. She talks about that experience too, growing up as intersex, but also the fact that her identity matches her body, being non-binary. So that was different, interesting!

Image result for mythology 101Next book and last for now. It’s a really long title. Mythology 101: From Gods and Goddesses to Monsters and Mortals, Your Guide to Ancient Mythology. It also has a bubble on the cover that says A Crash Course in Greek and Roman Myths. Growing up, I was really fascinated with Greek mythology, so when I saw this book on the cart at the library, I grabbed it because it looked interesting. After reading it–yep. It covers pretty much every important person in Greek mythology and some not-as-important, but fairly well-known figures in mythology. One thing that I was a little disappointed about. The cover is a little misleading. It says a “crash course in Greek and ROMAN myths.” Hmm. Not really. As I read through, I started to wonder where are the Roman myths? It sometimes would mention the Roman names of the Greek gods/goddesses. But it doesn’t have anything about Roman myths until the very end. The only story that they really mentioned was the founding story of the city, Rome. So… A little misleading. But. At the same time, it’s kind of eh, whatever. That’s because a lot of the Roman myths are the same as Greek myths. Just different names, sometimes different characters maybe, but the basic story is the same. The Romans took from the Greeks, and they took over a lot of Greece, so there’s that. Anyway. That book is a good overview of Greek myths.

And that is all for today. I hope you found some interesting books to read. Let me know in the comments below, if you’ve read any of these and what you thought about them. Also let me know what you think about me making a video about all webcomics. Of course, as always, if you have any book recommendations, leave them.

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BookTube Issues


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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