Contemporary-a-thon Round 2 TBR | BookTube

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Let me tell you, today’s been an adventure.

Hello and welcome! As you saw from the title, Contemporary-a-thon is what I will be talking about today. This is actually Round 2. I didn’t participate in round 1, because that was last year, before I really got involved with the BookTube community. But I want to do another readathon, so here we go!

I said today’s been an adventure, because… *chuckle* Story time! Last night (Saturday), I was thinking and… Oh. It hit me that the Contemporary-a-thon starts on Monday. (The readathon runs from February 12 to the 18th.) Well crap. I don’t have a video, I don’t even have a TBR, nothing. So… I thought to myself, “Tomorrow morning, I need to get on this.” This morning, I got up, made coffee, and immediately went to find books. To add to that adventure of needing to make a TBR… I started a TBR with some books I had and some I knew I wanted, figured out what the library has, working it out. My list ended up having only two out of seven books that are mine, while the rest are e-books or physical books from the library. Once I finished my TBR, I thought, “No big deal, I’ll just go to the library, get the books, and come back before I do this video. Easy enough right?” Well… I forgot my library is closed on Sundays. So… The list I give you today may change if I’m not able to get all of the books I need from the library. Sigh. Okay! Without further ado, I’ll tell you my books.

Geekerella.jpg1. Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover. I struggled with this one. The first book that came to mind was Queens of Geek. Buuuuuuut my library doesn’t even have it. E-book, physical, audio, nothing. So. That choice was out. Another choice that I had is I Hate Everyone But You. I don’t mind reading it, but I’m a little ambivalent about it. I decided to go ahead and get it so I can have it as a back-up if my first choice doesn’t work out. My first choice is Geekerella. All of the copies are checked out from the library right now, so I put a hold on it (and I’m the first on the list). Hopefully it will appear sometime this week. If not, I already have a back-up.

Image result for homegoingThe next two books, Homegoing and Behold the Dreamers, can actually count for two categories interchangeablyI ordered these two together, I’m not actually sure if they are my most recent contemporary purchase. But for the sake of this video, I’m going to count them for 2. Read the most recent contemporary book you purchased/acquired. These can also count for number four, read a diverse contemporary book. However, I’ve decided I will pick Homegoing for number two.

Hate u give.JPG3. Read a hyped contemporary book. I chose The Hate U Give. This is from the library, hopefully I’ll be able to get this copy because… I really want to read this.

Image result for behold the dreamers4. Read a diverse contemporary book. Like I’ve said, I have two that can count, but I’ve picked Behold the Dreamers.

5. Read a dark/taboo contemporary book. I really, really wanted to read several books, but my library doesn’t have any of them. In particular, I wanted to read The Bone Dragon. serpent king.jpgThe library doesn’t have it at all. The Year of the Rat, they have an audiobook. Only. That’s it. No e-book, no physical book, so! I ended up picking The Serpent King because it was recommended by chelseadolling reads. She has a video that is like 18 minutes long with a huge list of recommendations for all of these categories. So… If you need help finding books, go check it out. This is a physical book from the library, so fingers crossed I can get it.

Black Panther vol 2.jpg6. Read a contemporary graphic novel. I chose Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 2. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I read Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 1 for Sbooktacular Reading Adventure, or whatever, in October, a readathon. So I thought why not read the second one? (The library) has the e-book, and I’ve already gotten it, I have it ready.

Words in deep blue.jpgLast but not least, 7. Read a contemporary book that has been recommended to you. After hearing about this book in what feels like almost every video recently by Kathy, I decided I’m going to get this book. Words in Deep Blue. HOPEFULLY my library has this, because I really want to read it.

That’s it for my TBR that was thrown together in less than a few hours. So let me know if you’ve read any of these books, which ones you’re most excited for me to read? Let me know in the comments below.

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(Most of) January Wrap Up| BookTube

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I really tried to break the alternation of queer (and/or ASL Ponderings), and books, but… Oh well.

Hello and welcome to a wrap-up. I will TRY to make this short but we’ll see. (Ha, it never happens.) I’ve decided that I need to be more consistent about WHEN I post wrap-ups of what I’ve read. So from now on, I will be doing end-of-month wrap-ups. I will try anyway. So! I have nine books today. Let’s get started!

Image result for how to survive a garden gnome attackHow to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. This is funny. It’s kind of a parody book. I enjoyed reading this. It’s a very quick read, maybe a hour. If you’re a fast reader, maybe a hour. It’s not even that thick. It’s written like a “how to survive a zombie apocalypse,” that kind of thing. So this is pretty funny. It will talk about garden gnomes like they’re alive and have very murderous intent. It’s a funny little book, I enjoyed it.

Related imageNext, The Partner. It’s basically about a guy who worked for a law firm, and stole money from them, disappeared for ~4 years. They looked for him, couldn’t find him. The law firm that he worked for went broke, all the partners spent the money before they even had it. There’s a lot, but at the same time, not a lot going on in this story. It jumps back and forth a lot. It kind of pieces together the story as you go, it doesn’t tell you from the beginning to now, no. It starts now, jumps to back here, then forward to now, a little back, now, far back. It can be a little confusing sometimes, but overall, it is good. It’s a Grisham book, I enjoy his books. *shrugs* It was good.

Related imageNext, Queer by William S. Burroughs. I gave it three stars on GoodReads. Partly because it was just very confusing. I’m just going to read the synopsis on the back of the book, because I’m not even sure how to explain it. Set in Mexico City during the early 50s, Queer follows William Lee’s hopeless pursuit of desire from bar to bar in the American expatriate scene. Yeah… It was interesting, but very confusing. The writing style is very different than modern books, so… It’s not something I would say you must read. It’s okay if you… Yeah, I don’t know.

Related imageNext, Girl at War by Sara Nović. A couple things. One, I already kind of explained this story in a collab I did recently. I’ll link that here. Second thing, the author is deaf. Now, this book has only one deaf character in it, as far as I know, and it’s a minor character. But the story itself is good. It’s about a girl who was born in Croatia and grew up during the downfall of Yugoslavia. Then at about 11 years old, she was sent to the US to live there. She grew up, became an adult there. She started to have flashbacks, struggling with her life. So she decided it was time to go back to Croatia and reconnect with her roots. It’s really good. It does touch on war, violence, trauma, so be aware of that if you need to prepare yourself for that.

Image result for creative struggleNext, Creative Struggle. If you know Zen Pencils, you will know what’s in this book. It’s pretty much his comics from online put into book form. (Not all of them, just a select few.) So if you read online, there’s nothing new in this. It has different comics about famous people like Tesla, Einstein, Akira Kurosawa (a filmmaker), Mary Shelley (the author of Frankenstein). All different masters of creativity, and the comics are about their own struggle. Many people will look at them and go, “They’re brilliant, good at what they do, they never struggle.” But the comics say no, really, they did have their own struggles that they had to get through before they became skilled/good. I really liked how Gavin, the cartoonist, did this. He drew it as if the person themselves was telling the story. After each comic, he will have text about that person, what their history is, maybe more details about their accomplishments, and why it’s important to know about this person. It’s really interesting, I liked it.

Related imageNext, The Orchid Thief. Basically, the story is about orchids and trying to figure out WHY people are so obsessed with them. This started as a New York Times article, then the author decided that she wanted to expand to a full book, maybe. So she went to Florida, everything happens in Florida. She follows one person who is obsessed with ghost orchids. He wants to get one, and clone them to sell everywhere. Because they’re hard to get, they’re in the wild, only in Florida, they don’t grow anywhere else. It’s an interesting story, yeah, and I did learn quite a bit about orchids in this. I gave it three stars on GoodReads, because it wasn’t anything that hit me and made me go, “Wow, this is really fascinating!” It was an interesting story, yes, but not anything special.

Image result for winter lunar chroniclesNext, Winter. This is the fourth, and final, book in the Lunar Chronicles. If you remember from my previous videos, I’ve read all four – Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and now Winter. I really enjoyed reading Winter because we got to learn more about Luna, and what the author imagines what life is like on the moon, and the people who live there. It was interesting. It was good, still has a little bit here and there that felt a little bit convoluted. But…overall, the series is good. I enjoyed reading it. I enjoyed seeing the alternate possibilities of all these fairy tales. Winter is obviously based on Snow White, just looking at the cover. But I’m not going to say anything more because this series is one of those you have to read in order, they’re not stand-alone novels. So let’s get to the next one.

Image result for piper graphic novel coverNext, Piper. I… *winces* I don’t like this one. I don’t. To be clear, this book is a graphic novel, so that’s different from a book. This is a re-telling of the Pied Piper. Simple and basic. But I really didn’t like it because… It has a deaf character in it, a main character other than the Piper. But I felt like the deafness was used as a plot device, and the whole story felt kind of forced, and… The way it was written was kind of all over the place, it felt choppy, jerky, it didn’t feel natural at all. So… I gave it two stars on GoodReads. Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend this book at all.

Image result for mr penumbra 24 hour bookstoreNext book, I started and finished in maybe four hours: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. This was recommended by Kathy, and the minute I saw it, I knew I had to get it and read. I mean, a book about a 24-hour bookstore, books, mystery, and all of that? Yes. Yes, please. I decided, fine, I’m going to the library, get it, because I found out my library has it, yes. I got it… and I think I may have to get my own copy. Anyway! This story is about a guy who recently lost his job, his career goals didn’t really pan out, so he’s looking for a job. He happened to find one at Penumbra’s. He thought, sure, why not?Related image It’s a good temporary job for now. And of course, things get weird. And get weirder, very fast. This has a good mix of old-timer, books, a bookstore, and tech with Google, 3D models, and all of that. While I was reading it, I used a specific bookmark to hold my place that has flying books on it. I thought it was appropriate. A book bookmark in a book about a bookstore and books. What can get better than that?Related image Also, for those who don’t know sign, the book has a symbol that is mentioned frequently in the book. It also has a picture as shown here. That’s the end of the sign for book. So…I don’t know if that was the author’s intent or not, but I thought that was a cool tidbit. Oh and of course I want to add this! A really cool thing with this book cover is it glows in the dark. That’s really cool! I would definitely recommend this read.

That’s it for today’s wrap-up. Have you read any of these books? If so, did you like them or didn’t like them? Let me know in the comments!

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Yes, I consider comics to be books, including webcomics!

Hello, and welcome. A while ago, in one of my wrap-ups, I asked you if you would be interested in what webcomics I read. Quite a few of you said yes, so here you go. If I don’t say where it’s from, it’s from Tapas. And the majority of these are from Tapas. This will be mostly long-form comics. I’ll link a few “slice of life” comics at the end along with some bonus long-form ones. Also, many of these comics are still in progress, so I will say specifically if they are finished. I will link all the comics I mention as I go. So, in no particular order, let’s get into it.

Always Human.pngAlways Human This is on WebToons. It’s fantastic! Someone recommended it to me when I asked about webcomics, and… It’s beautiful. This is a finished one. It’s set in the future, it focuses on two main characters. Both women, and it’s sort of a lesbian romance, kind of. But it also includes a lot of struggles with identity, and disability, and… It’s beautiful.

Sharp Zero.pngSharp Zero Oh, the queer representation in this is FANTASTIC. They have bi, pan, ace, genderqueer/fluid, trans, you name it, they have it. They even have a few disabled characters. Sharp Zero is set in, I guess, the not-too-distant future where superheroes are a real thing, and there’s a lot of them. The main character’s a normal person and then he somehow becomes a “superhero” but we still don’t know what happens, because it’s still in progress.

Desert Rose.pngDesert Rose The main character, a boy, has a celestial being in him. It’s hard to be a normal boy like that. The story follows him and another main character on their journey to unite the nations and save the world. Now, the main character, the boy, is trans, and so far, one disabled character! There’s also magic and fun stuff in this!

Everblue.jpgEverblue It’s hosted on its own website. You know Waterworld? Similar concept with no land, just islands that were built by people. So Waterworld, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, kind of. Those two combined. Kind of. It’s really good! It does take a while to update because… Several reasons, but it’s worth it. Worth it.

TPOH.pngThe Property of Hate It’s on its own website. I’m not even sure how to describe this story because it’s very…different. Unique. It’s… I really don’t know how to describe this story. I tried looking up the website to see if it had a blurb, but no. It’s really interesting, definitely a good read!

Sprinter.pngSprinter I’m just going to insert the blurb for this one. “Sprinter was supposed to save the world; she saved herself instead. Raised beneath the weight of an overwhelming responsibility, an impulsive flight whisks her from an ordered life into one of adventure. But it’s not long before she’s forced to acknowledge the consequences of her decision.” This comic is beautiful. The art style of this comic is interesting because the majority of the comic is in black-and-white, but each character has a specific color associated with them. So parts of their clothing will be of that color. It’s really cool.

Flying Ship.pngThe Flying Ship The story opens with the king announcing, “If you want to marry my daughter, you must create a ship that can fly.” So that’s a very interesting start. Right now, the comic is mostly following the main character who is homeless, she travels. She ends up with a dog, traveling around. I’m not going to say anything more than that. Other than one, the story has magic, kind of magic, it’s fantasy. Also, the main character is queer…in some way, and disabled!

SatW.jpgScandinavia and the World It’s on both Tapas and its own website. This is a cute comic. It basically takes the Scandinavian countries and turns them into a person. They have a head that looks like a stereotypical person that lives in that country. It has different stories about their cultural differences, or things that are special to their cultures. Sometimes it’ll show how they behave when they’re in a group. It’s really cool. This is kind of short-form but long-form? That line is blurry, so I’m just including this because it’s a good one.

Lochbank Cryptid Society.jpgLochbank Cryptid Society I will insert the description for this one as well. “Three teenagers start an after school club dedicated to hunting cryptids and legends of their small town, only to discover a conspiracy bigger than anything they set out for.” This is good so far! It has one non-binary character, and I think a couple of the main characters are queer too.

Demon House.jpgDemon House A woman who needed an apartment found one for very cheap, and moved in. The landlord basically told her, “Just so you know, many tenants can’t, don’t live there long. So just be aware, because they keep saying there’s ghosts in the house or something.” She thought, “That’s fine, I can handle some imaginary ghosts, pfft that’s fine, whatever.” Moved in. Oh. The whole house is full of demons. And the story goes from there. It’s really good. One character is gay, at least one is bi, and there’s several ace characters. I think there’s a few other queer characters too but I don’t remember specifics.

Cupido.jpgCupido It follows a person who has the ability to see the marks that connect soulmates. He sets out and tries to connect soulmates without screwing up things. He does that with a friend. It is good. The main main character is bi, and his friend is gay.

Himawari Share.pngHimawari Share It follows three international students living together in Tokyo. This comic is SO relatable, because I experienced living internationally for a year. And the way this comic is done is beautiful. The main main character used to live in Japan, but moved to the US when she was seven. She speaks only English. So she came to Japan as essentially an international person, being lost, not sure… Not really fully understanding everything in Japanese. So, the artist does this. You know the dialogue bubbles? She writes in both Japanese and English. If the character understands what’s being said, she will show the English words clearly, but if the character doesn’t understand, she will show a blur in only the English text. And you can almost see the evolution of the character’s understanding of Japanese. At the beginning, there’s a lot of gaps, and as it goes on you can see more and more words, and less gaps. So that’s really cool. I like that, I relate so much to that experience.

Les Normaux.jpgLes Normaux This is a world where the real world and the supernatural world exist, but the real world doesn’t know about the other. They exist together, but hidden. This story is set in supernatural Paris. It’s really interesting because it’s basically a parallel world, but existing in the same place. It follows a human wizard that finds out he has magic, and he can do that stuff. So he moves to Paris to learn, it goes from there. The queer representation in this is pretty diverse. It’s really good.

MaryDeath.jpgMaryDeath This has a very similar feel to Calvin and Hobbes. So if you enjoy Calvin and Hobbes, read MaryDeath. Death is a personified, Mary is the only one who can see him. They have conversations about the universe, about death, about different stuff, similar to Calvin and Hobbes.

Project Nought.pngProject Nought I’ll insert here. “Ren didn’t expect to be thrown over a hundred years into the future for an exchange trip, but it’s apparently what he signed up for.” It’s interesting so far. It’s still really new so…we’ll see what happens. This is by the same person who drew Rock and Riot, the comic I mentioned in my wrap-up. So I’m guessing that, based off that comic, this probably will have a lot of queer representation in it down the road.

what qq.jpgwhat qq This is a “slice of life” comic, but it was drawn by a deaf trans masculine genderqueer person. I wanted to include this because they’ve recently been doing a long form comic of their experience figuring out who they were.

Aaaaaand that’s all! I know it’s a lot, but I read a lot. This was probably less than half of what I read on Tapas. I read a lot so… Anyway, I hope you found some that you’re interested in reading, and if you do read any of them, let me know in the comments what you think of it!

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Bonus comics

Long form comics

– Empyrea: https://tapas.io/series/EMPYREA

– Haibi: https://tapas.io/series/Haibi

– Alec in Wunderland: https://tapas.io/series/Alec-in-Wunderland

– Help Wanted: https://tapas.io/series/HelpWantedcomic

– DPD: Arcane Affairs (This is in the same universe as Help Wanted): https://tapas.io/series/DPD-Arcane-Affairs

– Unfamiliar: https://tapas.io/series/unfamiliar

– Heavy Horns: https://tapas.io/series/Heavy-Horns

– Flóra (same artist as Cupido, be sure to check out the thumbnails on Tapas!): https://tapas.io/series/floracomic

– The Witch Journals (relatively new, but looks like it’ll be very good!): https://tapas.io/series/The-Witch-Journals

Short form

– Brutally Honest: https://tapas.io/series/Brutally-Honest

– Coffee: https://tapas.io/series/Coffee

– Sarah’s Scribbles: https://tapas.io/series/Doodle-Time

– Shen Comix: https://tapas.io/series/Shen-Comix

– Will and Raph Chronicles: https://tapas.io/series/willandraph

– Husband and Husband: https://tapas.io/series/HusbandAndHusband

– My Life as a Background Slytherin: https://www.facebook.com/backgroundslytherin/

– Same Shit, Different Day: https://tapas.io/series/Same-Shit-Different-Day

 

LGBTQIA+ BookTube Tag

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Book-related, but not necessarily about books?

Hello, and welcome to the LGBTQIA+ BookTube Tag. I was tagged in this by Kathy Trithardt. I will link her video down below. She tagged me while doing her Bookmas videos. I told her I’d hold it and do it in the new year, and here you go. I also wanted to add that from now on, depending on the situation, I will generally try to limit myself to one book video a week. Because I have plenty of other topics I want to make videos about, and I don’t want books to take over this channel because there’s plenty I want to do. This may be short, because it’s just six questions, so let’s get into it.

1. How do you identify? Queer, bi, pan. I’m fine with any of those. I also suspect I’m demiromantic. As for gender, I’m somewhat questioning at the moment.

2. What are some of your favorite LGBTQIA+ books and authors? For books, a recent favorite is Ramona Blue. I haven’t read that many queer books. Partly because I don’t seek out queer books. I do want to read much more this year. For authors, I don’t really know. I don’t necessarily pay attention to the identity of the author. Yes, sometimes I will see, “Oh, a trans person wrote this book specifically about the trans experience.” Or an intersex person wrote about their intersex experience. Yeah, of course, that I will know. But if it’s like a fiction story, like Ramona Blue, I won’t necessarily pay attention to, “Oh, does the author have that experience?” I just read the book. If it’s good, it’s good. If it’s not, it’s not.

3. How often do you discuss LGBTQIA+ books on your channel? And what videos of yours would you recommend people start with, if they’re looking for LGBTQIA+ content? If the book I’m reading has queer content, or was written by someone who’s queer, I will mention it, yes. But like I said earlier, it’s not something that I make a point of doing. By videos of mine, is the question about books, or just in general? For book-related, I’d say start with one of my wrap-ups that had a lot of queer books in it. I will link it in the card and below. For queer videos, I’d say start with “Why I Prefer Queer” or “Queer Signs.” I will link both below.

4. Who are your favorite LGBTQIA+ booktubers? I don’t watch much BookTube at the moment, because many aren’t captioned. And I haven’t taken the time to explore those that have captions yet. But one that I do watch regularly is the person who tagged me for this, Kathy. I get a lot of book recommendations from her, so… Go check her out. Also, the Princess and the Scrivener. They’re not BookTubers, but they will occasionally talk about books.

5. When was the first time you encountered a LGBTQIA+ character in fiction? I have no idea. I read a lot growing up. I still read a lot, so… I probably read something when I was younger, but didn’t realize there was something significant about that because of the way I was raised.

6. Anything else you want to add? And who do you tag? Right now, I don’t know of any books that have GOOD representation of disabled queer people, especially deaf queers. So if you know of any, please let me know! Also, BookTubers, please caption your videos. I would love to watch more book videos, but I’m a little limited at the moment. For the tag, all the queer BookTubers I know have already been tagged. So, if you haven’t done this, and haven’t been tagged, consider it done.

That’s it for the LGBTQIA+ BookTube Tag. If you want to answer any of these questions in the comments below, go ahead! Recommend any LGBTQIA+ books, LGBTQIA+ authors, and I will try my best to read more this year!

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Why not start the new year with a book post?

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to the first post of 2018. In 2017, I aimed to read 50 books. I actually read 26,091 pages which is 75 books. In 2018, I aim to read 100 books. Since my last general wrap-up, I’ve read 17 books. 7 of those are from the Holiday Adventure-a-thon. If you want to see what I read in 2017, here. Now, to the wrap-up today.

Image result for los angeles a guide to recent architectureImage result for san francisco a guide to recent architectureStarting with Los Angeles: A Guide to Recent Architecture. I read the other one, San Francisco: A Guide to Recent Architecture, recently, so I’m doing them together, because they’re the same idea. They’re kind of a basic guide to architecture in those cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I think it’s good if you want to have a basic, simple reference where some buildings, that are important to know about, are. Another thing I’m disappointed about is that it’s all black-and-white pictures. I think it would have been much better if it was in color, but… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Each picture has a description of what the building is, who designed it, what it’s for, etc. It’s okay. This is good for people who are really into architecture, but not for general enjoyment.

Image result for queer in americaNext! Queer in America. This book is as old as I am, it was published in 1993. I thought it was really interesting, and probably a lot of it still applies today. The full title is Queer in America: Sex, the Media, and the Closets of Power. It talks about the “centers of power” in DC, New York City, and Hollywood (Los Angeles) and how those influence the public perception on…everything, really. And how, at the time it was written, there were still a lot of problems with a lot of queer people being closeted in those three. DC with politics, New York City with media, and Hollywood. They have a lot of queer people, but it’s kept quiet because it’s not something you tell people, and if you tell, you’ll lose your position, or you’ll lose your career, or whatever. Now, that’s probably a little different, but is it really that different? I doubt it. I read this a while ago, so I’m not sure how to adequately describe it, but I thought it was a really good book while I was reading it, so…

Related imageNext: The Happiness Advantage. The sub-title says pretty much everything what the book’s about. The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work. I enjoyed this, it’s more of a “self-help” book. Well, not really, but that’s what it kind of reads like. So if you enjoy reading self-help books, this is a good one. But I think some of the things in it were interesting, and good ideas to apply in everyday life for pretty much everyone. It talks about how positive psychology really affects how we perform in work, in our home lives, in social settings, everything. How that’s really important for us to be aware of how we present ourselves to others. Yeah, it’s something I probably will read again, so take what you will from that.

Related imageNext: The Woman in Cabin 10. It’s basically a murder/mystery/intrigue. I enjoyed it. Inside the cover, the synopsis/blurb says that this is similar to an Agatha Christie book. I have to agree, it’s actually very similar to that style of writing. So if you enjoy that kind of thing, read it. And that was the last book I read before reading the seven books I read for the Holiday Adventure-a-thon. The wrap-up blog post is here.

Related imageMoving onto Mudbound. I decided to renew it and take it with me to Alaska and read it there, or on the flight. Well, I finished most of it on the flight there. I have to say, I was surprised. I actually really enjoyed reading this–okay. Enjoyed, I don’t know if that’s the right word. Um. Okay, I was interested while reading this. This is about two families. One white, one black. They live in a Southern town, I don’t remember exactly where, but Louisiana? Mississippi? A small, small Southern town. This is while racism was still going strong, slavery was very recent. This happens in the World War II era. It talks about the white family moving in and taking over as the new owners of a farm. The black family are the sharecroppers that have lived on the farm for a while. It talks about how they have a strange connection between them, how they navigate their new lives. The book touches on racism, sexism, and all of that. I really enjoyed(?) reading this book. It has some very heartbreaking parts, but it’s really good. Warning, this book does have violence in it. Be aware of that.

Image result for lunar chronicles scarletNext book: Scarlet. This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles. The first book is Cinder. I brought this with me to Alaska, and read it in one day. I wish I had brought Cress (the third book in the series) with me, but I did not (damn it). Scarlet is a continuation of Cinder, obviously. This introduces Little Red Riding Hood as a fairytale re-telling. I mean, look at the cover! I really enjoyed seeing how the author figured out how to fit in another fairytale. I wasn’t expecting that. I obviously knew she would continue the Cinderella storyline. Obviously. But I wasn’t expecting her to add another fairytale storyline in this series. So that was cool. If you have no idea what Cinder is, it’s basically a Cinderella re-telling. But set in the future of Earth, and there’s a race living on the moon, and Cinderella is a cyborg, and… A lot of fun stuff happens. Read it. I don’t want to tell you too much because you need to read it. Scarlet is more of the same goodness. There are a couple flaws, but overall, it’s good. Since I didn’t bring Cress with me to Alaska to read after finishing Scarlet, I ended up having to read other books. (The horror!) My grandpa has tons at his house. (Whew!)

Image result for the eye of heavenThe next book I read was The Eye of Heaven. I finished it while I was there, so I left it. It’s by Clive Cussler, you can’t go wrong with his books. Though this book is a Fargo Adventures. Well. I enjoy reading them, I enjoy any of Clive Cussler’s books, but the Fargo Adventures are a little different than most of his other books. I don’t enjoy them AS much as I enjoy the others. But… Clive Cussler. The Eye of Heaven talks about a discovery that there was a connection between Central American ancient civilizations and Vikings, where it was previously thought to be nonexistent. If you like Clive Cussler, and if you like the Fargo Adventures, you will like this one.

Image result for foreign agent bookNext book: Foreign Agent. I started reading this while I was in Alaska, and finished it on the plane home. It’s really good. It’s about terrorism in Europe and the US. It was decided that they need to respond to the chaos with ISIS. CIA sent a special operative to Europe to help figure out how to stop ISIS. Also, Russia has their special agent that’s trying to cause war with the US and ISIS. That is the basics of this book, I’m not going to tell you any more, because if I do, I will ruin it.

Image result for lunar chronicles cressMoving on! Cress is next. I finished this yesterday, and I think this is probably my favorite out of all of them (so far). If you look at the cover, you can figure out which fairy tale it is, Rapunzel. I really like how the author modified the Rapunzel story to fit in the future, and still follow the basic Rapunzel story. Yeah, it’s my favorite book so far. I need to get the last few books, to finish the whole thing. But that will be in the next wrap-up. I think. We’ll see.

That’s the wrap-up of 17 books. Actually 10 books, but whatever. Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below. That’s it for my first video of 2018. Looking forward to a good year!

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Holiday Adventure-a-Thon Wrap-up | Vlogmas #holidaypenguin

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Hello, and welcome to Vlogmas day 23. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you will know that I succeeded in my goal of finishing all of my seven holiday readathon books on the 23rd. Yes, technically the Holiday Adventure-a-thon ends on the 24th, not the 23rd, but I wanted to finish on the 23rd. That way, I could do a wrap-up for Vlogmas on the 24th. I decided I wanted to try a different style for this post/video. It’ll read more like a diary of sorts. See what I did get, and I’ll meet you after that.

The Holiday Adventure-a-thon started last night, and I thought okay, I’ll at least start one book. Just start. At midnight on the dot, PST (my time). So, fine, I started Cinder. Um… I couldn’t stop reading. I finished it in four hours. I didn’t stop, so 4 AM was when I finally went to bed. Definitely a must-read. I am getting the other books in the series, for sure. Warning! This is a series, so if you don’t want to get sucked into reading a series, don’t start this any time soon. But read it. Read it.

The second book I’ve started reading: Silver Sparrow. It’s still day one, so right now, I am not worried, because one book is finished. I’m already starting the second book, so we’ll see how the rest goes.

I just finished Silver Sparrow and… It was okay. Not… Oh, must read! But not a lousy book. Just…okay. Just, the writing is really strange, so. It wasn’t hard to read, just that it jumped around a lot. Now to decide which book to read. Probably will be Ramona Blue, but I’m going to leave that until tomorrow because I’m going to bed.

My third read is indeed Ramona Blue. I’m excited to read this, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so yay!

Just finished Ramona Blue, and I LOVE IT. I can’t wait to re-read it. It’s a very good story of exploration of identity, who you are, and queer representation. Oh, the queer representation in this book is fantastic! I’m going to bed now, and I still haven’t really decided what my next read will be, but probably my book that I got as a gift, The Last Lecture, just because I’m ehh about reading it, so I’m going to get that out of the way so I have the good books left.

Right now, I’m doing the captions for Vlogmas day 22. And it’s night. I have only finished like the first fifteen pages of my second-to-last book, Personal. So… Will I finish that AND Curious Incident by tomorrow so I can do Vlogmas day 23? I don’t know. Fingers crossed, we’ll see.

Finished! Now straight into the next one, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

I finished my book at–what time is it now? I don’t have a clock. Hold on. I did it! I did it! Yes! I did it! 9:53PM, I finished all seven books for the holiday readathon!

I’m going to go through them really quick, and let you know what I thought about them

Image result for cinder bookCinder. Amazing. Everyone needs to read this. Seriously. This is a Cinderella re-telling, and oh… I am in love! A fairy tale, but it’s set in the future, in a sci-fi world. It’s beautiful. Read it.

SImage result for silver sparrow bookilver Sparrow. This, I got by chance. The blurb seemed interesting, so I grabbed it and… Okay. Not what I was expecting. It’s not terrible, but it’s also not my kind of book, so… This book is about two families, both have a mother and daughter. They share the same father. One family knows about the other. One doesn’t know about the other. That’s the basic story. That’s all I’m going to say about it, so moving on!

Image result for ramona blueRamona Blue. I LOVE THIS! It’s so beautiful. This has amazing queer representation in it, and– It has a character that’s confused, struggling with their identity, trying to figure out who she is, and this is a story that applies to a lot of queer youth. So I think the fact that it’s in a story is fantastic.

Image result for the last lectureThe Last Lecture. I was really skeptical about this book, because I knew nothing about it. And it was a gift from work, so I was like ehh, I don’t know if it will be any good. Reading it, oh. Wow. Okay, I’m actually…touched. I laughed at a lot of parts, but I also teared up at some parts. I would recommend reading it, yes. Do it.

Image result for close range bookClose Range, Wyoming Stories. Okay. Half of the book I really liked. The other half, I was like… What? It’s a really interesting mix of short stories, all set in Wyoming. I don’t know how to describe it, but yeah, it’s really interesting. Oh, and you know the movie, Brokeback Mountain? That movie is based on a short story in this. So… Though I want to be clear, that is the only queer story in this book. Just so you know.

Image result for personal lee childPersonal. A Jack Reacher novel, this is #16 or something, I think. And… *shrugs* I generally like Lee Child, and Jack Reacher, I do like. But this one, I… I wasn’t… I read it, but I wasn’t really sucked into it, so… It’s okay. But it’s not great either.

Image result for the curious incident of the dog in the night-timeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. This was not what I expected at all. But I really liked the book. The main character is autistic, and this is written from his point of view, how he experiences the world, and all of that. I know nothing about the author, what his experiences are with autistic people, or if he is autistic, I have no idea. But without knowing that information, this book is good. I really enjoyed reading it. If you know more specifics about that information, let me know below. Apart from that, I enjoyed this book, it was really unexpected. In a good way.

That was a rapid-fire review of seven books in eleven days. Have you read any of these? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments below. And that’s it for today.

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End of the Year Book Tag | Vlogmas

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One more book post/video than planned, heheh.

Hello, and welcome to Vlogmas day 21. I was not planning on doing another book video, because I have one more for the end of Vlogmas. But Kathy posted a video today, and tagged me in it, so yeah, sure, why not? And I wasn’t really feeling like doing today’s planned topic, so I’m doing this instead. Also, I thought it might be a good idea to do this video before the end of the year! Let’s get into it.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? Apart from the readathon–I don’t know if I will succeed. I have two and half books left, and with only…three days? left. Anyway! I do have Mudbound from the library. I need to finish it before we fly out to Alaska, because this will be due while we’re gone. And we will be back on New Year’s so… Yeah, that one book, but it’s not like need to finish. Other than that, I have a stack of books, but none of them are ones I need to finish before the year ends.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? I don’t really re-read. I do like re-reading some books, like Harry Potter duh, but generally, I don’t. I do have plans to re-read some books purely because I just got the third book in a series. It’s been a long time since I read the first and second books, so I’m re-reading those, refreshing my memory, and then I’ll read the third book that I just got. I don’t really feel the need to read specific books or specific kinds of books at specific times of the year. Just give me all the books.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for? Maybe, but I don’t remember. I don’t think so?

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year? Readathon aside, Mudbound obviously and… I want to read the next books in the Lunar Chronicles series. The first book is Cinder, I’m reading that for the readathon. I loved it, and one of my friends texted me, “Oh!! You read it!?” Yeah? “You want to borrow the second and third from me?” Sure! So I have the second and third book now. That’s my three books to read before the end of the year. Really, it’s not like I need/want to finish by… If I don’t, that’s okay. I don’t feel like I have to finish this list of books by the end of the year. If I don’t, I failed my goal. I don’t do that. I just read when the mood strikes me.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year? Maybe Mudbound, I have no idea. I don’t really know the details so… Maybe that. But… Honestly, Cinder is kind of already a favorite, so the next books probably will be favorites too. And… Picking a top favorite? I can’t do that. I can’t do that to my precious babies.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018? No. I have a stack of books that I want to try and read first before I jump around to other books. But not really, other than readathons that might pop up, or… I was thinking, maybe I will do something I saw Kathy share from Book Riot. It’s their Read Harder challenge for 2018, it’s basically a list of different types of books to try to read. A few examples: a book about nature, a comic written or illustrated by a person of color, a children’s classic published before 1980, an Oprah Book Club selection, an one-sitting book, a sci-fi novel with a female protagonist written by a female author. You get the idea. So that is something I may try to do, I don’t know yet. We’ll see.

I can’t think of anybody to tag right now, so if you want to do this, consider yourself tagged. That’s it, I’m so close to being finished with Vlogmas! Just a few more days, yes! Okay, I’m going to edit this now, and read a book while I wait for it to upload, and all of that stuff. Bye!

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