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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Frustrations with Podcasts

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Hello and welcome. As you already saw from the title today, I want to talk about podcasts and my frustrations with them. If you listen to podcasts, you obviously know there’s a lot of really good ones out there. A couple of podcasts that I would love to be able to know what happens: The Penumbra Podcast, and Welcome to Night Vale. I can’t think of others right now, but those are just two that I would like to know about. Yes, I know they have transcripts, but that’s my problem with them.

Image result for the penumbra podcastA lot of podcasts don’t have transcripts. And some of them do, like Penumbra and WtNV. They have transcripts, yes, but that requires me to go and dig for the transcripts. The way you access transcripts for any podcast you name varies so much, it’s annoying. For example, WtNV. I believe you can access it through their…where they upload their podcast, but it’s also on their website, I think. The Penumbra Podcast, as far as I know, you can access it only on their website. It varies. Sometimes it’s through their upload platform, sometimes through their website only, sometimes both. There’s no consistent way to access transcripts. So if I want to do that, I have to know which way. I have to do extra work to be able to access that information, and eh. That’s one of my biggest frustrations with podcasts. Yes, they have transcripts, but… It’s still not really accessible.

Image result for welcome to night valeNot only that, the transcript itself varies in quality. Sometimes it’s really good, really clear about who’s talking, what’s being said. But sometimes… Ehhh. Also, reading a transcript can sometimes be like reading a play script. That doesn’t exactly make for good, enjoyable reading. I know some podcasts, like WtNV, have a book version too. I still haven’t read the book version, but that’s one thing that’s a little different than a standard podcast. But do podcasts in general make books? No. I’m just frustrated that there’s so many good quality podcasts out there, but… *sigh* They’re just not deaf friendly.

Yeah, I just wanted to get a post up today. And this is something that’s been bothering me for a while. It’s just not… Podcasts are great. But just not very accessible, and not deaf friendly. Not really. I guess that’s it for today.

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Fairytales, Thriller, Mystery | BookTube

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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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Vlogmas Comes to an End

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Hello, and welcome to Vlogmas day 24. And the final day for me. If you’ve been watching the whole month, thank you. If you just found me now, welcome! For those who are new, I do not normally do daily videos. Not at all! I do want to try to put myself on a semi-regular schedule…in the new year. But for now, I’m just going to enjoy myself in Alaska with family. By the time you see this, I probably will already be in the air, or about to take off. And I won’t be back home until a few hours before the new year, so… *shrugs*

If you are a Patron on my Patreon, you would have seen on my schedule for Vlogmas, I had a plan to do History of: Christmas. I changed my mind because…eh, I moved things around and it didn’t really fit anymore. And I thought to myself, why should I go forward with that when there’s already a video out there that’s fantastic. It’s from Adam Ruins Everything, I will link that here. It’s great, watch it.

During Vlogmas, I did have a few videos go up late, but I did do it, I made 24 videos for this month. I’m proud of myself.

Oh, and how could I forget? You might recall at the beginning of the month and in a recent video, I mentioned 12 Days of Christmas. Well, I’ll explain that now. I decided I wanted to challenge myself to do more art, because I don’t really do it spontaneously much. I’m trying to convince myself to do that more often. So I did Inktober, for 31 days of drawing in a row. I enjoyed that. I decided I wanted to do something a little bit more Christmas-themed. Thus, I’m doing 12 Days of Christmas, starting on the day of Christmas, the 25th, and going to January 5th. My vision is that I will do handlettering and drawing parts of the song, 12 Days of Christmas. Like, “On the first day of Christmas, they gave me a partridge in a pear tree.” We’ll see how that goes! I don’t know if I will do a video for that, maybe at the end when I’m finished with all 12 days, show them all at once. But I will be posting them on my Instagram, @shan_no_nosays.

I know this post is kind of all over the place, and pretty short, so I don’t know if this made any sense to you but… Again, thank you for watching, if you’ve been watching all 24 days of Vlogmas or if you just started. Maybe I will do this again next year? We’ll see! That’s it for Vlogmas. Thanks for reading.

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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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