Sunday Fun-day: Wreck This Journal.

So, no doubt y’all have noticed by now that, I can be quite crafty. It should come as no surprise then, that I am the proud owner of a Wreck This Journal. I acquired my WTJ in 2013, and REALLY got into working on it in 2014. That year, a good 90% of my day was spent trapped inside babysitting a small toddler, and let me tell you, THAT JOURNAL WAS A GODSEND. It gave both me, and my nephew, something to spend our countless hours doing, and it was SOO much fun, and SOO cathartic.

For those of you who’ve managed to elude the internet for the past five years, and have no idea what a Wreck This Journal is, or what it entails: it is essentially an art journal. Each page of the journal has a prompt, and you are “encouraged” to do said prompt, and the more creatively the better. But of course, you can always choose to ignore the prompt, and just do your own thing. The journal is really about that, ya know, not making you feel pressured or forced into doing a specific thing. It really is entirely up to you. Which really gives you all the freedom in the world to let your creativity go hog wild.

I decided that I wanted to do my best to follow the prompts in the journal, but with as creative a twist as I could possibly incorporate. Which, as I’ve found, is how most people choose to approach the journal. But, as I said, that doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowd. You can literally do whatever you want. And even if you DO choose to approach it the same way we have, that doesn’t mean our pages will end up the same. After all, the way you interpret “Fat Lines and Thin,” might not be the same way I interpret them. Thus, making that page different for the both of us.

I highly recommend this journal to everyone looking for something fun and creative to do in their down time. I’ve even managed to convince my best friend into getting one, and she’s loved the pages she’s done in it so far.

Here are some of my favorite pages that I’ve done from my own WTJ. Just so y’all can get an idea as to what it’s all about.

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(This one is my ABSOLUTE favorite. For obvious reasons.)

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So, what about y’all? Do you have a Wreck This Journal? What are some of your favorite pages that you’ve done? Would you consider getting a WTJ? Lemme know about it down in the comments!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’ve Removed From Your TBR.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Discuss the books that you wanted to read at one point, but don’t anymore

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1.) Carve The Mark by: Veronica Roth.

I LOVED Divergent. But LOATHED Allegiant. That being said, I was super excited to see where Roth was going to go with a new series. But, after all the reviews came out about how incredibly racist and ableist this book was, I promptly dropped it from my TBR.

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2.) Dread Nation by: Justina Ireland.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. But, unfortunately, I cannot separate the author from the work in this case. I cannot get behind a book, written by someone who has said and done the things that Ireland has on social media. I just can’t. And I won’t. I will never read this book.

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3.) Any future Saga volumes by: Brian K. Vaughan.

I’ve mentioned before that I was a BIG fan of this series, but fell off the wagon with it for a while. Well, it seems that, in my absence, the series has taken quite a nosedive in regards to their representation of Queer characters. So, I’ve decided I will not be continuing on with this series. Which just, sucks so hard. I really loved some of these characters.

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4.) Any future books by James Dashner.

I mean, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Maze Runner series in the world, but I could definitely see potential in Dashner’s writing. I was excited to see where he was going to go. But, with all that has come out about his sexual harassment of women in the industry? Yea, NO. No thanks.

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5.) We All Looked Up by: Tommy Wallach.

I was super excited to read this book for the longest time. A end-of-the-world meets The Breakfast Club story? It just sounded so cool! But after the absolutely horrible things that Wallach has said about suicide? I just can’t get behind this book.

Tag Tuesday: My Life in Books Tag.

So, I’ve seen this tag ALL OVER THE PLACE, for the past four years, but have never gotten around to doing it. Well, that changes today! As is custom: I have not been tagged! And it seems to be a bit of a mystery as to who originally came up with this tag, as the original video has been removed, but I most recently saw Cali @ Darque Dreamer Reads do this tag, and she’s the one who inspired me to do it! Okie dokie, let’s go!!!

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

Chrysanthemum by: Kevin Henkes

More Than This by: Patrick Ness

Prince Caspian by: C.S. Lewis

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

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Twenty-Five.

Trouble by: Non Pratt

3. Pick a book set in your city/country.

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Orlando, Florida

Paper Towns by: John Green

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

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Poland.

Mapping the Bones by: Jane Yolen

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

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Green.

Grasshopper Jungle by: Andrew Smith

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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Every year, my elementary school music teacher would put on a little play that went along with this book. Complete with musical sound effects!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by: Linda Williams

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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This book is the Actual Worst. Like, EVER.

The Red Badge of Courage by: Stephen Crane

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

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I’ve been putting off this mammoth book for the LONGEST time. I just need to get it done!

The Sweet Far Thing by: Libba Bray

 

I tag anyone who hasn’t done this tag yet! Go forth!!! Do the thing!!!!!

Sunday Fun-day: Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR.

So, at the last minute, I decided to participate in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon! This is actually my first year participating, as this one tends to overlap with the Booktube-A-Thon, which I’ve participated in for the past 5 years. But, this year the dates worked out that, not only could I participate in both, but actually have a little break in-between as well! So, I thought it’d be fun to share with you all what I plan to read over the course of the week! So, here we go!

Challenge 1: Read the Group Book

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The Wicked Deep by: Shea Ernshaw

Challenge 2: Choose a book from someone else’s TBR

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The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black from Between the Pages TBR.

Challenge 3: Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1

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The War Outside by: Monica Hesse

Challenge 4: Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year

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Tiger Lily by: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Challenge 5: Read a predicted 5 star read

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Muse of Nightmares by: Laini Taylor

Challenge 6: Read an #OwnVoices book – different from YOU

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Blanca and Roja by: Anna-Marie McLemore

Challenge 7: Read the last book you bought

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Orphan, Monster, Spy by: Matt Killeen

So, there ya go! Those are the 7 books I’m going to try and tackle this week! Now, what about y’all? Are you participating in the Biannual Bibliothon? What books do you plan on reading? What do you think of my choices? Lemme hear about it in the comments!

If you’d like to hear more about why I chose these books, you can check out my TBR video on my Booktube channel here!

Review Friday: Circe.

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Released: April 10th 2018

Pages: 394

Rating: * * * * *

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Look, if this novel doesn’t make you want to rip out a man’s still-beating heart, and take over the entire world by the time you’re done with it? I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

We follow the life of Circe, wayward daughter of the mightiest of the Titans, Helios the Sun God. In a world where you are either beautiful, or powerful: Circe is neither. Or at least, that’s what all the other Gods think. But oh how wrong they are. We watch as Circe becomes a true force to be reckoned with. We watch as she interacts with this cast of characters that we’ve all heard the epic stories of, and how she forever changes each one of them. We watch her take what was never allowed to be hers. We watch her carve out a place for herself where others swore she would never belong. We see how the very first, and best, witch came to be. And it is so incredible.

This book is just, so freaking empowering. I literally felt like I could dismantle the entire patriarchy, BY MYSELF, the whole time I was reading it. And not just because Circe was herself being a bad-ass 100% of the time, cause she did have moments of weakness, but that’s when I wanted to burn things to the ground to protect her. That’s the kind of emotion that Miller was able to make me feel for this character. And that is incredible. And it’s not just Circe that Miller manages to make this larger-than-life, actually-feel-like-you-can-reach-out-and-touch-them character, either. Odyssesus, Daedalus, Aeëtes, Pasiphaë. They all effortlessly pop off the page. Miller just manages to create this incredibly intimate atmosphere over the course of this novel that makes you feel like you’re just standing in the corner of the room as each one of the scenes unfold. It really is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, and I’m hooked.

Of course, it was fun to see all of these characters that, for the most part, only got a mere mention in the tales of old get fleshed out so much more. And the story is an incredibly empowering one. But it’s not an easy read by any means. Circe’s story is filled with strife, and heartbreak, and violence. There is a rape scene in this novel, so be prepared for that. But even when the violence isn’t overt, it’s always there. Miller shows us just about every way imaginable that one can attack a woman, and bring her low, and it can definitely take it’s toll. But, as I mentioned, it is so empowering and inspiring to watch Circe face each one of these attacks, and come out the other side that much stronger for having survived it. It sends such a beautiful message, and I am 100% here for it.

There’s so much I want to say about how amazing this novel is, but I just don’t know how to put it into words. And trust me, I’ve been mulling it over for quite some time now. It’s just one of those books that really gets to your emotions, on a really deep level, and words just can’t explain what those feelings are. It’s just something you have to experience. So, I HIGHLY recommend that you go out and experience it for yourself. It’s absolutely worth it.

Top 5 Wednesday: Future Classics.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

What books do you think with stand the test of time?

1.) Harry Potter series by: J.K. Rowling.

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I mean, is this a shock to anyone? This series changed the game. This series molded an entire generation of youths, and it’s STILL molding youths as we speak. Like, they’re being molded. Right Now. It’s happening. So, yea, it’s kinda obvious that this series is gonna be around when our great-great-grandkids are having class on Mars.

2.) Game of Thrones by: George R. R. Martin.

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I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that Game of Thrones is going to be to the future generations what Lord of the Rings is to us. It’s got everything that an epic, high fantasy series needs to stand the test of time. And besides, we’ll all probably be living on Mars by the time Martin finally decides to finish the series anyway.

3.) The Book Thief by: Markus Zusak.

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Yea, this might be some of my own bias coming through, but I really do think that the future generations are going to look at this book the same way that my generation looked at The Devil’s Arithmetic, or Number the Stars. This is going to be the go-to Holocaust Fiction book in years to come. As it should be. It’s a masterpiece. But, again, I’m wayyy biased.

4.) The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas.

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There’s always that contemporary novel that really speaks to what is going on at the time it was written that, even yearsssss later, the messages and themes will still hold up. I think THUG is going to be that novel from this generation. While I sincerely hope that race relations and police brutality will improve over the course of time, I still think that the ideas that this novel provokes about racism as a whole, will always be relevant. This is a book that’s just, never going to lose its impact.

5.) Twilight by: Stephanie Meyer.

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Say what you will about it, and I’m sure you will/have: this book was a game changer. This book/series put YA Fiction on the map like no other before it. That alone is going to solidify it’s place in the future canon. Couple in the ridiculous pop culture tidal wave this thing caused? It’s inevitable. Just accept it. You’re great-great-grandkids are going read Twilight. It’s gonna happen.

Tag Tuesday: Reputation Book Tag

Well, I’ve done the other Taylor Swift tags, so it only makes sense that I do this one now! Per usual: I wasn’t tagged! But, this is my favorite album that T-Swizzle has put out, so, I kinda had to do this. This tag was created by Liv @ Liv’s Books. Okie dokie, let’s get started!

1. …Ready For It? | What is a book that you were super excited to read?

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Bridge of Clay by: Markus Zusak. I mean, I don’t really need to go into this one, do I? Like, me just saying “WAITED SEVEN YEARS” gets the point across enough, right? Okay, cool!

2. Endgame | What are some of your OTPs?

My #1 OTP will always be Pynch. Close second right now is probably MiaxAshlinn. And then third is most likely DannyxColton. They’re all my precious baes. And they all better be LEFT ALONE!!!!

3. I Did Something Bad | Name a book with morally gray characters.

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Geek Love by: Katherine Dunn is SUCH a MESSED UP book. And the main reason, mostly, is because the characters are SO MESSED UP. But, even with that being said, you become so wrapped up in their journey, and their relationships. They really do entrap you. It was such a fascinating read. I really need to go back and reread it.

4. Don’t Blame Me | What’s a book that you recommend to everyone?

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Code Name Verity by: Elizabeth Wein. Um, again, do I really need to go into this? I’m pretty sure I covered it all in my epically long post about this book/series, which you can check out here. So, yea, just go read that if you want more info because, I’m really out of words when it come to talking about this book. I used em all up. They gone. Kaput.

5. Delicate | What is a book that you will never loan to anyone?

If it’s got an author’s signature in it? YOU AIN’T TOUCHING IT. This goes double for if it’s signed AND personalized. Like, just, NO. NOOOOOO TOUCHY.

6. Look What You Made Me Do | What is a book that got you into reading/ gateway book?

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Well, I’ve honestly been an avid reader my entire life. So, I guess the answer to this would be the first book I ever read on my own, which would be Is Your Mama a Llama? by: Deborah Guarino. It’s about a baby llama. It’s cute.

7. So It Goes… | What is a book that sucked you into a particular author or series?

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The League series by: Sherrilyn Kenyon is was got me into reading adult romance novels. Now some of my all time favorite series, and characters, and authors are from the adult romance world. So, I’ll forever be thankful to her, and her MANY (sooo many) series, for that.

8. Gorgeous | Name a book with a beautiful cover.

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I know I’ve talked about the hardcover edition of The Price Guide to the Occult by: Leslye Walton on here before. But have I mentioned the paperback??? Like, zomahgoodness?!? It is the beauty!!! AND THE GRACE!!!

9. Getaway Car | What is a book you’ve read with crime involved in some aspect?

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The Hangman’s Daughter series by: Oliver Pötzsch!!! UGH!!! I never hear anyone talk about this series!!! But it’s so good!!! It’s historical fiction, romance, and crime thriller ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!! And they make illustrated editions!!!! Quit sleeping on this series people!!!

10. King Of My Heart | Who is your book boyfriend/ girlfriend?

Ashlinn Järnheim is my WIFEEEEE!!!!

11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied | What is a book that made you want to dance around when you finished it?

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Definitely Check, Please! by: Ngozi Ukzau!!! IT’S SO FREAKIN’ CUTE, Y’ALL!!!!

12. Dress | Name a book character you want to trade wardrobes with.

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Theta Knight from The Diviners series by: Libba Bray! I’m all about that 20’s aesthetic, and Theta is such a badass bombshell. Gimme all her clothes!

13. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things | What is a problematic book you’ve read?

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The Saga comics by: Brian K. Vaughn. Now, I kinda fell off the wagon with these before they started being problematic, but I’ve heard TERRIBLE things about what the series does in regards to queer representation in later volumes. So, needless to say, I won’t be continuing this series.

14. Call It What You Want | What is a book you wish you could change the title to?

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Definitely Night Pleasures by: Sherrilyn Kenyon. Like, come on!!!! That sounds like straight-up porn!!! There’s no avoiding awkward stares in public with a title like that!!! And the later titles for the series get so much better!!! Like, Bad Moon Rising? That’s an AWESOME TITLE!!! But nah, we gotta start off with the cringe titles. Ugh.

15. New Year’s Day | What book that gave you a fresh outlook on life?

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Slaughterhouse Five by: Kurt Vonnegut will always be one of my all-time faves because of how much it taught me about SO MANY things. Politics, history, war, humanity, right vs. wrong, literary theory, and a BUNCH more. It really is a spectacular book, and really is a classic everyone should read.

 

Well that was fun! I really liked these questions! Now, what about y’all? How would you answer any of these questions? What’s your favorite song off of Reputation? Mine is probably either “Don’t Blame Me” or “Getaway Car.” I tag anyone who loves Taylor to do this tag! Go forth, do the thing!!!!