The Netflix Chronicles: Shows I Am Currently Watching

 

I have a couple of ideas to expand my blog entries’ variety. Among these musings is sharing shows I watch at the time. This segment is going to be called the Netflix Chronicles.

Jane The Virgin

This show was interesting to me, because it has people of color playing major parts and white characters playing minor characters. It’s refreshing to see a tele-novela in English. Jane is very emotional and she’s led a difficult life thus far. Still, she is quite graceful in her reaction. The story is a bit over the top, but I like it a lot.

Currently, I am on episodes nearing the twentieth one on the first season.

TW: none come to mind (if you know of any, please let me know!)

Favorite characters: Luisa.

Fun fact: I took a personality quiz that revealed I am closest to the abuela on this show. Not sure how I feel about that.

The 100

Slowly, I am making way through season one. This show is not an easy one to watch, because I love the characters. Except Murphy. He makes me angry. Gritty and dark, yet there’s this weird sense of hope on the show that keeps me invested.

Favorite people on the show thus far are: Raven (smarty pants), Clarke, Bellamy (who apparently can’t sleep with one girl? Seriously, he’s way into threesomes.), and Octavia. Sometimes, I like Finn, too. Other times, I just want to shake everyone on this list.

I’m detaching myself from a certain goggle-wearing dude because I looked up what happens to him. No, I can’t handle such pain.

TW: depictions of violence and peril

Fun fact: I have written a poem inspired by (what I hope to be) a love story on the show.

The Fosters

Some nice representation on this show drives me to keep watching. A biracial lesbian married to a white woman, and they have adopted children who were in the foster care system for a while.

Of course, there’s one of their kids who is “in love” with one of the foster children living with them. Hang on, I need to take a deep sigh here, because, oh my God, he makes me angry.

Favorite characters: The two mamas. Jude and Callie. Not Brandon. Ugh.

TW: mentions of rape and abuse.

Fun Fact: I am particularly intrigued by how the parents handle conflict on the show. It inspires me a lot, because it’s a calm and collected way to reach out to the younger ones in the family. There’s no yelling. And, I like that a lot.

Riverdale

I have watched the first half of the show, and then stopped for a while. Discouraged by the ace erasure, I had to take a break. But, I need to research Jughead’s sexuality in the comics better. A lot of people say he’s depicted as ace. However, I also heard that he’s ace in a single issue/volume?

So…it’s tricky.

Favorite characters: uh. I like them all so far, but probably Cheryl. I like Veronica quite a bit, too.

TW: mild peril

Fun fact: This show is pure Tumblr-like aesthetics. I love it. Even though the characters say the weirdest things, and I don’t think anyone talks like that.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Can Dedicate Theme Songs To

 

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As the feature is on hiatus, I am sharing my answers to old topics from their blog. Today, we’ll talk about the top ten characters I can dedicate theme songs to.

10. Uprooted by Naomi Novak

The Woods in this book is just perfection. I have not stopped thinking about it since I put down the book a few months back. Hopefully, I will finish the book soon to see what will happen.

Theme song: I Need a Forest Fire by James Blake and Bon Iver

9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Baz has such a unique voice. I don’t think I’ll ever fully get over his romance in this book. It was not a corny relationship, and it definitely demands all the love it gets on the Internet.

Theme song: Blood by The Middle East

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Mason and his relationship with Rose frequent my thoughts. I miss him. If I say more, I’d be crossing into spoiler territory.

Theme song: Coaster by Khalid

7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This is kind of surprising, but I find myself thinking of Alina and The Darkling (with a dash of Nikolai) very often. I didn’t expect her to stay with me so much, but here we are.

Theme song: Light by Sleeping at Last

 

6. Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I love Inej and Nina, but Kaz definitely left an impression. While I adore the whole crew, I was fascinated by Kaz and his brain. “Scheming face?” “Definitely.” It never gets old. He has a certain swagger to him. I love it.

Theme song: Go Fuck Yourself by Two Feet

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I love every single main character in this trilogy, but if I have to pick one, Holland would be the one for me to dedicate music and playlists for. He’s got such a compelling story arc. Any way you dice it, he’s always dealing with a heavy, painful burden. While I do wish there was more of him in the story, I am content knowing that he exists so closely to my heart. (shush. don’t make fun of me, oh my God!).

Theme song: Start a War by The National

 

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

Miss Blue Sargent is incredible, and she’s liberated me so much. I think of what she’d do in certain situations. Her role in the books tends to eclipsed by these raven boys who have tragic stories. But, this girl comes from such great lineage and history. She’s destined to do great things, regardless of whether she has her own psychic skills.

Theme song: So Close to Magic by Aquilo

3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Listen, okay, I am halfway through this book and my mind is simply blown away by these characters. In particular, I like the hesitance of Mr. Cuffs  himself (Han) to be a hero. Raisa is also interesting as she tries to find her place in the queendom.

Theme song: Hero by Family of the Year

 

2. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Oh Aileana Kameron has stolen my heart with her badassery. I’m absolutely smitten.

Theme song: In For the Kill (Skrillex remix) by La Roux

 

 1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Vin and Kelsier’s relationship makes my heart swell with affection. And, I understand why the end of the first book happened, but I am still heartbroken. This shock is why I haven’t been able to pick up the second book yet. I will, though.

Theme song: Stand By Me by Bootstraps

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Book Review: The Falconer

I have practically devoured The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Here’s a book review, let’s quit stalling. If you want a brief note on the book: It was awesome.

Plot

It’s a pretty straight-forward plot: girl’s mother killed by fairy. Girl goes after fairies and kills lots of them.

There’s more to it, obviously. Aileana is training to face off with the idiot who killed her mom. Um, she does that by killing many fairies and by punching her teacher (Kiaran). It’s great. So much punching.

There’s also a twist: the story is set in the 1800’s. Aileana is bound by the restrictions of her time. She needs chaperones, and has to entertain people at home. Social gatherings are a thing. No pressure, Aileana.

Oh, and steampunk!

Characters

Aileana is such a fantastically dark character. Traumatized by the loss of her mother, she is driven to the point of aching to kill. She’s not in denial about it, either. Aware of her desire to murder fairies, this eighteen year old is isolated often.

Still, the characters around her are incredible, too. Derrick, my little pixie dude, is pure sweetness and sass. He’s just adorable, okay? I have a lot of feelings about him. My hope is that he makes it through this trilogy.

Kiaran (whose name is very hard for me to spell) is dark and brooding. He does have a tragic back-story and so on. Part of me is unsure of this dude. I like Gavin a lot more.

Ah, Gavin, her best friend’s brother, is sympathetic when it comes to the whole fairy-murdering-hobby thing. In fact, he has a connection to all of this. And, his friendship with Aileana makes me so happy. They’re perfect.

And, finally Catherine (and her grumpy mom) are frequently in the story to provide context and grounding to this very supernatural tale. I’d wish for us all to have friends like Catherine. People like her are bright lights in this world, and should be guarded.

Ships…

Look, I don’t know how the shipping thing will work out in this novel. I understand that Kiaran is meant to be the “attractive” dark side type dude.

Gavin though!

I’m literally gesturing at the book right now.

Um. Things are kind of serious in this book, and there’s an apocalypse, so I mean, worrying about ships is kind not the point.

Let’s just hope they all make it through this next book. Thankfully, I have my copy ready to go!

 

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July Week 3 TBR Pile

Hey there, so we’re starting out with the third week of July. I wanted to set some TBR goals here, to guide my reading schedule for the week. Ready? Let’s go.

Sequels

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
I have feelings about this series. My hopes for the sequel are so high, it’s kind of scary. My hope is that this one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger too, because I don’t have the final book yet! (!!!)

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
Look, I got a bit swept up in the Falconer book, but I am finishing up the first book in this series too, The Demon King. Definitely curious to see what happens next.

Also, the names remind me of Star Wars. Just an FYI.

The Elite by Keira Cass
My copy of this book finally came in the mail, so I am ready to see what happens next. The first book was a nice relaxing experience. I hope this one continues to be pure fluff with a dash of angst.

The Wall of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
I have been hearing some negative things about Sanderson and homophobia, which leads me to hesitate to continue with this book. Still, I am curious to see what happens next in the story. Just unsure of how to handle this author. Lots of muddled information.

Standalone Novels

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
It’s time for me to read a book by this author. I heard great things about this story, and I’d like to make my way through the author’s work thus far.

Uprooted by Naomi Novak
I’ll try to finish this book up this week. I was quite close to finishing it and then stopped.

Your Turn

What’s on your TBR for this week? Are you excited for certain things you’ll be reading? Please share in the comments; I’d love to hear about your TBR.

 

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Your Older Sister: How to Find and Stay True to Your Authentic Self

 

Today, I am sharing some tips on how to find your authentic self. In addition, I want to discuss how to stay connected to your inner truth.

Why Should I Find My Authentic Self?

Authenticity is all about honoring who you are and what feels true to you. By having a strong relationship to your authentic self, you are not easily swayed by people. Instead, you are aware of what feels good to you. This process is recursive and ever evolving. What may lock in with who you are a few years ago might not be the same later on in your life.

Meditate

This is the bane of my existence right there. For me, when I meditate, I see a lot of my inner chaos. But, I’d like to suggest that this is not a reflection on who you are as person. I genuinely believe we all have a “shadow self,” or a “dark side.” Sometimes, sitting in silence, observing your thoughts, is frightening because of this.

However, I think the more attuned you are to your thoughts, the more likely it is for you to see what makes you feel good. What feels authentic to you? Ask yourself this question in meditation, and try to see what comes up. It’s about polishing up that hidden image of your true self, and finding what this image entails.

When you are meditating, try to strip away the traditional or cultural definitions of morality. In fact, I would even go a step further and suggest to loosen the grip of others’ influence on you. Go to your pure, unadulterated self. Get to know what echoes around in your spirit.

Journal

Meditation is about establishing inner peace and knowledge. Writing in a journal as a reflection tool is about capturing these moments of clarity as well as the moments of intense disturbance. For me, I rely on journals to help me see patterns in my thinking. Sometimes, when intense emotions rise to the surface, it is hard to determine what to make of them.

Journaling provides a buffer to reactions. It slows down your reaction time, and lends itself as a tool to guide you back to your authentic self. The more you journal, the more likely it is for you to see through your thoughts and their implications.

Occasionally, you could go back and read old journal entries. See the patterns in your thinking and your behaviors. Then, make sure you include how the actions made you feel. You can eliminate what did not resonate with you and your true self.

Eventually, you have your own guidelines of how to act, carry yourself, and respond to external and internal triggers.

Do What Feels Good

After being connected to your own thoughts and emotions, it then boils down to taking actions that feel true to who you are. If you do something that does not resonate with who you are, take note of that. I know, for me, sometimes I get caught up in trying to please people and I forget to honor who I am in the process.

Be gentle with yourself. This is a lifelong process and there are no hard and fast rules. It is your journey; you get to decide what goes and what doesn’t. In the words of my favorite yoga teacher, Tara Stiles, “You can do anything you dream up,”

Focus inwards. See what feels right, and apply it.

And, finally, I want to emphasize that authenticity is not just about being true to who you are. It’s about being self-aware as well. It’s about kindness and sensitivity in regards to how others feel.

 

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One of the most prominent voices you'll ever hear is your own. Self talk plays

Top Five Wednesday: Top Five Children’s Stories

It’s another Wednesday, which means it is time for Top Five Wednesday. As always, I will be linking the Goodreads Group here for information and topics. For this post, I will be focusing on the top five children’s stories that resonated with me.

I did not read children’s books when I was a child; however, I did read more of them as an adult in college.

5. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

What a strange and charming story this is! I remember it being a rival to Alice in Wonderland in terms of its bizarre plotline. Still, it is such a sweet story. Hands down, it has the coolest puns and companionships ever.

4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This book is always so fascinating to me. I think the story has a wonderful timelessness and yet it has a sense of urgency in regards to acting kindly and lovingly. My French is practically non-existent, so I have to admit that I read this as a child in English. Still good though.

3.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

When I came to the US, I remember reading this book for the first time. It sticks with me, even now, the story of Huck Finn and his adventures. The beautiful friendship in this book is touching, particularly as I grow up. This book brings back memories of learning about American history and culture for the first time.

 

2. To Kill a MockingBird by Harper Lee

Scout is one of my favorite female leads in a story. She was so cool and whip-lash clever. My young brain was trying, with difficulty, trying to place this girl in a box. No matter how hard I tried, she slipped away from my grasp. No, I didn’t read the sequel. I refuse!

 

1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

My sister was starting to read when I found this book. She was an itty bitty kid, and we bonded over this story of a brave mouse. Now, I think of Reepicheep and Despereaux a lot, especially when faced with difficult decisions. Their bravery is inspiring.

 

 

Your Turn:

In comments, please share some of your favorite children’s stories. Have you read any of the ones I discussed in this post? What do you think of them?

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Bought Because of Others/The Internet

 

Tuesday means Top Ten Tuesday around this blog. This is a meme run by The Broke and the Bookish, whose link is right here. For this week, I am going to be discussing the top ten books I bought because of others or because of the Internet.

10. Paper Towns by John Green

I was very new to the VlogBrothers channel when this book was released. One of my coworkers at the tutoring center mentioned him, and I looked up his channel.  Among the earliest videos of his that I had encountered was this one.

 

9. First and Then by Emma Mills

Her videos resonated with me so much. My favorite is the one about rejection. While I have not read her books yet, I am saving them up for moments of desperation. She has such a powerful honest voice (judging by her videos), and I feel like her books could help me fight my depression.

8. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I had heard of this book from a few people. But, the one opinion that resonated with me was Trina from Between Chapters. She created a whole video where she listed all the reasons why one should check out this book.

7. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Lainey from Gingerreadslainey recommend this series so much. She made so many videos about these books. My favorite one is this video. I am very curious to read it at some point this year.

6. Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Reagan from PeruseProject mentioned this series frequently as well. A year ago, she shared this book on her list of the best books she had read for 2016. Here’s a link to that video, if you’re curious to hear her point out why she loves the first book in this series.

 

5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Sam from ThoughtsonTomes raved about this book for years. She still loves it. Here’s an example of that loving. I have a copy of the book. My hope is to pick it up soon. However, I do admit that I am intimidated by this story.

4. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Cait (the famous Paperfury) talked about this book on her blog. After When the Moon was Ours, I had been looking for some more magical realism books. This one sounds like a perfect fit.

3. Everything Cinda Williams Chima

Jolien and Annemieke talk about her work often, but before I had met them, I heard about this author in a Peruse Project video. Here it is. 

2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Sasha Alsberg talked about this book quite a bit. It has a promising premise. Princess runs away on her wedding night. Two men come after her. One is the prince who was going to marry her, and the other is an assassin sent to kill her. Sasha discussed this book here.

 

  1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

If you have been on the Internet, and on BookTube specifically, then you probably had seen WittyNovels share her love of Shatter Me. Here is an example of how intense this love is, truly.

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Readathon: Make Me Read It Readathon

I am a fan of readathons and connecting with others. So, when my buddy Ely posted about the Make Me Read It Readathon, I knew it’d be a fun idea. The readathon was created by Val and Ely. 

 

How it Works

Basically, the readathon is going to run from August 6th til the 13th. You can pick any format of books, whether you own it or borrow it from the library, and list all the options you have in a poll. Yes, this readathon involves YOU voting for what I should read for that week. Now, because I read two things per week, I will perhaps give you 4-5 options.

Ready?

 

Which books should I read?

Graceling by Kristen Cashore
And I Darken by Kiersten White
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Soulless by Gail Carriger
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
SurveyMaker

 

Looking forward to seeing what you pick! Also, I hope you participate with us in this event. That’d be lovely. If you are participating, remember to put your polls as soon as possible to give people a chance to vote!

 

PS: Happy Monday.

 

 

    I was at a loss when it came to TBRs this week. Luckily,
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Week 2 of July TBR

Welcome to week 2 of July. I have not made a TBR in so long, and I want to get back into a nice routine. Therefore, without much dilly-daddling, here’s my TBR for the week.

New Beginnings

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I have been slowly reading this book, and I want to see how it ends. All I need is to dedicate some serious time for reading every day, because there are so many great stories to delve into. This is one of them.

Rebel Mechanics by Shannon Swendson
I saw this book on Goodreads, and then picked up the first two books in this series. It’s not really high priority, since it’ll take me forever to get the third book, but I am really curious about it. Steampunk, supposedly?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
From what I have heard, this book is a quick read, which is exactly what would make me feel much better right now.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
My copy of the sequel to this just came in the mail, and it’s TIME for me to read this series. I’m interested in steampunk quite a bit (thinking of a steampunk story with mermaids and fairies).

Sequels

The Elite by Kiera Cass
I know not many people like these books, but I actually find them quite relaxing. While I am not sure I want to read about Prince Maxon’s kid in the spin off, I am curious about America Singer.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Gosh dang it, I want to finish this trilogy! But, I have been intimidated by the book’s size again, so I have to summon all the courage in me to try reading it. Le sigh.

Also: 

I am trying to write poetry more frequently, now that my dear friend Ashley is helping me write in a clearer way. Hopefully you’ll find my poems more accessible, especially with my thought process revealed a little more before each poem from now on.

Suggestion Box:

Is there anything you’d like me to tackle in my writing? Feel free to suggest things, and I’ll try to think of a way to discuss the topics. If anything, it can always just be a discussion type of post on here.

 

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BT: Book Title Book Tag

 

I thought I’d share this lovely book tag called the Book Title Book Tag. It was on Reading Realm’s channel. You answer a bunch of questions using, as the title suggests, book titles. Let’s begin!

1. Title that’s the story of your life

The Dark Days Club by Alisson Goodman
As someone with depression, I experience hopelessness a lot. Today (it’s Tuesday), I am going through a rough time and I almost wish there was a club for people with dark days .

 

2. Title that describes your perfect weekend

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
live for music and lyrics. The thrill of discovering new jams is always beautiful.

3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on

Splintered by AG Howard
Not so much in an Alice in Wonderland kind of way (okay, I admit, maybe that’d be possible. It’s very probable, to be honest). But, I mean it in a splintering kind of way. Diverging from the norm in general sounds like my deal.

4. Title you want to name your child

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The name sounds lovely.

5. Title of your ideal job

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
If only I could be a decent writer and have radiance and grace in my words. Forever awkward, I suppose, like a pimply teen.

 

6. Title of a place you’d like to visit

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathrynne M. Valente
Fairyland. Enough said.

7. Title of your love life

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
I came out about a year ago as aro ace and often, I feel like this message was implied for me, that I am this cold calculating person who just doesn’t get romance.

8. Questions you ask yourself

Half Bad by Sally Greene
So, none of my books are really a question, however, this “badness” ones is always on my mind. I am a Scorpio and a Slytherin. Being bad is assumed to be who I am and how I function.

9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR name

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater
Do you know how exciting it is to see other people proud of their horoscope? I get shamed so much for it, and I’m trying to embrace it.

10. Title you’d name your band.

Prodigy by Marie Lu
I skipped a couple of grades from middle school to high school, and there was this weird assumption that I was this super smart genius child. I never was particularly smart. So. That’s why the word “prodigy” makes me laugh. Especially on days when the impostor syndrome is intense.

 

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