Week 2 of October 2017 TBR Plans


We made it to week 2 of October 2017. Needless to say, I have plans in terms of TBR and TBW things. Here, I will share what I will be reading and watching.

Wrap Up

I haven’t finished reading More Happy Than Not. But, I have enjoyed every second of this heartbreaking read. Therefore, I am eager to see what will happen in Adam Silvera’s debut. Right now, I am nearing the 30% mark. The story flies by, but I am afraid of more heartbreak.

Start of Something New…

Hey, did you see that High School Musical reference? You’re welcome. Uh, I want to try This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab AND/OR I can try Mindy McGinnis’ Not a Drop to Drink. Part of me is also tempted to put A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess on here too.

So. YOLO, let’s do this.

I may not end up getting to everything this week, but hey, what the heck, right? My goal is to try and read more, but mental health has been really bad lately.

Also: TBW

Last week, I totally failed at trying to watch The 100 and Jane the Virgin. Since my mental health is not in a good place, I think perhaps it’ll be better for me to just watch something easy going like Jane the Virgin. This is also fitting because the next season comes out next Friday.  It’ll be my goal to try to watch the show between writing posts or commenting.

My sister asked me to try watching Parks and Recreation. For whatever reason, I avoid that show. Actually, I am lying here. Any show with incompetent people at their jobs triggers my own inadequacies as a “professional woman.” I just feel like I sucked as a teacher, tutor, and writer. And, therefore, watching shows about people who also suck makes me uneasy. Laughing “at” them feels wrong to me. SO! I may get really uncomfortable watching this show. No promises that I’ll actually give it a go.

The final option is New Girl. It has the cutest lead female character. This one is promising.

Your Turn:

What are your reading and viewing plans for the week? Share in comments!

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Book Haul: October 2017 Book Haul


Hi there! So, it’s finally October. As a very lucky girl, I get to have my order of some books every month with my mom. Here’s my October 2017 Book Haul.

New Series

To All The Boys I Have Loved Before by Jenny Han
I have been seeing graphics and mood-inspired things on Tumblr regarding this book series. Perhaps I’ll one day talk about this in more detail, but I was kind of shamed out of owning these books. In asking for the final one as a birthday gift for myself as a thirty one year old, I’m reclaiming my own connection to a sweet story. Quite frankly, Lara Jean makes me happy, and brings a sense of innocence to me. It’s like the most ultimate Hufflepuff book series ever.

Embracing the Hufflepuff.

The Diviners by Libba Bray
Um. Chiara has a strong influence on me? I am curious to read things a bit out of my comfort zone. This one is perfect for the fall season. Also: I don’t think I have read much 20’s inspired fiction. I was thinking back of Beauty Queens and how much I enjoyed it. Plus, I have the A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy. Perhaps a reread is in my future.

 Stand Alones

They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera
I just have a really good feeling about this author. I’m going to read his first book this month (at least. I may read more of his stuff, since I have amassed his work over the past two months).


PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Bought this one used, so I hope it gets here in good condition. I’m hoping to read more about Lara Jean, especially when things get kind of dark for me (um, emotionally. Not light-wise, you know).

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
I asked for this one as a gift. My birthday is around the end of the month, and I wanted to celebrate the day by enjoying cute, fun, sweet stories. Plus, I haven’t read this one yet. I read the first two ages ago, so a reread is definitely in my future.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
The thing is, this author is quite clever in her works. I did find an aspect of her Gemma Doyle books annoying (Anne. I just loved her a lot, and she was not treated that well). But, I decided to give her a second chance, particularly since people speak highly of The Diviners series. And, it seems more like my jam (kind of).


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        For May 2018, I decided to branch out more than usual.

Podcasts, Self Improvement, and Learning Off the Internet

I spend a lot of time online. Perhaps I’m not alone in this, but it certainly feels that way. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been trying out podcasts. To encourage regular listening, I’m hoping to share my favorites every once in a while. Let’s begin.

On Feminism and Intersectionality

My favorite podcast in that regard, thus far, has to be Stuff Mom Never Told You. I can’t get over their episode on Miley Cyrus and racism, because oh my goodness this was mind-blowing and eye opening. Another really cool episode I had listened to was about African Americans and mental illness’ stigma. SO GOOD!

Anxiety and Depression Management and Community

You have to check out “Talking in Circles” with Laura Miller. This lady is honest and raw, real about her mental illness and how it affected her pregnancy. She used to make YouTube video series with the same title. I’ll link it right here for you. My favorite episode of the podcast has to be the one with Jen Gotch who is also extremely open and frank about her own life as a woman with mental illness. Also: I am learning from her by rating my own wellness every day. Just to be self aware and honest with myself.


So, I don’t know if you heard of Yoga Girl. She had a book come out a few years back, and she is popular on Instagram within the yoga community. I like her a lot, as a person and as a yogi. Luckily for me, she has a podcast called “From the Heart.” My favorite episode thus far is one about grief. The guest on that episode lost her child. Pshaw. That episode was so powerful and moving. It still haunts me and drives me to do better as a human.

Your Turn:

Do you have any favorite self improvement podcasts on iTunes? Please, share them with me in the comments! I want to learn more!


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Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Witches in My Read Pile

Hello! As we are in the spirit of Halloween, the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group‘s topic for this week is WITCHES. I’m not as excited as you think. On the contrary, I am way more thrilled by this topic.

5. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

So, when I read this play, I was maybe fourteen and in high school. While most people had some chill, I didn’t. I remember being so ANGRY at these girls in the play. But, the funny thing is: we read it and analyzed it for class in high school, and I still remember that rage. What’s fascinating to me is that there is no exact “witch” here, but it’s like, “Are you sure? For real, for real?” Because, for me? I’m not sure who really is a witch and who isn’t in this play.

I love that blurred distinction.

4. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The way those three witches showed up in the beginning of the play is one of the most memorable entrances ever. To me, they drove a nice haunting tone home to audiences–no mater the medium. Pun somewhat intended. Macbeth is like one of my most dear reading experiences ever. Witches play a role in that fact.

3. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

They’re called “Castors” here, but my goodness, they are so freaking cool. And, also, there is a witch (like for real witch) and she is capable and central to the story.

2. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Uh. It’s obviously a spoiler for me to reveal who becomes a witch and/or who is already a witch in this series. But, just so you know, this person is AWESOME. I’ll never fully recover from the surprise of seeing said character transforming throughout the series into a powerful witch.


 1.  When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore

Kind of a major throw-back to Shakespearean witches, coupled with the uncertainty of their nature from The Crucible, I adore how mysterious these sisters were. I’m in love with how complicated they were up close.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Book Loves I Have Encountered in Recent Years

Hello! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly meme run by the lovely folks at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week, I am discussing my top ten book loves I have encountered in recent years. By book loves, I am referring to characters I loved so much that they stuck around long after my reading of their world.

Let’s begin.

10. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Kelsier)

It is rumored that I will be picking up the second book in this series at some point this fall/winter. You can count on me hoping for Kelsier to get love from the author, who is RUTHLESS. I like Kelsier and his humor, his constant smirk, the way he constantly challenges a system of oppression. I miss him. For sure, he is someone I loved meeting this year.

9. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (Yelena and Valek)

While Yelena is kind of Mary-Sue-ish in her abilities to kick butt, I found her and Valek really charming. I didn’t even like them this much until I read Magic Study.  It sounds like the more I read about them, the more I fall in love with them. OH! And, obviously Yelena’s friends are pure love (the two dudes? Who I ship together, OBVIOUSLY!).

In other news: #fuckingLief

8. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (The Blackthorns)

Part of me wanted to single out Mark Blackthorn, but the truth is that I love them all. I loved them even more in Lord of Shadows. They are really endearing and funny, imperfect and not at all wholly good. Also: I remain  quite hopeful that a polyamorous relationship will take place, DO YOU HEAR ME, MARK?!

7. Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto (Westie)

This was my first foray into westerns. I haven’t dared read another one (I will. Don’t worry. I will be picking up another popular YA western soon-ish. But, let me tell you, Westie has a mechanical arm. She is loud and angry. She vengeful. And, she belches. I love her so much. This book was just so, so memorable. It had zombies/cannibal and it was not even gross or scary. Instead, it was straight up fascinating. Love this main character so much.

6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Nikolai Lanstov)

Listen. I was so relieved that he existed and was so charming. He just makes me laugh, and be happy. I like this guy. Obviously, I can’t communicate the depths of my love without slipping into spoilers. But, look out for his own series! I am so excited to see what happens with him. Also: Dear Leigh Bardugo, don’t kill this dude. I love him too much.

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Nina Zenik and Inej Ghafa)

While I do love all the characters in this book, I ADORE Nina. Okay. It’s serious between us. No, you can’t share with me. She’s my favorite, because I am also a physically big girl, and I deal with a lot of body-shaming from myself. Also: I love Inej, for being a survivor of abuse. She’s another person I related to quite a bit in this duology.

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Blue Sargent and Noah Czerny)

The more I think back on this series, the more extraordinary Blue sounds to me. In essence, Blue wasn’t “powerful” in the traditional, more tangible sense. But, her spirit is fiery and driven. She is hungry for the world, and I love her so much. I don’t know if Stiefvater will ever create something that’ll hit me the way this series did.  Noah, pure goodness and kindness, is my favorite of the Raven Boys. Always, and forever. (to explain more would involve spoilers and it would also have to require some time for me to articulate, somehow, my feels).

3. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (Holland)

Ah. I’ll always be partial to the morally gray characters. Holland was such a painful character to read, because he was often not given agency. And, choice is something I feel really strongly about. It’s just a nerve point for me. That ending with Holland.

I know a lot of people can’t forget Lila Bard. While I understand that, and I don’t doubt that I would ever stop missing her, I will always wish there were more books just about Holland. Home boy means a lot to me. Especially after that final book. Good heavens.


2. The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May (Aithinne and freaking Aileana Kameron)

So, I’m going to be reading the final book in this trilogy within days from now. DUDE, Aithinne and Aileana better get their VENGEANCE on because they’ve gone through so much pain. They, like Nina and Inej, tap into my abuse surviving SOUL.  And the two of them have such a fantastic bond. I can’t even. I just love them.


 1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee (Felicity Montague)

A lot of people are like, “OMG. Read “Tash Heart Tolstoy.”” NO! ACE doesn’t mean that we are all the same. I don’t like boys or girl, or nonbinary people romantically. Read this one for (potential) aro ace rep.  Read about a girl who is confused, tries out kissing boys, and is like, “Nah, bro. I don’t see the appeal.” I don’t know. I just feel like she spoke to my aro ace heart, because, I share a lot with her.

She also says the most amazing things to keep people aware of their freaking privilege, “Men are such babies.”

YES. thank you.


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Intersectionality and The Process of Including Minorities in Narratives

Okay, so I tried writing this post a few times. Lots of deleting took place. Needless to say, it sounds like it’s something I’m genuinely afraid of. Therefore, let’s talk about my journey with understanding intersectionality and the inclusion of minorities to narratives.

Introduction to Intersectionality

This is a sad thing, but I didn’t really find out about intersectionality until perhaps the final days as part of academia. Before then, I was feeling like the only person who somehow intersected between various communities. I was listening to a lot of John Green and Hank Green videos, and they mentioned Rosianna, who makes incredible videos that I love to this day. (I’m particularly fond of her Backburner series). Hannah Witton, Leena Norms, Marina Shut Up  became some of the people who are constant in my life, even now, as influences.

I was pretty unaware of the term itself, though, until a year or two ago, when I watched this video by Akilah Obviously. 

My Relationship with Intersectionality

I’ll admit it: I get scared of messing up somehow. For instance, I haven’t been able to write a single novel since I started listening to more critique of fiction. This is not me blaming anyone. It’s mostly because I have experienced frustration when it comes to being excluded from narratives.

For me, the usual dialogue centered on white straight and able-bodied people. I mean, I think back on Faulkner and how haunting it was to read about disabled people mis-represented (to put it lightly).  How about that horrid Mice and Men?  Let’s not talk about My Antonia and Othello. Even Wuthering Heights which was among my favorites once upon a time, had intensely problematic approaches to race.

My experience was of extreme exhaustion when it came to traditional (academic) discussions of fiction, because they were almost always exclusive to those who have extreme privilege.  Everyone else was demonized and vilified.

Because of this, I am afraid of offending someone, of leaving someone out. I know that I’ll always work to be more inclusive and welcoming.

However, I do want to say that this is a process, and it is very subjective in certain cases. For me, I’m mostly aiming to use #ownvoices to help determine if a certain work was problematic.

 Moving Forward

Like I said, my journey as an intersectional feminist is one where self-discovery (as a disabled asexual aromantic person of color who is Muslim). But, really, it’s about finding my place in the conversation. Even more importantly, it is dependent also on remembering when to shut up and raise other voices instead.

Your Turn:

What is your relationship with intersectionality and inclusivity (it’s a word if I say so, laptop!)? Are there certain resources you use to find #ownvoices reviews of fictional work and media? Please share it with me! I am always trying to be more supportive of other minorities.


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To Be Read: Week 1 of October 2017


Heck yes! It is the first week of October, 2017. I am so happy, because this is my favorite time of the year. Also: my birthday is at the end of the month, and I’m very shamelessly excited about it (nothing is supposed to happen. But, I just like my birthday month).


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I have been trying to collect his three books for the past few months. It took a while, but now I am ready to read all things Silvera. Hoping to get to this one this week. It’s definitely a priority.


The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
I want to at least start this one. The truth is: I have been afraid of what will happen to my babies in this series, as this is the finale. But, it’s time for me to see what happens for myself. Nervous as heck about this one.


New Series:

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
I’m thinking this book duology is appropriate for this month. Perhaps it will break my heart, too. In any case, I am ready to have my heart stomped on repeatedly.

To be watched:

I want to at least start watching The 100, season 3. In fact, I may have already started plotting my own Spotify Playlist Project post for this season. In addition, I want to finish up Jane the Virgin. It’s a pretty light show, and I enjoy the story. Admittedly, this season of Jane the Virgin is a bit odd. The deviation from the the story’s norms is still hard for me to adjust to. Because of this, I haven’t been too keen on watching it.

Hoping to watch some films, but that’s kind of pushing it probably. Still, I do want to keep myself occupied and productive.

To an awesome first week of October! Enjoy the week ahead.

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