Top Favorite Male/Male Ships

It’s the middle of the night leading into Wednesday, February 7th, and I am antsy. This week’s Top 5 Wednesday prompt is to share our favorite male/male ships. Now, this is not just cis gendered folks in male/male relationships, but also trans, pan, ace, bi, and so on.

5. Six of crows by leigh Bardugo (Jesper and Wylan)

Listen, Jesper and Wylan are the cutest that ever cute-ed. From my own understanding, I gathered that Jesper does not identify as gay. He loves dudes, but not only dudes. He and Wylan clash quite a bit at first, because Wylan is pure sunshine. And, let’s all be honest, Jesper has issues and he gambles a lot. He’s a mess. Yet, Wylan makes him smile.

So, I end up smiling.

“Maybe I liked your stupid face.”

I love them so much.

*Ugly crying*

4. carry on by Rainbow Rowell (simon/baz)

Everything I hoped for Draco and Harry to go through, I got out of this book. It was just perfection, from beginning to end, and I loved every second of Baz and Simon glaring at each other. That odd moment when the supposed fanfiction of a character ends up more satisfying than that darn epilogue.

Oh yes, I am throwing shade. I’m still not over the whole, “OH, she has red hair, so you know. They have to be together.”

Gag. Life does not have to a be nicely tied with a bow on top.

3. simon vs. the homo sapiens’ agenda by Becky Albertalli (simon/Blue)

The cuteness, the mystery, the sweet reveal of Blue’s identify: they all led to a brilliant book that just brings a smile to my face. Becky Albertalli writes beautiful characters who sound real and honest. And, man, do I hate Martin or what.

(Spoiler: I do hate him so much).

Besides, he is passionate about Harry Potter. What more can you ask for?

(The answer is NOTHING, OKAY?)

‘“What’s a dementor?”
I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”
“So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.”’

2. the raven cycle by maggie stiefvater (adam parrish and ronan lynch)

Come on. Ronan, with his bad-boy image and sensitive earnestness, coupled with Adam who is such an ambitious boy coming from a rough home; they sound lovely together. They are so very different, and yet they sound so perfect for each other. I can see Gansey being their biggest ally and fangirl.

 1 . the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by mackenzie lee (Monty/Percy)

This whole book is essentially a journey to owning one’s privilege, and recognizing how that privilege affects one’s perceptions and experiences. Monty learns a lot about the society he lives in, and the way his able-bodied, white, and rich status helps me be in an advantageous position. Compared to Felicity (my dear asexual soul sister) and Percy (who is biracial and deals with epilepsy. Fun fact: I get pseudo seizures, and it made me so happy to see a character in canon who deals with something I can relate to first hand). Their romance is perfection.

Honorable mention: Obviously Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are kings in my world. But, I didn’t feel like they got enough attention to be considered main characters. Oh, but Cassandra Clare is doing much better with Kit and Ty.

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February 2018 Book and Film Haul (Guilt-Free Edition)

 

 

Hello, friends. Today, I am going to recollect my February 2018 book and film haul. This haul was inspired by a video essay that I will link here. In this essay, Lindsay Ellis analyzes the backlash against the Twilight series. It resonated with me quite a bit. (I can talk about it for ages).

Film Haul

I basically hauled the Twilight movie saga (used, but it’ll be cherished. Currently, I am waiting for the collection to arrive).  In particular, I am curious to revisit Alice Cullen and Jacob Black, who will forever be my favorite characters in the series.

series

Thriftbooks is a new site that I tried with my mom this month. Hopefully, it will be a hit for me. I was able to purchase more books for much cheaper than usual, so that’s a nice thing to experience. I’m wondering about the quality of the books. We shall see, won’t we?

Twilight and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Let me revisit the point of the video essay I linked earlier. Look, every piece of literature or art, or whatever you want to use as an example, whatever it may be, it has problematic facets.  We are human, with flaws in our perceptions. I feel tired of having to create a show of my intelligence by reading the latest, most hip and seemingly pristine reputation. Ultimately, all pieces of work will have a crack in their portrayals of society.

Needless to say, I am very well aware of the problematic nature of Twilight as it pertains to race, gender, sexuality, and relationship norms. I still like reading those books and watching the movies. So…I am going to consume the stories with an awareness of their problematic nature.

*Gets off the soap box*

Hush, Hush and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

I read this series ages ago, and I still think of Patch and Nora. A lot. So, to bring them back to me is such a privilege. Yes, I know the story is not perfect and there are harmful relationship examples in it.

self improvement

Body image is something rather mysterious to me. A series of circus mirrors line my vision when I encounter my body. There is so much dissonance and noise when I try to face what I have become in a physically tangible way. I am trying to incorporate movement to my day. Naturally, for February, my quest involved the inclusion of self help fitness books.

Hot Body, Year Round by Cassey Ho

She is my favorite Pilates instructor. Her videos always feel genuine and sweet. In no way do I think I’ll ever be thin, but I would like to create a ritual of movement with precision and purpose. When I am in a manic/hypo manic phase, I do not know how to cope. Rather than floundering about, I would like to follow some sort of routine to tire me out. This book is lovely. I read it ages ago. I had my own copy however I could not reconcile my own fatness with wanting to be fit.

Tone it up by Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott
Another one of my favorite fitness figures out there. They have a wonderful spirit and a positive outlook in general. While I do find that fitness tends to be conflated with thinness very often, I still think this book could be really helpful in guiding my manic episodes.

 

Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
Ugh, she is the best. I have a lot of yoga teacher loves, but she touches my heart with her podcasts and Instagram videos. Rachel has a beautiful sense of resilience and transparency. Nothing but love for her and her work.

 

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First Week of February 2018 Reading Plans

Hello, friends. Welcome to my first week of 2018’s February reading plans. I am going to make more of an effort to read things that do not 100% fit the prompts I am using. I want to experience my TBR shelves, and not rely on the library. Anxiety is a thing in my life that I need to keep in mind. Let’s see what my reading plans are going to be.

A past goodreads choice awards winner

According to this listLandline by Rainbow Rowell was once a winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards. It’s chilling on my shelves, waiting to be read. I believe it is the last Rainbow Rowell book that is unread for me.

a book involving a heist

Another list here shares that The Kiss of Deception involves a heist. I have been putting off reading this series for no reason at all other than being timid around the length of the latter books.

a book about death or grief

Listen, I know it is a stretch that no one could see coming. I am reading Grace Mercy by Robin LaFevers for this one. It involves assassins who happen to be nuns.

A book set in a country that fascinates you

Soulless  by Gail Carriger is set in Victorian England, which is exactly what I love to read. It’s going to a ton of fun. I just need to buckle down and enjoy the ride. I was lucky enough to have Gail Carriger follow me on Twitter. In short, I am thrilled to try her work and possibly become a total fangirl. I am already in love with the tone of the summary on the back of the book.

I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many options. Therefore, this list will have to suffice for now.My hope is to give each book a nice chance. A lot of these books I failed to read before even though I had other challenges prompting me to read them. So, I am treading lightly.

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January Wrap Up and Reflection

 

Even though I had a tumultuous January, I had a pleasant reading month. Part of that joy came from reading books I always wanted to read, despite bookish community’s frowning upon them. So, I ventured into the library to test some of these books. I’ll put a * next to the library books.

Here we go.

Stand alones

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
It was a fun read, and it made me smile a lot. As someone with very high anxiety, I enjoyed reading about a character who has anxiety, too. Plus, the way Molly and Reid bond was charming and sweet. Bonus points for Molly’s family being awesome.

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
A rough and uncomfortable read, this book delved into mental illness and sexual abuse. It was certainly all kinds of triggering for me, as a sexual abuse survivor. Nevertheless, it did wrap up in a shocking and rather delightful way.

 

Howl by Allen Ginsberg*
Yeah…maybe this generation of poets just isn’t my scene. I struggled to connect with Ginsberg’s collection of poems.

El Deafo by Cece Bell*
This is a graphic novel chronicling the early years of a young girl who happens to be deaf. Trials and tribulations along the way include coming to terms with deafness, friendships, and creating a superhero identity all in the same time.

The Rest of Us Still Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
I read this one with the lovely Ely from Tea and Titles, who is one of the sweetest friends I have ever had. Personally, I found the story at first slow building but absolutely gorgeously told. It’s definitely a favorite of mine. So good.

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
It was nice, but really slow for a good chunk of the novel. I know that it was setting up the characters and the battle to come. When the novel gained enough momentum, it was thrilling.

 

 

 

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Helig
I read most of this book, I think, and I was not a fan of it. Gah. It makes me anxious just writing something that I know people will disagree with. But, for the most part, I was irritated by Nix’s dad and by the overall tone we get with Kashmire too. (Why do people insist on using terms of endearment to the point of exhaustion?)

….”Amira.”

Gag.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas*
Crown of Midnight*
Heir of Fire*
Queen of Shadows*

I am flying through these books. They are entertaining, but I have to say there’s something jarring about the word choices used (like the dialogue is odd. It flits between old fashioned fantasy tone and then it slips into modern slang). I get to fangirl with Lara, who is a new friend of mine. She’s been so nice to me through this Maas journey. Please show her love.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Loved it so much. It is what Lara and I read together, too. It was such a fun and intense ride. I am ready for Obsidio. 

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi.
Pure love. Easily one of my favorites already.

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Another huge hit for me. Really nice plot development and character exploration.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I thought it was slow moving for a while there yet it still gripped me the whole way through.

What did you read in 2018? Any stand outs? Let me know in comments.

Until then,

Have a wonderful day.

See you on the next post.

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