Life Isn't Binary by M.J. Barker and A. Iantaffi
After months for slowly reading this book I am finally done, and I am incredibly satisfied with it. I am craving a physical copy to reference more easly, even though I have annotated the digital version a lot. It's a great book, that made my brain explode, by making me realize how many binaries we have to deal with on a daily basis. It's crazy, every aspect of our lives is in some way linked to a binary, that is usually limiting.
About the book, it's very well structured, with chapters that talk about sexualities, genders, relationships, bodies, emotions and thinking. Each chapter also contains several reflection points (that could totally be used as journaling prompts), and experiences from different people. Another very nice thing, that I really appreciated, is the presence of "slow down sections", in which the authors encourage you to take a break from reading, suggesting different ways to slow down and then get back to the book. I thought that was really smart, these kind of topics can be quite overwhealming, and having a moment to take your mind off that, helps a lot once you get back to it. The further resources sections at the end of each chapter are also incredibly well done, there's some amazing options to dive more into the topics of the book, it will be very useful.
Overall the book was really illuminating for me, it opend my mind about a lot of things. It's surely something I will want to re read and reference back in the future. I reccomend it so much, also to those who are not just looking into it because they are questioning their sexuality or gender. This book goes way further from just those topics, and I feel like it could be useful and enjoyable for everyone. I should also mention that it took a lot for me to read, cause I wanted to assimilate well what I was reading taking my time to think and annotate. It's defently a book that could be read way more quickly, because the writing is very simple and direct.
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A BLACK GIRLS LIT BOOK REVIEW:
Blackout by Dhionelle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
Blackout is a beautiful collaboration project from six of YA’s best authors: Dhionelle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon. Split into six different stories, on one of the hottest days of the year a blackout in New York serves as the perfect setting for several blossoming romances.
As someone who does not read short stories very often nor the romance genre at all, this book definitely took me out of my comfort zone, however I was pleasantly surprised that I was really invested in each story and was eager to find out what would become of the love stories for each character and find out when the blackout would end. Before reading this collection, I had never read anything by Clayton, Woodfolk or Yoon so this was the perfect introduction into their writing for me. I was a bit worried how I would enjoy this but overall my reading experience went very well!
It was a wonder how these six authors were able to work together to make these stories intertwine so well and so cohesively with one another; you can tell just by how effortlessly the stories flowed together that they had fun writing this together and that they fully supported each other while working on this book. I was a huge fan of Tiffany’s story (I liked how her story was broken up into chapters throughout the book and took place during the course of the entire day) and Ashley’s story (the old people were so sweet and hilarious and it’s amazing how she she managed to make the characters seem so fully fleshed out in such a short amount of pages) but my absolute favorite one had to be Dhionelle’s because of the beautiful New York Public Library setting and because it reminded me of how my relationship with my boyfriend began (I guess that makes me a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope now lol).
The representation in this alone should convince you to want to read this book because Black kids deserve to be depicted in a nonsterotypcial way and given the opportunity to see themselves as the main interest in love stories. And it’s truly amazing to see these six powerful Black women come together to change the game!
Rating: 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯/5 (4 lit candles out of 5 because “even love stories can glow when the lights go out.”)
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"So much more was said in the unsaid."
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“We are bound together, Emma, bound together — I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I’m yours and you’re mine, you’ve always been mine, and I have always, always belonged to you! … I don’t live if you die!”
Part 1 of my “Lady Midnight” analysis (fueled by NyQuil and a nasty head cold)
Honestly, Emma and Julian may be my favorite TSC couple after Alec and Magnus. Their dynamic and chemistry is simply unmatched. In a way they remind me a lot of Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs. They feel like two souls who have become one. They leaned on each other when the Dark War stole everything else from them. Emma watched over Julian when he was too busy watching over his siblings, and together they bore the burden of raising four children when they were children themselves.
I love that tragic circumstances forced them to become parabatai to remain together after their worlds were shattered and now they are struggling with the consequences. It’s a tragedy in itself. There doesn’t seem to be a way to have a happy ending. If they continue a romantic relationship and get caught, they lose their family and the life they fought so hard to maintain. If they remain apart, they’re hearts and souls will be broken forever.
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Thank you Netgalley for this incredible Arc!
Crossbones by Kimberly Vale was a wild ride from beginning to end! I loved mostly all of this story bc... PIRATES!!!
This tale follows 3 Main characters throughout this adventure, Csilla, Kane and Lorelei. This bloody tale full of adventure is also full of secrets. The Bone King dies (the king of the pirates) and now trials must begin to prove who the best candidate is for the crown of Bones! However, there is a lost heir to the throne that some pirates want to find and help and others want to kill.
Although I found some parts to this story predictable, I really loved the pirate vibe of the book and especially the creativity of the trials the pirates went thru. This book has a great ending and I definitely would read more if more is to come!
Look for this on Oct. 5th!
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That intimate moment between you and the book you have just read the last words of, where you sit there taking in the enormity of what you have just finished.
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The Birth of Venus (painting), 1890
by John Bulloch Souter.
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'I wish I lived in a Greek Myth' playlist
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Snoop Dogg: What you got there li’l man?
Li’l Man: Charlotte’s Web.
Snoop: Wilber and shit? That pig was dope.
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“enemies to lovers” this and “friends to lovers” that bitch where is my childhood rivals to attempted friendship to enemies to enemies with a forced alliance to grudging mutual respect to growing affection to friends to friends with benefits with mutual pining to lovers
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For the Boston Globe, accompanying a review of Andy Weir's new novel, Project Hail Mary. Happy I got paid to draw an astronaut.
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”fu my child is completely fine”
your child’s comfort characters are criminals and thieves from a heist fantasy novel.
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don’t judge a book by its cover.
judge it by whether or not it uses the blurb to actually summarise the book, or if it uses it to say that the New Yorker called it a ‘subversive masterpiece’
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That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. x
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new books always cheer me up.
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What's more romantic than looking at each other's fiery eyes during a sword fight.
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Centaur in Love (illustration), 1987
Featured in German art magazine.
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Let's be honest, reading books and buying books are two completely different hobbies.
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finished reading A Thousand Spendid Suns in a week and this is the fastest I've read a book this year.
I don't think I am going to get over it anytime soon
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