Blogger Recognition Award

Chantel brought it to Caidyn’s attention (because he fails at looking at things and liking things and being a good follower like everyone else is) that we got nominated for something! Yay! So, a huge thank you to Hannah!! Seriously, we so appreciate it and love knowing that there are people who really enjoy this blog.

If you guys don’t follow Hannah, you totally should. She’s a really funny one and literally makes us laugh when we read her posts. She knows how to work her humor, something that we both can appreciate since we try to bring that into our stuff.

The Rules:

  • Thank your nominator
  • Tell us about how your blog got started
  • Offer 2 recommendations for your fellow bloggers
  • Recognize 10 more wonderful bloggers
  • Let your nominees know you’ve recognized them

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in whatever color she wants since she changes it all the fucking time.


HOW WE STARTED

Little known fact, but I actually have started a blog a million times. But I never saw the point since I have Goodreads. I have a good following on there, something I’ve built up over years and am definitely proud of. Perhaps it’s not amazing when you look at other people, but it’s something I feel grateful for every day.

So, I started blogs and wound up deleting them since I just didn’t see the point.

However, Chantel texted me sometime in December 2016 about doing a little “book club”. We started it in January and went on with some plans. Then, Chantel texted me again. She tossed out that we do a blog together, so, I agreed. And then it evolved to where it is now.

And literally that day I created the blog. It all happened very quickly. For those who aren’t in the know, Caidyn and I have never met in person because we live on the other side of the country from each other. We originally met online roleplaying about BBC Sherlock, a show that neither of us has any interest in watching anymore, and from there we talked outside of the roleplays and the rest is history. It’s not really an exciting story, but if I missed anything feel free to add, Caidyn. 

No, it’s not too exciting of a story. I just remember setting up the OOC thread all because we had an issue with the RP that was making things difficult and that’s how we became friends. We always know that we can take criticism and feedback from each other because of that, I think. That’s how we got to know one another, fixing a problem. And that sort of shows in how we interact with one another.


THE RECOMMENDATIONS

My recommendation is that you don’t force it. Seriously, if you don’t feel like blogging, don’t do it. Or try something new. Step back from reviewing books and try doing something more personal. Maybe talk about things. As my coworkers like to randomly shout while they’re packing boxes: “If it don’t fit, don’t force it!” (Usually, it’s shouted/sung. And it’s horrendous. Sadly, it pops into my head often as words of wisdom.)

I would absolutely agree with Caidyn’s recommendation. We haven’t posted a lot lately because we are both busy and I know I personally am in a reading slump. I’m glad that we have First Lines Friday to keep us active, but it’s okay to take a break every once in awhile. 

Exactly, and I know that I’m not going to post my college blogging series for a while since I have nothing to add or talk about. If anyone has anything they want me to write up how I handle something, feel free to ask.

My recommendation is something that I think Caidyn would agree with and it sounds a bit cliche, but blog for yourself and not for the followers. By this I mean, try not to get bogged down by how many followers you do or do not have. I think our followers are great and interactive, but even if we didn’t have any I would still be doing this because I need to talk about books. It encourages me to read more and I’m thinking critically about the books I’m reading. Plus, every once in awhile we do a fun tag where we bicker or we post something personal. A blog can be anything you want it to be, but remember that it’s for you. 

Yes! Definitely blog for yourself. I used to write fanfiction and I always wanted to please the readers. Then, one day, I decided I wanted to write a story for me and it was probably one of my most popular stories. Alas, I never finished it, but it still lives on. I know that, in the future, I wouldn’t be averse to doing other posts besides the tags we get or book reviews. Chantel’s passionate about movies, after all. I’m passionate about other things than books. Do whatever feels right to you. It’s your blog, not someone else’s.

That’s exactly how I approach writing. I’m only going to write stories I’m interested in, period. That being said, I don’t have a lot of motivation to write a lot of the time, this blog is about as much writing as I get done. I wouldn’t mind branching out in the future too. This is a place to explore different things, after all. 


OUR NOMINATIONS

I think this is actually our least favorite parts of doing these tags. Everyone we know has been tagged and it leaves us in an awkward position since we don’t want to double-tag people and all of that.

So, what we’re going to do is let you guys do this if you want. Anyone who follows us or sees this or anything. Feel free to make your own post or, even better, give us recommendations in the comments. We always love a good bit of feedback!

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First Lines Friday

Another Friday. It feels like these keep coming faster and faster, don’t they? Or, they do for us. Either way, you all are treated to another First Lines Friday!

Caidyn will be in his everlasting blue. Any typos he has is because of his hurt finger.

Chantel will be in royal purple because I’m kween. 

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Oh Jesus, here we go.


To me, it’s Halloween. The moment it hits September 1st, it’s officially Halloween. I know, I know. But, Caidyn, what do you consider October? That’s Halloween, too. Halloween goes from September 1st to October 31st. Everything else is classified, in my mind, as Not Halloween. Or my birthday.

That’s insane. I already knew I was insane. I’ll add your birthday in there, I guess.

Wait, where was I going with this? Oh yeah.

I basically start reading *~spooky~* books the moment I can. This is one of them that I’m going to get into again this month.

Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in messing them all up. There, I’ve admitted it! Not a single one of those early cases ended as neatly as we’d have wished. Yes, the Mortlake Horror was driven out, but only as far as Richmond Park, where even now it stalks by night among the silent trees. Yes, both the Gray Specter of Aldgate and the entity known as the Clattering Bones were destroyed, but not before several further (and I now think unnecessary) deaths. And as for the creeping shadow that haunted young Mrs. Andrews, to the imperilment of her sanity and her hemline, wherever she may continue to wander this world, poor thing, there it follows too. So it was not exactly an unblemished record that we took with us, Lockwood and I, when we walked up the path to 62 Sheen Road on that misty autumn afternoon and briskly rang the bell.

So, there we go. Not the creepiest openings, but it’s a pretty damn good book. Book series. And the series title is given in the snippet I gave. So… what is it? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s…

THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE BY JONATHAN STROUD

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)

This series is set in an alternate universe where ghosts have overrun the world and can kill you if they touch you. Only kids can see them and it’s up to them. There are many different organizations and Lockwood & Co. isn’t the top, but they’re good.

This series has a bit of everything and is heavy on sarcasm, which is why I like it. Even more excitingly, I’m doing a buddy read of this with Chloe! She’s great, so I suggest you checking her out if you aren’t already friends with her. Super excited to finally be rereading this series, especially in preparation for the new book.


Adam would have to get the flowers himself. 

His mom had enough to do, she said; she needed them this morning, pretty much right now if the day wasn’t going to be a total loss; and in the end, Adam’s attendance at this little “get-together” with his friends tonight may or may not hinge on his willingness/success in picking up the flowers and doing so without complaint. 


This book is a 2017 release that comes out on Tuesday and I picked this for First Lines Friday to encourage everyone to go read it because honestly, I haven’t disliked a book by this author yet. 

And this week’s winner is…

Ding ding ding! 

Release by Patrick Ness

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On September 19th, the new Patrick Ness book hits American shores and stores. Now, this book came out in the UK in May, and I got a copy from Book Depository, read and reviewed it already. The link is right here. It wasn’t just because I was impatient about reading the new Patrick Ness book, part of it was that, but honestly, the US cover is terrible. I’ve ranted about this already, and if you are curious feel free to Google but I won’t put the image here. Normally, I don’t get that invested in US vs. UK covers, but what the hell were they thinking with the change? It doesn’t ultimately matter because I have the superior copy, but clearly it still gets under my skin. The “superior” copy. Elitist much?

However, I would encourage everyone to read this book because it’s the story of Adam, a gay teenager who lives in a small town with religious parents. There’s also a dumb subplot with a ghost. The book takes place in one day of his life and so many things happen, but it’s just one day. Tomorrow might be better or might be worse. We don’t know because it’s just one day in his life. It is a bit angsty so Caidyn will hate it, but I love reading about queer characters and it felt unique while also feeling universal. It does sound like a book I wouldn’t like that much. I want more stories like this one told. It’s not as good as A Monster Calls or More Than This, but I enjoyed it. 

Plus the references to Mrs. Dalloway and Virginia Woolf really got me. 

 

The “How I Choose My Books” Tag

Hello all,

We’ve been tagged once again, this time by Emma Reads and since we enjoy doing tags so much, we’re going to give this one a go.

The original tag was created by TheBookishUnderdog so go check out her answers.

This also gives me (Chantel) a chance to talk about some books I might never talk about otherwise.

Caidyn’s answers will be in blue unless he changes his mind.

Chantel’s answers will be in purple because I’m predictable. 

Find a book on your Shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

I ended up going with The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. It has teal on it, shut up. 

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I don’t believe I’ve ever talked about this book, but I’m gonna. Now, if you haven’t heard about this book, it’s a coming of age memoir in the form of a graphic novel and it’s about the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in the ’80’s. Watching the country get stricter and stricter in terms of prohibiting Western culture is fascinating. The second part of the book is her time in Vienna as a teenager which is an interesting experience as well. I’d highly recommend this book, there is some disturbing imagery, but ultimately it’s a quick read and just fantastic overall. 

Teal counts as blue. (At least, it does where I work. My boss can never tell the difference.) But, this is a really good book. Probably one of the only graphic novels I really liked for the story.


Now, onto my choice.

Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box

So, I chose Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman With A Box, edited by Travis Langley. So, I picked this book up because I went into Barnes and Nobel with an express intent to buy a book. I wanted one and only one and it was within my price range. So, I got it. It’s basically a book that’s full of essays on, you guessed it, the psychology of Doctor Who. There are essays about the Doctor, some companions, etc. It looks super good and I really hope I can get around to reading it soon.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place? 

I didn’t expect to enjoy Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence as much as I did. I ended up giving it four stars in my original review

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Caidyn recommended it to me and when he told me Jorg was a horrible person, but you end up rooting for him. I was intrigued since it’s established that I don’t like villains or anti-heroes, rooting for this character was definitely a different experience. 

Muahaha. I told you it’s good! Mark Lawrence is King for me. (And I hope he sees it. I love you, Mark.)


But, I’m actually having a really hard time figuring out a book that I felt this way about. Maybe More Than This by Patrick Ness. Sorry Chantel. But, I gave it four stars in my original review.

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I mean, it was endorsed by John Green and it’s YA and seemed to be angsty at the outset. But, I wound up really liking it and loving how it dwelled on reality and identity. What is real? What isn’t? Is there something more waiting out there for us?

I’d like to think my endorsement means more than John Green’s. 

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

(This gif sums up both of our reactions to the books we picked.)

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The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta.

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Apparently, I bought this at Goodwill, but I have no idea why I bought it. This is not good. 

I’m questioning your choices, too, Chantel. Like, does the teacher teach the abstinence or is the whole male cheerleader thing teaching him that people are going to make sure you’re abstinent or what? Is it like Mean Girls?

If it’s anything like that, I might actually like it. BTW, that’s great advice. A+ to the pervy gym teacher. 

But fucked if I know what’ I’m going to pick… especially since I have too many bookshelves. Update: I spun around in very fast circles to confuse myself since I have, in my tiny ass room, five bookshelves of varying size. I almost died during the search.

Oh Jesus… I picked The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo.

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

So, this is going to take a quick crash course in psychology. Zimbardo is famous in the social psych field. Basically, he created the whole movement about personality only being situational and the effect of roles. He created the Stanford Prison Experiment where (like all good psych researchers) got some students at Stanford University to participate. They got split into two groups, Prisoners and Guards. The prisoners were picked up in the middle of the night from their homes, “arrested” and brought to (again, like all good psych researchers) the Stanford basement where they had made fake cells.

Chaos reigned. The guards treated the prisoners so badly and the some of the prisoners literally had to leave because of emotional trauma that the experiment ended after three days. When it was supposed to last for two weeks. And halfway through, they would have changed sides where the guards became prisoners and vice versa. But, Zimbardo and others were so worried about what would happen that they ended the whole thing.

And that’s how I “discovered” this book. I was at Half-Price Books, saw a name I recognized, and had to buy it. Zimbardo is a legend in psychology.

I actually learned about the experiment and Zimbardo in a Psych class and I wanted to read this book at some point. 

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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It’s no surprise Patrick Ness is my favorite author. It’s also not surprising that Caidyn introduced me to him with A Monster Calls. From this book on I was hooked. I would sincerely worry about anyone who says this book doesn’t touch them emotionally. Everything about this book is beautiful and heartbreaking. It is the best book that I’ve read of his. And the movie was such a letdown.  If you haven’t read it yet, go do that now. 

I always seem to recommend books to you! But… I don’t get many book recommendations. This might work, though. I guess.

The Stand

The Stand by Stephen King. I haven’t actually read this book yet and I want to read King’s preferred text, but my dad always recommends it to me. He tells me that I should read it. No joke, he gave me his last copy when he saw that I have a full shelf of my bookshelf is dedicated to Stephen King. My grandaddy stole his copy of King’s preferred text, but he would have given that to me. I think it was one of the sweetest things that he did.

It’s such a long book, and my mom was actually the one who told me to read it. She used to read a lot of Stephen King.  

Pick a book that you discovered through Booktube/Book Blogs.

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I heard about Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour on the ProblemsofaBookNerd channel on Youtube. Full disclosure, Cece is my favorite Booktuber and she reads and recommends a lot of LGBTQ+ books, so she’s my go to for recommendations. She does Harry Potter chats and talks about different fandoms. So, I can’t help but plug her here. 

Quite honestly, I’ve got nothing. Before March, I didn’t really follow book blogs and I still don’t follow any booktubers since I’m not a huge YouTube user.

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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I chose Graceling by Kristen Cashore because I think the cover is amazing and I’ve heard so many good things about this series that I can’t wait to pick it up I mean it’s about a badass girl assassin. Of course, the hype could kill it for me, but I’m optimistic. 

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Okay, I’ve chosen Soleri by Michael Johnson. I was actually alerted to this book by Emma and it’s turned out to be a really good book. Super close to finishing it. Probably will be done by the time this gets posted. It’s an alternate universe imagining of King Lear and the end of the Ptolemy dynasty in Egypt.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

Okay, here is another book I’ve never talked about. It’s called The Hours by Michael Cunningham. It features three intertwining storylines, one featuring a fictional portrayal of the author Virginia Woolf, one featuring a housewife from the 50’s named Laura, and another featuring a character called Clarissa.

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Now, I could go more in-depth about the plot, but it’s complicated and I don’t think I can explain it and make it interesting. I saw the movie first and became obsessed with it. I was going through a rough period in my life and I watched this movie so many times. In the prologue of the book and the first scene in the movie, Virginia Woolf commits suicide so I would definitely warn anyone if they don’t want to read or see this in the movie. Anyway, my mom refers to this as an “Old lady book/movie”, but I loved it when I was a teenager. I don’t think I’d recommend it to anyone, but I can’t help but feel attached to it.

Funny enough, I’ve never actually read the book or seen it. But, I’ve seen it around and do somewhat want to read it. After all, I am the Grandpa Friend.

Yeah, you might like it, old man. 

My choice is IT by Stephen King.

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Long story short: My mom is a terrible person and told me it wasn’t scary, fell asleep, and then left me to watch the three-hour mini-series all by myself. After getting over my fear, I tried to read it when I was in fifth grade. Failed. Finally listened to it last summer and it was fantastic.

Although, I still have a fear of clowns and the whole people walking around as clown thing scared the piss out of me. Especially when someone did it on my campus. This was the one that scared me the most:

Think of your all-time favorite book (s). When did you read them and why did you pick them up in the first place? 

I’m going to stick with Patrick Ness and talk about More Than This.

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I bought this book from Powell’s Bookstore and it sat on my shelves for months. I bought it on an impulse because I liked the cover and it was cheap. This was before I’d even heard of him. Also, my mom encouraged me to buy it because she wanted to read it and guess what? She still hasn’t read it no matter how many times I bring it up. Flash forward until after I read A Monster Calls, I picked up More Than This which I had sitting on a shelf in my closet. I absolutely loved it. I haven’t read it again, but I almost don’t want to. The first time I read it, the book was perfect. I was intrigued, it broke my heart, and I enjoyed all of the main characters. I may be overselling it (and Patrick Ness), but it’s hard not to when he writes such good books. 

Impulse buys are the best. I’m going to cop out with this one, though. And I’m going to take my own picture instead of get some stock pictures off Goodreads.

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I’m picking Harry Potter in general. (Minus Cursed Child. We don’t talk about that one.) That’s my shelf where I keep the bulk of my HP books, although I still have more around. I have three complete sets. One in the original US covers, the UK covers (and editions), then the new ones that have Hogwarts on the spine. I love the series. It’s my go to when I’m frightened or depressed or whatever. Whenever I couldn’t go to sleep when I was a kid, I would read the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book. By the end of the first paragraph, I was relaxed and felt better.

I know about them because of the movies. When they came out, I was an infant. Literally, I was just barely a year old. By the time the movies came out, I was old enough. My mom read them to me and I would relate what happened to the people forced to sit next to me on the bus. I have so many memories of reading these books, some good and some bad. However, I picked them up because I was a child and the series stuck with me.

 

First Lines Friday 

Another week has gone by. Is time going by fast for anyone else? For us, it certainly has. Now, let’s get onto the post.

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in magenta, just to shake things up. 


To me, it’s fall already. I don’t care about it. Right where I am, it’s already getting to be about 50 degrees in the morning and just barely getting to 80 through the day. It’s fantastic. And, fall, to me, equates to horror or anything a little spooky. I’m trying to get books straight in my head to read since I just want to read so much.

This isn’t a book I’m going to read, but probably one of my favorite horror books of all time. (And one that Chantel won’t touch with a pole.) I haven’t peeked yet, but I think I know what you chose. 

The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years — if it ever did end — began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

Since you guys were, as far as I know, good about indulging me putting down the first full page of a book, I’ll stop with the first sentence/paragraph.

And, I’ll give you some hints.

  1. It’s being made into a movie.
  2. The movie is a remake.
  3. It involves a common phobia.

Honestly, that’s more than enough since it’s a very iconic book and movie that frightened children across the world.

It is….super predictable…

 

IT by Stephen King

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I used the cover of the book that I own since it’s deliciously creepy. This tome clocks in at almost 1200 pages. Ridiculous. Literally, it’s a doorstop. I could use it as one if I didn’t have a great respect for it. IT is Stephen King’s best book that I’ve read so far, even over Carrie or The Shining or Pet Sematary, all books that I consider some of my favorites in the whole world. I mean, this book has it all. Romance, horror, mystery, coming of age, sci-fi, fantasy. Seriously. This little book holds it all and it’s just one of my favorite books in general.

And now, we move away from creepy clowns to something far more fun. 

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(I had to.)


“This is it, you guys,” I say as we approach. “Everything we’ve always dreamed about. This is our Holy Grail.” 

Charlie, Jamie, and I stand before it side by side, tears in our eyes as we admire its indescribable beauty. 

“Our Disneyland,” Charlie adds, her pink hair blowing slightly in the warm breeze. 

Jamie nods as a wide smile spreads across his face. “Our Graceland. I can’t believe we’re actually here.” 

We each take in a deep breath. 

“Are we truly worthy of so much awesome?” I ask.

Charlie takes a brave step forward. “Yes. We are.” 

When we say it, it’s a whisper, like the name itself is to be cherished: “SupaCon.” 


So, I’ve already read and rated this book and it’s a book I absolutely loved. One that Caidyn bought for me for my birthday because he’s amazing and knows me so well. The color I chose matches the cover of this book. 

Just based on the opening lines, it’d be a book I’d get turned off from almost right away.

Are you ready for this? 

Are you ready? 

Are you

Ready? 

Queens of Geek by Jen Wildecover-for-queens-of-geek-by-jen-wilde

 

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I just really wanted to use this gif. Broad City is hilarious, yo.

The reason I chose Queens of Geek this week is today is the first day of Rose City Comic Con! This will be my second year going to RCCC and I’m very excited. I already went to Wizard World Portland back in February and met John Barrowman. He totally made me blush, but damn that man is charming. Anyway, I’m really excited to go to Comic Con and see some panels and buy a whole lot of shit. Trust me, there might be a haul. I felt like Queens of Geek brought out my love for Comic Con and it’s a book that I related to. This book was absolutely written with me in mind and that’s why I loved it so much. There is amazing representation and an adorable f/f romance. So, go check it out. It’s a lot of fun. 

 

 

Book Subscriptions – August 2017

We’re starting a new thing. Both of us do book subscriptions, so why not talk about them and show off what we get just a bit, right? Sounds like fun? Too bad. This is something new you’re getting once a month.

Caidyn’s text will be in blue.
Chantel’s text will be in purple.


My subscription is a mystery box. Not to be confused with the whole thing I’m getting is a surprise to me (which it is) but it’s literally of the mystery genre. This was my first month getting it and, judging by it, I was impressed but I might switch to a different box from the same company.

I go through PageHabit. It has a ton of different options for you. Historical fiction, romance, horror, mystery, fiction, etc, etc. Seriously. And, even better, they partner each month with an organization and donate money and books to an area that needs it. In each box, you get a book and bookish goods to go with it. If you want to find out more about the company, go here.

So, this is what my box looked like when I received it.

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It came in great condition, same with the book.

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One thing that I didn’t mention is that each book comes with a note from the author and annotations scattered throughout the book that are written by the author to take you through his journey.

In this box, I also got another book, along with bookmarks, a short story specifically curated for this box, socks, and some pens.


Also, this month, my purchase went to the Buea Book Project and the Catholic University Institute of Buea to help build their library.

Now, as I said, I really liked this box. I loved all that I got and the price of it (a little over $30). What I didn’t like was actually the choice of book. I’ve read a book by Paul Cleave and I wasn’t that impressed by it. It was creative and well-written, but I expected a lot of what happened. So, I’m not looking forward to reading it, but I’m interested to see how he’s grown as an author. If I’m not impressed with September’s box, I may switch over to horror.


Owlcrate – Something Wicked This Way Comes – August 2017

This was my first Owlcrate ever. I’d seen it in many Booktuber videos and even though last month was probably the one I would’ve enjoyed more, I decided to sign up so I didn’t miss out anymore. I absolutely love mystery boxes and love getting ones in the mail, so this was very fun for me. 

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My first thought was how absolutely gorgeous the print was. I love it so much that I think I’m going to frame it somehow. It belongs somewhere as a piece of art. 

img_0910In this box, there was a fountain pen, something I’ve never had or used before, there was a pin saying “I Chose This” that comes from the book and a pair of socks with Edgar Allen Poe. Side note: Out of Print has some really cool bookish gear. I have a scarf from them and I used it constantly in the winter. Go check them out. Also, not a sponsor. 

And now, onto the books. That’s right, books. Usually, Owlcrate comes with one book, but this month they sent two. 

img_0924There is also a bookmark with a Six of Crows quote on each side, and a pin which matches the art on the card. 

Now the two books featured are The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones and Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving published by Rock Paper Books. I would recommend checking them out, they’ve got gorgeous prints as well as books with amazing covers. 

I had never heard of The Hearts We Sold before this box. From the summary, it’s about a girl who sells her heart to a demon in order to remain at boarding school. While this book might not be something I would normally read, I’m going to give it a shot someday. I would really like to expand my reading horizons and I have a feeling it could be interesting at the very least. The cover is also an Owlcrate exclusive cover. 

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The box also comes with a signed bookplate and a letter from the author. There was also a sticker included from Victoria Schwab’s Monsters of Verity series which I haven’t read yet after being burned by Shades of Magic. 

That is everything for the August Owlcrate, but you guys, I’m so excited for September’s Owlcrate. The theme is…Magical Creatures and I have no idea what the book is, feel free to speculate, but I don’t want to know. I like being surprised. 

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Un⭐que Blogger Award

Yes, we got nominated for another award. Trust me, this boggles our minds as much as it does yours. We were nominated by Ash, so we really owe her a huge thank you. So, thank you, Ash! We really appreciate it since we do consider ourselves quite unique. (Your bloggers are an Aries and a Gemini. Trust us. We’re bad at the whole humble thing.)

The rules are to provide a link to the blogger who nominated you, to answer the questions, nominate 8-13 more people, and to, finally, ask those people 3 questions of our own.

Caidyn’s answers will be in blue.

Chantel’s answers will be in purple.

1. Would you rather only be able to read 3 books or only be able to read books backwards (ending to beginning)?

Only be able to read three books. Because I’m picturing having to read books from the last word to the first word and that sounds horrible.

Not gonna lie, reading some books backward would be a more pleasant experience with certain books. However, since this is a purely hypothetical scenario I choose reading three books. The real question is, what three books? 

I thought that we’d be choosing our own books, so that’s all good by me. Unless it’s choosing books that you hate.

2. If you could remove any book from your memory which would it be?

Anything by Philippa Gregory.

I wish my dear brown eyes had never read Adam by Ariel Schrag. They didn’t deserve such a thing and my poor brain was confused by thinking this is a good book. It makes me angry now. The blurb on Goodreads makes it sound a lot better than it actually is. It should NOT be categorized as an LGBT+ book. It is not, I assure you. Also, I read like a paragraph from 50 Shades of Grey and that was too much for me. 

That’s the book that you told me about, right? Or I think that you did. It sounds familiar. Fun fact: My mom’s a librarian and sometimes I check out books or movies just to see if she’ll bring them home. I did that with 50 Shades of Grey.

Yeah, I’ve ranted about it over on other tags so if you are curious, go check those out! You are pure evil. 

I know.

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3.  If all of your books got stolen on a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean and the thief said “You have to jump overboard in order to get them back” would you do it?

Okay, this is actually a really hard question for me because I’m terrified of open water. No joke. I can’t even look at pictures of open water without getting freaked out. It’s probably a clinical phobia by now, so just thinking about jumping in the middle of the ocean when I haven’t gone swimming in any type of water in over five years gets my heart racing. But, I would do it. I would jump in the fucking ocean to get them back. Or I’d say fuck you and just buy everything on my Kindle.

Um, no because I’d drown. I can’t swim and I’d rather live. Fuck you books. I’ll just buy new copies. 

I’m terrified of open water and I can swim. I live in Kansas, with no water around me whatsoever, and I can swim. 

I never learned and nearly drowned when I was a child, so not interested. 

I’d try to rescue them for you.

Aww!


Our questions:

  1. Coffee or tea and why?
  2. If you could meet any author dead or alive, who would it be and why?
  3. If you could get any bookish tattoo, what would you get and why? (This doesn’t count bookish tattoos you might already have, but feel free to share those, too!)

August Wrap-Up/Book Haul and September Plans

Hello, everyone! We’re trying things a bit new here. Aka, adding in commentary on each other’s because we like intruding and making random comments about the other’s life choices. Believe us, texting is always interesting for that reason.

We’re also deciding to put a book haul part in here since, usually, we have no self-restraint and invariably buy books or bookish things.

Together, we read Bonk by Mary Roach and enjoyed it. As for September, we’re dipping our toes into dystopian fiction with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Caidyn’s text will be in the predictable blue.
Chantel’s text will be in the equally predictable purple.


Now, since I started it off, I guess that I get to go on with it.

I intended to read a lot… and set myself up for failure. Sounds like usual. I’m ambitious as fuck, tbh. I read The Heart’s Invisible Furies and DNFed Crazed (no review because it was down to other things, not the badness of the book), the two ARCs I had on my plate. I also read 1066 & The Battle of Hastings, which was a fantastic introduction to that period. As for the other books on my docket, I didn’t have the interest to read The Reader or Age of Anger, DNFed The Black Witch, somewhat enjoyed Strange the Dreamer, and enjoyed Tash Hearts Tolstoy.

Other than that, I read books I didn’t expect. As for ARCs, I DNFed (admittedly) Istanbul and She Be Damned. The reviews for both are only on Goodreads since they were so short and I didn’t read enough to do anything more than a paragraph, just enough to know they weren’t for me. I listened to Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words; The Eternal Nazi; We Have No Idea; The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue; The House of Silk; Four Princes; Dragon Teeth; and The Book of Joy. Lastly, I buddy read Soleri with Emma.

As for September, I’m going to have to temper my expectations outside of listening to books. (Since I work 20 hours a week, I listen to a lot of books. And don’t read as much outside it as I’d like.)

Now that we’ve gotten through that, let’s see how much money I spent on things! Okay, well, not the money amount, but what I bought.

Mainly, I bought textbooks. I know. Lame. But, alas. Adulting.

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These are my textbooks this semester. Only one I have to return and it’s the one with the huge sticker on it. The rest I own. So that’s nice since most of them are up my alley.

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My mom then gave me this book. We took an ASL class together and now that I’m studying it on my own this is going to be really helpful.

The rest are some random books that I found at Half Price Bookstore and decided to buy. A couple history books, two classics by authors I like, and then a Harry Potter book in Spanish.

Also adding this in. Tonight (8/30/17) while I was texting Chantel to make sure she wasn’t on this, this conversation arose: (We had already also talked about whoring ourselves out, aka self-promos, earlier. You’ll need the context.)

Me: And do we want to make it a post where we comment on each other’s life choices.
Chantel: Yeah that’s what the people want.
M: Don’t you sound like a whore.
C: Is that what a whore sounds like? If I’m not getting paid, they don’t get shit.

So, everyone, please fork up some cash for Chantel. Any amount will do. Wait, no. She wants $500 per post. please send money

Does this mean you are my pimp now?

Fuck yes, I am, ho. I get $300 of that $500.

In August, I was worried that I was going to end up only reading a few books and not get to everything I wanted to read. This ended up being semi-true. I felt little motivation to read throughout the month, and yet I managed to finish, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue which was a book I was really excited about, Taproot, the first ARC I ever reviewed, Juliet Takes a Breath which I had started back in July, and in one day I finished The Seafarer’s Kiss which I have to say was my favorite book all month. 

In September, I have a few book I’m currently reading that I need to finish, so I’m including them to my TBR for the month. In addition, I’m hoping I can read by the end of the month but it’s a little optimistic, to say the least. I’m not necessarily worried if I don’t finish all of these books by the end of September. If I finish three of them, including The Handmaid’s Tale, I’d be happy. 

It’s an LGBTQ+ month for me, not planned at all, just the way things happen in my world. 

When isn’t it an LGBTQ+ month for you? Also, I do want to read When The Moon Was Ours. And tried a little bit of it but I wasn’t a fan of the opening. I’ll look forward to your review and commentary on it.

It’s my life 24/7. #thatqueerlife  

I did read the first chapter of When The Moon Was Ours and I thought it was beautiful. We’ll see how things go. 

I read the first chapter and thought it was tedious. Ah, the differences between us rise again.

I would agree that it’s very slow, there is a lot of figurative language and descriptions. I still enjoyed it, though. It was very lyrical. 

Book Haul! Will take pics and have my list. There is a list because I like books.

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I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile now and it was cheap at the bookstore I bought it from. I believe I also have an ebook copy, so nothing is stopping me from reading this. Except it’s not on my TBR.

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This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. I found a used copy of the Special Collectors Edition at my favorite bookstore and it looks brand new. Easiest purchase I made this month. 

That’s beautiful and I want it and I will find a way to take it from you.

First, you take my money, then you try to take my books, when will it end?!

I’ll stop short of your freedom.

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I adore this cover. 

Yet another book I’ve been wanting to read since it came out earlier this year. I have read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour so I’m excited to see if I like this book as much. 

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I’ve heard great things about the Graceling series and I only hope it’s as good as I’ve heard. I know very few details about the actual plot, but I know it’s a fantasy book with a strong female character and I’m down for that. 

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I don’t know why I got this book. It was two dollars and has an interesting cover. We shall see if my purchase paid off. 

I don’t know much about this story or the book, but I think the cover is gorgeous.

Another one that I want to read.

Me too, I’m really excited to read this. 

When this book went on sale, it was a no-brainer for me. I had to buy it and one day I will read it. 

And now one that I don’t because Leigh Bardugo doesn’t interest me that much, but I’ve heard great things about this one.

I will say that I’m not interested in reading the Grisha trilogy at all, but I’ve heard Six of Crows is much better. Hopefully, the hype doesn’t ruin it. 

That is always the hope.

The description from this book starts out with, “Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black…” I was in and it was on sale so I decided to buy it.

WHAT????

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I fucking love that show (and already severely miss it)!!! Chantel, why didn’t you tell me about this book???

I just found it a few days ago and it’s YA. You don’t like YA. So don’t give me that Alison gif. 

I will give you any gif I want.

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I seriously considered using that gif when I searched Orphan Black gifs, but I wanted a specific Felix one and didn’t want to spoil myself, so there. 

Oh, all the spoilers I could give in one fail swoop.

This was recommended by Emma at Thoughts of a Brown Eyed Girl and it was on sale. There is clearly a theme to my ebook purchases. 

Wait! I’m not done. 

Of course, with two days before the month ends, I ended up buying three more books because I can’t help myself. 

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Now, I know I purchased the ebook version of this, but y’all, I bought this for 5 DOLLARS. 

I couldn’t pass this up for 5 dollars. Plus the pages are blue. 

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This was on my TBR last month and I didn’t get to it. I’m glad I have my own copy now because I had to return the one I had to the library. 

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I first read Junot Diaz back when I went to college and after that, I went and read everything he ever wrote. This is the only full-length novel he has written to date, he also has two short story collections, but I’d highly recommend this novel. I haven’t gotten a chance to talk about it, but it’s one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. Check out the Goodreads description because I can’t even describe it. Go check it out!

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It could be worse. 

 

First Lines Friday 

Omg, it’s already Friday again. I was so tempted to put a Rebecca Black gif in here. You’re welcome.

I would have killed you if you did that.

Hey now, Friday is a catchy song that celebrates the best day of the week. 

Apparently, we’re starting early with the colors because I’m putting them in. Me (Caidyn) will be in blue. Chantel will be in purple.

I forgot that we were doing this. Chantel kindly started the draft which made me nearly cry because I forgot and am feeling very slightly overwhelmed tonight for some reason. But, what’s new with that?

Onto my book, though.

Imagine a land centuries before industrialization, a rural, green land of vast royal forests and open fields, wild moorlands, and undrained marshlands, with scattered villages overshadowed by towering castles, and small, bustling walled towns. A land inhabited by just two million people, whose lives were dominated by the twin calendars imposed by farming and the Church.

This was a realm torn by conflicts between Church and Crown, and by centuries of strife between the indigenous Anglo-Saxon population and the land-hungry Danes; a realm that bore the scars of the savagery of the Viking invaders, who had colonized parts of the island’s north and east — yet nevertheless a realm in which trade and learning flourished, and kings traced their lineage back through the mists of time to Noah and the Norse god Woden. This was an age of faith and superstition and an age of bloody warfare.

Imagine, in place of today’s modern traffic and electronic noise, the sound of birdsong, animals, church bells, plainchant, human voices and the occasional hunting horn or strumming of a lyre. This pleasant land, this rural landscape, was England in the time of the Norman queens.

Did I bore anyone to death? Yes? Oops. Sucks for you. (I only included that much because I thought the prologue painted a beautiful picture.)

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Except replace the martini with wine.

Guesses? No? Okay.

You’ve already threatened and now have attempted to kill me this far into the post. I didn’t realize were at attempted murder already.

Should it surprise you that we are? If I’m pimping you out, then we should be here.

QUEENS OF THE CONQUEST BY ALISON WEIR

While I don’t trust Weir as much as I’d like to these days, I do think her nonfiction is way better than her fiction. I just have to realize she has a bias. Basically, this book covers different queens in the same era. I’m in the process of reading it, so I don’t know how comparable the eras are. However, it covers Matilda of Flanders (wife of William I), Matilda of Scotland (first wife of Henry I), Adeliza of Louvain (second wife of Henry I), Matilda of Boulogne (wife of King Stephen), and Empress Maud.

It’s right up my alley and I’m excited to read it. But it probably sounds boring to everyone else.

Holy shit, three queens named Matilda. I only know one Matilda and she’s badass. 

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I have never seen that movie or read that book. And Matilda was a very popular name. King Stephen actually took the throne from Empress Matilda, though. She would have been the first queen of England. She legit fought a war over it against him.

Now onto my book. 

Jess grits her teeth, going for a running start. The gravel on the trail crunches under her feet, the wind rushes through her hair, and she can taste success. This time. This time, she’s gonna make it. 

The canyon is streaked with color, warm in the afternoon light; golden striations race across the signature rusty reds of the landscape. The sky is a gorgeous impossible blue, and the clouds flutter down the endless horizon, a perfect backdrop for a first flight.


That was exciting, right? RIGHT? It totally was. I was definitely hooked into this book from the first two paragraphs as I was left in anticipation of what was going to happen. This is a good example of how to hook the reader. 

These are the first lines to…

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

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I’m currently reading this book right now, and I don’t want to spoil my feelings on it. I’ll save that for my eventual review, but this is a book that takes place in a world where superpowers exist. This concept is similar to another book I’ve read called Dreadnought, I hope to read the sequel this month, and while I’m not a huge superhero fan both of these books feature LGBTQ+ characters and I’m a huge fan of that. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? So far, there has been a lot of beautiful descriptions of the Nevada landscape. I look forward to seeing what comes next in this book as I’ve heard great things about it from the few booktubers I’ve heard talking about it. 

I do like the cover and I’ve heard great things about this book as well.

You will just have to eagerly await my review.

 

Bonk by Mary Roach

Chantel’s rating – 4.5/5

Caidyn’s rating – 4/5


Earlier in the year, Caidyn and I read A Mind of Its Own which was a cultural history of the penis. Ultimately, it was an interesting topic with a poor execution. Bonk was what The Penis Book (what we dubbed it while reading it) should’ve been. Mary Roach’s humor was on point throughout the book combined with essential literature and interviews with experts. Call me crazy, but as a female, I was excited to read chapters featuring female sexuality. I mean, there was a whole chapter about a woman moving her clitoris. That was fun.

There were definitely some disturbing parts of this book. Ones involving penis surgery and one that focused on pig insemination. The last thing I wanted to read is about some of the odd things men do with their penises. While there were times I was squeamish I found myself laughing more than being grossed out. My favorite part of the book was when Mary Roach and her husband participated in getting a 4D ultrasound while having sex. The fact that she was able to convince her husband Ed to be a part of it was hilarious. My only complaint, and it’s small, I would’ve liked a chapter dedicated to asexuality and the science behind that, but back when this book was written/published in 2007-2008, I don’t think there was a lot of research on it. I only hope that has changed.

It really saddens me that sex is such a taboo subject to the point where it can be shameful for some people. Sex is a perfectly natural thing, we are not the only species to do it nor are we the only species to enjoy it outside of reproduction. By combining sex and science, I believe Mary Roach normalized sex and I don’t think that should be overlooked and this is coming from someone who identifies as asexual. She threw herself into this book and research and I was so glad I read it. I can’t wait to read more books by her.

Really, I agree with Chantel completely. (Or, on some pieces.) I thought The Penis Book was too pompous at times and the author pretended to know something when he wasn’t a professional while Roach embraced not knowing things. Not that there’s anything wrong with writing on a topic when you aren’t a professional, just that you have to do a lot of extra work to catch up with an expert and then to exceed them. As someone who often writes on well-researched topics, it’s so hard trying to make sense of the research then add in some new contribution.

For me, Mary Roach was great. I think that it was hilarious and she made no qualms about highlighting the awkwardness of things since sex is awkward. There are odd noises, faces, positions, etc that lend themselves to hilarity and awkwardness. Plus, I actually watched her Ted Talk for my Psychology of Sexual Behavior course (also called psych of sex) in summer and I knew just how funny his book could be going off that one little talk.

However, I just wish that her take home message — that there are sexual differences and you need to learn about those differences to have sex with people — should have been highlighted more. It was a great take home message to have, but it felt like there should have been more. The book was full of odd or funny anecdotes and that seemed to be the main purpose of this book. Let’s look at the weird things scientists thought/think about sex or sexuality and the weird research they did to find proof for it. Not that it’s wrong — scientists are very weird and have hilarious ideas or rivalries — just that I wished that there was more substance to it. I loved the humor, but I wanted more take home messages than funny anecdotes about the oddity of human beings.

The great thing about Bonk is you could tell Mary Roach did a shit ton of research. She’s not a professional, but she completely threw herself into researching for this book by reading actual studies and talking with people who researched and worked in fields relating to sexuality.

That’s really true. She did so much research for this and visited so many various people. Roach is an author you could have as a secondary resource on a paper. Roach took very specific topics and breathed life into them. I think Roach talking about modern research with a look at how we haven’t changed too much from the past (along with her hilarious commentary and anecdotes) made it a more interesting read.

While I appreciated her talking with people in the field at that time, the book is almost ten years old by now. I’d love to know what (if anything) has changed in the worlds of sexual psychology and physiology.

Personally, I don’t think too much has changed with stigma. There’s a lot of stigma around it. However, there’s just so much more technology available — PET scans, ultrasounds, MRIs, and fMRIs — that you can see the true physiological reactions then make inferences based on a person’s verbal response. Such as, Roach talked about how women get aroused (i.e. wet) by watching any type of pornography — straight, gay, animals mating — and they don’t report being aroused by anything except what they think of as their sexuality.

I certainly don’t think it’s gotten easier to research sexuality because there is a stigma, but for example, she talks about certain drugs that were going through trials for the FDA, I suppose a Google search would tell me if they were successful, but things like that seemed a bit dated. Plus, there could’ve been more talk about LGBTQ+ couples and asexuality. However, that’s just a nitpick of mine. I don’t think if she wrote the book today those things would be included. That could be a completely separate book.

If I remember correctly from my class on this topic, there still weren’t any drugs specifically for women and treating sexual disorders for them. Recently, though, there was the push and the backlash over female Viagra. And, I agree on LGBTQ+ relationships and asexuality. There has been a lot of research on it (perhaps not asexuality since that’s technically a sexual disorder in the DSM-5) but it wasn’t included. Perhaps because she didn’t find that topic as interesting to her.

Which doesn’t surprise me. Doesn’t she talk about a sexual disorder or is asexuality different? There are probably more than one. I think that’s fine that she decided to ultimately not go in that direction, I just know that would be interesting to me and that isn’t necessarily a knock on her.

All right, pulling out notes for this now. There are 12+ (depending on how I was to split them up) in my notes over sexual disorders. That’s just a specific category in the DSM. Asexuality is, technically, hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). However, to get diagnosed with it, you have to be upset by it. If you have that, it’s not necessarily that you’re asexual but someone who doesn’t believe that asexuality is a thing could diagnose you as having that and “fix” you. People with HSDD do feel sexual desire and want to have sex. Just that they can’t get aroused.

I see. She does refer to HSDD a few times but also adds in parenthesis low libido. I can’t see myself getting diagnosed with HSDD, asexual fits better. Plus, it’s so much more complicated than not being interested in sex.

No, you wouldn’t be diagnosed with HSDD. Nor would I. Why? Because to be diagnosed you’d have to be seeing a therapist about it specifically and exhibiting the Four D’s as they’re called in abnormal psychology. Distress, danger (to yourself or others), deviance, and dysfunction. Usually, I take distress and danger as the hallmarks of abnormal psych. Asexual people don’t show that sort of thing, you know? It’s not low libido because they aren’t interested. I’m ace and I don’t have a problem getting aroused. When I watch pornography, I’m not going to lie and say I don’t because most people do, I have no problem getting off. It’s just that I don’t have a desire to do the things they do. That’s not HSDD. Although, I think we’ve gotten a bit off topic.

Maybe a little bit. I’m the same way in that I’m not interested but I have the ability to be aroused and get off. It’s just I have no interest in doing that with another person, or at least I’d have to trust that person considerably. Anyway, I think we should stop talking about masturbation and move on.

What??? Come on, let’s just keep going and break societal norms some more. But, okay. I think that in a reprint or something, it’d be important for her to discuss those specific topics since they’ve come more into the view of mainstream media. This book is definitely good, just that it focused on heterosexual individuals and odd anecdotes about researchers, which was something I got a bit tired of. I want the research, not all this about the researcher.

Dammit society for making me uncomfortable! I would’ve liked more about non-heterosexual individuals and relationships, but overall I liked the anecdotes and thought she had a unique point of view and voice with which she talked about the research. I liked the humor a lot and that really made this book better for me because when I wasn’t interested in a certain subject she had something funny to say about said subject.

I do agree about the humor. It was so funny and I literally read some part of it out loud to my dad — about paralysis and checking if a certain reflex is working you have to stick your finger in the rectum and squeeze the penis or clitoris to see if the anal sphincter will squeeze the finger — and he just stared at me like “how the hell is this my child???” I just wish it had gotten serious at times and laid aside the humor. Humor made it better, but I also wanted some substance.

I’d just like to add that I really enjoyed the fact that she had a chapter dedicated to quadriplegics and paraplegics and included so much information and research that showed you can still have a sex life afterward depending on where the injury occurred. I would agree that getting serious could’ve helped, but overall I’d recommend it and read more of her books. I’m intrigued to see how her humor is injected into other topics that might be dull or serious.

I mean, having read her book on cadavers, it can be a very weird combination. And I hope that we decide to read more of Roach’s books in the future for the club.

Don’t worry, I can definitely see us reading more of her books in the future. At least the ones with dirty titles.

All of them are dirty if you have the right (or wrong) mind.

Please tell me how Packing for Mars is a dirty title.

Another time.

Such a tease.

Blogging + College = ???: First Week and Grad School Woes

(Caidyn)

I survived. Somehow, I did it. I can’t remember if I actually said what classes I’m taking, so let’s just go through it.

First, I’m taking a class called Women and Culture. It’s all about, well, women and culture. I’m not sure what focus it’s going to have, but I’m assuming it’s more Western and even American with the focus largely on white people with more commentary on black women struggles later on. We have a predominantly white class, so it makes sense. There are also only two males in the class (myself included). It’s a freshman level class so that’s always interesting. And, as expected, a damn group project. I don’t miss freshman courses.

Second, I’m taking Psychology Seminar: Intuition. This takes a big of background. As a psych major, I have to take a senior level course where you strut your stuff. This is that. You come up with a research proposal, complete with a literature review and mock methodology, results, and discussion section. You also do an oral presentation. Each semester varies for what the topic is. This semester it’s intuition. However, I’ve avoided this professor my whole time at my college because of his reputation. He’ll love you one second and hate you the next. Hopefully I got on his good side since I agreed to be in his research as a participant.

Third, there’s Europe in the High Middle Ages. More technically, it’s about Christendom in the years 1000-1300/1350. We’re focusing more on Christianity and Southern Europe. The biggest thing for me is that, based on the first week, I’m holding my own in the class. It’s an upper level course so most of the people in the class actually are history majors or minors. I’m not. I just read up on it for fun. And, I actually held a conversation and could name things in class. I’m proud of myself for that. I feel like I’m going to get a lot out of it and, even better, no research paper!!

Fourth, and finally, is my class on The Jewish Faith. Basically, it’s an introduction to Judaism. I have some background because of a few other courses I’ve taken (Intro to World Religions, World Religions; and Religion, Ethnicity, and Race). But, I want to know more about it since it interests me. It also serves as a good way to do some research for myself. My professor is a new professor and it already shows. They’re figuring it out as it goes, something I like and don’t like.

So there’s that. I survived and have succeeded beyond that.

However, Saturday morning, I decided to look at graduate schools and freaked myself out and discouraged myself a bit.

I was only going to apply to two programs, University of Kansas (KU) and University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). KU is closer to me with a more specific program while UMKC is farther away with a more general education. UMKC became my first choice based on the education. Whereas KU is pathway oriented (aka you choose a path and that’s all that you learn) UMKC teaches a little bit of everything.

Then I looked at UMKC’s requirements for school. Unlike KU, you have to take the GRE… which is a standardized test sort of like ACT/SAT to get into graduate school. I don’t want to take it. UMKC requires it, while KU doesn’t. (And, trust me, I just emailed the person in charge of admissions for KU’s MSW program about it to be sure I don’t suddenly need to start enrolling in test dates and studying and hoping for the best.)

So, down to one school I’m applying to. But, hey, it’s all good. I only applied to one college, too, actually. Unlike everyone who applied to a million, I went to community college for a year, got a letter in the mail from my current college, and applied. Got in and that was that.

Now I just have to hope that KU takes me and I’m not back to square one with shit.