Here’s How I’m Going to Protest Trump

When I saw the election results I was crushed…

For me and my friends and all the POC and LGBTQIA, the Muslims and the women. I don’t like feeling like I’m not in control. I think that’s true for most of us. I thought that there was nothing I can do about this situation, that the worst has come and there’s no bouncing back from this. Then I thought about it.

There is something I can doMany things I can do. I found an article on this topic so I picked a few things out that I can commit to that mean a lot to me.

  • I will volunteer with Planned Parenthood. Above pretty much all else, a woman’s right to her body, and I believe that abortion and birth control has helped give women back their lives. Before both, women were baby-makers and housewives. Birth  control gave us power. Abortion isn’t new. It’s been around for a long-ass time and our older women fought tooth-and-nail to give us that control. No man should ever have the right to take that away from me.I don’t know what I’ll be doing there. Ideally I’d be escorting women through protesters but we shall see! Trump and Pence want to do away not only with abortion but with Planned Parenthood. No. No freaking way.

 

  • I’m going to donate to food banks and when I can’t do that I’m going to work at the soup kitchen. Right now all my food goes to me or my pets but I’d love to give as much as I can. Right now, that means that I will give my time and service. Trump doesn’t care about people living in poverty. I’m going to care for them since our new president won’t.

 

  • When I’m able, I’ll support journalism by buying print magazines/newspapers. For now I will read news on the internet, particularly news on Muslim-Americans and Islam. I don’t want to read the Q’uaran, it looks super boring (terrible reason, I know) but I do want to be more knowledgable on the matter so I can defend and educate people who hate on/attack Muslims.

    As you’ve heard, Trump wants to sue journalists and create a total and complete ban of Muslims in the US. That includes refugees.

 

  • Trump doesn’t believe in climate change, so I’m going to do my part. I’m going to change how I use energy and renew, recycle, reuse and do fuller loads of laundry and dishes, and take shorter showers.I

I’ve got this shit, guys. I’m not going down without a fight. This is me protesting Trump. I will never call Donald my president and I won’t let him take America down with him.

June 2016 TBR

June TBR: The First TBR List I’ve Made

I’ve created a very organized  list in order to better my reading situation. I have a bunch of ARCs that haven’t seen the light of day yet and a lot of them I’ve had for more than 6 months, some I’ve even had a year or more. I request these books with good intentions but I just keep finding other books to read or, as is quite likely the case, I get overwhelmed by the amount of books I have to review so I keep choosing other books in order to avoid reading the books I’ve committed to. Weird mentality but I’m sure most of you can sympathize with me.

I’ve attempted to include as many ARCs/review books for each of these catagories in order to get shit done more efficiently. I’m excited to find out if I actually end up sticking to this list. Here’s what I’ve decided to read in the month of June:

A Series: The Muirwood trilogy

I’ve already reviewed the first book, The Banished of Muirwoodfor the publisher via Netgalley and they were kind enough to send me the physical copy of the book, the format I prefer (both for the reading experience and the possibility of taking pics of it on le Instagram).

I was actually quite surprised to find that I enjoyed the first book immensely. It’s a hit or miss with publishers I don’t know well, in this case it was 47 North, and the book was def a HIT.

I’m going to finish a series to the most recent book: A Court of Mist and Fury

I’ve a court of mist and furychosen A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) because I was looking forward to it for ages, after having read the first–A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR)–and loving it. Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series interested and impressed me less and less as the books went on and by the time The Queen of Shadows came out I was fed up with it. I purchased The Queen of Shadows for the sake of owning the whole series, and I desparetly hoped that The Throne of Glass series would not only improve, but make me love the series.

I ended up putting down The Queen of Shadows and when I picked up ACOMAF the week it came out, I put it down again. This book will not slip through my fingers like TQOS did. I am determined to love this book. The problem was, it takes place pretty much right after the first and I’m expected to remember the first book, everything that went on, with no recap; something I was failing miserably at. I think it’s time to Wiki that series and keep trudging through it.

An ARC of a continuing series I loved: The Inquisition

And the winner is The Inquisition by Taran Matharu who, by the way, became a NYT Bestsellingthe inquisition author (woot!). I bought the first book of The Summoner series, The Novice, on a whim during the Black Friday sale that Barnes and Noble was having and fell in love. It was the cover that made me buy it, and the fact that it reminded me of a fave childhood series, Bartimaeus Sequence. I originally received this as a Netgalley ARC but was also sent a physical copy (thank you, Feiwel and Friends!) and I just LOVE the cover.

A Netgalley ARC: The Passenger...

Tthe passengerhe Passenger by Alexandra Bracken wins the nomination here, hands down. I was super-duper thrilled to get this as a Netgalley ARC and, although I never heard back about getting the physical copy, I keep seeing in the stores and I CANNOT NOT READ THIS LIKE NOW. Though I have lost hope on getting the physical copy for review, this isn’t going to stop me from reading this book and reviewing it. This is def a book that will be read this month, hands down, no questions asked.

A non-fiction (self-help) book: The Queen of Distraction…

I’ve chosen The Queen of Distraction. When I was a teen I was diagnosed with ADHD, a diagnosis thaQueenofDistractionCF.inddt is still true today, and it’s affecting all areas of my life, including reading. I’ve been editing and re-editing a post where I tell you guys what it’s like to read with ADHD but I haven’t posted it yet because it’s such a big deal, a big part of my life, that I want to do it right. While I work on the post I’m going to read a book or two on how to manage my life without medication (I’m not at all against medication, it’s just something I’m striving to do without the aid of meds).

I have four books on the subject, none of which I’ve finished, so I’ve chosen this one to read this month because it’s the shortest of the bunch. The other books I have on managing my symptoms of ADHD are: Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD; You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! and Delivered from Distraction. It was a toss up among these for because I got them based on their reviews so I trust that they’ll give me what I need. They are also very different from each other, but give me what I need to know to manage my life.

So, The Queen of Distraction by Terry Matlen wins for this months’ TBR.

A comic: Batman’s Arkham Manor…

I’ll be reading Arkham Manor, a DC Batman comic book that is going to be a very quick read. In fact, I may just read the whole thing today. It was given to me as a Netgalley book but I was also sent the hard copy, my first and only hard copy of a comic book. It was a random happenstance that I received this book in physical form as well (thank you so much, DC!).

I’ve only really read Marvel comics so I’m so incredibly excited to try something new.

A book on spirituality: The Second Book of Crystal Spells

I’ve chosen to read The Second Book of Crystal Spells published by Llewellyn Worldwide, a publishing company I’m familiar with, having read m any of their books and used a Tarot set of theirs. I have three reasons for reading The Second Book of Crystal Spells. One of the reasons would be to better my understanding of all the uses of healing crystals; the other being my hope that if I keep reviewing their ebooks, they’ll eventually send me physical books to review; and, finally, it’s a Netgalley read, which would knock another Netgalley book down.

There you go, here’s my June TBR!

The first TBR pile I’ve ever fully committed to reading. Keep checking back to see how this goes 😀 Happy reading!

Be sure to follow me on some form of social media to keep up with the books I’m reading (like reading my picture journal on Instagram). Or, you could Tumbl(r) into my other blog (get it, GET IT I’M SO FUNNY GET IT). I’m also on Twitter if none of these be your thang as well as Facebook and YouTube (but I’m not actively updating it). Oh, also, Pinterest, the Destroyer of My Lunch Breaks.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added to My TBR List

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Angie’s edition of the lovely meme Top Ten Tuesday

This Top Ten Tuesday (created by The Broke and the Bookish) is quite easy and exciting to create, considering I’ve been to as many Barnes and Noble stores as possible as of late. And so, let the meme commence!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Added to My TBR

  1. Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton: I OWN THIS, WOOT. I was thinking of starting it next but I’ve opted for Black Widow: Forever Red instead because I got the ebook for review on Netgalley. And then I bought the physical copy. ‘Cause I’m weird and don’t make sense sometimes.
  2. Black Widow: Forever Red: Read the comics, want to read her story in novel format now! I have high hopes for this book; I hope it doesn’t disappoint me.
  3. Google Analytics by Jerrie L. Ledford: Sounds boring and it probs is but I need to further my understanding of analytics if I’m going to go into social media marketing with an emphasis on SEO.
  4. Falling Kingdoms by Megan Rhodes: I kept seeing the 4th book in the series and it’s just driving me crazy that I haven’t read the first three.
  5. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness: I saw this on Booktube. It’s an interesting concept, following a person who isn’t a superhero in a world where it’s the norm.
  6. Cruel Beauty by Rosemund Hodge–I can’t believe I don’t own this yet. I keep seeing it in the bookstore and I really really want to buy it but…I don’t buy it. I’m confusing, even to myself. I’ll really have to pick it up soon
  7. Reawakened by Colleen Houck: I almost got this yesterday but writing trumped reading when I was at the bookstore because WRITING and also LAPTOP INTERWEB OMG SOCIAL MEDIA.
  8. Half Bad by Sally Green: I searched near and for for it in hardcover and when I finally found it I got another book instead. o.O
  9. Zodiac by Romina Russel: I don’t know much about this book but I liked the cover so I bought it. Because I can.
  10. City of Halves by Lucy Inglis: For some reason I liked this unattractive cover and it makes me want to read it.

So there you have it, I finally posted something on this blog and–duh–it was my favorite meme, Top Ten Tuesday.

(For those of you reading this now, pre-pictures, come back later in the day, I’ll make this blog post look nice and classy.)

Houston, I’m Clear for Take-Off!

I’ve been gone so long, you guys. Too long for my liking. I’ve been reading my butt off and not writing about it; but I have been writing a new story. It’s starting out as fan fiction of Grim, but I’m hoping–like with the case of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey–it can turn into something more (‘cept my story will actually be good).

Writing is really important to me too so I’ve had a fair amount of time to do that; unfortunately I only re-started writing two days ago. I’m on a roll though! I’m keeping my writing blog private but if you email me wanting the URL, there is a very slight chance I’ll give it to you (which is more of a chance that NO CHANCE AT ALL LOLZ). Trust is necessary and all dat jazz. It’s a secret b/c it’s very adult-y material. ‘Cause it’s more fun that way 😉

In order to prepare for the plot I have The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus, a book that’s chalk-full of ideas for plots, all from Fred White’s imagination. And for that, I thank you, Fred White. I’m absolutely terrible at figuring out plots and I’m starting to formulate one as we speak.

Then there’s the other reading I’ve been doing. OMG you guys. I read The 5th Wave in seven hours, non-stop reading (well, except for bathroom breaks), and it is AWESOME. Just flippin’ AWESOME. I started The Infinite Sea about a week ago but I haven’t gotten into it. Honestly, that’s probably because I’ve been watching so much TV (binge-watching Grim). I need to get my reading ass back in gear!

I procured a reading journal that is pretty awesome. It lets you document pretty much everything about the book from the date you started and ended to the publication date and your notes on the whole shebang. I’m so disappoint that I’ve only read ONE BOOK so far this year. That’s just sad, guys.

I was stressing out because I’m reading faster than I can blog but then I looked at my shelf and I realized that I have plenty of books to read that I will review. Right now I’m going to try to read a review book every other week in order to catch up–if not every week. I have some books from like two years ago. Not cool, Angela, not cool.

Anywhoo, let’s all get reading on the count of 3. Oooonnnneeee, twwwwooooo, THREEREAD! 

 

My 2016 Resolutions–Bookish and Otherwise

 By posting these resolutions I’m holding myself responsible to complete them regularly. 

My health

  1. 4 days out of the week I need to get 10,000 steps that day. NO EXCEPTIONS UNLESS I’M DEATHLY ILL. Or have a cold. You know, whichever.
    1. I need to walk 5 days a week
  2. Yoga 2x a week, the length doesn’t matter
  3. A month-long elimination diet to help my migraines
    1. Maybe I’ll revisit being Vegan again. It worked out pretty well for me last time.

Bookish/Writing Resolutions

  1. I will read all 2015 review books
  2. Meet Goodreads challenge
    1. Read my books on reading
  3. Journal at least 5 out of 7 of the days of the week, like I did when I was younger
  4. I will regularly upload stories to OWW SFF so I can keep getting writing feedback
    1. I will get a poem, story or two published SOMEWHERE. Anywhere. I just need to get my name out there.
    2. I will continue to work on my book(s)*

Blogging Resolutions

  1. I will blog/booktube regularly, *“regularly” to be determined at a later date*
  2. At least every other book I read I will review on my blog(s)

Spiritual stuff and all that jazz

    1. I will implement a form of insightful tools like tea leaf and Tarot card reading at least twice weekly, if not carrying around a Tarot card daily
  1. On that note, I will actually learn the Tarot
  2. I will meditate at least once a week
    1. I will burn candles to my hearts’ desire, picking the color depending on my mood
    2. I’ll set the spirit with incense
  3. I will pick something and law of attraction the shit out of it every day/week/month
  4. I will go out of my way to think positively, especially when something happens that brings me down

Randomness

  1. Somehow, somewhere, I will meet this years monies goal. I can do this. I CAN DO THIS.
  2. I will move out. I don’t care where, I will just get my own place, however that pans out >.<

ZOMG It’s 2016! You get to vote on the books I’ve read :D

I was going to start out by saying, “How did this happen so fast??” but I actually saw this coming. 2015 felt like such a freakin’ long year, I couldn’t wait for it to be over and for the new year to start. I needed a blank slate, on many levels. After a while things start to pile up, like my TBR pile, for instance. And, on top of that, for some reason my 2015 Goodreads challenge didn’t update my books. It said I read 50/75 books for months. It quite sad, really, I wanted to watch my count go higher and higher.

This year my Goodreads challenge is still to read 75 books in the year 2016. I know, it’s not much, especially compared to other Book bloggers/tubers, but this woman can’t read any more than that with a full-time job! Maybe one day, but for now I need to be slow and steady.

As of early this morning I started reading Dream Strider and I’m excited to have it be my first book of 2016! The plan was to read the whole thing today but I’ve been blogging and watching the New Years Parade with the family so that probs ain’t going to happen today.

I want this year to be a huge reading year. Well, I want every year to be a heavy-reading year but this year especially, as I get used to a new job and (hopefully) a new apartment.

You’ve seen the challenges I’ll be participating in this year: A Series a Month, Rock my TBR, and one or two others that I’m still trying to decide among. They promise to be great fun and keep my reading growing. I’m especially excited for A Series a Month because there are SO many series I’ve started and haven’t finished, and ones that I don’t own the full set of (Barnes and Noble, here I come!). I took pictures of the series I’m considering, though it’s quite likely some of those will change.

Something I’m very excited about: I implemented a new plugin for you guys. You get to rate the book that I review when you’ve read it. Look above ^ I want to hear what you thought of the books that I’ve read!

Happy New Year of Reading, you all!

Angie’s in a Reading Slump :(

Omg you guys, nooooooo. I’m in a reading slump. I started A Madness so Discreet but didn’t love it. So, I did exactly what I advocate against: I stopped reading. I stopped reading four days ago because I felt bad putting down … Continue reading