A Book Review of the Election of 2016

Once Upon a Time Kat ‘O Keefe blessed us with this little tweet:

Naturally, my mind began immediately converting this clever quip into a blog post. Wouldn’t it be funny, I thought. Wouldn’t it be neat if I portrayed my views on the Election of 2016 the same way I portray my views on books? Wouldn’t it be swell?

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Thus, I’m introducing my take on the Election of 2016…as if it were a book. In the same format as any ‘ol book review. 🙂

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | This Book is Basically Just About Oreos {Review}

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, #diversebooks
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.


With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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The Snazziest BOOK BLOGGING PROMPTS!! of November 2016 {Book Blogging 101}

‘Tis the season to be jolly FALALALALA of NaNoWriMo, elections, turkeys, parades, and crazy shopping deals.

And, of course, ’tis ALWAYS the season of book blogging.

With all the bustling, motivating yourself to settle down, brew a cup of coffee, and blog blog blog can sure be tough. Not to fret! I’ve compiled and delightful delight of book blogging prompts—you can’t even help but be inspired!

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Bookish Ouija Board! (Prepare to be SPOOKED)

BOO!

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YOU’RE SO SCARED, RIGHT? I know, I know. I’ve been told I’m a truly intimidating person. It’s alright. Dry your eyes, calm your beating heart, and prepare yourself—you’re going to be just as spooked throughout this whole post, cause it’s bookish ouija board time!
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Edgar Allan Poe Adult Coloring BOOk | Spooky & Dark + Colorful & Bright {Review}

2 things I’ve never before experienced:

  1. Edgar Allen Poe
  2. Adult Coloring Books

So wasn’t I a cheery pumpkin when Sterling Publishing kindly shipped me the Edgar Allen Poe Adult Coloring Book  by Odessa Begay for an honest review! Woohoo, new experiences!

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Can Positivtiy Go Too Far in Literature? {Becca’s Bookish Discussion}

YAY POSITIVTY GO POSITVITY WE LOVE THE POSITVITY SPREAD THE POSITIVITY!!!

I mean, obviously I believe in the above! Why else would I create The Blogger Positivity Movement??!

But. Hmm. How far do we carry that principle in literature? What are we willing to sacrifice for total positivity?

This calls for a pro-con list, doesn’t it! (Of course it does. Everything calls for a pro-con list. Cream puff or pecan pie? Pro-con list. Sleep forever or do education? Pro-con list. Vacuum your atrociously dirty home or lounge on the couch with Netflix and never move? Pro-con list. Solves everything.)

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  • Positivity makes people feel goooood! Don’t we all adore that fuzzy wuzzy feeling blossoming in our chest ☺️
  • Being pummeled with positivity leads us to pummel positivity on others. We become kinder people when we rollick in love!
  • TIME FOR SOME SCIENCE! Research shows positivity builds your skills right up, boosts your health bunches, and improves your work! Guys! That’s amazing! Positvity rocks!

  • If we never focus on negative situations, we can never change them. Think about it: if we had never faced the reality of the boiling negativity of slavery, would it have been abolished?
  • As all the creepy peepy dystopian novels have taught us, wanting ALL THE POSITVITY can lead to destroying ALL THE TRUTH. Issues exist. Ignoring them solves nothing.

Recently I’ve been campaigning for a bit more positivity in the bookish community. But what about literature? Am I campaigning for positvity in literature too?

Short answer: Not really, no.

You read this blog post and knot your eyebrows in confuzzledment. “Becca!” You exclaim. “There are more positvity pros than positivity cons! You’ve been campaigning for positivity before, why not now?? Why are you so confusing and weird??”

What a cool beans question!

Really, why don’t I call for more positivity in literature?

Because literature has been, throughout history, a resource for addressing negativity. It has done so in the most powerful manner, and it’s not something to undermine.

The Marvelous Examples:

These works of literature and a plethora of others have contributed to inspiring revolution, abolishing slavery, and saving species! Power is in words and it isn’t to be underestimated!

Yup, these world-shaping books had to spread some knowledge of all the negativity around. And you know what happened after that? People fixed the negativity. People were inspired by words and they FIXED. IT.

In order to create positvite we must expose negative realities.

So, NOPEDY NOPE. I will never complain about negativity in literature.

What about having positvity in books?

Yup, super important too! Positive books:

  1. Influence the world to feel just a bit happier and that matters. And you know what? We’ve got those books too! (Comment below if you’re looking for recommendations 😉)
  2. Allow us to escape from the negativity of the world for just a bit, also a must. And you know what? We’ve got those books too! (Comment below if you’re looking for recommendations 😉)
  3. Expose us to the possibilities. Expose us to the world that results when we’re kinder. And you know what? We’ve got those books too! (Comment below if you’re looking for recommendations 😉)

ARE YA SENSING A PATTERN?

Literature has glorious works both inspiring positivity and exposing negativity. LITERATURE HAS ACHIEVED THE SPLENDOROUS BALANCE.


Positivity in literature  accomplishes great good. Negativity in literature accomplishes great good.

Literature accomplises great good.

My perspective isn’t the only one! How do you feel about positivity + negativity in literature? Do you have anything to add? Or subtract? What books have shone you some negativity in the world you must change? What books have proven a healthy escape in times of struggles?

Searching for more electrifying discussions? Fret not! I’ve got ya covered:


Furthermore | IMAGINATION GONE WILD! {Review}

 

Title: Furthermore

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Published: August 30, 2016 by Dutton Children’s Books

A captivating and colorful adventure that reads like a modern day fairy tale, from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.

Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

  • In Furthermore, imagination exhibits NO RESTRAINT. It’s blessed with complete freedom: from towns of paper crinkling in two-dimensions to cities whistling atop trees with eggshell-houses hanging happily from branches. And let’s not forget those magicked rulers and edible tulips. The world is a wonderland!

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  • Tahereh Mafi’s powerfully scrumptious vocabulary will explode vibrant visuals and sensations throughout your mind. Your eyes will widen, your ears will listen, your nose will sniff, your tongue will savor, you hands will graze, your heart will feel—oh, it’ll feel all right.
  • Our charming MC, Alice, is rather underapprecaited. Which is quite relatable! I mean, I wash the dishes without anyone even asking, and who thanks me and showers me with gold pearls and fiery petals? NOBODY. I take my dog out without anyone asking, and who thanks me and showers me with gold pearls and fiery petals? NOBODYHonestly, I’m so sick of no one appreciating my talent, hard work, and determination. So thank you, Alice, for being the character who understands me.
  • Furthermore = the inspiration all writer’s need. Any wordsmith immersed in Tahereh Mafi’s verbose bath will step out dripping with a fiercer motivation to create.

  • Now y’all hear me—I LOVE THE WRITING. But. There was so much description. SO MUCH. And because of the creativity prancing from page to page, there was so much to describe, so much to understand. The writing shifts too quickly from lyric beauty to overwhelming verbosity. 

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  • Furthermore is rushed and brushed up into a conclusion WAY TOO DARN QUICK. It was especially unsettling because of the beginning of the story, which took its sweet time. And then, you take a bite of your cinnamon roll and blink, and the book’s done! Conclusions are vital, they need balance—not too much time, not too little. Unfortunately, Furthermore failed for me in that aspect.

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Furthermore is imagination gone wild! How scandalous and dangerous and all together wonderful!

What books with uncontained imagination do you love to graze in? Recommendations please! Which book give you writerly inspiration? Favorite fantasy worlds? Do you ever feel unappreciated?

BLOGGER POSITIVITY MOVEMENT! {A Challenge to Share the Bookish Blogging Love}

There’s negativity galore parading around in the bookish community, especially lately.

Now, I will admit, when drama first plopped down in my twitter feed, my reaction was exactlyyy this:

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But then more drama moved in. And more. And more? AND MORE. It wasn’t entertaining anymore; it wasn’t funny.

TWITTER IS NOT A PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR NEGATIVITY, thankyouverymuch.

It’s Fadwa’s marvelous post, “Where’s All the Love?”, that built my decision: I’m going to do something about this negativity! I’m going saturate the bookish blogging world with inescapable positivity!

But I can’t do it alone. So I ask you, chums, will you help me smolder bookish buddies with love?


What Exactly is the Blogger Positivity Movement?

The Blogger Positivity Movement is a challenge wherein you spread love to fellow bookworms/bloggers.

How Does the Movement Work?

It’s simple!

  • You sign up for the Movement and are paired with a bookish blogger.
  • For the month of October, you leave 3 comments a week on your blogging partner’s post. Each comment should include 3 things you loved or found positive about their post/blog.
  • You find 1 newbie blogger to welcome with love to the bookish community.
  • You find 1 old sage-blogger and ask what they find positive about the bookish community.

That’s it, bud!

But I have lots of things to do! I don’t know if I have time!

I understand! Completely! If you don’t comment 3 times a week, don’t worry about it. Just do the best you can, that’s all your blogging partner will expect from you. But I urge you to do all you can to spread the love!

 If you have NO time, it isn’t the best idea to join. It wouldn’t be fair to your blogging buddy if you never interact with their posts. Even if you don’t have time to join, you can still help by spreading the word! (use #BloggerPositvityMovement on social media!)

Neat-o! How do I Join?

To sign up, just:

  • Click the photo below; it’ll take you to a google form. Just fill the short questionnaire out!
  • Write a blog post about your joining of the Movement.
  • Spread the word! Spread the love! (use #BloggerPositvityMovement on social media!)

(Sign-ups end September 29 so I have time to pair everyone up for October 😚)


    How do you feel about the drama in the bookish community? Are you laughing and munching on popcorn as it unfolds, or are you becoming a little tired of it all? Are you joining the movement? Are you spreading love and positivity?

    Dancing With the Stars: Bookish Edition!

    Dancing With the Stars! Cha Cha! Waltz! Jive!

    NOW LET’S BOOKIFY IT!

    I mean, haven’t you ever asked yourself: which bookish stars would be on DWTS? And who ever would their partners be?

    Thank goodness my astoundingly intelligent and imaginative brain is here to answer such questions. You’re welcome.


    Harry Potter & Allison Holker

    After, you know, living, Harry’s got to do something else to keep his fame up.

    Oh look! DWTS! How convenient!

    And since poor Harry grew up without a mother, who better to partner with than the motherly Allison Holker!


    Celaena Sardothien & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

    While it might not be the safest idea to combine Maks’ temper and an actual assassin, it sure would make for good TV!

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    Captain Thorne & Jenna Johnson

    Well, well, well! Wouldn’t this be quite the humorous, youthful pair!

    And after saving the world and all, I’m sure our favorite captain would love to test his flirting dancing skills.


    Katniss Everdeen & Derek Hough

    Our “cheery” Hunger Games champion would surely love to participate in a competition that doesn’t involve fighting to the death!

    And there would certainly be some spicy entertainment watching Katniss attempt to maim Derek Hough while he continues to be the perfect gentleman. Spicy indeed.


    Albus Dumbledore & Emma Slater

    Dumbledore needs a break from all that headmaster-ing, doesn’t he?? And who better to help him through DWTS than Emma Slater! (a.k.a. the one who gets that one old guy every time)


    Kestrel Trajan & Artem Chigvintsev

    According to the blurb of The Winner’s Curse, Kestrel has two options: join the army or get married.

    I. BEG. TO. DIFFER.

    There’s also Dancing With the Stars! And there’s no one like the kind and noble Artem to tango with the sly and sweet Kestrel.


    Apollo & Lindsay Arnold

    Has Apollo got anything better to do than dance?

    Well, since being forbidden from Mount Olympus and de-godded by Zeus, NO.

    So it’d sure be fun to watch Apollo stare at himself in the mirror while Lindsay tries to actually teach him how to waltz!


    Andie Walker & Sasha Faber

    Sooner or later, our dear Andie’s going to have to do something other than walking dogs.

    OH. I KNOW.

    She can quick step right out of being the politician’s daughter and right into winning DWTS. And since poor Sasha has yet to win the mirror ball trophy, he needs a real competitive spirit to help him get there.


    Mark Watney & Cheryl Burke

    I mean, if you can survive on Mars, you can survive DWTS, right?

    Humph. Well. Maybe with Cheryl Burke by your side!


    America Singer & Gleb Savenchko

    Perfect!

    Now America can add Gleb to the list of men she can’t decide if she wants to marry and we can want to kill her EVEN MORE :))


    Percy Jackson & Witney Carson

    Sure, Percy can defeat the Titans and save Mount Olympus, but dancing?? Maybe not one of his talents…

    Whether he wins or not, Witney’ll be sure that he has a jolly ‘ol time!


    Princess Winter & Valentin Chmerkovisky

    Princess Winter is…well…a bit…

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    Val, however, is very much grounded in reality. And with Winter’s graceful princessness, they’ve got a sure chance for winning!


    William Herondale & Sharna Burgress

    William Snark + Sharna Snark = LOTS OF SCRUMPTIOUS SNARK

    William Dancing + Sharna Dancing = LOTS OF SCRUMPTIOUS DANCING

    Snark + Dancing = LOTS OF SCRUMPTIOUS TV

    What Bookish DWTS partner are you rooting for? Are there any other famous bookish folks you can think of? And which REAL Dancing With the Stars team do you think will win the mirror ball trophy?

    The Complete and Very Scientific Analysis of the Bookish Brain!

    The brain of the bookish monster is a mysterious and dangerous force. But, the mighty ME has decided to take a step towards the betterment of mankind and analyze the bookish brain. HOW???

    SCIENCE!

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    Analysis of the Right Bookish Brain!

    • 18% Creating stupendous insults to be applied to book haters. The perks to avid readership are plentiful, but the very best is an incredible collection of imaginative insults! These insults can then be creamed in the faces of the nastiest book haters. Yahoo!

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    • 26% Re-decorating bookshelves into THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ART. Every bookworm is an artist. A bookshelf artist, specifically. From color codes to stacked constructions (definitely as architecturally significant as the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China), beautiful bookshelves are not to be undermined.
    • 53% Trying to make everyone ever read their favorite book. There is nothing lonelier than devouring a magical and devilish darling tale ALL BY YOURSELF. Ergo, a bookworm spends much of their time endeavoring to convert friends to their most beloved book. This, chums, is far more difficult than it seems. It takes a talented tumbling of words to give an alluring synopsis and a great physical strength to slam books into people’s faces. LOTS OF CREATIVE PLANNING, MY FRIENDS.

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    • 167631% Relocating to their favorite bookish worlds. Reality is dumb. Books are not.

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    Analysis of the Left Bookish Brain!

    • 21% Measuring how many more books they can buy before another bookshelf must be purchased. Lots of books = lots of bookshelves. If you’re a poor bookworm, it’s all good. Just use your bed, kitchen cabinets, bathtub, TV stand, BASICALLY EVERYTHING as a bookshelf.
    • 38% Tallying the number of pages they can sneak in between classes/through work. Reading is a grave commitment. Is there ever a suitable excuse for not reading? NO. Got school? Tough luck. 5 minutes between classes = 5 minutes of reading.

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    • 59% Calculating how much money they can spend on books. A.k.a. basically the only math a bookworm will ever use.
    • 4465384% Teaching other bookworms bookish tips and tricks. The book community is full of helpful buddies! There’s always logical and analytical posts floating around, helping chums to become better bookworms.

    Did I accurately analyze your adorable little bookish brain? HA what a silly question of course I did it’s SCIENCE. But what else is swirling around in your right and left hemisphere?