and i have like 10 other books to read

hp houses as text posts

slytherin: no mom I don’t want a boyfriend I want a kingdom (x)

ravenclaw: Remember when Netflix and Tumblr didn’t exist and you read like 10 books a week? Good times. (x)

gryffindor: i’m really glad “fight me” has replaced “sue me” in the common vernacular because i don’t have any money but i do have Fists and am always angry (x)

hufflepuff: what do u mean we’re not friends, we follow each other (x)

Thirteen Reasons Why - Explained

Thirteen Reasons Why

I’ve seen a lot of posts about Hannah being a ‘drama queen’ or overreacting to small things everyone did so I thought I’d explain a bit about what I understood.

1. Justin - Justin exaggerated what he and Hannah did. While this seems mild, it set Hannah up for a terrible high school career because she earned the reputation of 'slut’. This happens so often in schools and in the adult world and can RUIN someone’s life in a certain, if not all areas.

2. Alex - Alex put Hannah as having the best ass against Jessica as the worst. It is clear that the internet is doing its thing again and not taking time to understand things properly; this was NOT A COMPLIMENT AND HANNAH HAD EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY. It was a clear violation of friendship and an obvious example of men pitting women against each other for their own benefit.

3. Jessica - I’m going more by the book here, but Jessica was on the tapes because she didn’t believe Hannah and abandoned her when she needed her. A clear example of how people can easily be lead by others and girls turning on each other because of guys. Jessica deserved to be on the tapes because she didn’t hear Hannah’s side of the story and instead took her anger out on her first friend at the school.

4. Tyler - I don’t think I need to explain much about this, but he abused his position as a photographer in school to violate boundaries for his own pleasure similar to how a lot of people in a power exploit those below them. He made Hannah feel vulnerable and took the lack of comfort she felt at school to her own bedroom.

5. Courtney - I suppose this is kind of harder to understand. Courtney was a closeted lesbian and therefore it is understandable that she was upset at the thought of her being outed before she was ready, but Hannah confided in her to help her expose someone else and instead she protected herself by further ruining Hannah. This shows the selfishness of those who feel the need to protect themselves by harming others.

6. Marcus - I haven’t seen much on Marcus honestly, but I dislike him immensely. He took advantage of Hannah because of the impression of her he had put together from rumours created by other reasons (Justin, Courtney) which is an expression of how men feel owed something from women, especially those who are seen as 'slutty’.

7. Zach - At first glance, Zach doesn’t seem too bad. At half a second glimpse, this changes. Hannah rejected him because he said something silly, a mistake, and if he had made an obvious effort to explain and apologise, he could have helped Hannah. Instead, he chooses to punish her by preventing her from receiving happiness from others. This is one of the clearest examples of how men can’t handle a woman’s right to say 'no’ and reject him…

8. Ryan - This tape is similar to that of Tyler in that he made her feel unsafe. What Tyler did was worse than Ryan, however the effect of Ryan’s actions had (in my opinion) worse consequences that Tyler’s. Ryan published her poem because he thought it was something that needed to be shared, a selfish and naive action (when considering the maturity of high school students), which meant that Hannah’s personal thoughts were no longer her own. She was not comfortable at school, home or in her own mind.

9. Clay - Though I agree when Hannah states that he shouldn’t have been on the tapes, Clay does represent 'everyone else’ who stands by and watched people like Hannah slowly fade and retreat into themselves because of the actions of others. The 'bystanders’ if you will, whose lack of part in our stories can be just as important as those who intrude on us.

10. Justin - It is evident in the series that Justin was extremely haunted by the rape at Jessica’s party and this is probably why he is gaining so much sympathy… this is also why I recommend you all READ THE BOOK. Justin stood by and watched his friend rape his girlfriend, why is he receiving more sympathy than I’ve seen for Jessica? Of course it was hard for Justin to witness that, but staying friends with Bryce and staying with Jessica without telling her is reason enough for him to be on the tapes again.

11. Jenny - Jenny was kind to Hannah, offering her a lift home, but she didn’t take responsibility for knocking down the stop sign which lead to someone’s DEATH. The guilt that Hannah was left with from this (because she was in the car) was understandably overwhelming, especially as the victim was a classmate who was blamed for drunk driving. Jenny is an example of how our reckless actions and lack of responsibility for them can destroy other lives; is that not the entire plot?

12. Bryce - Lord help you if you need an explaination.

13. Mr Porter - A perfect example of how there is not enough support out there for students (and people in general, honestly). The counsellor advising Hannah to 'move on’ after she confides in him that she was raped is one of the most haunting moments in the entire series, solidifying her reason for suicide- she had no comfort amongst her classmates, in her own home, in her mind and now, the specialist designated for dealing with situations like this bore no real interest in her problems and told her to 'move on’.

It’s extremely important for us when watching shows with topics like this to remember many things.

First, the show is not just this situation. Everything represents something more in society; each tape side is a problem in the world that leads to suicide, not only a small action by one character leading to Hannah Baker’s suicide. If you need help in understanding this, or want something else similar to this story, I recommend watching or reading 'An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestly- a masterful piece tackling classism/sexism and how each person’s seemingly small actions lead to a girl’s suicide.

Second, memes are sometimes funny. The 'Clay every time he sees Tony’ memes are really funny, the 'fuck off, Courtney’ memes are funny, but the 'welcome to your tape over a slight inconvenience’ memes, they’re not. The show is raising awareness for the seriousness of suicide, not to create a fanbase of jokes about it. Promoting these after you watch the show, is a clear statement that you haven’t understood why it was made and is completely unacceptable.

Third, separate the character from the actor. Justin Prentice is NOT Bryce Walker, do not spam his comments with disgusting name calling or threatening- this is CLEARLY wrong and unnecessary. This also works the other way: Brandon Flynn is NOT Justin Foley. Just because Brandon is attractive and nice, doesn’t mean his character becomes as such.

Please don’t turn 13 reasons why into another generic element of pop culture. I love pop culture, don’t get me wrong, but we have a tendency to begin digging for meaning and giving up halfway; overusing the profound starting points of progress we find by loosely throwing them around, emptying them of all meaning.

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get to know me (2/10} favorite animated films ☰ the last unicorn (1982)

I am a little afraid to go home. I have been mortal, and some part of me is mortal yet. I am no longer like the others, for no unicorn was ever born who could regret, but I now I do. I regret.

IwaizumixOikawa by Gusari Sensei - A Chronology

Hi guys !

I just had a message from a friend who told me how she was sad about the last IwaOi fanbook by Gusari she found on tumblr and I told her “Yes but we’ll have a cute & perfect ending.” My friend seemed surprised and asked me how I could know about that. I realized then that she didn’t know that IwaOi fanbooks by Gusari is a serie !


If you missed it, you can see the number on the first pages of the doujinshi like this : #1, #2, #3… 

Like this :

And you can see this kind of presentation in all the IwaOi Gusari sensei books.


Here is the list of all the IwaOi fanbooks in order :

- #1  Hyakumankai Ai wo Sakebe

- #2  Kokokara Dokonimo Ikenai

- #3  The First Battle Deployment

- #4  Shisseishou Oikawa Tooru no Hanashi

- #5  The Second Battle Deployment

- #6  Gunjou no shashin

- #7  Ano Machi ni Sunderu Karera no Koto

- #8  Ichi Byoukan no Rendez-vous / One-Second Rendez-vous

- #9  Kono Machi ni Sunderu Karera no Koto

- #10   Uramado Dog Fight

- #11 The Third Battle Deployment

- Side Story to #6 Shukufuku no Namae wa


Et voilà ! 

If you know any other book from this serie please let me know so I can add it on the list (I try to find where I can buy the #3 & #5 so if you have information let me know). Sorry I can’t translate the #9 & #10 titles. I don’t speak/read Japanese ^^

I’m sorry if there is already a post like this one & sorry if I made mistake, english which is not my first language (Yay French!) 

I hope this post will be helpful fo some IwaOi, Gusari sensei or just Haikyuu!! lovers (o˘◡˘o) Thank you for your reblogs


THANK YOU  FOR YOUR ATTENTION 


PS: Please buy Gusari/Sashikizu sensei books if you can. Thank you (´。• ᵕ •。`)

EDIT : Thank you very much  @nightreii for the help  (♡˙︶˙♡)

About the hate on Cassandra Clare

Honestly guys
What the hell
I mean ok, maybe I missed something and if I did please correct me, I am not an idiot who’s totally fixated on my opinion but open to discuss things politely.
Anyway, the amount of Hate on CC I see everywhere is ridiculous and so are the reasons.
I mean ok let’s go through the list
1. CC being a copy cat, City of bones being vaguely based of twilight fan fiction
I mean are you all for real that this is a reason to hate on someone? We all know city of bones has nearly nothing to do with twilight and Stephanie Meyer herself loves her?? Are you as a fandom hating someone because they wrote fan fiction ? Because that’s just stupid
2. Alec being biphobic in the books
I know Alec said some shitty things but let’s be real, he was just generally jealous and insecure. And it’s not Cc’s opinion, hello in what world is this women biphobic she created so many amazing bi characters. She only showed us a problem that exists in real life, shitty comments bi people hear all the time, and Alec /also tried to consideberly shorten Magnus lifetime/ at this point he was behaving awfully and Magnus broke up with him. Later on there was character development and we clearly see he changed a lot and I think the representation of these issues is important. It’s the same with a lot of other things so say it with me people : an author writing someone with problematic opinions doesn’t mean the author has them and if the opinion is shown as bad then it’s a good thing it was included. ( honestly as a bi person myself I like that things like that are being included because people tend to act like gay people can never be problematic against anyone which isn’t true )
3. The lgbt+ characters being less important and having less character traits. Seriously? Have the haters ever read any interviews or know what real life is like? The books came out 10 years ago. How many good obvious lgbt+ literature is 10 years old? Not much. Especially if it’s for teens and in this genre. She wanted to give them more attention but she couldn’t. Her books wouldn’t have the same success because people would tell others not to buy them, a lot of libraries would ban them etc. It was hard and she still did it because she thought it was important and she left out pieces ( like the time where malec is on vacation) to write them better and longer when people would be more accepting. She also said she wanted it to still be available for the kids who would need it so she couldn’t make it that much of a big deal, which is shitty because the world is. She’s also following through with filling I the Blancs. I mean there are 5 lgbt+ main characters in the dark artifices as far as we know, the wicked powers and the last hours will have at least 2, the eldest curses has malec as main couple with everything revolving around them so your argument is invalid.
4. The TV
I love the TV show I really do, and I know it wasn’t a good idea of her to hate on it, but you have to understand how hard it is for authors to see their work changed that much. And let’s all be real with each other the first couple of episodes weren’t the best, and she has only seen those. But an author who is still writing on a series can’t just watch content of the world and the characters that’s this different because it might affect her writing, give her ideas and maybe just really make her a copy cat in the end which she is trying to avoid.
To all the people saying the characters are better in the show and that’s why CC is hate worthy: ?what? She created these characters. ( I myself love the book and the show characters separately because yes they are different but I love them all) So in your opinion the show improved the characters or maybe changed them completely in a good way . Great. Amazing.
Maybe you dislike them in the books but like them in the show. Good for you the more characters to love the better. No reason to hate on a real person.

I think that’s it feel free to add things, correct me and discuss this

BTS as Flirty Starbucks Guys - Namjoon

Request by@belikelasagna: Annyeonggg Request: Them as flirty Starbucks guyss Hope you don’t mind me requesting reeeally often!! :))

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Please remember I’m going to be posting 1 a day for the next 7 days (a member a day) and it’s going to be in the order in which the ideas came to me and I wrote them😋

They all vary in length but I’ll give a word count before each one💁

I can’t believe  you guys have gotten me to over 800 followers!😭😘I really can’t thank you enough for all the love and support💖

Let me know what you think and, as always, feel free to make requests (HERE)

I will update my Masterlist soon and I promise another update for Heartbreak Girl is coming, but I was busy working on this😅

Enjoy!✌

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Member: Namjoon

Length: 1661 words

“Did you know that the world consumes 1.6 billion cups -”

“That’s great kid, but I’m in a bit of a hurry, can you move it along please?”

“-of coffee daily.” Namjoon trailed off quietly to himself and instead carried on with the customer’s order, shoulders slightly hunched at the unnecessary rudeness from the man before him.

Honestly, he was just trying to be different and give people facts about the coffee they drink on a daily basis. I mean, after working at Starbucks for quite a while you start picking up facts here and there and also – being incurably knowledge hungry – he may or may not have looked up some himself, but if anyone asked him he’d deny it because why would he spend 2 hours reading books about the history of coffee on a Friday night when he could be out gallivanting – people still used that word right? – with his friends.

But, shrugging off the rushed vibes from the man now speeding walking out the door, coffee in hand and not even a thanks as a tip, he turned to face the next – and last – customer in line and felt all the blood in his body rush to his cheeks.

“Hi, uh welcome to Starbucks, what can I get you?” Namjoon managed to get out, clearing his throat at the end.

“Hi, I’m not really sure what I’d like today. Anything you would recommend?”

“The uh Chai Latte is quite good, but if you’re not in the mood for that the uh Hazelnut Frappuccino is good too, although it’s cold out so maybe something warmer?” He stumbled over his words, cheeks still flushed.

“The Chai Latte sounds great actually, I’ll have that please.” A pause, “Oh and what was that I heard you saying to the guy before me?”

Namjoon keyed in the order before he snapped his head up at the question, promptly knocking over the pen holder.

“Oh shi-oot,” Managing to stop himself from swearing in front of a customer, he bashfully looked down at the counter at yet another accident he managed to cause, when a throat cleared and his attention drawn was back to the person before him.

“I’m so sorry, you must have thought I was done when I paused and I ended up startling you. Here, let me help.”

Then another – softer, more feminine – hand was reaching forward to help Namjoon pick up the scattered pens, some managing to fall on the floor of customer’s side of the counter, and when the fingers of those hands brushed against his while returning one of the pens, he almost knocked it over again.

“Thank you,” Namjoon smiled sheepishly, gesturing to the now non-existent mess, “you really didn’t have to help. And uh, you didn’t startle me. Well you did, but uh not in the way you’re probably thinking? More in the way that no one has really ever voluntarily wanted to hear the random facts about coffee that I know.” Cue awkward laugh and another tentative smile.

“It’s no problem, really. Even though I didn’t startle you in the way I guessed,” more blushing but surprisingly not from Namjoon, “I still kind of added to the accident. But I do find that hard to believe. Why would no one want to know about the substance they are putting into their body on a fairly regular, if not, daily basis?” Namjoon thinks he’s in love… okay well maybe not love love, but as in-like as you can be with someone you have just met and have probably only spoken about 200 or so words to each other.

“My thoughts exactly!” Namjoon almost shouts excitedly – he reigns it in though because he’s cool, he can keep his cool – and starts to make the Chai Latte, focusing on not burning his hand again this week.

“Well seeing as I actually am interested in what I’m drinking, care to share another of those facts you have stored in your brain?”

Now, he’s nearly 100 percent certain that flirting was occurring and it may have been a while since he’d last done it, but he’d be damned if he messed up like last time and give Jimin another thing to tease him about.

“Did you know,” Good start, strong delivery, “that it takes 100 cups,” oh no, “to make 1 bean of coffee.” And he messed up, again.

Namjoon feels his cheeks heating up again and is about to start praying for the ground to open up and swallow him, when he hears a giggle. It’s not that loud and it sounds like the person is trying to stifle it (God bless them for trying), so he takes a deep breath and doesn’t look up while he tries again.

“What I meant to say was, did you know that it takes 100 beans to make 1 cup of coffee.” He managed to get it right this time and looks up to see a smile so pretty and so bright, it could rival Jimin’s or Taehyung’s.

“I didn’t actually know that, but wow, 100 beans? Really? I guess you learn something new every day.” Another smile (no Namjoon’s heart is not beating faster).

“Can I get your name, for your order I mean.” His bashful smile is back and as he poises the pen above the cup, he is graced with another giggle.

“It’s Y/N.”

That may or may not be Namjoon’s new favourite name.

***

2 weeks later, Namjoon is on his break sitting at one of the tables near the back with his nose buried in yet another book.

Luckily it’s not another book about the history of coffee (he only made that mistake once and Hoseok and Yoongi still tease him about it whenever they see him with a book which is, a lot of the time) but he’s gotten to the point of reading where he is so focused and zoned out that he’s not really aware of his surroundings anymore so that when he hears a voice, he almost has a heart attack.

“Holy crap, you can’t just sneak up on a person reading! Don’t you know it’s dangerous, like waking up someone whose sleep walking.” Namjoon mutters, one hand over his eyes and the other over his heart that was still beating rapidly.

“Sorry, I keep seeming to startle you every time I’m here.” A laugh, “Do you always read while you’re on your break?”

“I’m pretty sure the last 10 books I’ve read have all been here. I don’t even know if I’m literate at home anymore.” Namjoon jokes lightly, but does a double take when he looks up briefly and realises it’s you, knocking over his thankfully empty coffee mug.

“I feel like I need to buy you a protective bubble or something.” You laugh as you gesture at the mug he’d just knocked over and Namjoon can feel his cheeks heat up (which seems to be their constant setting around you).

“You’re not the first to say that,” He laughs, “but the guys all say I’ll probably pop it while trying to get into it so that idea was a no go.”

You laugh along with Namjoon and when he motions for you to sit opposite him you don’t hesitate, smiling sweetly before crossing your arms and leaning forward on the table as if waiting for him to tell an exciting story.

“So, what’s my fact for today?” You’re grinning and Namjoon smiles back bashfully, dimples on full display making your heart do things that it usually didn’t do, like skip a beat.

“Did you know that the world record for the most coffee consumption is 82 cups in 7 hours?” He’s practically grinning now and if you weren’t sitting in front of him he’d fist pump because he actually got the fact right saying it the first time.

“Wow, that’s a lot of coffee. Whoever did that probably couldn’t sleep for ages!” You’re laughing again and Namjoon joins in, relishing in the sound.

“I have another one for you.” He’s fighting the scarlet threatening to colour his cheeks, but he feels confident as you smile sweetly at him.

“Let’s hear it then.”

“Did you know that there’s a really good chance,” Really good start, “that you’d have a nice dinner,” uhm, “if you went to time with me?” Oh God no, not again.

Namjoon doesn’t stop his will to face palm this time and groans into his hands as soon as the last word has left his mouth. He doesn’t know what he’s done to deserve this, why he did so well finally with the fact earlier and messed up now where he really wanted to be smooth, but he supposes he’ll never know and instead hopes for the rejection – he’s no doubt about to face – to be quick and painless.

You’re giggling softly now – like you usually do when he mixes up his sentences – and reach over to gently poke one of his hands to get his attention, which works after a few tries and he slowly lowers his hands while looking down at the table between you, not wanting to meet your gaze.

“Did you know,” You start sweetly, the beginning of your sentence grabbing his interest at the wording and making him look up shyly, “that there’s a 100 percent chance that I’ll have a great time when I go to dinner with you because you know tons of facts about coffee and because it’ll be with you.” You’re blushing now and Namjoon is gaping at you, but that soon turns into a wide dimpled grin and he honestly wants to thank his brain for storing all those facts (and forgives it for messing up all those times while trying to tell you some of them) because he’s sitting here with you now and he’s 99.9 100 percent sure that he has a date with you, at some stage, he just has to choose a day now… crap.

misselizabeth530  asked:

Would you give me some book recs for fantasy? But, y'know, with some casual gays sprinkled in there? 🙏🏳️‍🌈

Sure! And rather than try to split this up by fantasy subgenres or or any of that nonsense (because, really, what’s the point? Fantasy is a gorgeous sprawling category that encompasses everything from Lord of the Rings to Percy Jackson) I’m going to rank these by what’s really important: how gay they are.

a good level of background gaydiation:

  • The Broken Earth Series, N.K. Jemisin - This is, I will admit, a fantasy book that does not feel like a fantasy book right away, because the magic is understood by the characters as a science more than anything else. I don’t think the m-word is even mentioned until the second book, The Obelisk Gate. It doesn’t read like a standard fantasy book at all, more like apocalyptic sci-fi, but Jemisin’s writing is unusual and gorgeous and she’s telling an important story of oppression. The oppression is based on magic rather than race, with those who can perform orogeny (basially earthbending) being considered monsters and subject to government ownership, and Jemisin the pain that generations of that dehumanization can cause, and the repercussions that come when someone finally decides to do something about it. Plus, it’s a fantasy world where almost every important character is black or brown, written by a black woman. How often do you see that?
    • The Gay: The gay really is casually sprinkled here; it’s presented in a very matter of fact way and really isn’t the focus of the story. One character’s backstory involves being in a happy poly relationship with a gay man and a bi man, and among the supporting cast is a trans wlw. The society in The Broken Earth is, obviously, deeply flawed, but being queer or trans doesn’t seem to be much of an issue.
  • The Graceling series, Kristin Cashore - Graceling, it’s indirect prequel Fire, and it’s sequel Bitterblue are probably some of the best fantasy YA books in existence, at least through a feminist lens. Cashore starts with a simple conceit in the first book - in this kingdom, some children are born with two different colored eyes and the magical ability to be Really Fucking Good at something. Graceling’s main character, Katsa, is really good at killing people. It doesn’t sound that deep, but all three books end up being about young women learning to define themselves rather than being what their society expects them to be. I especially adore the way Cashore handles teenage sexuality; none of the girls are shamed for being sexually active or losing their virginity. 
    • Graceling: Katsa, who as I said is super good at killing people, runs away from her douchebag uncle who makes her kill people for him, falls in love with Po, aka the only male YA love interest who has ever mattered, and fights some evil. 
      • Gay Rating: 0/10, only implied with two supporting characters
    • Fire: Fire, who is what’s known as a Monster - her hair and eyes are unnaturally colored, people are hypnotically drawn to her whether she wants it or not - becomes involved in some bangin’ political intrigue and some epic slow burn romance. 
      • Gay Rating: 3/10, Fire is technically bisexual but this is brought up exactly once and then never mentioned again.
    • Bitterblue: Bitterblue, whose father was a hardcore evil dick and also a king, is struggling to rule her kingdom and help people move on from her father’s cruelty. More political intrigue! 
      • Gay rating: 7/10. Male love interest is bisexual, supporting characters include nice lesbian couple, those two guys that you thought were gay in Graceling are totally gay and so in love.

Harold, they’re lesbians:

  • Carry On, Rainbow Rowell - Excuse me if you’ve already read this but holy fucking shit I will never in my life pass up an opportunity to promote this book. It’s a cleverly meta Harry Potter parody, that actually incorporates a lot of tumblr-like speculation about what Hogwarts would look like if the kids actually acted like kids and insisted on incorporating modern technology and values into magic. It also constructs its own world, system of magic, and characters in a sufficiently interesting way that it doesn’t feel like a cheap ripoff at all, is funny and emotional, and also THOSE BOYS ARE SO GAY. 12/10 SOMEONE HOLD ME.
  • Huntress, Malinda Lo - If you’ve been on my blog a while you may remember I have some mixed feelings about this book, but I understand that just because it’s not my cup of tea doesn’t mean it’s not for everyone. Huntress has two girls Going On A Quest and begrudgingly learning to like each other and then REALLY liking each other, all set in a world that interestingly blends East Asian culture with fairy mythology. 9/10, they gay.

I haven’t read these yet but I want to:

  • Ash, Malinda Lo - Sitting on myself right now, described by multiple people as “Cinderella but bi”.
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss, Julia Ember - Mermaids! Loki! Magic! Girls falling in love!
  • Labyrinth Lost, Zoraida Córdova - Witches! Ghosts! A bisexual love triangle!
  • Poison Kiss, Ana Mardoll - Evil fairies! ESCAPING from evil fairies! Bisexuality and polyamory!


(this list is super light on mlm main characters, there are no trans mains, and there are no ace characters to be seen, so if anybody has any recommendations for fantasy involving those identities, please let me know!)

anonymous asked:

Urgent-ish? I'm really struggling with the idea that progressive/affirming Christians are cherry-pickers from the Bible, like I get accused of it a lot but everyone does it. Is there even a cohesive Christianity any more or do we all just take what we want and ignore the rest? I'm a theology student but all of this is just nagging at me like what even are we all doing? It's really chipping at my already shaky faith and I just don't know what to do any more. Any words of wisdom?

Hey there! I totally get where you’re coming from. Everyone does in many ways “cherry-pick” from the Bible – it’s a huge text and while maybe ideally we’d sort of focus on all of it, it’s just not doable to do so; we’re going to have favorite passages, stories that resonate most with us. To me, that’s not a bad thing – the Spirit of God is alive and at work in each of us in unique ways, and when that includes speaking to us through scripture it’s a beautiful thing that She leads different people to different passages. 

Then again, when those of us who affirm being LGBT+ and hold that the content of the Bible does not mean that God condemns us are accused of cherry-picking, it’s usually with a bit of a different connotation – that we’re just “ignoring” verses like Leviticus 18:22 or Romans 1:26-27. I highly disagree with this accusation.

I do not ignore Romans 1:26-27, or 1 Timothy 1:10, or any of the others – I engage with them. In fact, in the huge scope of all the Bible verses there are, I probably give the “clobber claim” passages too much of my time! I have researched them, I have read them in their original Hebrew and Greek, I have prayed and discussed and read books. And I have concluded that some of them – like 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10 – have fallen victim to mistranslation, and others – like Romans 1:26-27 – are indeed speaking badly about mlm sexual relationships, but that context is key to understanding why they do so and what it means for us today. 

I think when we’re accused of cherry-picking, it’s because we choose to interpret the Bible in context rather than claiming something like it all being the direct word-for-word will of God for all people in all times and places. We’re “cherry-picking” to them because we look at Leviticus 20:13 and say that yes, maybe it is outlawing sex between men, but it’s addressing a specific group of people in a specific time and was never written to apply to me. 

But we could reverse it and claim that they’re “cherry-picking” for not behaving as though, say, Leviticus 11:9-12 applies to them because they eat shrimp. Or because Jesus says in Luke 18:22 to sell all that you have and give it to the poor, and they own stuff, they’ve “cherry-picked” around that verse. We could say that, but I wouldn’t. Because just like anyone else they’ve made interpretive decisions. They’re not “ignoring” those verses; they’re looking at them in context, looking at the bigger picture of scripture – a work that was written over at least a thousand years by multiple people! – and deciding how to apply it to their own lives.

We might also ask those who say you can’t affirm being LGBT+ because the Bible says being gay is a sin if they think that slaves should submit to their masters, since verses like 1 Timothy 6:1 (the same book as one of the clobber claims!) says so. Some might say yes, alas – but most would say no, that was a different time and even a different “kind” of slavery than chattel slavery, and we see God’s larger picture of love and justice for the oppressed as meaning that God doesn’t will slaves. After all, Galatians 3:28 says there’s no longer slave or free! (as well as no longer male and female, would ya look at that – it’s almost like different portions of the Bible “contradict” each other because it was written over a long span of time by human beings.) If they understand the context around those passages, why is it so hard for them to comprehend the context around the “clobber claims”? (And if you want to read my discussions on that context, check out the “But what does the Bible say?” section of our resources page and particularly this post.)

No one really takes the Bible “literally.” It would be preposterous. Jesus would literally be a gate, as well as being a slain lamb with seven horns and seven eyes, and God would literally be a rock. We all know how to read interpret metaphors, as well as how to read in context. 

There’s a big difference between taking the Bible “literally” and taking it seriously. We can interpret scripture – in fact, God invites us to wrestle with Them and with scripture! It’s meant to be a living text, through which the living Spirit can communicate with us for our fullness of life – not a lifeless thing where every single opinion of every one of its human authors has to be accepted as also being God’s opinion / will for everyone. 

You might also find some posts on our FAQ helpful, such as this one on how to respond when people say we’re using the Bible to “justify our sin.” 

And my biggest recommendation to you is Austen Hartke’s vid “Are you taking the Bible seriously?” Go watch it (and if video isn’t a format you can easily consume, let me know and I’ll paraphrase it for you).

Ways to Avoid Burnout at University

Ok, I’ll admit, I seem like the worst person to give advice on this as around exam times I regularly burnout. But because I’m not as cold-hearted as I pretend to be, I don’t actually want to see anyone else fall into the same traps I do (regularly). First, here are a few of the bad habits burnout brings for me:

Heightened emotions – so much crying. Revising Latin from a textbook, I once cried because they’d introduced a new noun without giving the definition a chapter early. If you find yourself crying because of no reason (eg. you left your teabag in too long, your tutor has taken longer than 10 seconds to reply to your e-mail etc.), it’s probably burnout.

Apathy – on the other end of the scale, if you simply cannot find the motivation to sit down and study, if accompanied by other symptoms, it’s most likely burnout. Often a few days before exams I’ll find it almost impossible to keep revising with thoughts like ‘What is the point? I’ll fail anyway - why am I pushing myself so hard?’ floating around.

Disturbed sleep – I have sleep issues anyway but exam time only exacerbates the problem. Often I’ll find myself worrying about things to the point of feeling physically sick which isn’t exactly conducive for a good night’s rest. This leads to tiredness, lower quality of work and only further promotes things like heightened emotions.

Changes in diet – this can go two ways. You can find yourself barely eating anything at all due to all the work you’re doing or find yourself scoffing biscuits, chocolate, crisps and pizza in stress eating. Sometimes you may not even necessarily eat more unhealthy foods, but simply up the quantity tenfold. I usually swing between the two, barely eating anything during the day, then pigging out at around 2am on anything and everything I can find (a whole box of Cadbury’s Milk Tray for example).

Physical illness – all of the above does not a healthy student make. Lack of sleep especially lowers your immune system’s defences and makes you more susceptible to catching something, especially in a university or school environment. I usually end up with some kind of cold or chest infection around exams purely because I’ve run my body to the ground. Yes, I become that person who’s sniffling and coughing through exams (I’m sorry!).

But what can you do to prevent this?

Plan realistically – If you’ve left all of your revision until quite late, you may have to accept that you cannot feasibly revise it all to the standard you’d like. For example, for a language exam you may want to complete every exercise in the textbook in full but if there’s 130 exercises with an average of 20 questions in each, you may have to accept that it ain’t going to happen. Instead, try halving the amount – instead of answering all 20, pick the 10 most challenging to you and do them. You’ll half the time but still revise in a challenging way.

Find other sources available to you – By this I mean if you’ve read the books for your English Literature exam over and over, think of a different way to revise. Maybe a CrashCourse video while you have a cup of tea, or quizzes available online at places like Bitesize and Sparknotes? All of these are low-stress activities that are still engaging you without driving you down.

Break it up – The Pomodoro Technique of working for a set amount of time then forcing yourself to take a short break is fantastic, but sometimes 10 minutes simply isn’t enough. You may need a full day off revising. This is incredibly hard, especially for studyblrs, because I know I generally spend any time I’m not actively doing work panicking about the work I feel I should be doing. Unfortunately, you just have to force yourself. Your work quality will improve and your body will thank you for it. Maybe spend your day off trying to be extra healthy – go for a run, do some yoga, only drink herbal tea and lots of water, go to bed early even if you have trouble sleeping – you’ll still be forcing your body to rest.

SLEEP – This can be a bugger sometimes, not always through any fault of your own. Try ASMR or meditation videos, a Sleep Time tea and a nice shower before you go to bed. However sometimes other things are outside our control – other people in my block finished their exams much earlier than I did and obviously went out to celebrate. Good for them! However when they’re still screaming and slamming doors in your thin walled hall at 4am the day of your exam, it can get irksome. Earplugs or headphones, my friend. Or failing that, if you have friends in other halls, as a drastic measure ask if you can sleep in their room tonight. Probably won’t be as comfortable, but at least you’ll get some rest.

Hate to state the obvious, but look after yourself – University is hard for staying healthy, especially around exam time. You’re late in the library and the only things available are the sweets vending machines or the late night pizza delivery place, how on earth do you stay healthy then? Answer - prepare ahead. While I’m guilty of binge stress eating when it’s exam time, I generally try to stock up on healthy things so whilst I’m eating, at least I’m getting my 5 a day. If you have a fridge in your hall room, a pantry in your hall block or you live in self-catered accommodation, some great snacks are hummus, carrot sticks, feta cheese, cucumber, pitta breads, nutri-bars and nuts, besides the obvious fruit. When you start to feel mentally exhausted, go for a walk around campus – mine has a lake that’s good for an afternoon walk. Or force yourself to exercise at a set time – I’m part of my uni’s yoga soc, so I try to schedule in lessons as a way of forcing myself to take a break, relax and still exercise.

At the end of the day, you are more than your grades – You can’t do more than your best. Talk it over with your friends and/or family, they care about you and will listen and hug you until you feel better. My mum and my best friends have seen me burnout all the way through AS and A Levels and now they’ve seen me burnout at uni, and I can still say out of all of these techniques, ringing my mum and listening to her rant about the historical inaccuracies of the latest episode of The Musketeers and joining in with her, or discussing my friend’s new girlfriend with her, these are the most helpful. They calm you down, take your mind off work for half an hour and remind you how loved and supported you are.

Hope these were at the very least a little bit helpful!

x

Languages without textbooks

Because I disagree with ONLY using language textbooks…

Do I have to emphasize on the “only” more?

Disclaimer: this post applies mainly to outside of a classroom setting [even then I disagree but that’s a whole different matter]. Also It doesn’t mean I won’t use a textbook from time to time, or that I look down on people who use textbooks. As a matter of fact I’m jealous because my attention span isn’t high enough for textual learning. This does NOT mean you shouldn’t use textbooks. For a beginner, it is important that you use one. But, it’s better not to only use that. I learned a slavic language, as well as English, with only these methods, they kinda work yo. But I’m a mere language peasant so don’t think I’m some next level thing cause I’m not!

I’m not a fan of textbooks because I feel like they’re on this repetitive paradoxal cycle that ends you into a slump as soon as you start to feel like you’ve achieved something. I tried completing over six books and it always ends up like this. They usually teach you vocabulary that doesn’t correlate well, and they don’t provide enough explanations on the grammatical nuances. Also, most of them don’t even tackle the spoken language and slang, which I find annoying. I want to text man. I want to be able to be as rude in Romanian as I am rude in English. Why don’t you give me that?

It’s dry, and I want to cry just by looking at the amount of Smith and Tanaka’s in Japanese textbooks. If I see one more スミスorシュミット from ドイツ with a generic company name I will scream. 

Ok apart from crappy 2 min paint skills, behold the methods.

Reading thematic/reference books

Pick up a book on X subject (for my case in Japanese), like an encyclopedia about animals.

  1. Start by breaking your book in sections. I use the page method, meaning I’d read a page at least twice before going to the next page. Breaking your reading material in smaller/digestible sections won’t exasperate you, or demotivate you. Think about it. What is a smarter goal? Reading the whole book by Tuesday vs Reading 10 pages by Tuesday ? Go for a smaller portion, especially if you have other commitments.
  2. Don’t start by searching up words. Read the section you started with first. Read it once. Read it out loud preferably (optional but it helps). Then skim it for words, starting from the most recurrent words, to the least recurrent. If your book is based on one subject, don’t waste too much time on kanji if you’re doing it with jp. They might repeat a lot later on anyways. When you’re done with that, read again with your unknown vocab in mind. Don’t feel bad for not knowing everything right off the bat. 
  3. The best thing I could suggest to do is to do a quick summary of what you read, in target language. Use the words you learned from the text, as well as your previous knowledge. Don’t go up searching new words, that’s a tedious process I don’t suggest, unless you have the time and motivation.
  4. When you finish your book, look for documentaries and videos on the subject you just read. Seriously youtube is full of those, and with the proper keywords, you can find everything. If you have trouble with finding something, I could help you.
  5. You don’t need to be a certain level to read a reference/thematic book (this applies especially for non romanized languages), but for Japanese I do suggest using a book which has furigana if you’re like me and don’t know the enemy properly— I mean kanji, not the enemy, my bad. Seriously, we don’t need to be advanced or achieved a specific JLPT level, or be fluent. But that doesn’t matter, as long as you’re reading something you find interesting.

Learning thematically from videos:

This is particularly useful for those who want to have some variety in their learning, or who want to have a break from said studying but still learn something. What I’d do is pick up a particular subject that you like and search it up in youtube (alternatively I recommend afreeca for Korean learners but that’s not gonna get you school subjects or niconico for Japanese learners).

  1. Find said subject in your target language, try to put good keywords to get relevant results. Don’t be like me and get imperialist propaganda while searching for politics lmao.
  2. Find a channel that posts video of said thing that you like.
  3. Open up a notebook or a note program, whatever is more efficient for you.
  4. Title this document/notebook the subject you want to learn from.
  5. Have different sections in it. What I do is: spoken language (what the person said with a translation of it, this is particularly useful for everyday expressions or slang), written (written things in the video if there are, especially if you’re looking at a lecture), and a mini glossary (for words you encountered through listening and are interesting.). For the words I suggest you search them up at the end of the video.
  6. After finishing the video, search up the words. Now, take a pretty notebook, or open up a new document titled with your subject. Write a small summary of what you watched with the words you learned/wrote in the glossary if it was a lecture video, or write a diary-style entry about what you watched. Did you watch a beauty video? Write what you think about that beauty cream presented. “She said it was 25,000W. Ugh. So expensive. I’m not paying that much for it. I prefer this foundation cream. blabla” (just a random example lol).  Basically write or type something.
  7. What to do with the spoken language part? The expressions that you heard? This applies especially if you watched a vlog, a gameplay or a random video. Check those expressions, check if you’re alone in the room and say them out loud. I promise you they will get repeated in other videos (especially the hello, this is x, thank you for watching, etc), so they are not useless. A lot of the time in japanese videos, for instance, I hear a lot of polite expressions in the beginning and end which are super useful, noticed this with romanian as well.
  8. WATCH WHATEVER YOU WANT: you like planning agendas videos? Beauty guru? Anime? Drama? Gameplays? Lectures about history? Eating shows? Seriously watch whatever please don’t be scared.

Learn from a language exchange, yas:

I’m using Hellotalk for this. Especially since it has a correction feature which means native speakers can correct you and provide notes for you. But if you want to chat with native speakers without studying the language directly, this is what I do. I just chat with the person and throw in whatever I think is right. If it’s wrong, then I cry— I mean I gladly accept the correction and learn from it. Usually when I receive a correction from the user I immediately reuse this correction in another message so it sticks in ^^!

a) write a badly written message to a language buddy

b) get correction of your message

c) optional: cry because you made an obvious mistake

d) review the correction, send a message with that correction :D

Do you like to write?:

What do you mean no? Shh, I’m sure you said yes. Nanowrimo in november, a word document all year long. Also, tumblr’s prompts. Start a little story (no matter your level), write a fanfic if you want, a novel, whatever. Doesn’t have to get read by other people, but if you want, put it on lang-8. Just write as much as you can but whenever you feel annoyed from searching up words, stop. Write when you want and when you have inspiration. I’m doing this for jp so I can attest it’s good practice :D Alternatively, making small dialogues and monologues is also a good think. Pretend this is drama class. I highly recommend this. Boost your ego!

Pretend to be a native speaker:

Yes, you read this right. Pretend to be a native speaker. No I don’t mean to pretend to be someone you’re not. I mean to immerse yourself completely. I’m talking about changing 90% of your daily things to the language. Which means:

  • phone settings
  • computer settings (please be careful here though)
  • website language (again be careful dont send random relationship requests like me).
  • training to think in the language. Next time you stab your toe on the table, curse in your target language. Say how much it hurts and how much you hate your table, in the language.
  • Twitter: tweets in your language. It can be a private twitter. My twitter is for Korean and its private and I dump in all random thoughts that are very embarrassing and most of them are about my crushes so yeah I mean double benefit! You practice writing with the new grammatical structure you encountered and then you can ramble to yourself about pretty/handsome people YAS
  • Buy the Fluency pill it’s $99.99 on Ebay…. Okay but I wish there was a fluency pill….
  • THIS ONE IS WEIRD BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. This is really where you pretend to be a native speaker but you’re not. Go to x website that has the option to write comments or chat with other people from that country. We foreigners to the language love to spread the word about how we’re, well, a foreigner to them and that we’re studying that language STOP! just write everything EXCEPT THAT. I remember when I was studying this particular eastern european language, I went to a site and chatted and never said anything about being Canadian. Nobody asked, I just went along and the conversation didn’t stop or change. Honestly, we don’t write PERFECTLY in English, we use slang and write in broken phrases. SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? ^O^ !!!!

Are you still alive from this long post?

*Splashes water on you* Wake up yo. Okay. You’re amazing and I love you for that. You deserve great things! Anyways last tip is… Use a textbook as long as you don’t make it your main focus. This also goes for the thematic books. We need variety!! Don’t you feel tired of only studying? What you learn…it should be used somehow… this is why I don’t like only textbooks. I was the one who studied spanish from textbooks only for years and it got me nowhere because I never used it. Use the language. That’s the golden tip seriously. BUT! Use it accordingly to your preferred study method and IF that is textbooks, don’t feel like I’m looking low at it. (I’m one of those who drools at textbook shelves and would watch a 20 min video of you making a tour of your shelf so believe me lmao).

Anyways sorry for this disgustingly long post I’ll tag this omg.

anonymous asked:

If you still have time for a prompt or two, I thought about this one. When it comes to public displays of affection, Levy is easily the more shy kind. Which is why everyone saw a short bluenette throw a man twice her size right out a 10 story building.

A/N:- Thanks for the request! I have to admit I was a bit confused when I read your ask for the first time and I hope that I wrote it like you wanted it! I feel like Levy would be the person who the other council members would approach or hide behind when Gajeel starts acting up because she’s the only person besides Lily who he listens too. I hope you enjoy! ^_^ Requests are open.


Levy would never have dreamed that becoming a member of the Magic Council would allow her to experience book heaven.

She had lived her life believing that the library in the Fairy Tail Guild was easily one of the largest in Fiore, after all she had almost lost both Lucy and Lisanna once when they were reorganizing the books. However, taking in her surroundings Levy thought that she could fit the entire Fairy Hills female dormitory and still have room.

The thought of all the books that were waiting to be read made Levy’s heart beat with excitement. Levy blushed at the thought. She really was a book nerd. Now if only there was someone who could share in the enjoyment she was feeling than everything would be perfect. The image of a certain blonde haired mage popped into her mind.

A sad smile crossed Levy’s face as she thought about her best friend. Yes, Lucy  would have loved this as much as her, wouldn’t she? 

She and Lucy would often be gossiping about the new books that they had read. While the rest of the guild would be preoccupied with their brawls, the duo would be hiding behind the counter, making plans of visiting the book store or a café or discussing the novel Lucy was working on.

Her heart clenched at the memories. She hadn’t heard a word from her friend since the guild disbanded three months ago. She was worried. Had her friend gotten over the disbandment and set on a new path? Or was she still in Magnolia, denying the Master’s announcement?

She chewed her lips in worry “"Lu-chan, please be okay…” she mumbled. Levy almost jumped out of her skin when she felt something hard hit her on the head. “Quit worrying Shrimp, your making everyone else depressed.” a gruff voice spoke up from behind her.

Levy quickly turned around, already knowing who it was. She puffed her cheeks in annoyance as she jabbed a delicate finger at the mans chest knowing he might not even feel it “"I’m not worrying! And what are you doing here?Shouldn’t you be in a meeting with Warrod-sama?” she asked the man swiping the book he used to snap her out of her thoughts.

Gajeel ungracefully plopped into the chair behind him, resting an elbow on the table as he looked at the ceiling “"Yeah right, like I was gonna stay and hear those old geezers yapping about stuff that have nothing to do with me.” Gajeel answered running a hand through his unruly hair. 

“"All of them should be arrested for being boring old geezers.” he looked at her, a smirk on his lips. 

“"Did Captain Gajeel just threaten to arrest the Magic Council?” one of the assistants who had volunteered to help Levy whispered to one of his co-worker “"He threatens to arrest everyone, you get use to it eventually.” the coworker replied wryly.

Gajeel turned at glared at the two men behind them “"How about I arrest the two of you for talkin’ behind my back?” he asked, an evil smile on his face. The two men shrieked and immediately ran to hide behind Levy’s back. 

Yes, the Rune Knights were something to be feared.

“"Gajeel! Stop scaring our subordinates!” Levy scolded “"Now if you’re going to stay here, the least you could do is help us organize these books!” 

Gajeel huffed, getting up from his seat “"Fine, no need to yell so loud Shrimp.” he said picking up a book from the pile beside him. “"I’ll take the top, since you can’t reach it.” he said a smirk on his face, earning him a slap on the chest. 

“"Oh, and Shrimp?” he asked placing book after book on a shelf. “Yeah?” Levy said, checking the list in her. “Ya don’t have to worry about bunny girl so much.” Levy looked at him in surprise as he continued “"If she could handle all the stuff Salamander dragged her into, then she can handle this. She may be a bunny girl, but she’s tough. So no need to look so depressed.” Gajeel finished looking her in the eye.

Levys eyes widened before a soft smile crossed her lips, “Yeah you’re right.” Levy said softly. “Ummm… Levy-San?” one of the men asked from her right. “"Is this ‘bunny-girl’ person someone from the guild you were a part of?”

Levy nodded at him “"Yeah, her name’s Lucy and she was one off my best friends back at Fairy Tail.” she replied “Really? Levy-San you never usually talk about your time as a guild wizard.” the othe man stated curiously. “"Yeah, could you tell us some stories while we work?” the previous man asked enthusiastically.

Levy smiled at the two, “"Sure, I don’t see why not.” Levy said, tapping her index finger on her chin in thought, “"Let’s see….. where should I start?” 

Levy felt Gajeel placing his hand on her head, almost petting her. He leaned down and Levy could feel his warm breath on her neck and near her ear “Why don’t you tell them about that one time you gave me ‘air’?” he asked a smirk plastered on his face.

Levy’’s face turned red as the memory resurfaced in her mind. “You want air Gajeel?” Levy asked turning to him, and Gajeel took a step back as he noticed a small ball of light at the tip of her index finger. “"Here’s your air!” Levy yelled as the word ‘Gust’ appeared out of nowhere.

The two men watched in both amazement and slight fear as they witness their usually shy commander throw a man twice her size right out off a ten story building.

It took one hour for the entire council to hear the story. 

Panther Lily could only shake his head as he observed a flustered Levy repeatedly apologizing to an injured Gajeel in the infirmary, a single thought on his mind. ‘You had it coming Gajeel.’

anonymous asked:

Aw I loved that ideal date hcs, can I request the same for Kuroo, Yaku and Iwaizumi? ^^ please and thank you!

Kuroo

  • despite looking like a trash kitty, kuroo would love to have a study date with you
  • quite, relaxed, and he gets to read
  • plus; kisses behind books, maybe some making out breaks, reading random facts to each other, holding hands across the table
  • he 10/10 lets you wear his hoodie
  • kisses amongst the letters he could never put into words

Yaku

  • beach date beach date!
  • he lives for the warm summer and ice cold drinks, and of course he packs a picnic
  • kisses that taste like raspberry lemonade and sand
  • him dunking you underwater 
  • finding sand everywhere days later and smiling at the fond memories

Iwaizumi

  • a simple walk around the botanical gardens would be the ideal
  • holding your hand and excitedly pointing out colourful flowers and beautiful plants as you walk around
  • him handing you his jacket when you get cold
  • kissing on a bench next to a pond
  • him picking a daisy from the path to put behind your ear

These boys are too sweet! I love them too much!

[reminder that the inbox is closed for matchups but open for requests and to chat!]

- Admin Emi

Podcast time... again?

Like I wrote a post about a week ago or so. And never a post of mine had receive such likes and reblogs (there aren’t many, but for me they are a lot. I have like 20 followers and most of them are not real people, and I’m at 70 or more notes) So if people like this, why shouldn’t I write more? This isn’t going to become a weekly thing, because even if I wanted I get obsessed with things too often. Like I only listen podcast for two weeks and then I stop and see like 10 seasons of 6 different series, or 20 movies per week, or 3 books a day (the book thing happens scarscely, usually on holidays). Well, here I go again.

If you want, you can skip to the interesting part, I don’t mind people not reading my rantings.

Podcasts I’m listenting to:

-Alice isn’t Dead, written by one of the creator of Night Vale. It promises to be as strange as Night Vale is, and I have to admit it creeps me out a bit, but other podcast is almost giving me nightmares.

-D&D is For Nerds, just listened to the first episode, mostly it is an easy listening (does that expression make sense?) It’s just a group of friends having fun.

-EOS 10, I finished the first season and I love it. I can’t bring myself to listen to the second one because we still don’t know when the third season will start. Honestly I don’t think I’ll be able to resist so I’ll probably have finished it by the next update I’ll post.

-Hello From the Magic Tavern, this was actually a recommendation I got from tumblr (thank you, @elphabaforpresidentofgallifrey​ ) And it is just pure, unadulteraed fun. It is improvised and the main cast are just three but they have guests in almost every episode. It’s a fantastic comedy, quite literally.

-Kakos Industries, I listen to it when I want to stop thinking It’s quite regular i its format, which is both an advantage and a disadvantage. It can be a bit monotonous but it works. I like it.

-King Falls AM, it’s so easy to fall in love with King Falls AM. I’ve previously compared it with Night Vale, and maybe the concept seems similar but the actual show isn’t. Whereas Night Vale is a creepy town which I would be scared to live in, I actually would love living in King Falls. Just listent to it.

-Limetown, waiting for the second season.

-Lore, creepy as always but I’m actually a bit disappointed with the last episode because it seemed more like an addition to the first episode than anything.

-The Black Tapes, remember when I said before ‘other podcast is almost giving me nightmares’? Well this is it, between this and Lore, these two week I’ve scared of everything, I’m like 8 years old again and I can’t be without a light on. Pathetic, right? I was actually kind of bored mid-season because they never really closed a case and most of the information given I could do wihout, even when Alex *SPOILER ALERT* realises that everything is connected, which honestly wasn’t such a big a revelation, it was a rather weak plot twist. Ok, it kind of got me mad, because it was kind of stupid. (Ok, sorry for ranting, sorry Black Tapes, I like you a lot really)

-Welcome to Night Vale, I still need to listen to the last two episodes so nothing new to report

-Wolf 359, only listened to the first three episodes but so far, so good. I love Eiffel antics and how he distrusts basically every other character.

List of to-listen: Tanis, Pleasure Town, Our Fair City, The Message, Serial, Sayer, The Secret World, We’re Alive and Presidential.

Multiple POV Book Recs

Anonymous asked: “I wanted to know if you have any recs for books with multiple POV (like between 5 and 10) preferably fantasy or urban fantasy.”

I love this question. So, for urban fantasy, I don’t have too too many recommendations, but a few, but I’ll also expand to other books I recommend with interesting point of view choices. 

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@ The Anon Who Tried to Come for Me:

Tumblr ate my original response to your second ask; but unluckily for you, I have a damn good memory so I remember exactly what I said.

Yes, I am 100% Black. Yes, I am a very quirky person, so of course my response would be “quirky.”  Me saying what I said does not make me look dumb nor does it make me look sad. What does look sad/dumb is you coming back into our inbox trying to further defend your faulty argument (on anonymous, no less) while supporting my position by stating “AF is used to emphasize something.”  H E L L O.  Those were YOUR words, not mine.  YOU just undermined yourself in less than 10 words.

Since you just deaded your own ineffective argument, let’s now move on to you insulting my intelligence.

Let me set something very fucking straight:

I am not dumb.

I have an very high IQ and I have ranked consistently within the top 95-97th percentile throughout my life in all tests I have taken. I learned how to read by sounding out words in medical journals laying around the house; while others were reading Dr. Seuss books (which I also enjoyed reading), I was reading all forms of mythology because I liked the storytelling better. Additionally, I can play three instruments; and I can fluently speak French & Spanish and am currently teaching myself Korean because I enjoy learning languages.  Furthermore, my early love of literature and passion for languages has equipped me with an extensive vocabulary that I can readily access when I’m code-switching. 

I was in the top 1% of my graduating class in high school; I am currently in the top 5% of my entire graduating class in university and am in the top 1% of my department.  I received over $250K in scholarships from the 3 universities I applied to and an additional $200K from 2 universities I didn’t apply to.  I also was nationally recognized as a top/high-achieving scholar in high school.  On a weekly basis, I readily engage in discussions on very difficult material that most other students would balk at with my professors and other members within my field.  I have co-authored and presented a poster for a research forum and will likely be a third author on a paper before I graduate in May. Not to mention, I actively read the most updated research articles (in English, Spanish, and French) I can find just for shits & giggles.  I spend a good chunk of my time studying and learning new things because I have a voracious appetite for knowledge and am never truly satisfied just with what I know or what I’m supposed to know. Hell, I’m actually learning how to HTML code for the sake of the blog in my free time.

I am the farthest thing from dumb. I am very proud of my intellect and I cherish it dearly, so how fucking dare you try to insult me in such way in a futile attempt to detract from your ignorance. That’s what sad.

–Lily

A Resolution for You

If you haven’t set New Year’s Resolutions yet, here’s a suggestion for one: write more Amazon reviews.

As an author, I can tell you that Amazon reviews are worth gold to authors. Literally, they make a huge difference to how a book sells.

It probably doesn’t matter if we’re talking about something like Game of Thrones, which currently has 3609 reviews on the UK Amazon. But the amazing On the Edge of Gone by @corinneduyvis (probably the best book I read in 2016) only has 9.

7 of those 9 reviews are 5 stars, the other 2 are 4 stars, but here’s the thing: Amazon doesn’t start including books in their “recommended” lists until it has more than 10 positive reviews (positive meaning 4 or 5 stars). So this fantastic book isn’t being suggested to new readers because it doesn’t have enough reviews.

Another book with an autistic protagonist, Viral Nation, has 8 reviews on the UK Amazon.

One of my own books, Omega Rising, has 5 reviews. They’re all 5 stars, but that’s not enough to tip it over Amazon’s threshold.

Well-written reviews can help people decide whether or not to buy a book, but any review at all can count towards the total reviews and determine whether the book shows up in the “also purchased” lists and “recommended for you” sections. It’s also worth noting that reviews are counted separately on the different regional sites - so  On the Edge of Gone mentioned above actually has 28 reviews on the US version of Amazon, but those don’t count towards its UK total.

So if you’ve enjoyed a book, especially a book by a new or independent author, leave a review. If you buy a book and notice that it has less than 10 reviews, make a note to come back when you’ve finished reading and give your opinion. You don’t have to write a lengthy essay. A detailed review is fantastic, but for some things, it’s quantity rather than quality that matters, so ticking 4 stars and writing “good book” is still going to be a massive help to an author. It will help get the book in front of new potential readers and mean that the authors can spend more time writing and less time wondering how they’re going to pay the rent next month.

In 2017, when you go to browse Amazon for new books, take a minute to go through your old purchases and leave a few, short reviews. Your favourite authors will love you for it.

Small Ways to Relax

Here is a list of ten things you can try when stressed to improve your mood: 

  1.  Make art out of nature- use flower petals or leafs 
  2.  Watch a movie for kids- they often have happy endings and are mood lifting
  3.  Warm up some apple juice or have apple cider- the scent of apples plus a hot drink is super relaxing
  4.  Ask a friend what their favourite book is and read it- this a great way to learn about your friend and distracts you from stressors. 
  5.  Take 10 minutes to take care of all your pets needs- walk them, feed them, give them water- taking care of others often can make you less stressed 
  6.  Try to write positive poetry- just shorts ones they don’t have to rhyme
  7.  Doodle- I like to find art on Tumblr and try to copy the style- focusing on art is really good for the soul 
  8. Wet a towel with cool water and put on your forehead for a few minutes- this always relaxes me especially when it’s hot out 
  9.  Find a new song from an artist you already like -listening to new music just makes everything a bit better. Am I right? 
  10.  Watch educational videos on YouTube- I recommend you check out Vox and Broadly- educational videos distract you as well make you feel productive
Pick your top ten ships without looking at the questions.

1. Malec ( Magnus Bane x Alec Lightwood, Shadowhunters / Shadowhunter Chronicles )
2. Theyna ( Thalia Grace x Reyna Ramírez-Arellano, HoO)
3. Fierrochase ( Alex Fierro x Magnus Chase, MCGA )
4. Kierarktina ( Kieran of the Hunt x Mark Blackthorn x Cristina Rosales, The Dark Artifices )
5. Solangelo ( Will Solace x Nico di Angelo, HoO )
6. Deamus (Dean Thomas x Seamus Finnegan, HP )
7. Jaia ( Jace Herondale x Maia Roberts, Shadowhunters )
8. Jimon (Jace Herondale x Simon Lewis, Shadowhunters )
9. Wolfstar ( Remus Lupin x Sirius Black, HP )
10. Blitzstone ( Blitzen x Hearthstone, MCGA )

1. Do you remember the episode/scene/chapter that you first started shipping 6?
It wasn’t until I saw a fanfiction that had them as background that I started to ship it. Fanart, more fanfiction, and skimming the books for proof ….

2. Have you ever read a FanFiction about 2?
Like at least twenty. I think I wrote one, too, but never let anyone read it because I didn’t have an ao3 at that point. Maybe I’ll post it?

3. Has a picture of 4 ever been your screen saver/profile picture/tumblr avatar?
Nope, because it’s near impossible to find any fanart of them. If anyone can make me something cute of the three of them, I would love to have a kierarktina screen saver!

4. If 7 were to suddenly break up today, what would your reaction be?
I mean they were never really together, but if it happened … I wouldn’t be all that surprised? But I’d definitely throw a tantrum. And rant to my closest friend.

5. Why is 1 so important?
It was a canon same sex biracial relationship in a YA book/TV series, and it wasn’t forced or portrayed as something toxic or unhealthy. Malec has chemistry and they’re an absolutely gorgeous couple. Plus in TDA (books) we see them, a bisexual Indonesian man and a gay white man with two sons. Even better, they’re getting their own book series, with promised steaminess.

6. Is 9 a funny ship or a serious ship?
A bit of both. They’re all playful and cuddly and sweet with each other most of the time, but they quarrel a bunch. Also, side note: I have a headcanon that Sirius is trans and Remus is just the most accepting and amazing boyfriend ever oh my

7. Out of all of your ships listed, which ship has the most chemistry?
Oh lord. Um, maybe Malec or Kierarktina ? This may just be me really wanting positive polyamorous representation, but I feel like Kierarktina has really strong chemistry. It’s there in so many ways.

8. Out of all of the ships, which ship has the strongest bond?
Wolfstar. They’ve been sharing a dorm since they were eleven (or roughly fourteen, if we’re going with my trans!Sirius headcanon) and have seen each other through so many good and bad times.

9. How many times have you read/watched 10’s fandom?
I’ve read the first MCGA book eleven (?) times, and the second three.

10. Which ship has lasted the longest?
Theyna. I’ve shipped them since literally when Reyna was introduced. Before she had met Thalia.

11. How many times, if ever, has 6 broken up?
Okay so my headcanon is that they got together right after the Yule Ball ( so mid to late fourth year ) because Seamus was jealous and then broke up late sixth year because Dean’s parents were hella homophobic and then were both miserable over summer and then got back together like a week into seventh and have been going strong ever since.

12. If the world was suddenly thrust into a zombie apocalypse, which ship would make it out alive, 2 or 8?
Ooh. The Huntress and Praetor vs the Shadowhunter and Vampire. Um, I think both honestly, but if I had to pick one, Theyna.

13. Did 7 ever have to hide their relationship for any reason?
They didn’t have to, but they did for a while. Mainly because Alec would want to know where this started from and then he’d be Very Disappointed.

14. Is 4 still together?
I mean I just want them to be canon. But I think after the books they’ll remain together, unless Cassie does something insane. Which, now that I think about it, she almost definitely will.

15. Is 10 canon?
I wish. Maybe by the next book!

16. If all ten ships were put into a couple’s Hunger Games, which couple would win?
Don’t make me choose ? Either Malec, Jaia, or Theyna. Working together, it’d be Malec or Theyna, because Jaia would fight too much. Helppp ? They’re both Major Power Couples.

17. Has anybody ever tried to sabotage 5’s ship?
I mean, Gaea. But then Percy and Jason made sure that their first date went smoothly. It got out of hand. Eventually Piper and Annabeth locked them in the Poseidon cabin.

18. Which ship would you defend to the death and beyond?
If I had to pick just one, Malec. But also Fierrochase, Kierarktina, and Theyna.

19. Do you spend hours a day going through 3’s tumblr page?
Not every day, but yes. Consistently.

20. If an evil witch descended from the sky and told you that you had to pick one of the ten ships to break up forever or else she’d break them all up forever, which ship would you sink?
Oh s h i t no don’t do this ?? Ugh. Um, I guess Deamus ? Maybe ? Because I like them as a brotp almost as much as I like them as an otp. So … ugh I don’t like this

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Rating: 10/10

This is only the second 10/10 rating I have ever given on this blog about a book, and it is undeniably well deserved. Previously when reading other book reviews, I never understood how a book could be ‘breathtaking’ and deemed it an altogether ridiculous phrase to describe a book. Until I read 'The Power’.

I think the best thing about this book and what made it so spectacular, was the fact that I knew nothing about the storyline and bought it based on the fact that I had just finished reading Margaret Atwood’s 'The Handmaids Tale’ when this one popped up as 'like The Hunger Games and The Handmaids Tale combined’ and knew that I had to get my hands on a copy.

To try and preserve the 'surprise’ if you like, I’ll try to make my summary of the plot as general as possible, but enough to convince you that this book is an absolute masterpiece. The narrative follows a society much like today’s, but where women discover that they have all the power, and almost overnight men are cast out and realise that their power has been diminished to nothing. The novel flicks between four different characters, all located across the world in varying countries, documenting the spread of power and rise of women - Tunde, Margot, Roxy and Allie. These four characters all experience different situations and use the power to both their advantage, but sometimes to their detriment.

I can’t stress enough how thrilling and gripping this book is, because I was absolutely spellbound by it. I read it in a day and a half and couldn’t put it down, because at the end of every chapter you are left on a cliffhanger that leaves you gasping for answers and closure.

This novel is so powerful and articulated; it highlights certain elements of our society that are dark and evil, and it is so interesting to see circumstances that some women face reversed and transferred onto men. An utterly incredible novel that I know I am going to be raving about for years to come and recommending it to everyone that I meet - this is definitely a copy that is going to be on my bookshelf until I’m an old woman, and one that I know I will read and re-read for years to come.

Like I said previously, this is only the second 10/10 rating that I have ever given a book on my blog since starting it a year ago, so full ratings are not ones that I give lightly or very often because I make sure that I am critical and honest when I review books, because at the end of the day, the reason people read my reviews is for an honest opinion on a book - so that’s what I give. But if there’s one thing you should take away from this review, it’s that you HAVE to read this book.

Not only is is phenomenally written and very cleverly put together and structured, it highlights hidden and clear injustices within our society that we don’t talk about or consider closely enough - from rape to FGM, Alderman uses this book as a beacon for change by reversing issues that women face onto men and accentuates the importance of tackling these issues among readers.

This novel is wholly deserving of its 10/10 rating and is one that I hope after reading this review, you will go out and get your hands on, because not only does Alderman perfectly create a dystopian world wrapped in satire, she also artfully brings forward the struggles of women around the world. An absolute must read and a book that I will cherish for years to come. Please please please go and read this book!