Y’all if i can recommend a really good book series right now, please read When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M Wilson, its about women warriors who love women and they fight and lead armies and strive for peace and save their people and guess what THEY DON’T DIE. Its well written, there’s multiple love stories, 90% of the characters are women and of all character types.
Its really an amazing story, i love it a lot i’ve read it many times (its a 3 part series, i only linked to the first part) and i don’t think its spoilery to say it has a genuinely happy ending. We deserve to have happy endings.
I'm taking a mythology summer course and the current theme is trickster gods, so naturally all I can think about is Solas (and your wonderful musings on him)
Oh, thank you! You know, I really recommend the book “Trickster Makes This World,” it has really neat explanations about the jurisdictions of trickster gods. I’m tempted to anonymously mail a copy to Patrick Weekes.
Basically, it’s super fruitless to try to stop trickster gods from changing the boundaries between worlds (either tearing down or building up) and between elements of society, between life and death, awake and dreaming. Causing all good and bad change, being the element of uncertainty that keeps things moving. Challenging what is socially acceptable, changing the stagnantly unchangeable on levels unthinkable, when even other gods quail at the rich upheaval – that’s the one thing that Trickster is in charge of, that’s their dominion.
You can’t bind the Trickster’s actions because great change will always happen eventually, even to heaven and the unchanging gods. You can’t stop Trickster from causing that kind of transformation because they are literally that element of transformation embodied.
It’s a super fascinating topic, and one that gets more fascinating when the Trickster claims he’s not a god, and goes on to – almost against his will – keep unraveling and destroying the status quo of the existing world. More than once. It’s amazing. I love this story.
I'm sorry if you've been asked this before but what sketchbook/journal do you use? I'm struggling to find one that's good for different materials.
Hey there! Good question, though honestly I don’t use anything all that special. My go-to sketchbook of choice lately is any kind of mixed media (with emphasis on pencil and ink) sketchbook that’s 7x10 inches in size. I prefer working in slightly larger sketchbooks bc i tend to draw big.
For inktober, i decided to dedicate those in its own sketchbook. That one is thetrav•e•logue series art journals from hand•book. I really recommend hand•book to anyone bc the paper is nice and sturdy and takes most mediums really well.
but like i said, i tend to draw big and small sketchbooks generally restrict my ability to draw so ive been moving away from them. Canson has never failed me before
Witchy/ Wicca book collection!! I would really recommend this books. If you’re into Celtic magic Celtic tree magic and Ogam, The Celtic Oracle Of The Trees are really useful books. If you’re a beginner or just want to expand you’re knowledge of Wicca, Wiccapedia and Wicca, a guide for the solitary practitioner are good options. If you want a different type of witchcraft book, Everyday witchcraft helps you create a more witchy lifestyle.
Hey! So I just read Call Me By Your Name and it broke my heart yet put it back together at the same time... I'm obsessed with it. I know there isn't another novel exactly like it... but what would you recommend reading that's similar? I've tried googling it and all that comes up are poorly written gay love stories about cops or firefighters. I really want to read a quality gay romance novel similar to CMBYN but they are so hard to find. Please help.
If you’re looking for literary novels that feature gay relationships, Maurice by E.M. Forster is a great place to start. I read it for the first time recently and even though it’s set in England in the early 20th-century and the characters are all very repressed, it has a similar sense of longing as cmbyn. Also, James Ivory, who wrote the script for the film adaptation of cmbyn, wrote and directed the film adaptation of Maurice.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is another really great read. Miller has a degree in Classics and this novel is a retelling of Homer’s Iliad where Achilles and his brother-in-arms Patroclus are lovers.
On the genre side I highly recommend the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. Some of the best sexual tension I’ve ever read in my life! While it’s technically a fantasy series, it features no magic. The author was inspired by the historical fiction of Dorothy Dunnett to give you a sense of the caliber of the writing.
Some YA novels in this vein that I’ve enjoyed include The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and of course Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
I also really recommend Aciman’s new book Enigma Variations. It echoes a lot of the themes in cmbyn but executes them in a less soul-crushing way. It almost reads like Elio’s life post-Oliver in some places. It deals heavily with desire, time and regret.
what are the best ways to read these books if I'm closeted and can't check out physical books and my library's ebook selection is very limited when it comes to lgbt books? I don't want to find a illegal copy online but I can't find any other way? I feel terrible but I'm desperate to be able to read books with representation
<3 I definitely understand that dilemma, and it’s not an uncommon one. If it’s safe to, you can try requesting your library buy more ebooks; oftentimes they’ll make purchases based on patron requests. If not, I can’t tell you how to get free books; obviously you know piracy sites exist, but in addition to not being able to endorse them, I actually…just don’t know where to find good ones anyway.
What I really strongly recommend is taking out books that are what I call “Under the Gaydar” - books no one can tell from the cover or copy are queer. Sometimes it’s just totally subtle, and sometimes it’s a single storyline buried in multiple points of view, but you’d be amazed how many really satisfying LGBTQIAP books are out there that aren’t remotely advertised as such.
Cherry by Lindsey Rosin has four POVs - think the movie American Pie but all girls, including one who’s finding out she’s queer.
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley - the main character is gay
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Alison Raskin - one of the two main characters goes through a questioning journey in college and tries on different labels and has multiple relationships (with women and a trans guy, IIRC) before settling on queer
Ask Me How I Got Hereby Christine Hepperman is a great YA novel in verse with a protag who starts off in a relationship with a guy and then ends up in a relationship with a girl
Run by Kody Keplinger has BFF protags alternating POVs and one of them is bisexual
Also, if you have a friend with an ereader, a lot of books have lending capabilities, so they can share with you for…two weeks, I think? You can see on Amazon whether a book is lendable by looking under Product Details for Lending: Enabled. So if you can read ebooks, asking a friend to borrow should be no big deal! (I don’t really have YA ebooks, but if you’re looking for older than YA, feel free to email me with what titles you’re looking for, and I’ll be happy to work out lending with you for whatever I own - email@example.com)
Okay. Alright. I feel like POC authors are like hidden fucking gems since there arent many in the game (THOUGH MANY MORE ARE COMING OUT. YAS QUEEN YAS). Here are some of my favourites though!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (novel) - THIS BOOK. Okay. I feel like this is one of the books that you see the cover of all over the place, but you never actually read it. Well, fucking read it. I skipped over this book so many fucking times only to not read it. When I finally picked it up, I read the entire fucking thing in one sitting on my moms couch at 5 in the morning. It’s a heartwarming, beautiful story of two boy’s finding their sexuality and acceptance with it. I really really REALLY recommend this book. Honestly. It’s one of my favorites of all time.
I’m going to put Red Rising here again. It isn’t written by a poc (Pierce Brown is as white as you can get), but I feel like its an important book for everyone to read. It is extremely diverse and some of the best fucking characters in the entire series are poc. I cannot recommend this book enough.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Series) - Okay. I know a lot of people are having a problem with Sabaa right now because of her support of Carve the Mark (ABSOLUTE FUCKING TRASH), but I’m going to recommend this book and this author anyway. What we have to keep in mind, is that even though its fucking wrong and anyone with a fucking brain should understand how wrong this book is, Sabaa is not black. This is also her job. I think it makes her have an extremely weak spine or a blindspot, but she has a different experience as a poc in America. Honestly, I think she just doesnt fucking udnerstand and/or is oblivious to the black experience and because she is a poc, she feels she has a standing to comment. She doesnt. But that is all I’m going to say about the carve the mark debacle. I’m not going near that book with a ten foot fuckin pole.
ANYWAY. An Ember in the Ashes was one of my most anticipated books of the year and deserves more recognition. Fucking read this book. I personally thought it was fantastic.
Legend by Marie Lu (series) - Okay. I have not finished this series, but I loved the first book. Not to mention, Marie Lu is absolutely magical. I’ve seen her speak on a few panels last year as well as in a small bookstore panel with Sabaa Tahir, Renee Ahdieh (a POC author, who’s books I have not read, but everyone seems to love A Wrath & the Dawn), and Richelle Mead (One of my favourite authors in high school because of her creation of the infinitely beautiful, amazing, iconic Adrian Ivashkov. However, after seeing her speak, she seems like the fame has gotten to her head. Get over yourself Richelle. Your movie was shit and your series have plummeted). I cannot wait to read the rest of the books. But so far, this series is amazing and I recommend it and I recommend HER (She also wrote The Young Elites series).
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon (novel) - I have a lot of feelings about this book. At first I thought it was weird how she spoke about a culture she seemed to know nothing about (Korean). But I found out that her husband is Korean (She is a Jamacian American author). So i’m not so sure how I feel about her language in the book, but I do find it to be a good book especially in the American political climate right now. It has to do with a Jamacian illegal immigrant girl fighting to stop her family from being deported. She has less than 24 hours to do it and in that time, meets a korean boy whom is convinced they are in love. That sounds weird, but it really is a good book for people to read right now and I feel, came out in perfect time. I personally didn’t finish the book because I didnt particularly like the ending (just because I’m a sap and I cant handle shit like that.) But It really is a good book. She also wrote Everything, Everything.
The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America by D. Watkins - Okay. This isnt YA, nor is it fiction or fantasy. This is a reflection on the political and racial climate in America. D. Watkins goes into his own experiences of being black in America and I find it SO FUCKING IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO READ. Not to mention, its BLACK HISTORY MONTH! So I suggest you pick this up. I’m not going to say much about it but the fact that this book is beautifully written and begs for the attention of a more diverse crowd. It is an eye opener and EVERYONE. NEEDS. TO. READ. IT.
Here is a FANTASTIC FUCKING WEBSITE for more diverse and poc books!!! I’ve only just found it a few day’s ago, but I honestly love it so much.
I hope this helped!!! I’ve been in a reading lull lately, but these are the few thing Ive read and really fucking loved. I’ve been in a podcast kick lately so that’s dominating my life rn lol!
Today was pretty productive, I completed my AP English Language Summer Project based off of the book The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. I really recommend this book to anyone who is curious/passionate about words, history, and language in general.
I also baked a cookie cake and had it for a light snack with some raspberry tea!
Do I have to read the American gods before watching the show? I tried the first episode and I am confused
yes, i really do recommend reading the book first. there are so many times when i am just like “oooo i see what they are doing there” and my sister is like “wait what is happening”. i think just for a better understanding and appreciation, read the book. it’s a great book anyways
but.. to help you a little about the characters that we’ve met in these first 6 episodes.
shadow is a wee little lamb who just wants to have a nice tea, read a book and be loved. crazy shit happens to him all the time and i swear he is just a baby. i won’t explain how he comes into all of this but just now that he is precious. (also so is laura and i don’t want to see any hate for her)
mr. wednesday; i feel like if you are paying close enough attention to the show, you should be able to figure out who he is by episode 2. he is the leader of the old gods (hint: he is a nordic god)
mad sweeney; obviously, he’s a leprechaun from ireland haha. he wasn’t in the book much, but i’m glad the show is making him more of a main. he’s crazy- but that crazy is how he got his powers.
czernobog; he is a slavic god. he is a representation of “black god” who is to blame for everything bad that happens (based off the beliefs of an old slavic diety)
zorya sisters; also slavic gods. they represent the different times of the day, as stars. so the old lady (vechernyaya) is the evening star, the one that was asleep is polunochnaya and she is the midnight star, the one cooking (utrennyaya) is the morning star.
mr. nancy; a west african god. he is kinda hard to understand/explain but pretty much he “owns” all the stories that have been told and will be told. that’s why he knows all. he’s a trickster god
mr. ibis; egyptian god… the god of widsom and magic
mr. jacquel; also an egyptian god. the god of the afterlife. i personally think he’s one of the coolest old gods
bilquis; the fucking weirdest but amazing god ever. she is the queen of sheba aka half human, half demon man eater
there will be other gods coming in like easter that are pretty cool as well.
mr. world; the leader of the new gods. he has a secret identity that will be revealed. i was shook so don’t go looking him up unless you want to be majorly spoilt.. but he’s seriously just the god of everything?? even i don’t know
media; she is the personification of television. that’s why she can change into all these different characters and manipulate the television. she is pretty cool and honestly gillian can end me she’s so good
technical boy; this little fucker is the personification of the internet.
we’ll probably meet mr. town and mr. road soon who work for mr. world as spooks (the people that hung shadow) and they are kinda just there to hunt him down.
How do you start doing witchcraft and what are some beginners tips to consider?
You study. A lot.
I really recommend getting some books on witchcraft as well as hanging around the witchy community here on tumblr and in your community. Even if you don’t participate, it’s good to take a look at all of the different practices that are available to you so you can sift through what you like and what you don’t. Your practice is your own, but gathering knowledge is an important part of every practice.
Just finished ‘HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton’. It was fairly decent, it follows on from the loss of the 2008 primaries and through her time at the State Department. It’s definitely good if you want to learn more about her role at State, her biggest achievements and the changes she made between the relationship of State and Defence. It does, however, focus an awful lot on her team as well - so don’t go into this expecting every page to be about HRC. It does give a good insight into her relationship with Obama as well, which is always interesting to read, and by extension his team’s relationship with hers. Furthermore, it talks about Bill’s relationship with Obama (especially his role in helping him get elected) and how Bill acted after 2008. Just remember that this was published before she announced her run for 2016, so the last few chapters basically built up to her running and the author’s thoughts on that.
Not going to lie, the last line of the last chapter kind of killed me, “…many in the Clinton world view the Obamas’ stint at the White House in that way - they’re just visiting”, clearly showing the enthusiasm of the writer towards a 2016 HRC Presidency. I would really only recommend this book if you’re interested in the State Department years or, as the title suggests, the rebirth of Hillary post-2008.
I’m about to start reading ‘The Secretary’, but it might take a while due to exams, but if you want a review of it when I’m finished, then let me know
Outdated… I’ve should have checked the expiration date. Truly, not a bad book on the subject all though I expected a bit more dept. Go to Amazon
Outdated, maybe okay for young students I studied biology in college, and took elective courses in Virology and Parasitology, and am now in a microbiology PhD program. My husband and I decided to use this edition for a community book group discussion, at the recommendation of a high school biology teacher who uses the book in his course. Go to AmazonScary but true If you are fascinated by medical facts and “it could happen” fiction, you’ll love this! I found it to be scary in the delicious shivery way a thriller or horror movie is, but the scariest part is that it is ALL true. It’s divided by type - bacteria, virus, parasites, fungus. Some of the things you will learn will have you staring at the book in fascinated horror. I really recommend it to medical book junkies like me :) I will just say one thing more - I will never, never, ever, ever eat raw sushi again. That section makes getting a tapeworm from sushi, as everyone talks about, seem like a mere inconvenience ~shudder~ Go to AmazonOne of the best books on the subject This was not just one of the best books I have read, but such a good book on the subject. The authors made the difficult subject of diseases and biology readily accessible, putting the topics in layman’s terms. I have enough of a background in biological sciences to understand the subject, but this was not just a dense book, it was well-written. I like the historical background of famous scientists, the connections among various diseases, vaccines, treatments, etc. This was just a great book overall that I would recommend for anyone! Go to AmazonGreat book, just needs updating I found this to be Avery informative and interesting book about all kinds of germs. My only complaint is that it has not been updated since 2003, which is a pity based upon all of the developments in this field since then. Go to AmazonGood to Know Excellent information! I thought I knew about the subject, but I understood much more after reading this book. Given the interconnected global world we live in we all need to be aware of how viruses work and why it’s important to be cautious when using antibiotics. Go to AmazonSuch an interesting read This book is a wonderful and at times outright scary look at all those nasty germs and organisms that can kill us. The author has set the chapters out in a logical and easy to read manner. Having a very poor understanding on this subject matter I found the information easy to take in. A great mix of history, scientific facts and scenarios made this book a joy to read. This is kind of book that I know I will bore the hell out of my friends with the new knowledge it has gave me. The world of disease now lays open to me and I plan to read much more about it. Go to AmazonGreat Book! Concepts & historical perspectives explained with great clarity! This was a great book! I particularly enjoyed the historical perspectives regarding the foundations of microbiology. The chapters are organized in a very coherent and logical manner. Whether a layman or familiar with the subject, you will enjoy reading this book tremendously. I read this book on my kindle and found myself making continuous highlights on numerous quotes and analogies, which I found remarkably interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone from high school and up. Oh and this is the first time I am actually writing a review so imagine how impressed I was. Go to Amazonso fast, receive it next day . A do not read for microbiologists and the like Love to learn Five Stars Five Stars Four Stars Five Stars I liked it. Five Stars Great price and quality
yo i just saw your tag about haumea and if youre at all interested in it i really recommend the book by the guy that discovered it! its called How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming by Mike Brown its really funny and describes the dwarf planets hes discovered! theres even some very juicy astronomer beef about the discovery of egg planet itself lmao
i would absolutely love to read more about egg planet ESPECIALLY if it includes further pluto dunking, thank u
Do you have anything you'd recommended a student starting Classical Studies in September should read? I'm starting uni soon, and am freaking out because I realise I don't really know anything. Thank you so much
hey!! okay so first off i think i may have another ask from you sitting in my drafts, and i’m super sorry for not responding to it earlier. second, so, i definitely do have some recommendations for you, but if you’re freaking out a bit about not having read much yet, i think it’s super super important to keep in mind that the whole point of university is that you know all this stuff when you leave, not when you arrive. if you think that reading up ahead of time will make you personally feel more prepared or less nervous about starting your course, absolutely, yes, please do read as much as you want to!! but if you’re freaking out a bit - which is completely understandable! - please please try to remember that you do not have to be an expert from day one, and no-one is going to expect that from you.
(my entire first two years at uni pretty much consisted of courses designed to get everyone to the same level of understanding, including a semester-long lit course that included stuff like reading and discussing the iliad book-by-book with the assumption that none of us had ever read it before. people don’t expect engineering students to turn up to their first lecture with the robot they built at home, right?)
THAT SAID, if you do want to read a few texts in advance, here are my (highly biased, selective, incomplete) top picks!! this is a sort of greek mythology for beginners post i put together ages ago, although by no means feel like you have to read all of them - the iliad/odyssey/aeneid are all works that will probably be covered at some point in your degree and are also seriously fucking long, so you may want to leave them until you get a chance to cover them in class. if you do want to give them a shot, i highly recommend the faglestranslations of the first two, but there’s plenty to choose from. the argonauticais way more fun, way shorter and also gives you an excuse to (re)watch the harryhausen jason and the argonauts!
in terms of reading stuff about classics, i honestly would really recommend mary beard’s books. they’re really fun, enjoyable reads, they’re interesting and they’re informative. (they’re also very easy to get hold of, unlike a lot of classics books!) i’ve just started her latest one, s.p.q.r., which is a history of rome, and so far she’s doing an excellent job of explaining roman politics, which is a bloody difficult thing to do. pompeii is also great (and who doesn’t love a pompeii book?), and confronting the classics is really, really interesting on a more meta level; it’s a bunch of reviews she’s done of other scholars’ books, which sounds deathly dull but is actually amazing. it reads basically like a collection of short essays on a ariety of super interesting subjects eg. boudicca, the reconstruction of the ruins at knossos, the asterix comics, why thucydides is such a pain to translate, etc etc etc. it’s really, really fun, basically! (if there’s any more specific topics you’re interested in, let me know and i can give you some more recs)
oh, and before i forget - seriously do not underestimate documentaries and radio programmes! admittedly i will pretty much watch any documentary ever - one i spent four hours watching a bbc documentary about the london underground - but there’s shitloads of good classics programmes out there
if you’re in the uk and/or can access bbc iplayer, this is bbc radio 4′s ancient world collection (i downloaded the bbc iplayer radio app purely to listen to these, in our time and bbc asian network). i think quite a lot of them are also up on youtube!)
anyway sorry i’ll stop there bc i don’t want to overwhelm you!! i’m just listing off a few of these because like i said, they’re all very accessible and interesting and don’t involve that much effort - you can just put them on while you’re doing something else and sort of soak up knowledge like a cool, classically-educated sea sponge. i hope everything goes great for you in september and you have a great time at uni <333
I was given a belated birthday present of The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady yesterday by the wonderful @the-unicorn-and-music-maker <3 I really recommend these two books for Mori Girls who love nature, and like to know what’s going on in their gardens throughout the year :)