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. 


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.

anonymous asked:

POC book recommendations?

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!

Btw I forgot to mention, yesterday I read a book called Ella Minnow Pea, and like… read it if you can?? It’s so bizarre but also AWESOME and I really recommend it

(Throughout the book certain letters of the alphabet progressively get banned from usage so the book starts using fewer and fewer letters and it’s brilliant…)

antleredfoxproductions  asked:

How did you learn to draw poses and bodies so well? I tried figure drawing but I can't seem to figure it out.

Hmm, well I don’t consider myself that talented with poses and bodies still…I usually use various stock photos to cobble together the pose I want, or something similar to it, but visualization is pretty key

breaking the body down into shapes really helps when learning proportions and anatomy, my undersketches are always a mix of circles, squares, and other guidelines. I really recommend Andrew Loomis drawing books to help more!

anonymous asked:

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.

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


05/23/2017 - 2/100 Days of Productivity (again!)

I began taking notes on German Phonetics today, it’s like the music of angels to my ears. 

Oh and by the way, if you are french speaking and studying German, I really recommend you this book, it’s a gold mine of grammar/linguistics/phonetics info! (A friend currently doing a German Master advised me to buy it and I did not regret it one second)

anonymous asked:

What kind of witchcraft do you do and will you ever do a video on it?also what are good witchcraft books?

As I’ve said a lot of times (in posts and videos) it’s not something I’m comfortable sharing, it’s a personal thing for me that isn’t easily defined. I have a “do not discuss list” tag for that. However, the closest I’ve come to divulging my thoughts was my most recent video “Musings on the Meaning of Gods” I posted a couple days ago. There are hundreds of books on how to approach witchcraft, it depends solely on you what approach to the craft suits you and I can’t really recommend books well (if you choose something other than Wicca I do advise against Silver Ravenwolf strongly though, she’s pretty close minded towards any religion outside of her own).


~ May 25th ~

My rainy Thursday has been filled with math packets and my new favorite book “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I really recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Race, Romance, Cultural Differences and an outsider’s perspective on America.

I really need some book recommendations. I just finished “The watchmaker of filigree street” and I loved it and now I want to know what I can read next. Even though I won’t be able to go to the libraey before monday but I need to know what comes next!!

I just recently read this book and it’s so special to me now. The protagonist is a young Russian scientist names Yuri who’s new job it is to save California from an asteriod. While doing so, he falls in love with the NASA janitor’s daugher Luna and when Yuri sneeks into the director’s office to view some documents he’d normally have no access to and get’s caught, the Americans say Yuri must stay in the USA forever. The last half of the book is actually Yuri’s escape plan. He desperatly wants to go home and for that he must enter Canada, to be out of reach of the American government. They reach Canada, but the book has an open end.

I really recommend this book!

anonymous asked:

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 fagles translations of the first two, but there’s plenty to choose from. the argonautica is way more fun, way shorter and also gives you an excuse to (re)watch the harryhausen jason and the argonauts!

tragedy, comedy or poetry are also good options! here are a bunch of pdfs of good translations of greek tragedies, and i would highly recommend anne carson or carol ann duffy’s translations of sappho, ted hughes’ tales from ovid: twenty-four passages from the “metamorphosis”, or basically anyone’s translation of catullus. for comedy, you can pretty much never go wrong with lysistrata. if you like history, herodotus is the #1 most fun and penguin handily did this abridged version a few years back

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

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

raurasourusrexi  asked:

Hi I have a question regarding a book of shadows is there a right way or a wrong way you could make yours? Does it have to be organized? Are there rules on what to write?

Hello there friend.

There are many, many ways that one can write a book of shadows but I’ll give you advice based on what I’ve written in my own.

I’ll begin with what I recommend against doing, since that will be more concise.

Firstly, I would never print out spells and stick them in. A book of shadows is personal and thus, should be written by hand if at all possible. It’s also easier to memorise any spells or information if you write it by hand.

Make sure you can read it. This seems very basic but some people like to use runes and such to write out their BOS and then find themselves incapable of smoothly reading from it. Generally I would say, if you aren’t fluent in that written language, don’t include it in your book of shadows.

Keep it in its own space. You don’t want your book of shadows crammed onto a bookshelf with others, it’s meant to be of special importance and you should always take care of where you place it. (Below is a picture of thefriendlywitch’s BOS beside her altar.)

Now here are things I really recommend you include in your book of shadows.

Notes on the craft - Things such as herb explanations, crystal meanings, uses and associations are always helpful to have to hand. Dedicating a few pages to such things is always recommended. Include as many details as you feel are necessary when doing this.

Spells - This one is pretty obvious. Spells belong in your book of shadows, preferably ones that you intend to actually use. Try to write down any details that are important. This could be moon phase, time of day, season, weather needed, ect.

Write your own spells - Using associations you’ve researched, perhaps try writing your own spells. If they work, document how well they worked and all of the information you could think of that might prove useful. If they didn’t work, note that down and perhaps research how to improve.

Rituals, both personal and otherwise - Do you have a personal ritual you do for your deities or simply in order to better your craft? Are you taking part in a celebration like Samhain or Ostara? Write about it. Document what it was like, how you felt, what you did, whether there were others with you. Anything you think would be important for you to look back on if you wished to repeat the ritual again.

Deities - Write about which deities you contact. Research things they respond well to, things they don’t respond well to. Use this as a guide when you wish to contact them. Perhaps even note down things that you’ve found they like from your own personal experiences with them.

Daily goings-on - While the BOS isn’t a diary, some things may be relevant to keep within the pages. Perhaps you felt strangely charged after a spell you’d cast the other day, maybe you noticed signs from a deity, had a dream that seemed significant. Note it down, these things could be beneficial to you.

There are probably lots of other things you can include. Generally, if it is something regarding the craft and seems significant to you, it should go in there.

With luck, Magpie.


“Is that the alarm? Is someone really stealing books right now? That would be fantastic…”

My friend Donna and I entered the Barnes & Noble in Princeton at noon in order to be first in line for a Q&A and signing with Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, who was on a book tour to celebrate and promote the tenth anniversary edition of the modern classic. We followed the first and best rule of both signings and bookshops in general: make friends with the people who work there. They were the reason we got our front row seats - since they knew how long we’d been there, and since we had shared a conversation or two over the course of the day, they came to us when the chairs were set up before opening them to everyone else.

[Warning: There are spoilers in this review. Zusak spoke spoilers into the microphone several times during the Q&A.]

Markus Zusak is friendly and engaging. He stood in front of us rather than sit behind the signing table, making wide hand gestures as he told us stories in his rich Aussie accent. When he answered questions, he would face the person who had asked it - I was in the front row, and as he answered my question, he spoke into the mic but looked me in the eye. He cares about his readers. He cares that we love his book. He also cares that we have recommended our book - as he said, “I really appreciate anyone who recommends this book because the person always asks you what it’s about, and you say, well, it’s set in Nazi Germany, it’s narrated by Death, almost everyone dies, and it’s 580 pages so you should read it, it’s great.” He made sure to answer questions from all sides of the room, and went thirty minutes over attempting to answer every question, asking at one point if we could please stop putting our hands up because he wanted to but couldn’t answer every question.

Zusak talked a lot about his family. The stories and characters originated in the tales of his parents, German and Austrian immigrants - Rosa was real, though even tougher in real life; his grandfather was sent away because he refused to send Zusak’s father to Hitler Youth. He said the novel was originally meant to be a novella of non-fiction, but that then all of a sudden a classroom exercise with colors and Death came to him, and then the idea he had for a novel about a girl in modern-day Sydney who stole books, and then they all began to come together and morph and change. His favorite line in the book is a description of a redhead with “full stop freckles” that later “lengthen into commas” (UK/Aussie version). His favorite character is Rudy, but he wasn’t upset by Rudy’s death - he knew it was what had to happen. As for the people out there who wish Max and Liesel had gotten married, Zusak was firmly against it. For many reasons, but most of all because he believed that if Rudy could not have Liesel, certainly no other character in the book could. 

Many people asked him about Death. He said that the voice of Death is mostly his own. He said that when he began, Death was too morbid, and kind of perverse. He told us about messing with Liesel’s point of view as well- it didn’t work because she sounded too Australian. Then he had a breakthrough with Death as the narrator and went back to the beginning. “What if he was afraid of humans, and worried for us, and was writing to prove to himself that humans were worth it? I think Death is the voice in our own heads telling us that we’re going to die and that’s what makes living worth it.” To another question, he moved on to discuss what he got out of the novel - telling his parents he loved them - and what he hopes we get out of it - many things, many possibilities: a novel about a girl growing up in Nazi Germany with a Jew sheltered in her basement; a novel about Hitler and propaganda and the way a girl steals back those words; but most of all, that “we’re all made up of stories.”

There were many questions about the writing process. I had read in the extra material of the tenth anniversary that Zusak planned out the chapter headings beforehand; that he wanted there to be precisely 88 chapters: 4 each in prologue and epilogue, 10 in each of the 8 parts. I asked him about why he chooses to write this way, and whether it was difficult to maintain. He showed us his current notebook - his charts, his lists, his outlines - full of content for the novel he’s been writing for the last 8 years, of which he would later read us the first page. He said his writing was mathematical; he needs the structure, and although it can be difficult to stick to, it also keeps him from getting lost. He would also describe how for each novel, he fiddles with page settings until he has them perfectly: The Book Thief was written in Bold Courier New, size 10, 1.3 spacing (never double spacing), and meticulously considered margin sizes. Finally, he gave this writing advice:

“People think as a writer you need to have an imagination, but really you just need a lot of problems.”

“If you’re writing it has to be your top priority. Number one or number two. Family can come first. Not friends. I only sort of had friends. While they went out drinking I was home writing. And now I’m here. And they’re still out drinking. So they’re happy, sure. But I’m also happy.“

anonymous asked:

Hey so I just recently got into poetry and I was wondering if you had any recommendations?? :)


I’M SORRY I’LL STOP i could go on forever