Amazingly detailed and with some of the cleanest lines we’ve ever seen, Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes is proof of the artistry you can achieve with just a 0.05 ink pen. He doesn’t limit his mediums to paper either. Instead of doodling in a notebook, try a leaf, or an egg instead.
Films are cathartic for me, have been since I was a small tiny chid that became entranced when I was in front of the television. Into my teen years where I thought I could become a screenwriter, a director, a producer. Something. Even into college where at every opportunity I could, I would wrap in film theory, film adaptations of literature and criticism.
So, now I watch movies. Late into the night, early on Sunday mornings. I go to theaters alone, with a purse full of my own snacks. I sometimes go with friends, who laugh, but rarely cry when I do. Anyway, here are some films I’m looking forward to, mostly because they seem approachable or enchanting.
Jason Sudiekis? Please, mother of god, thank you.
Drew Barrymore reminds me of a perfect mixture of all the close female friends I’ve had with all their best qualities rolled into one charming package. This I can see watching with my friend Amy, and hopefully gaining back a little of the magical friendship she and I shared in college.
Not in the least fuzzy and warm feeling. Daniel Craig as Bond has scarred me and my lustful imaginations since the moment I saw him emerge in those tiny blue swim shorts in Casino Royale, then in the last one, Skyfall? Blew apart. Oh, M.
Break my heart, guaranteed, that this right here will make me cry much more that it will make me laugh.
This will also be a torment upon my soul, which is only appropriate. I remember the first time I read Lady MacBeth’s words aloud, it hit my heart as a teenage girl. This will be dizzying tragedy to watch.
A book recommendation for fans of Vietnamese-American fiction and/or Laura Ingalls Wilder:
Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to find herself contending with issues she’s evaded since college. But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their mother’s Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers’ lives as well as her own.
Here’s a list of my personal favorite but really y’all need to be grateful that there’s many talented authors that was, is baekyeol-ed. ♡✧( ु•⌄• )
♡-10080[M] Chanyeol wanted a divorce. Baekhyun asked for a week.
♡-Beauty in the Breakdown[NC-17] Byun Baekhyun doesn’t do amateurs. Or better put, Byun Baekhyun doesn’t let amateurs do him. As one of Asia’s leading porn stars, he has standards. But then comes the lanky Park Chanyeol and messes it all up for him…Or so he thinks.
♡-The faults in Byun Baekhyun[NC-17] Baekhyun and Chanyeol hate each other’s guts.It’s the start of a new college year, with hormones flying and emotions sinking, with idiots roaming and jerks slinkering. Chanyeol prays that he will survive the year, hopes that he can get closer with a certain guy he’s had a crush on since forever. But what he wishes above anything else is that he doesn’t get roomed with Baekhyun. However, scenarios can appear deceiving and things never go as planned.
-Picking Up The Piece[PG]
There’s a saying that goes ‘All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else’. Chanyeol will have none of that.
When Baekhyun knocks at the wrong door and when Chanyeol smiles at a stranger, something has to happen.
Baekhyun was, is,to Chanyeol, back then and even now, his everything.
♡-Then Came You[PG-13] Chanyeol’s life was perfect until..then Byun Baekhyun comes along. Now everything’s turned upside-down but he finds himself unwilling to let go. Because, maybe, his life before Baekhyun wasn’t so perfect after all.
-Tripping into You[R] It’s the angst filled life of a rock star. behind all the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Baekhyun’s so into Chanyeol.
-Savage, SSadistic, SSSensational[NC-17]
Baekhyun and Chanyeol are just stupid, foul-mouthed college roommates who play way too many video games (and have sex). They might also, kind of be in love.
There’s no need for sparks between them. The golden words in their arms and the threads of destiny around their bodies, tying them together forever, are more than enough.
-Following the Broken Road Back To You[NC-17]
Baekhyun’s ripped from his world of high fashion and placed back on the family farm where he faces the conditional love of nature and the presence of the ex-fiance he left behind.
♡-Operation Vengeance[R] CEO Park is a major asshole. Intern Baekhyun has had enough of his shit. Baekhyun takes revenge.
-Jump! (The Boy Who Leapt Through Toilets)[NC-17]
Aspiring manga artist Baekhyun mysteriously acquires the ability to travel through time, and his experiences inspire a humorous new manga concept that just might get him published by the company he works for. At the same time, he befriends the attractive new assistant artist at his workplace, who kindly offers to help him with the project, leading to an unplanned romance that turns Baekhyun’s ordinary life upside down.
♡-Endeavour[PG] Chanyeol bets 10 days to love. Baekhyun has 10 days to live. They come to an agreement of being the perfect combination.
In an attempt to settle a three generation family feud, Baekhyun has to marry someone from the other family. Being the silently rebellious son that he is, he decides to ditch home two days before a formal meeting was suppose to take place. He runs off with nothing but his wallet, some cash, and his I.D. Knowing that being on the streets would make it more likely of him being found—with the connections of a friend—Baekhyun ends up being the maid of a large villa on the beach belonging to the infamous Park’s only son: Park Chanyeol.
Chanyeol really needed help with his math homework to get his grades up. But who cared about math when his tutor looked so hot?
♡-More Than Just Books[NC-17] Baekhyun was supposed to tutor Chanyeol in math… Well, everything but that happened. Because once Chanyeol had set his eyes on his sexy as hell tutor, he didn’t want anyone anymore but him. And he wanted him in every way possible. (sequel to Forgotten Books)
-Serendipitous[M] Byun Baekhyun makes plans. Park Chanyeol has none.And when they’re forced to look at one another for the first time, they see someone they never knew they needed in their lives.
-Band-Aids Don’t Fix Bullet Holes[NC-17]
Park Chanyeol, master assassin assigned with the task of killing his ex-husband and former partner, Byun Baekhyun. When Chanyeol learns that he has a son with Baekhyun, he begins to have second thoughts.
-I Am because We Are (Ubuntu)[PG-15] Baekhyun is a poor student who goes to an elite university and faces challenges of the everyday poor. After an unexpected encounter with one of the well-known elite groups of the school, his life begins to change. Along the way of the blooming friendship he had of the group, he experiences love in a way he never imagined possible.But along these dream-like life given to him by his friends is a secret he wishes to convey but afraid to reveal: his social status.
The poor and the rich may never mingle. They belong to both ends of the pyramid hierarchy; one on top and one at the bottom.
♡-Wives and Lovers[NC-17]
It’s only when Baekhyun and Chanyeol begin living together that Baekhyun realizes he just might have a pretty substantial kink for men in business suits.
-Real(er than dim sims)[PG-13]
Baekhyun meets a poor college student studying in his father’s restaurant who likes lame jokes and Australian-made dim sims.
-The Youth He’d Never Seen[NC-17] Chanyeol didn’t really know who he took home that night but he didn’t expect to see him again so soon, and with such a complicated disclaimer included in his company. Unfortunately, Baekhyun is all too willing to take the risk.
♡-Look at Me[M]
In which Chanyeol is head over heels for Luhan and, as cliché as it may sound, Baekhyun is Chanyeol’s devoted best friend who always encourages the tall boy to fight for his love.
♡-You Shook Me (All Night Long)[NC-17]
A stubborn princess, a sarcastic workaholic CEO and an arranged marriage seemed to be the perfect recipe for chaos, angst, misunderstandings, crude jokes, and maybe sex (lots of it).
-When Straight Goes Wrong[M]
Baekhyun hates the fact that he has to attend a university that makes him wear tights jeans for a school uniform. It’s his best friend, Jongin’s fault. Oh and let’s not forget the root cause—his best friend’s 3 year crush over the school’s favorite golden student with doe eyes. Baekhyun hates having to attend a strict university that only boring students attend to. Everything’s the usual boring things. Except one…the fact that his roommate is straight and he is not and that’s amusing.
-Sunshine in an Empty Place[PG]
Baekhyun has seen ghosts for as long as he can remember, has heard more stories about death than he could possibly count, but sometimes it’s important to remember that living one’s own life to the fullest, creating one’s own story, is the most important.
♡-Let Me Give You A Tip[PG]
The boy pushed two cups into his hands and nodded at the tip jar set off to the side. It had read ‘Looking: 1000 won; Talking 5000 won.’
-But I’m not Acting![G] What happens when the very ordinary Park Chanyeol, who has been forever alone since 1992, who has not even had a single skinship with anyone of the opposite gender (except mama Park, I mean, every mom is technically forced to touched her baby, no?) gets confessed to by his female classmate?? Not only is he really uncomfortable with it, he doesn’t even like girls! Not that anyone knows about it. He gets a brilliant idea one day to reject the overly attached girl. (not really a brilliant one but Chanyeol thinks anything about him is brilliant)
An idea that involves his childhood bestest best friend slash forever attached by the hip friend.A.k.a.Byun Baekhyun.The problem is, Baekhyun is overly excited to help his friend too.
-Cold Hands and Warm Hearts[PG] He didn’t think that winter could have been colder that year. As a matter of fact, there probably couldn’t have been a colder winter. He worked as a PA for the “Oh” so famous photographer, Oh Sehun. Working for the prestigious photographer left some to be desired as he was bossy and not very friendly yet that was understood as he was a very busy man. Though, there was a deep excitement, which Baekhyun refused to admit aloud of what he really looked forward to when he came to work everyday. Normally the models were all full of themselves and pompous as ever. But there was one model in particular that Baekhyun swore his heart skipped two beats whenever he saw him. And on a days as cold as this, the thought of him gave Baekhyun a sense of warmth.
-For Better or For Worse[PG]
Baekhyun is a wedding singer, and Chanyeol is the best man at a wedding—and this is where their paths cross.
Baekhyun and Chanyeol grew up together, and then they grew apart. Baekhyun, now a famous singer with a shady manager and Chanyeol a carefree music journalist with a loving boyfriend.
♡-Dirty Little Lover[NC-17]
On a whim, Baekhyun orders a french maid costume. His boyfriend, Chanyeol, arrives home unexpectedly on the day he decides to try it on.
-Section B Through C[G]
“They keep you here for your personality and customer service,“ their part-time coworker Kyungsoo once told him. "Though I have no idea why, because all you ever seem to do is creep everyone out and knock shit over.” Chanyeol is pretty sure Kyungsoo just finds him adorable.
“Don’t,” Baekhyun raises his index finger on Jongdae’s lips and shushes the man, “I’m not yet thirty Jongdae. I’m still twenty nine. The calendar on my desk is solid evidence that I still have six days left to be hip, young and loving it”
♡-Tongue like Candy[NC-17]
Chanyeol only wanted to know if the Byun’s grandson’s lips tasted as sweet as the candies he’s always sucking on (there’s no way the boy is as innocent as he acts when Chanyeol visits the candy store - especially with the way he so expertly sucks on his lollipops). Somehow that ends with his hands tied to a bed frame with his tie and candy shoved up his ass by a surprisingly kinky eighteen-year-old; but he takes what he can get. (note: Chanyeol did NOT bottom, Byun just having fun teasing him. READ IT)
♡-So Wrong, But Feels Right[NC-17] Baekhyun gets left home alone with her older brother when their parents leave on an impromptu getaway. After accidentally catching her brother in the act of touching himself, things get a little awkward. But even if it feels so wrong to end up doing that with her brother, then why does it feel so right as well?
-Hole in your Face[NC-17]
Baekhyun’s twin was the first. The one who was with him from the beginning, the one who took care of him and protected him from harm when his dreams twisted into nightmares. But he’s also the one responsible for them. (note: please take the warnings seriously; mental disorder, murder, gore, graphic violence and abuse, character death, but no sad ending, this fic has a lot of triggers!!!)
**Notice that there’s not much angst here because me has a weak heart and don’t read angst.
Last updated: 5 September 2015 This list will be updated often!
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Don’t be affected with the little ‘♡’ thats just my personal reference. Really, all of these fics are damn, good!
Please let me know if there’s any link(s) that broken. I’m really sleepy and I still don’t know how Tumblr works. Heh, me. I’m so sorry. Nonetheless, enjoy all of this heaven!!
“ It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in a language chiefly made by men to express theirs.” -Bathsheba Everdene
Spectacular British romantic drama, loved it.
What to remember:
“We wear clothes, and speak, and create civilizations, and believe we are more than wolves. But inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.” -Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
To live like a wolf.
If you want to know what I’m digging this week, ask and I’ll add it to the list.
In an alternate 1980s, half-demon Shadow is a dedicated member of New York’s most famous superhero team. But a traumatic past has left them scarred both inside and out, and they spend just as much energy concealing their wounds as taking down criminals. Stranded on a distant planet, they seek death- instead, they encounter street-kid superheroine Bean Liberty. With her unstoppable optimism and quirky spunk, Bean is everything that’s been missing from Shadow’s life. When Bean’s talents put her in danger, Shadow is forced to choose between their secrets and their soulmate.
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French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens…
After Margherita’s father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.
Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.
You either love or hate Woody Allen movies (or the man himself for that matter), but I personally can’t get enough of his genius filmmaking and musical taste. Being a musician himself, his movies are always scored in a way that really bring his characters and locations to life. Swing In The Films of Woody Allen is a compilation of some favourite jazz tunes featured in Midnight in Paris all the way back to Stardust Memories. If you can find it in vinyl, as I did in London this past year, it sounds even better.
Help! I'm 26 yrs old, and I feel like reading a YA novel (Please don't judge. I have my moments where YA can be profound). Are there any books similar to harry potter, holly black's Tithe series, Murakami's Kafka On the Shore, or Dash & Lily's Book of Dares?
Absolutely no judgement here! We love YA novels. (Like, REALLY love.) Here are a few places you might go next (there are plenty more where these came from!)
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Worldby A.S. King: Glory is a senior in high school struggling to figure out what comes next. Then, she and her best friend drink the remnants of a petrified bat and begin to see premonitions. Yeah. It’s weird and amazing.
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link: A short story collection that’s a wonderfully weird mixture of sci-fi/fantasy/fairy tales/horror. We love everything by Kelly Link and can talk at great length on this subject.
Shades of London Series by Maureen Johnson: This series is great. Young American teen in a London boarding school almost dies and can now see ghosts. There are four in the series but only three are currently out. The first is The Name of the Star.
Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince is a vivid, engrossing YA that takes place in a future version of Brazil, where the unusual governing body requires a queen – and a sacrificial king. June, a young artist, is trying to make her mark and win the coveted Queen’s Award. She finds in the new Summer King – a charismatic young man named Enki, who comes from the lowest tiers of her society – a kindred soul, a fellow artist and collaborator. Their projects, like Johnson’s book, fuse beauty and politics into something beautiful and affecting.
Alright everyone, I’ve gotten a few asks about books that I would actually recommend to people, and honestly, I’m really flattered by the fact that you care. So, I’ll do my best to give you a list of things (and their amazon page)
The Dresden Files is one of those series were everyone goes ‘hey this is really good’, you ignore it for a while, and then you read it finally and go ‘hey, this is really good’. It’s probably the best of the urban detective fantasies out there. Painstakingly researched, and with plenty of interesting characters and plots that you get to know through multiple books, there is a reason why Butcher is called the ‘Dean of Urban Fantasy’.
It has a scene where Sue the T-Rex has become a reanimated skeleton and is running down the street controlled by a man in a polka suit playing polka. It’s brilliant.
Another excellent example of urban fantasy. It considers some of the political elements of the idea of the supernatural suddenly unmasking itself, with a interesting, sympathetic werewolf heroine with a unique job (she starts hosting a radio talk show). Unlike a lot of the Anita Blake clones, this doesn’t focus just on romance and leave the plot in the dust either. Actually, Kitty marries, and from where I am, is showing signs of saying that way.
Again, a rarity of the series.
While the issues of research have some unoriginality, it’s not that hard to forgive them due to interesting characters.
The Mercy Thompson (who would likely smack the artist with a wrench) series by Patricia Briggs
Another very good piece of urban fantasy, and one that brings in different mythologies. Mercy is a skinwalker, and rather than treating her Native American heritage like a trendy fashion accessory (I’m talking to you Cast Ladies) it adds to her character. It also takes on the more political aspect of what would happen if the supernatural was revealed to be living with us.
Absolutely anything written by Brandon Sanderson. Not only is he an extremely prolific writer, but he tends to do a lot with what tend to be cliches of the fantasy world. He tends to write fantasy novels with very detailed magical rules, and has even written a novel completely for free here. He’s also branched into YA and superhero novels, so there’s a little something for everyone one here.
An interesting, fast paced dystopian series that looks at a future where global warming caused the ice caps to melt, dividing America. I love the politics and the deceptions around this series. The characters are reasonably smart, and while they make mistakes and are flawed, they remain people who you can sympathize with. Personally, I like the first book the best, but that is complete matter of opinion.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Narrated by Death himself, this book provides a look at Nazi Germany from the point of view of a little girl whose family is hiding a Jew in the basement. Even more, it paints a picture of the normal people during the time, the fear and suspicion, and even flashes of the humanity. While it is pretty slow paced, you will not feel it. It is also one of the only times where a non-traditional writing style hasn’t made be cringe. If you haven’t read it, you really should.
This series is essentially a sci-fi retelling of fairy tales, and it does a good job of bringing a lot of new things to the table. It’s set in a world where the moon has been colonized by the human appearing ‘Lunars’ who are capable of what seems like magic, particularly in controlling people’s thoughts and actions. The main character (or one of them) Cinder, is a cyborg and second class citizen who lives in a united East Asia and learns that she might have a connection to the Lunar princess Selene.
These are a bit of a hit or a miss. While I enjoyed them well enough, there are part that seem a little rough, particularly in the realm of character death. At the same time, the idea of a twisted Oz and the research that went into these books is good (enough to know that Ozma exists at the very least) and the character of Amy is interesting enough for me to want to see the end of her character arc. I’d suggest getting this one at the library, because not everyone is going to agree with me here.
This light novel is everything that someone who has read way too many high fantasy novels wants. Essentially it works under the premise of what would happen if the Dark Lord and Hero from a cliche fantasy land were suddenly transported into our world. (The Dark Lord gets a job at a McDonald’s parody and the Hero manages to do pretty well for herself). It’s the first book in a series of books that are being translated, and it’s quite good and a nice, light read. So, support world literature being brought into America!
If you like really smart Sci-fi, this is a perfect book, and the only way I can do it justice is to give you a more official summary:
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion
Again this is a very smart, very science oriented novel (and start of a series) as well as being an excellently translated picture of what science fiction looks like in China.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
It’s a supernatural murder mystery set in the twenties. Painstakingly researched and very creepy, it concerns
Evie O'Neill, a young woman with psychic abilities who is sent to New York to live with her uncle will in his Museum of the Occult. She is quickly swept into a race to catch a supernatural serial killer. I would say that this book pushes the boundry between YA and NA, so be forewarned.
Guilty Pleasure Recs
Books that aren’t very good and some people will find terrible that I just can’t bring myself to hate, and you might end up enjoying.
Maas doesn’t seem sure if she’s basing her story off of Beauty and the Beast or Tam-lin, but the mix, while bizaare, is actually pretty entertaining. The heroine’s character arc is rushed, but at the same time, the setting, and the characters around her are interesting enough for me to forgive the series. You’re going to see me say this alot with Maas.
I’m not going to lie. The main character is a raging Mary Sue who is not only teh best assassin evar (despite it not being a good idea for assassins to be well known) but can survive what is essentially a concentration camp without her beauty tarnished. The romance involves the dreaded love triangle for no real reason other than that these kinds of books seem to need them. On the other hand, the setting of a fantasy world where the magic vanished and the court politics that the secondary characters (particularly Dorian) go through are actually quite interesting. Maas honestly needs to write about her secondary characters.
I am a sucker for Russian inspired fantasy, and I cannot lie. Also, I actually didn’t mind the twist at the end of the first book. Whatever flaws I think that the main characters have, the things happening outside of her definitely had my attention.
So, that’s about all I have now, but I might follow this post up on other things.