IN A SENTENCE: book recs and why you should read them
carry onby rainbow rowell: it’s harry potter but gay and with extra scones and dumbledore wears tights
the raven cycle seriesby maggie steifvater (everyone has heard of this already so): delightfully weird with the strongest set of characters in anything i’ve read and lots of cars and bees
shades of magic series by ve schwab: whimsical fantasy and cross-dressing pirates and again, brilliant characters and just excitingness
monsters of verity duology by ve schwab: so so dark with savagely beautiful imagery and creepy nursery rhymes and almost horror writing in book 2
villains duology by ve schwab: moral ambiguity!!! edginess!!! subversion of the superhero genre!!! characters you both like and hate!!! gritty urban settings!!!
six of crows duologyby leigh bardugo: more moral ambiguity and an absolutely stellar cast of six with an insanely well-crafted heist
the great library series by rachel caine: a book about books do i need to say more also christopher wolfe is my dad, the worldbuilding is insane and this is SO underrated
the girl at midnight seriesby melissa grey: the poetic justice makes me cry every time i think about it and honestly it’s just worth reading to see the character development dorian goes through
magisterium series by cassandra clare and holly black: harry potter but so much darker even though it’s mg not ya, and it has already made me cry my entire soul out so considering it’s written by 2 of the most popular authors this is criminally underrated honestly
strange the dreamerby laini taylor: i’m only halfway through this but the worldbuilding is amazing and the writing is absolutely gorgeous and it actually has a plot unlike some books this reminds me of
all for the game seriesby nora sakavic: so dark and so quick-paced and exciting with more amazing characters and more jaw-dropping plot twists and a mc who likes to destroy people on live tv
one of us is lying by karen m. mcmanus: criminally good ending that might be a direct comparison to a certain other popular tv series around rn with also a good cast of characters
troublemakers by catherine barter: really poignant narrative on protesting and things and it really helped me come to terms with the attack on my city in may
releaseby patrick ness: ok this crosses over into fantasy but it’s like 80% contemporary and it’s just a really good story on coming out into a homophobic environment and coming to terms with being loved and stuff
a list of cages by robin roe: just straight-up made me cry until i couldnt breathe honestly it has lots of narrative abt child abuse but if that’s not bad for you it’s really really good
the song of achilles by madeline miller: again, i straight up cried by the end of this one. the dramatic irony (cough cough what has hector ever done) is honestly the best dramatic irony in any book ive ever read ever
the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by mackenzi lee: just a really fun whimsical book with pirates and a cute relationship and good side characters and things like that
PLEASE SEND ME MORE I’M RUNNING OUT OF BOOKS TO READ
“The gear represents our unity. And it’s very important because it was hard to obtain. It’s because of its importance that it is considered to be the heart of the engineering student’s heart. To the point where they say the gear is within the heart…the heart is within the gear. If we give our gear to someone, that means we’re giving them our heart.”
“How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr Frodo, I do understand, I know now, that folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back when only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding onto something.”
“What are we holding onto, Sam?”
“There’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”
(Or: How The Watson’s Marriage Was Done So Right, It Hurts - A Johnlock Perspective)
When Mary was first introduced into the show, we very graciously welcomed her into our hearts, trusting that the writers had some kind of plan. We knew that they were facing the difficult task of staying true to canon while further developing the relationship arc between John and Sherlock. Not an easy feat, but we had faith: Eventually, we would see Mary’s true colours, John would return to Baker Street - all would be well.
But, alas, it did not happen. And the fandom was flabbergasted. What were Mofftiss playing at? However, there are actually two really good reasons for doing what they did:
One, you can’t just turn one of the very few original female characters into something negative. I mean you can, but I really don’t think Mofftiss wanted to. Two, there was a much, much more beautiful route. And Mofftiss took it.
Because what do you do, when you can’t make a character lovable due to the risk of heteronormativity, and you can’t make her unlovable due to risk of misogyny? The answer is: You make her awesome. You make her the best, most brilliant hero ever. And then you let her make a really strong case in point: No one can compete with Sherlock Holmes.
Music Series: Make Me (Cry) by Noah Cyrus & Labrinth
Finally! Not losing my mind! A request that spoke to me…was beginning to feel offended that my imaginary friends weren’t talking to me anymore…I’m whole again…
I loved this song the first time I ever heard it, and I remember it well. I turned Youtube on my big tv to see what new music videos I could find, and this one was the first one that popped up, and I remember thinking…
“Good sound…Wow, she sounds a lot like Miley Cyrus…hmm, looks a bit like her, too…I like their voices together, and he’s cute!”, and by the end of the video, I just wanted the two of them to dump their unhealthy relationship and meet each other!
I get that this song is supposed to be about a toxic relationship, but I’m going to twist it slightly, because it’s kind of hard for me to think of Harry as being able to be toxic toward anyone, and he’s a smart cookie so I don’t buy that he would stay with someone who is toxic toward him.
So this is “Make Me (Cry)“ by Noah Cyrus and Labrinth. You can listen HERE via my Spotify playlist called ‘Fresh Fresh’. Thanks for the request! xo
“My love,” he said, almost whispering. “God, ye do look so lovely, wi’ your great eyes all gold, and your hair so soft round your face.” He brushed his tongue across dry lips. “I knew ye must forgive me, Sassenach, once ye knew.” Once I knew? My brows shot up, but I didn’t speak; he had more to say. “I was so afraid to lose ye again, mo chridhe,” he murmured. “So afraid. I havena loved anyone but you, my Sassenach, never since the day I saw ye—but I couldna…I couldna bear…” His voice drifted off in an unintelligible mumble, and his eyes closed again, lashes lying dark against the high curve of his cheek. I sat still, wondering what I should do. As I watched, his eyes opened suddenly once again. Heavy and drowsy with fever, they sought my face. “It willna be long, Sassenach,” he said, as though reassuring me. One corner of his mouth twitched in an attempt at a smile. “Not long. Then I shall touch ye once more. I do long to touch you.” “Oh, Jamie,” I said. Moved by tenderness, I reached out and laid my hand along his burning cheek. His eyes snapped wide with shock, and he jerked bolt upright in bed, letting out a bloodcurdling yell of anguish as the movement jarred his wounded arm.“ Voyager Diana Gabaldon
Really high expectations about men
Making me cry and laught in less than 10 pages apart
An obssesion that will haunt me forever
Make me try strawberry tarts
Make me HATE and then TOTALLY LOVE a character (Celeste)
Want to wear dreeses and tiaras for fun
Think if I could win a selection
Want to live in a castle
Wanting to tug my ear when I have a boyfriend
Wishing to have friends like Celeste and Marlee