BookTubeAThon 2018 TBR

BOOKTUBEATHON 2018 TBR
Finally the BookTubeAThon is here again! I’ve been anticipating this all year, and I’m very excited to try out these new challenges. I had a pretty successful challenge last year, and I hope that this year I’ll actually be able to finish 7 books in 7 days. It seems like a crazy goal, but I think I’m up for the challenge. I am going to be sensible though. If I only have 7 days to finish 7 books, I’m not going to pick an 800 page book to read. The smaller the better is what I’m aiming for.

Here are the 7 books I want to read:
1. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (Let a coin toss decide your first read).
2. Nostalgia by M. G. Vassanji (Let a coin toss decide your first read).
3. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje (Read seven books).
4. Ariel by Sylvia Plath (Read a book with green on the cover/read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time).
5. This I Know by Terry O’Reilly (Read a book about something you want to do).
6. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky (Read and watch a book to movie adaptation).
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Read a book with a beautiful spine).

I love the challenges for this readathon. I like how there’s nothing I’ve seen before in a reading challenge. One thing I know for sure is that I can’t read a book with a hat on the whole time without looking like a complete fool. I decided to pair that challenge with a smaller book so I can read outside and not look strange to my friends and family. I chose to do a mix of books I have read, and haven’t read, because I wanted a bit of variety in my reading for the week. Additionally, some of these books I haven’t read since I was 16 or 17, and I want to see if they are still as good as I remember.

Are you planning on participating in the readathon? If you are, what are you planning on reading?

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Makeup Declutter 2018

Over the past 6 months, I started to notice what makeup I truly loved to use, and which I didn’t. I have a relatively small makeup collection, but I still have accumulated makeup that I ended up not loving as much as I thought I would. It’s understandable when trying out new products that some will be more flattering and outperform others. I really noticed this in the past 6 months because I’m currently doing a project pan. Some of the things I intended to pan this year I didn’t even touch! I wanted to pan them to get my money’s worth, but I would always pick something else to wear instead. These products were used quite a bit, but never to their fullest potential. It sucks to waste money, but I know I’m not using it anyway. I’ll give away whatever makeup I can, so it doesn’t go completely to waste. Continue reading

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay Review

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In June, I read Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. I’ve been wanting to read Gay’s work for a long time, but I never had the chance before. I have seen her books at bookstores for a while, but there was always other books that caught my attention more. However, the last time I stepped into a bookstore, I bought a little Olive Edition of Bad Feminist, and I didn’t even wait to read it. I own a number of books I haven’t read yet, but this book I couldn’t wait for.

Bad Feminist centres around Gay’s personal and political views and experiences within feminism. It explores many topics from gender roles, reproductive freedom, occupation; the list goes on. Within the array of topics, there are many instances of humour and sarcasm. Gay doesn’t shy away from sarcasm, and it creates hilarious moments, even when the topic can be quite grim. I think these moments are essential in writing about the problems that women, and people who identify as women, face daily. Yes, I want to laugh 50 Shades of Grey because the story of a controlling egomaniac is uncomfortable. I want to laugh at the silliness of some of the problems in our society because being angry and sad all the time can be overwhelming. I think her humour is sprinkled throughout her essays as forms of punctuation. Every humorous bit is presented at the right moment, never feeling out of place, or unwanted. It provides a breathing, or relaxation. point that is well needed in the many issues mentioned.

Although I am knowledgeable of feminism, and many of the problems that plague feminists, there were still many things that I learned in this collection of essays. There were despicable things that have occurred that I never knew even happened. Some things that I needed a moment to close the book, and reevaluate the world that I live in. How can an 11-year-old suffer such atrocities when the men who did it to her are being pitied? It made me sick to my stomach, but it opened my eyes to the many evil acts that occur everyday. Even little facts and tidbits were shocking to me. I don’t live in America, so many American politicians I have never heard of. So, after reading these essays, I know exactly a lot of the things they have said, or think were okay to say to the public. Bad Feminist provided me insight to a topic that I already know a lot about. It’s always great to learn something new, and help better shape your perspective.

Gay’s perspective on feminism was very personal, but it never lacked substance. All of her essays provide evidence with her personal views. If she mentioned her hatred from The Help, she gave really damning examples as to how awful that movie really is. All of her essays intertwine personal opinions and facts that I felt like I was learning so much from a friend. I haven’t read any of Gay’s other work, so I don’t know if this is how she typically writes. But, I love it. I love this connection between the personal and factual because it provides a portrait of the human experience. We all have our biases, and our own personal opinions on varying topics. We all have this, and we have evidence, and examples as to why we think this way. Her essays read no different than talking to someone about why they hate a certain television show, and given you really good reasons why to avoid it.

I think what I loved most about Bad Feminist is the fact that Gay never claims to be the model of feminism. She shows how people can have contradictions, and how they can like things that can be grossly problematic. She likes the colour pink, and listens to rap music that degrades women. But that doesn’t make her less of a feminist. It felt like a weight lifting off my shoulders because I love listening to music, and watching movies, that are not 100% unproblematic. I understand the problems of the things I love, but I how can I cancel everything in my life? There’s hardly anything in this world thats completely perfect in any ideology.

If you have been interested in reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, I would highly recommend it. No, I would ask you to run to your nearest bookstore and buy it. (Or, library too). I think it’s an important collection of essays for people who are new to feminism, or someone who wants to further their learning in the subject. It’s a funny, informative, and challenging read. It’s worth every minute of reading, and I hope many people do.

I gave Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay a 5/5 on Goodreads.

What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments!

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July Bullet Journal Plan With Me

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I haven’t done a bullet journal set up in a while, so I thought I’d share what I’m doing for my July spread. I keep my bullet journal fairly simple because I use a tiny journal, and can’t fit too much extra stuff in it. I like to have themes for every month, and this one is meant for memories. I won’t share the cover page, because it’s a bit personal, but it’s going to be filled with memories over the past few years.
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July TBR 2018

July 2018 TBR
After a somewhat successful reading month in June, I wanted to continue that into July. I decided I wanted to revisit one of my favourite novels, like Pride and Prejudice, and of course, read some books I haven’t yet. I think my goal for this month is to read as many books as I can. If I’m not mistaken, the BookTubeAthon is in July, and I know there will be a week of nonstop reading for me coming up ahead. So, I’m definitely keeping this in mind with my reading pile for the month. Whatever the prompts are for the readathon, I may have to change, or add, the books I’ll read, but we’ll see what happens! Continue reading

What I Read in May and June 2018

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Since I didn’t share what I read last month, I thought I would include it into my June wrap up. May was an alright reading month compared to June. After reading Mexico in May, I lost all motivation to read. The book was awful to say the least, so I just wanted to avoid reading another terrible book. I was definitely able to read more books in June because I had more time to focus on reading. And thank goodness I did. I read some amazing books this month, some of which are now favourites of mine.

Here is what I read in May:
Mexico by Josh Barkan: 1/5
I am Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout: 4/5
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster: 3/5

Out of all the books I read in May, Mexico by Josh Barkan was the worst. It characterizes Mexican people in a derogatory way, and heavily relies on hurtful stereotypes. I literally threw my book down after only two stories in. I didn’t finish it, and I never will. The other two books I read were actually really pleasant reads, but they weren’t the best books I have ever read, and I think that’s why my reading slumped continued for the rest of the month of May.

Here is what I read in June:
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan: 5/5
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: 5/5
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki: 5/5
The Widow by Fiona Barton: 3/5

June was a fantastic reading month for me, and I read some amazing books. My favourites were definitely Brain on Fire, Bad Feminist, and A Tale for the Time Being. I really hope I can continue this motivation, and eagerness, to read for the rest of the year. I hate being in reading slumps, but they do happen. If I do end up hating a book in the future, I hope it doesn’t turn me away from reading for a long time.

What did you read in May and June? Let me know in the comments!

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