Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Hate to Love Ships

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite hate to love ships:

June 28th: Hate to Love Ships
-- Ask and you may receive. By request, a topic all about your favorite hate to love romances!
   

TOP TEN TUESDAY #36: Best Books Currently Reading in 2017 So Far



Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:

June 27: Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far (break it down however you want -- by genre, strictly 2017 releases, whatever!)



5. Terrence: A Love Story by Alice Rachel - I'm still in the middle of reading this short story, but it's so cute so far. What if we lived in a world where being gay was illegal? What if you could get shot dead by authorities if someone saw you hold hands, kiss, touch or even look at a person of the same gender? This book so far sets me on edge, but there are a lot of tender moments, too. 



4. How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh - I'm so sad that I have to take this book back to the library tomorrow, because it's been so good! It's Youtuber Lilly Singh's first book, and it doesn't hold back. Not only does she give great tips on how to have a fulfilling life, but she talks about her life before YouTube. She had been in a state of depression for a few years, before she had decided to get help and turn her life around for herself. Sure, some of her advice in the book speaks out of her own experiences on YouTube, but in general, her book is a really good, funny read. 



3. Uncovering Officer Smith by Sheena Hutchinson - I started reading this book about a year ago, but I haven't really talked about it. It's the second book in Sheena's Discovering April series. I loved the first book back in 2014, so I was excited to check out the sequel. There are some characters from the first book who make cameos in the sequel, which I thought was a nice touch. The story is good too, I just need to finish it! 

Only three books this week because those are all I have read this year. I'd love to know your choices in the comments below. 

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BOOK BLITZ: SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Amanda Gernentz Hanson 

*School Assignment*: Snapchat’s new feature ‘SnapMap’ Raises Questions for Parents of Younger Users

(photo credits: In this Friday 23 June 2017 photo, users plot their snaps onto a map others can see where they are and what they are doing. (Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

When the fun, exciting Snapchat app updated yesterday, there was a new feature for its users. Snap Map is an advanced feature that allows its users to locate their friends on the Snapchat app. Friends who are following each other no longer have to wonder where they are, when they can simply use SnapMap, to feel ahead of each other. However, the convenient feature raises some questions from parents of younger app users.


Friday, June 23, 2017

SPOTLIGHT POST: 'TERRENCE: A LOVE STORY' by Alice Rachel | Xpresso Book Tours



Note: I'm signed on this tour for a review, but that will come tomorrow. For now, enjoy this spotlight post about a new LGBT book by Alice Rachel!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite "Unlikeable" Protagonists



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite "unlikable" protagonists.

June 21st: Favorite "Unlikeable" Protagonists
-- People always tear down "unlikeable" protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!





5. Bella Cullen (nee Swan) from Twilight - So many book critics, haters, even fans of the Twilight series seem to think less of Bella as a protagonist. They think of her as weak, normal, boring, safe, timid. But although she is very shy and keeps to herself, I think that she is the most human protagonists who doesn't try to change anything about her personality, especially for her vampire husband Edward Cullen. She's stubborn, intelligent, intuitive, selfless, kind, and tries so hard to make everyone else around her happy, even though it kills her inside. And the movies only intensified those good qualities about her.

New Moon, the second book in the series, makes you realize how human she really is, because how else would a young girl feel if her boyfriend, her first real boyfriend, regardless of the whole vampire/supernatural thing, leaves her? You'd expect her to feel devastated!! Her turmoil of just the loss of him, her nightmares, seeing him everywhere, not eating, not sleeping, barely has any friends because almost all of her friends were from the relationship with Edward. She couldn't even say or think his own name for awhile because it was just so painful. But when she saved him three times throughout the series --- in New Moon during the Volterra scene; Eclipse when Edward got caught by Victoria and Riley; and in Breaking Dawn when she used her shield to protect him --- she finally realized where she belongs. Not just with Edward, but with a new family.

Sorry that this segment is so long haha! I just am so defensive when it comes to Bella, and Twilight in general. There are bad protagonists out there, but Bella is definitely not one of them.



4. Daniela from Santa Muerte - I hardly talk about this book because it had so many issues in it, especially the main protagonist Daniela. But as much of an issue she is, looking back, I realize she's not a terrible character. She's just misguided, lost, scared, trying to keep it all together just like the rest of us.



3. Tris from Divergent - Tris went from a good female main character, to naïve, annoying and just plain dumb. But I don't find her dumb, I find her passionate. She did her best to use her Divergent-ness to save her loved ones, even if it cost her her life. It's endearing, especially when in most YA cases, the main female character only thinks of herself.



2. Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars - I initially wasn't going to put Hazel Grace right after Tris, being that they were played by the same actress, Shailene Woodley. But since she does have superiority complexes, is stubborn, pretentious and kinda annoying. However, she is very selfless and doesn't complain about her cancer. In fact, she almost embraces it. She uses the terminal disease as a way to protect her loved ones, so that if/when she does die, they'll have something to remember her by. It's quite endearing.



1. Clary Fray from Shadowhunters/Mortal Instruments - I haven't read TMI in a minute, but I did remember how Clary was annoying and elitist to a lot of readers. To me, I didn't think she was that annoying. How would you react to find that your mother lied to you about your whole life for 16-18 years, that you're apart of a world that you didn't even know existed? And then you fallin love for the first time with this hot, sexy Shadowhunter named Jace Wayland. But then come to find out that your Jace is your brother, then isn't!!! You'd be pretty unbearable too! But I think she's cool too. I like her more on the show than the movie.

So those are my top 5 favorite unlikable protagonists. Who are some of yours? Leave comments below.




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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

*School Assignment*: Officer Jeronimo Yanez Acquitted from Murdering Philando Castile. What Happens Next?

In this November 2016 photo, Philando Castile's mother Valerie
when her son's killer was charged with manslaughter. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Note to my subscribers: No, I'm not hacked lol. This is yet another blog post I'm writing for my journalism class, this time about the verdict of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was involved in the shooting of Philando Castile in July 2017. Read below for more information. Let me know your thoughts about the case in the comments below.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

PART 2 *School Assignment*: Effective Delivery of Major News Story


In this Saturday, June 3 2017, photo provided by Thrive Images' Amy Thierney, actress Tracee Ellis Ross speaks at Step Up's Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Behind, left to right, Ross' Black-ish co-stars: Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Marsai Martin, Miles Brown, Anthony Anderson. (AP Photo)


In Variety’s Tracee Ellis Ross Speaks Words of Wisdom to Young Women at Step Up's Inspiration Awards, television, radio and social media are used as major dissemination channels for the story.

*School Assignment*: Effective Delivery of Major News Story

Caption: In this Saturday, June 3 2017, photo provided by Variety's Rob LaTour, actress Tracee Ellis Ross speaks at Step Up's Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Behind, left to right, Ross' Black-ish co-stars: Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Marsai Martin, Miles Brown.


For my subscribers/usual readers: I know this isn't my normal, regularly scheduled book blog post, but things are being pushed back for this assignment I'm doing for school. I'm a Communications major and for my Journalism class, I have to make a blog post about the story of Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC's Black-ish, and her cast --- Anthony Anderson, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown and Marsai Martin --- at the 2017 Step Up's Inspiration Awards in Los Angeles.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books for Hufflepuffs!!


Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 books that best represent our Hogwarts House.

June 7th: Books For Your Hogwarts House
-- Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

COVER REVEALS: OPEN WOUNDS and WEATHERED SOULS by Inger Iversen | Xpresso Book Tours


Open Wounds: Abel & Hope
Inger Iversen
(A Love Against the Odds Novel)
Publication date: June 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
If you could see your life from inception to your death, would you change things or would you let your death play out as fate intended?
Abel is in search of only two things. A stable job and a safe place to lay his head at night after a mistake that cost him eighteen months of his life. As if fate had plans made only for him, Abel is offered a complicated job, and a chance to redeem himself to his old boss.
And then he meets her…
And Abel adds another item to his list—Hope.
At twenty-six, Hope has only ever slept with one man, and at her boss’s unsolicited advice, Hope plans to forget the abuse and degradation she suffered at her ex’s hand by seducing and bedding the next man she meets. Only, after Hope finds a promise of death at her doorstep, her plans are derailed and only chance at staying alive rests on the dedication of her new bodyguard and her own sheer will to live the life she deserves.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

#ArmchairBookExpo Day 3 - 'Diversity' and 'Dream Dining'


Armchair Book Expo continues with Day 3's prompts and posts, in conjunction with the Book Expo America event in New York City.

introduction/welcome post: here it is!

Day 2: What Readers Want & Collaborate: here it is! 

Today's prompts are Diversity and Dream Dining. I'd started these posts on Instagram earlier today, but here's a continuation of those down below.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

#ArmchairBookExpo Day 2: 'What Readers Want' and 'Collaborate'


Armchair Book Expo continues with Day 2's prompts and posts, in conjunction with the Book Expo America event in New York City. If you missed my introduction/welcome post yesterday, here it is!

Today's prompts are What Readers Want and Collaborate. I'd started these posts on Instagram earlier today, but here's a continuation of those down below.

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