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Why We Love Books

That title is a lie. I can’t tell you why we love books. However, I can tell you why love books. Maybe some of my reasons for loving books will overlap with yours, and maybe not.

I wasn’t very fond of books until I was eleven years old, when I was introduced to The Tripods series by John Christopher. They were the first books that I wanted to read on my own, I really loved the story. After that I started picking up book after book, developing a love for the written word.

Books are a great – and cheap – way to explore this world, and others, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. They provide a sense of comfort, finding stories that show you aren’t alone in they way you think, or what you’re going through. You can explore an endless amount of possibilities between the pages of a book.

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13 Reasons Why: Tv Adaptation

I recently watched the tv adaptation of Jay Asher’s book 13 Reasons Why. I personally really enjoyed the show and thought it was extremely well done. The show can be very triggering for suicide, rape, depression, self-harm, and sexual assault; and should not be watched if anything of those things are triggering for you.

It’s been a few a years since I read the book, enough that I didn’t remember much about how the plot unfolds and I’m not fully sure what the differences between the book and show are. With that in mind, this post will focus only on the tv adaptation.

Before we go any farther, there will be spoilers included in this post.

I’ve heard people saying this show glorifies/romanticizes suicide. I disagree with that, the way I interpreted the show was as an honest and extremely raw portrayal of suicide and possible circumstances leading to the decision of suicide.

It shows how small things, that you may not even realise you’re doing, can have a profound effect on someone. Everyone does bad things sometimes, and instead of trying to deny it and hide from it, it’s better to admit it. Hold yourself accountable, apologize, and learn from your mistakes. It won’t make everything better, but it is a start to being better, to doing better.

Some people view the portrayal of Hannah’s suicide, and the tapes, as revenge to get back at the people who have hurt her. I didn’t see it that way. Hannah’s tapes are similar to when you’re upset with someone so you write a letter to them that you have no intention of actually sending, except she did send them. Maybe she did want to hurt them, or maybe her goal was to inspire change. She made 12 tapes and in doing so ended up feeling well enough that she wanted to give life a second chance, to get help.

The show also displays that getting help isn’t always as easy as people think. Hannah tries to reach out for help, but it doesn’t go very well. Mr. Porter even plays into rape culture, trying to discredit what Hannah was saying before even hearing the full story. He’s a horrible counsellor all around.

I think the point of this adaptation was to show the honest, raw, and extremely uncomfortable side of bullying, suicide, and the ignorance of adults. The only unrealistic aspect of this show is how many tattoos these teenagers have.

This is only my opinion and my experience with the show. You may very well disagree with me, favouring the opinions I’m disagreeing with.

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Top 7 Poems

If you’ve read last Tuesday’s post then you know it’s currently National Poetry Month. To continue on that note, for this month’s top seven I’m sharing seven of my favourite poems.

 

 

Sonnet 14

If thou must love me, let it be for nought

Except for love’s sake only. Do not say

‘I love her for her smile . . . her look . . . her way

Of speaking gently, . . . for a trick of thought

That falls in well with mine, and certes brought

A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’ –

For these things in themselves, Beloved, may

Be changed, or change for thee – and love, so wrought,

May be unwrought so. Neither love me for

Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry –

A creature might forget to weep, who bore

Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!

But love me for love’s sake, that evermore

Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Wallflower

Shrinking in a corner,

pressed into the wall;

do they know I’m present,

am I here at all?

 

Is there a written rule book,

that tells you how to be –

all the right things to talk about –

that everyone has but me?

 

Slowly I am withering –

a flower deprived of sun;

longing to belong to –

somewhere or someone.

~ Lang Leav

 

you tell me

I am not like most girls

and learn to kiss me with your eyes closed

something about the phrase – something about

how I have to be unlike the women

I call sisters in order to be wanted

makes me want to spit your tongue out

like I am supposed to be proud you picked me

as if I should be relieved you think

I am better than them

~ Rupi Kaur

 

Longing

I envy seas whereon he rides,

I envy spokes of wheels

Of chariots that him convey,

I envy speechless hills

That gaze upon his journey;

How easy all can see

What is forbidden utterly

A heavens, unto me!

I envy nests of sparrows

That dot his distant eaves,

The wealthy fly upon his pane,

The happy, happy leaves

That just abroad his window

Have summer’s leaves to be,

The earrings of Pizarro

Could not obtain for me.

I envy light that wakes him,

And bells the boldly ring

To tell him it is noon abroad –

Myself his noon could bring,

Yet interdict my blossom

And abrogate my bee,

Lest noon in everlasting night

Drop Gabriel and me.

~ Emily Dickinson

 

Ebb and Flow

She yearns to learn

how his tide is turned,

to understand

each grain of sand,

he knows.

 

To move in rhythm,

with his ebb and flow.

~ Lang Leav

 

my issue with what they consider beautiful

is their concept of beauty

centers around excluding people

I find hair beautiful

when a woman wears it

like a garden on her skin

that is the definition of beauty

big hooked noses

pointing upward to the sky

like they’re rising

to the occasion

skin the color of earth

my ancestors planted crops on

to feed a lineage of women with

thighs think as tree trunks

eyes like almonds

deeply hooded with convictions

the rivers of punjab

flow through my bloodstream so

don’t tell me my women

aren’t as beautiful

as the ones in

your country

~ Rupi Kaur

 

A Drinking Song

Wine comes in at the mouth

And love comes in at the eye;

That’s all we shall know for truth

Before we grow old and die.

I lift the glass to my mouth,

I look at you, and I sigh.

W.B. Yeats

 

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Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. National Poetry Month began in the 90’s as a way to help increase knowledge and appreciation of poetry.

Poetry comes in many different forms and styles, and has a long history. You can read this article for a brief overview of poetry’s history.

I’ve never been a huge poetry fan, however, I’ve recently found myself wanting to read more poetry and trying to understand it better. I find that I like modern poetry the best. It is the easiest to understand and relate to – quite possible because of the way language evolves with time.

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At What Point Do You Give Up on A Book?

Have you ever been reading a book that you weren’t enjoying but weren’t sure if you should stop reading it?

I’ve read a few books like that. I always feel bad giving up on a book; but why should you spend time reading something you don’t like when there are so many good books out there?

Before stopping a book I always try to get at least 50-100 pages in. Some books are slow to start and then get rather good. Sometimes I give up on a book because the plot is dull, other times it’s due to poor writing/editing. Then there have been books that didn’t seem to be saying anything, or were just reiterating the same thing over and over, drawing it out for 200+ pages.

What books have you giving up on? What made you give up on them? 

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Fictional Crushes

fictional-crushesIt’s the month of romance, so why not talk about fictional crushes?

My biggest fictional crush is Adrian Ivashkov. Adrian is a character from the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. And yes, he is a vampire.

Adrian is tall with brown hair, and emerald green eyes to die for. One of the things I like the most about Adrian is his complexity. On the surface Adrian is a confidant rich playboy, with a few too many vices. However, when you dig below the surface you find a man who is kind, creative, intelligent and a tad insecure; all he wants is to help his friends.

Who’s your fictional crush?

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Giving Bad Reviews

giving-badHow do you feel about giving bad reviews?

I feel almost guilty when I write a bad review.

If you look through my reviews you’ll notice that the reviews with lower ratings tend to be longer than those with high ratings. It always seems that it’s easier to say a lot about books you didn’t enjoy than those you loved.

Whenever I write a bad review I try to include a couple positive points as well. I don’t want the entire review to be negative.

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#ReadTheMargin

img_3923For the month of December the lovely Manda – also known as ladybookmad – is hosting a read the margin challenge. The idea is to read books by marginalized authors: women, people of colour, LGBTQ+, disabled people, etc.

I plan to finish reading the final three books in The Dowser series by Meghan Ciana Doidge, as well as Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, a Native author.

I almost feel like I’m cheating by reading Doidge’s books since the majority of books I read are already by female authors, but I also don’t want to put the series on hold.

Are you participating in Read the Margin? What books are you reading? What books would you recommend for others to check out?

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Preferred Genres

img_2296If you’ve been following my blog for a while you probably already know that I love to read young adult and fantasy/paranormal books.

 

In this post I’m going to try to explain why. Every now and then I’ll step out of my comfort zone and read a classic or a contemporary adult fiction, but I always go back to young adult books.

I’ve always had a love for magical things. I love exploring different worlds and seeing different takes on mythical beings. Some vampires are vicious blood suckers, others sparkle. Some werewolves can change on command, other only change during full moons. Every fantasy or paranormal story is different, each author creates their own unique world.

Being in my early twenties I find I relate to teen characters a lot more than I do to adult characters. In young adult books the characters are often trying to figure who they are and what they want to do with their lives, much like I am.

Adult fiction often focuses on characters that are 40 or older, and going through things that I’m no where close to experiencing. As much as I may like the stories, for me, they lack that connection that makes reading a book a truly great experience.

I also like romance novels. However, I find if you’ve read one romance you’ve pretty much read them all. Romances seem to vary among maybe three different plots.

Basically I gravitate towards young adult and fantasy/paranormal stories because I relate to the characters and love magic.

What genres are your favorites? What makes them special to you?

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Beginnings and Endings: NaNoWriMo

The season of Halloween has ended and the season of NaNoWriMo has begun.

Halloween is arguably my favourite holiday. I was sad to see it end, but also a little glad. This year wasn’t the greatest Halloween for me.

And now NaNoWriMo has started. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, it is a challenge to write 50k words in the month of November. The idea is to help encourage writers – both seasoned and newbies – to write a novel. NaNoWriMo offers the opportunity to communicate with other writers, gain encouragement and support.

I am currently rather behind on my story. Now that everything is starting to get back to normal I’m looking forward to getting back on track, and hopefully finishing my story.

Are any of you participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo?