Hey, folks! It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I’m really sorry about that- I also miss the blogosphere so much and will try to be more consistent with posting! Meanwhile, I’ve been prepping… More
Yes, it’s me again- the same person who promised to post once a week and hasn’t posted in over ten days.
My excuse is that I’m in a summer camp which actually takes up my whole day. I finally am writing a post because I finished my work an hour early. And also because I’m sick of ignoring my notifications and not posting anything.
It definitely feels good to write a post again. I feel like with the world changing around us so quickly, time is just flying by and even though I posted ten days ago, it feels like a month. Honestly, there are so many things I wanted to do that I didn’t get a chance to and so many things that I never even thought I would have done that all happened in the first half of 2020.
Aside from the quick identity crisis, this tag is actually going to be focused on books. Part of me wants to write a long post explaining why we should defund the police but I also just want to read a fluffy contemporary novel even though I’m sort of in a reading slump right now.
Hopefully I’ll get a chance to satisfy myself in this post!
This tag was originally created by IsThatChami and EarlGreyBooks. I don’t know if I was tagged (like I said, I haven’t actually checked notifs in… weeks) but I want to do this tag anyways! Continue reading “Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2020| ft. all the books I didn’t read…”
Hey everyone! Happy (nearly over) Pride Month!
First of all, I just wanted to say sorry for basically disappearing for two weeks. I had a pretty busy week (I’m starting a summer camp that is basically school but ALL MATH, and I had a music workshop that takes a lot of my time) and I’ve been procrastinating at checking my WordPress notifications. Nothing new. 🙂
Aside from that, I’ve also had zero inspiration to write any posts? There’s one novel that I really want to review (Girl Made of Stars) but I’m not sure how I’d do that without going into my feelings because it’s really personal to me. And I don’t exactly feel comfortable talking about it on a public platform like this.
Anyways, I ended up piggy-backing on this pretty cool trend- guessing books’ summaries from their covers! I’ve seen a few of these posts on my reader over the past several months and I thought it would be cool if I hopped on the bandwagon too!
Except, with a twist.
All these books are LGBTQ+ 2020/upcoming releases in Young Adult (happy Pride Month friends!) and honestly, this is going to make it even more fun in my opinion 😀
As a disclaimer, this was harder than I thought to find the books in the first place because I have already heard of many of the releases! (which is great, of course, but it means that there was a limited amount of books to choose from)
1. “The Fascinators” by Andrew Eliopulos (5/12/20)
My guess for the synopsis:
A high-school boy (let’s call him Ethan) is from a small town living with his parents as an only child. He has always known he was gay but isn’t out to anyone (or maybe he’s out to his parents? idk man). Then he meets another new boy who is energetic, lovely and introduces Ethan to a new world of magic. They fall for each other. Yay. Continue reading “guessing books’ summaries from the cover|ft. LGBTQ+ new releases”
We all know that ever since people started social distancing, Youtubers and bloggers started to post lots of self-care and mental health-related posts more often- which is awesome! But as someone who often doesn’t really relate to any of these tips, I thought it would be useful to post actual ways that I’ve been staying sane during quarantine!
This isn’t to bash anyone who finds tips like “go outside” and “drink water” helpful- actually, I use them too! It’s just that I feel like self-care is more than just skincare or organization.
That’s why these four things are actually concrete actions that you can take to take care of yourself.
Listening to music while I go to sleep
Listening to music while I go to sleep is surprisingly really helpful for me. It helps me relax my mind and slow my breathing so that I can fall asleep faster.
I’m actually someone who has a really hard time falling asleep quickly because my mind is always racing and I actually create stories in my head (only me? okay) but playing relaxing music on the Google Home while I’m laying down in my bed is really nice. Continue reading “Four Ways I’ve Been Practicing Self-Care While Stuck At Home (coming from a skeptic)”
It’s been quite a few days since I’ve last posted here, which is disappointing me. (yes, disappointing me– the same person who made the decision to procrastinate on my blog posts.)
The last post I wrote was a quite angry rant dedicated to any of my lovely “All Lives Matter” readers
who I hope I pissed off.
This time, though, I want to write something a little bit more actionable beyond just thoughts (although thoughts are incredibly powerful). That’s why I wanted to share five amazing books by Black authors that I’ve read and loved.
In these troubling times, it’s crucial that we support Black-owned businesses and, as a part of the bookish community, I want to use my
small platform to raise awareness of these phenomenal reads. Also, almost all of these books written by Black women authors, and the only non-woman author is nonbinary.
Before I get into these recommendations, I wanted to add that I am not a #ownvoices reviewer when it comes to books by Black authors. Please support Black book-content creators and take their word when it comes to accurate/harmful representation in books! However, as far as I know, most of these books are well-liked and do not have any “controversies” regarding representation. Feel free to correct me so I can add a disclaimer in my post!
1. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
*TW: police brutality, racism*
i can’t explain how dejected i feel right now-
PSA: i am not black and in no way am i trying to say that i understand how it feels to live this nightmare. however, i am a poc and i also fear for my life, although to a lesser extent because i have privilege- the criminal justice system doesn’t hate me as much as they hate my black brothers and sisters and siblings.
For everyone who doesn’t live in the USA or just doesn’t have an idea what I might be talking about, the USA has had a stream of racist hate crimes and police brutality over the last month or so.
It makes me really angry to see that people DENY that this is police brutality, that this is racism- it literally is.
In late March, Ahmaud Arbery was out jogging (mind you, he was holding a TV, but he was just out in his neighborhood) when two white men (who were later identified to be white supremacists) shot. him.
Guess what? THERE WAS A VIDEO. But no action was taken.
Those men weren’t even freaking arrested. A month later, the video was leaked onto social media and it went viral. The hashtags #JusticeForAhmaud and #RunWithMaud became trending and the local police department FINALLY took action and arrested these two men.
THEY WERE GOING TO GET AWAY WITH IT.
THEY. WERE. GOING. TO. GET. AWAY. WITH. MURDER.
Then a few weeks ago, Breonna Taylor and her husband were sleeping in their apartment at 1:00 AM like any normal person would do.
Breonna was a healthcare worker, and she worked on the frontlines with COVID patients. She saved lives.
The police knocked down their door at 1 AM (because they suspected her boyfriend committed a crime that he didn’t, actually- the suspects lived 10 miles away!) and, well, Breonna’s boyfriend was obviously worried that they were being robbed.
He fired one (1) shot, and the police proceeded to unload over twenty shots at them. Eight hit Breonna.
She died on the spot. Her boyfriend was charged with attempted murder. The cops were not charged at all.
Okay, okay, but maybe this one wasn’t a hate crime, right?
A few days ago, a video surfaced of George Floyd, a Black man, laying on the road with a white police officer’s knee at his throat. For ten minutes, the police officer slowly suffocated him until he died at a hospital soon after.
He could be heard saying “I can’t breathe“. Maybe you’ve seen the hashtags #JusticeForGeorge and #ICan’tBreathe on Twitter and Insta.
Maybe you’ve also seen #BlackLivesMatter. The sudden spike of posts under this hashtag has also warranted a spike in the amount of #AllLivesMatter posts.
I’m here to tell you something important: if you say ‘All Lives Matter’ , you’re unintentionally being racist.
First: this doesn’t mean that you’re a racist. A few years ago, a teacher talked to us about Black Lives Matter and I remember thinking, annoyed, don’t brown lives matter too? ALL lives matter, why specifically black people?
I’ve realized, though, that the problem with All Lives Matter is not the words- yes, all lives obviously matter, we all know that– it’s the connotation and the line of thinking that goes behind these words.
In our criminal justice system, in our country, in our society, in our WORLD, Black lives matter less.
The system has placed Black lives below white lives and even other people of color’s lives.
I’m Asian, I’m brown-skinned, but in my community, there is anti-Blackness. I have seen it first-hand. I have had to unlearn my own biases (and I’m still doing it).
In the media, headlines about Black people are thought to be ‘less important’ and shoved to the backseat. Job applications with names that “sound Black” (e.g. DeShawn or Precious) are often thrown out without a glance. Black people just walking makes white women steer clear and grab their children close. White people with Confederate flags (reminder for my intl friends: that was the South in the Civil War. They supported slavery) are protected by the police while peaceful Black protestors are sprayed with tear gas.
The Black Lives Matter movement just wants Black lives to matter just as much as white lives.
By saying “All Lives Matter”, you’re drawing attention away from the movement which is actively trying to fight for equity regardless of skin color. You’re literally taking away from the anti-racist movement.
In other words, you’re (accidentally) helping the racists.
But it’s okay, making mistakes is okay. Learning from them is awesome! Just understand that the BLM movement is saying that in the status quo, Black Lives do not matter to America- they are undervalued. The goal is for Black lives to matter just as much as others’ lives.
Here’s an example:
Imagine that three patients have been admitted to the hospital. Patient One has a cold. Patient Two has a broken arm. And Patient Three has lost blood and needs life support ASAP.
Who needs the most immediate care?
Patient Three, who is suffering the most, of course.
The All Lives Matter movement is basically saying that you should treat them all as if they are equal wounds. As if the person dying is suffering the same as the person with the cold.
Now, this is a simple analysis in which Person One is White America, Person Two is other POCs like me, and Person Three is Black America.
Obviously, Person Three needs support now. They are at a DISADVANTAGE.
That’s how Black America feels.
Now, another part of the All Lives Matter movement are just people who are plain racist. But a HUGE portion is people like me-two-years-ago, who just didn’t understand why All Lives Matter is not the right saying to make a difference.
And then there’s those fragile white people, especially, who badly want to be oppressed.
(also a little like me-two-years-ago. so I guess mostly white ppl but also random uneducated POC)
Of course, the majority of white people do not feel like that, but there are some people who are literally desperate to be ‘oppressed’.
~bUt OnE tiME a bLaCk pErSon wAs MeAn To mE~
I just want everyone who is reading this to stop.
Look away from the screen and breathe, deeply.
Mourn for Ahmaud, mourn for Breonna, mourn for George, and mourn for all the Black people who lost their lives as a result of racism.
We remember you, and we will not stop fighting for you.
– Aditi ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
I’m so excited to announce that I’m joining my first ever readathon!
If you want to participate, go to the video and learn more! Here’s a quick run-down of the readathon:
Basically, you choose a cabin (Poseidon, Apollo, etc.) and complete the reading prompts to get points. You can also choose to complete the optional prompts to get more points for your cabin!
I’m hoping to complete ALL of these prompts so I have a few book options for each prompt!
Also, this is based on the Percy Jackson books
which is the only reason I joined.
I’m going to be in Team Aphrodite just because I like the prompts the best (otherwise, believe me, I would NOT be in this cabin XD).
Also, I’m trying to get in a lot of Pride reads too since this readathon goes through June so lots of these will be aimed at that 🙂