Problematic Books, How to Deal?

Okay so if you know me at all, you probably know I’m weak for problematic books and relationships. That’s not to be confused with racist/homophobic/sexist/abusive books or relationships. When I say I love problematic stories, I mean in a sense of like disturbing age gaps (+15years), “incest” (step-siblings, step-parent, cousins, anything in game of thrones lol), hooking up with brother/sister/best friend’s exes, murderous couple (shout out to ruthless people), polygamous relationships… this kind of problematic.

I used to feel so bad about the series that I read and weren’t exactly in the “ideal” side of things, people use the word problematic a lot to describe these things, and I get it… to some extend, but I’ve also come to realize that it’s all a question of point of view; what’s fucked up for you, it’s the lifestyle for someone else. So I try to be more open minded about it.

I’m also not saying all of it is okay, I’d obviously never think it’s okay to just murder people in real life, but most of it’s just a matter of opinion and taste.

Some of the books I’ve read that has a problematic undertone and you probably heard of are; The Royals, Ruthless People and Stepbrother Dearest. I’ll break it down what it seems to bother people the most about those books from what I’ve seen around in reviews, twitter, etc. Spoilers ahead.

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Calendar Girls #4: Best Contemporary Novel.

*comes out of a rock* Hey guys, how are you? Please don’t hate me! I know missed last month’s Calendar Girls, and I feel so bad, my life was pretty chaotic and I’am slowly coming back into blogging and reading (I haven’t read a new book in a month, I AM DYING SEND HELP). So here’s the girls’ picks for Best Historical Romance, they’re all pretty amazing!

Flavia – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue  by Mackenzi Lee
Melanie – The Devil’s Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis
Katie – The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Adrienne – The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Shanah – City of Thieves by David Benioff
Lauren – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Mandy – Out of the Easy by Ruta Septeys
Dawlyn & Krista – The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
Sophie Fall of Giants by Ken Follet
Deanna The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

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5 Times My OTP Wasn’t Endgame.

We all love to have our favorite ships be endgame, right? But can we talk about how shitty it is when that doesn’t happen? Like seriously, it makes me so bitter that no matter how much time passes I’ll always be bitching about it. And I’m not talking about when one of them dies and it breaks our hearts in a thousand pieces… It’s more of a they picked the wrong person, how could they?

01. Delirium.

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I read this series soooo long ago, and I’m still bitter about the fact that Lena ended up with Alex. I mean, it wasn’t really a surprise but I still hoped she would pick Julian. I didn’t really enjoy the trilogy all that much so I just blocked everything out of my mind, but that still bothers me.

02. The Secret Circle (the books, not the show).

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There was a time in my life where I was so obsessed with The Secret Circle (TV show) that when it was cancelled I lost my shit. So as any rational human being, I went deep into everything related to it, and that’s when I decided to start the book series. Honestly best decision I’ve ever made, because it’s honestly so good? And also very different from the show, I love both so much, but in different ways.

In the books, I rooted for Nick and Cassie so hard. They’re perfect for each other and you can’t tell me otherwise after the last book where Nick —not perfect Adam— loved Cassie enough to break away from the ghosts.

I know people just don’t care for this series, but oh well, I’m still not over it.

03. Altered.

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Okay so this is another not that popular series that I loved. And also left me bitter af.

Here we have four guys who are kept as experiments to this scientist, and other than him they basically only interact with his daughter Anna. We have brooding bad boy Nick, fun-loving and easy-going Cas, Anna’s best friend and sweetheart Trev, and lastly, we have Sam who is suppose to be the shit, the perfect guy that Anna has had a crush on since always.

Now Anna and Nick’s love/hate relationship is amazing and how their relationship develops is so on point. When I was reading the second book I was so sure they would be endgame by the way things were progressing and how they were spending so much time together. Talk about a bucked of cold water thrown at you when she actually ends up with Sam.

This sucks because for one the story is amazing and could’ve reached another level if the author didn’t go with the obvious and expected choice of pairing up Anna and Sam at the end. Nick and Anna had a past together as kids that was erased from their memory, they were actually pretty close, and seriously how perfect would this be? Also Nick is the only one of the boys that Anna can’t control. TALK ABOUT OTP GOALS.

04. The Grisha Trilogy.

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This is probably the one that frustrated me the most. I mean, I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing and her stories are great. But will I ever be over the fact that queen Alina ended up with fucking Mal? Nope. Never.

Look you can say whatever you want to be like “they have always been friends and blah blah blah” but that’s not going to change my mind because a) Mal never saw Alina that way until people started paying attention to her, b) he doesn’t support who she really is and always makes her feel bad for it, and c) he’s just a trash character altogether who doesn’t deserve my sweet child Alina.

Although I dislike Mal, I don’t mean that she should’ve ended up with The Darkling either. Would I have loved that? Oh, yes, yes I would. But I do see the problematic side of it and even though it’s a guilty pleasure of mine, I understand how that would be fucked up —but just putting out there that The Darkling saw Alina as an equal, didn’t want her to pretend to be someone she wasn’t and loved her for who she really was.

I really think Alina should’ve ended up with Nikolai, they aren’t exactly my otp from the series, but they could’ve been amazing together and honestly anything is better than Mal.

05. Harry Potter.

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Oh yes, I’m one of the Harmony shippers out there. Look, I don’t hate Ron or am particularly mad at this like I am with the other ones. But I still wish Harry and Hermione ended up together, it would’ve been perfect and you can’t tell me otherwise, even J.K. thinks so, so there’s that.

Bonus: TV shows OTPs.

Lucas and Maya (Girl Meets World), I CAN’T EVEN WITH THIS.

Hyke and Jackie (That 70’s Show), don’t get me started on this couple. They literally invented hate to love relationship and I’m not okay.

Tim and Lyla (Friday Night Lights), is anyone out there over it? I doubt it. I’ll die bitter about this fantastic relationship not being endgame.

Seth and Kate (From Dusk Till Dawn), I’m too weak for them, sorry.

Clay and Shelby (Quantico), ugh why am I weak for problematic and fucked up relationships? I DON’T KNOW.

Nate and Serena (Gossip Girl), SERIOUSLY THOUGH, WHAT THE FUCK? Not over it.

Rory and Logan (Gilmore Girls), I suffered for this for way too long and the revival wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. I do love Jess and Rory as well.

Klaus and Caroline (The Vampire Diaries)*, they’re my favorite tv show pairing of all time, easily. Let’s see how things go in this last season of The Originals, I’m keeping my expectations very low though.

Buffy and Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)*, I’m actually still following the development through the comics, but in the tv show they weren’t endgame, so I’ll always be bitter about it.

* OTPs that still has a chance of ending up together, but probably won’t.

What about you guys? Any OTP that broke your heart by not being endgame?

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Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love.

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Published: March 1st 2016.
220 pages.
Rating: 2/5
Goodreads | Amazon

Blurb: 
Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another. 

There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then. 

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100 followers! THANK YOU SO MUCH.

So this month marked my 6 months blogversary! I also got to 100 followers, holy shit! That’s honestly so crazy to me, and I know most of you guys are waaaay past 100 followers but to me it’s mind-blowing!

THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING ME! Seriously this means the world, you have no idea how happy you make me!

I know I’ve been in a blogging slump lately, and I really appreciate you not unfollowing me. I finally made a blogging schedule and basically a schedule for everything in my life so I can manage my time better so hopefully it’ll work and I’ll be out of this slump soon, yay!

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 

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Re-reads: How valid it actually is?

Very! It’s incredibly valid. But maybe not always….

So my kind of re-reads are always like “omg I’ve just finished this book/series but I don’t want to read anything else so I’ll just re-read it!” and I actually just read the dialogues and only read it fully my favorite parts, I’m not sure this could even be considered a re-read, because it’s more like “I don’t want to leave this world, so I’ll just keep re-reading it”.

I decided to start a Harry Potter re-read this past week, I’ve always toyed with the idea of doing it so because it’s such a masterpiece (yes, I am one of those people who thinks it’s this untouchable series, too great for this world), the last time I picked up a Harry Potter book was when I read the Deathly Hallows, when it came out in 2009. So it’s been quite a while. Since I started this re-read I notice how much I’d forgotten about it, it was incredible because it almost felt like reading it for the first time. I know, I know, that’s not possible, but it came pretty close to it. For one, there are so many details that just slips your mind and they actually have a purpose in the long run, but then again, maybe that’s just with Harry Potter.

So we have the pros and cons about re-reding a book:

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So in my opinion, re-reading books you love is incredible at any time, but it’s even more incredible when you re-read it after a really long time instead of re-reading it after a few months (or hours as I used to do). Not to say that it’s a bad a idea to make a re-read only after a short time, you’ll love it regardless —I’m pretty sure I’ll keep doing it. With that being said, I fully recommend re-reading a book you read while a child and see how that goes. It might be great, or it might disappoint you now that you’re older, but who knows for sure, right?

What do you guys think about re-readings? Love it or hate it?

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My Messy Life + Wrap-Up.

Hello guys, how are you? These past few weeks have went by so fast to me, I have been running around like crazy and I'm really not used to having no time to do my things, you know… So a few of things happened:

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01) My niece/goddaughter was born!!!!! I am soooo so happy, she's the most precious little girl, I love her so much and I can't wait to spend all of my free time with her.

02) I got a new incredible job with fantastic payment and I'm in heaven with this, I swear. Although, in consequence, I have a million things to prepare everyday for my classes, until I get used to the schedule it might be this running around all the time.

03) I'm possibly moving to another country in January, so I have a lot of documentation to get ready and things to organize so yea… even less free time.

Wrap-Up

So July was a pretty great month for me even in the reading atmosphere, at least, the first half of the month…

5stars

Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell. (review)

The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle. (review)

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. (review)

Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy. (playlist)

4 stars

Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall.

Hard Wired by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell.

Mature Content by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell.

The Little Queen by Meia Geddes.

The Untouchables by J.J. McAvoy.

American Savages by J.J. McAvoy.

A Bloody Kingdom by J.J. McAvoy.

The Queen of Dauphine Street by by Thea de Salle.

Trade Me by Courtney Milan.

3- stars

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. (review)

Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie. (review)

Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson. (review)

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. (review)

How have your lives been guys? Anything exciting?

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Sunshine Blogger Award.

Heeey lovely people! I’ve been tagged by my girls Heather @ Books, Trust & Pixie Dust and Melanie @ MNBernard Books if should totally check out their blogs, such quality content!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

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The Rules

Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

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Review: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.

18667779Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.
Published: May 15th 2014.
312 pages.
Rating: 2.75/5
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A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
 
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

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6 Reasons To Read Far From You by Tess Sharpe.

Hey guys! I recently re-read Far From You by Tess Sharpe and it reminded me how much I freaking love that book. So I’m here to persuade you all with 6 amazing reasons to read it!

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341 pages.
Published: March 27th 2014.
Goodreads | Amazon

Blurb:
Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her? 

★★★★★

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