Weekly Update

Life:

Nine more days of Whole30 woo! I could really go for a burger right about now! Last that I checked I was down 10 pounds. While I do plan to keep it up at least 5 days a week, I miss my damn coffee creamer! Hopefully, I can use less of it but I will definitely be adding that back to my diet.

To my Aussie friends, I know you all are still processing the terror attack this week and I just want to say I understand. I mean, let’s be honest. This shit happens in America all the time so maybe we’ve become….not used to it but we’re not surprised by it anymore. You’ll get through it, don’t worry.

To the Muslim community, I stand with you. People have tried to frame Muslims as terrorists because of a tragedy that hit us 18 years ago, but then when a terror attack happens to them they almost try to justify it. It’s sickening.

Books:

Finally finished I’ll Give You the Sun. It was okay but not great. Now I’m reading OF Fire & Stars which is one of the books that I mentioned in my discussion on f/f romance.

Blog:

Now that The Dating Game is happening I hope you all see my dilemma. Each story is going to get more outrageous and this is exactly why I’m not dating right now. I’m also going to get back into my author reviews soon. I just always want to make sure that I read enough before judging.

What have you all been up to?


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Book Review: I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Synopsis:

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. 


~SPOILER ALERT~


Let me start by saying that while I did enjoy the story, I hated how how it was told.

I tried reading this on my own and was just too damn bored. The audiobook made it a lot better, but the male narrator was awful and I didn’t enjoy reading Noah’s thought process. The repetition of certain words, his constant complaining. Not for me.

Jumping into the actual story I have to admit that I fucking hate Noah. He’s such a bitch and he is always whining about something. Honestly, he has to be one of the world’s worst brothers. Before anything crazy even starts happening, he throws away Jude’s note to their mom, then destroys her sand women. I understand that he may have felt a certain way about Jude and Brian going in the closet together. but nothing even happened, yet he’s putting her toothbrush in the toilet…. seriously that’s fucking disgusting. And while he’s mad because he thinks Brian kissed Jude he actually makes out with Heather, and that happened first! On top of that, while he tries so hard to hide his own sexuality he fucking outed Brian to Courtney. Who the fuck does that?

Don’t get me wrong, Jude is not perfect but at least she’s not as bad. I do really feel for her because I do think that Zephyr took advantage of her. She was way too young, not even legal and that’s statutory rape. I also feel bad about the fact that she really needed her mom at that point but she was already gone. On the other hand, not mailing Noah’s letter was an asshole move. Then again, he sabotaged her first. I also fucking hate the whole “girl is broken but everything falls back into place because she meets a hot boy” thing. Like, I’m cool with the prophecy and their connection and all of that. However, I do not support the notion that your life isn’t fulfilled until you’re in a relationship or that no longer being single suddenly makes everything better.

What I did enjoy, was the way that every single character is so strongly connected. I picked up that Diana was having an affair – did not expect it to be with Garcia. The fact that Jude went to him for mentorship is kind of ironic. As well as Noah meeting Oscar so early on and then him and Jude falling in love. I love the connection and the way that these pieces start to fall into place but I just feel like the story could have been executed in a better way.

2.75 stars.


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The Dating Game: A Drunken Mistake

Story time loves!

Now we are jumping into my college years.


My freshman year of college was a damn good one. My roommate and I had bonded. We’d both joined an early move in program that helped us get to know each other and a bunch of other freshmen. We’d created a tight little group for ourselves. Luckily some of us even lived in the same building.

Most nights, if we weren’t planning to go out, we would hang out in someone’s suite (8-12 people in a shared space). One night hanging out in the guys’ suite, one of my friends decided they wanted to play bartender for the night. After this night, that person was not allowed to be bartender anymore…

I’d hang out with the guys in this suite often, I was good friends with all of them. On this particular night while many of us were drinking, some of them were also smoking. I’m not sure how it happened or who came up with the idea, but at some point Brandon and I ended up back in my room. He slept over (strictly slept. And my roommate was gone), and that was the beginning.

We started texting and hanging out a little more, and eventually he told me that he wanted a relationship. I politely declined that offer, but we still ended up hanging out every now and then.

Then the fun part happened.

I can’t remember how I found out, but I’d been told that Brandon had a girlfriend back home. So I texted him:

Me: Why am I hearing that you have a girlfriend???

Brandon: I thought you knew

Yeah you fucking read that correctly.

So not only was he trying to get me to be his girlfriend while he already had a girlfriend at home, he thought I knew about the girlfriend and was “okay with” being the other woman. If you know me even a little, I know that I don’t have to say this. For those that don’t, let me explain: No I was not and would never be okay with that. I hate cheaters and liars and would never stab another woman in the back like that.

Cheater I am not, but petty bitch I am. For a little fun two of my friends and I decided to make a fake Facebook page. I found his girlfriend and sent her message giving her all of the details. I don’t know if she ever got the message. (It took me years to figure out how to find message requests from people that I didn’t know). But, I had no other way of coming clean and I knew that he wasn’t going to tell her truth.

You would think that was the end of the story right? I’m ashamed to say that it is not.

The summer following freshman year, Brandon and I started talking again. (I know, I know. Don’t you give me that look). For some stupid fucking reason, I decided to give him another chance (something that I no longer do). When I was on campus for two weeks before sophomore year started, he even came to visit me.

We were still in touch when sophomore year rolled around. And now he was starting to push for a relationship again. Aside from not trusting him, something about it just didn’t feel right to me. I continued to politely decline that offer. He didn’t like being told no and at some point we kind of stopped talking. I was also very involved on campus so I had more important things to worry about. It took me a week of not talking for me to even realized that we had stopped talking. When I made that realization, I thought about and just….didn’t care. That’s when I realized that I didn’t really like him so much, I just liked his company. Also, I feel like he probably was aware that we weren’t talking and was pulling the whole “I’m gonna wait for her to text me first” thing. I on the other hand was genuinely busy.

When he did reach out again after that week, I just stopped responding to his messages.


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Where’s the F/F Romance??

You ever notice the lack of f/f romance out there?

The yesterday, while perusing the aisles at Barnes & Noble, my friend Bria and I started talking about how m/m romances seem to be more common than f/f.

In my experience at least, these are the common scenarios:

  1. The book contains f/f romance but it’s not mentioned in the synopsis. It’s treated like a spoiler where as a synopsis with m/m displays it loud and proud.
  2. Even if the synopsis does mention the romance, book reviewers, don’t mention it in their reviews. Most bloggers/booktubers that I follow are women so again, why is it being treated like a spoiler??
  3. The main character is a bisexual or pansexual woman, but is only ever mentioned dating a dude.

Luckily, one of the bookkeepers at B&N overheard us and offered to help. They literally brought us about 15 books containing f/f romance! Even then, a lot of them either didn’t contain it in the synopsis or the whole relationship was super on the down low.

If you have recommendations please let me know.

Here’s what I’ve found so far.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’m probably going to get this one soon. Bria got the last copy at the B&N that we went to so I may have to find it online.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – This was one of the books that the B&N person suggested and Bria bought it for me. I can’t wait to read it, it sounds fucking awesome!

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – So, Leah being bisexual is mentioned in the synopsis, however, it’s not mentioned in any of the reviews that I’ve seen. Why is that?

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – This one doesn’t mention romance at all but it still sounds pretty damn interesting.

Odd One Out by Nic Stone – This one is also super intriguing. It’s actually a love triangle sort of thing but it looks really good.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – I can’t wait to read this but I need to wait for the sequel. While I’m excited about it, I know I’m going to have a hard time getting thought the beginning because of sexual assault. So if you’re interested in that one, be careful going into it.

Another thing that I’ve noticed is that there are a lot of coming out stories right now and that’s awesome. However, there’s not a whole bunch with the characters already out and being themselves. It’s always about thinking of who they want to be or becoming that person but never being that person. I think that’s something that we need more of too.

Leave me your recs!!


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#UnsolvedAThon: A Buzzfeed Unsolved ReadAThon — Announcement and Sign Up!

Check out Laura’s Unsolved-A-Thon!!!

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Welcome to the announcement post of my readathon: #UnsolvedAThon!

This readathon is based on the youtube series Buzzfeed Unsolved, where supernatural believer Ryan tells his friend, skeptical Shane, about a famous supernatural or true crime case — all of which are unsolved.

If you haven’t heard of this series, watch the episodes here!

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I’ve been a fan of Buzzfeed Unsolved since the second season, after my sister introduced me to the show, and I’ve told so many friends about this series who have then gone on to watch it and love it. So I wanted to show my appreciation for the show; originally I had planned a book tag but someone beat me to it (no hard feelings! haha). I then decided to create a readathon, which I think is going to be super fun!

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For this readathon, you can read any type of book: physical, eBook, audiobook…

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The Dating Game: Fatal Attraction

Welcome to the first installment of The Dating Game! This story takes place during my senior year of high school.


Grade 12 was an awful year for me. I had just transferred schools from a place that I loved, to a complete shithole. Somehow I managed to make a few friends and became close with a girl – we’ll call her Em. One day Em decided that she wanted to set me up on a blind date. I was totally against it. I feel like blind dates are kind of forced and uncomfortable., but somehow she ended up talking me into it anyway.

We were scheduled to go bowling. Me, Em, Em’s boyfriend, and….let’s call him Steve. To start, he was late. Being late is something that I absolutely cannot stand, so that was not a great first impression. Finally he showed up and at that point I kind of didn’t care anymore. The way I saw it was, he was already in college, I was about to go to one soon: so was even the point??

It was awkward honestly. Being forced to get to know each other under the watchful eyes of a mutual friend. But, after that day we started talking more and it wasn’t so bad.

Most of the time things were fine between us. But sometimes he would get a little…..obsessed. For example, after we had known each other for 3 weeks he told me he loved me. Y’all know I don’t believe in love at first sight so I kind of just laughed it off. I mean, you couldn’t love someone after 3 weeks. Maybe platonically, but that wasn’t what he meant.

Anyway, second semester senior year meant prom is approaching. I honestly had no intention to go because I didn’t care that much. But then Steve asked if he could take me, so I agreed. We went all out with the dress, shoes, hair and makeup. We even got a limo with Em and two other couples. Here’s where things got interesting.

A little background: Steve graduated from the same high school that I did. He was two years older than I was, so he knew more people there than I did. At one point during the night, I was talking to one of my friends. It just so happened that he was a guy so that really pissed Steve off. While my friend and I were talking he comes and stands next to me. I’m mid sentence, and was about to turn and introduce him, then he stormed off.

Y’all know I’m not one for games and drama, so I rolled my eyes and kept talking. While we were talking, Steve decided that the most mature thing to do in that moment was keep walking past us while pretending to ignore us.

I was over it. I had to work the next day so after prom we didn’t really have time to talk. When we did finally talk, he basically said that the guy that I was talking to was a snake. I asked him how he could have possibly known that without knowing anything about him and he said, “he just knew.”

The thing about me is that I have always had close guy friends, this situation was no different. AND this guy was at the prom with his girlfriend who I sort of knew. She was only a few feet away. Not a threat AT ALL. Literally after that day, we argued everyday for a week straight. Safe to say that I was reaching my limit – I was much more patient back then.

Finally he said, “I think I know why I’ve been acting the way I have.” When I ask him why he responded, “It’s because I’m in love with you.”

Friends, at this point, we had only known each other for 3 months.

Side bar: During all of the arguing, I’d also found out that he had been engaged once….to someone that he only known for 6 months….

I told him that it was not possible. I told him that we hadn’t know each other long enough.

He called me crazy and blocked me. Oh…yeah that conversation happened through text not in person

Because I’ve learned from my friends how to properly stalk someone on social media, I found his Twitter page. Around that time he tweeted, “Fuck the bitch that left this scar.” Spoiler alert y’all…. I’m the bitch!

Although, I didn’t actually do anything to him. If he was mad because I didn’t say I loved him back, well I don’t just say it just to say it. Not sorry.


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Weekly Update

Hey friends,

Checking in for the week:

Life:

So I’ve completed week 2 of Whole30 and I feel much better. I’m down 10 pounds which is nice. I’ve also started working out again, just a little. My muscles can’t withstand as much as they could but it feels good to start again.

Books:

I’m currently reading I’ll Give You the Sun and it took me a while to get into. I’m interested in it but I also just don’t have as much time as I used to. I think I’m going to get the audiobook to speed things up.

Blog:

I am so excited to start releasing parts of The Dating Game!! I think I’ll do this once a week. I can’t wait for you all to read it! The first story is already a little out of control. Look out for that early this coming week!


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