This or That? #94

So first I want to say that I’ve come to the conclusion that the final This or That? challenge will be 100. So we are almost to the finish line my friends.


Anyway…….

This week I want to know…….

Do you have a TBR list? 

If so, tell me about it: Is it written or typed? Do you use Goodreads? How long is the list? How many books are on it? etc.


I do indeed have a TBR list. It is typed up in a word document on my laptop and 12 pages long (single spaced). It’s only about 400 books long though. I don’t know if that’s low but I kind of feel like it is.

I divide all of the books into categories so it’s not just a huge mess. I have some authors with all of their books listed because I plan to read all of them. Then, I have a section for classics, one for series, and one for standalones.

When I buy a book from that list I change the color of the title and when I read it, I cross it out.

I use Goodreads to cross reference a lot and check out more books by certain authors as well as how many books are in a series and what novellas and companions come with it.

I also make a TBR list for each year so that I don’t go crazy when I buy books. I try to only buy books that are on that particular list for that year but sometimes….sales happen and well, you know…..

What about you? Do you have a TBR list? How do you keep track of your books? Let me know!

~Rae


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This or That #93 (Conclusion)

Hi and happy Friday,

This week we talked about finding typos in books. 93% of us have found them in our books. I’m glad to know that I am not the only one who finds it annoying when there are tons of them!

Make sure you check out posts this week by Lauren @ Lolsy’s Library and Lindsey @ Paradis Books.

That’s all for now. See you next week to talk about TBRs.

~Rae


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Book + Movie Review | Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Synopsis:

Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


~SPOILER ALERT~

This review will contain spoilers for both the book and the movie


Overall, I was actually surprised that I enjoyed this story. I’m not huge on romance novels (anymore) and often times I think that they are very poorly done or just completely over the top.

Firstly, I appreciated the progression of Will and Louisa’s relationship. I hate insta love so I’m at least glad that that was left out of the story. However, from reading it, I didn’t really feel that Will loved Louisa like she loved him……idk maybe that’s just me.

I like Lou. I like having her as the main character. I like her mother but not so much her father. He’s an asshole. You could at least try not to shove your favoritism of Treena in Lou’s face.

Katrina is a bit of a bitch sometimes.

Patrick is a complete dick.

I like Nathan though, no complaints there really.

I understand why Will acts the way that he does toward Louisa in the beginning but I really appreciate that she eventually got fed up enough to deliver some clapbacks. He needed a bit of a wake up call and she gave it to him.

I love when stories are written from multiple perspectives so I loved the little pop up chapters from other characters. That was a great touch because you got get outside of Louisa’s head for a bit. However, I was really hoping that there would be a chapter from Will. I mean, I guess there’s his letter but it’s not the same.

There was one thing that really annoyed me that most people would probably gloss over. Now I’m not really sure what Alicia’s ethnicity is supposed to be, but because she was described as “caramel” it made me believe she was a woman of color. Anyway, then this happened…

“I wanted to tell him that he was too good for that silly caramel woman…”

First of all, I hate when people of color are described as food. It’s a constant fetishization that needs to stop. Don’t get me wrong, I dislike Alicia (and Rupert) as much as the next person, but why couldn’t it just say “silly woman” instead? I don’t really think that was necessary.

I also wasn’t a fan of the wedding scene where Mary Rawlinson claims that the younger generation expects to have everything they want instantly. Like, can we not? An entire generation isn’t defined by one group of people.

I was surprised when I found out the real reason that Mrs. Traynor hired Louisa. I did not expect that. It also brings up a very tough topic that has been a huge debate since forever. Obviously, it’s heart breaking to know that someone wants to end their life. And I think as a decent human being the immediate reaction is to want to prevent them from feeling that way. On the other hand, I’ve seen people suffer. I know that you have to think about how they feel and what they want. So at the end of the day, I think that I agree with Nathan: it has to be Will’s choice. It’s a hard decision for someone on the outside looking in. He was positive for a long time that things would change despite the fact that his life had been so drastically changed. Do I agree with his decision? Not necessarily. But I understand, and whether or not I agree doesn’t really matter. I know everyone isn’t going to agree with me on that, and it’s fine. That’s just my personal opinion on that specific topic.

I also think it’s important to note when Louisa was talking to Ritchie in the chat group. All of the things that he said about able-bodied people trying to tell them how to feel or make choices for them is something that needs to be discussed.  You don’t get to tell others how to feel about a situation that you don’t understand.

Another topic that I appreciate being discussed in this story is sexual assault. It’s something that this society often likes to sweep under the rug which is bullshit because it desperately needs to be talked about. However, I would have appreciated a content warning. Going into this story I had no idea that something like that would be a part of it and I was caught off guard. It was a lot like Perks of Being a Wallflower where everyone talks about how much they love it while ignoring a huge issue at the center of it all. On the other hand, I still love that it was talked about and that Will was there for Louisa to tell her what she needed to know; that it wasn’t her fault.

I felt that the ending was inevitable. I really didn’t think that it would have ended any other way. I hoped so but I felt like that was wishful thinking. I think it was awfully cruel of Louisa’s mother to throw her out but I suppose the bright side is that Will supplied her with what she needed.

3 out of 5 stars. 

Next I will read the sequel: After You


Movie Review:

I really like the actress who plays Lou, she did a great job.

I also had no idea that Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) was going to be in it. It was contradicting because I love Neville, but now he’s Patrick and I hate Patrick.

I like that Mr. Clark, Treena and Mrs. Trynor weren’t assholes like they were in the book.

Honestly, I was surprised that they didn’t include Louisa’s assault. After reading the book I was kind of glad but then again…..why? I kind of also feel that not including it is sweeping the issue under the rug. What happened to Lou played a huge role in the type of person that she had become and why she chose to dress how she did, so why would they erase it? Maybe there’s an article somewhere that explains why, I’ll have to do some research.

The thing that I loved the most about this movie…..was the soundtrack. Seriously it was fantastic. Between the Ed Sheeran and classical pieces, I’m in love with it.

3 out of 5 stars.


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Rae’s Rules to Remember #79: When White Authors Write Minority Characters

Hey there! Haven’t posted one of these in months but hopefully there will be much more to come.


The inspiration for this article came from reading two separate posts about this topic, both written by white bloggers. The first was a white man who wanted to include diverse characters in his stories, not only because he wanted to provide that representation, but because he wanted to make sure that as an ally he was doing it right. I very much appreciated that post.

The second was from a white woman who basically said that POC (and other minoritized groups) were sometimes too sensitive about the things that authors said. So basically she believed that just because she personally didn’t find something offensive, then it wasn’t a big deal.


First, in my opinion, it is not a bad thing for white authors to write racially diverse characters. In fact, it’s a good thing because most authors are white and when they also write these characters there’s more representation for us.

However, I still believe that it has to be done right. Yes, there is a wrong way.

A good example of how this is done is in Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. This is one of my favorite books (you can check out my review here). This is her first book that captures what racism in America. She captures the raw truth of both subtle and blatant racism. I felt that the ending was pretty unrealistic, but I know that she was trying to put a positive spin on it and all. Something that I really appreciate about Jodi Picoult is that she does A LOT of research in order to accurately portray her characters. As a woman of color, I have never related to a character more than I relate to Ruth Jefferson. If you have not read this novel yet, I highly recommend it because she did a phenomenal job.

Now I’ve heard that a lot of people complain that when white authors write POC, it takes away from authors that belong to racially diverse groups, I disagree with this. Like I said before, we need allies. On top of that, there are always going to be more stories to be told. And with the intersections of multiple identities, it’s not like we could ever run out of stories to tell. Don’t get me wrong, it infuriates me that Small Great Things had to be written by a white woman in order for people to listen, but I am grateful for the fact that Picoult did it the right way.

By now, you’re probably wondering what the wrong way to write these characters is right? This is typically done by authors who either know nothing about diversity and don’t take the time to learn or they write minority characters with harmful portrayals that tokenize and stereotype them.

An example of making a person of color a token is casting them as the best friend/sidekick to the main character while mentioning their ethnic background 50 million times, but never giving them any real character development. It’s made very clear that this character is there solely for the sake of saying that there is some diversity when really the author would have been better off leaving them out of the story as a whole.

An example of stereotyping is listening to the bullshit assumptions that people have about a certain group of people that is harmful and then including those very stereotypes in the story. If you don’t know whether or not something is a stereotype, you need to do some research and find out the impact. From there you either decide to be respectful and not include it, or you basically admit that you don’t give a damn and do it anyway. The latter is a part of the reason that I no longer support Veronica Roth.

When POC are upset by the way that some white authors portray people of color, they have every right to be. No it’s not being “sensitive.” It’s not about censorship. It’s the fact that the author chose to write and publish something that was racist. If you’re a white person who thinks that something that POC are offended by isn’t racist, then I advise you to check your privilege. You don’t have the right to tell a group that you are not a part of what they can or can’t be offended by. And whether or not you “get” why it’s offensive doesn’t matter, because it isn’t about you. That goes for any other majority group as well.

So basically what I’m saying is that no it is not always bad for white authors to write characters of color. However, they need to actually know what they’re doing. Otherwise, there’s no point in trying.


Previous Rae’s Rules: Ignoring Racism Won’t Make it “Go Away”

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This or That? #93

For anyone who needs a reminder or is new to the Bookmark Chronicles, here are the rules: Every Monday I will post a This or That Challenge where we will choose between two characters or scenarios. On Friday we will see which scenario/character wins. Feel free to either comment your choice below or make your own post and link it back here! :)

By no means do you have to feel obligated to do every single challenge, but I would love to hear all of your opinions! If you can only really talk about one scenario then go for it. Also, if you have any suggestions or would like to write a guest post about any of the This or That? topics let me know!


This week I want to know…….

Have you ever found a typo (or typos) in books?


I have. If it’s just one, maybe two, in the entire book then I’ll let it slide. If there are a lot then it really bothers me. I understand human error and all and even with technology, mistake happen. But there was one book that I read a few summers ago where I found at least 10 typos within the first 100 pages.

I would have thought that maybe it was an early draft or something but I really don’t think that it was.

What about you? Have you ever found typos in books? Let me know.

~Rae



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Texas Legislature Attack on LGBTQ+ Community

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I’m really disappointed that I have to write this post.

Not surprised, but incredibly disappointed.

A while back I wrote a post on the proposed Anti-LGBTQ+  laws, unfortunately they are going into effect soon. It feels like any progress we’ve made has been set back. I’m tired of bring under the control of wealthy, cisgender, straight, bigoted white men. It took me a while to finish writing this because it’s hard to watch the place you live and love so much respond to you with hate. These laws are still pending approval of Greg Abbott, and he could veto them, but we all know he won’t make that decision.

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HB 3859- Foster Care/ Adoption agencies can now discriminate against potential parents for their gender, sexuality, religion, and marital status. These agencies get state funding. We will literally be paying them to discriminate against perfectly good parents. Most adoption/foster agencies have some…

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This or That? #92 (Conclusion)

Hello and happy Friday,

This week we talked about what really sells books to us: authors, covers or descriptions. 72% said descriptions! I can’t say that I’m surprised by that honestly, it makes sense. 14% said covers and 14% said authors

Be sure to check out posts this week by Lauren @ Lolsy’s Library and Lindsey @ Paradis Books.

That’s all for now, see you again on Monday!

~Rae


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