#MeToo

Some of you may have noticed this hashtag or even just these two words floating around on social media.

It’s a movement that was started to acknowledge how many people (women specifically) have been sexually assaulted and harassed. Let me tell you now that it’s a whole fucking lot. I mean seriously, if you really care to know, I can promise that more than half the women in your life have been sexually harassed in some way, shape or form and on more than one occasion.

This is important. Whether or not people want to believe it, sexual harassment and assault are huge issues all over the world. With the rise of this social media movement, a few issues have been brought up.

The campaign was essentially started to raise awareness for female/femme victims. I agree that this is an issue because it excludes men and people who are nonbinary. We all know that sexual assault can happen to anyone and we need to start addressing that.

And then there are people complaining about it and saying “we shouldn’t have to out ourselves as survivors for others to understand the magnitude of the problem.”

This is absolutely true. We shouldn’t have to say it. And no one is saying that you have to. There are probably, even still, a lot of people who have not come forward about their sexual assault to anyone because they’re not ready, and that’s okay. There are probably a lot of people who have already told their story and they are tired of having to recount it in order for people to see the problem. That is okay too. It’s not mandatory. No on is saying that you have to and no one should shame you if you choose not to participate. I fully respect that decision.

On the other hand I also think it’s important to accept the fact that way too many people do not understand the magnitude of the problem and that is exactly why so many are choosing to step forward and share their experiences.

The bottom line is whether you participate or not, we are recognizing a problem and acknowledging it. This is not about choosing sides. There should be absolutely no shaming of the people that have come forward and none of the people that choose not to. If that’s what you’re focused on then you’ve completely missed the point.


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50 Day Bookish Challenge: Day 29

Have you ever bought a book because the cover was so nice?

I don’t think so.

I know I’ve bought books based solely on the author but I don’t think that I can say the same for covers.

I already don’t read book descriptions since most of what I read is recommendations so I think that if I really liked a cover, I would have to read the description in that particular scenario so I can make sure it’s not a waste.


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Darker Nope

Give this a read. It’s important

The Patchwork Diaries

Somehow, even in the midst of all of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, E.L. James has managed to release another book in the 50 Shades of Grey series. Darker is the second book in her series of “rewrites” from Christian Grey’s point of view. In the few pages I was able to read before becoming physically ill I discovered a disturbing new trend in this book. Coming from Christian’s point of view makes the abuse even MORE obvious than it was in the original 50 Shades series. His predatory, psychotic nature is highlighted. Might as well put it on a neon flashing sign. Christian Grey isn’t “troubled”. He is intentionally predatory and psychotic. He completely understands that his behaviors are inappropriate, he just doesn’t care and nothing makes it more obvious than this series.

Anyway… I’m republishing my take on the original series AGAIN, because apparently it still needs to be…

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50 Day Bookish Challenge: Day 28

The first book that comes to mind, tell us about it. Rant

The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I hate it.

SPOILER ALERT!

I seriously don’t understand how some of you like this book, rave about it and ignore a very crucial part of it as if it were some minor detail.

Charlie was molested. The fact that so many people are willing and able to overlook that is a huge fucking problem. Not to mention that there’s also a rape scene in that book.

If you only saw the movie then quite frankly your opinion doesn’t really matter because of course they turn the movie into a so-called loved story when it’s really not at all.

Also, the football player…doesn’t his father beat him because he’s gay? Again people WTF? That’s not okay. Yes it happens and I appreciate that the sad, ugly truth is reflected in this book but that still does not explain why so many people ignore the bigger issue and are so focused on the fact that Charlie has a crush on Sam. She doesn’t even like him back!

I may have an unpopular on this but I seriously don’t understand why people rave about it.


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50 Day Bookish Challenge: Day 27

Name a book that you own starting with R (cause my name). Have you read it?? Did you like it? If you haven’t read it, are you looking forward to it?

Um…..Requiem. Which is part of the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver.

I haven’t read it yet. I am looking forward to the series though….I’ll be very disappointed if it isn’t good.

If you’ve read it let me know your thoughts. Good and bad.


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50 Day Bookish Challenge: Day 26

Free space (Ask any question you want)

Who is your favorite author and which of their books would you recommend to a first time reader?

Jodi Picoult and I usually recommend one of two books. Small Great Things or My Sister’s Keeper. SGT is my favorite of hers and MSK was my first book that I ever read by her and second fave. (Third is Leaving Time).

So if you haven’t read them…you should. It’s worth it.


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50 Day Bookish Challenge: Day 25

Do you prefer physical books, Ebooks or audiobooks?

Physical books for sure. I like having a mini library (for now) and building my collection.

I occasionally use ebooks. Usually cause they’re on sale and how do you pass up a best seller when it’s less than five bucks? (I mean really though, who does that?)

I can’t do audiobooks though. If I do, I have to follow along with the physical copy. Sometimes wearing headphones helps but it’s just to easy for me to ignore somehow. It just doesn’t grab my attention I guess. I also don’t like when the narrator doesn’t read things the way that I would so there’s that.


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