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Taking a Huge Breather

I hate, hate, hate writing these posts, but it just feels flakey for me to disappear (again) without saying anything, so here goes:

I'm taking a step back from blogging for the rest of the year. I'm completely burned out of ideas, I've lost my confidence and I'm just not happy.

Naturally, because I'm back at university, my workload has increased by a ton and by the time I come home, I just don't have the energy to sit and pull blog post ideas out of thin air and then create a half-assed post about basically nothing. I don't have the energy to read either, which really sucks. Also, I'm currently in therapy for depression and anxiety, so that really doesn't help, and I just need to take a huge breath.

So, those are my excuses, I'll hopefully be back in January.


10 Bad Bookish Habits I Wish I Knew How to Quit

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
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Everybody's got bad habits, especially me, who is usually perfect in every single way. However, when it comes to books, I have a lot of bad habits. How bad? Well, I personally think that they're terrible, but other people might not think that they're all that bad. Y'know what they say: different strokes for different folks.


For some reason, this is just how I read. Before I start reading, I very carefully look to see how many chapters are in a book (emphasis on carefully, no spoilers y'all) and then divide that by how many days I plan on reading that book for, and then I have the amount of chapters I'm going to read in one day. Why? It reminds me to read. Sounds crazy, but somehow it just works for me and doesn't actually determine whether I'll like a book or not. I will admit that when I was in a readathon and didn't mark out how much to read in a day, I read a lot more, but this is just the way I do things.

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Ohhhh boy. I am so, so, so guilty of this one. Most of the time it comes from just not knowing that a movie/TV show is based on a book - this happened to me with Dexter- and other times it comes from me just being really impatient - like how I watched the 1931 version of Frankenstein before reading the book, only to find out that the book and that particular movie adaptation have very few things in common. Or it could be a mixture of the two, like how I watched American Psycho before reading it because I 1) wanted to see Christian Bale being hot and doing murderous things, and 2) was actually too scared to read the book at that point in time because it is nasty. I'm getting better at quitting this habit, because I've been wanting to see Gone Girl since it came out last year, and I still haven't because I want to read the book first. See, progress!


Some people don't mind doing this, but when I do it, I can't help but feel like I'm being bad mannered and end up feeling guilty about it. I'm not a rude person, I swear! I just want to read my book. If I'm going to be completely honest (which i always am), this isn't my worst habit because I actually struggle to read if I'm around people who are likely to talk to me, compared to if I was sitting in a crowded area alone. If that makes sense. Basically, if nobody's going to talk to me, I can read. But if they are, my attention will be all over the place.


Just typing that out, I can hear my dad yelling at me for wasting the electricity. But then again, aren't everybody's parents like that? Obviously, leaving the TV on while I'm reading isn't good for our electricity bill, but again, this is another focus issue. My bedroom is very small. Like, extremely small. There isn't even enough room for me to comfortable lie on the floor and I'm 5'4". I read on my bed, but the lamp that I use while reading isn't at the same end that I sleep at. Yes, I do different things at opposite ends of my bed. My TV is next to my head while I'm asleep, so if I'm awake I go to the end of the bed to watch TV and read and such. Anyways, getting back to how I can't focus: if the TV is on while I'm reading, it's right in front of my face so I'll end up watching the TV anyway.


I like my books to be kept in a nice condition: who doesn't? But, because I don't have a desk in my room, sometimes I use my books and something to rest on while I'm writing or even *gasp* doing my nails. Yes, sometimes I put my books at risk of getting sticky, smelly nail polish on them, all in the name of beauty. I am starting to use my bedframe more these days because it's at a better level, but still, some of my books have very narrowly escaped having nail polish dripped onto them.


Okay, let's be real here: doesn't everybody do this? I'm a huge believer in retail therapy (a bit too huge actually, oops) so I'm constantly buying more and more books. But we all do that, so I guess this isn't really a bad habit?




These days, I'm kind of starting to hunt for more standalone books, or even duologies because I'm getting just a bit burnt out by series. Sometimes I don't finish a series because I wasn't too thrilled with the first book (Matched trilogy), sometimes I totally forget about it because I've been reading other things (Lux series), and then sometimes I look at the sheer amount of books in a series and go "nope" (The Morganville Vampires series). But yeah, series can be tough work sometimes, especially if you're not into marathoning them in one big sitting like I'm not.


Okay, the emphasis here is on silently: my mouth says "nah, it's okay, you can like/dislike whatever you want". My brain however doesn't always do that. I am getting better at telling myself that what somebody thinks of something that I like/don't like doesn't really have any affect on me at all, but sometimes it is there. But only if you're mean about it. Like I always say: like what you like, dislike what you dislike. Just don't be an ass about it.


Once upon a time (or up until this summer, if you would rather have a realistic timeframe), I used to review every single book that I read. Yep. All of them. Obviously I don't do that as much anymore, but when I did do this religiously, I would almost always end up with a buttload of really shoddily written reviews because there were some books where I just had nothing to say at all and the whole thing would have "I was totally indifferent" about five times in it. So yeah, really shouldn't review something unless I have a lot to say about it. That's the exact reason why I don't review movies as much as I used to.




Raise your hand if you've ever done this. *raises hand so high that it knocks out the ISS* Seriously, I should have a crown for being the queen of this bad habit. I constantly shame myself for not reading, and instead doing things like looking for naked man butts in The Tudors (i'm now into season 2 and i've only seen one, but that's okay because it's the only butt that matters to me. all the exciting stuff happens in the pilot episode anyway.) or being on Twitter or trying to find a good enough walkthrough for Arkham Origins because I'm a baby who can't play video games without my hand being held. Sometimes I just don't want to read. Is that a bad thing? Of course not, it's just that sometimes I feel like I really should be reading and I blame dark wizards for that.



What are some of your bad bookish habits?
How do you deal with them?

Horror Books That I Desperately Need to Haunt My Nightmares


Last year I listed what horror books are on my TBR, and naturally, that TBR has grown in the space of a year. I'm now growing more and more accustomed to things of a more morbid nature, after reading so much fluff, and I'm 100% ready to dive back into darker things. So, without further ado, here are some more books on my ever-growing horror TBR!


Lovecraft - Duh.

Poe - Double duh.

Carrie by Stephen King - Wanna know a secret? I picked up this book because it was the shortest King book that I could see in the store. I'm starting to see that shorter books can be just as good as longer books, and also I'm pretty intimidated by long books. Also, I'm lazy. Anyway: Carrie. It sounds pretty darn good.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King - I've actually already read about half of this book, but that was around about six years ago, so I've probably forgotten most of it by now. I'd spent years looking around bookshops for it, because for some reason every one I looked in didn't have it (and i was too impatient to look online for it), but then last year my parents got me a copy for my birthday, and I still haven't opened it yet. Oops.


The Shining by Stephen King - So far, I've DNF-ed this book twice because, according to a guy I know, I'm a little too impatient and need to push myself because it does get interesting. I will try to finish this book one day because I've actually owned a copy for around about eight years. Yeah, eight.

Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz - I've only read the first book in this series, and I have almost all of them on my shelves because I'd planned on marathoning the rest of the series (it's seven books long, but I think I could do it), but that still has yet to happen. But, I am determined to finish this series because I loved the first book so, so much.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Graheme-Smith - This book has been sitting on my shelves for years, and I keep telling myself that I'll get around to reading it someday, but obviously that day never arrives. I also have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I probably won't read that one because I'm not keen on zombies. And by "not keen" I mean that I think they're boring. Yep.

Psycho by Robert Bloch - I love the movie version of this book (in fact, it's one of my favourite movies) so I'm genuinely surprised that I haven't read this book yet. I do aim to finally read it this month though, because it is fairly short and doesn't look too intimidating.


The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris - This book is a horror, right? It's about a serial killer and a dude who eats people, so I'm going to go with yes, this is a horror. I've read Red Dragon, which I really really enjoyed, so of course I'm going to continue on with it. Plus, I'm planning on watching the movie adaptation this month, so naturally I've got to read the book first.

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman - Dracula in an alternate universe. I have nothing more to say on this matter.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux - It's called Asylum. That title alone just screams creepy.

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice - Triple duh.


Ellie Jordan series by J.L. Bryan - I've got a bit of catching up do to with this series, and I'm kicking myself because this is one that I really do enjoy. I'm not all too familiar with ghosts, and I never was interested in them before, but thanks to this series, I have taken a liking to stories that involve ghosts.

Insanity by Cameron Jace - I'm getting big American McGee's Alice vibes from this book, so I've just got to give it a look.

Another Little Piece by Kate Kayrus Quinn - The reviews that I've seen for this book have been pretty good, and I'm always a sucker for a good mystery, so of course I'm going to check this one out.

Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth by Grant Morrison - Hooray! A comic (the day that i apologise for being a dc girl in an ocean of marvel fans will be the day that i am put in my grave)! I'm not 100% sure if this book counts as being horror, but anything that takes place in Arkham Asylum has the potential to be really unnerving, so I'm counting it.

What horror books are on your TBR, if any?
Are there any specific horror books that you're almost dying to read?

Spooky Movies I Plan to Watch This October


It's October! And do you know what October means for me? It means that it's time for me to grow a spine and watch some scary movies. Well, some are scary, some are just spooky or morbid in nature, but that's okay too! Tis the season, after all. Now, I'm not a big fan of horror movies, and I don't really like being scared because I'm a huge impressionable baby, but I will try my best to get through this very, very long list.

And just a heads up: some of these movies will be sci-fi movies too, because horror and sci-fi do tend to overlap sometimes into a wonderful hybrid genre.

Top 10 Books That Look Like They'll Steal My Lunch Money

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I like to think that I'll read anything. The reality is that I get intimidated very, very easily. Are you ever in a bookshop and you come across a book that is so thick that you look at it and just immediately go 'nope'? I do that quite a lot. You know what I mean, those books that look like they could kick your ass because they're so intimidating. Actually, it's not just really long books, it's books by certain authors, books that have very intense fandoms, or even books of particular acclaim (either critical or academic, both are pretty scary) that make me fear for my poor average brain. Okay, my brain's not that average, I get pretty good grades and am a pretty good reader, if I do say so myself.


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - Everything about this series intimidates me: the genre, the length of all of them put together, the critical acclaim, the movies, and the fandom. Especially the fandom. Any fandom that includes people who have taught themselves a fictional language is one that will intimidate me (apart from Trekkies, though. I left that fandom for a different reason.). And the lore: oh, God there's so much lore here just thinking about it makes my brain hurt. Oh, and there's also the fact that I DNFd The Hobbit when I was in school, so that kinda put me off for quite a long time.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman - The only book by Neil Gaiman that I own is Stardust (which I watched the movie of quite recently) and I purposely picked it because of how short it is. No, really. I've been wanting to read American Gods for a really long time, but the sheer length of it terrifies me. As in, cold sweats kind of terror. I'm not a fast reader so I'd be reading it for forever.

It by Stephen King - I want you to take a guess at how long this book is. Go on, take a stab at it. If you said over 1100 pages, you're correct. Obviously it varies depending on what edition you're reading, but yeah. That is ridiculously long. Stephen King can be pretty intimidating anyway (fun fact: I own two of his books and I still have yet to finish both of them), but just looking at It could make any beginner reader quake in their boots.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - From what I've seen, reviews for this have been quite mixed, and for some reason I'm always more wary of things that have received mixed reviews rather than mostly negative or mostly positive. I can't really explain why, but I guess it's because I can't really get a clear answer for what people think. Also, this book looks huge when in hardback. But then again, every book looks huge as a hardback.


War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - I don't think I need to explain myself on this one (1440 pages).

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo - Or this one. I have this on my Kindle and the progress bar goes all the way across the screen (1232 pages). Yikes.

Pretty much anything by Bret Easton Ellis - I've only read American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis and while it's a pretty good book, it kinda put me off reading any more of his works if they were anything like American Psycho (which is incredibly violent and has clothing descriptions that would make bad fanfiction writers boil over with envy). Also, apparently he's not a very pleasant human being so that kind of puts me off even more.

H.P. Lovecraft's work - My cousin (who is much, much braver than I am) has read Necronomicon (the collection of stories, not the actual grimoire) and said that he's one of the scariest things he's ever read. I, on the other hand, am a total baby and don't fare well with scary (when I watched Alien for the first time, I couldn't sleep because I though there was a Xenomorph chilling out on my bookshelves. No, really), so until I feel brave enough, I'm going to cower away from Lovecraft.

Edgar Allan Poe's work - Poe is probably the least intimidating author that I've mentioned here, but the popularity surrounding his work is what intimidates me. Also, I've only read (or watched, really) The Raven, and I don't do very well with poetry.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - Another one with over 1000 pages. And it features Rand's own personal philosophy that I don't fully understand. I've actually been considering reading this one, believe it or not.


Ulysses by James Joyce - I had to read A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man for my first year of university, and I absolutely hated it. I'm really glad that I won't have to study any more of his work, partly because I don't want to touch his stuff ever again, and Ulysses looks terrifying. I'd still be reading it by graduation. Nope.

Paradise Lost by John Milton - I know that this is a poem, but it's long af so it classifies as a book. I know plenty of elements of Paradise Lost, thanks to it being references in almost everything before 1900, but looking at it makes me sweat.

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke - This is a book of a movie (I think, it was written while the movie was being made), and the movie kinda intimidates me too, so it's going here. It's kinda weird though, because I'm not usually intimidated by sci-fi...

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin - High fantasy is really not my thing, and my parents watch the Game of Thrones TV show, so when they're trying to describe the lore and all of those kinds of things, my brain kinda turns off. Also, these books are huge.

And finally, just to show that I may not be as big of a wuss as I make myself out to be, here's a picture of the biggest book I own:

I dropped it on my pinky finger when I got it off my shelf. Smooth.

What books are you intimidated by? 
Is is simply a matter of length, or do other things put you off as well?

Why I Want to Be a Librarian


It's probably a huge cliché, but I want to be a librarian when I'm older. There's nothing else that I want to do; my degree that I'm studying is a Creative Writing degree, but I don't want to write as a living. I want to surround myself with books and make a living by helping other book lovers and also people who aren't big readers but still want to find things to read.


Thanks. I decided that I want to be a librarian when I was fourteen, but until now I hadn't really thought of why. So here are the reasons why I want to be a librarian when I grow up and become a real adult!

#1: I LOVE BOOKS


Obviously.


#2: I LIKE BEING AROUND BOOKS


While I don't think that books are 'sacred', I do like being around them. I once went away for a weekend and didn't bring my phone or any electronic devices because I didn't think that I'd really need them, so I spent almost the entire time reading books from the place's very small little library (I didn't bring a book either because I thought I'd be busy all weekend :/). There's just something about being around books that makes me feel peaceful. If you've got a bookcase in your house, I will definitely go look at it to see what you've got because I do think that the books somebody reads can say something about them. 

And while I'm on the topic of being around books, I love the atmosphere of libraries. It's so quiet, and it's awesome. Even though there isn't a strict rule that you have to be quiet in libraries these days, I just love how most people have carried on this tradition of not disturbing people while they're reading.

#3: I LIKE ORGANISING BOOKS


Every book lover has organised their books in some specific system. Some people organise by colour, some people by series or size, or even genre. I organise my books in the exact same way as libraries and bookshops do: Alphabetical order by author's surname. Why? It just makes 100% sense to me because I find it difficult to find a book on a shelf that isn't in some kind of alphabetical order. I just get completely lost. And plus, there's just something satisfying at looking at a nicely organised and neat bookshelf.

#4: I LIKE HELPING PEOPLE FIND BOOKS


Sometimes recommending books to people isn't as simple as "THIS BOOK IS AMAZING YOU MUST READ IT RIGHT AWAY!!!!" because everybody has different tastes. A friend of mine always recommends paranormal romance books to me, but I'm not into paranormal romance. Some people don't like reading because they're not very confident (I personally know people who are like this) so throwing high fantasy and epic space operas at that will only put them off. I'd be telling a lie if I said that my job as a book blogger isn't to help people find new books to read.

When I was in school I was a library assistant, so not only did I help the librarian to put books back and clean up, I helped the other kids to find things that they wanted to read. Obviously there were a lot of kids who already knew what they wanted to read (one girl had read almost every single book in the library), but there are always people who are completely stuck and need a bit of help. Not everybody is in the know as much as book bloggers are, and that's okay because we can give them a hand.


#5: LIBRARIES ARE REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT!


My mum taught me to read when I was two years old and she got me a library card when I was around about three. I've had one ever since and even though I do like to buy and have my own copies of books these days, I do still use the library. Not everybody can afford to buy books all the time, and library cards don't cost a thing.

Libraries provide activities for people of all ages, and give us tons of information and stories and they don't charge you a penny (unless you damage something or you forget to return books). A couple of years ago, my dad decided to research our family tree, and if we couldn't use our local library we would have either spent a ton of money or been completely stuck.

Basically, libraries are awesome places that need to keep being funded and kept alive.

Do You Bookstagram?


Instagram is an insanely popular social media site (it is a social media site, right? well i'm calling it that) that pretty much every blogger is on. Fashion bloggers, beauty bloggers, food bloggers, and even book bloggers use Instagram to share pictures that relate to their blogs and they have a really good hold on how they use it. I, on the other hand, am still trying to get into the swing of things. Don't worry, this isn't going to be one of those kinds of posts (I've done them before, and I've learned my lesson), I just want to share my experience with Instagram with you lovely Earthlings.

I've had an Instagram account since about 2011/2012 but I didn't start being active on it until about a year or two ago and I mainly post pictures that relate to my daily life (whatever I'm drinking that day, pictures of dogs, the weather, etc.) as well as pictures of books. I follow people that I know from my everyday life, and people from the internet (friends from Tumblr, other bloggers) and of course some famous people too. And while I do follow a lot of book bloggers and like seeing pictures of books in my timeline I really do tend to struggle with being a 'bookstagrammer'.

Why is this? You see, there's one thing that I tend to have a hard time with: consistency. That's both consistency in posting and having a consistent style. I'm not a skilled photographer, I don't even own a DSLR camera. All of my photos are taken on my phone in bright sunlight because I don't even have good enough lighting in my room. Another thing that I tend to find a bit tough when it comes to photography is coming up with a style of my own. Only so many people can take pictures of their books on a pristine white background or on their wood flooring, and coming up with my own style can be kind of daunting because knowing my luck, I'll think of something that's very unique but somebody else will already do it.

Obviously I have a lot of inspirations and I know what aesthetics I like, it's just a matter of figuring out how exactly to do it with the limited resources I have at my disposal. My house is pretty small, the lighting isn't great, and there's not much in the way of nature near to me. Coming up with a style that is unique to you isn't easy, but obviously it pays off in the end.

My final problem with bookstagram is this: I only have one Instagram account and anybody and everybody is welcome to follow me on that. I know quite a few people who have a separate account for their bookish photos, but I just don't want to do that. I don't like having two different accounts on the same website: I have one Twitter, one Tumblr, one Goodreads, and one Instagram because it's much easier for me to manage. However, I don't want people who follow me for my book/blog posts to be bombarded with photos from my personal life just as much as I don't want people who follow me for photos from my personal life to be bombarded with photos of books. Finding a good balance between these things is very important to me and it's something that I'll need to work on.

So tell me, how do you use Instagram? 
Do you have a separate account for personal stuff, 
or do you just keep one account for both things?

Top 10 Retellings I Want to Read

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Retellings are something that have interested me for a long time now, and I've wanted to get into them really badly, but for some reason I still have yet to get around to it. Not all of these books are fairy tales because I tend to be very fussy over what I label as a fairy tale (for example, to me, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and even Tarzan (especially Tarzan) are not fairy tales because they're novels that haven't been passed down for centuries and there's only one written version of them), and also there are some interesting-sounding retellings that aren't based on fairy tales. And also, because I'm a dirty cheater, I've included two fairy tales that I want to read as retellings!


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - So far I have only read Cinder from this series, and I want to read the rest soo badly! I know that Winter is coming out soon and I've got a bit of catching up to do before it does. (gotta get some money first tho...)

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson - Currently I have this book marked down as DNF, but it's not an indefinite DNF. I will be coming back to this some day!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - I'm not too familiar with Beauty and the Beast (i'd watched the disney movie for the first time last month), but I have seen a lot of people raving about this book, and Sarah J. Maas is an incredibly popular author, so of course I'd want to read this!

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige - I'd been conflicted on whether or not to buy a copy of this book because it's been published by Full Fathom Five and Danielle Paige did side with Kathleen Hale on the big stalking controversy, but I actually do own a copy of the book and I'm starting to psych myself out of reading it so I will stop. I love The Wizard of Oz though.


Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis - So far I've only read one Snow White retelling, and it was... not something that I want to read ever again. (the snow child by angela carter, if you're curious) Stitching Snow, however, sounds a million times better than that so I'm definitely looking forward to reading it!

Splintered by A.G. Howard - When I was little, Alice in Wonderland was one of my favourite movies (even though I still haven't read the original books) and I've wanted to read Splintered for suuuuch a long freaking time now. And so many people rave about this so of course I've got to read it!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - Another Beauty and the Beast retelling! This is another book that I've seen some pretty good reviews of, and I can't help having full-blown cover lust with this. That cover is just gorgeous!

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman - I own a signed copy of this book (didn't notice until i got home and saw the sticker that said 'signed by the author') and I am seriously kicking myself for not having read this sooner. Why? Freakin' Dracula, man. That's why. I've been obsessed with Dracula since I read it when I was 14, and an alternate universe version of it just sounds like the bees knees. I will be getting around to this one hopefully very soon because I'm writing vampire stories for my final portfolio and I plan on doing a lot of research. And by research, I mean reading vampire books.


Okay, first things first: I am very much aware that Anne Rice wrote a series based on Sleeping Beauty, but I honestly don't want to touch that with a dirty pole. BDSM Erotica is not my thing at all, especially not when it involves adults having sexual feelings for teenagers and the whole series opening up with what is basically a rape scene. No thank you. Moving on though, Sleeping Beauty is my favourite fairy tale (mainly because it involves sleep, one of my favourite things to do that i don't do enough) and I don't know of any YA retellings of it. There probably is, but I haven't found it!

Another one of my favourite fairy tales is The Little Mermaid and I have yet to see a retelling of it! Like I said above, there probably is a YA retelling out there somewhere, so if you know of one, let me know!

What are some of your favourite retellings?
What retelling do you want to read or would like to see happen?

Reaction GIF Masterpost Part 1: Futurama GIFs


Need some new reaction GIFS? I've got you covered! In this ongoing series of masterposts, I'm going to be showing off sharing all of my reaction GIFs with you guys for you to use because I'm just so nice. Credit back to my blog isn't a requirement because all of my GIFs have the 'exploringbystarlight' watermark, but if you do credit back that would be nice.

For these posts I'm going to be seperating them out into different TV shows/movies (no video game GIFs, I don't have the software available to capture video game footage :/), and this time is Futurama GIFs! And prepare yourself, there's a lot of them... 321 to be exact.

Just a heads up: this post will run quite slowly. Also, the GIFs look really small but they are all actually 400x190; I had to make them smaller in this post to fit them all on.

I'm Offended...


I'm pretty sure we've all been in this situation before: you're having a conversation with somebody and you're talking about something that you like, when suddenly they utter those horrifying words: "Yeah, I don't really like that". What? They don't like the same thing that you like? How is this possible? That's offensive.



Okay, okay. It sounds a bit obnoxious when I put it like that, but so many of us do this. Some of us do it a little bit more melodramatically than others, but still, lots of us do it. Do I do it? Nope, not anymore. Because I am usually the only person I know to like a thing, I'm usually the one who's saying "I don't really like that", and let me tell you something: there is nothing that gets on my nerves more than when people act "offended" just because you said that you don't like something that they like.

In my nineteen years of life (including most of last week), I've heard a lot of things that go like this:

"WHAT?? How can you not like that?"
There's a long list of reasons why, but I know for a fact that you won't be willing to listen.

"Please tell me you're joking."
Nope. I'm 100% serious. I don't like it.

"Do you even like anything?"
Yes, I like a lot of things. Just not the same things as you.

"You really need to get your priorities sorted."
My priorities are fine, thank you very much.

"How are we even friends?"
Because there are other things that we share a common interest in and we're friendly to each other.

"I can't be your friend if you don't like this."
Oh well, what a shame.

I think you get my point by now. This isn't something recent, this is something that has annoyed me for years now, but it hasn't really sprung to my mind until recently when I stumbled across a YouTube channel called I Hate Everything. The guy who runs this channel has a series called "Comment Comeback" where he comments on the comments that he gets on his videos where he - very politely, I should add - talks about things that he hates.

When I was watching these videos I was just amazed at how many people got upset (or butthurt, as I like to say) over something as harmless as somebody explaining their reasons for not liking something. And that's all that was happening, he just explained why. If somebody is outright bashing the thing you like and saying that it 's this-that-and-the-other using derogatory words and saying that you're a moron for liking it, then yes you have a right to get upset. But something as simple as and "I don't like this, here's why"? No, you should probably calm down a bit. Get some painkillers for your butt and come talk to me again when you're feeling better.

So, why do people get defensive when they find out that somebody doesn't like their favourite thing? I understand that a person's favourite thing (book/movie/video game/band etc.) can mean a lot to them, but art is completely subjective (yes, I just used the word 'art' in this post.). What is art to one person could be total garbage to another person. Tons of people like the song 'Uptown Funk', while I can't stand it. Big deal. It's just a song. Not liking a song isn't the same as telling somebody that they're ugly or a failure because those things are just mean.

Do you hate is when people say they're "offended" by you not liking something? Or do you actually do it yourself?

Top 10 Books That Celebrate Diversity

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Wanna know a secret? I really, really struggled with making this list. I really did. Obviously, I am in desperate need of more diverse books to read. (i will probably be putting pretty pictures into these posts in the future, but i couldn't here because i don't own all of these physically :/)


Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld - I am in 100% support of queer Indian girls. Especially those who write incredibly imaginative books.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I haven't read this book in over a year and I think I'm definitely in the mood for a re-read now. Or even to just watch the movie.

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian - About 98% of the characters in this book are white, but Lilia and her family aren't, so I guess it counts? (Also, Kat comes from a poor-ish family, and there's a spoiler about Mary so I can't really say.)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - I'm currently reading this book (which features a Korean-American MC) and so far so goof!

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan - So far, this is the only M/M romance I've read, and I didn't even finish it :/ Yeah, it was all just a little too sweet and rainbow-ish if you know what I mean.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Finally, a futuristic setting that isn't America!

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - But wait, isn't this a straight romance?  Nick's in a queercore band despite not being gay himself, so there's quite a few gay dudes in this book.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - At first I included this book because Eleanor comes from a particularly poor family, but then I remembered that Park's mother is Korean. Swish!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - Lola's two dads were easily two of the best characters in this book. I need more gay parents in YA!

M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbets - Okay, if you've never heard of this book before, I'm going to ask you a question: What do you think this book is about? If you answered gender identity, you thought the same thing I did at first. It's actually not, but that's okay! (basic rundown: frannie is straight, while her best friend marcus is gay. frannie likes a guy called jeffrey but is too shy to talk to him, so marcus does instead, which leads jeffrey into thinking that marcus is actually frannie. get it? got it? good because no spoilers y'all.)

Have you read any of these books? Also, tell me some of your favourite diverse books! I'm in desperate need of reading more >.<