Monday, January 31, 2022

Music Monday - Imbolc + Rant (Sorry)

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I missed last week! Sorry! I’ve been having a tough time with my classes. I think my teacher hates me. He’s clearly a Christian guy. Which, before I go further, I am NOT hating on Christians. I don’t hate or judge anyone for their spiritual beliefs because it’s such a personal thing. 

At the start of the year, he talked about how God had a plan for all of us and he just knew it. Which is fine, that didn’t offend me personally, but it offended one of my classmates because they are atheistic. 

He’s been slowly showing his true colors more. I have a few classmates that use they/them pronouns and he always gets upset when we use them to refer to them. 

One day, one of those students was absent. We have a group chat and they’d told us they were taking a mental health day. So someone spoke up and said that they wouldn’t be there that day. 

The teacher got super upset and was like, “You mean SHE won’t be here. Because SHE is a SHE!” 

If I knew how to add an eye roll emoji here, I would (I’m on my laptop. Is that even a thing?) 

For a good few minutes, they went back and forth. It’s so stupid to me. What’s the big deal about calling someone what they prefer to be called? 

Not only that, but he spends more time flexing his website to us rather than teaching us. Like duh, bro, we really hope you’re better than us because you’ve been doing it for 20 years and we just started in August. 

In the group chat, we’ve talked about going to the staff at the office and talking to them. He’s new this year and you can tell that he’s just not teacher material. Which there’s nothing wrong with. I substituted for two years and I sucked. It was not for me. I don’t enjoy being in control like that. 

We’re going to meet after one student gets over Covid and figure out what to say. But being in Oklahoma, I doubt they will listen to a bunch of ‘liberals’* bringing up our concerns.  

One student has brought up that it’s against school policy to bring up religion all the time. So maybe we can work that angle? 

We’re all just exhausted by how he treats us. One time he even called us a bunch of babies because he wrote someone on the board that got most of the class chuckling. 

Wow. I did not mean for this post to turn into a whole rant about my teacher, haha. So Sorry!

ANYWAY. I wanted to mention that Tuesday is actually Imbolc. The Pagan holiday for welcoming the spring and the Goddess Brigid. I want to a do an actual post on it. Fingers crossed, I get to it! 

I hope you enjoy these songs. Forgive the rant. 

 I hope you have a great week! Covid is raging around these parts and yet no one cares. But I continue on wearing my KN95 mask to stay safe. I hope you're staying safe.  How's your life been going? Which song did you like best? Share with me below! See you next time little butterflies!

*I’m actually a moderate but I lean slightly more left but... if you ask my liberal partner I don’t swing left enough though so I rarely claim the title. lol. 

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Guide to the Desperate Debutantes Trilogy by Juila London

This book starts out with Ava and her sister, Phoebe, and Greer, their cousin; they are in no rush to be married because their mother/aunt wants them to make a good match and she’s loaded so... it’s all good; until she dies and their step-father/uncle takes all the money for himself and his little mistress.

He fires most of their servants and sends his horrible sister to watch over them and says that when he gets back from making sure his mistress still wants him, he’s gonna marry them off to whoever. So

Ava, being the oldest, knows that if she makes a good match, then it could save them. So she sets on sights on a real rake.

Jared and his father just can’t see eye to eye. His father wants him married and popping out children so they can keep the Dukedom going. Jared loves his mistress and doesn’t want a wife. Finally, after Ava catches his attention, he asks her to marry him to solve both their problems.

Only when they marry Ava seems to want him to love her... that was not part of the agreement and something Jared doesn’t want to give her. Will Ava get her wish for a love match?

This isn’t a perfect novel, but I devoured it. My main gripe was Ava herself. She seemed so unhappy that Jared said he didn’t love her, nor did he want to. Ava knew this going into the marriage but after they have sex, she acts like everything has changed and he has to love her. She just seemed so annoying sometimes.

This is a romance, so it has a happily ever after and I enjoyed watching these two make their way towards that end.

This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling! Which I didn’t know going before starting. Greer leaves her home and cousins hoping to get her inheritance to help. She sets off with a traveling companion and they gain a very charming young man as they get closer to their destination. When her traveling companion dies, she continues on with this young man.

Mr Percy is his name, and he claims he knows who has her inheritance. Greer believes him and has they travel, he tells her the prince in charge is a horrible murderer! He tells her to let him lead and everything will be okay. 

When they arrive, Percy goes on and on about how vile the prince is when he doesn’t just give up the money. He also tries to seduce Greer before the Prince pays him some money to leave and not come back. He takes the money and runs. 

Now Greer’s left with someone who she’s been told is a murderer and doesn’t believe she is who she says she is... how will she get her much needed inheritance from such a monster?! 

I’m seeing a pattern with this author’s female characters... they seem to think they know best. Always. They go after what they want, even if it’s not always the best move. There is a place in here that everyone says she should stay away from, but she doesn’t listen. It’s a very run down, unsafe place. She even almost gets the poor man who guards the place into trouble because she just won’t stop. They are a little selfish. 

But I love how much they care for each other. You could feel how much Greer missed her cousins and wished she could be with them. I love that. 

What bothered me the most about Greer; she’s the smart one of the group, but when it came to Percy and the prince, she was very dumb. It was easy to see just by their actions who was vile and who wasn’t, but she never put that together while Percy was around. Just believed everything he told her. 

Again, a flawed read, but I really enjoyed it. Maybe it was the booster induced fever that made me still like past all the flaws, but hey, I’d read it again. A cute little story.

Lady Phoebe Fairchild makes dresses, and she enjoys doing it. She’s always improved her and her family’s dresses for fun and when they lose everything, she comes up with a plan to make money from it with no one knowing. 

Only, someone finds out and blackmails her into going to a country house and making dresses for the Viscount there. She can’t refuse less she be ruined. So, she goes. But she never expected to fall for the lord of the estate... and for him to discover the truth.

I enjoyed this one. Phoebe reminded me a bit of a character from The Wallflower series, so I fell in love with her instantly. She’s outspoken, sure of herself, and quirky. I didn’t really like Will. He was a jerk. All he wanted was so sleep with Phoebe while getting married to someone else. He never stopped to think about how that would make Phoebe feel. 

I did like how much he loved his father and tried to do right by his family. That was endearing. I hated the ending conflict and how Will reacted because he wouldn’t just let her explain and see her situation. 

At least it ended in a happily ever after. Overall, this whole series was pretty middle of the road. Entertaining but forgettable. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

The ABC Challenge - The Letter D

Welcome to the fourth Alphabet Reading Challenge post! 

I've decided to go all out with these posts. Not only sharing books but also movies, TV shows and even music. I do hope you'll join me as I take this deep dive. 

Please comment below if you like any of these things or have any recommendations! 

Monday, January 17, 2022

Music Monday - La Scaltra

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Welcome to another Music Monday! One of the few things I love about Mondays. Music is one of the few things that can really shift my mood. If I'm having a bad day, I put on something with a good beat and dance for a bit. If I want something to help me focus, I find a good ambiance and just chill. Music is very powerful! 

Today I thought I'd share some darkwave with you. They also label themselves as 'witch rock' which just sounds epic! Which was your favorite? Let me know!

I hope you have a safe week! Wear a mask! And I hope you read a really good book!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The ABC Challenge - The Letter C

Welcome to my third Alphabet Reading Challenge post! 

I've decided to go all out with these posts. Not only sharing books but also movies, TV shows and even music. I do hope you'll join me as I take this deep dive. 

Please comment below if you like any of these things or have any recommendations! 

Monday, January 10, 2022

Music Monday - Pagan Songs

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I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching here recently... lots of trying to discover my beliefs. It’s been hard. My family raised me in a very extreme religion and even then my parents took it farther than the church. My partner often says that they brainwashed me in their cult. Sometimes; it really feels that way.

That being said, I’ve always been drawn to a more Pagan path and so I’ve been reading more on the subject and listening to these wonderful songs. I hope you enjoy them. 

That's it for this post! I hope you have a great week! Stay safe! Wear a mask! And as always, happy reading! 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Living-Room Matsunaga-san - Manga Series Review

It’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed any manga on here! To be honest, it’s been a while since I read any manga. I love manga, but I read so fast that I feel I can get through a volume in like 30 minutes... and when a series runs for 11 volumes at about $13 for each one; it adds up. 

So I usually just have to relay on my library and they rarely have what I like to read and scans are so unreliable. BUT, I could find all the volumes that are out right now at my library! I read them all in two days! 

And because I was so hooked, I looked the other two volumes up online as scans. I don’t feel so bad about it because this series is one I’m going to buy and read repeatedly. 

It’s not perfect by any means. There is a very large age between the Meeko and her love interest. Which isn’t bad... but she’s underage; in high school. He’s a grown adult. 

That part really messed with my head, but I tried to remember that not only was it fiction, but other cultures differ from ours and have different standards for things. So I let it go. It wasn’t like they were having sex... he barely even kissed her and told her they wouldn’t even officially together until she graduated high school. So I mean... that’s good...

Moving on!

The art is simple and beautiful! I love everything looks realistic, nothing crazy as seen in a lot Shonen manga. I like that! I always prefer more Shojo styles. They are softer and more romantic. 

This series is very slow moving between our two main characters, so to make up for this, we get little side plots between other characters that live in the boarding house and I really enjoyed these! I fell in love with these characters and it hurt when they finally moved out of the house. I felt Meeko’s pain at being left behind. 

The mangaka did such a great job at making these characters feel real and I loved Meeko got to see that even though they are all adults; they don’t have their shit together like teenagers often assume. 

This is a cute manga that hooked me. I couldn’t stop reading. I still feel that Ryo-ken deserved better than what we got, but not all endings can be happy, I guess. 

If you like manga, or are thinking about diving in, this is easy to adjust to and sweet as can be. 

Monday, January 3, 2022

Music Monday - AL1ICE

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Today I thought I'd share a really cool goth adjacent band. I found them not too long ago on Bandcamp and bought all their stuff. I hope you enjoy these two songs!

Well, that's I got this time! Which was your favorite? Did you have a good weekend? I hope you have a great week! Stay safe out there! Wear a mask and lastly, happy reading!