Wednesday, April 23, 2014

World Book Night 2014!

It is that time of year again where books are handed out in public in the promotion of reading!
This year I got Book 1 in The Ruins of Gorlan series titled Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan, by handing out these books I hope to allow people to turn into another person even if it's just for a day and explore a whole new fantasy world escaping from the hustle and bustle of real life into the pages of a good book.
Last year I had a good year and people seemed to snatch up the copies as quickly as I could hand them out but sometimes it isn't so easy to open people up to the world of literature. Skeletor handed out books one year and people would act like they were interested until we tried to hand them a book then they would run or shy away from us like we had an contagious illness. This year for me also didn't start out so well when I was told by my local movie theater that I could not hand out books because it violated one of their rules. The guy got even more upset when I asked what rule would be in danger from handing out a free book to promote reading. The guy then acted like I was a criminal just for wanting people to read more. I was there to see the new Captain America movie which was good and just thought I would hand out some books while I was there. I ended up becoming so angry at this guy that if Sheldon hadn't already bought the tickets I would have walked out of the movie theater. I guess I just don't understand why anyone would frown upon reading. I just hope that my hand out go a little better for the rest of this week.
Here are the list of books that are being given away this year by volunteers:

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice Book 1 by John Flanagan

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Waiting to Exhale by Terry Mcmillan

Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

The Raven's Warrior by Vincent Pratchett

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
Cuando Era Puertorriquean by  Esmeralda Santiago

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff

100 Best-Loved Poems edited by Philip Smith

I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Owen's community college for being so awesome and allowing me to pick up my books at their library!
Also if you would like to be a book give or are interested in World Book Night and want to learn more please visit: www.WorldBookNight.org

Below are pictures of my box!
That is half a cat face :3

Do you have a World Book Night experience? Share it with me in the comments! 















Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What Is The Reason For Fat Shaming?

I have been wanting to talk about this issue for a while now but I have been holding my tongue......until today. I was on You Tube watching videos and I was watching Epic Fail videos mostly for people messing up stuff because that is kind of funny. I noticed this one video titled Hot vs. Not and a guy was hosting the video which shows pictures like a slide show, for some reason I clicked it. Most of the video was of over weight girls and the guy was laughing and talking about how they weren't hot. That made me mad, some girls are never going to be a size 2. There are girls and women that have a larger body frame, signs that girls have a larger body frame could be large or broad shoulders and wide hips. These women usually also have large breasts. Most of the time those things would indicate that you have larger bone/frame and will always be curvy. It doesn't matter how much you work out or how much you eat because if you want to be healthy (not starving yourself) then because of your frame you will never be a size 2 it can't be helped.
Now I have noticed that the media is getting a little better at showing women in ads, commercials, and movies that are plus size but I wish that more would be done to show that it's ok to not be tiny. Now lets talk about stores, stores need to carry more plus size clothing that actually looks nice as opposed to looking like someone tore down some curtains and made a plus size shirt. Stores also need to made clothes that are appropriate to be worn in public. I am tired of having to hunt for shorts and shirts that aren't see through and cover my damn ass.
Now I want to tell a story, when I first started high school I weighed 160 pounds I didn't really pay attention to my weight much until my mother told me one day that I should start teaching my body how to suck in my gut so I wouldn't look chubby. That hurt me so much when she told me that and to top it all off she probably doesn't even remember saying it. I slowly started to cut back on my eating and I would walk on the treadmill everyday for a mile. I continued to cut back my food until I got to the point were I would just skip meals all together, it even got to the point where I went almost a whole week without eating a thing. My family didn't even notice that I wasn't eating, my teacher noticed I wasn't eating before my family did. My mother and I went clothes shopping one day and I got my size I had been wearing which was a size 14 pants and when I went to try them on they fell off of me. My mother was so proud that they fell off of me that she came in the dressing room with me and gave me a hug....my mother noticed that I had a smaller pant size but she didn't notice that I stopped eating to achieve it. Now to my point, with me skipping meals and working out the smallest I ever got was a size 12. One day at school while this was going on I was looking through my science book and I noticed that my book said a girl of my age should weigh 150 at that point in time I was 142, so even though I wasn't eating, working out everyday, and underweight I was still a size 12. I know that I will never be a size 2 so why do people and the media try to make me feel bad for something that is out of my control?

Today I am overweight I know it. A year ago I  lost 60 pounds with the help of medication because I went months with diet and exorcise and I wasn't losing weight come to find out I have a medical condition that makes it more difficult for me to lose weight so I got the pills to help. I have a bit of a spat with the doctor that gave me the pills a while later because she wanted me to under eat in order to lose weight faster...you are probably thinking that she must not have been a good doctor then which I realized and stopped going to see her. Leaving that doctor meant no more diet pills to help so my weight went up again but I hope in the future to go see a different doctor about it. I know I will lose it again once I get help but even then I know that I will not be a size 2 and no I am not one of those people that get the motor scooters at Walmart just because I don't want to walk. I love to walk and do things but because I am overweight some will think that I am like the scooter people and lazy when in fact they are wrong.

The point of this whole entry today was to let you know if you are plus size and no matter what you do you can't get below a size 10 DON'T FEEL BAD! Maybe your body just isn't made for those tiny sizes and it would be unhealthy for you to abuse your body by starvation for something that your body just can't do.


Famous stars that are plus size and still beautiful























This is the day I married Sheldon. I was underweight the day this picture was taken but I was still in plus size clothing. The boots that I had on were in the largest calf size which was 10.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell BOOK REVIEW!!!


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   Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: St. Martin's Griffin New York                                                 



Cath and Wren have always been attached at the hip ever since their mom walked out on the faimly. Wren even helps Cath write her Simon and Baz fanfiction which has become quite popular with thousands of readers. Cath always thought they would always be attached at the hip even when they are at college but her hopes were dashed when Wren announces that they won't be living together in the dorms and that Wren would like to have her own life outside of Cath. Feeling betrayed Cath closes herself up and retreats to her fanfiction. When the day finally comes to move to college Cath is sad while Wren is excited. College is supposed to be fun and it is for Wren who quickly jumps into the party scene leaving Cath in the dorms lost in the fantasy world of Simon Snow that Gemma T. Leslie has created. Cath turns into a hermit only leaving the dorm room to go to class. Cath is to shy to eat in the lunch area so she stays in her room using protein bars as food until Reagan Cath's room mate pulls her out of the dorm because being a hermit is lame. A friendship soon blossoms between Cath and Reagan and Cath even becomes Friends with Levi Reagan's boyfriend that is always waiting by the door of their dorm room for Reagan.
Wren and Cath begin to break from each other and find themselves, Cath even has a writing partner for her fiction writing class named Nick that she meets with once a week to write short stories with. Things are going pretty good for Cath until Nick takes credit for work that he didn't do alone leaving Cath completely out of the project. Feeling hurt Cath once again falls back into her fanfiction until one day when Levi comes over to study with Reagan but learns that Reagan has stood him up and he has a huge test the next day on a book that he will fail without help. Levi explains to Cath that he doesn't understand a story from reading a book that he only understands it if the story is read to him which is why he needs help from Reagan. Cath volunteers to help him by reading the book to him. They spend the whole night reading until they fall to sleep in Cath's bed together. The next thing Cath knows she is waking up because she accidently kissed Levi in her sleep...How could she do this to her room mate who has been a good friend? She can't sleep with her room mates boy friend (even though they were just sleeping) and then kiss him! Worst of all Cath liked the kiss and she is quickly falling for Levi. Everything come's crashing down when Cath get's a call that her father is in the hospital's mental ward and Cath's good time falls as reality slams it's self back into her life. On top of all that Wren and Cath's mom wants back into their lives after all the years without so much as a word. Making it through Freshmen year of college might be harder than Cath thinks....
Love lost.....
Love found.....
Forever Friendship...
Family.....
Fanfiction!




Rating:






Thoughts: I loved this book and I will probably reread it in the future. I myself am not really into fanfiction but I understand the dorky side of it. I loved the characters and found myself actually smiling at some of the things that Levi would say. The Plot was also very good. My only problem with the book is the fact that it just sort of ends and I know it is a pretty massive book but I just thought there could have been more. I am not disappointed with it though and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a cute little love story mixed in with a bit of nerdyness!


Quotes:
"I need to think, if I can't think, who am I?"

"Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I'm a complete disaster."

"If we stop to apologize and forgive each other every time we step on each other's toes, we'll never have time to be friends."

Sunday, April 6, 2014

#16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!!!


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Title: #16thingsIthoughtweretrue

Author: Janet Gurtler

Published: Sourcebooks fire


Morgan hopes that this would be the summer that everyone forgets about the stupid video. She never thought that the joking around dancing in nothing but underwear would never go viral online, or the fact that her once best friend would stab her in the back by showing the video to everyone. After the video went viral online Morgan's now ex-best friend stop talking to her. Morgan doesn't mind though because she prefers her twitter friends over the real people any day and her twitter stats who it. Morgan is quite popular on twitter with her hashtags quickly becoming popular. The popularity on Twitter doesn't help with making real friends though but maybe just maybe this summer will change all that. Morgan has a bit of a trust issue and doesn't like to let people get close to her even though she secretly craves it. She also craves having a father and would give anything to have a normal family. She doesn't know much about her dad other than the fact that he left when her mother was pregnant with her. Why would he not want her? How could he just leave like that and no try to contact her or her mother in the 18 years of her life? That question among other things sit in the back of her mind all the time and there really isn't anything she can do about it...or can she do something about it? A chain of events happen to her family which leads her mother to break her silence about Morgan's father and she gives Morgan two clues:
1. A name
2. An address located in Canada
 Now all Morgan needs is a ride which leads to a annoyingly chatty girl who Morgan works with who volunteers to take her. Though the thought of the long hours in the car with this girl that Morgan doesn't really know much about seems bad enough her boss who is the same age as both of them also chooses to go to Canada. Though the chain of events in her family allowed her get a bit closer to her boss she doesn't understand why he would choose to ride in a car for many hours with two girls and what would his girl friend think about this idea? #awkwardroadtrip
Morgan quickly learns though that you shouldn't always believe what someone tells you as lies come to light and secrets are found.

Personal lives should always be kept personal #thingsithoughtweretrue



Rating:





Thoughts: I loved this book to the very end. The characters were very loveable and easy to understand. The story line kept me on the edge of my seat and I would recommend this to people who love contemporary books with a mix of summer romance. What a lovely summer YA novel!

Quote: "If the world didn't suck we would all fall off it."

Song That fits the story:
 

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Skeletor Reviews! Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige!


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Title: Dorthy Must Die

Author: Danielle Paige

Published: Harper Collins



Amy Gumm is an ordinary middle to low class girl living in rural Kansas who longs for something more. Little did she know that she was about to get exactly what that in a very unexpected way. Amy is transported to OZ in the most traditional way a twister carries her trailer and lands her smack dab in the middle of OZ , but this OZ is nothing like the books and movies make it out to be. Dorothy returned to OZ years ago and now is an evil dictator hell bend on hoarding on the magic and making all of OZ bow before her. Amy is recruited by the Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy at all cost, not everything as it seems but one thing Dorothy Must Die.



Rating:






Thoughts: I really wanted to love this book, I love stories based on OZ but for me Dorothy Must Die just missed the mark until the very end. The set up for this book was all about painting Amy as the anti Dorothy. She was not nice as Dorothy, unhappy and poor, and when it wasn't working on how un-Dorothy like Amy is it was how horrible and twisted OZ has become. One of the saving graces for me was all the references to different characters, books and movies of OZ. It was very nice to see little homage to beloved characters and places. I love the idea behind the book, I love how sweet innocent Dorothy has an evil in her that also deforms and dement her beloved companions. The scarecrow, Tin Man, and lion are all warped and evil like Dorothy and play a part to the key to her demise. I had all but given up on this book making me want to read the rest of the series but the ending actually brought this book to what I thought it should be, it leads up to the next book and leaves hope that now that all the annoying world building ( which is unnecessary if you read any oz books or even the prequel novella to Dorothy Must Die) we can see more action and more of a story worthy of OZ.





About The Author: Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. Before turning to young adult literature, she worked in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.