600 followers! Let me A your Qs!

Waddup, people!? Guess what!? I reached 600 followers last week!

and there was much rejoicing

Cah-razy!

I thought the thing to do would be to first say

THANK YOU

for following, and commenting, and sharing, and liking, and being altogether great.

Nextly, I’d like to do a Q&A because I’ve seen other bloggers do this at milestones, and I have not done this, so why not get on the bandwagon?

Let me A your Qs! Qs can be about whatever you like. Just comment below, and I will respond in a forthcoming post and give you a shout-out!

Cause why not?

Love,

me.

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

Another huge thanks to the Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me in the Blogger Aesthetic Award! This is a super fun tag cause it lets you play around with images and hopefully lets your followers get to know you in a new, creative way! Very excited for this one! Here are da rules and some tips:

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favourite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips:

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Review: Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015.

milk and honeyI picked up Milk and Honey because I kept seeing it everywhere and didn’t know much about it. I didn’t even know it was a book of poetry, so that was a nice surprise which led me to actually read it right away instead of putting it on my endless TBR. I would like to read more poetry in general, so I’m glad I picked this up. Ultimately though, I have mixed feelings about this collection, and I was largely unimpressed.

Milk and Honey is split into different themed sections as the poems progress through the life of a writer dealing with sexual abuse, love, relationships, and healing. Many of the poems are accompanied by illustrations that add to the poems’ meanings. The illustrations are styled in a black-and-white, scribble-y way that mimics the rawness of the poems themselves. These additions were well-placed and gave the collection a distinct and unified tone throughout.

As a collection, the book is best read from front to back in order. You certainly can pick it up, turn to any page, and read the poem there, but the biggest impact comes from seeing the progression of poems as they are ordered. The design of the book is extremely well done, and as a physical object, I can see how it appeals to people in the age when having a distinct look/brand makes a difference in sales. This book has an effective brand with it’s raw, simple, black-and-white, minimalist layout.

But the poems kinda sucked.

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Rose Recommends: January | Feminism!

Welcome to the first Rose Recommends of 2017! This month I suggest a topical book I picked up at my library on the day of the Women’s March: Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World by Laura Barcella.

I was working at the library and scrolling through my social media feed, seeing a ton of my friends marching for women in cities all around the U.S. (and even some around the world!). Feeling a bit bummed I was working, I searched for what books we have that are about feminists. And boom! This one is just what I was looking for.

fight like a girl selfie

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Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated by Nancy and Kathleen at Graphic Novelty for the Mystery Blogger award! I recently discovered their blog and instantly fell in love. They are 2 librarians in the Chicagoland area that blog about graphic novels! I, too, am in the Chicagoland area, I’m studying to be a librarian, and I love graphic novels! Match made in heaven! Here’s the award:

mystery-blogger

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma and is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

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DA Readathon Wrap-Up: Or, how I quit the DA Readathon

So remember that time when I was all excited for doing a big readathon to start 2017? Wasn’t that such a lovely time? I was so young, bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked, dreaming big dreams of reading lots of books.

I read 2.

John Green pops a champagne popper unenthusiastic-ally

 

As many of you may know, the Dumbledore’s Army ReadAThon was a 2-week-long readathon with challenges to read 7 books from diverse authors, focusing specifically on #OwnVoices works. I was very excited to get started, I had my TBR all ready to go, and then I read 2 books and called it good.

Why? Well, a few reasons.

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