Yet another book blog

Just last week, a 7th grader with a curvy build came home upset about this. She had worn an outfit with a skirt and leggings, and in the morning, a teacher had said to her, “Cute outfit.” But then her homeroom teacher pulled her aside at the end of the day and said, “You know, another girl could get away with that outfit, but you should not be wearing that. I’m going to dress code you.” Juliet Bond and the child’s mom were discussing the incident, not certain if the message to the child was ‘you’re too sexy’ or ‘you’re too fat.’

The kids also report that the teachers have been discussing ‘appropriate body types for leggings and yoga pants and inappropriate body types for yoga pants and leggings.’

Bond says, “This is concerning because it is both slut shaming and fat shaming. If a girl is heavy or developed, the message is that she cannot wear certain clothes.” Neither is acceptable. We should not be sexualizing kids, nor should we be making them feel that they can wear leggings as long as they remain stick thin. Bond asks, “Why are the girls being pulled out of class to have assemblies on whether they are wearing the right clothes, while the boys remain in class, learning and studying?”

I don’t have a problem with a school having a dress code; in fact, I attended a school that didn’t allow jeans or shorts or shirts without collars, but I do have a problem when the dress code is discriminately based on gender and body type. There is a big difference between telling all students to dress respectfully and telling curvy girls to dress in a way that doesn’t distract boys.

The Real Problem with Leggings Ban for Middle School Girls: Specific Targets | Alternet  (via albinwonderland)

@untodeath and I were just talking about this exact thing yesterday!

mightyflower:

to quote hamlet act III scene iii line 92, “no”

In 5 days

I’ve read Divergent and Insurgent. It took that long only because it took me a whole day to get my hands on Insurgent. Not pleased about that gap. I could be done with Allegiant by now!

They were both really fucking good and i’m so pleased not to have a young adult love triangle going on. There’s romance but it’s secondary and it’s about emotion/communication connections instead and focuses on the aspects of the relationship that make it successful, and what makes it not successful. I’d like to say it’s secondary, but then again no I wouldn’t. It’s important to the story but it’s soooo good and i’m not going to apologize for it. I will say i’m glad it’s not another Matched Trilogy thing though. God those books made me hate life. 

I’m tempted to stay up all night reading Allegiant but it’s already 11:11 and work starts again tomorrow. 

Goodbye winter break! You were fun while you lasted.

Books of 2013

Read

  • The Handmaids Tale
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Matched/Reached/Crossed
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Seige and Storm both by Leigh Bardugo
  • Mortal Instruments book 1
  • Crank.
  • Tithe by Holly Black

That is all that I can think of this year :/ I know there were more at the beginning of the year but I don’t know what they were.

Evolving list of goals for the next year:

fictionincarnate:

Instead of me sitting here shitting on other people’s lives here is a list of shit I want to accomplish within the next year to improve mine:

  • Make a new recipe out of that one yummy Indian food cook book I have every week. (Mainly I want to finally cook Chicken Tikka without it turning into Chicken curry somehow because I got frustrated halfway through and made it into curry instead.)
  • Study Hindi in my free time. Actually speak to other people in Hindi for practice. 
  • Grow vegetables on my balcony.
  • Sew a dress by myself and wear it. 
  • Go to Portland/Oregon and get tattooed by Ryan Mason again. Hike in some forests.
  • Teach Penny to lay down, shake, and not jump on people. Also catch a Frisbee while running. Look into Canine Good Citizen training and certification.
  • Learn to knit. Make socks.
  • Consistently run a mile under 9 minutes.
  • Leg press 350lbs. Generally increase my strength. I don’t really care about losing weight but I want to be stronger. That would be cool.
  • In that same vein I want to cook more. Cook cleaner healthier shit. More whole foods, less processed foods. I have agency. I have my own kitchen. Get off your ass and provide for yourself Meagan.
  • Read more. Not just the terrible things my kids write. (I should amend this to say some of my kids write really excellent shit that makes me have hope for humanity. And some are legitimately getting better at writing.)
  • Study up on grammar because man i’m realizing my shit is weak.
  • Get an Orange cat friend for Icarus. (Sup Bubby. It’s happening next year.)

Shout out to Bailey’s year of the Pies for being my inspiration. She actually has kept up with her goal and has made some yummy looking pies.

15 of 70: Feast for Crows
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I can’t. I took forever to finish this book because it was kind of slow, but then goddammit. ALL OF THE SHIT WAS AT THE END!
And now I have to go back in time and start Dance of Dragons. I HAVE TO WAIT LIKE 600 MORE PAGES TO GET ANY KIND OF ADVANCEMENT ON THESE CLIFFHANGERS!
Also the semester just started. And I have a lot of reading intensive classes and so it’s probably not the best time to be starting another 1000 page book for fun.
But dammit I have to!

15 of 70: Feast for Crows

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I can’t. I took forever to finish this book because it was kind of slow, but then goddammit. ALL OF THE SHIT WAS AT THE END!

And now I have to go back in time and start Dance of Dragons. I HAVE TO WAIT LIKE 600 MORE PAGES TO GET ANY KIND OF ADVANCEMENT ON THESE CLIFFHANGERS!

Also the semester just started. And I have a lot of reading intensive classes and so it’s probably not the best time to be starting another 1000 page book for fun.

But dammit I have to!

14 of 70 Storm of Swords by George RR Martin.
SHIT. WENT. DOWN.
I just can’t even. The amount of crap that took place in this book is ridiculous. So many moments of complete disbelief and so many moments of fist pumping while reading in bed. 
Definitely the best book of the series so far.
2 more in the series to go!

14 of 70 Storm of Swords by George RR Martin.

SHIT. WENT. DOWN.

I just can’t even. The amount of crap that took place in this book is ridiculous. So many moments of complete disbelief and so many moments of fist pumping while reading in bed. 

Definitely the best book of the series so far.

2 more in the series to go!

13 of 70
Oh hey, I finished Clash of Kings.
It was pretty damn good. This series is really excellent and I can’t wait to finish storm of swords already, so much is happening and i’m only 300 pages in.
Why is the word “only” placed before 300 pages when i’m talking about these books? It’s such a trivialization of just how much i’m reading. 300 pages is a normal sized book. By reading these books i’ve basically read 7 or 8 normal sized books.
That would up my count if I wasn’t reading gargantuan books all the time, but meh, quality over quantity nah mean?
Anyways, i’m going to stop blathering on about things that are kind of related to the books but not exactly about  the books.
So instead i’m going to go read one of the books.

13 of 70

Oh hey, I finished Clash of Kings.

It was pretty damn good. This series is really excellent and I can’t wait to finish storm of swords already, so much is happening and i’m only 300 pages in.

Why is the word “only” placed before 300 pages when i’m talking about these books? It’s such a trivialization of just how much i’m reading. 300 pages is a normal sized book. By reading these books i’ve basically read 7 or 8 normal sized books.

That would up my count if I wasn’t reading gargantuan books all the time, but meh, quality over quantity nah mean?

Anyways, i’m going to stop blathering on about things that are kind of related to the books but not exactly about  the books.

So instead i’m going to go read one of the books.

12 out of 70
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
I guess I should update this blog and tell you all that I finished an 800 page book last weekend. Oh yeah. That one.
HOLY FUCKING SHIT I LOVED THIS BOOK. I’m currently only like 100 or so pages into Clash of Kings right now but I am so stoked about this series.
I’m trying not to spoil anything but you learn very quickly in this series that there is no fucking justice in the world of this book, there are so many things where you’re just like “BUT THEY WERE SO GOOD!”
I started this book because my friend from work lent it to me and now all we do is fangirl about the series. I had my roommate download the show that’s currently airing on HBO but i’ve only watched the first episode. And so far my only opinion is that Joffrey is really ugly, why would they do that?
I’m really quite surprised how much i’m enjoying this series as it’s usually actually pretty hard for me to get into Adult Fantasty series as they’re usually just too fucking absurd for me to handle and focus more on how fantastical shit can be than actual character development. Which granted, young adult is also guilty of this but for some reason I just think characters tend to be more fleshed out in YA.
Anyways, if you like Fantasy, read this. If you like good books, read this. If you like a bajillion overlapping story lines and tons of characters, all with really good plots and backstories, read this. Yes it’s long, but any fantasy series worth a damn generally takes it’s time.
So yeah. Read this and read it now.

12 out of 70

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I guess I should update this blog and tell you all that I finished an 800 page book last weekend. Oh yeah. That one.

HOLY FUCKING SHIT I LOVED THIS BOOK. I’m currently only like 100 or so pages into Clash of Kings right now but I am so stoked about this series.

I’m trying not to spoil anything but you learn very quickly in this series that there is no fucking justice in the world of this book, there are so many things where you’re just like “BUT THEY WERE SO GOOD!”

I started this book because my friend from work lent it to me and now all we do is fangirl about the series. I had my roommate download the show that’s currently airing on HBO but i’ve only watched the first episode. And so far my only opinion is that Joffrey is really ugly, why would they do that?

I’m really quite surprised how much i’m enjoying this series as it’s usually actually pretty hard for me to get into Adult Fantasty series as they’re usually just too fucking absurd for me to handle and focus more on how fantastical shit can be than actual character development. Which granted, young adult is also guilty of this but for some reason I just think characters tend to be more fleshed out in YA.

Anyways, if you like Fantasy, read this. If you like good books, read this. If you like a bajillion overlapping story lines and tons of characters, all with really good plots and backstories, read this. Yes it’s long, but any fantasy series worth a damn generally takes it’s time.

So yeah. Read this and read it now.

9, 10, and 11 of 70:The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 
SCHOOL IS OVER! I am done with all academically mandated reading until the 24th of August and damn it feels good. I’ve read three books already, yes you guessed right, I read the Hunger Games Trilogy. Shocked I know.
I thought i’d lump these into one big post because that’s basically how I read them, without even stopping to catch a breath in between picking up the next one.
I loved them a lot. They were easy as hell to read but I am not going to hold that against them. I was really surprised at how much I actually liked this series just because it’s so popular with the kids these days and it’s getting a lot of twilight comparisons, so I was apprehensive. but then all my friends read them and couldn’t stop talking about it, so I went ahead and gave them a chance, and i’m glad I did.
First off I loved the characters, because they for the most part were actually realistic in how people would act. And the whole love triangle thing, like we haven’t seen this before, except SHOCK this time the girl wasn’t falling all over herself because she wanted each one sooooo bad and HAD TO have them. Bitch was like “I like you and all and we’re great friends buuuttt….” and I liked that a whole lot.
I don’t want to get spoiler alerty up in here so i’ll stop commenting on the actual books and just leave it here with, it was really enjoyable and I had fun reading them and actually found myself semi attached to the characters. Awesome job Suzanne Collins.

9, 10, and 11 of 70:
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 

SCHOOL IS OVER! I am done with all academically mandated reading until the 24th of August and damn it feels good. I’ve read three books already, yes you guessed right, I read the Hunger Games Trilogy. Shocked I know.

I thought i’d lump these into one big post because that’s basically how I read them, without even stopping to catch a breath in between picking up the next one.

I loved them a lot. They were easy as hell to read but I am not going to hold that against them. I was really surprised at how much I actually liked this series just because it’s so popular with the kids these days and it’s getting a lot of twilight comparisons, so I was apprehensive. but then all my friends read them and couldn’t stop talking about it, so I went ahead and gave them a chance, and i’m glad I did.

First off I loved the characters, because they for the most part were actually realistic in how people would act. And the whole love triangle thing, like we haven’t seen this before, except SHOCK this time the girl wasn’t falling all over herself because she wanted each one sooooo bad and HAD TO have them. Bitch was like “I like you and all and we’re great friends buuuttt….” and I liked that a whole lot.

I don’t want to get spoiler alerty up in here so i’ll stop commenting on the actual books and just leave it here with, it was really enjoyable and I had fun reading them and actually found myself semi attached to the characters. Awesome job Suzanne Collins.