This is where I list the books I got from my favorite used-books store. Now that I think about it, I usually do this after I've read all of them, but I got six this time and with the stuff I have to do for school and the R.E.A.D.S. that I have to read before a certain time they are not top priorities.
Please tell me I'm not the only one who hates pushing and shoving through crowds in order to buy clothes that are fifty percent off. Black Friday. Yep, unfortunately, I had to go through some of that torture today (and went to Wal-Mart with my mom yesterday which was a nightmare). I do like the fact that I got a few cute tops and a gorgeous necklace though...
I also went to my favorite book store and got a pile of books-- six for about thirteen dollars. Which I will debrief you on tomorrow hopefully and maybe use one of them in a book review.
Actually, now that I think about it, that might be a little repetitive so I'll probably review some R.E.A.D.S. that I've read (I've borrowed loads more since last time). It's so nice scrolling down my kindle app and seeing their pretty little covers (that's literal. the covers are very little).
I'm also going to be watching movies with family this weekend. I am beyond thankful that I got this week off in college class. Anywho, this is just a quick update before some bigger future posts.
P.S. I should probably also let you know that I have accomplished more on the "relaxing, doing-nothing-at-all-for-long-periods-of-time" side of vacation then the "studious, educational" side. I blame the weather. It's too cold to concentrate.
Chillin' cause we're cool,
I am so excited about this! Can you tell? I figured out how to make a blog button for my blog via a very helpful article on WikiHow, which I will link here. The html thingamajigger is under it, and I'll keep it there until I figure out how to put it on the sidebar or something similar. I just wanted to put this on here, before continuing the iWOMAN post like I said I would. Ha! In your face.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
When I first started this post, I was getting ready to smash the "sexy" heroine to bits. Because let's face it, while some girls like that style, most of us want to read about girls who stand out because they're smart, or strong, or talented with the bow and arrow. Not because they're pretty or skinny. My post was going to be somewhat of a rant (shhh don't tell anyone) which would be followed by lists of movies, books, photos, and characteristics of the "strong woman" aka the right kind of heroine. Because it really does bother me a lot when, especially in movies, girls flutter their eyelashes and walaa their male counterpart is overcome and helpless. Uhhh, we have brains (and fists), thank you very much. And there I go again (I warned you about the ranting). This is what it comes down too: I read an amazing post called "On Media Hype, And If It's Even the Problem" by Mime at the Notebook Sisters blog. In this post, which you should go and read immediately, Mime talks about how there are "strong women" stereotypes as well.
Right across from the Jennifer Lopezes (I can't think of a specific example right now) are the Katniss Everdeens. Basically, Mime points out that there are rarely any in-betweens for heroines-- there are either sexy godesses or kick-butt godesses. And once again, heroines are being forced into two constricting groups. We all want to be like Katniss, but we're actually not. I'm not in shape (let's be serious. I hate exercising), even though I want to be, but would being in shape make me a better person? Would it make me stronger? Really? Nah, I don't think so. Even though I wasn't gonna do this post specifically for athletic heroines anyway, I think I'm going to try to add more variety than the "physically strong" and "mentally strong" that I was going to write about originally. But I would like to add that it is so frustrating to see the tiny amount of respect that women/girls get. They are still not taken seriously as fighters or protectors. And this, I think, is partly the reason that the "Katniss-type" has shown up more and more in different YA fiction. We girls (and think about it, this happens very much in books by female writers) are still fighting the old, strong idea that we can't do as much as guys. We're not as physically strong, so we can't defend ourselves. It's just the good ol' feminism kicking in gear and flowing through our veins ;)
Don't stop it.
Er, anyways, let us begin the discovery of all sides of strong women.
Before I start on Mako Mori, I just need to say something. Pacific Rim was the best!! It had a totally fresh idea, which the plot built on. First of all, it's already pretty cool that two-person teams have to link their minds and memories in order to control enormous robots called Jaegers. What's even cooler is that they categorize the Kaiju (sea monsters) like hurricanes. They have category 1, 2, 3, 4, and finally 5 Kaiju. Which are horrifying creatures (also gigantic) that occasionally spew neon blue acid. It's intense, man.
What I liked about Mako Mori was that she didn't let her real-time inexperience or bad memories stop her from being a Jaeger pilot. There was one bad incident in the prep room (which I am not going to tell you about because SPOILER), but after that Mako pulled herself together and performed very well under stressful circumstances (translation: I was clutching a pillow and had my jaw dropped the whole entire movie. almost). She kicked some Kaiju butt, and you have to admit that the Jaeger fist-to-palm salute is pretty freaking awesome and intimidating. And she has a streak of blue hair.
Marie Kreutz. The woman who helps Jason Bourne escape from authorities. Well, actually, she did it for the stack of cash Bourne offered her. But, you know. For those of you who haven't watched these movies, Marie and Bourne end up together. The reason I picked her as a strong woman, though, is because through all the drama and running-for-her-life and finding out that Bourne is some kind of super-human, she stays relatively calm. Marie helps Bourne when he's sick. She even helps him get information (referring to hotel scene). Annnnd she only freaks out once. That woman has steel nerves I'm telling you. She's not athletic or gorgeous or a hacker but she's still strong. Oh, and another thing-- watch the movie.
You'll thank me.
Minority Report is about the Chief of the Precrime Unit, John Anderton, is accused of murder by his own system which uses technology to identify killers before they commit their crimes. Agatha, the girl in the above photo with tubes coming out of her head, is a Precog. There a three Precogs. They are the basis of the whole Precrime Unit. These Precogs were born from mothers who were taking drugs, which gave these children these gifts. There are three Precogs, but Agatha, the girl, is the most gifted. The Precogs predict the crimes.
But Agatha, even though she's almost completely under the Unit's control, suspended helplessly in a nurturing liquid, finds a way to hide some crimes from it. She breaks through and contacts Anderton. I feel like Agatha is the strongest of all the girls I've shown you so far. She makes the impossible possible through sheer will.
I know I said I would put books and pictures on here too, but I want to get this post out today so... SORRY!! I know I'm not that good with series posts but I promise I will finish this one :)
Be strong! (or you can just read books and eat chocolate like me)
I'm going to have a vacaaaation this week. Three days off for Thanksgiving! And since my college class falls right on Thanksgiving day, I won't have to go in (mwahahahaha). Technically, I have plans to do some constructive things. In actuality, I probably won't get much done. BUT I'm trying to put together a list that goes halfway in between those two extremes. Like catching up on school and reading a book on future physics, and writing for my blog, my WIP (work in progress), and just lying around in general. We'll see how that works out.
Books I'll be reading (hopefully):
The following books are R.E.A.D.S. since I haven't had time to go to the library (and it's freezing cold here, we don't need no Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cause that's me every time I go outside). R.E.A.D.S. stands for Regional eBook & Audiobook Download System. In the words of Agent Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. someone really wanted the initials to spell "reads."
I just discovered the top book while researching for an ethical paper (you probably don't want to hear about school though). I have been wanting to read Short-Straw Bride for eons. So I'm really excited about being able to read it, even though I like reading actual, physical books better than Kindle books. Psh no I don't have a Kindle. I have the Kindle app for PC. I'm posh like that ;)
I will be posting more often (hopefully). At least, until my next dual-enrollment class. Ok, back to Short-Straw Bride. Does anyone else find the idea of a whole band of brothers pulling straws for a bride totally intriguing/fascinating??
More things will be coming this week like: book reviews, days in the life, umm...oh, and maybe a guest post by Tansie Gray (you can visit her blog here).
Do you have any suggestions for what I should write about? If you do, please comment and tell me. I will beg on my knees if you continue to resist. And then there are the minions. I'm still recovering from their latest attack.
It took an ungodly amount of time to re-design the background of my blog. Do you know why? 'Cause the backgrounds provided by blogger sorta (totally) stink. Anyways, that is not the point of this post.
|Someone else's very nice photo|
Sooo, just a few months ago I was in my "Favorite Second-Hand Store in the State". Sorry, I forgot my original name for it. I am now doomed to be attacked by my own minions. *whispers* They show no mercy. Anyways, there they were (not the minions. the books series). Just like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Except they were in a dull section of brown bookcase. And they aren't gold. There were books 2-5 for only $1.50 each. I was seriously psyched. I could finally collect a complete series, and believe me, I have been "collecting" several series for a long time.
I have a confession to make. I am a blog stalker. Sometimes when my favorite blogs don't have any new posts, I'll go to a blog that has a lot of followers and click on random followers (on the Google Friend Connect thing) to see if they have any blogs I might be interested in or if they follow any blogs I might be interested in. Is that creepy? Hmm. Meh, I don't think so :)
So as I was blalking (Blog+stalking. I'm a genius. I know you don't have to tell me), I discovered this blog called Creaology (you can check it out here ) which has a page totally devoted to questions to ask your character. HOW COOL, right? I decided right away that I would save it to do for you all on my blog. I'm not sure that I'll be able to answer them that well though, as I don't even have a name for the character I'm gonna be doing yet *rolls eyes at self*. But hey, you guys can help me come up with a name!
|more or less what she looks like|
1. Chocolate, vanilla, or...
I've never had either. Are they foods? (Me: Well, hm, yeah one of them definitely is *grins*)
2. What is/was your favorite school subject?
Cartography. (Me: Why?) *jaw clenches* My da restored old maps. I was enchanted.
3. What is your dream job?
I don't have one.
4. Follow or lead?
Lead. Can't trust anyone else to lead.
5. Spend time with a) large crowds, b) a select group of individuals, or c) no one, but instead a book, computer, animal, etc.?
You've given me quite a selection. (Me: *narrows eyes* are you being sarcastic?) *smirks* Me? *face turns serious again* I'd say a book, but Kaity as well.
6. Favorite hobbies/sports?
*snorts* I don't do hobbies. I have to survive. (Me: OKAY. Geeze.)
7. Follow rules or make your own?
The existing rules suck. I make my own.
8. Change or routine?
It's easier to make decisions with routine.
1. Justice or mercy?
2. Honesty or kindness?
3. Is gossip acceptable?
To hear? Yes.
4. Is violence acceptable?
I would say that it isn't needed. The people who need to use violence are stupid and lack the respect of others.
5. Is killing acceptable?
In some cases.
6. What does it take for you to compromise?
Nothing. Well...almost nothing.
1. Hair color?
2. Eye color?
Brown. (Me: Actually they're a sort of hazel. Sometimes they look golden and somet--) *rolls her eyes*
Average I'd say. Maybe short on some standards.
*Gives me a strange look* I don't know.
5. What do you like most about your physical appearance?
I don't think about that stuff. (Me: Ever?) *ignores me*
6. If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be?
You're so hung up on looks. (Me: *outraged gasp* AM NOT) Fine. My freckles. (Me: But there so--) *shoots me a warning look* (Me: Never mind.)
Yes. Running from patrols gives a person muscles.
1. What causes you to respect someone?
When they appreciate things that aren't usually view with much value.
2. What causes you do distrust someone?
The way they act. It's all in the eyes and how they walk.
3. How do you want others to perceive you?
I don't care how they perceive me for the most part.
4. How do you perceive yourself?
A protector. Of my sister.
5. What is your greatest fear?
That I'll never find my parents. Or that the patrols will finally get us.
Tada! Well, there you are folks. Please, please, please comment. :))