It’s Monday April 26th! Whatcha reading?

It's Monday April 26th! Whatcha Reading?

Hey y'all! I've been doing poorly at keeping up with my book-buying-ban-type-thing. So many books. Oh well. I also wanted to participate in the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon but I had to work and then had previous plans! If you participated this go-round, let me know how it went for you!

This past week I was lucky enough to find a copy of The Raven King on the shelf early! Because of this, I obviously had to put whatever I’d been reading aside so I could dive into the final instalment of the Raven Cycle. It did not disappoint (for the most part). I can’t wait to see what the rest of the fans at large think! Especially of the ending. I think I will be doing a series review in the near future!

No One Knows: A Thriller by JT Ellison | A Spring She Reads Selection

No One Knows by JT Ellison

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 22nd, 2016 by Gallery Books

Note: A copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review as part of the She Reads blog network.

From the publisher:
The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on; she wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious yet strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?

It's Monday, April 18th. Whatcha Reading?

We're halfway through April, guys! I can't even believe it. Each year goes by faster than the last. And I'm not happy about it. However, I am happy that I can reasonably assume we've had it with the snow. We had a couple of storms last week which was pretty lame... But the forecast looks pretty good this week. And (fingers crossed) it will only get warmer!

I'm also pretty excited because I should be getting some big bucks back on my tax return (!!!!) and I'm looking for apartments with a friend! Going to move out (hopefully!!!) and give adulting a try. We'll see how it goes.

In case you were wondering, I've joined the Hamilton tribe. I got the album on Apple Music and have been listening to it non-stop for the last couple of weeks. SO GOOD. HOW DID I NOT LISTEN TO IT BEFORE. So, yes, lovely folks of the internet, you have led me right and I thank you for it.

Feminism & Punk Rock | Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Hardcover, 244 pages
Published October 27th, 2015 by Riverhead Books

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

All we ever wanted was just to play songs and shows that mattered to people, that mattered to us. Music that summed up the messiness of life, that mitigated that nagging fear of hopelessness, loneliness and death.

Before I read this book, I didn’t know that much about Carrie Brownstein. I, of course, know her from the hilarious show Portlandia, but I hadn’t heard of the punk band Sleater-Kinney before. I really love Portlandia so when when I had the chance, I was eager to learn more about Ms. Brownstein.

Books and Discussions: Links to check out during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Five Novels that Illustrate Rape Culture from Book Riot 
A discussion about the prevalence of rape culture and books that capture it. "Here are five novels that can help you understand rape culture and how it demands that rape survivors become perfect victims because the rapist is always given the benefit of the doubt."

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Boys will be boys.
What did she expect?
She probably just regrets it.
She wanted it.
She was asking for it.
What was she wearing?
She was just drunk.

Consent, rape, and rape culture have been getting more attention in the media and pop culture. Books, articles, and discussions on this topic have been popping up all over the place. And it’s awesome. But it’s not enough. It is, however, a good start.

Rape culture is a huge problem. Because of it, because of the lack of education about consent, we are amidst a rape epidemic.

Here’s feminist author Emilie Buchwald’s definition of rape culture:
a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm . . . In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change.

And we have to be the ones who change it. We need to continue spreading education and awareness about sexual violence and consent.

Sexual assault is unacceptable.
Sexual assault is preventable.

Don't just stand by. Educate. 

More resources:
Viral consent and tea video:

 This month, let's talk about sexual assault. Let's talk about consent. Let's talk about rape culture. 

It’s Monday. Whatcha Read In March?

Hey guys! It’s Monday! What are you reading? What did you read in March?

For me, March was a pretty good, but unproductive, month. The first week of March I was lucky enough to go on a trip to Mexico with my family! I had an amazing time! You can read about it here. This month, I only wrote seven posts. However, I have been having a good time making new friends and getting out of the house more! Wee!

Exciting April New Releases!

Exciting April Releases

Spriiiiiingtime! It's spriiiiingtime, lovely people! Winter is melting away, and soon it will be warm again. I can't wait. I'm so sick of this cold, dreary weather! You know what's as exciting as nice weather? New books! And let me tell you, there are some seriously exciting books coming out this month. Here are the books that I am most excited about.