The BEST Netflix Original Shows|A Somewhat Biased List

Alright, I am a huge TV watcher.  I’ve watched a lot of Netflix Originals and I’ve determined these are the best (well, I guess in my opinion but I’m pretty sure I’m right)

Chewing Gum

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Okay if you were going to only watch one show on this list, Chewing Gum is the show to binge. It’s a show about Tracy wanting to have sex and her just discovering the world around her. Hilarious dialogue, POC characters, British Slang, Social Commentary,  Sex Positive, what else is not to like? Episodes are only about 30 min long and there’s 6 episodes per season so you can finish this whole series a day. The only downside is that iT’S ONLY 2 SEASONS AND I WANT MORE. This show is Netflix’s hidden gem and it’s honestly a must-watch. AND it’s written by the main character herself so BONUS.

BOJACK HORSEMAN

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When you first see this show, you may think that it’s some type of typical adult comedy. This follows a 90s sitcom star, Bojack Horseman and how he tries to navigate his life as a “wash-up” actor. However, this show is so much more than that. This show turns dark in later episodes and is all about existential themes. Some people give up on the show because our main character is unlikable. I mean, he’s arrogant, pessimistic, disappoints almost every character, makes horrible decisions. Some people stop watching because it gets to “depressing.” I personally think this show is stunning. At times, I want to shake Bojack but other times I want to hug him. THE LAST TWO EPISODES OF THE LATEST SEASON OH GOD. TW: Alcohol/drug abuse, depression

Stranger Things

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I am not the biggest fan of science fiction (apart from star wars), but man this show is beautiful. This is about a boy who becomes missing and the boy’s friends finds this girl who can perform telekinesis. The friends uses the girl, in hopes to figure of where their friend might be. There’s also a lot of strange shit going on in the entire town. Stranger Things is gripping and I would recommend to anybody who wants to get into sci-fi.

Dear White People

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Alright, before yall start to judge, watch the show. This is a satire about BOTH black and white people. The show explores social commentary, millennialism, racism in universities, segregation and more. I recommend this to everyone and anyone. This is also a reminder that black face is unacceptable and I don’t know why this is still a thing like wtf February this year was an honest shit show. TW: Racism, homophobia

Orange is the New Black

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This was the first Netflix Original I watched and fell in love with. Okay, I’m going to tell you something though: the main character, Piper is the absolute worst and she does not get any better in later seasons. Also, counseling in this show is a fucking joke.  However, if you watched this show for it’s amazing characters, then you will fall in love with it. There’s a diverse cast: WOC and A LOT of LGBTQ. You will fall in love them all and in each episode there’s flashbacks of an woman’s story and how she got sent to prison. The show explores the corrupt criminal system, private prisons, the treatment of these women, etc. The last season made me so angry omfg. Also, the main writer of the show is  a  woman soooooooooooo, yes please. TW: Racism, homophobia, sexism, rape/sexual assault, drug/alcohol abuse, suicide

Honorable mentions: Luke Cage,

Shows I need to watch: The Get Down (the episodes are so long), Sense 8

Once I watch those shows, I will most likely update this:)

Mostly Short Books Because I’m a Lazy Ladybug|April Wrap Up

13 books (let’s ignore the fact that most of these are short stories/novellas/graphic novels/books under 300 pages).

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GENERAL

Favorite Book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Least Favorite Book: #GirlBoss

New Authors Read: All of them were knew to me except Becky Albertalli and Brian K. Vaughn

New Authors I want to continue reading: Seanan McGuire

READING CHALLENGES

Number of “Diverse” Books Read: 9

Number of #OwnVoices Read: 5 (I think)

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ

Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 1

Number of YA: 7

Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 0

Number of Classics: 0

Number of Short Stories/Novellas: 2

Number of Short Story Collections: 0

Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 6

Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 3

Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 1

Number of Nonfiction: 2

Number of Graphic Novels/comics:4

Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

The Hate U Give|Openly Straight| You’re Welcome Universe|Upside|

Mini Reviews

Important books

TV/Movie Reviews

If You Watched 13 Reasons Why

New Shows Watched:

  • 13 Reasons Why: 2/5 (basically the same problems I had with the book but amplified)
  • Chewing Gum: 5/5 (new favorite of all time)
  • Dear White People: 4.5/5 (really good yes beautiful)
  • Jane The Virgin: 2/5 (too formulaic for me) DNF
  • Girlboss: 2.5/5 (Sophia is honestly horrible and Annie deserves better aka me)

Goals For Upcoming Month

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Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

BOOK HAUL|I’ve read some of these already oops

Whoop whoop here are the books I’ve bought since like January.

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The Sun is Also the Star by Nicola Yoon:  Unread. Features a Jamican immigrant and the other MC is Korean-American.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: Read and loved already! My review can be found here. Fat MC with Anxiety, diverse side characters

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill: Unread. This book is about rape culture in Ireland.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour: Unread A story about grief. Slight f/f romance I believe

Ask A Queer by Lindsay King-Miller: Currently Reading Basically what the title says!

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruse: Read A woman with no college degree and became a successful clothing business owner. Was ehh about it.

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Read and amazing and please read. m/m cute romance and diverse side characters

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: Honestly, not a clue but I know it’s sci-fi with POC characters!

Have you read any of these? Let me know down below!

 

Authors Defending Themselves and Other Bad Ideas

Yeah, I could make a long ass post on why this shit is unacceptable. I honestly don’t know why this defending harmful tropes/stereotypes has become a thing. BUT, I’ll just make a list for ya’ll.

  • If reviewers are saying that something is racist, homophobic, ablest, cissexist or anything else that’s harmful to a marginalized group, stop and think. It’s highly that people who are feeling this way are part of those groups. Authors defending themselves saying those groups are wrong is ridiculous (your privilege is most likely showing).
  • I know authors put in a lot of work into their books. I get it’s stressful, time consuming and whatever. However, being author shouldn’t be easy. Authors need to put their pride in the trash and listen to their reviewers (their marginalized reviewers at that).
  • Research is good and all but SENSITIVITY READERS IS A MUST for any book that has marginalized characters.
  •  Oh god authors, please stop commenting on Goodreads reviews, especially when you are defending yourself. You are making yourself look more like a fool than you already are lmao.
  • If you private message a reviewer, STILL DEFENDING YOURSELF, there’s a thing called screenshots and you will get exposed. #Stopthreateningreviewerswithblackmagic
  • Author’s friends: please stop defending you’re friend’s problematic work. Lookin at you Tamora Pierce.
  • Authors, tell your fans to stop attacking reviewers who call out you out. This is the worst thing ever and I’m tired of seeing on my twitter timeline of people I follow getting constantly attacked. IF YOU AS AN AUTHOR SUPPORT THIS BULLYING YOU NEED TO SIT DOWN WITH A CUP OF BITTER TEA AND REEVALUATE YOUR LIFE.
  • FANS: Yes, it’s tragic to see your favorite author produce a harmful book. I’ve been burned too (Personal example: Richelle Mead’s Soundless portrays disabilities in a very negative light). I love Richelle Mead growing up, she was like my Stephanie Meyer. However, I can’t defend her for a book that’s harmful to a marginalized group, I’m sorry. It’s hard to admit when your favorite author does something wrong but you know what, you just got to get over it. You just had to be like, “well fuck, Soundless was pretty messed up, I love Richelle Mead but I don’t recommend this book to anybody because of the ablest undertones.” You are not even betraying your author rather you are helping them realize their mistakes.
  • FANS: If you rate a book 5 stars and people start to speak out against the book on how it portrays harmful themes, STOP AND THINK. I’m not saying you should lower your rating. Star rating don’t really mean much tbh. However, putting a disclaimer in your reviewer about the situation doesn’t hurt either.

Well that’s it. I’m done. Have a great rest of your day!

“Why Party When You Can Read?”| #1

I’m a college student yet I never go out during the weekends to these parties hosted by the frat houses (okay people in greek life low-key scare me). So this is a knock off version of my Friday Reads since I will be mostly be reading. Oh, I am also working 10pm-5am tonight so please send some positive vibes lmao.

So, here’s what I’m reading this weekend

25526296Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.


25667918Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.


25733577Ask a Queer Chick is a guide to sex, love, and life for lesbian, gay, bi, and queer women. Based on the long-running and popular advice column for The Hairpin, but featuring entirely new content, Ask a Queer Chick cuts through all of the bizarre conditioning imparted by parents, romantic comedies, and The L Word to help queer readers and their straight/cis friends navigate this changing world. Offering advice on everything from coming out to getting your first gay haircut to walking down the aisle, Ask a Queer Chick is a positive, down-to-earth guide that will resonate with readers of Dan Savage and Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things

Reminder: Book Giveaway! [A VERY Updated List]

This is just a reminder of my current book giveaway!

I added (and subtracted 1 due to the nature of the book) more and I hope you all will enjoy this list to choose from (I will also be emailing the list of books to the winner).

Go to THIS POST to enter. Below is an updated list of the books that you can choose. As a reminder you can choose only ONE (sorry, I’m tight on money lol).

This Giveaway ends MAY 11.

Thank you and good luck

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli| yes, yes and yes

30653853Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

I feel like there has already been a lot of great reviews surrounding this book but I will still put in my two cents.

REVIEW

I loved this book. Becky Albertalli has a way of constructing these relatable hilarious characters. I found myself saying, “yes, this character is me” to basically all the characters.

Like Molly, I was also a fat teenager. Strangely, it felt like I was reading my own autobiography because Molly’s thoughts were basically the same thoughts I had. Like Molly, I felt slightly jealous of the other girls who were getting in relationships, I noticed most of them had under size 7 bodies. I felt jealous for the so-called “sluts” because they were getting laid and they had rock hard bodies and I thought there were some type of correlation between the two. I felt guilty for thinking this throughout high school and I honestly thought something was completely wrong with me.

Some people have critiqued this book for such “another self-conscious fat girl who wants a boyfriend” and frankly I find that hilarious.  I’m going to give an example:

” Because chubby girls don’t get boyfriends, and they definitely don’t have sex. Not in movies–not really–unless it’s supposed to be a joke. And I don’t want to be a joke.”

This line may see this line as an “woe is me” type of thing but I see this as a commentary of the lack of authentic positive body representation in media/entertainment. That’s just me and some may interpret such differently

Anyways, I liked how this book was the journey of Molly trying to find confidence in her own skin. However, I also liked how it’s expressed that confidence isn’t something that’s easily handed to people and it takes time. By the end of the book, Molly doesn’t become some overly cocky woman who can take on the world. She still has her insecurities and she embraces them  and I think that’s something anybody can learn from.

Molly’s twin sister, Cassie, was also a delight. She’s a lesbian, outspoken and deeply cares for her sister. I loved her relationship with Molly and it almost felt like it was sort of their story rather than just Molly’s so that was just fucking awesome. I also just admired how how she outspoken on patriarchy and LGBTQIA+ issues and generally was just a kickass character.

“Um, let’s just start with the implication that becoming a woman has anything to do with whether or not you’ve had sex”

The relationship between Molly and Reid was adorable as shit. My favorite character relationship trope is when both characters are extremely awkward, especially when it’s first love. Frankly, first love relationships are awkward as hell and I’m glad that was portrayed in the book. I hate when books make first love like both characters know exactly what they are doing but both Molly and Reid are like “what are we supposed to do?” “I don’t know, honestly.” Like yes! It’s authentic cute dialogue that makes me squeal in delight (I never squeal but this relationship did)! And ohhh the fan art can we please. Check out this fan art because yes.

Before making my rating, I was thinking about the ending and the overall message that it might send to some readers. The whole “fat girls finds love and now she has confidence” trope. I thought about this and even considered lowering my rating. However thinking about it more, I don’t think it even presents that trope.

Usually when we see this trope in books, we have these classic lines:

“he can have all the girls in the world but he chose me”

“he likes me for me”

“he doesn’t care that I’m fat, he likes me for who I am”

I can honestly go on all day but these phrases never present themselves (at least I’m aware of, hopefully I’m accurate lmao). I honestly don’t think the main love interest, Reid even mentions her body is any way (even the other love interest, Will). Yeah, the main character is nervous about sex when because of her wait but I honestly shared those same struggles in high school too. So for those reasons I simply don’t see it. However, I do understand those who do and more if you are a fellow fat girl.

Becky also somewhat addressed this issue on her twitter here if you guys are curious.

At the end of the day, I see a book where a girl finds first love.

I applaud the healthy conversations about sex and importance of birth control. Anything that I sex positive earns an A+ from me.

Now, this doesn’t account for my rating but I think it’s good to note that this is an #ownvoices book when it comes to Molly’s underrepresented body type, her anxiety and her being Jewish. Molly and Cassie also has two moms (one of them being Jewish and the other being black),  Cassie’s girlfriend, Mina is Korean-American and pansexual, and  Reid the love interest is also Jewish. There’s a shit ton more such as POC and LGBTQIA+ wise but you get the picture.

Although the diversity aspect didn’t account for my star rating, I did take .5 away due to the fact that I wished more character arcs were explored such as the dynamics of Molly’s parents, Cassie’s girlfriend Mina, their Jewish religion, etc. I am going to give credit to the wonderful character development of Cassie though.

I wished this was published when I was in high school. This could have possibly helped me get through some tough times.

Great book by a beautiful author, would recommend.