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The Good Immigrant

(Not gonna lie, that’d be a kick ass title for a book) Alas, this is a rare instance of a non-book-related post

The other day on twitter I saw debate over wich kind of immigrant people from the US are “fine” “taking in” (meaning they’d most likely not tear-gas their families of kidnap their children) And me, having been a child immigrant myself, I decided to write a thing on here, just to get it off of my chest.

This was also motivated by my own country’s issues with immigration, particularly with Venezuelan refugees.

WARNING: This ended up longer than I expected–

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Life Update: A book a month and travel plans

So… the title pretty much says it? No? Well,

I’ll be going into a sort-of-but-not-really-a-book buying ban because…

I’m going to Europe!*

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*eventually

More exactly I’ll be traveling to England, Scotland, Ireland and Spain. It’s a trip that I’ve been meaning to take since forever and I finally have enough money and time. The thing is that I don’t have much money so to save as much as I can I decided to limit all my expenses, this, sadly, includes books. For the forseeable future I’ll buy only one book each month (from the 2019 new releases) and the rest of books I’ll read will be from those I already own (working to Beat The Backlist)

The plan is to visit London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Galway in two weeks (sleep is for the weak) and then spend a full week in Spain with all my old friends. I’ll be traveling with my little sister and the plan is to sleep in hostels and walk all day , seeing as much as possible. I also have a special itinerary of all the literary places I want to see while we’re there and I’ll try to upload photos on here.

There’s a chance we’ll be traveling as soon as next month so if I suddenly drop out the face of the Earth… well, you know where to find me.

Also, if you have any suggestions of places we should visit while on those cities they are more than welcome!

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Comments on Colorism in Latinx Culture

I never thought I’d actually write a post about this but I just finished Blanca and Roja and had some thoughts.

On that book we have two sisters as the main characters: Blanca and Roja, both of them latinas. Blanca is light-skinned and blonde while Roja has darker skin and brown almost black hair with hints of red. The way they are treated differently by everyone, even in their own family is an important point in the story and I highly recommend reading it if you enjoy magical realism.

“Everyone is on your side. You pretend they’re not. You pretend we’re the same. But people look at us differently. Boys. Teachers. Our own cousins. Even people who look more like me look at you like you’re better.”–Roja

First of all, let’s make a couple of things clear: Colorism is not the same as racism but it is rooted on it. Colorism is considering someone of the same race inferior because they are “less white”. This is usually done subconsciously and perpetuated thanks to imperialism and euro-centric beauty standards – Continue reading “Comments on Colorism in Latinx Culture”

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Blogtober-10 Reasons I Love & Hate Autumn & Spring

Blogtober day 20, can you believe I kept something going for twenty days???I can’t

I’m still following Jenniely‘s wonderful Blogtober prompts and denying the fact that the weather is getting progressively warmer in my half of the world… okay, maybe I should face the music at some point…. Let’s talk autumn and spring for this one!

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Blogtober- Autumnal Reads

You can see the rest of the prompts on the first Blogtober post!

Although I’m not currently on autumn it is my favorite season so I’ll go ahead and talk about that.

Fall is a time for sunnugling down with a cozy blanket and a darker kind of book. I have a weakness for fantasy but within the genre. Autumn is a time to let the livelyness of summer go and face whatever is left. It’s the time for the more moraly dubious kind of main characters, as well as a time for witches and death.

What are the feelings that autumn brings to you?

Do you agree with any of these picks?

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Helping Bloggers through Discussion Posts

Blogging is hard, but not impossible.

The best way to get better at something is asking those who are far ahead from us. There’s a lot of bloggers that are ready to share their tricks and advice on how to keep a book blog running. I’m not good at giving advice but I am great at reading it, that’s why I decided to compile a list of some Discussion Posts that really helped me and can help many more..

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I’m dividing this into three categories:

  1. Time management; trying not to die while blogging

  2. Writing is Hard; tips and advice on writing posts and reviews

  3. Making friends; the book blogging community is a magical and confusing place

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Sneak Peak•What if it’s us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli

We got a sneak peek!!!

The amazingness that is this writing duo has released a teaser with the cover and the first two chapters of What if it’s Us?

And guys…

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I am both people on this gif, because I was blessed and because I feel like I’m going to be run over by a car

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Without spoilers?

This is the cutest shit I’ve ever read. I can just feel the affinity of these two characters, the world of possibilities they present…

The chapters are divided on each main’s POV with Becky writing Ben’s and Adam writing Alejo. Even if the article didn’t say it you can just tell at first sight.

Ben is very much a BA character, he comes from a caring family, has friends (though not many) and is upper-middle class. He is sweet and caring and has an optimistic way of seeing the world.

Alejo is peak AS, he is a latino with a less than perfect life and real problems that make him retract into himself. He is open but realistic about the world (if a bit pessimistic, but since he’s just gone through a breakup I don’t know if that’s a defining trait), he loves his friends.

Both Becky and Adam’s styles are beautiful but quite different, I’m excited to see how these two manage to form a relationship and make it work.

I just hope the ending was left in the hands of Becky. While I love Adam and his books, I’d prefer this one was not a tragedy

So, yeah, this is going to kill me.

I want some gay ID card to whip out like a cop badge. Or I could demonstrate in other ways. God. I would happily demonstrate.

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Migraine Awareness Month

Because I haven’t been able to write a thing in over two weeks and my head hurts.

June is Migraine Awareness Month and since I have migraines, I’m making you all aware of it.

For those of you who don’t know, migraines are strong, often debilitating, headaches and, for some people, they happen regularly.

I was diagnosed with migraines when I was 9. I’m 23 now and suffer from chronic migraines; this means that I have headaches more than 15 days a month. It sucks.

I will speak of my own experiences further down but if you only get one thing out of this post I’d rather it be this:  Some migraine studies estimate that 13 percent of adults in the U.S. population has migraines, and 2-3 million migraine suffers are chronic.

Meaning? You are not alone. Continue reading “Migraine Awareness Month”