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I Should Have Read That Book - A Book Tag

Good morning!

While I wasn't tagged for this one, I spotted the "I Should Have Read That Book" tag over on The Hels Project and couldn't resist. A huge thanks to the creator of this tag, Beth from Books Nest, this was a lot of fun and I hope you all enjoy! 

I tag: anyone who wants to partake! No pressure. ;)

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Rules:
Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
Answer the questions below
Tag 10 others to take part
ENJOY THE TAG! The QuestionsA book that a certain friend is always telling you to readI can't even count the number of times I was told to read Harry Potter. True facts: I've never read a single Harry Potter book. I think I missed the wave when they were first published and just never caught onto the hype...
A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it upAmerican Gods, by Neil Gaiman. I have no idea why.
A book in a series …

Wardrobe Essentials for the Working Class Minnesota Girl

Minnesota is one of those states that experiences the extremes of each climate - sweltering summers, wet and muddy springs, frigid winters, and crisp autumns. So those of us working and living in Minnesota have learned the fine art of balancing a work appropriate wardrobe that also takes into consideration the weather.

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Your Winter Work Look:


My recommendation is to layer up - but to keep your outfit from looking bulky, pair slim fitting pants and a fitted button-down with an oversized and cozy sweater. If your office tends to hover around 40° like mine does, keep a cute scarf handy as well.

Unless you have a car or take a bus that drops you at the door of your workplace, you will likely have to clomp through a bit of snow - a warm pair of winter boots in a neutral color like black or brown are life savers!

You Will Need:


Slim Black TrousersA Button D…

Mykki Reviews This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Blurb:

"Captain Jubilee Chase and rebel fighter Flynn Cormac are on opposite sides of a ceasefire on the half terraformed planet of Avon. The inhabitants of Avon living in the lifeless swamps just want access to food and medicine - and to be recognized as a planet. The military installment protecting the terraforming company just wants to avoid any more of their soldiers from getting the Fury and going on violent killing sprees.

Chase and Flynn are about to uncover the galactic conspiracy keeping Avon under the cover of fog - and what that fog's hiding out there in the swamps. And along the way, they may discover that they aren't so different from each other after all."


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Dollar Tree books rarely thrill me as much as this one did - the second installment of the Starbound trilogy picks up after the first book, These Broken Stars, which I have not read - and this time we're down on the murky, swamp planet of Avon.

So let's dive right in. …

Menhera and Yami Kawaii - So Cute I Could Die

Unless you're an avid follower of the more obscure fashion trends to creep out of Harajuku in the last two decades, you probably haven't heard of the fashion subculture movements that are challenging Japan's silent mental illness epidemic and suicide problem.

*Content Warning: Mentions of mental illness, self-harm, suicide, and other potentially triggering ideas. Read at your own risk.


Enter Menhera and Yami Kawaii.

According to the tumblr account fymenhera, menhera (ใƒกใƒณใƒ˜ใƒฉ) is a Japanese slang term derived from the English 'mental health' and sparked a whole underground fashion subculture often referred to as yami kawaii (็—…ใฟใ‹ใ‚ใ„ใ„) or "sick cute".

Refinery29 did a piece on this a while back, which you can find here or simply watch the video below:


Japan (and other parts of Asia) have long carried an intense and negative stigma towards mental illness. Those suffering from mental illness or other mental health problems had very little in the way of resources or…

How I Fail At "Adulting" Even Though I'm 31!

Inspired by this post from Sian Katherine, I thought it would be really interesting to examine the ways in which I, a thirty-one year old human being, utterly fail at being an #adult. In recognizing that we all have different abilities based on our cognitive understandings, physical and mental health, and socio-economic privileges, keep in mind that this is all in good fun, based on my own personal experiences, and that there is no one true way to 'adult'.



1. I do not possess a driver's license. When many of my sixteen year old peers were out getting their permits and indulging in six hours of behind-the-wheel training, I was quaking with anxiety and pretty much putting it off entirely. I first got my learner's permit when I was 18 and even though I did some actual driving, never pursued getting my license.

I'm 31, and I've only recently acquired my learner's permit again after at least a decade of no driving.


2. I have never mastered the art of curling my ha…

~ The Deep Questions ~ Tag

So I pulled this questionnaire off tumblr from user fuckyeahsurveys. So let's dive deep into some of our personal feelings and beliefs on a variety of thought-inducing questions.


Deep Questions 1. What is more difficult for you, looking into someones eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someones eyes when they are telling you how they feel?Oh, this is a tricky one. Eye contact is painfully uncomfortable for me anyhow but I would have to say it's more difficult when someone is telling me their feelings. Being on the receiving end of something like that makes me feel kind of powerless and at their mercy. If it was the other way around, I'd have control of the conversation and would be more confident. I think.
2. Think of the last time you were REALLY angry. WHY were you angry? Do you still feel the same way?The last time I was really angry happened quite recently, actually. I was met with a barrage of insults and personal attacks late at night, many …

The Power of Perspective

The human brain is a funny little computer, made of squishy bits and spark plugs. Those squishy bits like to group together and form what more educated adults will tell you are "neural pathways."

These pathways contribute to our perspective. About everything, really. The brain doesn't like to work hard, so it will naturally take the path of least resistance. Coincidentally, that also happens to be the path we tread the most.

Pessimistic? Your brain made a smoothly paved road of gloomy tar for that perspective.

Optimistic? Your grey matter has been happily slathering gold over that foot path.

Generally ambivalent? Like me, your myelin sheath is probably thinner than sewing thread. Tightrope time.

There's good news though.

The brain is a remarkably elastic web of sticky myelin threads and while it's not easy, it is definitely possible to flatten the weeds on a new neural pathway. In other words, you can learn to change your perspective.



Let's do a quick exercise.

Five Unpopular Opinions

You know what's great about opinions? We all have 'em! So here are a few of mine. Feel free to agree or disagree and tell me if you have any particular opinions often considered "unpopular"! 


1. Pineapple is the best pizza topping. Fight me.

2. Chocolate is disgusting.

3. Gender reveal parties are outdated and need to stop. 

4. The "Instagram Model Eyebrow" is hideous. (You know what I'm talking about.) 

5. Drinking milk over the age of, like, five should be unacceptable.

Etiquette Rules I (Personally) Find Pointless

Etiquette is a tricky realm in which to maneuver. Often, it varies from place to place and country to country. What's polite in one area of the world (slurping your noodles in Japan = ๐Ÿ–’) could be considered unfathomably rude elsewhere. So, let's approach this from a modern, millennial etiquette perspective, shall we?

Five Etiquette Rules I (Personally) Find Pointless

1.) Handwritten Thank You Notes- I try to be an environmentally friendly and conscious individual, truly I do. And I think that is perhaps why I have such a beef with "thank you" cards. Actually, any cards. Holiday cards, birthday cards, get-well-soon cards....it's all just paper. And it's all going to end up in the trash or recycling.

That tree died for something I glanced at for 30 seconds. If you truly want to thank me for something or wish me well, just email or text. Let me know in person next time you see me. If we are bosom buddies, you may even have permission to call and tell me.

2.) A…

~5 Facts About Me Tag~

I was tagged by the lovely Geraldine, so here goes: 5 Facts About Me! 


1. I have written three books.
The catch - I've only finished and self-published one of them and I'm honestly so embarrassed that it exists, that I never give anyone the Amazon link to it. But since I'm dusting off my writing chops again and trying to complete a rough draft this year, I'll oblige. Be warned - it's old and definitely NOT my best work!

Anything But Monochrome for Amazon Kindle


2. I speak a bit of Japanese and Korean.

I took a year of Japanese in university and absolutely fell in love with the language. The syntax! The morpheme structure! Three writing systems! I was happy to take on the challenge - I'm a Linguist at heart after all. And Japan is one of those places I've always wanted to visit.

When I began watching K-dramas, I was blown away by how beautiful Seoul and the Korean countryside is, and had to add that to my bucket list as well. I've been learning Korean on…

Sci-Fi and Introverts

Today is World Introvert Day and also National Science Fiction Day! There's nothing I love more than curling up on the sofa with a soft blanket and good book, especially if it's a space opera romp that could put Star Wars to shame, but I'm also a sucker for the classics - so here are some of my recommendations for good Science Fiction novels and films!


Films:
1. Fifth Element
2. Lost in Space
3. I, Robot
4. Star Wars
5. Blade Runner
6. Alien
7. 2001, A Space Odyssey
8. The Man Who Fell to Earth

Books:
1. Dune
2. Ender's Game
3. Frankenstein
4. The Time Machine
5. Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?
6. Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
7. A Wrinkle in Time
8. Oryx and Crake

What are your recommendations for good science fiction? Let me know in the comments!




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