# a book a day tag

Hey pals,

 

I came across this instagram/twitter challenge too late but I wanted to use the prompts to turn into a blog post and talk a little about some books I may not have thought to share.

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1) The book I turn to for Comfort: Georgia Nicolson Series, or Heartstopper.

2) The Book that makes me Cry: Hunger Games (book 1) Anything about district 11 makes me cry. Loveboat Taipei had some moments that made me blubber.

3) the book I’m finally planning on reading during Lockdown: I started The Hunger Games on a whim, but I guess I’ll say Alice Oseman’s novels coz I’d never read any of them before reading heartstopper. So far have read Radio Silence, started Solitaire and think I’ll pick up the ebook of I Was Born For This too coz they were all 99p. Generally, I’ve just been reading more.

4) The book that makes me laugh out loud: The Princess Diaries (book 1) was pretty hysterical and much more appreciated as a 25 year old vs. if I was a teen. (I mean, the line about her mum being depressed after finding out her boyfriend was a Republican wouldn’t have made sense to me as a teenager, but now I feel that in my soul), but also Loveboat Taipei was pretty hilarious.

5) My favourite book cover: Wranglestone or the second If Only.

6) My favourite audiobook to listen to: I don’t really listen to audiobooks, I struggle to actually listen if I end up doing stuff.

7) My favourite line from a book: “Maybe part of fighting unhappiness in this world is to seize happiness when we can.” – Loveboat, Taipei

8) The holiday read I never got to take: I mean, I’m still reading the books! But I feel like If Only has a holiday book feel.

9) My favourite indie bookshop: I’m gonna be unoriginal by saying Gays The Word. It’s standing history.

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10) My favourite book from childhood: I didn’t read as a child, I was read to and i can’t remember many, just the faraway tree? and Harry Potter.

11) The book character I most want to be: Apparently every male love interest I like.

12) My favourite meal from Literature: I don’t really care about food in books, I cannot lie.

13) My favourite recent book discovery: I’ve enjoyed a lot of my ebook reads recently which include, the Hunger Games, Alice Oseman’s Radio silence, Melanie Murphy’s If Only, and Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen was a really great book I picked up as an ebook for 99p.

14) Number of books on my TBR: Many. It keeps growing now I use the kindle app… Roughly 20 physical books right now, but I have a lot of books I want to re-read and more books I’ve not read yet.

15) The book that reminds me of someone I love: Anne of Green Gables, even though I haven’t read it yet. My mum brought me up on the 80’s films.

I hope you enjoyed a little book blog post, I thought it would be fun and a nice way to talk about a lot of the books i’ve read recently without actually reviewing them individually. I’m creating another ‘I watched the film then read the book’ for the Princess Diaries, and I’m going to be making a video about reading the Hunger Games for the first time, and all the 99p ebooks I’ve bought and tried to read (not all successfully) so if you like book content, keep an eye out! I do have loads of book videos going up too or already gone up so check out the playlist!

Tell me about a book you love and why you think I should read it!

~ artie

 

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Songs that Remind me of the 2000s Emo Era

Hey pals!

We thought that 2020 was going to be the Emo Renaissance with almost all our favourite bands are coming together for epic world tours or releasing new music, there has definitely been some new music produced by other genres that gave me the old emo feels. So, as a tribute to my MCR ticket that is not going to be used this year, here are some emo hits from pop musicians.

Fingers – lil peep

Sounds like simple plan / good charlotte mix.

Nightmare – Halsey 

Has an early Paramore feel with a bit of 90’s Grunge.

Hope for the Underrated youth – Yungblud

This sounds like MCR song with the long gritty notes.

I think I’m okay – Yungblud w/ Machine Gun Kelly 

Kinda like a slow song from sum 41 (possibly Pieces??) mixed with simple plan.

You’ll Be Fine – Palaye Royal

Sounds like it was inspired by Mama by My Chemical Romance and have a theatrical look like MCR, Fearless Vampire Killers, and old school Panic! (Recommended by Ash)

Sucks to be You – Emma Blackery

Another Suggestion from Ash! This one definitely has some Paramore vibes crossed with Bowling For Soup lyrics.

 

I hope you enjoy these songs, I have loads of playlists on spotify including a nice throw back to music I used to listen to, so if you wanna listen you can find that here!

I’m so sad I won’t be seeing MCR this year, I’m just hoping we all do what needs to be done to keep people as safe as possible so we can get back out there and carry on but we really need to be mindful of how our actions can affect others. Please stay inside! I have a post about how I’ve been keeping busy you can check out too for inspiration!

 

~ Artie

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Women in Suits!

Hey pals,

 

Since I made the post to appreciate men in dresses last year, I wanted to make one dedicated to women in suits! Clearly I had more to work with (too much, one could say) because it is more acceptable and trendy for women to wear suits vs. men wearing dresses or skirts. But it did give me more of an ability to be inclusive of race, size and disability. Though, I wish it was more inclusive, there were just so many people I couldn’t keep my head straight. Know someone I’ve missed and you think should get honorable mention? Leave a comment!

 

On to my list!

 

Gillian Anderson recently posed for some amazing photos in a suit, post Sex Education, and doing the research for this post I found it wasn’t the first time she’s worn and posed in a suit. I think she spend a large portion of her career in a suit as she starred in the X-Files for quite some time.

 

Zendaya has been a big hit with wearing suits in the last few years, really riling up the lesbians. Do queer people low-key wish she were gay? Yes.

 

Ashley Benson! I’ve loved her since PLL but now wifed up with Cara Delevingne (who I did not include in this post coz she is nonbinary and I just had so many women I wanted to include!) I stan Ashley in a suit.

 

Hailee Steinfeld has been making a sneaky impact wearing suits, I didn’t know until I stumbled upon the pictures!

 

Missy Elliott was suggested to me for the music video (honestly iconic, look at those bubblegum pink suits!) but I also stumbled upon this… odd purple one she wore too. Most of what I got when I Google searched ‘Missy Elliott suits’ were tracksuits so it wasn’t super easy to find!

 

Our queen! Selma Blair sporting her cane and a bald head! We stan.

 

Kehlani was another surprise but not really, most queer women will wear a suit at some point, I just had never seen her do it!

 

Awkwafina was a last minute add as I realised I’d not had a single Asian woman on my list! I’d made this list a while ago and forgotten about it and really I had an itch in my soul telling me that Awkwafina probably wore at least one suit! I was right… she has wore many.

 

Jameela Jamil was another last minute add for the same reason as Awkwafina. I wanted to try and be as diverse as possible but the only suggestions I had for the most part were skinny white women. Jameela really has sported many suits and some quite beautiful and iconic but sadly I can’t include them all… I have so many people on this list!

 

Of course, I included Halsey. My bi icon of music. Sadly, not as many suits as I was hoping for. Someone @ Halsey and link this and tell her I wanna see more crazy and amazing suits and to hit up any of the women I have listed !! lmao

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Jenny Lewis was one suggested to me, I don’t know who she is or listen to her band but her suits were so iconic when I Googled her that she needed to be included to be quite frank.

 

Obviously Lizzo was going to be included, look at these beautiful suits! And she performs in one?? Jesus, her shows are so energetic anyway, I can’t imagine doing that full stop, let alone in a suit!

 

This is the woman who inspired this post, one of the starts of Elite (Netflix Original show)

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, I’d love to hear about more women in amazing suits, particularly if they’re not white and skinny! I might make a post specifically for nonbinary people embracing gender blended styles or outfits because androgyny isn’t what we are made to think it is. If anything, androgyny is often narrated to us as skinny white women in ‘men’s’ wear which is a very heteronormative way of seeing things. I’d like to make a post showing all the different ways you can be androgynous as a nonbinary person so if you know of anyone you think I should include, leave a comment below!

 

~ Artie

 

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How I’ve Been Passing My Time

Hey pals,

 

If you’re a regular to my social media, then you know that I am chronically ill and disabled which has lead to many, many months spent inside my own home, sometimes bedbound. I have a lot of isolation practice, except now my family are all home too to shield me, because I come under High Risk.

I can’t lie, I have moments of getting bored and I definitely miss my Costa or Starbucks iced coffees and a good take away, but generally I’m pretty used to this. Seeing all the able-bodied people struggling with spending time inside/at home kind of gave me a boost of energy and motivation because ‘haha! I am the highly functioning one now!’ and kinda just wanted to shove it in people’s faces that I’m doing stuff and filling my time! I even started exercising… daily. Who am I? At this point, I couldn’t really tell you just like I couldn’t really guess what day it is.

I have always been a bit of a loner, I enjoy my own space and I enjoy being alone. I was an only child so that probably helped. But I’ve always been a creative whether it was playing imaginary games with toys, making art, writing stories, singing My Little Mermaid songs, or watching television. I couldn’t read for a long time so I missed out on a lot of books that were turned into shows or films, and actually I’m starting to make up for that. I’ve become quite the reader over time (Yeah I should be after getting my Bachelors in Creative Writing…) and I have a large collection of physical books. One big job I did was to go through all of my read books and decide if I still wanted to keep them or not and I think I halved my collection. I still have a lot of unread books I need to at least TRY to read so that will be keeping me busy as well. I’ve recently found a love of ebooks where I find really cheap ebook versions of books I sort-of-kind-of wanted to read but not enough to splash out on a hard copy and postage. So the ebooks don’t take up physical space and they can be so much cheaper than physical copies, this benefitted me when it came to books I wasn’t sure I would care about, so I buy the ebook, give it a read, and if I really liked it I can buy myself the physical copy at a later date. Plus, it’s easier to read in bed on your phone, and it’s less work for my disabled hands to hold a phone than try to keep open a book! Some of these books are going to be great video and blog content in the future too (I Read the book and Watched the Film: Princess Diaries edition anyone?).

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We’ve had to get creative by baking. I have a really specific diet that makes it hard to shop anyway, but it’s even harder now when the shelves are empty and you’re limited to what you can buy online. So, for fun and delicious treats (for my MASSIVE sweet tooth) we have been experimenting with baking different things. We became the banana loaf cliche (but it’s so delicious… I’ve made FIVE) brownies twice but they weren’t gooey enough so we need to have another go! Crumble, and shortbread. But I’ve got a little list of things to try making for fun and see if I like them and it’s nice cooking with my mum… coz I can’t do it alone. I love being disabled, I can’t even stir the batter.

I’ve been re-organising and decluttering many areas but am far from done. I’m due a clothes re-organise coz I need to swap my winter stuff out and summer stuff in. I put my millions of hospital and doctors’ letters away in my filing box, each under different sections. Also watching DVDs I’ve not touched in a while and completing old games I’ve had for… maybe a decade so I can get rid of those too! But I’ve also been making art! Blackout poetry with some of the books I didn’t like, finishing old works and painting the backgrounds, collaging in my notebooks… I’m tired, the list probably goes on but those are the main gals.

I even figured out my streaming issues on my computer and started dabbling with the Sims 4 again, but there’s a massive bug at the moment making the game impossible to play so… it’s either decorating or not playing at all.

I’ve filmed so many book videos… I’m not a booktuber, I’m a dabbling booktuber but now… my channel is full of books! I’m reading and editing things my friend has written (for her uni course and… her hobby of just writing to maintain sane.) I’ve gone back to my BSL (British Sign Language) course and actually progressing a little… I know how to say ‘sorry, I don’t understand’ and ‘I missed that’. I think there may have been a point where I actually wrote something for my WIP… but that must have been in the early days because I can’t remember a thing. (If you want to learn something, give Skillshare a try)

IMG_7506I keep a daily diary of things I do/things I have accomplished so that I don’t lose the plot and feel like a failure and haven’t done anything. It’s for all things, big and small and some days are shorter because I decided I was going to spend time relaxing either in the sun or watching mindless television/YouTube because we still need to let ourselves rest during this time. Actually, writing this post has ticked something off a massive list of things to do I have. TICK. I’ve made a very long list of things I can/should do for the days I feel restless but can’t THINK of what to do. It’s pretty useful. I’ve been writing in my journal under the writing prompts I found. Practicing mental health care is really important during this time I’m even seeing a counsellor right now but we chat over the phone or video chat. If you need some help, I recommend reaching out and seeing if it’s possible. I’m sure lots of therapists and counsellors still need money to pay for things too.

I’ve already watched almost everything worth watching for me on Netflix but I’m sure most of you lot haven’t so just binge watch a show or film series! I have so many recommendation posts for things to watch, support me by clicking them and give yourself something to do!

 

 

If you want to see what my isolation diary actually looks like, let me know and maybe one week I’ll post some of my diary (coz as I’m writing this I’m on day 30 but this will probably not be out for at least 2 weeks…).

 

~ Artie

 

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Clothes Shopping: Midsize and Disabled

Hey pals!

This is a post that has been planned and pre-written/experienced before lockdown, don’t worry, I am keeping safe and haven’t left the house in a month. I wanted to talk about what it’s like to go clothes shopping on the high street as a midsize disabled person… coz the facilities are pretty minimal in most shops, it can be really difficult to do.

I have different levels of shopping, I always start with window shopping/browsing. I take a lot of photos of items I like and their labels so I can find them when I have more time/energy. Before lockdown I used this as a mode of exercise when I needed to be in town for my Chiropractor or a massage, I’m quite an anxious person and end up being somewhere really early. (Well, you never know, I might struggle to find parking where I usually park and have to find somewhere else in the annoying one-way system and I’d rather be too early than LATE) So, I often have something like a spare 20 minutes before appointments and some time after (coz my ticket is usually up to 2 hours parking) and I find I can walk more when my brain is distracted by stuff.

I saw a few pairs of trousers that I like and all looked very similar. The difference? Apparently only colour even though on is ‘Lift and Shape’ but the other is ‘Tori’? I’ll let you know now, I didn’t go with Tori, just like in every election I’ve ever voted in.

I also really liked these t-shirts, but only the one on the left came in my size, or anything CLOSE to my size. Seems like the biggest most clothes go in NewLook is a 12. I took photos though, in case I ever came back in or wanted to find something similar elsewhere. Sadly not yet. I ended up buying the light blue top but recently decided it’s not really me and is too similar to the colour of my jeans so will be selling it on depop. I really wanted the yellow top, I’ve fallen in love with mustard yellows.

I decided on this trip (A different one, and this is the next stage of shopping) that I would try on some of the clothes that caught my eye and see which I liked on me more. I can’t trust high street sizing, even in men’s sections. It’ll say 34 waist and be too big, but pick up a pair of 34 waist shorts? Can’t do them up! But that’s a lesson I’ve learned so I have to try things on, especially if they’re a big purchase. This first pair of trousers looked nice on the hanger, but the material resembled something cheap and thin I would purchase off Blue Banana in 2010 as a teenage emo. They were dreadful and looked horrendous on. Clung to all the worst places. These were a quick no.

I struggle in changing rooms coz I need to get a decent distance from a mirror to see if I like the item I’m trying, so I tend to go down the end and not use a disabled cubicle even though I am entitled to it. A lot of these non-disabled stalls don’t even have a bench to sit on inbetween item or to help you pull things off or on. On this trip, this store doesn’t have seating anywhere in the changing room except right at the entrance for those waiting on someone, or in the disabled stall. Standing for too long, I get quite dizzy and sick. Plus, changing rooms can get quite stuffy and the lights are so industrial… It’s just not a good place to be sat on the floor wondering if staff could get you water or let you use a toilet. Oh, also I can’t really tell the difference in these photos which jeans are which!

I realised that I’d picked up a pair of trousers with short leg, and though I liked the look, I like the idea of flexibility so I got them in the Regular length so they at least grazed my ankles. After trying on three pairs of trousers and nearly passing out/being sick on the floor, I had to pile back on my usual clothes including a coat coz it was chilly that day and go home… I think I went and got some food and a drink first so I would stop feeling so dizzy. I took pictures so I could look at them later when I regained some brain function and make a decision. I had to come back at a later date to actually make the purchase. I bought them in a size 16 because size doesn’t mean a damn thing, I wanted to be comfortable, and the cashier confirmed that NewLook clothes run small so bare that in mind when you go shopping there.

 

This isn’t supposed to be some super hard hitting piece about how HARD it is being disabled, it’s just a commentary pointing out how weirdly inaccessible shopping for clothes is which is why many buy online. I never find clothes that fit me online unless I’m going oversized so this is the best I have, but like… can we turn down the intensity of the lights please? They don’t flatter anyone and I’m gonna get a migraine.

 

~ Artie

 

 

 

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Massive Book Declutter and Unhaul!

Hey pals!

I hope you’re all still doing the right things, stay home where you can and washing your hands! With all the time on everyone’s hands, people who aren’t used to being at home are struggling for something to do (I mean, I have a whole blog of content you can read and a Youtube channel…) so I thought sharing what I get up to could be helpful.

 

I decided, seeing at it’s spring, I needed to do some decluttering starting with my massive book collection. I didn’t touch the unread books as I’d recently already been through them, but I did choose to tackle the selection of read books that I’ve accumulated over the last 10 years. This mainly consisted of manga, YA books and some spiritual/occult books.

Starting with my manga collection, these were my first purges. I used to watch a lot of anime and read a lot of manga as a teenager, so a lot of these are series that no lon

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ger interest me… manga and anime are also know for rather weird and perverted plots and off-kilter power dynamics and that was the main reason I got rid of a lot of these books (this is very specific to Rosario Vampire, I’m pretty sure that is made as a softcore porn for teenage boys…) My reading tastes have changed a lot since I was a teenager (they’re gayer for one) and I only really kept series that I really enjoyed and that had an impact on me. I kept: Chibi Vampire, OHSHC, Blue Exorcist, Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist and Fruits Basket. I plan on doing a Youtube series where I go back and re-read these so if I change my mind as I’m reading them, I may also get rid of some of those but I may also fall back in love with reading manga!

 

I also went through my very bizarre occult books collection. I didn’t realise how many

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books I had picked up of this type over the years (mostly from second hand sources but occasionally from a holistic fair or occult shop before they started dying out). I realised a lot of books I had in this section weren’t even particularly linked to spiritual topics and were more like cookbooks or aromatherapy, so those went quickly and easily. I got rid of a few magic/spell books that I either felt I’d gotten everything out of or never touched and didn’t think I would touch again! I did keep a few I hadn’t used before, because they look like a good reference for any future writing I did as I’d love to write a book involving magic. I had a few books about rock types and fossils that seemed more like educational books for children so thought they could find a better home, especially after I realised I had a copy of the crystal bible which is all you really need when you have crystals to identify. And then I found a few dream guides and feng shui books so I kept one of each and put the rest in the to go pile. You can also see two really big books at the bottom, the encyclopedia of the occult is a very cool looking book and would be great for referencing but it’s so huge it’s rather daunting to me and I don’t think I would ever actually use it, and the other book is a book of old quotes that I really have no need for. 


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My last pile is YA books (mostly?) old book series I enjoyed but couldn’t remember the plot for the life of me. Some books I didn’t enjoy or felt like I had to keep, and books I read and knew I wouldn’t read again.

 

Generally, I felt like these books could find a better home. Where will these books be going? Currently they will sit on the shelves a bit longer as I am stuck inside, but after that I plan on selling a few either on depop or even with music magpie just to get some quick cash. I’ll be donating a lot of books too, mainly to my local hospital as the money raised by second hand book sales goes to buying new equipment and I spend my life in that place so I like to try and give back where I can. Otherwise, there’s a local bookshop I like that sells secondhand books called The Book Den and they have really amazing prices on books and a great collection so anything I felt wouldn’t fit with the hospital donation I would take there instead.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, I’ve also documented it on my YouTube channel so if you’d like to see me actually mentally going through the process of what I wanted to keep or not, go check that out. I hope you’re staying safe!

 

~ Artie

 

Check out my other book related posts! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,

How To Be A Thrifty Gamer

Hey pals,

 

I’m not a huge gamer, I enjoy playing old games from when I was younger and also always been a Sims person. But the gaming industry can be a pretty wasteful space. Things are slowly getting better as we mostly pay for a digital copy or pay to stream games now vs. always buying the latest game on disc (or game cards? whatever we used back in the day). But how do you continue to be a gamer and enjoy video games without the environmental impact and also trying to save some coin?

 

I’ve never been someone who stays up-to-date on the latest game trends, I don’t have the newest consoles and I don’t have a gaming computer (though I am looking into buying a gaming laptop…) and I still have a lot of my old games and consoles. But they can break and what do you do when you’ve completed them all? One of my favourite things to do is going into second hand electronics/game shops like GameStop (which might be deceased by now) or CEX. Their prices for older games are pretty decent and they take almost anything.

 

They buy and sell all kinds of electronics, not just video game based products. I sold an old camera I used for filming my videos, because my new phone has better sound and video quality so it became redundant. Also, a very old camera lens from my A level Photography days (8 years ago…) which gave me a nice little sum of money. I also sold a pile of old DVDs and games I no longer wanted, I’m trying to part with as many DVDs as possible really as I stream most of my content off Netflix and my family have Sky but it IMG_2651can be hard to let go. Some of the items were only worth a penny, but it’s something added to the price off what I’d gone there for. You can also check if they are taking the items you’re selling by looking them up on their website and they give you what they sell it for, what they pay cash and what they pay store credit which tends to be higher than cash coz they want you to keep coming back. It’s a good system. Almost like a game library. Buy a game, return it for some money when you’re done, get a new game. This is why I like it really.

 

I’ve been returning to old games recently to try and complete them so I can finally find out how they ended! And then be rid of the clutter! But my Nintendo DS from when I was a kid got trashed somehow, like unfixable trashed, so I’ve known for a while I’d need to purchase a new one (or rather an old new one…) I know they sell them on their website but I would rather skip the postage and buy one in store so I checked as I was selling my unhaul of items and they did indeed. It was the newer version of what I used to have as a child and smaller, but they said it was better quality and only cost about £5 more than the older one. It has been pretty fun to get back into. I’ve been needing a space where my brain switches off from real world and can be focused elsewhere, and a lot of the game I play have mini-games that are good brain exercise, and I think I’ll be going back to Animal Crossing and Nintendogs for a more relaxing version of this too. Time to chill out.

 

(I wish I was making money from this post but I’m not, I just think this is a good alternative to buying new and giving things to charity as you know these items go up for sale at reasonable prices whereas a lot of things donated to charity end up being thrown away…)

 

It’s also a great way to actually make some extra money off of old items going to no use! My camera lens fetched me £45 more than I needed! I’m pretty sure I have other stuff sitting around I have no use for, but there’s a lot of mental preparation that goes into letting things go. The lens I sold was to a camera I still have and also haven’t used for god knows how long so I think this may be the next to go, along with a few PSP games I completed or have no interest in playing, and DVDs obviously.

 

But, overall, my experience there was great. I didn’t lose any money I actually made some and I recommend doing this if you need some extra money or are a gamer. It’s a pretty good deal, all in all.

 

~ Artie

 

 

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