the literature that makes a point to tell people of evil (and other disgusting things) that exists can’t attract me…
because we already know that evil exists
what it needs to be telling is that evil can be dealt with, destroyed or overturned

and overall, I prefer to read about things I want more in my life, than about those I don’t really want to exist in it at all

found this going around the Internet once
Reasons for admitting women into an asylum:

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I find a few other points also interesting.

Menstrual deranged?
Over action of the mind?
Tobacco and masturbation?
Bad whiskey?
Excitement as officer?
Time of life?

Might be a fun idea to count how many of them I currently match.

(Also, when I read ‘congestion of brain’ I always imagine something less ‘stroke’ and more ‘constipation inside the head’ for some reason… )

 

 

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

The Way You Make Me FeelThe Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is not a book to read if you’re looking something insightful and ‘timeless’ (as it might have been described on the cover), or something to learn things about people from. At least not if you’re older than 12.
It’s a simple story. As a glance on teenage life, I would even say simplified.
The protagonist is a ‘softly rebellious’ girl who is supposed to find better things to care for in life by the end of it. And that’s all there is too it.
The protagonists is also, in fact, extremely difficult to emphasize with. And not even really because of her behavior, which is very questionable as it is, but because of her language and how she expresses herself. All the ‘yeesh’ and ‘sheesh,’ and her other reactions were generally very annoying. I don’t think I could have emphasized with her no matter how old I was.
Her relationships were either all very shallow, or very shallowly described. People who were supposed to be her friends were very easily dismissed less than half-way through and it seemed very strange. She just suddenly ‘gets’ a love interests who is ‘very hot and rich’ and who cares much more about her than she about them, and that’s that.
Were we supposed to care about cultural details? Or about food? I honestly couldn’t tell.

There’s not really enough in this book to hate it, though.
If you’re looking for something very simple and light to take your mind of things, and can read shallow stories without feeling a need to question everything or get annoyed with it, then this book maybe is what you’re looking for.

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I give up on reading good books more often than I’d like to admit.

Because some more pain is not what I’m looking for in life right now.

I also prefer books that try to give and create things that our world is missing. The good kind.

Not focus and show us the worst things that do exist or can exist in our world.

I’m sure there are people who wouldn’t know that they existed if they didn’t read about them, and that’s why those kind of books should exist, but…

…there is just never enough good, and too much of negativity and people are not focusing on the right things.

Sky in the DeepSky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

DNFed this, sorry. I don’t know if I’m going to come back to it when I’m feeling more tolerant and patient… (because somewhere inside I’m maybe still hoping that I’m wrong about this) but probably not.
I really like the setting, but I simply couldn’t bring myself to like what was done with it. When I saw a ‘novel in a viking-like setting with a strong female protagonist’ I thought I’d love to read it, simply because I usually love to read all things to do with winter lands and warriors.
However… First, I couldn’t really feel anything pleasant towards the first person POV and the voice of the protagonist in this. Something just felt really off to me about her and I couldn’t get into reading at all. (I believe the general opinion is that because the writing is extremely bland and boring.) I left this in my desk at work for months. Then, I saw where the story was going… and I’m sorry to say, but I really, really, really hate this current YA trend where every second book features one or more of main characters being captured and treated like slaves, or prisoners, or spies, who have to suffer through beatings and humiliation for the large part of the story. And besides, it also became obvious that this was going to feature an enemies-to-lovers trope with a bonus of him kicking her around bloody for a while. And maybe you modern kids are into stuff like that but I’m honestly not.

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Heaving the right book with me, helped me through every one of those times
when I felt it was far too much to go through by myself,
when I would have given up otherwise.

And that is the bigger part of the reason why I still try to write.
Despite every contravention.