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Why Every “Books To Read for Quarantine/Lockdown” List is Trash

Out of all of the digital content that was released during our government mandated lockdowns, all of the articles, videos, and tweets being released of what books to read during quarantine bothered me so much. LIKE WHAT WHY?

I underststand that because most of us have time on our hands because of unemployment, working less, or just working from home, and we need ideas of what to do with our time. I just don’t appreciate the message behind it.

Most of my agenda is trying to push forward the message of why we must read in a fast paced world. While others are telling you to read only when you have down time. Which is a good message don’t get me wrong, it’s just that many people would read that and say, “Oh well im busy and I don’t have time to read.” Although reading is great for when ever you have time for yourself, but reading requires effort for you to make time for it out of your busy schedule. 

During the first few weeks I was even motivated to creating a list of books to read during quarantine, but my whole blog is an escape to reality! It would be pointless for me to compile a list of books to read in quarantine when literally any book or genre is good to read during quarantine. 

Here are my reasons why every “Books to Read in Quarantine” list is trash:

1. Every book allows us to escape
A lot of the books of that are mentioned in these lists are books that are made for you to escape the harsh reality of COVID-19. Which is a dumb idea because literally EVERY FICTION BOOK IN THE WORLD is an escape to reality. Books are made for us to escape into the world of every book. Any book published before March of 2020 is a book to escape reality. 

2. The recommendations
Most of the book recommendations on these lists are so broad. Everyone has different tastes and there’s no way that a list has a book for every person in the world to read. There’s a reason to why these books are being recommended, which brings me to my next point.

3. They Announce New Releases
Most of these lists recommend new releases, books that are affecting sales due to COVID-19, so they are trying to advertise these books for you to read. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great new releases, but there are also great books that were published a year ago, or a decade a go, or even a century. Publishers are trying to hit their projected sales quota. 

4. They recommend books that are on the NYT Bestseller lists.
Most of these books that are recommended are on the bestsellers list and that’s because they wanna recommend books that you’ve heard of or are popular. Which is a good idea on paper, but there are hundreds of books that were once a hit, and still are a hit. There are also some very good books written by indie writers who don’t have a huge publishing house behind them to promote their books. Not only that, most good books don’t make the New York Times bestseller list because it’s a list of 20 books out of the thousands of books released within the past two years. 

5. Book Bias 
I’m sure that the recommended books that Ted loved are good, but will I like them? Ted, you don’t know me. You don’t know my tastes, and what kind of
books that I like. Many of these picks are picks by one person. 

6. More pictures, no words.
Lots of these lists do very little in talking about why this is a good book, and they give you a short synopsis, and show you a huge picture of the book. Rather than telling you what books to read, it tells you which pretty cover to read. 

Do these lists work? Have you been tempted to read a book from a recommended publisher? Let me know down in the comments!

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Here’s What We Know About Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer So Far

May 4th will forever be a day in history of being the day that 2020 was saved. On this day, we found out about the next installment of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, a book we thought that would never see the light of day.

Here’s a full list of facts of what we know about the book so far: (as time passes, I will keep updating the blog post so keep this page on your bookmarks if you wanna be updated on the latest information for Midnight Sun) Updated: Monday, May 11: #9 controversy. The controversy surrounding the twilight saga is 100% warranted. This one of the many reasons of why I don’t like the Twilight saga as much as I use to, but it’s important to bring these issues to light and not divert away from them.

  1. This book will be published on August 4th, 2020. (Confirmed by the publisher)
  2. The book will be 672 pages long. That’s longer than Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. (Confirmed by the publisher)
  3. This book will be told from the perspective of Edward. In this book we will read more about his personal life, and history. In short: This will be the book of twilight, but told in Edward’s perspective. From the summary given by the author, it suggest that we will read more about
  4. This book is going to be a modern text of Greek mythology’s Hades and Persephone epic.
  5. The book will different than the original leaked manuscript. That’s just a given. The publishers will make sure they change Midnight Sun so that they can get readers to purchase the book.
  6. It’s being marketed as a prequel to the Twilight series. On Good Morning America, the news anchor called it as a prequel to the series. Maybe we will learn more about the Cullens prior to Bella.
  7. The publisher’s first round of printing will be 750,000 copies in hardcover and large print.
  8. As of now, there is no word whether this going to be series or just a stand alone book.
  9. Following the announcement of Midnight Sun, the twilight saga was brought into light about racist and misogynistic tropes within the novel. Controversy sparked on Meyer’s portrayal of Native American culture and her non-diverse characters.

Controversy:

Favorite Memes:

As of right now, this is the book cover that they are going with. I believe this book is so odd and weird, but it does the job of capturing your attention. The cover also has to do with Greek mythology’s Hades and Persephon, the story that’s inspired Midnight Sun.

This is also one of the books in which I don’t care about the book cover looks like, I just NEED to have this book in my hands.

What Readers Are Hoping To Get Out of The Book

Related Links

  1. If “Twilight” had an Indian version, These actors could be part of it.

What are you most excited about the book? Let me know down in the comment section down below!

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Wuthering Heights Fueled Into Pop Culture

Wuthering Heights is a hardcore classic novel. For those who don’t know, Wuthering Heights is a dark novel written in 1800s by Emily Brontë, a novel that uses darkness to tell a story of a revenge plot just because he didn’t get the girl he wanted. But why didn’t he get the girl he wanted? Well, because he was different. Heathcliff was an orphan with a dark complexion, working at a farm. Socially, he was “white trash” and for those reasons, rich people treated him like shit, including the girl that he loved, Cathy. Catherine loved him, but she cared more about her social standing  than Heathecliff.

Does that story line sound familiar? That’s because Wuthering Heights has influenced television shows, books, movies, and even poems. Here are some of the works where I have seen Wuthering Heights be a strong presence in.

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How Carole Baskin and Heathcliff are Both Murders

Disclaimer: The following claims are alleged, and are for entertainment purposes only.

For those who don’t know who Carole Baskin is, she killed her husband. Carole Baskin is the reality star of Netflx’s Tiger King. For the purpose of this blog post, that is all you need to know. Everything else will be explained below. 

For those who don’t know who Heathcliff is, he killed Hindley Earnshaw. Heathcliff is a fictional character to our book club’s pick, Wuthering Heights. 

In this blog post I will present all of the evidence that they both share, and demonstrate how they are both murders. 

Exhibit A: They were both alone with their victims prior to their deaths/disappearances

In Wuthering Heights, it was Heathcliff who was the last and only person, left alone with Hindley. 

House servant, Joseph explained that when he left the house, Hindley was still alive. 

 “I’d rayther he’d goan hisseln for t’ doctor! I sud ha, taen tent o’ t’ maister better nor him—and he warn’t deead when I left, naught o’ t’ soart!”

For those who can’t read Yorkshire accents, Joseph said, “I would rather that Heathcliff had gone himself for the doctor! I should have taken care of the master better than him – and he wasn’t dead when I left, nothing of the sort!”

Now Joseph is always honest. Plus, whether or not if you believe this, house maids know all of the gossip. They do not lie. 

It’s interesting to note that Hindley was not dead before Joseph was gone because if Heathcliff was smart, he would kill Hindley when they were alone. In other words, Hindley shared his last breath with Heathcliff. Plus they live in Wuthering Heights, in the moors, where it’s all wilderness and nobody miles away could hear anything. 

In Tiger King, Carole Baskin was the last person to see her husband before he “left to Cuba.” Carole Baskin said that he had to leave early early in the morning, the night before his disappearance. 

Since Carol Baskin was the last person to see or even talk to her husband, that further emphasizes that’s she’s a suspect to his death. Why Carole Baskin the last person to speak to her husband? Why is the alibi too short of a description?

Exhibit B: Their alibi’s don’t make sense

In Wuthering Heights, Hindley is said to have killed himself when he locked himself in his bedroom and died of alcoholism. 

I happened to leave him ten minutes yesterday afternoon, and in that interval he fastened the two doors of the house against me, and he has spent the night in drinking himself to death deliberately! We broke in this morning, for we heard him sporting like a horse; and there he was, laid over the settle: flaying and scalping would not have wakened him.

Heathcliff

What bothers me the most about the alibi is the “fact” that Hindley died of drinking himself to death. Is that even possible? My whole Mexican family drinks alcohol all night long, and they don’t die. The only way that Hindley could of died of drinking too much alcohol is if he had chocked on his own throw up, but from the description that the killer says, it doesn’t show that. 

In Tiger King, Carole’s husband is said to be disappeared and there is not one single piece of evidence that shows his whereabouts. Detectives went to Cuba to look for leads, and found nothing. In the years of his disappearance there must be some sort of evidence that backs up the idea of his disappearance. As of now, Florida detectives haven’t concluded a strong theory that indicates his disappearance.

The only evidence that they both share is their word on the victim’s account. 

Exhibit C: The end result are both the same: they both inherit property

In Wuthering Heights, after Hindley’s funeral, Heathcliff becomes the sole inheritor of Wuthering Heights. After all he did want his revenge right?

The guest was now the master of Wuthering Heights: he held firm possession, and proved to the attorney—who, in his turn, proved it to Mr. Linton—that Earnshaw had mortgaged every yard of land he owned for cash to supply his mania for gaming; and he, Heathcliff, was the mortgagee.

In Tiger King, Carole became the sole inheritor of the Tiger enclosures in Florida. She could of killed her husband so that she could take over his money and property. 

Exhibit D: They both cannot be trusted

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff becomes violent. In the book, Isabella, Heathcliff’s wife, receives bruises from Heathcliff. 

add to this a deep cut under one ear, which only the cold prevented from bleeding profusely, a white face scratched and bruised, and a frame hardly able to support itself through fatigue; and you may fancy my first fright was not much allayed when I had had leisure to examine her.

Heathcliff has also killed his wife’s dog and the only thing that Don’t Fuck With Cats has taught me is that when someone murders an animal, they will most likely murder a human being. 

In Tiger King, that whole series are reasons why I do not trust Carole Baskin. But my main reason why I do not trust her is for being a hypocrite. Carole Baskin claims to being a big cat rescuer and advocate when she has her big cats in cages. Practice what you preach CarolE!

Also according to history, we cannot trust anybody who is white and from Florida.

Exhibit E: They both don’t show any remorse

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff does not show any emotion for the loss of Hindley.

I insisted on the funeral being respectable. Mr. Heathcliff said I might have my own way there, too: only, he desired me to remember that the money for the whole affair came out of his pocket. He maintained a hard, careless deportment, indicative of neither joy nor sorrow: if anything, it expressed a flinty gratification at a piece of difficult work successfully executed. I observed once, indeed, something like exultation in his aspect: it was just when the people were bearing the coffin from the house.

In Tiger King, CarolE isn’t seen crying, or expressing any emotions of missing her husband. Like didn’t she love him? Doesn’t she miss her husband?

Exhibit F: They Both Had Their Victims Declared Dead As Soon As Possible

In Wuthering Heights, the day that Hindley is found to be dead, he calls his lawyer, the holder of the deed of Wuthering Heights, Kenneth. It might of not been explicitly told that the day that Hindley died, Kenneth was brought to the scene, but Nelly was there when Kenneth declared him dead. 

“Hindley Earnshaw! Your old friend Hindley,” he replied, “and my wicked gossip: though he’s been too wild for me this long while. There! I said we should draw water. But cheer up! He died true to his character: drunk as a lord.

Kenneth

In Tiger King, it was explained that in Florida, a missing person could not be declared dead until five years have passed. It wasn’t until five years and a day that Carole had the death certificate paperwork into motion. This all seems calculated on Carol’s side of trying to go after the money and the property, just like Heathcliff. 

Exhibit G: They both have motives

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff has been mistreated by Hindley all through out the book. Hindley makes fun of him, Hindley locks Heathcliff in his room, took Heathcliff out of school to work on the farm, etc. 

In Tiger King, it is said that Carole Baskin and her husband were always fighting, and her own husband had a fear that she would one day kill him in a police report. I mean, if that isn’t evidence than Joe Exotic can really sing.

In conclusion

In conclusion, my evidence shows that both Heathcliff and Carol Baskin are both murders. I rest my case.

What do you think? Do you think Carol Baskin and Heathcliff are murders? Let me know down in the comments!

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35 Pictures of Celebrities Reading

There is a belief that if celebrities do it, you should too. If the cool kids are doing it, you should too. This is me telling you to follow the example of these celebrities.

This also me show casing rare pictures of celebrities reading, a sight you never see, but a sight you should see.