Ever wonder which Hogwarts house your favorite X-Men characters would have been sorted into? Screen Rant has you covered. While I don’t 100% agree with the sorting (Jubilee in Gryffindor? Nah.), it’s a fun read.
Fantasy Book Critic is a book blog focused on (you guessed it!) fantasy. Fantasy is my favorite literary genre, so I rely on blogs such as this one to find new recommendations. Subscribe to their blog if you haven’t already!
Everyday Reading is a great blog for readers that have children. Creator Janssen has recipes, recommendations for children’s books, ideas for activities, and so much more. If you’re not already subscribed, go check it out!
How many books are you currently reading? Do you read just one book at a time, or do you like to juggle multiple books at once? Let me know in the comments.
I discovered Chelsea Palmer’s YouTube channel a couple of months ago, and since then she has easily become one of my favorite booktubers. She reviews a wide variety of literature, from YA to adult to romance, and also does quite a few subscription box unboxings. She also lets her adorable goat choose a part of her TBR every month! If you haven’t already subscribed to her channel, you’re definitely missing out!
What new release are you most looking forward to for the latter half of 2019? Let me know in the comments!
“The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step out of the frame.” – Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet
News & Links
DC Comics, who previously released several YA novelizations of some of their popular characters, such as Sarah J. Maas’s Catwoman: Soulstealer, is consolidating all of their imprints and will be releasing several graphic novels meant for their young adult and middle-grade audiences. [CBR.com]
While I was reading the above article at CBR.com, I saw a link to some news that made me very excited. The current run of Marvel’s Doctor Strange, written by Mark Waid, is being canceled with the upcoming 20th issue. Doctor Strange is my favorite Marvel character, and I am not a fan of Mark Waid’s writing. It’s rare that a writer can make me stop reading one of my favorite characters, but Waid managed to do just that. I’m really hoping that they give the next run of Doctor Strange over to someone who will do the character more justice. Also, what the hell have they done to his costume? This is terrible: [CBR.com]
If you need to spruce up your backyard, Amazon is now selling garden domes. You’ll spend a pretty penny on one, $1199 to be exact, but they look so cozy. If I lived in an actual house with a yard instead of a cookie-cutter apartment building, I think I would start saving up for one. [Apartment Therapy]
I’m absolutely in love with these psychedelic cityscapes by artist Eunjeong Choi. [Hi-Fructose]
I’ve been looking for some good adult booktubers, and I recently discovered the Ink and Paper Blog YouTube channel. I’m kind of obsessed right now, and thanks to Russell, I’ve added nearly fifty new books to my TBR that I had never heard of before! If you’re looking for an engaging, fun, adult booktuber, check out Ink and Paper!
What was your opinion of the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit? I wasn’t a huge fan, especially since I have no idea why they felt the need to stretch it into three long films. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
On May 9th, Glamour published an interview with prolific author Danielle Steel. In it, Steel admits that it’s normal for her to work 20-22 hours per day, even pulling entire 24-hour shifts writing from time to time. According to Steel, getting four hours of sleep is the most she usually has, and that’s on a “good night” for her.
“Dead or alive, rain or shine, I get to my desk and I do my work. Sometimes I’ll finish a book in the morning, and by the end of the day, I’ve started another project,” Steel says.
It’s great to be motivated and love what you do. Most people have jobs that they either tolerate or actively hate. So, good for Danielle Steel having a passion.
Sleeping for four hours a night or less? That’s an obsession, not a passion. It’s also not something to be praised, as promoting that sort of lifestyle can be incredibly harmful.
Steel also believes that people should have her work ethic, and believes that frivolous millennials aren’t doing enough. In the article, she essentially says that demanding a work-life balance is misguided.
“They expect to have a nice time,” she says. “And pardon me, but I think your twenties and a good part of your thirties are about working hard so that you have a better quality of life later on. I mean, I never expected that quality of life at 25. I had three jobs at the same time, and after work I wrote.”
Let’s first talk about working 20-22 hours per day. Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night is harmful to your health.
Drowsiness that can impair you so much that it’s similar to being drunk. Work accidents, car wrecks, and more can happen as a result of sleeplessness.
Sleep loss “impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving.”
It makes you more susceptible to a variety of diseases:
High blood pressure
Not getting enough sleep negatively impacts your libido.
You’ll be more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
You’re missing out on your beauty sleep. “Chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes.”
When you don’t sleep enough, your memory suffers. You’re more prone to forgetting things.
Sleeplessness makes you hungrier, leading to weight gain.
Praising work over health is nothing new in the Western world. It doesn’t matter if you’re a CEO of a giant corporation or a high school freshman, we’re all taught that hard work matters above all else. People regularly brag about how little sleep they got last night.
This sort of behavior glorifies unhealthy habits. We know the benefits of sleep and why our bodies need it, so why do we treat it as something optional? Let’s create a society that embraces sleep and views it as necessary as exercise or healthy eating.
Let’s move on to the next part of the interview, where Steel talks about how millennials expect an easier time in regards to their work-life balance. Let’s also put aside how annoying it is when people constantly accuse millennials of ruining everything and demanding too much, because that’s a post for another day.
First things first – we do not live to work. Work should not take up our entire lives to the point that we don’t have time to enjoy being alive.
We have every right to demand fair work environments and a work-life balance. It’s not fair to miss your son’s baseball game because you’re forced to work overtime. It’s not fair to have to work non-stop in order to get ahead, at the detriment to the time you spend on hobbies that give you joy.
I’ve always loathed America’s obsession with working harder and longer. If you love your job, maybe. Most of us don’t though, and the time we spend outside of work is what is ultimately important to our happiness and quality of life.
Basically, let’s stop praising unhealthy habits and being constantly tied to your job. Live your life, and be happy doing it.
What do you think about all this? Let me know in the comments.