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My name is Gio and I love books, music, film, and strive to one day be an author. What you'll find here is mostly just the disorganized spewing of my random and geeked out thoughts. Shinedown and 3DG are my babies, I write songs about books on youtube, am in a band called Dear Confessor, and have somewhat of an obsession with Avatar the Last Airbender. Please to meet ya <3
"We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are."
You're so far down. But you will survive this somehow because life starts now.
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Want to give this creepy book a try?

Hello, friends! So in celebration of the wonderful month of October, a couple of booktubers and I are hosting a read-along for the book Asylum by Madeleine Roux. 

Info is here:

There is probably going to be a small hangout/liveshow with Keiter, Nimi, Sabrina, Sam and myself once everyone gets a chance to finish. If you’re down for this, I recommend you keep up with the goodreads group and share your thoughts as you’re reading. I’ve never participated in one of these before so I think the experience will be fun. It’s like when you watch a movie with a group of friends, except, we’re reading a book together instead. I’m super stoked. 

The synopsis of the book via Goodreads is below

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux’s teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

So, yes. I hope some of you decide to read this with us. If you want to check out these lovely tubers and their wonderful channels, their links are below:

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Also, if you guys have finished The Death Cure, ya’ll should give a listen to my off-key/cracky Newt song.

Off topic. What. I just got excited. You know, the shirt I’m wearing in that video is the same shirt I’m wearing right now. Which means I inadvertently chose to wear the same outfit to The Maze Runner film as I did to film my Maze Runner song.

This shirt is officially my Glader shirt. It’s green. I’m a Greenie. Yes, good. 

Hokay, so I experienced this with my lovely friend Andrea (oathskeeperr). And she’s spectacular because she is the absolute least boring person on this earth and you will never run out of conversation. Ever. It’s the best. 

Anywhoo, my expectations were pretty neutral. I haven’t read TMR in several years so I was afraid I wouldn’t remember. But the thing with James Dashner’s world is that it’s so distinctly immersive that you can go so long without being a part of it, and rejoin like you never left. As I watched the movie, EVERYTHING in the book came back to me. And I was suddenly 15 again, following Thomas and the Gladers on this journey, freaking out when appropriate. haha. 

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jocontemporary replied to your photoset“I’ve had this MacBook for a few months now and this is the first time…”
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I’ve had this MacBook for a few months now and this is the first time I’ve ever actually opened the effects panel on photobooth. 

So I had some fun. 

Enjoy my #modelface. 

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Don't be too quick to put down your writing! The except of your book was very interesting :)

Ahh, I didn’t mean to put it down. I’m just naturally self-deprecating. I don’t even realize when I’m doing it. haha.

Thank you so much, though. This was very sweet and encouraging/motivating. You’re wonderful ;___;

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I’m feeling brave today

I’m going to post an excerpt of my novel because I’m feeling this upsurge of inexplicable confidence or bravery or something? It’s not a very long excerpt. But I wanted to show it to you guys. The book is called ‘Colony Zero’ and it’s currently in revision. I have a few friends reading it for editing help/feedback. If any of you guys dig it or think you’d be interested in reading it if it were actually a book, let me know? Or if you hate it and have suggestions on how to improve? I’ve kind of had writer’s block and any motivation whether it’s “Good for you!” or “Your writing is awful, fix it” is helpful. haha. Without further ado, friends:

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I don’t want to read a new series

I want to reread the Lunar Chronicles.

You know a series is good when it’s not even over and I’m developing separation anxiety. 

I read the Death Note novella and am starting The Iron Trial, but I keep going through the Lunar Chronicles tag and crying because I miss these characters. 

Marissa Meyer has taken over my life. 

She’s using some kind of Lunar glamour on me. I don’t know. I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT THESE CHARACTERS. 

Last night, some artist with the surname Benoit came on XM and I had a breakdown. Screaming at my mother and her boyfriend, “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND! SCARLET IS ALL ALONE ON LUNA, AND LEVANA IS EVIL!! DON’T YOU GET IT!?!?!?!” 


Cress was. So. Good. ;___; 

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Yeah, for someone who can’t draw, I sure do try to draw a lot. 

This is the closest thing to *serious fanart* I will ever do. In truth, I’m quite terrible at drawing anything but nugget comic things so yeah. But my love for these two is so real that I had to try. XD

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Regarding The Scorch Trials casting?

I can’t remember if Brenda was ever canonically described as white. I always pictured her to be a WoC, to be honest. I don’t know why either. In my head, she was Filipino or something. 

I think it’s cool that Alby was black in the movie, but the cast could have more diversity. I know there are a few WoC in The Scorch Trials so that’s going to be a lot of fun to see. But with a character as integral and in-the-frontlines as Brenda, it would be a shame for her to be just another white girl when she COULD be of color. Ya feel? 

I think I’m just growing tired of seeing the same girls on screen for YA adaptations. Even when the women are canonically of color, sometimes they get whitewashed. But instances like this, where it’s ambiguous (again, I don’t remember. I read The Scorch Trials A MILLION years ago), it’s rare that you see casting directors stepping out of their comfort zones and cast an Asian, Native, Black, Indian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, etc girl. I’d really love to see that.

I only bring this up because The Scorch Trials was announced officially so casting has probably already begun, at least somewhat. I really hope Brenda is a WoC. 

And if I’m wrong and she’s canonically blond with white skin and blue eyes (she honestly could be. I could have just been really dumb and skipped over that detail), then sorry for the post. But either way, it wouldn’t hurt to throw some diversity into the mix. :)

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Damn, you got me, B.

I finished the Death Note: Another Note and I’m going to discuss it for a brief moment. It wasn’t a long book so there isn’t much to say, but I did have the rug yanked out from under me so that was quite unexpected.

Basic summary: Years before Light Yagami finds his Death Note and goes batshit mad, L enlists the help of Naomi Misora, a brilliant FBI agent on suspension, to solve a murder case in Los Angeles. Along the way she allies with Rue Ryuzaki who she finds hella sketch and disconcertingly strange. 

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Guys, I’m reading the Los Angeles novella for Death Note


Misora is just so weirded out and unsettled by Ryuzaki but she doesn’t know Ryuzaki is L and everything is making me laugh.

When she’s on the phone with L and she says, “This guy Ryuzaki…” and L’s like, “Is he cool?” And Misora says, and I quote, “No, absolutely not. Creepy and pathetic and so suspicious that if I weren’t on leave, I’d move to arrest him the moment I laid eyes on him. If we divided everyone in the world into those who would be better off dead and those that wouldn’t, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’d be the former. Such a complete freak that it amazes me he hasn’t killed himself.”

And L just falls silent. 

I had to put the book down and say, “Take it easy there, Misora.” (I’ve reserved the ‘Whoa, just, take it easy, man’ meme solely for Light Yagami since god knows he needs it more). 

And L is so cute that I want to squee with delight. Owling on the couch and eating jam with his hands and Misora being so disconcerted by his sugar addiction and weird way of crawling. Oh my god. This character dynamic is so perfect. It really makes me sad that Misora dies in the anime, never knowing that Ryuzaki and L were the same person. 

Fucking Light. Ruining lives forever.

And Raye Penber’s misogynistic ass just popping in and out of the story. Although, he seems less misogynistic in this? 

I also love how Mello is narrating this in between chapters. And there’s something super off about Beyond Birthday (these aliases are hella weird…if they’re aliases at all. I know this is a translated work so I’m not sure if it was just weird translation or if the authors just thought Americans were obscenely dumb). HOW DOES HE HAVE SHINIGAMI EYES? Does he have a notebook? Was it given to him in the womb? Like? 

I’m having a lot of fun reading this. Mostly because L is my perfect angel baby and I love anything he’s a part of. And Naomi Misora is a sass queen. 

There’s also a lot of laughter because Misora is just so confused and we already know/love L so watching her react to him doing totally L things in the manner she’s reacting is hilarious. 

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Yeah, so that last icon was a lie.

I just didn’t feel like taking a new photo for the longest. I haven’t had red hair since maybe June or July so I wanted something more recent. And bookish since that’s primarily what I talk about here.

And yeah. This narcissistic post to say, DO NOT BE ALARMED, FRIENDS. I know it’s hella confusing when people with consistent icons randomly change it, so I’m clarifying that it’s still me. The url will stay the same forever. 

This is the icon a little bigger just so you guys can see my big nose and mannish fingers in high definition. haha

A lot’s changed since that last picture. My hair is back to its natural color. I stopped wearing colored contacts (I’m embracing my dark eyes lately. It also helps that it makes me feel 1% closer to becoming Isabelle Lightwood).  I’m a little chubbier but it’s okay because I’m dieting again and shedding that weight pretty efficiently. And I can finally look at Clockwork Princess without crying. #progress

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this anime is about a serial killer

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Death Note Meme: [2/5] Favorite Characters → L Lawliet
There are many types of monsters in this world, monsters who will not show themselves and who cause trouble. Monsters who abduct children, monsters who devour dreams, monsters who suck blood, and, monsters who always tell lies. Lying monsters are a real nuisance, they are much more cunning than other monsters. They pose as humans, even though they have no understanding of the human heart. They eat, even though they’ve never experienced hunger. They study even though the have no interest in academics. They seek friendship even though they do not know how to love. If I were to encounter such a monster, I would likely be eaten by it, because in truth, I am that monster.
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Marissa Meyer is exactly that kind of author.

This is my post-book-discussion of Cress so there are tons of spoilers under the cut. You’ve been warned. 

You guys know what I mean by THAT KIND of author. The one that rips your beating heart out of your chest and stomps all over it, grinning like Light Yagami as he scribbles the name of an enemy into his Death Note. Marissa Meyer is Light Yagami.

Less sociopathic. 


I read Cinder and Scarlet thinking, “Ahh, okay. This is a fun science fiction series. It’s not going to get sad or gruesome.” Friends, I was a fool. I underestimated this (truly brilliant) lady. And because of that, Cress drilled a hole into my heart that only Winter can fill (assuming there’s a happy ending). Not because it was particularly sad, because it wasn’t. Jenna told me I might cry so I was braced for the worst, but there wasn’t any crying. Just pure astonishment. 

Anyway, before I cut to the spoilers, a summary of The Lunar Chronicles:

Badasses loosely based on fairy tale characters fight an intergalactic war with this horrible, horrible, horrible queen named Levana. She is of Luna (the moon) where people (extraterrestrials? Kind of?) possess an astonishing level of mental resilience, subsequently sneering upon those who cannot use their special alien glamour (i.e Earthens and Shells—which is Lunar talk for squib). All the while there’s this deadly disease spreading across Earth called lumotosis. Emperor Kai (who’s the Charming to Cinder’s Cinderella except way sassier, more intelligent, passive-aggressive and hella cute) is in a pickle because Queen Levana wants to marry him in order to form an alliance between Luna and the Eastern Commonwealth of New Beijing. Except, like, Levana’s out of her mind so what she really wants to do is use this as a stepladder to take over the world. In book 1, we follow Cinder the brilliant, sarcastic, down-to-earth (ironic phrasing) cyborg who wants to get away from her evil step-family but unfortunately gets stuck having to save the Eastern Commonwealth’s dreamboat Emperor instead. In book 2, Scarlet the gorgeous, inquisitive farmer chick who can fly space ships, shoot guns, and take on mutant wolf-hybrids—and make out with them. Because she’s Scarlet effing Benoit. And in book 3 we meet the nutty, hyperactive, adorably shy and awkward Cress, a lunar Shell imprisoned on a space station, who dreams of being rescued until push comes to shove and she must become not only her own hero, but a world hero. And these three brilliant ladies (with some friends they met along the way) have banded together and are kicking butt and taking names. 

Basically, this series takes you for one hell of a ride. 

Okay. So I’m going to discuss Cress and I can’t properly synopsize it without spoiling Cinder and Scarlet so READ THE LUNAR CHRONICLES AND THEN COME BACK TO ME. LOVE YOU. OK. BYE. 

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