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Evening, friends!
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
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"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."
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31/7/14
at 15:03pm

Never posted my summer wrap-up, did I? 

WELL, HERE IT IS! HERE IS MY SUMMER WRAP-UP! Sorry my room is such a mess. I’ve been packing and throwing things everywhere and it’s horrid. 

NEVERTHELESS, I hope you enjoy! :D

30/7/14
at 13:21pm
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"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

—Libby Anne (via coachk13)

(Source: dumbledoresarmy-againstbigotry)

29/7/14
at 22:38pm

I did a trailer reaction for The Maze Runner.

Enjoy me discussing absolutely nothing and just saying “wow” a lot. XD

29/7/14
at 15:20pm
Finished reading Eleanor & Park

SEE? I HAVE SUCCUMBED TO THE PEER PRESSURE. 

Also, Rainbow Rowell is going to be at LeakyCon so I figured I should read one of her books beforehand. 

I’m not really sure how to summarize this story. I’ll discuss it under the cut. 

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28/7/14
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“The key to Luna is that she has that unbelievably rare quality of actually not giving a damn what anyone else thinks of her.” - J.K. Rowling

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28/7/14
at 10:31am
What even is productivity, amirite?

Yeah, I never wrote a post-book discussion on The Unbound. And, like, I wrote a song about it. How did I manage to forget the post-book discussion? NEVERTHELESS, I SHALL DO SO NOW. Especially because I’m close to halfway through Eleanor and Park and will likely finish that soon as well. 

OKAY! THE UNBOUND! Which I quite literally inhaled. I ordered it in the mail the moment I finished The Archived and it took a million years to arrive so I waited and waited and waited and when it FINALLY GOT HERE I’d just finished Miss Peregrine’s so I cracked it open and was finished less than 72 hours later. 

Maybe even less than 48. I don’t know. 

The point is, the book was excellent. 

Won’t spend time summarizing. If you read The Archived, you pretty much know the gist of it. The Unbound in a nutshell: BLACKOUTS! FIREWORKS! HOSPITALS! VOIDS! Mac is losing her shit. Owen is obscenely creepy. Also, guyliner. 

That’s really all I can say without spoiling. SO READ MORE AT YOUR OWN RISK, FRIENDS. 

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26/7/14
at 15:32pm

I wrote a song for my new OTP. 

The vocal performance is shoddy, but I hope you guys like anyway. I LOVED THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. YOU ALL NEED TO READ THE ARCHIVED BOOKS. 

The shards of my mind
will cut you if
you step too close to me.

I feel blind.
The darkness cloaks
my capabilities. 

I scream at you to go away
when all I want’s for you to stay.
I feel unwhole.
I’m half alive.
My separate worlds won’t intertwine. 

23/7/14
at 15:43pm
I just finished Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

And I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. The general consensus was, “Good book, shit ending” so I was kind of weary, but still, the book looked so interesting that I couldn’t resist it. I’ve been meaning to read this book for several years but something always stopped me. Whether it was wanting to read something else first or forgetting about it when I finally went to the bookstore. But I saw it at Walmart at a discounted price a few weeks ago so I thought, “Now or never.” 

I technically started the book exactly a week ago (well, a week and one day ago) but I only read about 50 pages, then ignored it until yesterday, whereupon I read nearly all of it and finished it up today. That’s normally how I read books though, honestly. Even the ones I love. Sequels are the only things I swallow. 

To quickly recap this clusterfuck of a plot: Jacob Portman’s grandpa had some crazy stories about magic, monsters and supernatural children. Everyone thought he was insane. One day, Jacob gets a frantic call from grandpa asking where his guns are being kept. When he goes to make sure his grandpa’s okay, HOHO! HE’S DEAD IN THE WOODS UNDER THE LOOMING FORM OF A MONSTER. Jacob’s traumatized, his parents are worried, stuff happens, and he finds a letter his grandpa saved from a weird lady named Miss Peregrine, so Jacob goes to Wales to untangle the mysteries of grandpa’s past. More stuff happens, he follows a firebending girl into a bog, and finds a house. And there he meets, well, peculiar children. And as one would imagine, shit goes down. 

This is super abridged so I’m obviously leaving out some key info, but that’s the gist of it. XD

Spoilers under the cut. Probably. 

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23/7/14
at 9:43am
OKAY. BUT LIGHTS IS BACK. I REPEAT, LIGHTS IS BACK.

After Siberia, she had a baby and took an absolutely deserved break BUT NOW SHE’S BACK. 

I loved her EP and The Listening to pieces, but Siberia is something particularly special, I think. I just really loved the grit and edge to it. It took a lot of risks and it was a lot harder than what we were used to, but it was still LIGHTS, you know? It had the spirit and optimism characteristic of her BUTTTT the music was totally badass.

And Siberia also holds a special place in my heart because that was the tour for which SHE ACTUALLY CAME DOWN TO MIAMI (Ft. Lauderdale, but close enough) AND I GOT TO SEE HER. And it was a beautiful experience. I remember that she opened with ‘Banner’ and I was instantly crying. She’s just got this presence that makes the entire world seem five million times more beautiful. This girl gives you an inexplicable sense of hope and enlightenment, I don’t know.

All this to say. I LOVE HER EP, I LOVE THE LISTENING, I LOVE SIBERIA. I think each one is a step higher than the last. 

So she released the artwork for her new one called Little Machines and the ARTWORK IS SO GORGEOUS. GUYS. LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT HER FACE.

And her first single for it dropped, called ‘Up We Go’ and I listened to it as soon as I got out of work yesterday. 

It’s a very different sound than what we’re used to, but again, it’s still LIGHTS. She never writes the same record twice, so I don’t think it’s fair to expect that, and I honestly really love it. It’s got a lot of Siberia’s edge, but it’s also a lot brighter. It sounds fun, man. 

I’m so stoked to hear the rest of the album. LIGHTS has never let me down. She’s probably one of the most consistent artists I’ve ever loved in that I’ve loved her unfaltering for a very long time. 

SEPTEMBER! I AM WAITING FOR YOU!

21/7/14
at 11:50am
I was tagged in a thing

Rule one: always post the rules.

Rule two: answer the person who tagged you and write 11 new ones.

Rule three: tag 11 people and link them to the post.

Rule four: actually tell them you tagged them

Tagged by - http://haapw.tumblr.com/

Q u e s t i o n s:

  1. How were you introduced to Tumblr?
    In the wake of myspace, I wanted a new place to blog and I tried blogspot and didn’t really like it so I explored my other options but to no avail. A few months later, chaos ensued on facebook due to Tumblr being down so I checked this website out once it was no longer down and viola. Tumblr. Been part of this website for nearly 4 years.
  2. How much time do you spend on Tumblr, daily?
    Actually posting? Not much. I scroll through a lot and like things. haha. More than I should really.
  3. Who is your ideal partner?
    I don’t really have one. The world is huge and everyone is different. I can’t possibly know what I like and don’t like when I don’t even know everything that’s out there. Either we click or we don’t, really.
  4. What is your ideal hair-day?
    When I look like I just stepped off the set of Pretty Little Liars. Alas, that’s only happened, like, twice in my life. XD
  5. How is any of this considered blogging?
    I mean, I made this account to actually blog. I rarely reblog. Most of my Tumblr is made up of original posts. But I don’t dismiss rebloggers. They’re the ones who make this site fun. Reblogging is just a different medium of expression. It’s a way for your followers to kind of see inside your head and what kind of person you are. I’d never knock it. 
  6. What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
    I’m currently reading Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children and I love it, but before that I finished Anna and the French Kiss which I also loved. I made a post about it in my Post Book Discussion tag. 
  7. Have you ever heard of BookTubeAThon, and now that you’ve googled it, would you ever consider doing it?
    I’m actually following BookTubeAThon! I’ve discovered some really cool new booktubers in doing so. I’m not participating. I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I am and I just didn’t have the time for it this year. But I’d like to next time :)
  8. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
    The….chicken….? Maybe??? I don’t know ;__;
  9. What is your sincere opinion on Miley Cyrus?
    I love Miley. I saw her in concert. :D
  10. Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?
    All the time. 
  11. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    Toxicity by System of a Down because my band is getting ready to cover it at an event and I’ve had to listen to it over and over again to get all the timing right. 

NEW QUESTIONS!

  1. Worst page to screen adaptation you’ve ever seen and why?
  2. Favorite Stephen King book and why. (And if you’ve never read any, favorite movie based off his books and why…and if you’ve never seen or read any, why haven’t you?)
  3. Thoughts on Nickelback?
  4. Tell me about the city you live in.
  5. If you were an author and you had to choose a pen name that wasn’t your name, what would it be?
  6. Katniss Everdeen or Annabeth Chase?
  7. What do you think of Superwholock? 
  8. What do you think about people who sneer at Young Adult lit? Do you agree or disagree? Porque?
  9. If you could write a letter to your sixth grade self, what would you say?
  10. Do you like fluorescent daylight bulbs or fluorescent soft-white bulbs? 
  11. Screenshot your desktop background. 

AND I TAG:

  • howtotrainyourwarlock
  • thefaultinmydivergence
  • i-always-need-your-feels-alec
  • oursocietynow
  • enterthetardis
  • dont-know-any-vampires-socially
  • kittykatattack
  • livingasaghost
  • fasterpussycatchillchill
  • these-blank-pages
  • hazzahasaprincess

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20/7/14
at 21:48pm

NEW SONG! Okay, so I’m trying out this new style of thumbnails. What do you guys think? Too cluttered? I just felt like the half-book, half-still looked a bit weird. 

Anyway, this song is a bit old, but every time I tried recording it in the past I didn’t like how it sounded. Today I decided to just post it no matter how it sounded. I’m not sure this song and my voice go well together, but, hey. No harm done. On the bright side, it’s my song so if I sound horrible I’m not offending anyone or butchering anyone else’s work. haha.

I love Piper a lot. And I really don’t understand why the rest of the universe doesn’t love her as intensely as I do. WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LOVE? SHE IS A QUICK-WITTED, COMPLEX, DRIVEN, GENUINE, AND TOTALLY BADASS LADY. 

Don’t hold your breath now.
I can’t promise that we’ll
be alive tomorrow.
Our seconds now are borrowed. 

Your heart beats in my hand
And I promise I will
Do my best to keep it.
I’ll fight till mine stops beating
Evermore. 
Keep fighting evermore.

20/7/14
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20/7/14
at 0:15am
I watched Korra and this is all I have to say:

BABY SKY BISON. 

19/7/14
at 14:17pm
kibumunnie asked:
You will never defeat me in quiz up Shadow hunter trivia >-> I shall reign supreme! *mwahahaha*

I CHALLENGE YOU. HOW CAN I CHALLENGE YOU. 

19/7/14
at 14:14pm
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bookstuffreviews:

This is the first song I’ve ever written, ever. So of course it ended up being based on The Mortal Instruments. :)  I imagined this playing in the space between Judas Kiss and Call it Peace, filling in the gaps.  Anyway, it’s simple, but I hope you like it! And if Cassie saw this it would make my life.

PS - Sorry for the bad audio quality - you can’t even really hear the pedaling, so it sounds detached. Also I own this so no stealing please. Ask me if for some reason you’d want to use it.

I liked this a few days ago while at work with the intention of listening to it once I was home and WOW. Glad I did. This is the first original instrumental piece I’ve heard for the series and it’s absolutely beautiful and does so well to capture the grief and lament of that moment. You guys should all give this a listen. 

(Also, friend, I’m sorry for erasing the excerpt in the original post. I have some friends who haven’t read CoHF yet and I don’t want to spoil them. But if you guys want to reblog this, reblog it from the OP to get the whole post <3)