My three Favourite Things That Make My Fibro Life Easier

So it’s been a hot minute since my last Fibromyalgia post and I think it’s over due. This one in particular has been on my mind for a few weeks now. My three favourites things that make my life a little more bearable.

A couple of honourable mentions would be baths with Epsom salt and my bed. Baths are a honourable mention because I can’t take them very often and even if I could they don’t ease the pain as much as I would like. My bed is here too because I’ve had this before fibro and it just so happens is the only place I’m the most comfortable.

Number 1:

My electric heating pad is so great. It would be perfection if the timer for the automatic shut off was a little longer and the pad itself was a little wider and longer. This was purchased on a whim at Shoppers Drug Mart, which is a Canadian only store. Sometimes it feels like it’s not big enough and I have to move it around a lot. In the near future I’ll probably order a bigger one online, so if you have any recommendations just let me know!

Number 2: 

My disability parking permit. This thing is amazing. I can park close to the doors 99% of the time (unless they’re full or just not near where I need to be), especially at my work where I work at a mall. I do get some looks because I’m a young person who should be healthy using the disability parking spots. It’s wonderful to park close like that.

Number 3:

The inspiration for this post is saved for last. Actually it’s a combo of two things and they’re life savers. My new Matt & Nat backpack (Shop) and my two foldable cane (shop). I had a Roots backpack/purse thing before and it was mainly to be able to carry a book (this is before I needed a cane and my diagnosis). Or a gym bag, I used a lot, but it threw off my balance, which was annoying. I need a bag that fit on both shoulders for when I was using my cane. When I started using a cane in January, I was using one of my dad’s that he wasn’t using, it was clunky and ugly. Some awesome people offered to decorate it, but it didn’t seem right when it wasn’t mine, you know? I decided to order a new bag and a new cane (which turn into two canes, but of course, it did). It took me January until mid March to finally find a bag I really liked that was going to last and be worth my money. But same with my canes, I couldn’t decide on a handle, or design, and once I did find one I liked, they don’t ship to Canada.

Anyway, now that  have both I feel so much more comfortable to go out and do stuff. When I’m having a good start to my day I can keep my cane in my bag, all folded up, and once I start to feel more pain, enough that I need my cane, it’s right there.

I absolutely love these. I’m still looking for comfortable clothes, which is apparently a task and a half, haha. If you have any recommendations please leave me a comment!

Look forward to a new book review tomorrow!

Sarah<3<3

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Love Simon: Book vs. Movie

Spoilers to ahead! To be able to compare the two properly I will have spoilers here! You’ve been warned.

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So, recently I went and saw the Love, Simon movie, and now I would like to take a moment to compare the original text with the film. The book was first released as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda in April 2015 as Becky Albertalli’s debute novel (Goodreads). While the adaption came out just this past March (IMDB).

I loved both so much and consider the book a 5 stars while the movie is a 4.5 stars. I will have to say that my favourite out of the two has to be the book. I read the book in May of last year (my review [not the best review, but it was one of my firsts!]) and it was one of the first books I read with a main character coming out. I connected right away with Simon and the corkiness of the character and corkiness of the writing. When I first laughed out loud was Simon was thinking about a certain blanket being stiff as a board, ahahaha! I had so much fun reading Simon vs even the moments where I cried, for example, the moments between his mom and dad.

Both have handled the story of coming out beautifully. While the movie has more of a traditional Rom Com spin where something like the ending is a little more of a spectacle, where Blue and Simon meet for the first time in front of a huge crowd. However, the book Blue gave Simon a shirt with his cell phone attached, so Simon didn’t need to post publicly where to meet at the fair making it for just them. Another example is the relationship between Simon and Leah. In the movie, Leah and Simon no longer have a platonic friendship as they do in the novel, but where Leah has a crush on Simon. The movie has gotten some backlash for this because Leah being Bisexual, however, I can’t say I agree because we are seeing Simon’s story and he doesn’t know she’s Bi, and just because she likes a guy that doesn’t make her straight. The scene when Leah comes out to her family about being straight, that’s still Simon’s perspective. Which by the way is the best. Why IS straight the default? Why do we have to come out if we’re anything but straight?

One thing I was worried about in the movie was how the parents were going to handle Simon coming out. This being a feature film, I was worried that they would change it for the worst, but it was actually handled pretty while. I adored the scene with Jennifer Garner where she tells Simon she has noticed this change in him for a while and that now it’s time to let got of the breath he’s been holding. Just a rainfall of tears, even just watching the trailer back. Just tears. However, Josh Duhamel didn’t deliver for me during that suppose to be touching point between son and father. The family dynamic in both visions were wonderful, and I can see why they cut the older sister out from the movie as she was away from college.

One difference that not many notice is Ethan. Ethan is “the gay kid” at Simon’s school and is not in the book at all. He represents one of Simon’s struggle as to why not to come out; he doesn’t want to get bullied like Ethan. That is cemented for the audience when Simon and Ethan are both bullied after Simon is outed by Martin (horrible human by the way). But it did create this nice moment between Simon and Ethan as they wait to see the principal. Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 3.58.13 PM.pngSide note: what was up with that weird principal? He didn’t seem like he added any weight to the story, and was more of a comedy relief a lot of the time.

ANYWHO, I really loved both visions of Love, Simon. A wholesome story of a kid coming out hadn’t been done like that until Albertlli, and a feature film hasn’t done so until this movie. Each experience I was tricked to who Blue was, and wasn’t sure who he was until the big reveal.

If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie then I don’t know why you’re reading this, hahaha, but go read and then watch the movie. It’s well worth it, especially for us in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Sarah <3<3

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Batman: Nightwalker: Review

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Batman: Nightwalker is the second book as part of a series of DC characters in their youth, each written by different YA authors. The first book was Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo (Goodreads: here.) Which I think was more successful in writing a book of Wonder Woman as a teenager. I enjoyed that one much more. Unfortunately, Marie Lu was a bit of a disappointment with Batman: Nightwalker (Goodreads: here.). This was my first book by her too and now I’m second guessing if I should to continue to read anymore of her work. Comment below if you’ve read her other work that I should try.

My Rating: 2 Stars 

Thank god that this was a short read because it was one I did not want to drag out any longer. I felt no connection with Bruce Wayne, a youth athletic, rich, white boy who got a slap on the wrist for a major crime. The plot was predictable and sometimes painful to read through, like we get it can we get to an interesting part? I was a little intrigued by Madeleine on her own as a character, but anything cool was muddled by the predictability of  her actions. I felt Bruce’s motives to speak with her were only plot driven at times, and created an insta-love between the two of them that didn’t grab me.

The only saving grace was the technology. I had a lot of fun reading about futuristic tech being in a car, robots, or computers, that was really cool.

I was frustrated for half of the book because of the logic behind Bruce being even a potential target was not aligned with the motives of previous targets. Why would he be danger unless he decided to put himself in harms way to save others?

I kept hoping to get more out of Alfred because I remember him being more of a badass in the cartoon show. I know that was farther along in Bruce’s life but still! He was so smart and more than just a caregiver.

The book left me feeling disappointed and wanting more action. It could have been better…

Sarah<3<3

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman: Review

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This morning I finally finished this book. I borrowed it from a co-worker when Wonder Woman ,the movie came out, so a while ago. The reason it took so long was because it took me forever to pick up, and get into when I finally did pick it up. I did enjoy learning more about such an iconic pop culture figure.

My rating: 3/5 stars 

Now for the synopsis: this is a non-fiction book on the history of Wonder Woman. The book starts with the creator, William Moulton Marston and his education. During his undergraduate, he met his wife and participated in the suffragette movement. The book includes events such as the history of birth control and other influences that helped form Wonder Woman. Goodreads.

I had no idea how influential Wonder Woman has been over the years. I also had no idea that Wonder Woman was created in the 1940s. She is one of the few comic characters, especially being a female superhero, that has lasted so long. Something that was cool, the book inserted pictures of the first sketches of Wonder Woman, and strips from the comics throughout it.

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It was interesting to learn more about the creator of Wonder Woman, a man how invented the lie detector test, was a phycologist, a professors, and more. Most importantly, he believed in women rights. From his evolvement with the suffragette movement in college to the creation of the superhero, Marston had an interesting life. He had a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth “Keets” Holloway, one woman who came and went as she pleased and another woman Olive “Dots” Bryne that lived with them. He had four children between the two women he lived with, his living arrangements were a secret even to his kids, he had troubles holding a job, and had a thing for bondage. In every script he wrote Wonder Woman getting tied up then she breaks free of the bonds as a metaphor for women to break free of limitations forced on women by men. I liked reading about why he chose the bracelets, which were inspired by his secret wife, Bryne who had bracelets that were similar. Also, the lasso for our female heroine was adapted from his invention of the lie detector test.

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The books was an educational read, and because that a little slow. I felt the author seemed a little bias at times, but sometimes did include others’ perspectives on Wonder Woman. For example, how some believed she was inappropriate and sending the wrong message to the children reading the comics. Because so many kept reading, Wonder Woman was finally made into a movie last year. Not only was she the first female comic book superhero, but first female superhero to make it to the big screen. If you haven’t checked out the movie, I highly recommend it. Also, if you enjoyed the movie and want to learn more about her, do a Google search. Haha, just joking. this book would be for you.

Well, thanks for reading!

Sarah ❤

 

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The Raven Boys: Review

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Now technically this is a re-read. The first time I listened to the audiobook what feels like about a year ago. I didn’t remember much what happened so it was like the first time again. My first review. 

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Now for the synopsis: there’s this wonderfully weird girl, Blue and she somehow makes things louder for her mother and friends who are physics. One day, she meets President Cell Phone. He and his three friends are on a mission and Blue joins them. GoodReads: here.

I was repeatedly taken by surprise with every new twist and turn. The story had a bit of “first book syndrome” at the beginning, but it really took off about half way through. Despite being a little slow at first I was still very much intrigued. There is only one major twist that I could remember from the first read and it still shocked me.

Maggie Stiefvater is a wonderful writer. She has such a talent for describing things, for creating a magical world in a sentence, and for creating fantastic characters. The characters were flushed out nicely, still very much flawed.

One of my favourite aspects of the book was the complicated relationships. People have secrets, and sometimes they say the wrong thing or the right thing. Sometimes people fight, but they know they’ll always be there for each other (queue: aweee). I really enjoyed Stiefvater’s creation of these connections between people. Another beautiful and frustrating thing about these connections is choice. Choice is something everyone has the right to, and sometimes it feels like we don’t have other options, but we do. Sometimes you have to make a third option. 

Well, That’s all I can think of for now. I’m really trying to work on making my reviews better. If you have any constructive criticism that would be so helpful!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah ❤

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Why I Mark Up My Book

One thing that I have learned over the course of a year or so is the importance of marking up my books. I do admit that I harm my beautiful babies with post-its and pen. Yes, actual ink to my books. It first started with tabbing my favourite quotes, scenes, first kiss, etc. But I have to really be enjoying the book to want to go through the effect of getting tabs and bringing them along with me wherever I take the book.

I think the first book I tabbed was Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens. I was surrounded by these wonderful scenes, or even just thoughts by Simon and I couldn’t help but put a giant, stupid star post-it on the page. Since I chose to tab the book a little last minute I just used what was on hand at the time. Becky Albertalli Has this amazing gift of making you laugh and cry on the same page, I had to add a tab.

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I, then, started writing and tabbing my books, but again, not all or it would take longer to read. I also don’t want to spend more of my time on a book that I don’t love. My first book to write in was Voyager, the third book in the Outlander series. My comments in the marines were scarce as I was getting the hand of it, which was usually around Jamie and something he said or done. If you have read the book you’ll know what I mean..

I find it to be a therapeutic experience. I get more out of the book, and I like that I can look back and get a glimpse at my first reactions. For example, the last book I marked with a pen was A Darker Shade of Magic and it was my second attempt at finishing the book. While I wrote in the book, I was able to dissect the text better and create a better understanding of the general plot.

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An article I’ve read recently by Mortimer J. Alder where he enthusiastically explains why we should write in our books. He states that if you own books that are untouched, unread books then you are collecting wood-pulp and glue. Alder goes on to say, he doesn’t mean fluff pieces that are more of a mindless read, but the books that make you think, books that you love, books that make you question everything, where you question and argue with the author. Those are the type of books you should be writing in. My favourite quote by him when you do mark up your book, ” You can pick up the book the following week or year, and there are all your points of agreement, disagreement, doubt, and Inquiry. It’s like resuming an interrupted conversation with the advantage of being able to pick up where you left off.” He describes it has a conversation between you and the author.

If you don’t mark up your books, I hope that you try it. Either way HAPPY READING!

Sarah ❤

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March Wrap Up!

GUYS! I actually read enough in a month to make a whole post for it! I know, shocking! Haha.. No, this year I’ve been pretty good each month for reading about 5 or 6 books. This month was no exception with 5 books! Now, I did cheap a little and counted books I started well before March, but they were finished in March so I won’t tell if you don’t.

The pictures are from my instagram account, which is here.

First off the bat:

Daughter of the Siren Queen 5/5 

I really enjoyed this book! This is the sequel to Daughter of the Pirate King. It wasn’t a master-piece but it was a whole lot of fun. There was so many improvements from the author compared to the first book in writing, plot line, and character growth. I couldn’t help but love the main character, Alosa. It was great reading about female, badass pirates. There was so much action, I could barely keep up. So much fun. Goodreads: here.

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Second:

Love, Hate and Other Filters 5/5

Another great book! This is beautiful own-voices coming-of-age book where an Indian-American Muslim deals with Islamophobia while trying to be the perfect daughter and pursue her dreams in film. This book surprised me in the best way possible. I try to go into books knowing nothing, and this one was no exception. I was hooked by the film aspect because of my love of movies. There was also hype around the book when it was first released, but I haven’t heard anything about the book since. More people need to read this book. Please do if you haven’t yet. Goodreads: here.

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Third book:

A Court of Thorns and Roses 3/5 

I have no shame saying that this book was just okay. I say that because everyone keeps tell me that it’s not as good as the second one. ACOTAR is about a human being taken to the faerie land while romance and violence ensues. Unfortunately for you, I’m not saying anything more about the plot. Furthermore, I did enjoy the book, and there was times where I couldn’t put the book down. But there were a few things that happened I didn’t like; I hear that they are explained in the second book. I don’t know if I would be okay with happened even if they’re explained in the next book. Still looking forward to reading the next book. Goodreads: here.

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Second to last, or fourth book:

Pride and Prejudice 4/5 

This was a re-read for me, and I decided to read it as an audiobook. I’m starting to really get the hand of audiobooks, I say that like it was terribly hard. Haha, no, just different! (I don’t need to say what this one is about, right?) I loved it, but of course. Every time I read or watch any adaptation I get something new out of it. This is why it’s one of my all time favourite reads. This time I listened for Austen’s commentary on gender, and the female role, especially criticism of society in the Victorian Age. For example, the focus on marriage and how a woman is measured by her marriage and her husband.  Goodreads: here.

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And, finally:

American Queen 4/5 

Now this is a smutty book and a good one too. Greer Galloway is a young 20-something who starts seeing the President of the US. From there the book gets dirty. I have fun reading smutty books, but they’re not usually the best quality, this one was pretty good, better than a 3/5 that I usually give. The book managed to even shock me at times from plot twists. I think I might pick up the sequel. Goodreads: here.

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Well, That’s it for me! If you made it through the post then you deserve a gold star. Look at me doing this whole blogging thing. Haha.

>Sarah