Idioms from Around the World

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This short, illustrated book of idioms from around the world includes a description of each word’s etymology, origin, and meaning for both the language of origin and English terms. The descriptions by Ella Frances Sanders are well done and interesting, but the illustrations steal the show! If you enjoy learning about word play, idioms from other languages, or just fun trivia you should definitely check out this book!

5 out of 5 dragons to this little knowledge fest.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review*

 

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What is “Diversity?”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually think of skin color/ethnicity/sexual orientation when I hear the word “Diverse.” What I DO think about are things like genre, country of origin, is it original or trope-ful, target audience, etc. Apparently that’s not what most people think of, however, because they start talking about the ‘other’ things…i.e. color, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. So here are my two cents, I expect most of you will disagree with me and (PSA) I’m not particularly sorry about it. I hope you have your own opinions. I will continue to adore you whether or not you agree with me. Moving on:

  1. I’m all for proper representation of minorities…white women are becoming a minority (at least where I’m from) so don’t roll your eyes at my white protagonist.
  2. I have no problem with most people’s sexual orientations. Yes, I said most because there are some orientations that I just can’t figure out or wrap my mind around. However, I don’t want to always read about something I’m not a part of just because it makes me ‘more diverse’
  3. I do believe that reading across genres and age levels is part of reading diversely.
    1. I do NOT believe that reading in one genre and age level will allow you to be properly diversified.
  4. If you don’t think about country of origin for the story and/or characters then the diversity falls a bit flat (in my opinion)
  5. If a character is NOT specified as being white, don’t complain about “all those white chicks/characters” in literature. Guess what…I know a lot of ethnic people (male and female) with blond or red hair. Welcome to the age of discount drug store hair dyes and cheap(ish) eye color changing contacts.

Ok, this has been slightly rambly and soap boxy…but I did try to keep that to a minimum. What do you think about all this? Am I wrong? (I’m not…but you’re probably not wrong either).

Blogiversary

 

Hey guys! I didn’t realize it at the time, but yesterday was my THREE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! I am so excited to still be up and going with the blog and to still get to share things with you all…even though it has been slow going over the past several months. (if you have any suggestions of what you would like to see here…please don’t hesitate to let me know!)

I just want to let you know that I truly appreciate each and every one of you!

 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Color Your own Tattoo…

Megan Massacre, a tattoo artist and reality tv star, designs and creates gorgeous artwork for her customer’s bodies. Marketing those skills outside of television and tattooing, Ms. Massacre has created a coloring book of her designs entitle Marked in Ink and published by Crown Publishing. Guys…this book is gorgeous! Even if you never ever plan on getting a tattoo, this book is a beautiful and well made testament to art of many kinds.

The paper is heavy duty, the pages are printed on one side for easy display, and the artwork is amazing. I high suggest you go and check this out. 618ksslhCaL._SX372_BO1,204,203,200_

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.