Saturday Selects: Disney Classics

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write that fall outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today we’re talking movies.

In recent years Disney has released live-action versions of some of its most beloved animated classics. The Jungle Book. Cinderella. Etc. The trend is continuing very soon with the release of Beauty and the Beast.

I’ve seen people my age become excited for just about every remake they’ve done in recent years. I imagine there’s a feeling of nostalgia involved. Like what I’d feel if Rugrats was brought back. I haven’t shared in any of the excitement for these movies. Because I haven’t seen any of the originals. *runs*

That’s right. I know someone who is obsessed with Disney princesses and I couldn’t even talk about the plots of these movies. John Legend and Ariana Grande covered the theme song from the new Beauty and the Beast movie, so I listed to see if it’d bring back any memories. I’d never heard it before.

People talk about The Lion King online as if everyone knows Evert detail about it. But I don’t. I don’t know anything about it. I think a lion dies? I don’t know.

The point is I’m lost when it comes to Disney animated classics. Is there something EVERYONE seems to be familiar with that you just haven’t been exposed to?

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Saturday Selects: Trump is Exactly Who We Think he is

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I usually write on the first Saturday of each month to discuss something outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today I’m writing about Trump, again.

I’m sure you’re well aware by now of the recording that surfaced yesterday in which Donald Trump talks about sexually harassing and assaulting women. If you’re reading this and have no idea what I’m talking about, then I’ve got you covered. Here’s the video. There is lots of graphic language.


I can’t tell you how many people have actually defended his comments on social media and on TV. These people are the reason he feels he can say or do any thing he pleases. There’s no consequence. He says Mexicans are criminals. Meh. He says ban all Muslims from the US. Meh. He says women are disgusting. Meh. He says African Americans are living in hell. Meh. And now video surfaces of him sexually assaulting women because he’s a star and they let him do it.

There is no excuse. Republican. Democrat. Independent. White. Latino. College educated. Asian. African American. Middle class. 1%. It does not matter what you look like or where you live. A reasonable, respectful human being has no justification for supporting this man in ANY THING he does. And yet, he’ll still receive millions of votes on November 8th.

Saturday Selects: Ali

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write on the first Saturday of each month to discuss something outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today’s topic is Muhammad Ali.

He died last night, which I’d been expecting for a few days. Too many vague statements about his health situation. There’s been an outpouring of support in the hours since the news broke. Many people have been praising Ali the boxer while others praise Ali the humanitarian.

But for me it all comes down to one thing. The boxing doesn’t matter and the humanitarian efforts only came after his career was over. I’ve looked up to him for neither. But I’ve looked up to him for speaking out against war and the military draft. He gave millions of people a voice by standing up and sticking to his beliefs. He did something that we now take for granted. Imagine if every person who spoke out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was suddenly unable to find work for more than three years. That would leave us with no presidential candidates left.

Ali has been great on several fronts, but what I appreciate the most is his unrelenting resolve to stand up for what he believed in. We could all take a page from him in that regard.

Rest easy, champ.

This Week in Books: Men and Their Book Clubs

I’m sitting here reading an article about men being a part of male-only book clubs. I’m thinking a few things as I read on, but I’m just surprised that we even need to point this out. Women have had their own book clubs since forever, and no one is writing up articles about those. But the reasoning for the original article referenced appears to attempt to dispel this myth that reading is somehow not manly or masculine.

Wait, what?

This is stupid. But the sad thing is that I’m not even surprised by this. I know some of you are really interested in BookTube and similar Instagram accounts, but I want to ask you something. When you think of your favorite book accounts on any social platform, who’s running it? Is it a man or woman.

In my experience I’ve found that girls are far more likely to be running these types of accounts. I’ve also found that they’re far more likely to gain a following through them. Maybe men are expected to be talking about sports or politics or something more manly, but some things I just don’t understand.

I do understand when girls gain larger followings on any social platform than the typical guy does because guys are stupid online. I know because I have a girlfriend with 22k followers on Instagram and I’ve seen the comments and DMs.

But I’d just like to ask why it’s so odd for a guy to enjoy reading. Should he be reading comics instead? Or should he be in the gym working to improve his overall health? Reading is one of many forms of entertainment (and much more to many) that people enjoy. I don’t know why it needs to be for one sex over another.

My question today is about stereotypes and perceptions. Why do you think a big deal is made when guys enjoy reading?

Saturday Selects #25: On Travel

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write on the first Saturday of each month (usually) about something outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today’s topic: travel.

Some of you know my first real trip is coming up. It’s next month and I’m going to Washington DC for four days. I’ve been in Houston my whole life and I’m ready to start seeing the world. That sounds like such a cliché, but there’s so much out there I hope to see.

Well I’m still six weeks away from my trip (planned four months ago) and I find myself thinking of other places to visit in the US. Is this normal or am I suffering from an incurable ailment destined to ruin the rest of my years!? I’m even looking at dates! Uh oh.

For the record, I don’t spend money. I have a little bit saved up that’s causing all this. I can’t imagine what I’d be doing if I had a higher paying job. I’d probably lose my job after deciding to ditch work for a quick trip 1 too many times. Welp.

The two places I see myself visiting next are Austin and the Grand Canyon. Most likely in that order.

Tell me your best travel stories! And if you can remember your first trip, tell me about that too!

PS: I have a few comments to reply to. I intend to get to all of them today.

This Week in Books: Tennessee’s State Book

Welcome back to This Week in Books. Today’s topic is not to be taken lightly. I know most people couldn’t care less about any state’s official state book, but what if that book also happens to be the Bible? Would you raise your eyebrows at that? I would. Which is how today’s video came about.

Seeing a state even consider naming the Bible as its official state book in 2016 should be a head scratcher, but it’s isn’t. Not when you take a minute to think about all these so-called “religious freedom” bills that are constantly popping up all over the country.

Now watch, please! And don’t forget to tell me what you think!

This Week in Books #8: On Johnny Reads

No video this week. Y’all don’t hardly watch them anyway. It’s become increasingly difficult to maintain the blog. It isn’t really that I’m working, it’s that I’m bored. I used to have so many people to interact with on here and that number has just fallen off a cliff. And it’s my fault.

So I’m going to take a long hiatus to focus on other things. I’m not sure when I’ll post here or when I’ll upload new videos. I’ll see you when I see you.