Thursday, July 27, 2017

July Recap, Part 2: Shows

It might seem a little early for a July wrap up post, it’s only the 26th. But I figured I would write it while the mood was upon me. And I’m going to split it up a little between books I’ve read (posted yesterday) and shows I’ve seen. So this is part 2 – Shows!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July Recap, Part 1: Books

It might seem a little early for a July wrap up post, it’s only the 26th. But I figured I would write it while the mood was upon me. And I’m going to split it up a little between books I’ve read and shows I’ve seen. So this is part 1 – Books! (The other one will be about theatre. duh) 

So, let me tell you about what I've been reading.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Three on a Theme: Books I Recently Cried Over

Alright! Three books for when you feel the need to wipe tears off your face. I would say that these books, like all books, probably hit people in very different ways depending on their own lives. For each, I had overwhelming needs to stop reading and text my children.

I've also noticed that for myself, an adult who often reads YA, I tend to notice the adults (and their behavior) in a story much more so that I actively attended to as a younger reader. And I really think about how important it is to have good adult representation in books.

Speaking of, they each get a wee #WNDB sticker from me!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Best MG/YA of 2017 So Far! (Top Ten Tuesday)

It’s about that time for a mid-year check in! Of course, its almost the end of June and it’s unbelievable how fast the year has gone already. But doesn’t everyone say that? Isn’t it really funny how we are always just so shocked at how time passes…

But I digress.

So, this post is going to be about the best books I’ve read so far in 2017. By coincidence, that’s the topic for Top Ten Tuesday so I’ll see if I can get to ten of them and that will be two proverbial dead birds!

I was going to do a combined Adult/YA list, but I had 10 YA favorites. I’ll do a short list of adult fiction/ nonfiction for tomorrow. (update: I didn't do an adult post.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What I've Been Reading (Outbox June 21)

I’ve only done one blog post this month. I basically suck. I would say that there’s been more time to write than usual I just haven’t had really anything to blog about. Is this that rut thing that people keep talking about?

I signed up for a Blog Hop challenge with Herding Cats and failed miserably! I didn’t make it all the way through the participants twice, which was the goal. Boooooo to me!

These are the books I’ve managed to get under my belt since the last outbox post. It was a Mixed Feelings post about If I Was Your Girl. I enjoyed all of these for very different reasons and none of them gave me to Big Feels. But this wouldn't be the first evidence that I'm a robot. 
I'll be honest. I wasn't really been blown away by any of them, but I think that is partly because of The Slump. I think my brain is turning to jelly due to Disney Emoji Blitz! It's taken over all the room that Candy Crush had in my brain. I also just discovered Angry Birds Blast. So. I'm utterly screwed. 

These are the books I am kinda mostly reading. Both After the Woods and The Amateurs are left overs from Teen Book Fest and I'm not sure I really want to read them. Both are "someone is dead or missing and we have to figure stuff out" books. Actually, Frog Music is, too! URGH! This list might be changing immediately. 
Frog Music has been on my TBR for a while. I wish that I hadn't read that it was loosely based on a true story. I swear, there are no other words that can kill a book (or movie) buzz for me faster than "Based on a True Story." Maybe I just don't like my fact and fiction to be so obviously mixey. Maybe, I'm a weirdo. Whatever.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mixed Feelings: When the author has a "past"

So I had a bit of a crisis of character while reading If I Was Your Girl. While looking for confirmation that this was an #ownvoices book (it is), I ran across a couple of news articles about the author. According to the articles,  (prior to transition I think) was accused of assaulting and abusing her wife at the time and there was a restraining order.

Now, here’s the thing.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Recap, in Pictures!

Jeez. When was the last time I did a wrap up post? Perhaps this is a whole new leaf I’m turning over! Just kidding.

I don’t really want to do a whole recap post… so here’s a barrage of pictures!! I might come back and break this up into smaller bite- size pieces… but probably not.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mini-Reviews: Behind Closed Doors and The Girl on the Train (Book Club Picks)

Already The Girl on the Train and Behind Closed Doors are mingling in my mind and they are not even that similar. It would be hard for me to really talk about them without giving away the stories as they are both psych-thrillers and I have a big-ass mouth with loose boundaries.

I’ll just say that they are probably both good for Book Club options because there are characters with questionable behaviors which always spark those "Bad things for the right reasons and good things for the wrong reasons" discussions. It always ends with everyone feeling a little superior. Neither are good options if one of your book club goals is to read about a non- white person. Or to like men. Either way, add wine.

Friday, May 12, 2017

RocTBF Mini-Reviews: Fat Angie and Melt

Two more books read for #MissionRocTBF! I already know I'm not gonna hit my goal AGAIN this year but I'm just gonna keep on keeping on.

Books in this post:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Broadway to Books - Kinky Boots

SO glad to be finally doing this post. It was super hard! But I really wanted to do one of these posts for ... ::drum roll::

Kinky Boots is an excellent musical about a man who is about to lose his father’s shoe factory and is looking for a new "niche market." He befriends a drag queen who tells him that it’s hard for the ladies at the club to find good shoes that can support their unique needs. Connection and hijinks, including having to deal with some of the more small minded of the factory workers. Cindy Lauper wrote the music and there are two VERY strong, touching songs (like Hold Me in Your Heart) that I listen to ::SING LOUDLY TO:: on repeat. Then there are a bunch of regularly strong songs, including some shake your booty songs like Sex is in the Heel.

There’s only one song I skip on the soundtrack. That’s high praise, y'all! The musical is fun and upbeat, though there are sad parts, and ends on a high note.

Now, none of these books are obvious choices. Obvious choices would be books about drag queens, right? Honestly, I haven't read a lot of books about drag queens, per se. Let’s skip the obvious and look for themes of family and self- acceptance, shall we? We shall: