Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This Year's Firsts! (NaBloPoMo)

Ok! Final day of NaBloPoMo!! Whooo hooo!!! I’ve decided to make my final post about FIRSTS in honor of the #BHPChat last night. Congrats to BHPChat for the chattaversary!!

Here are the questions and my answers from the chat. HOWEVER!! You can’t understand the fun of twitter chats based on this watered down, dumb regurgitation of the questions!! You gotta get your chat on! There are plenty of bookish chats, though BHPCHats is probably one of the more active ones lately. Check out Emily’s calendar here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November Might as Well Be Over - Book Outbox Post

I might get to read one more book before the month is out. Maybe. I have every intention of starting Crooked Kingdom and once I start I have the feeling I will finish it quickly, but I just haven’t been sitting in one place long enough to even get started.

So, here is a possibly premature Outbox post for November.

It’s been a super lame-ass reading month. But I did attend Book Riot Live, having been chauffeuring my kids around, and have been focusing more on blogging for NaBloPoMo.  As a result, I have posted 20 blog posts but have only read a measly 6 books. Oh! And my head phones are on the fritz so my audiobook game has been nonexistent. I really need to do something about that.

Here are the books I read. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Why I Don't Have Money for Christmas

Shows I’ve seen in 2016 so far.

Not counting the several youth/ kid productions (and RAPA’s production of My Son Pinnochio was definitely a high light). Plus, Broadway Con wasn't a show but a CON! Duh. Also, full discloser: the Rocky Horror and Charlotte’s Web picture represents shows I was actually in… so I guess, technically, I didn’t really see them.

Planned shows for the end of 2016 (Tis the season and all that junk.) 
A Christmas Carol at Geva
Youth production of Elf at RAPA (My kid is the stage manager.)

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Book Tag: Mulan

I WAS FINALLY ACTUALLY TAGGED IN A BOOK TAG AND ALMOST FORGOT!! This is the tragedy of my life, y’all. It’s only 6 prompts so even I can do that… probably. Here’s the original book tag post from Kirsty and the Cat Read

The Rules:
·         Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
·         Thank/mention the person who tagged you
·         Match books or characters to the questions below
·         tag as many people as you like

1. Reflection “When will my reflection show who I am inside” – An inaccurate book cover that doesn’t really reflect what the book is about.

This is a super hard one. I scrolled through the covers of all 1104 books on my Goodreads read shelf and I apparently mostly read very transparent books! I’ll go with something that just has words on the cover. Lame, I know.

 2. Mushu – A character with a lot to prove.
The I Hunt Killers main character is out to prove that he isn’t going to become a serial killer just because his dear old dad is one.

3. “I’ll make a man outta you!” – A character who develops the most OR a book with some kick-a** training scenes.

Well, in Kushiel’s Dart, the main character is in training to be an S&M companion because she is a slave born with the gift of high tolerance and "appreciation" for pain. That’s kick-ass training in a while different way, but totally counts!  

4. “A Girl Worth Fighting for” – A ship you will defend till your last breath

Maybe Kelsea and her personal guard… whose name I can’t remember from The Queen of the Tearling series. And, the characters from And The Trees Crept In. Their love was timeless, y’all.

5. Huns – A book/character that gives you the creeps

The characters that creep me out are usually those high- powered entitled assholes that seem too smooth and smarmy, The Tom Riddle character, all charm and good hair. Like the dude who got what was coming to him in The Female of the Species. Or Cam from the Unwind series, though he also changes a lot and becomes not too bad a dude. Top series by the way!

6. Mulan – Your favorite bada** female protagonist 

I won’t say how long it took me to realize that this says “badass.” LMAO! Man, I could do a whole post just on chicks who kick as. I’ll just drop a link to a post about that. [Here] Plus the usual: Kestrel, Celaena, but also The Lady from The Enchanted who waded through shit to find justice. 

I'm going to tag the last 5 people to leave a comment on my blog, but no pressure ladies! I know this ain't everybody's bag!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Broadway to Books: Something Rotten

Broadway to Books is a (possibly) unique feature that I do that I originated as a guest post that was way too involved. I have pared it down so that I could make it a regular thing.

It was just recently announced that Something Rotten is going on tour…

…oh. I fainted from excitement!! Yes, yall! One of my favorite musicals is going on tour! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!! Thusly and therefore, I changed my mind about doing a Broadway to Books post because I have been obsessively listening to the soundtrack since the announcement. 

I feel like I have to make a confession… I haven’t really seen THAT many musicals. I mean, I’ve probably seen more than the average person because average people don’t seem to understand the magic of musicals, but it’s not like I’m a Broadway critic or anything, who gets into theaters for free. IF you can hook me up with tickets to just about anything, let me know ASAP.

I saw Something Rotten this year on a family trip into the city to see Aladdin. Yes. So, what!? The musical is about the Bottom brothers, two playwrights who are attempting to come up with The Next Big Thing to compete with that rascally writer, Shakespeare, who has become an overnight playwright sensation. The eldest brother seeks the services of a Seer to predict what the next great play will be and ridiculous doth ensue.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Book Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

I read The Female of the Species because I wanted to. I liked the cover and its eye catching color but it was just any other book I picked up at the library that I was pretty sure I had heard something about, but I didn’t know what.

(Part of ) The Goodreads Summary [click here to go there]:

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. So does Peekay.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

My five cent review:

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Reviewing Across the Age Range (Discussion and Question)

Here’s the beginning of a post that I will likely come back to sometime with more thoughts and edits, etc. Feel free to comment below.
I read a range of books. I love middle grade books, YA, and adult fiction. But I find it difficult to rate these books using the same criteria (like a star system) and/ or add different things to my Must Reads list because I really have different expectations for books, pending their audience.

For books written for younger audiences, I expect a fun story and likable characters. I don’t really care if there are a few plot holes and sometimes I don’t even care if the writing seems a little less polished.

However, as the anticipated audience gets older, I expect more from the book…

 Does anyone else find it hard to group books together and/or rate them similarly based on your different expectations of the book?


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Clear A Shelf Challenge Two: Sign Up Post

In August, I challenged myself to read books that I already owned. I called the challenge ClearAShelf (ingenious, right?) and invited tweeps to join me.

Here’s wrap up post, which shows my meager success and includes how the others did, as well. 

I have decided to do it all again for December! Actually… Lorryn asked me if I was planning to do it again and said she was interested and why the hell not!

My down fall last time was the number of books I had checked out from the library at the beginning of the challenge. No good planning on my part! As of this posting, I only have 6, so that should help me out. Plus, I’m taking some vacation time in December, which means BOOOKKKSSS!!!

Qualifying books fall into two categories:

OWNED: Anything you own before December 1st is fair game. The name of the challenge comes from my intention to read a whole shelf’s worth of books.

TBR: Any book already on your established (however you establish it) To Be Read (TBR) list as of December 1st regardless of whether you own it or not.

Percentages are based on the total number of books you read for August.

0% - 25 %:  Noble Page
25% - 50%: Knight
51% - 75%: Ruler
76% - 100% Warrior

If you want to join me on this quest, post your goal on twitter, your blog, or wherever you do such things. On Twitter please use the hashtag #ClearAShelf. And here’s the sticker, if you want to declare yourself on posts, etc!

Last time I tried to use a linky form thingy and wanted to shoot myself. NEVER AGAIN! But here is a Google form so I can see who’s playing and blog hop to motivate myself with your progress!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Where I Am Right Now Instead of Writing a Real Blog Post

Attending the Rochester LGBT Giving Circle tonight on behalf of Rochester Association ofPerforming Arts. Tiny food. Great company (my table- mates were board members from The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival) and an honor to accept grant to support RAPA’s production of The Wild Party next summer!


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Heartbreak, Today.

The unread books I had to return to the library. Booooo!!

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