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 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.

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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.
https://youtu.be/LWixPimkRXE

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:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mini-Reviews Everything Leads to You and The Outsiders

Quick little post to tell you about a couple of awesome YA books that I’ve read recently.

One was for TBF 2017
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour:
This book is about a senior in high school who has been working on the movie sets as part of her summer internship. She and her best friend discover a letter written by a famous dead movie star and start following clues from it to figure out the mystery of his life. I might be making it sound lame, but this book was well- written, charming, and emotionally satisfying. I’m excited to hear Ms. LaCour talk about the book a the book festival in a few days. The author that I will be working with that day is presenting with Ms. LaCour so I will be all up in her kool-aid all day! 

One was a Classic I thought I had Read
The Outsiders by H.E. Hinton: This book turned 50 years old this year and was originally written when Hinton was only 16 years old. It’s a coming of age tale (whatever the fuck that is) about a 14 year old boy who lives on the rough side of town, dodges fists, and almost drowns. And then, bad stuff happens. I knew it was coming and I almost decided not to finish the book to avoid it, but no. I hung in there. There are many great quotes about life and the interesting ways in which the social classes are different, but so-much-the same. Stay gold, y'all. This might be a challenged book, which makes it count for Read Harder.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

I discovered Neal Shusterman because of TBF, I think. Or maybe I discovered him right before a TBF several years ago. Either way, I definitely met him at a TBF and he is one of my author boyfriends. He doesn’t know that, so mums the word. Anyway, Mr. Shusterman wrote one of my favorite series (Unwind) and one of my favorite YA stand-alones (Bruiser). His previous book Challenger Deep was a good book but not my favorite so I was hesitant to jump into Scythe for fear that this would be author-hero-letdown. BUT NO! It’s definitely got the deep-if-you-think-about-it political commentary that I loved from Unwind along with his usual swept away in the story OH MY GOD WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT piece. Mr. Shusterman doesn’t shy away from the feels and I’m glad I forged ahead.

Oh, maybe I should actually mention something about the book. Duh.