What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Life Is But a

Walking Shadow(s), a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.  It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Walking Shadows is the twenty-fifth book in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series and I loved, loved, loved it.  Not a surprise, as I love Faye Kellerman and this series!

Please, Ms. Kellerman, allow Peter to be so stubborn as to not listen to Rina's urgings for him to consider retirement!

Unless Rina would then open up her own little PI company....she is just as good (if not better) at detecting that her hubby!


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

I Just Didn't Know

That All We Ever Wanted was this kinda book.  Chick Lit is what is has been called.  It was okay.  I mean, a very important topic.  But it kinda reads like some not-so-well written YA novel.  If one likes this kind of romance, with a "ripped from the headlines important topic"  then this will be a good choice.  For me, the importance of the topic was bogged down by the fluff. 

Monday, September 17, 2018


Probably books like Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish are timely at any time.  It's just that "these days" (the years the locusts ate, it seems) MVDSS seems especially meaningful.  Pablo Cartaya is also the author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora which I absolutely loved. 

So while the adults get it...

I don't think that tweens will get that when the Upside-Down Magic kids talk about magic fluidity, they are drawing a subtle comparison to gender fluidity, this won't be weird or preachy for them.  I really liked it, actually.  Weather or Not is the fifth in the series and is still as fresh and the first!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hidden Brain

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl was a book I understood better because of the Hidden Brain and this podcast I heard last winter.  I really, really thought that TMOFG was really well done.  One of the reviewers remarked that it has really flown under the radar and was surprised that more people hadn't read it.  I am, too.  I loved the friendships in this book.  I loved them.  And I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


In this case stands for Oh My Goth.  And I knew nothing about it when I downloaded it for a listen.  While it had a lot of dark themes-- another filicide attempt in this one (that is the spoiler) it was still a lighter read.  Can that be true?  Maybe I just feel that way because death doesn't scare me.  Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of sadness in this book, but the main characters are endearing. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Really, Really Good

When Elephants Fly is not an easy book.  It doesn't have a fairy tale ending either.  It is so well done.  There is a LOT going on here, but it is all so well, well done.  I know I read another book in which a mom who is mentally ill tries to kill her child...but I can't remember what it is.  And I need to find out!  Anyway, this was a very, very, very good read.