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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

REALLY, really good SPOILERS!

Stranger than Fanfiction was SO good!  So good!  There is swearing, so if that bothers you then just be aware, but this was just so good.  Dealt with faith in such a good way, too.  I loved the conversation that the one young man imagines God having about homosexuality.  This is just awesome!  I had no idea that the book would end the way it did.  I am even fearful of putting up the subject tags because it totally gives away the shock-ending!  But man, what a great book.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

I figure that most ideas seem like good ones at one time or another, don't you?  Ideas we try out, anyway.  I mean I have had lots of bad ideas, but I think that when I have tried out ideas, put ideas into action, they really all seem like good ones.  Reading A Good Idea seemed like a good idea at first.  Then when I started listening to it, it seemed like a bad idea and I quit.  But then I picked it up again and it was a good idea!  In short, I really liked A Good Idea.  The only thing that I thought was weird was all of the underage drinking, but the store was really tough on checking IDs when people bought cigarettes.  Underage drinking went on all the time.  In bars, in houses, in front of the law and the mayor and parents, but yet, when the main character, Fin, went to purchase her cigarettes she was ID'd, even though the guy selling the smokes knew she was 18.  I guess I am sensitive to this because drinking can have such potential damage for people other than the drinker.  But smoking?  It just kills the smoker.  I think it's just such a strange thing.  Strange to see people pouring themselves into their cars, behind the wheel, after concerts, and driving off.  Yet people can't smoke in an outdoor concert venue.  Just strange to me.

But this was a good book.  A mystery that I really figure out.  It is a sad book in so many ways.  But good one.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Full of Beans is a book that I have seen around a lot, but never looked at it and I wish I had because once I saw that it was related to Turtle in Paradise I knew it would be good.  And it was!  It was really, really good.  I probably just should have gone by the author, Jennifer L. Holm, because I loved TIP and also The Fourteenth Goldfish, so why wouldn't I love Full of Beans!
Set during the Great Depression in the Florida Keys, it really taught me a lot about the New Deal in general and its impact in Florida and the work to create a tourist destination in the Keys.  A realistic and funny and really good book!

God Does Not Care Whom We Love, Only That We Love

Loving vs. Virginia:  a Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case is the story of a case that I embarrassing admit, I was unaware until the movie Loving came out last year.  Loving v. Virginia (1967) is a case that should never have had to come to trial, like Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka (1954).
The movie was good.  This book is excellent.  It is especially important for anyone and everyone to read.  It is so very, very well done in poetry and incredible illustrations.  This is a must-read.
It's a novel, so I guess it is technically historical fiction?

Well, well, well done

The Goldfish Boy was a fantastic book from start to finish.  It is a mystery but more than a mystery.  A heart-breaking, heart-squeezing excellent story of a middle school with ODC.  Just really, really, really excellent.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Started Out with a Bang

Okay, bad pun.  Spontaneous has bad puns, too and they are funny.  Even though the book is about the spontaneous combustion of members of the senior class at Mara's school, it is a light-hearted story!  I really did enjoy a lot of it, it's just at the end things started to drag.  Maybe it wouldn't be that way for everyone, but it was for me, but I would still recommend it with that mention!

Book Group?

I do this nonfiction book group deal and I am always looking for books that we can read.  I think that The Shift:  One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives might be a good choice.   I know that two of the women are retired nurses.  I think another women is still a practicing nurse, so it will be good to hear what they think of the book from a personal, experienced POV.  But I don't know if they will want to read it.  I suggest books, but they ultimately have the final say.  This month's book is Dream Home:  The Property Brothers' Ultimate Guide to Finding and Fixing Your Perfect House.  Since we just sold our house and moved to an apartment because I have no money or talent or desire to have a house, this was not my first pick!  But these ladies have their own homes or had their own homes and well, the Property Brothers are pretty cool, so it will be good!
Another cool thing about The Shift is that it is set in Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh is pretty famous for its hospitals.  I have a strong anti-UPMC bias, and I am pretty sure that is where Theresa Brown, RN is employed, but that is neither here nor there.
Now the only thing that kinda bugged me about the book is that Brown has PhD in English and she is a contributor to the New York Times but there was a lot of pronoun trouble.  You know the whole, "She had the same coloring as me."  I mean, it there were none that obvious, but there were a few that were obvious to me and well, I mean, I am NOT very well versed in grammar!  So it was obvious to me, and I have a million grammatical mistakes in this post alone...well, I just wonder about it.  Is that an old rule?  Is the choice of pronoun now just a choice?  I am not trying to be a smart butt here.  I just found out that we don't have to put two spaces after a period anymore!  I am not really up on changing rules!
Other than that, I really enjoyed the book!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Is it just the name?

Once I knew this woman who was really into Mother-Daughter book clubs.  I have to say that this is one woman I have a hard time thinking about because she was someone who pretty much defines the whole "wolf in sheep's clothing" thing!  So I am not sure if that is why I was so against reading a book in the series The Mother-Daughter Book Club.  I can't remember if she actually liked the series, or I just associate all things MDBC with her!  I also wonder if my lower rating of the book has something to do with that.  But I don't know.  I mean, it was okay, and 3 of 5 stars isn't a bad rating at all, it is just low for me.  I think to be fair to the series, I will read another though!