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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My Favorite Star

has to be sun, right?  I mean, without the sun, what would we do?  We wouldn't do anything, we'd all be dead.
That has nothing to do with The Sun is Also a Star.  I can't remember why this title fits.  I mean, I can't figure out the reason for the title.  The fact is mentioned in the book.  Natasha is fond of "provable facts" and really doesn't want to have faith or trust in anything that is not a "provable fact."  Whereas Daniel believes dreams are important, that passion is important, that feelings are important.
And girl meets boy and they fall in love.
But the book is more than just boy meets girl and they fall in love.  It is really beautiful.  It is really moving.  It is really well written.  This is my favorite for the Printz this year.  Will it win?  Probably not, but I would like it to win!

More King?

See, see, I am trying to be better!  I am trying!  And The Bazaar of Bad Dreams was pretty good.  It's short stories, but of course, with King they are never short.  I don't think any of them were particularly bad dream invoking for me anyway.  Afterlife was funny.  Obits was a good idea.  The one about the fireworks is one to skip.  Mortality was really good.  The Dunes was good. The rest were decent.

Sunday, December 4, 2016


The tenth book in the Whatever After Series is finally out!  Sugar and Spice is a remix of Hansel and Gretel and it is fabulous!  Fans of the series, like I, will LOVE it!  So much fun!

Super Burp!

Super Burp!  is the first book in the George Brown, Class Clown series by Nancy Krulik who wrote a series I love Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo!  George was in Katie's class, I remember him!  He was one of the guys in the two-guy battle to see who told the best jokes.  He is also the guy who gave Katie her nickname.  He and his family moved and in this first book, he is making his way trying to find where he fits in his new school.  Excellent for reluctant readers and just a lot of fun.  Plus, George is a nice guy!


Beware that Girl was GOOD!  After I finished it had that creep-tastic feeling of a shiver up and down my spine and all over.  I have to see what else Teresa Toten has written because after I finished this very good and different and creepy book, I realized that she also wrote Shattered Glass, which I totally loved, too!  Good good GOOD!

Just Because You are Paranoid...

doesn't mean they aren't after you.  So said Joseph Heller.  And I agree.  That is probably why I read Spy Secrets that Can Save Your Life:  A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected.
There were some good things in here.  Basically though, to be super safe, one needs to have a lot of money.  But I still found this to be pretty good!  Just kind of interesting.  And I would think that Jason Hanson has seen the worst side of humanity, so he has a very suspicious outlook, so I can't really criticize him for that.  But since I have never been a CIA officer, I am still thinking that there is good out there.  And that not every one is out to get me.  Mostly not everyone.  Still I think I will give tactical pens as gifts this Christmas!  Why not!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Funny Guy

Aziz Ansari is a very funny guy.
Very funny.  I thought that Modern Romance would be very funny.  And it is funny!  But not VERY funny!  But it is funny!  But maybe that isn't fair because the book is serious.  I mean, it is funny, but it also a serious look at dating in the "modern age" and there was actual research done for the book! And it is also co-authored by a real sociologist, Eric Klinenberg So maybe I just didn't understand what the book was and so I was approaching it in an unfair way.
I don't and won't ever need to be on the dating scene again, so maybe it was also just my selfishness that didn't allow me to be totally into the research part of it all.  So if you are in the dating scene or plan to be or are interested in it, then you might find it most cool!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Not So Simple...

Remember Simple Simon?  The guy who met the Pie Man?  Stupid rhyme.  Anyway.  Simon in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is not stupid.  He is a very thoughtful kind of guy.  I liked this guy.   I thought it was neat to be set in near Atlanta, where while not the middle of Georgia, is not exactly NYC or Madison.  And so I am thinking it might be harder (and the character even mentions this) for Simon to be out than others from more cosmopolitan areas. But the world is changing, praise God.  And so someday, hopefully, all will realize that God is not concerned who we love, just that we love.  Sweet little story.