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, September 27, 2016


I am not big on # and I am not good with the cool and hip and now sayings.  I think "YOLO" is an old cool and hip and now saying, as this book was published in 2014, when it was hip and now and cool.  But still, I wasn't big on using YOLO then.  Still, this book, YOLO,  was just as good as the other Internet Girls books, which I really, really enjoyed because it wasn't dated, even though it could have been, given its heavy reliance on technology.  The girls have gone off to college.  Maddie is at UCSC.  Zoe is at Kenyon and her boyfriend Doug is also at a school in Ohio, Oberlin.  Angela is at the University of Georgia.  Lauren Myracle is one of my most favorite authors. She just is.  Angela decides to go the way of the Greek.  So there is that angle.  There is a lot in here that kids face when they start college:  hard classes, roommate trouble, choosing a major, long distance relationships (friends and romantic), family rules, drinking, bi-curious kissing, date rape.  And it is all addressed very well, I think.  I know I am officially old when I saw I wouldn't want to go back to that time in my life.  Not that I think things are harder today.  As I have said, some things are harder and some things are easier, but human nature remains that same.  It's just that every part of life has it's own struggles and I guess those are not ones I would like to relive!

Monday, September 26, 2016


A million  years ago, my dear, sweet Joanie and I went to see Henry:  Portrait of a Serial Killer at the Carnegie Museum of Art when they used to have film series there.  They still might, but Joanie has gone to her Reward and so I haven't checked.  The series was a banned film one.  I may have written about it on here.  But anyway, this movie was some else.  And while reading My Life Among the Serial Killers:  Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers, I was reminded of him more than once.  Henry, that is.  What first brought the movie and character to mind was when Dr. Helen Morrison (who is from Greensburg) said that serial killers are not addicted to drugs, alcohol or even smoking.  And also when she made it very clear that serial killers on tv and in the movies are not like them in real life.  Also profilers, which is what she has done.  It was very interesting to learn where the brain of John Wayne Gacy is at this very moment!
I really did find this book very interesting.  What I found surprising was that this book was written "with" someone, and right away I realized it was ridiculous that I found this surprising!  A lot of times books by "stars" are written "with" "real" writers.  So I guess I thought, "Dude, a super-brilliant doctor should be able to write a book by herself!"  But man, that is so wrong!  Just because someone is super-brilliant at one thing, or even many things, doesn't mean she or he will be super-brilliant at EVERYTHING!
Anyway, this was a very good book!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Spirit Animals

Born Wild is the first in Brandon Mull's super popular Spirit Animals series.  And I can recommend this for sure.  It just wasn't my cup of tea, and that is TOTALLY on me.  I can see how people can really get into this.  And I may read the next one.  For me I didn't like the narrator, so that made it hard.  Plus there were a lot of characters!  But I am going to listen to the Special Edition, which is .5 and the background, I think because it is .5 and it is called Tales of the Great Beasts.  And maybe that will help me like it more, because I really think that I could.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


There is a guy who comes into one of the libraries where I work and his a "conspiracy guy."  I am not mocking him.  I am big into conspiracies.  But he is the guy who talks about a them a lot.  I remember when the Japanese Tsunami of 2011 happened, he believe that the "tusami" was caused by the New World Order folks.
Anyway, I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 is the eighth in the I Survived series and I didn't think it was a very strong one.  But major props that the cat didn't die!  It wasn't bad, just not love.

Watch Out for the Quiet Ones

Mindy McGinnis has written a tough book.  The Female of the Species starts tough and ends tough.  I loved, loved, loved the character of Peekay, the Preacher's Kid and her parents.  I feel like this was one of those books that really got church right.
The story is told from the POVs of Peekay, Jack and Alex.  Alex is the main character, he sister was raped and murdered by a local man who didn't go to prison due to lack of evidence.  Jack is the guy who falls in love with her, willing to forget his playboy self and just be faithful to Alex.
The book is raw and, I saw someone on goodreads call it brutal, and it is.  It is real life in its worst of times.  But very realistic.
There are stories about abuse to animals, because Alex and Peekay volunteer in an animal shelter, so some of that will be hard to take for some, but it no where compares to the abuse done to humans in the book.  This is getting Printz buzz and I can see why.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I Guess I Tried to Repress It SPOILERS

Stone Fox was one of the worst, worst books I have ever read. Ever.  The dog dies very suddenly at the end.  His heart explodes. Terrible.  Terrible.  Terrible.  I read this last year but never wrote about it, or even marked it read on goodreads.  But it is set in Wyoming, which I needed for my Reading Road Trip.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dead Dead Dead

this is just a great song.  School of the Dead was good.  And I could recommend it.  But it didn't WOW me like Seer of Shadows.  But that was a WOW book!  A REALLY WOW book!  It is hard to like the main character. Well, not hard to like him, but hard to really, really like him.  Hard to really like him.  Yeah, not even one "really."  But that doesn't mean I didn't want to find out what happens.  I was guessing until the end, just not really sure what was true and what was not true, so that was a good sign.  And personally, I felt great satisfaction with the way in which Uncle Charlie's character played out in the book.  I know some people might have a different opinion, but it made sense to me and it just seemed to make the whole book work together in a better way!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fans of Dory

And while I know one person who isn't a fan of Dory, I think she secretly is and just tells me she isn't to get me stirred up, because I just can't see how anyone couldn't love Dory Fantasmagory.  Dory Dory Black Sheep is the third in this series by Abby Hanlon and I LOVED it!  I read it again last night with another FOD who texted me just now with "I 3> Goblin" and when you read this book, you will, too!
Keeping a series funny and fresh must be hard work, I am sure, but Hanlon really knows how to do it!  Long live Dory!  Rascal!