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, April 26, 2017

I Stand Corrected! Shocking!

I usually do have to be corrected.  Here I was complaining, to everyone who would listen, including my book group, and I will have to remember to apologize and set the record straight next month.  I really didn't like The Professor and the Madman: a Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary.   And I kept telling myself and everyone that I thought it was just trying to capitalize on the success of The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic and the Fair that Changed America, which I LOVED!
Here TPATM came out before TDITWC!  Oh well.
Maybe it is just that I think that architectural history is WAY more interesting than lexicology!  WAY MORE interesting!
Also, I am not a big fan of British history or British arrogance, which seems to go hand in hand for me, whether it is British past, present or future.  That is probably the biggest reason why I didn't like this book.

Good News and Bad News, but what can you do?

The Thickety is an outstanding series!
That is good news!
The Last Spell is the last book, I am assuming.
That is bad news!
Because this series didn't go on too long.
But now it is over!
So that is good news and then bad news!
But had it gone on too long, I mean, it would have ended with bad news! So I guess it had to end.
Read from the beginning!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Are You Bette or Joan?

There actually is a test for this!  Of course, I took it!  I am Joan.  I am glad.  I am not a big fan of Bette Davis and if I had to be one because Bette Davis just seemed super mean!  I mean, even before I read this book!  Joan Crawford didn't seem so super nice either, but compared to Davis, I will take Crawford.
Bette and Joan:  the Divine Feud was excellent.  Back here I talked about why I am so into these two right now.
Bette Davis's daughter, B.D. Hyman, is an evangelical pastor.
Anyway, great, great book!

Really Powerful

Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self by Joyce Rupp is probably one of those books I will be reading and rereading for a long time.  It's a book that will have different meanings and impact at different times in one's life, so it will always be new.  Our Sunday School class began reading this but I found it too personal, too painful to discuss in Sunday School, so I have only gone twice since we started it!  Isn't that terrible?  I mean, if one can't be exposed in Sunday School, where can one!  Especially at the church I attend.  A pretty amazing place.  And the people in SS are wonderful, so accepting and caring. But it was just too hard.  A door can be a powerful metaphor for many things. Great book and I look forward to reading it again.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Last Week in the Crescent City or the Big Easy

I ate a vegan po-boy at Seed.  It was fantastic!  It was the eggplant one.  I had a sample piece of a praline at Leah's Praline's, too!  So delicious!  And I had gelato at La Divina Gelateria.  Incredible.
I was reading Recipe for Adventure New Orleans while I was there so I knew how to pronounce some of the New Orleans-type food!
I hadn't read any in this series in a while.  I have only read the first one, actually.  And I just re-read the review.  Now I see why I gave it only 1 star. It was reflective of my opinion of the author, not the book.  Which I have addressed here.  And now feel very differently.  I guess that I would have given it 5 stars today!


Nightmares!  has been a very good series so far.  I am NOT a fan of nightmares themselves, who is? Which is why I think this series works so well.  The Last Lullaby is the third book and it does a nice job of reminding the reader of the backstory without being overly repetitive, if one has just read one and two.  Good stuff!  Easy series to recommend!  I had read the second one, Sleepwalker Tonic during the year I wasn't writing about a lot of books, but I swear, it was great, too!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lunch Lady Land

Do you remember this song?  Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute is the first in the Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. I may have mentioned this before but he did a TED talk in which he mentions the amazing Jack Gantos!  And I figure, if he likes Gantos then I will like him! And I did!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jessica Lange

I have a "thing" about Jessica Lange.  I just think she is a fabulous actress.  My favorite living actress, for sure.  And one movie I loved was Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?  And I have always been fascinated by the back story, the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.  So when I heard that Feud was coming out, WITH Jessica Lange and created by the brilliant dude, Ryan Murphy who is half of American Horror Story, I was so super excited.  I am watching it while I am on the treadmill, so I am behind, but I LOVE it.  
So then I saw that Robert Wagner had written I Loved Her in the Movies:  Working with the Legendary Actresses of Hollywood, I had to listen and I am so glad I did! 
The Golden Age of Hollywood has always appealed to me, so I loved these stories best of all, but the whole book was just so good.  And I so admired Wagner for the way he was so respectful of each of the women about whom he wrote.  I admit I didn't know much about Wagner himself, but I now want to know more.  He comes across as very humble and a very decent guy.  I just wish there had been some Judy in it!  She was mentioned, but I guess they didn't work together.