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.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Walter Dean

Solo by Kwame Alexander solidified a suspicion I had about Alexander. Alexander is the new Walter Dean Myers, the new Sherman Alexie, the new Gary Paulsen.  He is the new amazing.  And while it might seem cool to put him up there with those big names, I want to make sure that it is clear that I don't mean it in a "good job, dude, you are getting there, you made the big time!" kinda way, because Alexander probably always was this good.  And when I say good I mean masterful.  So I mean no, "good going kid" by that at all.  I simply think he is one of the best.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Herbie Fisher!

Herbie Fisher has his own book!  And there is still a lot of Stone and Dino.  Now I really, really want Peter and Ben to have their own series! Barely Legal was good.  Co-written by Parnell Hall, an author I didn't know before, but now I will have to check him out, too!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The 70s

After reading Be True to Me, I ended up reading another book set in the 70s, but in a very different community.  Another Brooklyn was less about the 70s, maybe than BTTM, or maybe it was just the community that appealed to me much more.  In any case, I didn't find myself put off by the time period setting in AB like I did in BTTM.  Jacqueline Woodson works her magic with words for adults this time and she does it equally well.  So much in such a slim book. Stephen King, are the listening?  Fantastic.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hard One

Books of short stories are hard to judge.  Some short stories are SO good and some are SO bad, sometimes.  Sometimes books DO have all awesome short stories.  But sometimes it is like night and day.  Face Off was like that for me. Had they been stand alones, there were, for sure, some that would have been 5 stars.  Sadly, had they been stand alones, even the one co-written by one of my most favorite authors, there would have been some .5s and 1s.  
As is my preference, the ones that took place in foreign countries and/or had political themes were less appealing.  The ones with a bit of paranormal were very appealing, as were the ones with hard-edged detectives.  Well now that I think about it, the one set in England, even though it had those off-putting Briticisms, was among my favorites, it was just that good.  Oh well!  Maybe this is one of those for which I should have broken up with individual stories instead of plowing through the ones that were just blah for me.  Some I had restart 7, 8 or more times!  

Why? Why?

Didn't I read The Nest before?  I have seen it so many times, available on audio from my library.  It was so good!  It was creepy and fresh and amazing.  This was definitely not one of those "it reminded me of" books, even though those can be good, too.  It was just so good!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

That 70s Book

I gave a lower rating to Be True to Me.  But since I like to make it clear that this says more about ME than anyone else's opinion of the book, I don't feel as bad, but I do feel bad because Adele Griffin is a great writer, I think.  And I usually enjoy her books very much.  It's my anti-70s bias that is coming through here.  This was just so Ice Storm for me.  What a terrible, blah time the 70s were.  I did like the ending though.  But ugh.  The 70s!

Oh those Tapper Twins!

The Tapper Twins Go Viral is the fourth in the series and I really still do love it so much.  In fact, I loved it so much I actually read it, instead of reading it!  Ha!  Great stuff.  A good lesson on internet safety!  But not cheesy or an obvious lesson at all!  Very funny!

Mystery Train

The Wrong Train was okay.  I really couldn't get into it at first.  I am not sure if it because of the off-putting Briticisms or just the British accent of the reader. Or the unevenness of the quality of the short stories that make up the book. Some of them were good.  But the ending was super predictable, I thought.  Again, some might really like it.  It just wasn't for me.