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, February 23, 2017

And I keep reading!

Now I have finished Goblet of Fire!  Had you asked me if I would ever read the first Harry Potter I would have told you probably not.  Had you asked me if I would make it as far as GOF I would have said NO WAY!

BUT I LOVE THEM!  They are super fantastic!  I really think that this is going to be a popular series.  I think it is going to catch on.  There might even be movies some day.  Who knows!  I can even see Universal Studios doing something

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Never Could Get the Hang of It

Roller Girl was a GREAT book!  I totally got the hang of the book.  I just could never get the hang of roller skating!  But I loved this graphic novel!

Faith Done Well

The Serpent King was one of those rare books that does faith really, really well.  And even more well because there were SO many opportunities to turn this book into an anti-faith book.  Dill being the son of a preacher who handled snakes before he ended up in prison for child porn and corruption of minors.  But this book...wow.
I can just imagine Jesus reading this book and thinking, "Man, that was really, really well done.  Thank you, good and faithful servant, Jeff Zentner.  I learned a lot about snake handling when it comes to churches, too!  How interesting!

This was a WOW one

I really like We are the Ants, and so I was very excited to see a new book from Shaun David Hutchinson, The Edge of the Universe. At first I didn't "get it" and I had to restart the book a few times, but I am SO glad I hung in there. There is a lot of science for someone like me, but I found I was able to understand it!  At least enough for it all to make sense.  Just an incredible, real-yet-not-real-yet-maybe-real experience.  Original and excellent.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Go Big or Go Home is my first Will Hobbs book, but it won't be my last, as I really liked it!  And it was also the last of the 50 states!  Set in South Dakota! Good stuff!

Super Good

Under Rose-Tainted Skies was a fantastic book.  It was one of those books I read just because it seemed interesting and it was short!  But I am so glad I did.  I don't even think that I read the full description, but this was such a powerful look at OCD and anxiety and hope and life and a real girl and a real mom and a real boy.
This might seem really odd, but one of the things I found most real and refreshing was the use of profanity!  It wasn't an overload, but it was there.  It was NORMAL!  If you don't like profanity, I really doubt you will be offended.  It was just so natural and normal and there isn't a lot of it.  I mean, people swear but most people don't use profanity in every conversation, or even every day and neither does Norah.  But sometimes, in extreme circumstances, a swear word is just the right word.  I don't mean to go on and on about it.  I just think it was real.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


I am so close to reading a book set in every state in the US!  This is my Hawaii entry!  I do love the Mysteries in our National Parks series.  I do.  This one just took me a while to get through.  Probably because I had to read it, instead of listening.  But I really did like it!  Rage of Fire is another great addition to the series!  It is set in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

I Stand Corrected

All of those years I bashed Harry Potter.  That was before I read them.  I thought I would just listen to one.  And now I have the fourth one on hold.  This is my favorite one so far.  I just liked it so much!  I got the whole "prisoner of Azkaban" part of it and I love the characters.  Just great!  I think this Harry Potter thing is going to catch on.