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, October 18, 2017

This was something...

What You Don't Know was really, really, really darn good.  Really good.  I have no idea what is going on with the cover, however.  No idea.  I just know that this book made me want to keep on listening and listening and listening.  It is complex.  It is really, really good.
This is JoAnn Chaney's first book which completely blew me away and also made me sad because man, I want to read more from her.
This sentence from the book's description "The last victims of an infamous serial killer on death row may be the ones he didn't kill."  REALLY REALLY REALLY describes this book.
The cover though?  As pictured here anyway?  Um.  I have no idea and I just don't think it fits. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


I read that Genuine Fraud was written with the idea that it would pay homage, be an update to The Talented Mr. Ripley, I really began to LOVE this book.  There was a movie made of that book in 1999.  And I confess, that is how I came to know the story.  It was only years later I realized it was from a book and a series.  I have not read them, but wow, that movie.  It was a horror movie, I think. 
I really enjoy all of Lockhart's books and this one was one of the best books I have read so far this year.  I don't know if it is a Printz kind of book, but it sure was a great, great, great read that I can recommend.  It was completely creepy and very well written.  I think it definitely should be considered.  It is just so well done, how can it not? 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Keep Wanting to Add an "is"

To Everything, Everything.  I keep thinking it's called Everything is Everything.  Nocola Yoon wrote one of my favorite books from last year, The Sun is Also a Star.  And I really enjoyed this one as well.  Everything, Everything became a movie!  I didn't see the end coming, I really didn't!  And I loved it!

Subjects Matter

I probably would have given Revival one star had I not enjoyed the subject matter.  Matters of faith always appeal to me.  But the ending was just so ridiculous and it was SO drawn out and typical wordy "I am too rich to need an editor" King that had it not handled the "terrible sermon" so very well, I would have given it one star.  Lots to think about and talk about here...if there was an abridged version. 

He Gets In There...

It seems to me that as Andrew Clements can just BE inside the mind and soul of a middle schooler/tween.  And Rob Buyea is the same way.  The Perfect Score is a new book from the man who did the Mr. Terupt series.  This book is like his others in that it is written from different POVs, which I really enjoy.  It takes on bullying behavior, standardized testing, learning difficulties and family relationships, all without being preachy or teachy.  I really enjoyed it! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Turtles All the Way Down is one of those "highly anticipated books!"  in my circles!  John Green is truly beloved.  I think he is an incredible guy.  And I give this 4.5 stars for sure.  Even 4.9 for sure.  Even 4.999999 for sure.   I read that this is a very autobiographical book for Mr. Green.  That article, as you can see, describes this book as the story of a "teenager's mind at war with itself."  And I understand that.  And a I feel Aza's pain.  And everything about Aza's story is so real.  And the only tiny part that didn't work for me, which is probably not even really a big part except that it kinda drives the plot is the disappearance of Russell Pickett.  I think maybe if I had to hear about him at all, I wanted to hear more to get a more complete picture.  But really, the rest of the book was so good that I suppose it is neither here not there!  Also I learned about the turtles all the way down cosmology saying!  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Some people don't like to read fiction because they feel like they want to "learn something" from a book so they just read nonfiction.  Okay.  Maybe it's just my aunt who feels this way.  But when she says it, I want to tell her about all of the things that I have learned from reading fiction books!  I mean, I love reading nonfiction, too!  But I do learn from fiction as well.

Which was one of things I didn't like about Why We Broke Up with it's completely fictional movie star.  I mean, what was the point.  When one could have learned something from it!

I learned about Ireland's Wishing Trees from Wishtree.  I did like Wishtree a lot!  I just didn't find it to be 5 star, but maybe 4.75 star.  I think because it was too short (I know, so weird for me, but I really did like the characters and wanted to know more!)  But I think it was realistic, the way that it ended, even though there is much up in the air.  I loved the ending, I did.  The "STAY" part.  Which isn't a spoiler, I don't, think, the way that I am writing about it and won't say anymore. 
By the way, I LOVED Tree's jokes!  LOVED THEM!  I don't know if this is good enough to be THE Newbery, but I wouldn't be mad if it is THE Newbery, but it seems more like an honor book, which is awesome enough and for sure deserved! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

So Maybe

one of the reasons why Stephen King's books are SO LONG is that he truly is unable to write anything even half way interesting with fewer words.  Well, I can't say that.  No, I forgot that I have liked a lot of his short stories, but man.  Riding the Bullet was just very uninspired.  I admired the love between mother and son, and that was surprising, given that from what I have read about King he isn't really in to tenderness or kindness or anything like that.  In fact, even as the son was talking about his mother, I had the creep-tastic worry that his love for his mom was going to turn into something unhealthy, but it didn't.  But with King there is always that worry.  Still, this was more like one of the ghost stories that wouldn't even make a good addition in a kids collection of short stories.  Just pretty boring. 
It did make me think though...what would I, what would most people say if death or death's messenger said that they would take you or your mom (or dad, or husband or wife or whomever).  What would you or I or most people choose?