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.

Sunday, May 20, 2018


are the horrors that we inflict upon one another.  What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper has written an important and incredible book that gives insight into something that I, ashamedly, never thought about- what did Holocaust survivors go through after the concentration camps were liberated.  Here is a really good article from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 


was a fantastic movieThe Astonishing Color of After?  Well, it just didn't work for me.  I think it was the writing style, maybe?  Just too descriptive and flowery for my personal taste.  I guess I also didn't get all of the drama there was about Leigh not getting to know her grandparents.  A lot of people don't get to know their grandparents, for a lot of different reasons.  But this seemed to be SUCH a huge point of contention.  Not to say it shouldn't be a point of contention-- everyone would love to have a close family.  Yes, that is ideal.  But for it to be SUCH a big deal...well...
I did appreciate the mention of the good uses of electroconvulsive therapy, which is so often misunderstood.  I have a dear friend who found this to be the only cure for her depression.  And I know it does work for some.  Most times when it is demonized, it is because people get it confused with a lobotomy and think of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or they don't realize how different it is now, from when it was first used.  Not to say that others wouldn't like it, but I had a hard time finishing it. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Quick and Engaging

Amal Unbound was super-good.  Aisha Saeed is an author I must watch!  Sad, shocking, hopeful.  Excellent. 

A movie!

Children of Blood and Bone took me a wee bit to get into, but man, man, man, once I did, it just pulled me in and kept me!  Tomi Adeyemi can be found on podcasts here and here and a bunch of other places!  This is the first in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.  And that is GREAT!  But I just wish that they were all out now!  It is also going to be made into a movie!

This was wow

Autoboyography was something else. 
It was so respectful.
It was beautiful.
This is really, really important.
If you are a person of faith.
If you are not a person of faith.
If you are a person you will love this book. 
Christina Lauren (two people!) also wrote House.  Very different from this one, but I loved it, too!

Friday, May 18, 2018

It's a Dog! It's a Cop! It's a Great Series!

I always like it when I actually like (love in this case) a book or series that the kids like.  Being a children's and teen librarian, I feel excited when I can honestly tell a kid that I, too, like Dog Man!  I am always embarrassed when I say that Harry Potter was decent for me, but I am not Harry Fangirl.  Dog Man Unleashed is the second in the Dog Man series and I really find these to be really funny!  I am looking forward to reading more!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

WOW David is gonna HATE this!

While I loved Puddin', the companion to Dumplin' I just KNOW that David Levithan would hate, hate, hate it! Author Julie Murphy has written about yet ANOTHER young girl who is comfortable being a person of size. 
Can you believe it? 
I might even like it more than Dumplin' but I don't know...maybe just the same.  I loved it. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Title Gets it Right

For Everyone by Jason Reynolds is, indeed, for everyone.  However, I think that every Jason Reynolds book I have read should be read by everyone.  That's just how good Reynolds is.  The thing is, this is the time of year when people buy all kinds of gift books.  You know the type, those little mini books with a word or picture on each page, that people mean well by giving and are usually an add on, impulse buy at a book or card store.  And then there is Oh, the Places You'll Go!  I feel bad mentioning that because Dr. Seuss was such a nice dude. 
But this is the PERFECT gift for a graduate.  Or a non-graduate or anyone.  What a fantastic, fantastic, thoughtful and powerful, meaningful book.