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.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


The love story in The Opposite of Always is complicated.  Aren't all love stories?  Isn't life complicated?  It is.  And this was a complicated and beautiful story.  It just seemed a wee bit too long for me, but I still would highly recommend it.  Faith and life and death and time travel and Groundhog Day and love all rolled into one. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019


I do feel guilty every time I say that I enjoy male writers more than female writers when it comes to adult fiction.  My only exception are the Kellermans.  But The Undertaker's Daughter series looked like it was going to be a great new series for me, but alas way too much romance and unlike Texas Rangers, the rest of it didn't outweigh the romance.  Still, if you like romance and mystery, you might enjoy The Secrets We Bury.  It was just a little too Hallmark Movie for me.

Minnesota Setting!

As soon as I see Minnesota, I am IN, you betcha!  I randomly came across Nils Shaprio and read the first three.  I hope there are more to come!  Matt Goldman is quite the writer! 

Spot on Dot

Dot Hutchinson is a new-to-me author and while the romance is something I can live without, I still found The Collector to be a very guilty-pleasure kind of read.  And I really enjoyed it!  I do wonder if agents really have this kind of relationship though...it does seem a little like Scooby Doo.  Still I loved them all!  Oh wait-wait!  I just discovered she is a YA author!  That makes sense!  I like it even more!  

Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers always get my attention.  Ever since I went to the museum in Waco!  If you are ever anywhere near there, go, go go, it is right outside the Baylor campus and well worth it.  The Seventh Victim only received three stars from me, but consider the fact that there is a LOT of romance in this book, which I didn't expect, and I still have it three stars.  It really is a good mystery.  I just am NOT a romance girl!  I probably will read the rest of the series, because it was very good and it is set in one my favorite cities, Austin

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

One Crazy Summer

it has been.  For everyone I am sure.  And I am behind on my reading, and VERY behind on updating my blog.
I am sure so many are disappointed!
So I am going to do a little catching up!
First of all, I am thrilled to get even deeper into Michael Koryta.  I have just finished his Lincoln Perry series.  And while Mr. Perry isn't one of my most favorite detectives, Koryta writes a great mystery.  I just personally don't think Perry is a guy with whom I would hang.  Not like sweet Virgil or crazy Stone or smart-butt and smart-mind Lucas.
I read a non-Perry Koryta book If She Wakes along with The Prophet  and Those Who Wish Me Dead and really enjoyed them, especially TP.  Looking forward to more books from Mr. Koryta!


Friday, May 3, 2019

Short but still too long...

I don't know, Stephen King.  I have such a love-hate relationship.  I just think he uses too many words.  Probably because I use too many words and what we don't like about ourselves we usually don't like about others.  I loved the sense of a non-traditional family like the one that is created here.  I love that that cat is taken care of, too.  So I need to set aside my usual disdain for King and move Elevation from 2 stars to 3. 

Novels in Verse

Already have a leg up for me.  And I really liked House Arrest.  I need to listen to the second one, that came out last year.  Great story.  Really heart-felt and honest.  A good one for reluctant readers, too, I think.