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, September 20, 2017

Might be the Last One for Me...and it was a good one!

I Don't Want to Have to Kill You is the third in the John Cleaver series, but it might be the last one I will read, or maybe at least for awhile.  I really did like this one!  I thought it added some special creepiness, but I started the fourth one and I just can't seem to get into it, at least for now.
Hmm..now that I went to add the links, I see that there is a 3.5 in the series...maybe I do need to read that one and try the fourth again because one of my problems with the fourth was that I felt it made too big of a jump.  It also was super sad and full of despair.  But that isn't necessarily a deal-breaker for me, I just think right now, it needed to be!  Okay so put a hold on the ebook!  I don't know how often it happens that a series gets better as we go along, but this one has for me!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Super Special!

Personally, I find all of Sarah Mlynowski's books to be super special.  Especially the Whatever After ones.  So Abby in Wonderland was TWICE as super special, being that it was an "official" Super Special edition from the Whatever After series!  I loved this book, I love Abby.  I love the way that she is.  I love Sarah Mlynowski!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Eliza and Her Monsters....this was really, really good.  It had to be, I mean, it isn't out on audio and yet I had an easy time of reading it.  Which is so rare to me.  Fandoms are something of which I have little personal experience, but I know about, and shipping and things like that, but I think that it was all well explained, but for the teen audience, I am sure they all know what those things are, it's just oldsters like me who might not!  I didn't know that there were so many fandoms!  There is a Golden Girls one!  There is even fan fiction written about Judy!
There are many things I loved about this book.  The parents and their humanness and the reality of Eliza's feelings about what she might want to do at the turn in the road and the humanness of Wallace, even though he did make me mad.
Navigating the world of online and "face to face" is hard at any age, and I would think especially for teens.  I thought this was just very real.  I also loved Eliza's brothers.  Again, very real.
It is on my top three, along with The Hate U Give and Bang.

The Same, but Different!

I remember when I read the first book in the John Cleaver series, I am Not a Serial Killer, I thought it was too Dexter-ish. And it is VERY Dexter-ish, but Mr. Monster was quiet good so that it was easy to overlook thatm, and while it does deal with a guy trying to use his psychopathy for good and not evil, like Dexter, it has a supernatural aspect to it that does make it different.  Plus it is from a teen POV. So I am now on the third because I liked Mr. Monster a lot!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Really, You Should Have...

Often we hear people say, "You should" or You shouldn't" and we turn out.  Okay, maybe it's just me. Either way, when the title of You Should Have Left REALLY rings true here.  This was a very fast moving, very short and very creepy tale.  It was a little bit hard to follow when listening because I bet the print version has different type and helps one understand who is actually talking and who is just thinking things and who is hearing things, that kind of thing.  And while at first I thought a Shining kinda deal was going on here, I realized it wasn't at all.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


It's because I seem to have read a lot of books lately in which the main character is an aspiring writer or painter or musician, but those around the main character think that their art is a waste of time or a good hobby, but won't pay the bills.  Local Girl Swept Away was like that, too.  The main character is an aspiring artist and her family is a very blue-collar fishing family in Provincetown, MA.  What I did really like about it was the way that the mom was portrayed.  That seemed very real to me.  I hate to be critical about books of this type, because I know that is very important, that people do try to pursue their dreams and I know it is common for someone to have a dream about making it in a career that is hard.  I mean, as I think about it, my parents were NOT thrilled when I decided to go to seminary instead of law school.  Any my friend who is a pastor was not too excited when his daughter decided to go into the ministry, knowing the challenges, instead of the sciences, at which she also excelled.  So I get it, I do.  And again, this is just a reflection upon what I feel about the book, not about what others might feel.  So if you or someone you love is finding themselves in a situation like this, you might need this book!  Interestingly though, that is not the main part of the book!  Read the description and you will see that it is much more about deception and friendship and doing what is right, even when you don't really know what the right thing might be.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Series from a Favorite!

I loved Madeline Roux's Asylum series so I was really excited to see House of Furies available as an audiobook and even more excited when I went to log it on goodreads and saw that it is first in a series!  I didn't give it a 5 star, but it would be a 4.5.  The only thing I didn't LOVE about it was that it isn't set in the US and I have a hard time with accents while listening to books and again, that is on me.  But this is a very interesting premise and one that seems really unique to me.  I am really interested to see where this goes.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Had to Read It and Really Loved It

In a book group now!  Well, I don't know if it will be a forever book group, but I hope so!  It's with ladies from work and we are trying it!  This was the book chosen for the first month, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry.  Let me tell you, if you HATE books that sound like this, "I am 30 and single and I can't find a nice guy and I am going to be all alone and all of my friends are getting married and I just have my cats and I am battling my weight because David Levithan will hate me." you MIGHT have the same experience that I did and want to end this book after the first scene but DON'T.  It is not like that at all.  This is a really beautiful story.