Book Review: Talking as Fast as I Can


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I’m back again with yet another book review. I swear that if it feels like that is all I have been posting lately, you might be right. I am working on more content such as a few film reviews. They just haven’t happened yet.

Recently I picked up Lauren Graham’s autobiography Talking as fast as I can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls. I bought into the hype of Gilmore Girls sometime in 2015 when it began to be rumored that there might be a revival of it. Not to mention that the Rory Gilmore reading list is definitely one for the bucket lists, well at least it’s on mine but not to be done just yet. I even rewatched the whole series before watching the mini movies on Netflix. You can read my review on the series here. Throughout the hype I thought that Lauren Graham’s character was brilliant and that the actress must be amazing.

To say the least, the book did not disappoint. Lauren Graham wrote the book as if she is really having a conversation with you or several conversations. Several of these conversations about life seem to be long and ramble a bit, but others are more concise from end to end. Overall, I loved reading her book and loved her open and honesty especially in re-watching the series again so many years later. Now it makes me want to re-watch Gilmore Girls again along with the mini movies.

I definitely recommend this book if you love reading autobiographies or Lauren Graham. Do not pick up this book, if you do not have a sense of humor or can’t laugh at the antics of Gilmore Girls or anything like it.

I hope to see you soon in another post, hopefully this week….

Spring

Many things occur in human lives. But, whatever difficulties or sadness that we may have experienced, if we can look upon our lives as being rare and wondrous events, then we will have truly have lived. If we are able to realize this realm of gratitude, in which we are able to live and die in gassho, then what else could we need?

-Jitsuen Kakehashi

Sunday Currently v.37

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I know that I’ve been slacking a little  with the posts, but I’m hoping that I can catch up and work forward, by doing a few of these link-up parties. Today I’m linking up with Lauren from Siddathornton. I’ve read her blog off and on for several years. I don’t even remember how I discovered her blog, but it’s beautiful and you should check it! Below is my currently list for today. Everything here will get better in time and I’m hoping that you will stick with me.
reading A Lying Game Novel and Uncommon Criminals from Heist Society
writing… at least this post for now. I’m trying to get more inspired to write posts again
listening to the current quietness as I type this, it’s been a busy day
thinking that I should probably get a bit more done before settling down for the night
wishing for peace and resilience for this crazy week
hoping for peace.
wearing boring clothes because I haven’t decided to change into pajamas for the night yet
loving that I am so blessed and loving life lately. Only good things
wanting more love, more time, and more peace
feeling a bit overwhelmed at my crazy to-do list this week, but I think that it will all work out
eating nothing at the moment, but dinner is starting to smell good

anticipating the crazy thing that is called the work week and Weekend camp coming all too soon
watching Criminal Minds on Netflix
planning at least a few things for the future and hoping that a few more come in a matter of weeks
looking forward to happy mail and gifts
creating more creative content for my youtube channel finally and feeling a bit more creative
need to finish at least one project for work and at least one book this week
main goal get at least 3 videos up by the end of this month

Book Review: The Great Gatsby

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Yet again I am back with  yet another book review. At least you know that I am alive and reading if not surviving things. I recently picked up The Great Gatsby , it was one of last year’s reads for the Paper & Glam Book Club, which I’m going to try my best to keep up with this year.

When I began this book I knew that this was one of the most quoted books of the modern age and definitely one of the most celebrated American novels. I have not read a whole lot of classics that I liked let alone read. Below are a few of the most notable quotes from the book:

 “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad thing that happened to me.”

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

“Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it.”

I may add to this review later after watching one or more of the Great Gatsby movies, since there are several. I do agree with many of the people that have read the book that this is a literary piece that isn’t necessarily meant for the general masses. Fitzgerald definitely did have a great handle on the literary word and created such beautiful illustrations for readers to fall in love with.

Don’t worry, I’ll have more fluffy or contemporary novel reviews coming your way soon. What have you been reading lately?

Book Review: Year of Yes

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I will continue to apologize for not being around much. I swear that I’m trying to compose real posts, but I just can’t seem to string real words together to make it eloquent and lovely. Yet again I am back with  yet another book review. I think I may do a series review later this week because if you aren’t watching this show you probably should tune in. Back to the real reason for this post. I recently picked up Shonda Rhimes book Year of Yes , it was the first read of the year for the Paper & Glam Book Club, which I’m going to try my best to keep up with this year.

When I began this book I knew that Shonda Rhimes was the brilliant powerhouse that created the amazing TGIT lineup that included Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and The Catch. Not only did she own Thursday Nights, she had reimagined the world of tv to include well-rounded real world characters and people that we would want and despise to have in our real life. Her commencement speech at Dartmouth was the thing legends are made of. The quote below even ended up in my planner:

Who you are today…that’s who you are. Be brave. Be amazing. Be worthy. And every single time you get the chance? Stand up in front of people. Let them see you. Speak. Be heard. Go ahead and have the dry mouth. Let your heart beat so, so fast. Watch everything move in slow motion. So what. You what? You pass out, you die, you poop? No. (And this is really the only lesson you’ll ever need to know.) You take it in. You breathe this rare air. You feel alive. You are yourself. You are truly finally always yourself. Thank you. Good Luck.
-Dartmouth Commencement Speech June 8, 2014

Overall, I thought the book was amazing and brilliant. Her writer prose was like talking to a best friend, no huge words no fluffy imagery just you and your friend chatting about anything and everything. Sometimes this sort of prose can detract from the story, but I think in this case it worked. It was very real. I loved how she let us into the stories and narrative of her life. How she let us live chapter by chapter through 18 months or so of her life.

I can’t imagine doing a full year of yes in my own life, but I think I can do big things in small ways to let ourselves stand in the sun and shine. I loved how Shonda is relatable and quotable throughout the book and how she includes the text from several of her speeches. I’ve included another quote from one of her speeches below.

The fear of being alone, the desire to not be alone, the attempts we make to find our person, to keep our person, to convince our person to not leave us alone, the joy of being with our person and thus no longer alone, the devastation of being left alone.-Human Right Campaign Speech March 14, 2015

I hope that you will take the chance to read this book and perhaps shine a bit more in your own life. What have you been reading lately?

Sunday Currently v.36

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I know that I’ve been slacking a bit with the posts, but I’m hoping that I can finally catch a break and write a few posts this week. Today I’m linking up with Lauren from Siddathornton. I’ve read her blog off and on for several years. I don’t even remember how I discovered her blog, but it’s beautiful and you should check it! Below is my currently list for today. Everything here will get better in time and I’m hoping that you will stick with me.
reading A Year of Yes and Lipstick Jungle
writing… at least this post for now, I need to find time to write more regularly
listening to the current quietness as I type this, I’m glad that it is finally quiet as it has been Super Bowl Sunday
thinking that I should probably get at least one more thing before settling down for the night
wishing for world peace after all the things that have happened
hoping for peace especially now
wearing boring clothes because I haven’t decided to change into pajamas for the night yet
loving every bit of relaxation that I have had lately
wanting more courage, more bravery, and perhaps a little bit more time
feeling relaxed, but needing courage and a stronger will to conquer my to do list this week
eating nothing at the moment, but dinner was so good!

anticipating this crazy long work week…
watching Criminal Minds on Netflix
planning on ways to make this blog and my life better one day at a time
looking forward to my next escape though I’m not sure when that will be
creating hopefully more creative content for here and for my youtube channel
need to finish as many projects as I can for work this week
main goal finish at least one book this week and get a good chunk of my to-do list this week

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I know that I’ve been slacking a little this week with the posts, but work has kept me so busy that I can barely even breath. Also is my currently list for today. Everything here will get better in time and I’m hoping that you will stick with me.
reading Tiny Pretty Things
writing… at least this post for now, I need to stop working so much and start writing more
listening to the near quietness as I type this. The quietness is so good right now
thinking that I should probably get a bit more work done before settling down for the night
wishing for peace and resilience for this crazy work week
hoping for peace.
wearing pajamas because I’m so ready for bed already
loving my family and just wanting to spend more time with them
wanting more love, more time, and more peace
feeling a bit overwhelmed at my crazy to-do list this week
eating nothing at the moment, but dinner is starting to smell good

anticipating the crazy thing that is called the work week
watching Scandal on Netflix
planning so many things for the future. Time seems to pass by so quickly!
looking forward to my next work project which is already next week
creating more creative content for both here and my youtube channel. I really just need to focus on the work and get back to it
need to finish at least one project for work this week and a few more posts for here
main goal finish at least one other project this week