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….

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?

Book Review: Harry Potter revisited #5

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I’m finally posting a review on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, since I got completely distracted in December and didn’t finish the book then. I read this book when it first came out and this was my first time re-reading the book. There are parts of this book that I thought dragged on for longer than necessary and other parts that were just the right amount. I was still completely upset at Professor Dolores Umbridge treatment of students who expresses a different opinion than her. You can see this through her treatment of Harry, Lee Jordan, and the Weasleys. Overall, I still loved the book for the most part.

These discussion questions are from Fortified Books. Feel free to answer the questions if you are re-reading the Harry Potter books too!

Discussion Questions

  1. Though Hermione formed S.P.E.W. in the last book, HP and the Goblet of Fire, she continues to plan and enact projects to help the house-elves gain their freedom.  She makes and leaves for the elves to find various items of clothing, despite everyone’s, including the elves, insistence that they don’t want to be free.  Do you think the elves really don’t want freedom and Hermione is wrong to continue trying to force freedom on the elves?  Or, do you think Hermione is right and should continue her work?

I think Hermione is well intentioned with trying to grant house-elves freedom. She wants them to live as we do not being bound to anyone. She also makes this decision based on Dobby who was overjoyed with his freedom and all the things he could do with it. The other house-elves who encounter Dobby might not now what freedom entails since Dobby goes a little overboard with enjoying his freedom.

2. We never get a solid explanation for why Professor Umbridge is so hateful towards most of the students.  Do you think it’s only because of her support of Cornelius Fudge and the belief that Dumbledore is attempting to overthrow him?  Or, do you think there is more to it than that?

I think that Professor Umbridge is hateful of everything that she is foreign and not like her. Since Dumbledore has such an eccentric way of teaching and accepting everyone and believing in the good it gives Professor Umbridge a reason to worry because she does not believe in the good of everyone and that wizards are superior. 3.

3. Harry is shocked to discover that his Dad was a bit of a bully, at least towards Professor Snape.  However, Harry’s thoughts concerning Draco suggest that, given the opportunity, he might take similar action.  Though Sirius and Lupin don’t go into detail about Professor Snape’s behavior as a teenager, do you think he is the way he is because he was bullied?  Or, do you think he was like Draco, and the bullying he received was retaliation?

4. Dumbledore expresses his regret over not telling Harry the truth because of Harry’s age.  Do you think this is J.K. Rowling’s response to some of the adult criticism of her books, particularly HP and the Goblet of Fire, for including death and other dark subjects in the storyline?

Yes, I believe that this is J.K. Rowling’s response to the criticism about her books.

I hope that you enjoyed reading my thoughts on 2016 #HPDec and I hope to see you again for another #HPDec or another post.

Book Review: This is where it ends

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So I never can honestly tell you that I didn’t plan on reading this book, but when it came recommended from a member of a book club I knew that I had to take the time to read it.

You can’t always keep your loved ones with you. You can’t alway settle your life in one place. The world was made to change. But as long as you cherish the memories and make new ones along on the way, no matter where you are , you’ll always be home

I’m back again with yet another book review. I apologize for once again for the plethora of book reviews in such a short period of time. I have fallen in love with reading again and I want to share all the books I read with you.

This book spans the course of one hour in a school day in which four characters narrate their experiences in a school shooting. The story takes place at the beginning of a new school year in Opportunity, Alabama the principal has just finished her beginning of the school year speech when an Tyler Browne, a student who had dropped out of school the previous spring returns to the school with revenge in his eyes. The story of this one hour is narrated through the eyes of his ex-girlfriend Claire; his sister Autumn;Autumn’s best friend and girlfriend Sylvia; and Sylvia’s twin brother Tomás. As we each character for a few minutes at a time, we are taken through each person’s memories of Tyler and things that have led up to this moment. At the end of each chapter, we are given tweets, text messages, and blog posts from various students at the school that are only minor characters in the story.

I can’t talk much more about the synopsis without giving away much more, I will tell you that Tyler does not live through the day, though I can’t say that all the characters live through the day which I am disappointed, but I know that all character deaths happen for a reason. Like several other reviews I have read, I am disappointed not to see what happens to the characters that survive this day. I  wish that that there was an epilogue that talked about what happened in the months and years to come, but the epilogue only takes about what the school did 12 hours after the shooting started. I think this is still a great read if you want to see a play by play account of what happens during a school shooting.

I’ll be back again soon with another post!

Book Review: Lying Game #3 & #4

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Today because there are so many books I want to read and so little time to read them. I decided to do a combined review for you. Today’s review will include book #3 and book #4 of the Lying Game Series. If you have not read my previous reviews on the Lying Game series you can read them here and here.

Image result for 2 truths and a lie bookA half truth is a whole lie.-Yiddish Proverb

In this the third book of the Lying Game series, we find that Madeline’s brother, Thayer Vega has mysteriously returned and broken into the Mercer house to see Sutton. Thayer is arrested and this strikes an icy divide between Sutton and Laurel. It also comes out that Sutton and Thayer has a secret romance going on, while she was still with Garret. Toward the end of the book,  Emma decides to go public with her relationship with Ethan finally and then it comes out that her twin Sutton had been keeping more secrets than she let on including a secret email correspondence with Thayer, while he was away. Emma realizes that living in Sutton’s life and trying to figure out her murderer, Sutton may have kept more secrets from people than she even realized.

Image result for hide and seek bookCherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.-Voltaire

In this fourth book of the series, we once again catch up with Emma just as the Harvest Dance rolls around. It is in this book that she suspects her sister of killing her and pursues that lead while constantly keeping up her guard since Thayer is back in town for good. It is right before her dad’s birthday that Grandma Mercer comes to town to stir the pot even more. She gives Emma even more clues to the mystery behind her parents, which only leads to her with more questions instead of answers. It is at the end of this book that Sutton gets the biggest clue of all in having an encounter with Raven Jannings and finding out that, that is her mother Becky. She also manages to have a conversation with her dad on some of the matter and figures out why he has been keeping Becky a secret from her for so long. Though Emma now knows these secrets it only leads to more questions instead of answers and she can’t rule out her dad as her murderer.

I hope that you enjoyed this 2 for 1 book review. I will be back with more book reviews and more posts soon. Let me know what you have been reading lately or what you thought of the series if you read it?