Book Review: The Nest


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I’m finally back with another post. I hate that nearly all of the posts I have written lately have been reviews. I really want to bring you more original posts, but that just hasn’t happened yet.

I recently picked up The Nest by Cynthia D’ Aprix Sweeney, which was a Paper & Glam book club read in March. Apparently I’m nearly always behind in all my book clubs, but at least I’m trying right….?

The story about The Nest is about a NYC based family called The Plumbs who are about to inherit their father’s fortune, which they fondly called the Nest. The Plumbs siblings think that inheriting the money outright will solve all their problems. It is during this time that they find out that their mother used part of the Nest to bail their oldest sibling, Leo out of his mess.

Melody and Jack finally admit to the rest of the siblings that they have the most of to lose. Bea, the closest sibling to Leo finally finds the will to write about something other than her brother. There are various other characters weaved into the story such as Paul, the owner of Paper Fibres, where Bea works and who is also in love with Bea. Stephanie is Leo’s former lover and Bea’s former editor, Tommy is Stephanie’s downstairs neighbor, who also has something to hide. Matilda is the girl at the heart of Leo’s accident.

I love the quotes scattered throughout the book, which is typical of most books that I love. Here’s one:“Everyone’s always on the hunt for a mirror. It’s basic psychology. You want to see yourself reflected in others. Others—your sister, your parents—they want to look at you and see themselves. They want you to be a flattering reflection of them—and vice-versa. It’s normal. I suppose it’s really normal if you’re a twin. But being somebody else’s mirror? That is not your job.” Nora”-Simone.

The ending for the book struck me as a little sad since it appeared to have the siblings reunited at a wedding minus one of the siblings. I promised I wouldn’t spoil the book for people, so I’ll leave you guessing. I enjoyed the book, but like most of the reviews I have read it was not as memorable and fabulous as most people would have hoped. In fact, the beginning of the story was a bit slow and sluggish.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post.Let me know what you have been reading lately.

Book Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe

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I’m finally back with another post! After reading Lauren Graham’s autobiography Talking as fast as I can I decided to try reading her book. She wrote her first fictional novel entitled Someday, Someday, Maybe probably a year or so before Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life came out. This review probably won’t be as gushy or as lovely as some of the other reviews you may read on this book.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a hardcore Gilmore Girls fan who has watched it from the start. I really do like Gilmore Girls and would probably own at least a few memorabilia if I could. While I adored Lauren Graham’s autobiography since it felt as if I was talking to a friend about her life. I can’t say that I loved the writing of the book.

I loved the fact the Frannie Banks kept a Filofax to record her entries of the acting appointment and you get a glimpse of some of these pages throughout the book. It would definitely feel like my planner if I ever doodled in my planner like that. Although the story flowed pretty well, I didn’t feel drawn into the dialogue or the characters at all. I could relate to Frannie having a deadline for herself and feeling as if she was doing really well and then falling on her face, but her relationship with her roommates didn’t feel genuine.Even her relationship with her father felt a little bit strained and uncomfortable to read at times. I liked the book overall, but wasn’t impressed as some of the other people who have read the book.

If you are a hardcore Gilmore Girls fan I would definitely recommend that you give this book a shot, if you are curious. This book was interesting, but would not be on the top of my to read list or that I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post.Let me know what you have been reading lately.

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….

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!