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I took my sweet time trying to figure out what to post about and I think I finally decided.

Top Ten Books/Authors/Genres/Topics I am just not interested in or don’t want to read

These are things I just don’t want to read or see myself reading for one reason or another I can’t take credit for this I totally stole it from Grace over on YouTube. Click here to see her video and visit her channel

1. The Harry Potter Series By J.K Rowling

I know it’s almost sacrilegious in the book community to have not read this. Everyone talks and talks about this series and it ends up on almost everyone’s favorites lists but for me it holds no interest. I get why people are into it I’m just not one of those people

2.  Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

I know it’s a literary classic, it’s got mad symbolism and there’s Ishmael,but man it sounds boring!  I don’t actually know anyone IRL that has read this book, I just know it’s on the list of books you are supposed to read.

3. The Help By Kathryn Stockett

I watched this movie but only because my mom and nana wanted too and I love Octavia Spencer but I had mixed feelings about it. I really liked the actors in the movie and it held my interest but I am really over this theme in movies, books and TV. The theme I am talking about is the one where the poor downtrodden black person won’t do anything to help themselves, either because they aren’t very smart or, they aren’t very brave. Enter the benevolent courageous white person who shows them the way. That may not be what the author was going for but after the movie and reading the description that’s the feeling I get.Also in the book synopsis they describe Minny as “perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi” .Anytime a black woman is described as sassy I feel icky and it makes me want to run in the opposite direction.

4. Eat, Pray Love By Elizabeth Gilbert

I just think it sounds whiny. I really like Julia Robert but even she couldn’t save the movie for me. I just don’t think I want to invest the time.

5. Magic/Supernatural

I don’t know what it is I just don’t find it interesting. I have read books where there is a touch of something magical or it’s alluded to.If magic is the theme or plays a major part I am probably gonna skip it. If it’s about supernatural creatures vampires. werewolves, fairies, witches, wizards etc. I am out as well.

6.  New Adult

Yeah I feel a bit weird reading about people in their late teens and very early twenties having sexy times.  I actually think these books are marketed to 18-30 year olds so I am right on the cusp but still, awkward for me. I know they are about more than just sex but I am just not in the new adult phase of my life right now.

7. Gillian Flynn books

I jumped on the Gone Girl bandwagon and I really didn’t enjoy it. I had never heard of Flynn until this book and it sounded so suspenseful. What I got instead was a miserable book full of miserable people having you guessed it a miserable time! By the end of the book I hated everyone in the book,and myself for reading it. I have looked at her other books and they also seem miserable so I’ll skip it.

8.  David Levithan

I know that he is a major author and people talk about him all the time. Every time I hear about one of his books it’s a rave but the books just don’t appeal to me.

9. UnWholly By Neal Shusterman

This is strange because I read UnWind and thought it was pretty good and intriguing. I immediately put UnWholly on my goodreads TBR and then a few days later I knew I would never pick it up. I don’t have an explanation but I just don’t want to read the series anymore.

10. Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door By Stephanie Perkins

All I hear are raves about these books. Sometimes people love one a but more than the other but either way, it’s all love all the time. I just feel eh when I think about them. I think I might have wanted to read them about 15 years ago but alas that time has passed

Alright so that’s my list. If you love a book or author or genre on this list don’t be offended that I am not interested in it. This is just my little old opinion and well who knows I could be dead wrong.

Until Next Time

OH So That’s Your Guilty Pleasure?

So the other night I went to see Fast and Furious 6 starring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and other people but let’s be honest those are the names you go for.  Well at least that’s why I go. I have watched every fast movie  in the movie theater because they beg to be seen on a huge screen with surround sound. I already loved this franchise and then they added The Rock  to Fast 5 and it got even better. I will watch pretty much anything if it’s got The Rock in it no joke, I watched the Tooth Fairy people, yes I did. OK so what’s the point of this? First that I loved this movie, it was  the best one so far and, that I have no shame in telling people that I loved it. Second that some people call this kind of entertainment a guilty pleasure and dismiss it as valueless.. Sometimes people mock these things and ridicule people for liking them. I call these people pretentious. As someone who has loved the Backstreet Boys for about 17 years I am very use to people giving me crap for it. And well I think that’s why I just don’t care any more  what people think about the things that I like.

I went to see the movie with a friend from work and she couldn’t seem to just enjoy it for what it was, FUN! At the end of the movie I turned to her and said the baby at the beginning looked nothing like the baby at the end, and she rolled her eyes and said “oh that’s the only inaccuracy you’ve picked up on in this movie”.  I realized that not only had I picked the wrong person to watch Fast 6 with but, that I should have known that based on my knowledge of her. I actually felt kind of sorry for her. She never seems to just enjoy things without caring if they are the right thing to like. I wonder why she even went to see the movie with me?  Look I don’t go to the Fast movies to learn anything, I go because fast cars, hot guys, loud music, crazy stunts and did I mention hot guys? Sometimes I don’t want to learn anything from a movie I just want to spend 2 hours watching Vin Diesel drive a car really fast, fight a bunch guys at once and then walk away with only a scratch under his eye into the arms of his lady love. Yes sometimes I really just want that!! If that’s not your bag it’s cool but why you gotta rain on my parade? So the point of this little rant is to say I love a ton of  things that are considered guilty pleasures and, that I think they have their place. Maybe for you it’s Iron Man or The Hangover movies. Maybe it’s Sandra Bullock RomComs which I also happen to love.Maybe you love the Spice Girls or One Direction or romance novels or YA books about sparkly vampires. Whatever it is if you love it and it brings you joy, laughter, fun than it has value. So in the spirit of this post here are a few more of my not so guilty, guilty pleasures.

  • All the Die Hard movies
  • Bruce Willis in all his movies
  • The first 3 Madea movies
  • Tyler Perry movies that don’t have Madea
  • Nora Roberts books
  • Mary Higgins Clark books
  • Most of the Real Housewives incarnations on Bravo TV
  • Anything I watch on Bravo TV
  • Sex and The City the TV show
  • Sex and The City the movie
  • Every single Marvel superhero/comic book movie I mean all of them even Daredevil and Elektra yes I am serious I even loved Elektra. It wasn’t that bad just go back and watch it again, no really watch it I promise it’s better than you remember.
  • The movie Snakes on a Plane
  • The movie The Wiz OMG I love this movie so much
  • Movies with Common in them yes Common the rapper I know!

That list could have gone on for EVER people but I controlled myself. Your Welcome!

What are your thoughts on things that are guilty pleasures? Do you love them/hate them have no opinion of them? Are you embarrassed to talk about your guilty pleasure for fear of what other people will say? Are you someone who looks down on or judges others for liking “guilty pleasures”?  What’s your definition of a guilty pleasure?

Until Next Time

Enjoy those guilty pleasure I know I will!!

WWW Wednesday I’m Baaack

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So what is WWW Wednesday?

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?

• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Or you can simply click the photo above and go directly to the source!!

Click book titles to be directed to goodreads.

1.What are you currently reading?

I am in the middle of  4 books right now. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, The Word by Marita Golden, How to be Black by Baratunde R. Thurston which is hilarious and Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy by Dorothy Dandridge and Earl Conrad. I am almost done with 2 and about 1/4 of the way through the others.

2.What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished  A Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby and The Color Purple by Alice Walker

3.What do you think you’ll read next?  Well I think the next thing on my list is some more Austen. It will be Jane in June so I will pick up something else from Austen I don’t know what yet. I also want to read some of the Austen spin offs that I have. Other than that whatever strikes my fancy of course!

Thanks Miz B for hosting this fun meme

Until Next Time

Top Ten Tuesday

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This Weeks Top Ten Top is

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read

This one was kind of difficult for me because the cover isn’t usually something I pay much attention to. I have looked at books just because of the cover but it’s never the deciding factor for me. If I love a cover but the story sounds lame I will put it down. I am also not one of those people who will only buy pretty editions of books. So I really had to think about this one.

As usual these are in no particular order

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Obviously I love this one because it’s just so darn beautiful.

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I love Camryn and this cover pretty much sums her up.

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I really disliked this book but, I thought the art work was really cool.

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I love everything about this book and the cover was just perfection!

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I thought this was simple and elegant

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I really loved this book and the cover is so on point. HAHA!

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Ok I know these are really weird but I think that’s why I like them. They have nothing to do with the story line except that there is a cat in the books but, he isn’t exactly central to the plot. I might have passed them by if not for the cover and they ended up being really fun reads.

Bout Of Books Wrap-Up

So I participated in the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon this last week and boy did I stink.

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I am definitely not someone who takes myself very seriously and I don’t put pressure on myself when it comes to reading goals. However I did really want to get some reading done during this read-a-thon and well I did OK but I didn’t reach my goal.

Why didn’t I reach my goal? The short answer is The Backstreet Boys! It just so happened that a ton of stuff was going on with them during this read-a-thon. They released tour dates and the tickets went on sale, they debuted their new single on GMA which is awesome. Listen to it here. And well I just got caught up in all the BSB excitement and I didn’t do as much reading early in the week because of it. Okay,okay I fangirled. I fangirled HARDCORE people. It wasn’t pretty but it happened and my reading suffered because of it

I also realized some things about how I read.

1. If I write it down or say I’m going to read it I wont want to read it.

I did read 2 of the 5 books I said I would but the other 3 I kind of lost interest in.  I decided instead to pick a random book I had just purchased and read it in one day.

2.I’m not so social

Well to be fair I already knew that but it really came through. I was going to try to push myself to interact but I didn’t. Again I can blame the Backstreet Boys but you know that’s probably not fair.

So here is what I did.

I finished Night Swimming and I even reviewed it here. It was just ok but enjoyable enough.

I started and finished The Color Purple which I haven’t reviewed but I loved/hated I can’t explain it right now. It’s complicated

I started and finished A Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby which was under 200 pages.  It was really fast paced and kept me engaged. It was the first book I’ve picked up of hers but it won’t be the last. Review coming soon.

I guess 3 out of 5 isn’t bad.

Over all I think it was a good experience because it let me know what I need to do in the future if I participate in Bout of Books 8.0 wich is being held August 19th to 25th.

If you are interested in participating next time click the picture at the top of the page to check out the blog. They will be giving some more info in the coming months about 8.0. Follow the blog so you can stay up to date.

 

Until Next Time

KTBSPA!!

Book Reviews:Beauty Queens and Night Swimming

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Beauty Queens

Written By Libba Bray
Format: Audio Book

Length: 10 CD’s 14 hours 37 minutes

Read by: Libba Bray

Published By:Scholastic Audio  May 24, 2011 (unabridged)

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
 Synopsis from Goodreads

Basically I LOVED this book. Now I have been hearing about this book for a while but it just didn’t appeal to me at first. It wasn’t until I heard  Rosianna or I loved listening to this book so much that halfway through I purchased a physical copy for myself. I knew that I would want to re-read this probably several times. The story and characters combined with Libba Bray’s amazing reading made this the best audio book I have ever listened to, and I have listened to tons of audiobooks.  Beauty Queens starts out full of action and fast paced, it slows down in the middle to develop some characters and then picks up the action at the end. I was never bored even when Libba was giving background on a character it was funny and engaging.  I love the writing style which if you are reading a physical copy may take some getting use to.

So I was all set to give a summary of this book but then I realized I couldn’t really do it justice. So instead I am going to direct you to a video on YouTube by one of my favorite book vloggers Sable Caught. She does and excellent job of telling you about the book without spoiling anything.  Click here to get all the awesomeness.

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Night Swimming’

Written By: Robin Schwarz

Format: Paperback  352 pages

Published: Warner Books (June 29.2004)

In the bestselling tradition of “Good in Bed,” and “She’s Come Undone,” comes a charming romantic comedy about a woman who flees a life and a body she doesn’t want, and finds love and her true self in the process. synopsis from goodreads

Charlotte is an overweight woman living a boring life in a small town in New Hampshire when she is told she only has a year to live.   Charlotte decides to quit her job, steal some money and move to L.A.   While living in L.A. she makes friends, falls in love and changes her name to Blossom. Blossom begins to swim at night (hence the name) and begins to lose weight.

The people in this book where kind of one-dimensional. Everyone is pretty transparent and you pretty much know what everyone is going to do before they do it. I can’t say anything in this book came as a surprise to me.  The story itself  was pretty predictable. Blossom starts out as kind of annoying, insecure, a bit needy but ends up quite the opposite. Most of the people she meets are likable even if they are transparent.  The one thing that really annoyed me was the way Blossom”s weight was handled.  The basic message  is that in order to be happy and fall in love you have to be thin. When Blossom was younger she was thin and then after a tragedy in her life she puts on weight. When the book begins she is described as very overweight. While she is in L.A. she begins swimming every night and eventually drops to at least a size 8 maybe smaller. Once she loses the weight she gets a makeover and BAM it’s all good. Somehow in spite of all of that I found myself kind of liking the book. It was very easy to see exactly where the story was going and where it was going to end up. Overall it was just OK.  After I finish a book by an author I’ve never read before, I ask myself  did this book make me want to read anything else by this author, and , the answer today is no. I didn’t hate this book but I’m not going to go looking for more by this author.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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This is a weekly meme brought to you by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish go check them out participate, comment generally have a great time.

This weeks topic is

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something personal hard for you)

I couldn’t come up with ten so here are my top 8

As usual these are in no particular order.

The Warmth of other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

I read this last month and I still find myself thinking about it at random times. It deals with the great migration and the era of Jim Crow. It hit very close to home because my paternal grandparents were a part of the migration.

Squalor, New Mexico by Lisette Brodey

This has depression, sexual abuse, rape,family secrets, family fighting. I think that about covers all the tough subjects right? I know it sounds depressing but it was actually really funny and smart and had a great protagonist.

The Killers Cousin Nancy Werlin

I read this years ago and it was so creepy. A young man is accused of causing his girlfriends death and he moves to another town with his aunt, uncle and cousin. They have had a death in their family that is “suspicious”  and there is some possible mental illness going on. The whole thing creeped me out in the best possible way.

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W.Durrow

A young girl is sent to live with her grandmother after a tragic accident that takes the lives of  her mother and 2 siblings. But, of course there is more to the story also mental illness/depression which apparently I love to read about.

Like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I gotta be honest the parts about the elephant were really bad. I don’t want to spoil anything but when something happens to an animal even fictional I have a hard time reading or watching it.  And, for some reason reading about things like domestic abuse are harder than watching a movie about it, I can’t explain why.

Flowers in the Attic V.C Andrews

Secret kids hidden in an attic and incest nuff said.

All Around the Town Mary Higgins  Clark

I have read almost all of her books and this one is the most disturbing one, more so than the one where the guy would dance with the dead bodies. A girl is kidnapped and then sexually abused and there is a scene with a decapitated chicken and ew.

Molokai by Alan Brennert

A young girl is ripped from her family and forced to live on another island while she deals with a disease that is going to disfigure her and is ultimately supposed to kill her.  Sounds like the most depressing book of all time right? Well somehow it wasn’t. I cried my eyes out with this book and it was difficult to read but it was also beautiful.