OK So I Have No Idea What I Am Doing!

So sometime last year I decided I wanted to blog. I was/am in a funk in my professional life and I just wanted to try something new. I was big time into watching YouTube videos and reading blogs and I saw how much fun it seemed to be for people. Plus as much as I loved what I was watching and reading I didn’t see a lot of the things I was reading represented and I thought I could maybe add a little something. Anyway I started a blog over on blogger but I really didn’t like the format. Then I moved over to WordPress and love everything about it.  Now I still love WordPress but I changed my mind about my blog name. At the time it sounded right but now it’s just not a fit. BooksandBackstreetBoys ended up being mostly books not so much Backstreet Boys. I also realized I want to blog about other things like music that isn’t by the Backstreet Boys and movies and TV and even sometimes fashion and makeup stuff. So I decided to change again. This may end up being a mistake but right now it just feels right. So I don’t exactly know how this works but I imported all my stuff over to my new blog  It’s On Page 47 click the title to check it out if you want. I am not sure exactly how this works. I know all my posts and comments go with me but I don’t know if my subscribers do. So if they don’t and you want to follow me come on over. If not thanks for being with me thus far.

 

Thanks and Hope to see you over on my new site.

 

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!!

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!!

Bout-Of-Books My Goals For The Week

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Last week I posted about the Bout Of Books read-a-thon taking place 5/13-5/19. Click here to see that post

I’ve spent the last week finishing up a couple of books and thinking about what I want to focus on for Bout Of Books. I think (I must stress the think part cuz it could/probably will change) I have it figured out so without further ado here we go.

1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

This is an e-book that I started quite a while ago and then I got so involved with another book I stopped reading it. I would really like to finish it.

2. Night Swimming by Robin Schawrz

I started this last week and so far it’s been a fun read. This one will definitely get finished next week.

3. Meridian by Alice Walker

This will be my first Walker. I would start with The Color Purple but I left it in the house I stayed in while on vacation. So unless I decide to run out and get another copy I will begin with Meridian

4. The Word by Marita Golden

Marita is one of my favorite authors so I will basically read anything with her name on it. I got this for a couple bucks on my kindle and I am anxious to really get into it.

5. Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates

I am waiting for this to be available through my library and it should be soon.  I have never read anything by Oates and I am reading it for a group I belong to on goodreads.  So as soon as I get it I will jump right in.

Assuming I get through all of the above I will just pick up whatever I feel like reading and read it.

I would like to blog everyday either at the end of the day or the following morning just giving an update as to what’s going on.

I would like to participate in at least some of the events but I am always so bad at it. It’s like my anti-social high school girl rears her ugly head! I can’t explain I usually have the best of intentions but it never pans out. I am going to push myself as hard as I can and we will see what happens.

I think that’s it for now

Until Next Time

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish where we are given a topic and then we have to come up with a Top Ten list to go with it. Go over and see what everyone has to say this week.

So this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is

 Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

I broke this one up into categories because what I recommend has to do with what a person is looking for, as much as it has to do with me and my likes.

Series 

If you want  murder mysteries without all the violence,blood and gore

The Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny

This is not quite a cozy but you don’t have to worry about yucky stuff. This is definitely more cerebral I guess is the word than your average book like this. There is a lot going on beyond just the old someone dies and the police come in investigate and brilliantly figure it all out. Gamache is one of my favorite male characters ever, he is just so well written you can’t help but love him.

The Agatha Raisin Series by MC Beaton

This is  a cozy series. It’s fun, funny, sarcastic, and smart. Agatha is not the kind of person anyone would want as a friend in real life but somehow, Beaton makes her so darn likable.  The surrounding characters are also so well written that even though none of them would be particularly likable in real life you find yourself liking them as the series progresses.

Stand Alone books

If you want a creepy, crazy psychological book that messes with your mind

The Bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell

Well really any of Rendell’s stand alone books will really do it but, this one stands out for some reason. I got so creeped out by this one I thought about it for days afterward.

You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson

I have read a bunch of Patterson but, he got really repetitive, overly violent, and sexually graphic so I stopped. I haven’t read anything by him in about 2 or 3 years. However, this was a bit different from his others and really messed with my mind. I think I screamed out loud at the end.

If you want to uncover deep dark secrets 

The Killers Cousin by Nancy Werlin

Oh man I liked this book. It was so dark and twisted. When I read it I thought I figured out what the secret was but it was so much bigger than I imagined.

To The Power Of Three by Laura Lippman

This is about a group of friends who are all involved in this twisted tragedy. It takes most of the book to unravel it all. Just when I thought I had it figured out they would change the game on me.

If you want historical fiction

Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter

This was the first Carter book I read and it’s not for the faint of heart.  Carter packs a ton of information into this book and you really need to pay attention to understand what’s going on. It is set during the Harlem Renaissance and that just made the book come alive for me.

If you want to read about issues surrounding race  (non-fiction)

Skin Deep: Black Women & White Women Write About Race by Marita Golden

This is a book I read years ago when I was taking some sociology classes in college. It really held a lot of meaning for me at the time and I think it still does. The book tackles some serious issues but that’s the point I guess.

Don’t Play In The Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through The Color Complex by Marita Golden

Seriously go read something anything by Marita Golden she is amazing.

Alright that’s all I’ve got this week.

Until Next Time