Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Beach Reads

I don’t often go to the beach seeing as how I live in the desert but, we did have this water park called  The Beach that went out of business about 6 years ago. The owners mismanaged funds so yeah. But I digress..

Here are my top Ten Beach Reads click on the each book  title  to find out more

As usual in no particular order

10. Confessions of  a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

So cute an fun and laugh out loud funny

9.Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

Not as funny as Shopaholic but just as sweet and fun

8. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I love this book it’s so wrong because I root for the cheaters but yeah I love it.

7. Anything by Mary-Higgins Clark

I know these are murder mystery’s but they are really light. I just feel like I should read these on vacation.

6. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

This is going down as one of my favorite books EVER! Could there be a better way to enjoy this book about teen beauty pageant contestants that crash on a desert island than by reading it on a beach?  Umm no the answer is no.

5. Bubbles Unbound (Bubbles Yablonsky Series book #1) By Sarah Strohmeyer

 Very light reading with no message or serious events. It’s all fun, outrageous, silly hijinks and just enough of a mystery to keep you engaged.

4. Social Crimes and One Dangerous Lady (Jo Slater series) by Jane Stanton Hitchcock)

I actually listened to both of these in audio format and the narrator just made them even better.  These books are about Jo Slater who is the definition of a socialite until her husband dies and leaves all the money to  a younger woman. Jo falls far and,wants revenge so, she goes after the woman who destroyed her perfect life.  These books are snarky, witty, and funny also nothing gets too serious so they remain fun.

3. The Agatha Raisin books by M.C Beaton

I love everything about these books. They are set in the English Cotswolds and revolve around a sleepy little English village. They all contain a murder that needs solving and Agatha always wants to solve it but they are more than that. The people who live in the village are recurring characters and add so much color to the stories. I don’t think I will ever get tired of this series.

2.  The Goldy Bear series By Diane Davidson-Mott

I feel the same about these books as I do  the Agatha Raisin books. There isn’t anything deep or profound here but they are very funny and entertaining. Plus these contain recipes for all the food mentioned in the book (Goldy is a caterer)

1. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

I feel like I should read this book either during Christmas or in the middle of summer. I think that’s because of the movie but either way it’s an excellent light summer read.

Yes I know I cheated by using a couple of series but I cheat it’s a thing I do so get used to it.

Until Next Time

We May Need To Talk About Something

Otherwise known as my first monthly wrap up May edition

I didn’t think I was going to do a May wrap-up because I didn’t think I had much to say but then I looked at my read pile and realized I had done a lot.
So without further ado here they are.

Death Is A Cabaret (An Antique Lovers Mystery #1)  By Deborah Morgan

I listened to this in audiobook format and it was just OK. I probably wont be picking up anymore in this series.

Molokai   By Alan Brennert

This was a really good book and I am glad I read it. However, the further out from it I am the more conflicted I am about it. On the surface it was a good book and I am glad I read it. Underneath all of that it brought up some feelings and questions about historical fiction and just other stuff I am still sorting through. I may do a post about it. For now click here if you want to read my review.

A Secret Life (Alias Prequel #2) By Laura Peyton

This book was a bit of a disappointment. It just didn’t feel like the author really got Sydney Bristow. Click here for my full review.

Beauty Queens By Libba Bray

I avoided this book for a long time, mostly because I don’t read a lot of YA and, I just assumed it would be standard fare. I was so wrong! I listened to this in  audio format and loved it so much I went out and bought a physical copy. Click here for my review and links to another review that’s way better than mine.

Night Swimming By Robin Schwarz

This book is the definition of mediocre. Not terrible by any means but not good either. It’s the kind of book you will quickly forget you read. I can imagine myself in a used bookstore years from now finding this book and thinking hey that sounds interesting and kind of familiar, and not remembering that I read it before. Click here for full review

The Color Purple By Alice Walker

I have avoided this book for years because I knew it would change the way I viewed the movie. Well I read it I loved it and it changed the way I feel about the movie. So I am still formulating my feelings and thoughts and will be writing a post about it this month.

A Deep Dark Secret By Kimberla Lawson Roby

This was my first Roby and it was really good. This was a novella so it was a quick read. Roby is I believe best known for her Rev. Curtis Black series which i may pick up.

A Spark Of Death: The First Professor Bradshaw Mystery By Bernadette Pajer

This was an audiobook and well it was OK. I didn’t much care for the narrator but independent of that I didn’t really care for the book. It was slow and plodding for me. Needles to say I won’t be reading the rest in the series.

The Word: Black Writers Talk About The Transformative Power Of Reading And Writing By Marita Golden

This was an excellent book in every way. It’s non-fiction and the title tells you exactly what it is just talking about what reading and writing means to them.I found so many authors that I have added to my must read pile. The major takeaway is that I must read Native Son By Richard Wright NOW!  Almost every author said it was a must read.

How To Be Black By Baratunde  R. Thurston

Hilarious! I loved this book I laughed out loud numerous times while reading it. I bought the e-book but I think listening to the audio version would be great. Don’t be fooled by the title it’s not what you think!!

Inferno By Dan Brown

Yeah um this will be my last Dan Brown book. I listened to the audio book and I usually have no problem following along with a book I don’t drift or zone out, but I totally did with this. I love the guy who narrates but that’s about it. I know there are Dan Brown die-hards and so I am sure he will always have an audience, he just isn’t for me anymore.

Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy By Dorothy Dandridge and Earl Conrad

So now I want to read everything about Dorothy Dandridge ever!. I also want to watch the movie with Halle Berry again. I loved this book it gave so much insight into Dorothy as a person since it was straight from her mouth.  Here is my full review

Of all the books I read Beauty Queens and The Word win for favorites of the month.

This month I also saw 3 new movies which is kind of unusual for me.

First up Iron Man 3 which I loved so much. I love Iron Man and I love Marvel comic book/superhero movies so much. It’s my favorite Iron Man by far can’t wait for 4 and Avengers 2

Second I saw The Fast and The Furious 6 it was freaking amazing!! I can’t say enough how much I love the Fast franchise it just keeps getting better. I also wrote a post about this movie and guilty pleasures in entertainment click here if you want to check it out

Third was The Great Gatsby. This movie was everything I wanted it to be and a little more. I love Baz Luhrman so I knew I would like it. I went in thinking I was going to dislike Toby Maguire since I dislike him in general but, I was surprised that I didn’t hate him.

So I loved all these movies but one raced ahead of the pack. Ha Ha get it raced ahead?!  Fast 6 wins hands down as my favorite movie this month.

All right ladies and gents that’s what I read and watched in May. What did you do in the month of May.Have you read or watched any of these. Do you disagree with me about some of these? Let me know in comments.

Until Next Time

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.