Wednesday, March 31, 2021

All Grown Up - Book Breakdown

When I first encountered Ford Donovan, I had no idea who he was...well, other than the obvious. Young, gorgeous, successful, smart. Did I mention young? If I did, it bears repeating. Ford Donovan was too young for me.

Let's back up to how it all started. My best friend decided I needed to start dating again. So, without my knowledge, she set up a profile for me on a popular dating site--one that invited men ages twenty-one to twenty-seven to apply for a date. Those nicknamed Cunnilingus King were told they'd go straight to the top for consideration. The profile wasn't supposed to go live. Another point that bears repeating--it wasn't supposed to.

Nevertheless, that's how I met Ford, and we started messaging. He made me laugh; yet I was adamant that because of his age, we could only be friends. But after weeks of wearing me down, I finally agreed to one date only--my first after twenty years of being with my high school sweetheart. I knew it couldn't last, but I was curious about him.

Though, you know what they say...curiosity kills the cat.





Monday, March 29, 2021

Music Monday - Mashups

This meme is hosted by Always Me 

How was your weekend? Get lots of reading done? It's Monday again, I know most people dislike Monday's but I love them! 

I also love sharing new music with you! Today I've got some weird mashups that shouldn't work but somehow they do. Tell me if you think they work. 




That's all for this week! I hope you have a great one and stay safe! 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Share A Poem Sundays - Nothing But Death by Pablo Neruda

None of us can stop death. As humans we will all die. We never know when death will come to claim us so we should live each moment to the fullest. Live each day as if it's the last, because it very well could be.


Nothing But Death by Pablo Neruda

There are cemeteries that are lonely,

graves full of bones that do not make a sound,

the heart moving through a tunnel,

in it darkness, darkness, darkness,

like a shipwreck we die going into ourselves,

as though we were drowning inside our hearts,

as though we lived falling out of the skin into the soul.


And there are corpses,

feet made of cold and sticky clay,

death is inside the bones,

like a barking where there are no dogs,

coming out from bells somewhere, from graves somewhere,

growing in the damp air like tears of rain.


Sometimes I see alone

coffins under sail,

embarking with the pale dead, with women that have dead hair,

with bakers who are as white as angels,

and pensive young girls married to notary publics,

caskets sailing up the vertical river of the dead,

the river of dark purple,

moving upstream with sails filled out by the sound of death,

filled by the sound of death which is silence.


Death arrives among all that sound

like a shoe with no foot in it, like a suit with no man in it,

comes and knocks, using a ring with no stone in it, with no

finger in it,

comes and shouts with no mouth, with no tongue, with no

throat.

Nevertheless its steps can be heard

and its clothing makes a hushed sound, like a tree.


I'm not sure, I understand only a little, I can hardly see,

but it seems to me that its singing has the color of damp violets,

of violets that are at home in the earth,

because the face of death is green,

and the look death gives is green,

with the penetrating dampness of a violet leaf

and the somber color of embittered winter.


But death also goes through the world dressed as a broom,

lapping the floor, looking for dead bodies,

death is inside the broom,

the broom is the tongue of death looking for corpses,

it is the needle of death looking for thread.


Death is inside the folding cots:

it spends its life sleeping on the slow mattresses,

in the black blankets, and suddenly breathes out:

it blows out a mournful sound that swells the sheets,

and the beds go sailing toward a port

where death is waiting, dressed like an admiral.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Becoming by Michelle Obama - Mini Book Breakdown

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.



Book Breakdown 

Wow. Just wow. I honestly have no words for my feelings. This book is probably one of the best things I've ever read. I loved reading about her early life and following her through all the crap she dealt with as first lady. 

Something I had always admired about her was how classy she was. How she always seemed so above the stupid rumors that seemed to follow her. It was hard to read about the school counselor that thought she couldn't make it into the college she wanted and it was freaking awesome to see her prove that lady wrong.

Michelle never gave up, she just kept going and that alone is inspiring. I can admit I've let others tell me who I was or how to be before but she never did. She was always herself. I hope I can be half the amazing woman that she is. 

I've never had a role model, most of the people I grew up around were trashy and I knew even as a kid that looking up to celebrities was really lame. After reading this... I think it's safe to say she's a wonderful role model. 

Monday, March 22, 2021

Music Monday - Recent Favorites

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

It's been a long time since I've done a Music Monday! I'm sorry I've been so busy! It's been crazy around here. I spend a lot of my time searching for a vaccine appointment. It makes me happy that so many people are getting the shot, but it also makes it hard for me to find an opening haha. The struggle! 

Anyway, I've also not been listening to as much music as usual. With that said: I do have two songs to share that I've been enjoying! I hope you like them too! 




Which did you like better? I hope you have a great week and stay safe! 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Mid-Month Reading Update


It feels like it's been forever since I last wrote a post! I know my last post wasn't that long ago because I always plan and have posts for a few weeks in advance, only I ran out! Eek! 

I've not been reading a lot. I've been gaming and trying to work with my kiddo on her meds. That's a large trial! Her old meds aren't working anymore, and she's not doing well. So hopefully things will settle when we get to talk to her doctor at the end of the month. 

I've been gaming a lot. Playing things like, Until Dawn, Animal Crossing, and replaying some Horizon on the new PS5. I'm loving these games! 

I've also been writing! I got a new little short story that I'm going to post sometime soon. I've been editing another story that I hope to query. Fingers crossed something good will come from that project. 

But I did manage to read a little! I'm halfway through Becoming and I did finish one book! 


***Short Review***

Another entry in the series. Some might find this problematic, so if - for some reason - you want to read this series, be warned.

The problematic element comes in the form of the kickass Jimena. She's a POC that was in a gang and ended up doing time. So she's pretty stereotypical but I do love her sass so much! The rest of the girls would be nothing without her! Also... there was a white dude that called her ghetto but he has a crush on her so it's like it's no big deal...? I cringed hard during that part so I just want to warn those so they don't get hurt or triggered.

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So that's a wrap for this one! What have you read so far this month? Any great books to recommend? Let me know! And as always, have a great day! 

Friday, March 12, 2021

The Social Dilemma - TV Talk


I knew that social media was designed to be addictive and that we - ourselves- are the product being offered but I honestly had no idea just how bad it could truly be.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Kissing Coffins - Book Breakdown

Not far from Dullsville, someone's lurking in the dark. . . .

After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven's dark world has a bright, new glow. But as in her favorite movie, "Kissing Coffins," Raven knows that love always has its complications, especially when Alexander has a big secret to guard.

When Alexander suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to find him. Can she stay safe, no matter who--or what--she encounters on the way?










Book Breakdown 

I read this series when I was just a wee little tyke, and even though they were written for a very young audience, I still come back to them every so often. There are so few gothic characters in fiction. Of course, Raven calls herself goth and not gothic but, if you know enough about the subculture then you'll know that Raven is not actually goth but gothic. She doesn't really listen to goth music... only the mention of Bauhaus and then a few heavy rock bands that aren't goth at all. 

Not that any of that matters! There I go again, rambling. 

The point was, it's nice to read about a gothic character. I really wish we could get more. But I understand that to most goth and gothic is weird and creepy. Some people think we all worship the devil or kill people in our spare time.

So this is why I come back to this series. It's also an extremely easy read. The books are short, the plot is so simple it's not even funny, and everything moves fast. Way fast! 

Kissing Coffins follows Raven as she tries to find her vampire boyfriend who has vanished and comes into contact with Jagger, a vampire from her boyfriend's past. Jagger's trying to turn her into his vampire bride forever. They end up keeping Jagger away, but then at the end, Jagger's twin sister shows up. 

The whole plot of Kissing Coffins in one little paragraph; the writing helps the pace along, never using too many words to describe anything. The dialogue is pretty cheesy and Raven can be just as narrow-minded as her peers. Still, it's nice to see all the graveyard picnics.

So do I recommend this series? No. Unless you're about 8-12 then I'd say stay away. 



Friday, March 5, 2021

March TBR

 


March, spring comes this month, St Patrick Day; it starts tornado season here in Oklahoma, the days grow longer, and then it starts to warm up. I miss March back east; it was lovely, cold mornings but perfect afternoons. I used to love sitting outside with a book and watching the river. We lived like two blocks from the Ohio River, and I miss it. I can't wait to visit my family when Covid is over. Until then, I'll lose myself in books. What books you ask? Well, let's talk about them! 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Sun Does Shine - Book Breakdown

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

February Wrap Up!


It's that time of the month once again where we see if I actually met my TBR goals. Place your bets now before we dive into this. Got them in? Okay then, let's go!