Once again, Lindy West had me cackling my way through her newest book, Sh*t, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema.
In this book, bestselling author Lindy West focuses each chapter on a different popular movie from the last three decades. Lindy gives a summary of each movie and gives her humorous take on whether the movies we hold so dear can stand up to our current sensibilities.
Some of the movies discussed are : The Notebook, Face/Off, The Lion King, The Shawshank Redemption, and Twilight. Each is given a rating on a scale of 1 to 10 Dvd’s of The Fugitive - the authors “perfect” movie -which itself is rated 13 out of 10 Dvd’s of The Fugitive.
While this book won’t be for everyone, (as it leans politically left, proudly feminist, and relentlessly snarky) those who enjoy the work of David Sedaris, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will appreciate Lindy’s takes on absurd storylines, huge plot holes, and ridiculous characters in the blockbuster movies that mean so much to us.
If you’re looking for a quick read that’ll keep you laughing, I highly suggest giving this one a try.
Colin Dickey examines the United States most notorious haunted buildings, urban legends, and other historical events. He tells their “haunted” backstories and looks at the folklore as to why each are considered haunted.
I loved learning how and why ghost stories not only reflect our history, but are also used to "explain away” the things we are ashamed of and don’t want to face.
This is a spooky book full of historical detail that made me think differently about what it means to consider certain places “haunted."
A great read for Halloween time!
Arriving in France in 1948, Julia doesn’t speak the language and knows little of French culture.
With the fierce determination of a woman on a mission, she learned the language, mastered French culinary nuances, and became a household name.
Julia Child is the epitome of a brave, fearless female. Reading her story will leave you dazzled and inspired.
Adeline is a young woman in France in the 1700s. She wants much more for herself than what is expected of young women at the time, which is to get married and have children. She manages to evade all prospects of marriage for years, until one day, her parents decide that she will be wed to a widower from her village and will finally put her wild days behind her.
On the evening of the wedding, she flees into the woods and says a prayer, desperate to be delivered from a fate she feels is worse than death - being connected to one person forever.
Her ill-timed prayer reaches the ears of an old God, one that agrees to save her from marriage for the cost of her soul.
Happy to be free, she agrees to the terms and realizes too late that deals made with the devil are never straightforward...
Once again, I am late to the party on a GREAT series.
If you are looking for a little escapism from the realities of life right now, may I suggest Nevermoor?
This intermediate series follows Morrigan Crow. Born on the unluckiest day of the year - Eventide, she is blamed for all the towns problems from burnt toast to failing crops. The worst part of the curse of Eventide? She is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
On the evening of her birthday, a stranger named Jupiter North swoops in and saves her from her untimely demise. They escape to Nevermoor where Morrigan will face challenges to become part of a magical society, and if she wins, her safety will be guaranteed.
I loved the adventure, mystery, and wonderfully whimsical characters in this book.
This is a perfect family read – aloud and can be enjoyed by all ages.
Book three in the series Hollowpox will be released on October 27th. You have just enough time to read the first two: Nevermoor, and Wundersmith to catch up!
After a bank robbery gone wrong, we follow the stories of a group of strangers who happen to be viewing an apartment- and become hostages-when the bank robber ends up there, hiding from the police.
Oh my. So. Many. Feelings.
The characters! I loved them, then hated them, then loved them again.
I am embarrassed to admit that this is my first venture into the brilliant writing of Frederik Backman, but it will not be my last.
His writing swept me up and didn't let me go until I closed the book and stared into space, contemplating all I had just read.
Anxious People is one of those books that a bookseller doesn't want to say too much about. I just want to grab it off the shelf, put it in your hand, and say, “trust me.“
It’s that good. Trust me.
As soon as it gets a little chilly, all I want to do is read books about ghosts. First up: City Of Ghosts.
In this middle grade book by Victoria Schwab, we follow Cassidy Blake.
After an accident where she almost drowns,Cassidy finds that she can interact with ghosts and can “cross the veil” between her world and theirs and becomes best friends with a ghost named Jacob .
Cassidy’s parents are ghost hunters- though they’re not exactly great at it. They also have no idea about Cassidy’s abilities. They’ve been asked to do a television show about the world's most haunted places. Their first location is Edinburgh, Scotland.
Upon arrival, Cassidy meets a girl who has the same abilities and realizes that she has no clue about her “power” or what to do with it, but she is about to find out...
Pick this one up if you want to get caught up in the spooky atmosphere of Scotland, it’s ghosts, and its history.
In an effort to broaden my reading horizons, I picked up the young adult title Scythe this week.
I am SO GLAD I did.
Scythe is a dystopian novel set in the distant future. Instead of the world becoming terrible though, people have gotten everything they’ve ever wanted. There is no war or hunger or poverty. Technology and medicine have evolved and humans are now able to live forever. There’s no more pain or sickness, and people can choose to reset themselves back to younger ages when they start to get old.
The only way to actually die is to be “gleaned” by a Scythe, who are basically professional grim reapers. It is their job to meet a certain quota of gleanings each week to prevent overpopulation.
Each Scythe is trained in different ways to bring about death, from poison, to martial arts, to using all types of weapons. It is then up to each Scythe to administer their gleanings in the ways they see fit.
The story follows Citra and Rowan, who are in training as apprentices under Scythe Faraday, who is fair and well respected. This is lucky for them because we soon find out that not all Scythes are fair and kind in their gleanings.
I thought I had this story figured out about five times, and each time I was surprised when it went in a completely different direction.
This is book one in a trilogy and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next two books to see the other twists and turns the author has in store for these characters.
When a bolt of flea infested material arrives in a small village outside London, the Plague comes with it.
Anna Frith, somehow immune, is thrust into the role of healer and caretaker as the sickness ravages her village.
Persuaded by the local pastor, the village quarantines itself in the hopes of preventing spreading the sickness to nearby villages.
Death visits nearly every home and villagers start turning on each other, looking for someone to blame.
This is the story of how life must go on even when surrounded by death, and how Anna carries on despite unthinkable hardship.
I Promise by LeBron James is the perfect back to school picture book. Inspired by his I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio - this book motivates kids to be the best version of themselves that they can be.
Each page is a promise that kids can make to themselves to reach their goals.
Some of the promises are:
To work hard in school
To ask questions when things are not clear
To Try new things
To learn from mistakes
To be kind and respectful to others
To eat healthy foods and stay active
Books that center on kindness hold a special place in my heart and this one is one of the best.
I loved the beautiful illustrations in this book as well as the positive message.
Franny Stone sets out to find and follow the world’s last flock of Arctic terns on their final migration after the extinction of most of the other animals on earth.
Franny arrives in Greenland in the hopes of boarding a fishing boat- which will allow her to follow and track the birds. She convinces the captain, Ennis Malone, promising that the flock of birds will also lead them to the fish that are getting harder and harder to find.
Aboard the Saghani, Franny’s dark history starts to become apparent and the crew realizes that she has a history that she hasn’t been entirely truthful about.
Franny becomes obsessed with following the birds at any cost even as each of her secrets are revealed.
I really enjoyed this book about the the things people will do for those they love.
It used to be that I read a book and sometimes – eventually – that book was made into a movie. Usually long after I had stopped wishing to see it on screen…
Recently though, I have had the pleasure of reading a book after I have enjoyed watching the story as a series on Netflix or Hulu.
Case in point: Shrill by Lindy West.
I read this is one sitting. I just could not stop. This feminist memoir tells the story of a woman learning how to navigate the world to get the love she wants, the job she deserves, by-lines on stories that were (and are) important to her, and a life that is all of her own creation.
Lindy gets very real about the events of her life. She talks candidly about fat-shaming, abortion, and dealing with internet trolls that insult her, make fun of her, and have even threatened her life.
Lindy is a strong woman, and this story makes it easy to see why SHRILL (the series on Hulu) was so compelling. I highly recommend both.