Conquering Literal and Literary Fear 😱📖

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So, you may or may not know, that I am a scaredy cat. I do not read scary books, nor watch scary movies. But I finally did, and I am proud of myself. I not only read a scary book, but I read like the Mother of all scary books, at least it is in my head: The Shining by Stephen King. If you are a horror genre reader and don’t think this is scary, then be quiet. Lol. I was scared and worried and feared for the characters’ lives! I legit only read it in the day time, cuz I had weird dreams when I read it before bed.  Why would I do this to myself, you ask? A couple of reasons. First, this was one of the challenges I did not finish last year, and yes, I did read Horrorstör , but the overwhelming IKEA parody, pervaded my fears. Secondly, I have attempted twice to read this book, and never got through it, so this time it was personal!

 This (⬅️⬅️) Stephen King fellow, is pretty good. Lol. He definitely knows what he’s doing. Aside from scaring the pants off me, the storyline and characters were well developed and it was an overall very well written novel. I know that’s quite pretentious, cuz it’s Stephen Freaking King, but one of the reasons for saying this is  (beyond the own sheer terror) that horror films, usually lack a storyline and is just senseless killing and gore. If that’s your thing, you do you boo, but I wanna know the why’s and how’s of the characters and situations and most current horror films don’t give that to me.  I know this isn’t the movie, but since most movies are based on books, I , for shame, lumped them together. I know!! I’m sorry, but regardless of plot, my overactive imagination and lack of courage wouldn’t let me read them anyway. Haha. So, onto the book!! Oh, and ****SPOILERS ******* ( Is it really a spoiler if the book was written in 1980 and the movie was a Blockbuster hit?)
Anywho, I will tell you that, I am really creeped out by hotels now, especially seasonal ones. I know this novel takes place in a very specific situation in the Rockies, a few miles from Sidewinder, Colorado and a few hours from Boulder but nope! I’m good! And, yes, I did remember where it was just in case I’m traveling.Is it a real place? I don’t know and I don’t want to know. I’m sure someone has constructed a place near there for tourism and Halloween nights, but I will not partake in any of that. Haha. The summary of the novel, which I’m assuming y’all may not need, but for those of you like me, it’s about a family that moves into an old hotel called the Overlook. The dad, Jack, has had a few happenstances where his temper and alcoholism leave hi with a rocky marriage to, Wendy, and no job. They family move into the hotel as its caretaker for the winter, as it is a seasonal hotel, and winter brings blizzards that disable guests from attending. Also, they have a 6 year old son, Danny or Doc, who is the star and savior of the novel and has me hyperventilating for his safety the whole damn time. Danny is supernaturally special, but we don’t know how, until we meet the chef, Dick Hallorann, who labels it “shine”.

After everyone leaves the family alone, shit hits the fan, and you are creeped out until the end. Lol. The scene with the hedge animals make me avoid topiaries, and what the hell was in that concrete tunnel thingy the Danny was playing in? The creepy self starting elevator with the streamers from the masquerade party of death and the dead bathtub lady in Room 217, Nope! The creepy man in the dog costume, Hell No! Couldn’t emotionally handle any of it. I legit had a Joey from The tv show “Friends” moment, and had to put the book in the freezer a few times cuz I didn’t know if Mr. Hallorann was gonna make it, and then I thought Wendy was a goner for sure, and then when Jack  smashed his own head in with a mallet, to let the hotel have him, cuz they wouldn’t let him go, it was the most grotesque self sacrifice I had ever seen (read and imagined) in my life!

With all that said, I actually did enjoyed the novel, however, I will definitely NOT be watching the movie. Lol. I barely held it together while reading, I KNOW I’m not going to be able to handle he movie.

What do you guys think? Have you read this book or watches the movie? Did you like it? Am I overreacting? Haha. Let me know!

Americana-meh

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So, the book I read this time around was Americanah by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read this for the “Read A Book By An Author From Africa” portion of my Book Riot #ReadHarderChallenge, and I, as you can tell from the title, have mixed feelings.

First, a little about Miss Adichie. So, Chimamanda was born in Nigeria, hence “author from Africa” and the setting of this novel. You may know her from her TedTalk about feminism or from her speech given in the Beyonce’ song “Flawless” which was taken images-2from the aforementioned TedTalk.  The TedTalk is titled “We Should All Be Feminists” and that is also the name of one of her other books, which I would like to read. There isn’t much on her website, so I am going to assume she is traveling, enlightening the world on feminism and possibly writing a new book?

americanahSo, now to the book. Americanah follows Ifemelu as prepares to move back to Nigeria from the east coast and her adventures there and abroad.   The story starts in the present of her preparing for the rip, getting her hair done, and then flashes backwards to her childhood in Nigeria, and then ends with her in back in the present, this time with her in Nigeria. This description does not do it justice, but just so you get the gist of it all.  Item, which is her nickname, reflects on her loves and loses throughout the story and has a blog that she titled ” Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks (Those Formerly Known As Negroes) by a Non- American Black”  The title is long, but the blog entries, I thought were extremely thought provoking. I have read some reviews that people hated it, but the blog posts were probably my favorite part.  I am an American Black, as her blog puts it, and I found it interesting to read the differences between being African American versus being and African in America. Continue reading

Fangirling over Fangirl

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     So, here we are again!  I am getting back into the groove of things, just like Stella! (If you didn’t get my Terry McMillan novel, reference, it’s okay. I just kinda dated myself, that’s all. Haha. ) Anywho, the book that I read this time was Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell.  This I read for my YA novel part of the Book Riot #ReadHarder challenge. (Which is coming along nicely, I might add.)

     Just a little bit about Ms. Rowell, there is very little about her. Haha. She RainbowRowell_photohas accounts on all of the social medias, yet her bios and wikipedia page are really short.  She’s just an awesome writer that lives in Nebraska. I will have a link to her webpage HERE, so you can see where she will be and learn more. Fangirl is her 5th book written, and her other books, Landline and Eleanor& Park have gotten rave reviews and Eleanor& Park will be made into a movie later this year. Continue reading

Inconceivable! The Movie is as Good as the Book!

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So, I am back!! Helllloooo! There will be a (Mc)flurry of reviews being posted coming at ya’ and I will try to time and space them apart, so you are not just inundated with me and my words, and whatnot, but yeah, more to come!

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As you can see from the above picture, the book I read was The Princess Bride by William Goldman! Let me explain. You guys are all WELL aware (I’ve only said it like a million times),that I am doing the Book Riot #ReadHarder challenge and one of the challenges is to read a romance novel, and I am not that girl. Maybe, due to my age, all I have been brainwashed about romance novels is the Nora Roberts books at the supermarket checkout. You know, the ones with the toned, tanned, bare chested gentleman, standing behind a forlorn, scantily clad maiden, with some sort of mountainous scenery in the background. Again, I could be completely dated, but that’s all I know and I just have no interest in them. Let me know if there are some legit updated ones to read!  Any who, I decided to pick my favorite romantic movie and work my way from there, and BAM! I decided to read The Princess Bride.

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Self Inflicted Wounds, From Side Splitting Laughter

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Photo courtesy of: aishatyler.com

Photo courtesy of: aishatyler.com

Before I begin this review, I would like to say that I am 1,000% bias towards Aisha Tyler. I ADORE her! I have even stated on my home page that I feel like she is my Super Sayan or for those of you who didn’t watch” Dragon Ball Z”, she the Raichu to my Pickachu, an evolution of sorts.  (I mean, look at that picture, she seems so nice, just a cool chick on a rooftop, laughing, drinking a beer. Who wouldn’t want her as a friend?) I fell in love with her stand up years ago and the more popular she gets and the more interviews, podcast, books,etc that she does, the more I really feel like she gets me. I know this seems like the making of a stalker, but I don’t have the skill to hone a craft such as stalking. There is too much time and hacking invested in stalking that I don’t care for.

For those of you who are like, “Who the hell is Aisha Tyler?” Well, I’ll give you a brief biography. Aisha Tyler grew up in the bay area of California, she is a hilarious comedian with a few stand up specials. She has 2 books out (one of which I will review) and does lots of work on TV. She is the voice of Lana ARCHER: "Lana Kane" as voiced by Aisha TylerKane for spy the cartoon “Archer”, as well as being a co host of the talk show “The Talk” and she is the new host of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and was the host of “Talk Soup”. Along with her television jobs, she also hosts a girl on guy podcastweekly podcast named “Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler” where she talks to celebrities about assorted shenanigans. Most people may recognize her from her role as Charlie on the TV show “Friends”(which the WHOLE world is streaming right now) as she 2015-02-04 14.18.02was Joey, then Ross’ girlfriend. She fearless, brazen, inappropriate, hilarious, intense gamer, confessed nerd and an all around awesome badass chick, who based on her principle alone, I would like to emulate one day when I figure out how to get my sh*t together. Continue reading

I’ll Never View Ikea the Same Way, Again

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horrostor bannerI know that the store in the book Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix is not Ikea, but it’s pretty damn close enough to it, to make me never want to shop there at night! First, I would like to say that I am a scaredy cat. A big fat, yellow-bellied, scaredy cat. I don’t watch scary movies, because I know I am a wuss. I scare easily. I don’t like things that go bump in the night, or zombies, or crazed killers, or psychotic man dolls kidnapping people. I get freaked out and will have nightmares and it will haunt me for days. I know that it’s not real, but somehow I am not desensitized enough to just get over it. I still check the garage doggy door just in case someone is trapped, from when I watched the movie “Scream” and that was 1996. I don’t watch “The Walking Dead”, because I know I can’t handle it. I know my limits and they don’t stretch far from the realm of Disney. Haha. Yet and still, for the Read Harder Challenge I read this for my “indie press release” challenge and it was really good (btw, Quirk Books, the publisher of Horrorstör, have some great books, so please click their name and check them out and support an indie publisher!). I did have weird dreams when I started reading it at night and I had to switch to reading it during the day (Same thing happened when I read Pride and Predjudice and Zombies), but I did enjoy it. I even found this book trailer on the Youtubes! Yeah, BOOK TRAILER! So cool! So, take a peek and then continue on to my review! P.S. There are NO SPOILERS,as I know at least 2 people reading it (per my recommendation/gifting, you guys are welcome) and don’t want to ruin it for them or anyone, for that matter.

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Bonnets, Blades and Badass Bennett Sisters

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Hello there! So this week, it has been crazy for me with the move of my blog to this schnazzy site and me power reading through books and with school starting, I have been a busy woman. Luckily, I have a few minutes before I need to start my dreaded homework to let you know about the book I finished. I just finished Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame- Smith and Jane Austen as part of my Read Harder Challenge (read a retelling of a classic story) and it was awesome (yeah, I know I’m slow on the uptake)!

Photo Credit: Snapless Classics

Photo Credit: Snapless Classics

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