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

You Can’t Fight the Goon Squad

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Hello party people! I told you I would have more reviews, and here is the first, of a few, that I am starting to crank out! The book I read was this time was A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.  I had this book for years, and  never actually read it until now.  The was one of the books that I totally bought based on it’s cover. I know, I know, “Never judge a book by it cover,” and I didn’t I just like the Tiffany-esque blue color in the middle of a pile of books at Costco, and figured it was worth a shot. I ended up reading this as part of my BookRiot Book Riot Read Harder Challenge as my “A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade” challenge as this book won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and this whole time I just thought it was pretty. Haha.

440px-Jennifer_Egan_Occupy_Wall_Street_2011_ShankboneSo, Ms. Egan, has written a few books, in which A Visit From the Goon Squad, seems to have been her most recent novel in 2010. She has, and maybe still does, write short stories for New York Times Magazine, and recently had a collection of short stories serialized and published in the New Yorker. Not much else is written or on her website.

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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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The Shoplifting Existentialist

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shoplifter book coverHello again! It’s been awhile since I’ve done an actual post, but here goes! This time I will be telling you guys about the graphic novel I chose to read for my #ReadHarder challenge. The graphic novel I chose was Shoplifter by Micheal Cho. I don’t remember how I found this book, I think it may have been in an Read It Forward email that I received some time last year and for some reason it stuck with me. Before I review what this, I would like to say that I have never reviewed a graphic novel before and literally googled “criteria on reviewing a graphic novel” and the results were…what you would expect from the internet. It gave me a varied amount of information, some helpful, some not, some strange, but here  goes from what I gathered. Continue reading

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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