Friday, May 29, 2015

Ten Questions about Life

I spied this meme on Seattle Stevie's blog a while ago and hung on to it for a day I needed a blog post. So here we are. 
1. Twitter or Facebook? 
I usually have Twitter open all day. I get the majority of my news from Twitter. I look at Facebook more at night. 
2. Morning person or night owl? 
I'm a night owl. I don't like waking up early.
3. How do you drink coffee? 
I love coffee. I prefer drip or french pressed coffee with cream and sugar but will indulge in mochas sometimes.
4. It’s 9pm and you’ve got the house to yourself, what do you do? 
Crawl into bed with book du jour or a pile of graphic novels. Play some music (mostly top 40) and relax. Maybe nap or turn in early. 
5. What’s on your nightstand right now? 
A collection of half drunk waters. A pile of magazines I haven't read in two years. My glasses. A dozen hair ties. 
6. What smell do you love? 
Watermelon.
7. What smell do you hate? 
Gross things like garbage.
8. Other than your current home, where would you most like to live? 
That's tough cause I love this area so much. Maybe Pittsburgh. I do miss it.
9. If you could eat only one nationality of food for the rest of your life, which one would it be? 
Japanese. Sushi!
10. When you were six years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
At 6, I wanted to be a ballerina.

Feel free to snag these questions and play along!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff

I read about Brooklyn, Burning when I read Tiny Ladies In Shiny Pants. I hadn't heard about Brooklyn, Burning before that and I was intrigued, a book about homeless gay teens in Brooklyn. I enjoy reading about lives that do not resemble my own so I put it on hold. Brooklyn, Burning's narrator, Kid, was one character I won't soon forget.

The story starts with Kid, cruising up to his hangout spot, Fish's Bar. Kid hasn't slept all night, too amped up to lay his head down. But in front of Fish's, is another person, someone Kid hasn't met. Kid interrogates the newcomer, Scout, and offers Scout a place to rest in the cellar of the bar. From there the story jumps back and forth between now with Kid and Scout and to a previous time (maybe last summer) with Kid and Felix.

Brezenoff doesn't sugar coat these kid's lives. People constantly recommend that Kid go home but his dad threw him out. Should Kid change who he is to stay with his parents? Can you only express yourself when you have the freedom do so? How long should you wait for said freedom? Also these kids have no where to go besides an abandoned, unsafe building. They are extremely vulnerable and little help was given to any of them. I was glad that Kid had his cast of friends but sad that none of them had much.

Brooklyn, Burning is an experience. I definitely recommend it. Others who shared their thoughts on Brooklyn, Burning: Hey, Library Girl, The Nocturnal Library, and Paperback Treasures.

This book satisfies the city category for the What's In A Name Challenge.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I spotted If I Ever Get Out Of Here on an Inclusive Summer Reading List. Always looking to add diversity to my reading.

Found on the same list as above.

What did you get this week? Add yours below!



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"I'm sunk into a giant plush leather chair across from Sandy. He's just apologized about the screw falling out and joked that maybe Fish was right about the ghost, eh, CJ?"
pg 31 I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

After falling in love with Open Road Summer, I was eager to read Lord's next book, The Start of Me and You. Once again I was blown away by the characters and writing. I can't recommend The Start of Me and You enough.

Paige is headed back to school. Another year as the girl who's boyfriend tragically died. Paige wants this year to be different. She wants to be someone else. Not the girl who's boyfriend tragically died. So she creates a list to give herself goals to becoming someone else. Item number one is to becoming Ryan Chase's girlfriend. That plan is derailed after spending time with his cousin, Max.

Again, Lord has done an amazing job of taking these broken characters and giving them so much life they just jump off the page. Paige is amazing. She's struggling with the grief. She's got some great friends who rally around her. But, I loved Max. He's a Firefly fan. That got my attention immediately. He's invested in Paige from the start. But he gives her the space to be herself and not the girl who's boyfriend died. I also liked Paige's grandma. She has Alzheimer's which almost made me put the book down but Lord handles her memory loss so well that I was ok with it.

Again, Emery Lord's characters have stolen my heart. I can't wait to see what she does next. Others who shared their thoughts on The Start of Me and You: The Perpetual Page Turner, Katie's Book Blog, Novel Novice, and Rather Be Reading.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What To Eat This Week


Oops. I took no pictures this week. We ate out twice, I made salads twice and we had burgers again.
Tacos
Dinner out
Burgers
Split Pea Soup

What's your menu this week?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

A coworker recommended The White Tiger. Her recommendation stuck and I put The White Tiger on my holds list at the library. I'm really glad she recommended it. The White Tiger was such an amazing read.

The story is told over seven nights while Balram is writing to the Premier of China. Balram hears that the Premier is coming to learn about India's entrepreneurs. Balram is a great entrepreneur and wants to share his story with the Premier. The story jumps around from Balram's childhood to today. It's a dramatic story full of suspense. The story was very unique to me and I found it gripping. Balram's story is full of angry and frustration. Born poor, Balram decides to try to find a way out of the poverty in India. It's a struggle and not easy. The caste system in India is rigid. Balram has to make choices about what he feels is right or wrong. Balram was a unique and fascinating character I won't soon forget.

I recommend The White Tiger. It was definately outside of my comfort zone but a fantastic story about a life so different than mine. Others who shared their thoughts on The White Tiger: The Bookbag, Reflecting By The Shore, and Reading On A Rainy Day.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I've heard such good things about Saint Anything but I actually know very little about the story line.

For my irl book club.

What did you get this week? Clare's got the linky this week?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"I mentally reviewed any possible reason that she could be mad at me. But she looked more concerned than mad as I sat down across from her."
pg 50 The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Monday, May 18, 2015

Twenty-five Things You Didn't Know About Me

I spied this meme on Julie's blog a while ago. I saved it as potential blog fodder and now here it is.


1. I’m happiest when… I'm with Tai.

2. …Especially if it… involves hanging out with our friends.

3. I’ve always wanted to… see the Serengeti.

4. My family and I… are close.

5. I was a terrible… Math student. 

6. My first job was… working at a local chamber of commerce. 

7. I could probably eat cheese burgers everyday. There should not be a “probably” in this equation. (Ditto, Julie!)

8. I stole… a razor when I was a kid. It fell off a display and into my coat hood. I felt horrible and I made my parents take me back to the store to return it.

9. I was born on the same day as… my dad.

10. My all-time favorite film is… The Incredibles.

11. I do a pretty mean… steak.

12. I’m still mad… I didn’t study abroad. (Again, ditto, Julie)

13. I met my husband… online.

14. I always knew I wanted… a dog. I've have 2 before and I'd love to have another. 

15. I’m not afraid to… dance my ass off.

16. I make the best… protein pancakes.

17. I have almost no… sandals. I tend to wear covered shoes. I need to buy more sandals this summer.

18. I always cry when… something bad happens to an animal. 

19. I’m a Washingtonian, but I will always have a soft spot for the Midwest. 

20. I spent 12 years… at an all-girls school.

21. I wish my folks… had moved more often.

22. At 5, I was deeply in love with 2 boys in my class and everyday I changed which one I would marry.

23. I believe if everyone took time to get to know others, the world would be a better place.

24. I can’t stand… mean people.

25. Whenever Sex and The City  is on, I’ll watch it.