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Audio Book Review: Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) BodyTitle: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Author: Roxane Gay

Pages: 391

Audio:

Published: June 13th 2017 by HarperCollins

Genre: Nonfiction, Feminism, Memoir

Rating: 5 Stars of 5

I have been a fan of Roxane Gay since I read Bad Feminist. Her writing is so painfully honest and her perceptions so acute, that reading her nonfiction is like a spiritual experience.  Continue reading “Audio Book Review: Hunger by Roxane Gay”

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Audio Book Review: One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will MatterTitle: One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

Author: Scaachi Koul

Pages: 241

Audio: 05:30:06

Published: March 7th 2017 by Doubleday Canada

Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Humor

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

So I was impressed by this book for one important reason: I have not read an autobiography or memoir by a fellow Millennial. I didn’t think we were old enough to write those. Continue reading “Audio Book Review: One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul”

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New Releases: May 2018

So, May has some promising releases, include one where I hopefully get to meet the author.

I’m excited to have another fantasy smut novel to read. I like this series a lot more than the Throne of Glass.
Release Date: May 1
 Royals 2. Royals by Rachel Hawkins
I met Rachel back in 2011 or so at a Writer’s Conference. She’s from my hometown and lives in my college town. I’ve been a fan of hers from the beginning, and she is doing a book signing at my local Barnes and Noble. I hope I am able to go!
Release Date: May 1
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture 3. Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay
 It’s Roxane Gay. We all have writers that we will read anything by, without even looking at the topic, and she is one of mine. This book is about rape culture, something she has spoken widely on in the past. It will be interesting to read her edited collection on the topic.
Release Date: May 1
Calypso
4. Calypso by David Sedaris
I generally listen to David Sedaris’s audio book versions of his works because it adds to the hilarity of the work. The summary promises a different type of book than usual, so I’m excited to see how this one compares to the others, especially Me Talk Pretty One Day.
Release: May 29
What books are you looking forward to this month?
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AudioBook Review: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years AwayTitle: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away

Author: Bill Bryson

Pages: 304

Audio: 09:17:01

Genre: Non-fiction, Travel Writing, Memoir

Rating: 4 stars of 5

Continue reading “AudioBook Review: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson”

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Audio Book Review of Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingTitle: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Author: Susan Cain
Pages: 337
Genre: Non-fiction

4 of 5 Stars

95% of the time, I am a quiet person. I watch my surroundings, listen to people, watch people’s movements, and think. I do not like small talk, empty minded boring dribble that serves no purpose. When I first meet someone, I am reserved, quiet. People automatically assume I am shy and are confused when I am able to stand in front of a crowd of people and instruct or give a speech, or read one of my own stories. I have often wondered if I was a true introvert or maybe a closet extrovert because of the fact the I do not fit the typical tiny voiced, I am an Introvert, but as I learned from Quiet Introversion

Listening to this work as an audio book is quite a feat, but greatly worth the effort.

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Upcoming Reviews

I have a couple of upcoming reviews for audio books and print books.

BellwetherBellwether by Connie Willis

Genre: SciFi

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Powerful of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Genre: Non-Fiction

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

A Madness So Discreet

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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Review: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (Audio Book)

Why Not Me?

4 Stars of Five

Mindy Kaling is a delightful storyteller, and a hilarious wit. This is her second book, the first being Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? It is an further telling of her life before, during and after The Office and her show The Mindy Project.

The Goodread’s summary is,

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions”, Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate-this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady”, she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes”, Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Kaling. Her intriguing stories of time at the White House and body issues, and relationship fails is heartening.

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Review: Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson (AudioBook)

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain4 Stars of 5

I have started listening to audio books again, and began with a follow up to one of my favorite tomes. The Road to Little Dribbling is a revisit to Notes from a Small Island, written over 20 years ago. In Notes, Bill Bryson traversed across his adopted nation in search of what it meant to be British. Twenty years on in Road, Bryson revisits his adopted country from the view point of a fellow British Citizen.

Goodreads summarizes The Road to Little Dribbling as,

In 1995 Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling. Nothing is funnier than Bill Bryson on the road—prepare for the total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.

I’ve read a lot of Bill Bryson’s work and this is the first of his work of which I have listened, mainly because it is narrated by someone other than the author himself. Bryson doesn’t generally have a reader friendly voice. His voice is nothing like what you would expect for a man of Bryson’s demeanor-but enough on that.

This books is typical of Bryson’s work, if not a little more academic than usual. It was an interesting and entertaining, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys British life, Expat stories (although Bryson hates that word), and hilarious takes on what it is like to travel by oneself across a country, from bottom to top.

Other similar books

Notes from a Small Island In Search Of EnglandThe English: A Portrait of a People

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Review of On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

4 of 5 Stars

I am a sucker for books on writing. Whether or not the author is famous matters only some, because I just love to read about other’s love for the craft. I was love reading these pseudo guide books, because I hope that they make spark my creative flame once more, or at the least, make me get back into writing.

On Writing has proved to be inspirational in this regard. I know that the muse cannot be waited on. Sometimes you have to prod it to wake it up. As summarized on Goodreads:

“Long live the King’ hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999–and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it–fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.”

Generally on high school and college reading lists, King’s memoir of the craft is educational, and any struggling writer should own this for their toolbox. He does seem a bit scattered through certain parts of the book, after his C.V. Although, how can I honestly critique a man that has written as many best selling novels as Stephen King?

All in all, this memoir has convinced me to start writing again, and it has made me realize that some of the strategies I learned in college creative writing classes need to be unlearned.

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What I’m Currently Reading…

OnWriting

Stephen King’s On Writing is the book that is supposed to make me want to write again, or at least that is what I tell myself. It’s a tall order, but it is Stephen King.

So far, it has help to remind me that I know how to write, that I can write, and well. I just need the gumption and dedication to stick to a story until it’s finished.