2018

I’m a week late, but happy new year! I hope everyone has a great year. This year I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge for only 25 books because I missed my goal of 50 for the past two years. I failed pretty miserably last year (I only read 16/50), but I had lots of things get in the way.

What are you currently reading? I’m reading Freaks I’ve Met by Donald Jans (in print) and Overkill: The Untold Story of Motorhead by Joel McIver (on Kindle).

I hope everyone gets a lot of reading done and makes their goals. Good luck!

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Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by A.J. Mendez Brooks

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I really enjoyed this book! I liked A.J. a lot when she was in WWE (where she competed as AJ Lee) and she came across as a great person outside of wrestling as well. The book talks about what her life was like before, during and after her career, but most of the focus is on her life with her family and how mental health and instability has effected her throughout her life.
She discusses growing up poor with parents who got evicted a lot, moved the family around constantly and didn’t really know how to care for their children. I felt bad for her and I’m happy that she made it through that.  The parts about her mother’s bipolar disorder (and eventually her own) were sad.
I loved learning about how A.J. got into wrestling and about her being on the NXT TV show. I had no idea that she had actually been around for a while before then. It was fun to get the inside scoop on the storylines from back then involving Kane, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. Also, the way she talks about Punk makes me smile.
I think A.J. can be an inspiration to young girls because she overcame the odds (lots of them) and became successful. I would recommend this book to fans of AJ Lee, fans of pro wrestling and people who like to read about girls who kick butt.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Blogging for Books so I could give an honest review.

Review of Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson

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I won this book through a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads. It’s has different interweaving narratives, but the main three focus on Dalya, Ray and Pinny and the role shoes have had in their lives. I like the writing style and the story flows well.

Dalya’s story was really sad and I don’t think I would’ve survived what she went through. I was happy that she lived and eventually found happiness, but getting there wasn’t easy. Ray is a loner with a rough past who just wants to escape her current situation and make music, but Pinny, another girl from the orphanage who has down syndrome, decides to tag along and messes up her plans. After a series of misadventures, the two girls finally arrive in New York.

I like the idea of using shoes to tie things together. I think that was really unique. I’m not really a fan of the ending though. I felt like everything was wrapped up a little too neatly. I have no problem, with happy endings, but it seemed a bit too convenient.

Review of Shut Up and Give Me the Mic by Dee Snider

I got Shut Up and Give Me the Mic because I like a few Twisted Sister songs and I like Dee Snider’s movie Strangeland. The fact that I found it at the Dollar Tree didn’t hurt. I wanted to learn more about how Twisted Sister got their start, which I did, but parts of the book were really boring. I had to make myself keep reading at some points. It’s refreshing to read about a rocker who didn’t do crack, didn’t drink a bottle of gin every night or sleep with every groupie available. That part was cool, but he had/has a huge ego (which he’ll mention repeatedly). It also ends sort of abruptly.

The book covers Dee’s career with local New York bands until he eventually ends up in Twisted Sister and everything took off from there. He met his wife, TS got a following and they got a record deal. Dee explains how things like royalties, making/promoting albums and tours really work and how much money the band actually gets, which is good information for anyone in a band. He also mentions all of the milestones he missed with his first son: most of his wife’s pregnancy, his son’s first steps, his first words, etc, because he was out on the road. You can tell how much he really loves his family and I liked that part.

After living the high life for so many years and then having the last Twisted Sister album and tour fail miserably and making some less than wise business decisions, Dee had to file for bankruptcy two different times. He lost just about everything except for his family and his wife’s hot pink jeep. Trying to pull himself back out of the hole was a humbling experience and it seemed to really open his eyes.  Then the book just ended! He mentions that to learn about what it was like for him to make Strangeland you’ll have to read his next book, but I don’t want to!

What Are You Reading?

Hi, everyone! What are you reading? I’m currently reading Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt (I won it off of Goodreads. Yay!) and Shut Up and Give Me the Mic by Dee Snider (I found that one at the Dollar Tree.)

I’m currently 6 books behind on my 50 book challenge, but hopefully I’ll get caught up soon. I need to stick to reading 30 minutes a day. That never used to be an issue for me, but lately I’ve been so consumed with work, eBay and health issues that I’ve slacked. I’ve been neglecting my Kindle for my Kindle Fire, which only has about 12 books on it too. Fail! Does anyone else ever get into a reading slump? What do you do to get out of it?

Review of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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I saw the movie version of this book and enjoyed it and I like both of the authors so I picked it up when I saw it on one of my trips to the thrift shop. I’m so happy that I did. The book is easily ten times better than the movie (in my opinion). While the movie focuses on (view spoiler)[ everyone driving around NYC looking for a drunk Caroline (hide spoiler)] the book actually focuses on Nick & Norah’s relationship, music and the adventure they have during one crazy night.
I loved learning more about the two main characters and why they were how they were. They were much more interesting and well developed in the book than in the movie. Norah definitely has trust issues and I really don’t blame her and Nick is coming off of a bad break up, but I feel like they’re a great couple anyway.
I love the descriptions of the music and the concerts in the book . I got so excited reading the scenes where they’re in the crowd watching the band and moshing and found myself smiling and reading faster. It made me miss going to shows. I like that some familiar songs (Green Day ones) are used as well as ones that are made up for the book.
If you like fun adventure stories full of punk music, New York City, love, and youth…read this book.

Weekend Reading

Hello, everyone!

What will you be reading this weekend? I’ll be reading Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan and the pile of magazines that are overflowing out of my magazine bin. I went a little crazy with the free subscriptions and someone has decided to send a ton of magazines to my house under fake names. Awful.

Have a great weekend!

Tanya