From the Desk of Lady Miss by Keke Palmer

From the Desk of Lady Miss

From the Desk of Lady Miss by Keke Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up after seeing Keke Palmer interviewed on the Drew Barrymore show. I have followed her for years and when I saw that she was writing with Jasmine Guillory, I was so excited.

I got this on audiobook. I think I would have liked it more if I had read it myself, though. I was not thrilled with the voices that Keke Palmer used, and was really not thrilled with the personalities that she added to each character.

This book was the second of 5 in the series. I honestly think it would have worked better as one book instead of 5 novellas/short stories.

It was worth the time to read, though.

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Amazon blocks libraries

Amazon blocks libraries

Ever wonder why some of the books on your TBR list aren’t available in digital form at the library? Take a look at the above linked article for an explanation.

It seems that Amazon has control over distribution rights from some publishers, and if people are checking these books out from the library, they aren’t getting the money from purchases. These days, when most of the library lending is digital in so many areas, it doesn’t seem fair to the library patrons, or even to the authors whose books aren’t getting read. Libraries should be helped, not hindered, Amazon.

Sun of a Beach by Mia Sosa

Sun of a Beach

Sun of a Beach by Mia Sosa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a freebie that I picked up from Audible. I knew it was a romance, so I knew how it was going to end. The story was interesting, and I was enjoying it a lot, until the very descriptive sex scene happened. This is only an audiobook, so I would expect the writer, publisher, editor, etc., would realize that many people are listening in their cars. I do not need an explicit sex scene on my commute.

The rest of the story was great, though. If you’re listening other than in your car, sure, go for it. Otherwise, I would suggest you think twice.

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Thinner Thighs In Thirty Years by Consuelo Saah Baehr

Thinner Thighs In Thirty Years

Thinner Thighs In Thirty Years by Consuelo Saah Baehr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This monologue was a nice break from other more serious things I have been reading. I picked it up for free and it was short, so I went for it.

I was expecting it to be funnier than it was, but I am glad that the author got her words out and she went from being left to being stronger and not relying on her ex.

It was a nice little breather, but I am not sure who I would recommend it to.

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What is Your Passion?

For one of my assignments for school, I have to write a paper on my passion. It was written vaguely on purpose. I have to come up with something to write about. What will I write? I assumed that, since it is for a writing class, I should be leaning toward books. While I could write about swimming, I don’t think I am prepared to read a lot on the topic, given the other assignments I have.

As part of the discussion when we were given the assignment, the instructor asked if we had read or watched anything interesting lately. Hmmmm.

I have been listening to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on audiobook. It got me thinking about how it differs from the written book and from the movie. I haven’t yet watched the movie, but I will get to it before I truly start my paper.

I have to research the whole thing, so between the three types of media, I think I will be able to find enough to write about.

I have the project for a second class completed and ready to present, and another project for a third class almost completed. I am stalling on the paper for the final class, but it will get done before the due date.

Audible Originals

Audible originals

The above article tells about Audible Originals. These audiobooks are only available through Audible, with a subscription. I have several of them, but haven’t read them yet. I always only get about halfway through Pride and Prejudice. Maybe this one might be the one that I actually get through? Below is the list from the article.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE BY JANE AUSTEN, PERFORMED BY ROSAMUND PIKE

HALF LIGHT BY TAYARI JONES, PERFORMED BY BAHNI TURPI

THE BODY, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY BILL BRYSON

MALCOLM AND ME, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ISHMAEL REED

WANDERLUST BY LAUREN BLAKELY, PERFORMED BY GRACE GRANT AND RICHARD ARMITAGE

CAFFEINE, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY MICHAEL POLLAN

THE A.I. WHO LOVED ME BY ALYSSA COLE, PERFORMED BY REGINA HALL, FEODOR CHIN, MINDY KALING, THERESE PLUMMER, DINA PEARLMAN, NEIL HELLEGERS, ADENRELE OJO, AND KYLA GARCIA

BREAK SHOT: MY FIRST 21 YEARS, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY JAMES TAYLOR

THE SET UP BY FALGUNI KOTHARI, PERFORMED BY SONEELA NANKANI AND VIKAS ADAM

Threatened by eReaders

I agree with this statement. I read on both paper and Kindle. Each has its own use, but neither is fully better than the other. I run out of battery life on the Kindle because I forget to plug it in. I can’t read a paper book in the dark.

One of the comments on this photo was “bookstores, not books, are threatened by Kindle.” I do believe that is true. The books don’t care. The books are just getting the words out there.

If we go further, the authors are the ones getting the words out there, and if the words are on paper or on Kindle, it really doesn’t matter, does it? (we aren’t getting into the great audiobook debate here)

If we go even further, on that comment, bookstores don’t care about Kindle, either. The bookstore owners care about paper vs Kindle, not the bookstore itself.

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This is not your fault by Courtney Maum

This is not your fault

This is not your fault by Courtney Maum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a palate cleanser between bookclub books. It was included with my Audible subscription, and it was short. It was the perfect time to read it. 

This was a light epistolary book about a couple going through a divorce during Covid times. It addresses many of the difficulties with life in during this time, along with general difficulties of time management. 

I think that it was well written and hit many points that I hadn’t thought of. Plus it kept my interest for the whole story. 

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Why I Replaced My Kindle

Why I Replaced My Kindle

I loved the above linked article. It tells about the wonders of the Kindle.

As you know, I love my Kindle. I can carry most of my books with me wherever I go. I do audiobooks on my commute, so that helps me get through a lot more books than I normally would, but my kindle helps me get through a lot more, especially now that I can’t check out physical library books.

I’m so glad that I found another kindle lover with the author of the article. I know there are more of you out there. Speak up!