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review 2017-06-28 03:42
Father On The Brink - Elizabeth Bevarly

Cover commentary - is it just me or does he look like he's about to barf in her ear?

The epilogue was the best part of this one. It was pretty funny.

 

So the H, paramedic, working a blizzard, gets misdirected to a house where he finds a woman in labor rather than an elderly kidney patient. The woman has just discovered her marriage is a fake, and was in the process of bolting when her water broke.

 

She lists him as the father on the birth certificate...and bolts.

 

Shows up on his doorstep 2 months later, and finally tells him. Sperm donor tracks her down. She bolts again. H tracks her down, and tells her what he found about sperm donor. Convinces her he's serious about the whole marriage and family thing. Epilogue is 13 years later.

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text 2017-06-25 00:41
Master List - 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge (June Progress)
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
  • Items in bold were completed this month. I'm going to put this challenge on hold until after COYER.

 

  • Recommend by Librarian                                   
  • On TBR Long Time - Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky                             
  • Book of Letters - With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin                                 
  • Audiobook - Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan                               
  • POC Author - The Sweetest Thing (Just Desserts #1) by D.F. Mello                                  
  • 1 of 4 Seasons in Title - A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart #1) by Amanda Forester                             
  • Story within a Story                               
  • Multiple Authors  - Weddings Under a Western Sky (Anthology)                             
  • Espionage Thriller - Dangerous Allies (WWII Book 1) by Renee Ryan                          
  • Cat on the Cover - Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery #4) by Sofie Kelly                                  
  • Author Pen Name - Apprentice in Death (..In Death #43) by J.D. Robb                           
  • Genre Not Normally Read - Antidote for Night by Marsha De La O                     
  • By/About a Person with a disability

Involving Travel - Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

  1. Subtitle
  2. Published in 2017 - Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb
  3. Mythical Creature
  4. Re-read a shelf keeper - Vision Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King
  5. Food - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
  6. Career Advice
  7. Non-human Perspective - Vision Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King
  8. Steampunk
  9. Red Spine
  10. Set in Wilderness
  11. Loved as a Child - Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) by Francine Pascal
  12. Author from a country you’ve never visited - Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  13. Title with a character name - A Suitor for Jenny (Rocky Creek #2) by Margaret Brownley
  14. War time setting - Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh
  15. Unreliable Narrator - A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay
  16. Book with Pictures - March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  17. MC is different ethnicity than you - Craving Temptation (Just Desserts #2) by D.F. Mello
  18. Interesting Woman
  19. Book with setting in 2 different time periods
  20. Month/Day in title
  21. Set in a hotel - Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers #1) by Sarah Morgan
  22. By someone you admire - The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  23. 2017 movie adaptions
  24. Holiday other than Christmas - Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell
  25. First Book in Series - Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson
  26. Bought on a trip - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  27. Recommended by an author you like
  28. 2016 Best Seller - The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  29. Family member term in title - Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
  30. Takes place over a character’s lifetime - If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  31. Genre never heard of - Cyberpunk Tales, Book One: Looking Death in the Eye by A.L. Hunt
  32. More than 800 pages - London: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
  33. UBS find
  34. Book mentioned in another book
  35. Difficult topic - The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

Based on Mythology

About an immigrant or refugee

Book with eccentric character - Alibi in High Heels (High Heels #4) by Gemma Halliday

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review 2017-06-07 10:25
Review: Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming

Content Warning: involves scenes of child physical abuse

 

Alan Cumming's memoir is an unflinching look at the physical, mental, and emotional toll that child physical abuse takes on the child later in life and how one man went about healing from the abuse. I really liked how the book was structured; each chapter is set up in a then/now format, so there specific moments highlighted and how that moment resonates in the now.

 

The book follows three storylines, all with the theme of fatherhood: Alan's father/abuser is dying of cancer and drops a bombshell on Alan and his brother that they must figure out if it is true or not; Alan's time on the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? as he explores the life of his maternal grandfather; and how his first marriage ended after his wife and him explored the idea of parenthood and his mental breakdown. All while talking of difficult topics such as the abuse and his mental health low points, there are lines of sparkling wit that Cumming is known for to lighten the mood a touch (OMG, that Patty Smith/Mary J. Blige/Harvey Weinstein story was hilarious!). Cumming is honest in that he sought out professional therapy and that his healing was in a constant state of progress throughout the highs/lows of his career.

 

Definitely recommend.

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text 2017-06-02 09:51
Friday Reads for June 2nd, 2017
Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
Silent Governess, The - Julie Klassen

I got a ticket to see Wonder Woman tonight and I can not express how damn excited I am to see it! WW is my all-time favorite comic character and I grew up watching the tv show (in reruns). To finally get her story on the big screen is serious wish fulfillment.

 

On the reading front, I have Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo to read for BL-opoly. I borrowed Not My Father's Son by Alan Cummings from OverDrive for the Pop Sugar challenge. Also for the PS challenge, I pulled The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen off my physical TBR pile to read for the "UBS find" prompt.

 

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

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text 2017-06-01 11:00
June 2017 Reading List
Diary of an Accidental Wallflower - Jennifer McQuiston
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir - Alan Cumming
In the Midst of Life - Jennifer Worth
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton

Once COYER starts on the 17th, I will be reading mostly from the reading list I created. I am going to try my hardest to use the books from the list for my BL-oploy plays.

 

The base library starts its summer reading program on the 19th. The theme this year is Reading by Design, with STEM being the focus on weekly activities and books read at the various story times. The kids have their own accounts for this program. Son wants to read more beginner reader books (he will be a first grader at the end of August); daughter wants more fantasy and fairy tales retellings.

 

I want to regain my BL-opoly mojo get to $100 bank balance by the end of the month (a $32 increase). I seem to put the game on the back burner in May with RT con and the big read. I still need to read Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston, a BL-opoly book from the end of May.

 

There are a couple of books that I want to read that are not related to BL-opoly or COYER. Those books are to keep me progressing on the Pop Sugar Challenge. Not My Father's Son by Alan Cummings (prompt - family member term in the title), In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth (prompt - Interesting Woman), Bloom by Kelly Hampton (Pop Sugar prompt - by/about a person with a disability). 

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