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review 2017-03-09 01:36
Tipping the Velvet (Audiobook)
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters

This was well-written and well-narrated by Juanita McMahon, just like Fingersmith was, but it didn't quite grab me the way Fingersmith did. Nancy King and her plights and travails through London on her quest to find herself, love and acceptance are all just a little too over the top for me. And talk about your coinkydinks! The last chapter especially was loaded with them. Maybe Waters was doing a final curtain call thing, but it was a bit too much, ya know?

 

I do like Nan's tenacity to keep going and never get knocked down no matter what life threw at her, and it was an interesting journey through London in the late 1800s, when things were still very dangerous for LGBT people. I didn't always understand why Nan made some of the decisions she made. They at times felt kind of generic, like she needed to make x decision so the story could go to y plot line, and the story just kind of meandered at points. 

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review 2016-09-10 09:15
WHAT THE EYE HEARS: A HISTORY OF TAP DANCING by Brian Siebert
What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing - Brian Seibert

WHAT THE EYE HEARS: A HISTORY OF TAP DANCING

Brian Siebert

Hardcover, 624 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0865479534 (ISBN13: 9780865479531)

also available for Kindle and ebook.

 

Seibert has magnificently researched Tap;  starting with original steps brought in with Irish Jigs, African Drums, and Appalachian Clogging in very early American society, then through Thomas Jefferson's plantation, Charles Dicken's visit to the Five Pointes Dance Hall, and more. He wonderfully brings us through the minstrelsy, the jazz age, to Taps comeback with television, then movies and Broadway. Seibert leaves nothing out, making this a long book (624 pages). He includes some great photos throughout. the book is definitely an entertaining read while giving us, the readers, a remarkable view at a true piece of American history. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who dances, enjoys music, and wants to learn more.

****I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in exchange for a fair review.****

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review 2016-07-17 20:33
First Dance
First Dance - E. Davies

3.5 stars

 

A Canadian in London who works at a bookstore and hasn't quite settled into his new home yet. A Scottish pole dancer who memorizes Shakespearean sonnets to get over his nerves. This was adorakable and a sweet, easy read for a lazy Sunday morning.

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review 2016-05-04 18:02
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

If this had been around when I was a kid, I think it would've had a huge impact on me. These kids could've been my friends. I knew some version of all these characters when I was in school, though I was a band geek instead of a drama geek. I would've totally been Leah. I still kind of am.

Minus the cool drumming skills. I would've had mediocre clarinet skills instead. ;)

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Now, on the closer side to 40, I find it more quasi-nostalgic, like going back to high school in a gay Norman Rockwell painting - something safely observed from the distance of time and rose-tinted glasses, but nothing I'd want to visit again. Not that my high school days were bad, necessarily, but... it was high school. And nowadays, kids have to go to school with social media. No thank you! 

 

I know some people avoid YA because of the teen angst. Which I get. I'm anti-angst in general as well. This isn't what I would call angst, but there is some teen drama. But here's the thing about teen drama - it's a lot like grown-up drama, only kids at least have the excuse of being kids. They're figuring out themselves and each other and how to have relationships beyond just friendships. And changing in front of people you've known your whole life can be pretty scary at any age. This book captures all that and still stays hopeful. Even when Simon's going through hell of his forced outing, Ms. Albertalli writes in a way that you know everything will turn out okay in the end. And it does. It's a syrupy overload of sugary goodness. 

 

Is it ground-breaking? No. Is it perfect? No. I have some niggles, but not many and not any that would detract my enjoyment of it. Would I recommend it to others? Hell yes. Even people who don't like YA? I'd say at least try the first few chapters and see what you think. 

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review 2015-09-27 19:57
Second Act
Second Act - Kaje Harper

(A copy of the book was provided free by the author for beta purposes. This is an honest review.)

 

I don't have a whole lot to say about this one. It's as well-written as any of Harper's books, but I couldn't really relate to Dion. The non-existant plights of mega-rich boys just don't interest me. I also don't have much interest in the inner-workings of Hollywood or actors' lives, though at least Bryce was more down to earth and had some real day-to-day issues to work through. 

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