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review 2017-03-14 00:30
The Princess Diarist written and read by Carrie Fisher
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher


Even though I'm not a Star Wars fan, I am a big fan of Carrie Fisher.


I loved how outspoken and honest she was about her life and mental health. After listening to The Princess Diarist I now love how honest she was about her affair with Harrison Ford. I also greatly enjoyed her talking about some of her fan interactions; they were hilarious!


It's nice to hear someone from Hollywood talking about how insecure she was about her hair, her weight, etc... You would never know it from watching Princess Leia and her buns of Navarone. (As she called them.) As a role model for strong women, one could do much worse than the Princess.


Recommended for anyone interested in learning more about Carrie Fisher and Star Wars!

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review 2017-03-10 22:33
Dared & Done: Marriage Of Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning - Julia Markus

After having a months-long thing about Markus’s biography of Annabella Milbanke Byron (Ada Lovelace’s mother), I definitely had to read her first biography about the marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. I have a lot of feelings about Elizabeth Barrett Browning–mostly due to the fact that I wrote part of a senior thesis on the Sonnets from the Portuguese. In fact, Markus’s look at the Browning’s marriage as it relates to the sonnet sequence was probably the strongest part of the book for me. It’s very solidly researched and does a nice job of teasing out the circumstances of the Browning’s marriage in particular as opposed to Victorian marriage in general, and contrasting it with some of their friends who were less conventional. However, there were times when the organization was a bit confusing–jumps in chronology that muddled rather than clarified–and I found it less emotionally affective than I expected.

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/recent-reading-markus-lord-mcpherson-gonzalez
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review 2017-02-21 02:35
Book Review: My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson
My Bridges of Hope - Livia Bitton-Jackson

I went into this book not really knowing what to expect — I’m not sure how it ended up on my family’s shelves, but I noticed it one day and added it to my to-read list for the future. Now, I have no idea where my copy of this book is, but luckily, the library had a copy. This is a memoir about a teenage girl’s coming of age after she survives the Holocaust and struggles to make a life for herself and make sense of the world after what she suffered, and after the turmoil that her country is put in post-World War II. It’s written in a very easy-to-read manner, so I can see this being a great introduction to older children and middle-graders as to what different people had to deal with during this time. It’s also a pretty quick read and told in short segments, so it would be easy to include in a Holocaust curriculum, at least in part.


This is apparently book 2 in a series, and I love that it follows the aftermath of the Holocaust, which I don’t think is talked about quite as much — or at least, my teachers never focused on it as much as the Holocaust itself. I’ve never read much about what happened to Slovakia after the war, so I enjoyed this book for giving me that perspective and teaching me more about all the different countries and people who were affected by the Holocaust, and how the surrender of Germany didn’t lead to immediately fixing anti-Semitism. Livia tells her story with painstaking honesty, and it hurt to see how roughly Jewish people were treated even after the war, and how hard it was for them to reunite with family members who had already emigrated to the United States or other countries. For some, it was even impossible.


Overall, I recommend this for someone who’s looking to learn more about this time period and what people had to deal with. In a way, it was heartening to read, because the community came together for each other and all supported one other so that they could make a better life for themselves. It’s still horrifying that any people were ever treated the way Jewish people were treated during this time, but reading about someone overcoming that hate and being an integral part in building up her community was heartwarming.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=3418
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review 2017-02-12 11:15
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Joe Layden,Cary Elwes,Rob Reiner

A fantastic, easy read that's a must for any fan of The Princess Bride. I loved Cary Elwes' anecdotes from behind the scenes and his sneak peeks at everyone involved in making the movie, which sounded like a blast. A wonderful reflection on one of my favourite movies.

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review 2017-02-04 16:29
Woke up to the sound of pouring rain The wind would whisper and I'd think of you...
18 and Life on Skid Row - Sebastian Bach

Book Title:  18 And Life On Skid Row

Author:  Sebastian Bach

Narration:  Sebastian Bach

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Autobiography, Nonfiction

Source: Audiobook (Library)




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 I Remember You by Skid Row  --This is my favorite Skid Row song… ♫



⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜


The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness: 4/5

Flow: 2.5/5

Book Cover: 5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  5/5




⇝My Thoughts⇜


Sebastian Bach is quite bizarre and super hilarious at times…


The very first line of this book made me think…wow Sebastian Bach can write…and that thought soon ended as I kept listening to his story…If you're looking for a super well written autobiography than…this isn't the one for you.  What you will get with this audiobook is Sebastian Bach getting up close and personal about his life.  Sometimes his thoughts seem a bit jumbled and it even seems like he contradicts himself, maybe that’s the drugs confusing him…I don't know???   I feel this truly benefitted from Sebastian's narration, because I don't think anybody else could have told it better than him.  They just couldn't have gotten the crazy right.  His accent for Lars Ulrich is super hilarious.  Overall, this book is highly entertaining, despite the confusion.


Disclaimer:  If you didn't grow up with this kind of music and life, you probably won't like this.  But, if you loved the 80's hair bands, even into the 90's, than you'll probably love this.  Especially, if you liked the book The Dirt by Motley Crue.  This book is filled with a lot of drinking, drugs, and very profane language, in general; the rock and roll lifestyle.  Plus...a really bizarre story about a rat chewing his hand off.  I do feel, though, that he could have left a few of his stories out of this book.

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