Booknerd Wednesday: The House That Jack Built & Bookish Choices

Here’s a little-known secret about me – and by “little known”, I mean literally no one knows it, not even my husband:

I love Matt Dillon.

I keep it a secret because my love for him is complicated to explain. I actually I find him really gross. There’s something about Matt Dillon that is so incredibly off-putting to me; something smarmy, something that tells me he probably has sexual proclivities that I wouldn’t be into. I can totally see myself saying, “Um, no Matt Dillon, I will not have sex with you covered in mayo!”

Maybe it’s the roles I’ve seen him in that have coloured my opinion – Wild Things, There’s Something About Mary. But I find him to be very unattractive. So much so that I also want him.

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I know, it’s weird. Maybe I’ll talk about it in therapy.

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Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

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Harper | 2017

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” 

This quote from the 1967 film, COOL HAND LUKE, basically sums up how I’m feeling after reading this book. And I’ve never even seen the movie. The quote just came to me, as a thing I know somehow, deep from within the pop culture recesses of my mind. There’s a lot of useless information in there.

I might also go with: “…in the galaxy of This Sucks Camel Dicks!” Stepbrothers.

What I mean to say is: I wish the publishers hadn’t stuffed this novel into the psychological-thriller genre just because that’s where all the cool kids are, and had instead been honest about what this book is: a dark romance meets women’s fiction meets soap opera intrigue with a terrible, TERRIBLE message.

It’s not a thriller. I’m sorry, but no. I am not thrilled.

Had I known this from the start, I would have passed on reading it, because this level of dramatic soap-opera nutty-ness is just not my thing. It lacks humour and humanity, and is overpopulated with terrible one-liners, cliches and silly dialogue and tropes that feel like a reenactment. And the writing is derivative and basic.

Not to mention, the internal misogyny that permeates the entire theme gets my feminist hackles up.

Anyway… I didn’t know I shouldn’t read this, so I did, and now I have library late fees and a shitty review to write, so buckle up, bitches!

(This could get mildly spoiler-y because I’m going to rant, so if you’re super excited to read this, here’s my takeaway: Don’t waste your time with this, unless you’re cool with domestic abuse being legitimized. Otherwise, read on!)

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Book Tag: The Ultimate Book Tag – 25 Bookish Questions

IT’S FRIDAY!

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Bonus for me: I have Monday off work, too. I’m determined to make this long weekend super productive for reading! It’s top priority.

I’d say last night was productive for reading, as well, because I literally had no other choice. When I got home from work around 5 P.M., the power was out at my house, and at 223 other houses. We didn’t get electricity back until this morning! Joy-of-fucking-joys!

I felt like an Amish person – lighting candles, walking around in the dark, crying that we have no Wi-Fi (Amish people cry about that, right?)

As expressed by my 14-year-old stepkid: “I want to look at memes! This sucks!”

I hear you, junior.

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Booknerd Wednesday: The NetGalley Monthly for May 2018

Honestly, NetGalley might be my undoing, mentally. I can see a breakdown on the horizon. Maybe I start writing on the walls about how many unread ARCs I have while I talk to an invisible librarian, and my husband has to feed me ice chips.

I try to stop myself from going logging onto Netgalley and requesting new titles, but it’s so hard. I need a 12-step program.

We’ll call this post Step 1.

If you want to play along, feel free. Basically, what I intend to do is round up all the new ARCs I receive at the beginning of every month. Easy!

Because I’ve been such a good girl about requesting books (up until a couple of days ago), this first post might be a little short, but books are books!

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Booknerd Wednesday: WWW Edition

I know everyone else is saying this, but I can’t believe it’s May already! What the fuck?

April flew right passed me… and I didn’t even get all that much reading done, to be totally honest, which totally sucks. But, I’ve been up to my eyes in house reno stuff. I swear time is like a downhill snowball the older you get, and I’m not even old!

My husband and I are still trying to get this foyer/mini-mudroom finished. And I’m such an inpatient asshole that I also started painting my upstairs hallway. I’m not good at doing one step at a time, clearly. Also, I’ve spent a lot of money on paintings and lights and carpets and please someone STOP ME BEFORE I DESTROY MY BUDGET!

*deep breath*

Anyway…

I took a vacation day from work on Monday and my sincerest hope is that we get something completely done this weekend so I can go back to reading.

Speaking of reading, it’s WWW time!

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My Five Favourite Book Series

I’m an unabashed book series lover. If a book is the first in a series, as opposed to a standalone, I’m 80% more likely to read it (I just pulled that percentage out of my ass, but it’s probably accurate.)

With that in mind, I have no idea how I’m going to whittle down my favourite series to just my top five, but at the very least an attempt will be made and I’m proud of myself for that.

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Without further ado, and in no particular order – actually in a very specific order – here are my choices.

Trust me when I say, this was agonizing in the most bookish way possible.

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Booknerd Wednesday: WWW Edition…Plus the “YOU” trailer!

We are halfway through the work week, so it’s time to celebrate!

And in fact, I do have a treat for you! Hands up if you read 2014’s You by Caroline Kepnes…

I read the sequel, too. And I’m going to be all over the third instalment if there ever is one. The series has its ups and downs for me in terms of the pop culture diatribe, canon characterization and plot points, but Joe is a character that has left an indelible mark on my bookworm soul and I just can’t not be involved with him. Yay for double negatives!

So, you can imagine my utter joy and elation – and yes, some trepidation (what if they fuck it up!?) – when I woke up this morning to the official trailer for the new series You based on the books.

Honestly, this book is perfect for an adaptation.

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