Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review/My Favorite Quotes and Lines - Every Day

Every Day by David Levithan


3 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

Feelings after reading: Surprised and a little bummed that the story was over.

This is another one of those books that I’ve known about forever but never got around to reading it, until I saw the preview for the movie based on this book. The preview looked pretty good so I knew I wanted to read this book ASAP.

It is intriguing seeing A’s point of view on this plethora of different lives. I kind of wish the book had started in the earlier years and then did a time jump to being 16 years old. The lives we do see really shape A into an interesting character.

Meeting Rhiannon changes everything for this character. It was almost a little too instalove but I just went with it and got drawn into the story.

The only real misstep/part I didn’t like was how harsh A was when they were in the body of someone that wore a 3XXXL. I myself am not exactly a small person but the way A describes the body is pretty darn insulting and makes the person sound horrible/like they have a hard time even existing. I mean A was two rather large football player dudes in the book, I imagine them close to 300 pounds too and rocking larger than a 3X shirt. After so much other diversity and openness in the book it was a little jarring that A was so upset by waking up fat.

The ending was a twist I wasn’t expecting. (I was expecting an ending kind of like the one in The Host by Stephanie Meyer.) So I really was surprised by how everything ended up and wish there had been just a little more of what exactly happens next.

My Favorite Quotes/Lines

“After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are.”

“We all contain mysteries, especially when seen from the inside.”

“We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”

“Happiness is so rarely a part of my vocabulary, because for me it’s so fleeting.”

“Once you experience enormity, it lingers everywhere you look, and wants to be every word you say.”

“Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.”

“In my experience, desire is desire, love is love. I have never fallen in love with a gender. I have fallen for individuals. I know this is hard for people to do, but I don’t understand why it’s so hard, when it’s so obvious.”

“If your beauty is unquestioned, so many other things can go unquestioned as well.”

“If smart people are parodying it, that’s a sure sign that some less smart people are believing it.”

“As if when someone close to us dies, we momentarily trade places with them, in the moment right before. And as we get over it, we’re really living their life in reverse, from death to life, from sickness to health.”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

“But a few rounds had the same effect as a trip to Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island: anyone could turn into an ass.”

“Fuck. That. Shit.”

“She straightened, a distinct, uncomfortable pride burgeoning in her chest. She was no show-off, but when she did a good job, she wanted her A+, dammit. And if she literally and figuratively kicked ass at bartending, she wanted them to know it.”

“And so, at two that same night—or the next morning, depending—Bailey set off for Nero’s Griddle on Belmont for what Zane had promised would be “an indoctrination session, but with pancakes.”

“Chivalry is dumb,” she said. “But so’s being cold.”

“He was a grown-up, and Bailey was just a teenager who’d gotten old.”

“The mean streets of Ravenswood were hardly mean, but Bailey had never felt more wary of them.”

“She much preferred to reserve hugging for the people who really mattered, but in the last few years society had decided that brief embraces were the best way to greet everyone everywhere.”

“And if you’re gonna color outside the lines again, make sure you pick the lines that’re really fucking asking for it.”

“The grown-up who says they know what they’re doing is a grown-up who’s lying.”

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lively Libations aka My Review of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

Feelings after reading - pumped up and thirsty (gotta try some of the drinks that were mentioned. :) )

This book was one wild ride. I adore the whole magic system that’s in play here. Cocktails for magic and a surprising other drink that heals makes for a truly fun read.

All the drink recipes and history are great additions that make the book shine too.

Bailey and the other characters are well done and have great chemistry. My favorite characters (besides the awesome Bailey) have to be Vincent and Bucket. I like that these characters definitely aren’t perfect but find their way as they go along.

Also great is the surprising big bad and just how far they will go to get what they want.

Overall, fighting evil with booze leads to plenty of surprises/twists/and a surprising amount of heart.