Monday, 30 September 2013

A Touch Of Romance

I'm something of a romantic.  Love at first sight, friends to lovers, passionate no-holds-barred raunch,  I'm a believer (and now that song is in my head) and one of the ways I love to indulge my romantic streak is by reading trashy romance novels, the trashier the better.

There's just something about them that leaves me with a warm, glowy feeling.  There are gutsy women and hunky guys and steamy sex and a whole lotta will-they-or-won't-they that is set in-between.  They are the perfect read for curling up with on wet and windy spring days or stretching out with in the sun.  Really they are just the perfect read for any occasion.

As I said in a previous post, trash is good people and luckily for me (and you) nearly all of the following are part of different series which means you can indulge yourself with read after read as you work your way through every title in the series and through each series.

Heaven...

It had to be you / Jill Shalvis

"Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she's a thief, and now she's about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who's as sexy as he is stern"

Part of the Lucky Harbour series.

Three little words / Susan Mallery

"Isabel Carlisle is cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another...man. Yep romance and her do not go together. That is until her sexy and charming teenage crush comes back into her life and leaves her feeling 14 over again..."

Part of the Fool's Gold series.

Just in time / Addison Fox

"After a rejuvenating trip to Ireland, Avery Marks can’t help her frustration with the pace of her life in Alaska. Back in the small town of Indigo—where everyone knows everyone else’s business—Avery dreams of a bigger life. But with her ex-boyfriend back in town, it’s hard to get the past out of her head."

Part of the Alaskan Nights series.


One reckless summer / Toni Blake

 "The perfect daughter. The perfect wife. Jenny Tolliver's been the good girl all her life, and it's gotten her nowhere. Now that her marriage has been busted up by her cheating ex, she's decided it's time to head back to her hometown of Destiny, Ohio, to the very lakeshore cottage where she grew up, to figure out what life holds in store for her next. She never dreamed the answer would be Mick Brody, Destiny's #1 hellraiser."

Part of the Destiny series.

 The best man / Kristan Higgins


"Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now older and wiser, she's ready to return home to confront the ghosts of her past.  Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief and best friend of her former fiance. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she's having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago."

Part of the Blue Heron series. 

Undeniably yours / Shannon Stacey

"Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly... "

Part of the Kowalski Family series.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Stalking the catalogue: WWE encyclopedia

'...an industry defined by larger-than-life personalities performing acts both heinous and heroic...'

I'm a girl, I have an IQ higher than double digits and I'm an unabashed WWE fan.  I have followed the drama and pomp of WWE since the 1980s, when wrestlers such as Bret the Hitman Hart (my alltime favourite wrestler - boy was I gutted when he was cheated of his title in '97), Hulk Hogan, Jake the Snake Roberts and others dominated the ring.  These days there are more pyrotechnics, weird outfits, strange hair and bared skin (in the case of the Divas) but the battle for belts - and good guys versus the bad guys - never changes.  Each year when WWE comes to NZ I buy tickets and go along dragging my nephews for my cover story.

It's a tall order to expect one book to cover the rather spectacular history of WWE but I think that this encyclopedia does a fairly comprehensive job.  The only thing it doesn't do, which may not be a biggie, is list how past wrestlers died .  Followers will know that some wrestlers died in rather newspaper-making circumstances and none of that is mentioned.  I can think of at least 5 wrestlers off the top of my head who, in the last 2 years alone, were quietly suspended for drug use until they'd cleaned up but there's nary a word of it here.  Perhaps the aim is to concentrate more on highlights of careers rather than lowlights - to keep it in the ring, so to speak.  Either way it still makes for great reading.  I spent a long time oohing and aaahing over names from my childhood and remembering old matches.  Nostalgia never felt so good.  I wish I could say, like DX 'If you're not down with that then I've got two words for you...'  but I won't.  What I will say is: Don't bother to call yourself a diehard fan if you have not read this comprehensive 50 year history of the WWE.

Title: WWE encyclopedia : the definitive guide to World Wrestling Entertainment
Authors: Brian Shields & Kevin Sullivan
Published: DK/Brady Games, 2009

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Youtube is my happy place

This post is a little different from what I usually write because you can't actually get any of the following from the library but I'm writing about it anyway because the Internet rules my life. In this blog I'm going to highlight some of my favourite Youtubers, I can't possibly post about them all because this blog would be far too long so I'm going to force myself to pick just a handful from the wonderful world of Youtube.

(Oh and if you don't spend all of your time online, a Youtuber is someone who makes videos and posts them on Youtube. People do this as a full time job now and have huge audiences; Jenna Marbles has over 10 million subscribers! It's crazy and amazing).

Vlogbrothers 
Vlogbrothers consists of John Green, the author of The Fault in our Stars (got a book reference in there! Winning at libraries), and his brother Hank Green who does about every job in the world. They each upload a video a week addressed to each other and that video can be about pretty much anything..

My personal favourite is one of John's videos called Hitler and Sex! Watch below.


Daily Grace, You Deserve a Drink and MyHarto
Next up is the holy trinity of Youtube: Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart. They all of have separate you tube channels but they're best friends in real life and collaborate often, they're collaboration videos are the BEST! These three are hilarious I've posted a video of Daily Grace below but make sure you check out all of their channels, they're all wonderful.



Zoella280390
Zoella is adorable! She's a beauty blogger form the UK who vlogs about all things beauty and buying things and girlyness and lovely little things like that. 


Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
The show that celebrates girls who are changing the world by being themselves. You know how I love, love, love Amy Poehler and am a hardcore feminist? Well Amy has a Youtube channel about empowering and educating women AND I LOVE IT! Check out her interviewing Daily Grace below:


They're are so many more Yotubers that I could introduce but I wont overwhelm you just yet. If you do like these just spend hours getting lost in the YouTube sidebar it will take you to some weird and wonderful places.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Author interview: Mary-Jane Aggett and Annemarie Mirams

The Coffee Group

This week I'm interviewing a pair of authors who are probably in great need of a coffee after six years spent writing their novel, working and bringing up children. I talk to Aucklander Mary-Jane Aggett and her sister Annemarie Mirams.

Writing a novel is not something taken lightly. It takes time and effort, after all - a great deal of it. Hours sharing anecdotes on the phone between Auckland and the Hawkes Bay about their young kids turned into a six-year project for sisters Mary-Jane and Annemarie, when they decided to spin their experiences as mothers into The Coffee Group.

Annemarie says the project just evolved naturally, after realising they were both a little bored and in need of a channel for their shared sense of humour. Although both sisters swear the events of the novel are not at all based on people they know, it has sometimes proved difficult to persuade their friends. The novel concerns a group of five Auckland women who band together after their children are born, and the crazy things they get up to. Mary-Jane promises a light, easy read and lots of laughs - a vast departure from the sisters' favourite crime thrillers. 

Neither exactly set out to become novelists - Mary-Jane was a reporter for Fair Go, and Annemarie teaches high school science - but both have thoroughly enjoyed the process, laughing their heads off as they tried to outdo each other with the following chapter.
"Sometimes my kids would see me laughing at the computer or phone and ask: "Is that about your book again?"," Annemarie says. 

The book started with one sister writing one chapter from a certain character's point of view, and the next one choosing another character, but gradually both sisters got to know each other's characters so well that they were able to swap. The reason The Coffee Group took six years was that real life was just as hectic as the novel - both women moved house during the period, and were raising children (in Mary-Jane's case, still having them). As Mary-Jane puts it: "It was like that half-knitted jumper you've put away and pull out from time to time."
  
For now they're having a bit of a rest from the creative process but haven't ruled out giving it another go in the future. After all, coffee is addictive...

**Obviously you can request The Coffee Group from Auckland Libraries, but copies are also available to purchase now from Paper Plus Takapuna, or from online retailers soon**

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Stalking the catalogue: Cancer vixen

"Here is the tumor.  It looks like a black hole."

Four years ago I lost a friend to cancer. It wasn't until then that I realised it is an equal opportunist killer - men, women, children. It doesn't care about friends, families, lives yet to be lived, hopes, dreams, good people, indifferent people, careers. It doesn't care.  Fullstop. All of this time later and I still can't make sense of it. Sometimes, when I remember how bad things were towards the end, all I can remember is my own anger, and sadness, and helplessness, and how hugely important it was to not let my friend see all of that. Particularly not when she retained so much hope and strength. But Cancer Vixen gave me an insight into so much of what Trace chose not to share with us (that I couldn't, wouldn't, or was too afraid to ask about) and for that alone I love it.

Marchetto's graphic novel account of her experience with cancer is bold, hilarious, funny, strong, sad, truthful, comical, stunningly visual, and painfully human. (Which is exactly how I feel Trace was as a person, particularly towards the end of her life. Do I romanticise her? I'd like to think not). The most amazing things passed through Marchetto's mind at any one time and those, I think, gave the book an extra personal slant, e.g. her relationship with her very funny (s)mother (as she refers to her mum), women who blatantly chased her fiance, medical insurance, the best hamburger she'd ever eaten (and she has a copy of the receipt in the book of said hamburger) and so on. Would this book have meant as much to me had I not known Trace? I'm not sure. I do think I'm a little better off (in coming to terms with her death) for having read Cancer Vixen.

As 'stalking the catalogue' items go, this is a win.

Title: Cancer vixen [graphic novel] : a true story
Author: Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Published: Fourth Estate, 2007

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Could You Be Anymore Annoying...

As you probably know by now I love and adore a lot of things.  I'm obsessive and addictive that way.  So it may come as something as a surprise to find out that there are some things that do kind of annoy me -  just a little - okay maybe a lot.

Not liking something is really okay because it would be a pretty boring world if we all liked or disliked the same things, so taking my inspiration from Scriven and Laura here is my list of things that bug the hell out of me.

Reality Shows

All of them.  Really.  They should all just die a fiery death

Action movies with romantic interludes

Please just because I'm a chick I don't need to have romance thrown just for the sake of it.  I'd see a romance movie if I did. I want shoot them up, blow them up and hold the smooching for another movie.

I hate you, you hate me but hey lets fall in love

I love a good love story but what really irritates me are shows like Bones and Castle and others where they hate each at first sight but you just know that the shows creators are planning on for them to fall in love - they just stretch it out for a REALLY long time. Come on people just jump each other and have sex in the 1st episode and then we can all be happy.

Literary novels (or Worthy Reads)

I know what you're thinking.  I'm a librarian so I should like books that win literary prizes like the Man Booker or classics like Wuthering Heights but the truth is I don't. 

I'm a trash reader. I've learned to accept it, embrace even. Trash is good people.

Hunger Games and Jennifer Lawrence

Sorry I just don't get the fuss.  Jennifer, I'm sure, is a lovely young woman but as far as wanting to see in her something whether it's Hunger Games or not I'm leaving the cinema and looking for something else.

Oh woe is me females

I lay the blame for this entirely on Twilight's shoulders.

And yes Bella I'm pointing the finger at you.  Get a back bone girl and tell both Edward and Jacob to take a hike.

Where have all the real men gone?

Twilight. Again. Really it has a lot to answer for.  How anyone could think that Edward Cullen was a romantic hero I'll never understand. Seriously the guy was basically a stalker. 

And the trend seems to have continued with a number of guys in YA fiction (Hunger Games - again) being all kinds of creepy or just plain wussy.  

Give me a man with a gun, a sexy smile and a bad attitude any day.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Author interview: Richard Fairgray, comic book guy

Welcome to the first ever instalment of our local author interviews pages. We're celebrating the best of what's being written (and/or drawn) in our super city of Auckland. And it's about time. 

In celebration of Comic Book Month, our first profile is North Shore comic book writer and artist Richard Fairgray, creator of Blastosaurus, I Fight Crime (under the pseudonym Mary-Ann Cotton) and many more. See http://blastosaurus.com/ for a full list...

Richard is unusual in an artist, given that he's legally blind. He only has a tiny bit of sight left in one eye. It's meant he's always seen things in two dimensions, just like a comic book image...However, the world of his comics is a slightly skewed vision.

His best-known work, Blastosaurus, stars a mutated triceratops with human intelligence whose parents are killed by three likewise mutated raptors. All four have been transported into the future through a time tunnel - to Freak Out City. Our saurian hero may look fearsome, but he fights for the good guys, becoming a policeman who specialises in stopping the damage his fellow dinosaurs love to cause. In Richard's own words: "He's a 6' tall, mutant triceratops with a gun from the future and a mission of vengeance. But he mostly gets relegated to doing publicity work for the police department. Yes, he fights raptors and killer robots and he time-travelled, but at the heart of it all he's an ordinary man who just happens to be shaped like a dinosaur."

Can't wait to read it now? We have the graphic novels in our library. See Welcome to Freak Out City and Exhibit B.

There's also plenty more to come. Richard has just finished the script for issue 24 of the Blastosaurus comic, and has ideas for at least another 30. Most of his works are collaborations between himself and friends, including his wife Tara, a colourist, and Terry Jones (not the ex-Monty Python one). They get together in a room and bat ideas back and forth until the pages are filled, or until they go mad.

"Yes, he fights Raptors and killer robots and he time travelled but at the heart of it all he's an ordinary man who just happens to be shaped like a dinosaur."

Richard regularly jets around the world to comic book conventions and to work with other collaborators, but he's happy enough staying on the Shore. First, because you meet some crraaaaazy people at conventions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIJ-ssh46J8). And because it lets Richard have control over his own creations.

A deal with American Original, a noted US comic company, didn't go according to plan, so production is definitely back in New Zealand. Richard doesn't elaborate on the reasons, but now says: "I'm always happy to talk with publishers about any of our myriad other books but Blastosaurus will...well, the phrase 'cold dead hands' springs to mind."

Despite this, Richard's comics aren't "New Zealand comics" - for him, it's all about originality, not trying to push a barrow with a big kiwi on it. To other wannabe graphic novelists, he says: "I think why people like our books is that we aren't drawing from a self-filling well. I talk to too many would-be writers who say they only read comic books and I think it shows in the work. People should be reading everything, watching everything, listening to everything before they decide they only like one medium."

I ask: "Do you think Blastosaurus is any weirder than a lot of stuff on the market?"

Richard doesn't have to think about it.

"I'd prefer to think of him as more interesting." 







Saturday, 14 September 2013

Stalking the catalogue: Inventory

"Why does a book of lists need an introduction?  Isn't this book specifically marketed to people who like lists because they hate reading?  And doesn't everyone hate reading?  Isn't that why Eli Whitney invented the internet?  Absolutely."
 - Chuck Klosterman (introduction)

Read this book on your own. That's about the only advice I can give, really. You will scream chortle, giggle until you choke, guffaw, wheeze until you expire, sigh, spray coke out of your nose, snicker, belly laugh until you cry, gasp, pee your pants, wince, hoot and holler. Not necessarily in that order. And you certainly won't want people around to see your reactions.

The very talented writers of the A.V. Club have compiled pop-culture lists that are so specific in some instances you'll wonder why the heck you never thought of them yourself, or perhaps wonder why some sicko would think of them in the first place. The oddball part of it is, I found myself agreeing with quite a bit of the content, and wow are there some obscure books/films I'd forgotten I'd ever read/seen and am sure I never want to read/see again. How can I resist a list such as 'Keanu Reeves movies somehow not ruined by Keanu Reeves'? He may look hot but whenever I watch his movies I feel like I'm watching a wooden puppet who delivers everything in the same deadpan monotone and I'm always looking for evidence of strings. That's not to take away from his movies, hell no, some of them are pure effing genius (look at The Matrix) but whether that's about the writing or the fact that he looks hawt in leather I can't tell.

In the interests of 'research' (aka timewasting) I spent much time in YouTube, IMDB, local videoshops and in our library catalogue putting together any list I found even remotely noteworthy.  Why?  Simple.  How else can I say I agree/disagree if I don't have the foggiest idea what they're on about?  Certainly caused quite heated discussions between family and friends (everyone had differing opinions that just had to be voiced loudly because obviously, right?).

My most favourite list is 'Play it again, only better: 14 cover songs that outdo the originals.'  I had such a blast looking up most of them on YouTube just to compare them (sometimes for the first time, sometimes for the umpteenth time).  I can't name my next favourite lists as most, if not all, have swearing in them.  In closing, I'm not a fan of movies, books, film or tv series that are considered totally 'high brow.' Seriously, classy is wasted on me. I definitely like to mix it all up and, sometimes, the trashier the better as far as I'm concerned, so I really enjoyed the fact that you'd find the classics (film, music, book etc) rubbing shoulders with the trashy. If you're a fan of pop culture mixed with lashings of tongue-in-cheek humour interspersed with tonnes of curse words - then come right ahead. This is your kinda book.  Which is probably just as well because I don't think we have another book of its kind in our branches.

Title: Inventory : 16 films featuring manic pixie dream girls, 10 great songs nearly ruined by saxophone, and 100 more obsessively specific pop-culture lists
Editor: Josh Modell
Published: Scribner, 2009

Thursday, 12 September 2013

KAPOW! SHAZAM! Comics But Not As You Know Them

Surprising enough, I've never been much of a comic book fan.  I just never saw their appeal.  Recently though I have been making an effort to try out more of this much misunderstood, and sometimes maligned, way of reading.

And I'm so glad I did because comics have come along way from the ones I remember as a kid.  The art work alone in some of them is truly amazing, and beautiful.  And in many ways they have helped me appreciate stories that never held all that much of an allure for me.

Which is really the point, don't you think?

If something gets you to enjoy, even love a story, then I'm all for it.

Personally I can't wait to discover more great comic delights.  Of course knowing me it will probably just end up as yet another addiction...

Romeo and Juliet : the war / reimagined by Stan Lee and Terry Dougas.

A recommendation from my fellow blogger Tosca, this is Romeo and Juliet as you've never seen them before.

Combining beautiful illustrations with a classic story and giving it a sci-fi twist.  Just wonderful.

Batman. Volume 1, The court of owls / Scott Snyder, writer.

In the argument of who you prefer Batman versus Superman, Batman has always been the one for me.

Mysterious, broody with a touch of bad boy and unlike Superman he has to rely on his own 'very human' abilities.  There's no flying or x-ray vision with this superhero and that's just how I like it.

Pacific Rim. Tales from year zero / writer, Travis Beacham.

Aliens from outer space. Earth under attack.  War machines. Yeah I am so there.

Even better there's a film coming out.  So double yay.

Until then check out this comic to see what all the fuss is about.

Star Trek the next generation / Doctor Who. Assimilation / [written by Scott & David Tipton with Tony Lee.

The moment I found out that someone had done a Doctor Who/Star Trek The Next Generation crossover I just had to check it out.

Because seriously this is so awesome and for a fanfic lover like me the ultimate kind of story..

If you've never read a crossover's before then you're in for a treat and if you're anything like me will probably want to hunt down every kind of crossover you can find.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer : the long way home / script, Joss Whedon.

I'm a Buffy fan so it will come as no surprise that I've read all the Buffy comics.

Because why not? Or better yet, why haven't you?  Especially if you a Buffy fan and wanted to know what happened after Season seven.

This series of comics carries on from where the TV show ended and will give you all the answers you've been craving and even better it's written by Buffy creator Joss Whedon.

Spike: the complete series / written by Brian Lynch

Buffy. Vampires. Bad boys...

I'm sensing a theme here but really can you blame me when the bad boy in question is none other than Spike.  He was (and is) the ultimate bad boy with a British accent (God aren't they the best), dressed all in black who underneath it all was really a hero.

Personally I would chosen him over Angel any day.  Buffy was a fool.

Winter Soldier / writer, Ed Brubaker

Men in tights?

Sorry doesn't really do it for me.

Men in black. With guns no less.  Well that's a whole different story.

Move over Captain America and hello Winter soldier.  Now this is my kind of superhero.

Now all I need to find is western comic with guns and cowboy hats and bad boys - who look super hot - because why the hell not.  So if you have any recommendations let me know.

What I'm listening to

Some pretty amazing new music has come out recently so here's a little of what I've been listening to. It's a pretty eclectic bunch so hopefully there a little something for everyone.

Will Heard ft Cara Delevingne - 'Sonnentanz' (Sun Don't Shine) Acoustic

The original of this song is one of those dance/pop songs that are all of the rage at the moment but this acoustic version is much better; it features supermodel Cara Delevigne who has a surprisingly good voice.

Brett Eldredge - Don't Ya

Okay so I know that country music fans are few and far between in New Zealand BUT this song is super catchy and fun and I would consider it more country/pop than anything. If you're a fan of Hunter Hayes or my girl Taylor Swift then just try it, you might be pleasantly surprised. 


Katy Perry - Roar

I'm not a huge Katy Perry  fan but this song has been on repeat every since is came out. I know that pretty soon I will get sick of it and never want to hear it again but until then expect to see me dancing to it in car at traffic lights. 

The 1975 - Chocolate

I only heard this song last night but I must have listened to it about 20 times since then. Such a great song. Defiantly getting their album. 

Jay Z ft Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail

It's Jay Z and Justin Timberlake. Do I really need to say more? 

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Stalking the catalogue: The girl in the song

"Wake up Maggie
I think I've got something to say to you
It's late September and I really should be back in school..."
- Maggie May by Rod Stewart

This book! OH. This book. I'm not sure it adds any great meaning to anybody's life but my own, but it fills one of those feel-good boxes (that I do so enjoy ticking) with its quirk factor and trivia.

If I had to nail it down (by all means, let's), it'd be the fact that it appeals to my not-so-inner-quiz night-attending geek. My three favouritest ever, ever, ever songs inspired by women are, in order, Maggie May by Rod Stewart, Lola by The Kinks and My Sharona by The Knack.

I always knew why Stewart penned the lyrics to Maggie May: he lost his virginity (many, many, many years ago) with an unknown girl at the Beaulieu Jazz Festival in 1961.  As songs of regret go, it's a classic (in my mind).  Lola, by The Kinks, is a song my very open-minded dad liked to sing to me as a kid which, going by the rather oppressive environment he grew up in, is rather surprising.  The song itself is about a sexual experience with a transvestite.  I'm not sure who the song is really about - Rolling Stone had their own idea that it was Candy Darling - whether or it not it was isn't categorically stated in the book, but it makes for interesting reading, anyway.  And My Sharona, gosh as rock tracks go it is awesomeness personified.  As rock tracks inspired by dirty lustful intentions towards young girls not even out of their teens go, oh dear *pulls a face*  Did it put me off the book?  No way!  But I listen to My Sharona with a prejudiced ear, now.

If you're into music trivia this is well worth the read. I'd also recommend The boy in the song: the true stories behind 50 classic pop songs.

Title: The girl in the song : the true stories behind 50 rock classics
Authors: Michael Heatley & Frank Hopkinson
Published: Chicago Review Press, 2011

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

You're too annoying, I can't read you

After reading Scriven's amazing blog about what she loves to hate, I couldn't help but think about all of the things that I can't stand and genuinely do not understand why people like them, here a just a few examples:

Scaremongering non-fiction 

Sugar is killing your baby! Bread is going to make your heart explode! Anything not organic makes your lower intestine depressed! Your children are going to be homeless unless you teach them to grow their own vegetables!

This drives me craaaazy! I have no problem with self help books but don't try and get me to buy this by using your bullshit scary titles. Shut up and hand me the loaf.

Time travel romance anything

Never interesting ever.

Glee

I intended to post this a little while ago but then Corey Monteith from Glee died and I thought it might be bad taste to talk about how much I hate his show. So just to clarify: I hate Glee not Corey or anyone else in it.

The thing about Glee is that the songs are awesome but the characters aren't actually people. They're just stereotypes; the jock, the gay guy, the sassy black girl. And they talk about their feelings way too much. Bored.

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

I will never understand the appeal of this band. His voice is so irritating.

Jodi Picoult - all titles

I have only read 19 Minutes and My Sister's Keeper but that was enough to put me off of her books for good. The main problem I have with her books was that I do not give a crap what happens to the characters. I find it quite hard to enjoy books that are written from multiple perspectives anyway and I don't think she does it that well.

Children's books with gross/bad covers/titles

If you cant draw then you hire an illustrator or you don't publish. End of story.

Two and a half men. 

Can someone explain to me the appeal of this show? It's so lost on me. Your'e too good for this mess Duckie!