weird things customers have said in my bookshop #6

This story comes straight from the mouth of my manager.

So, a customer comes in and asks if we have “I Am Malala”. He takes the woman down to the section and says that there is the teen edition and the normal one.

She responds, “Oh great. So I can borrow these then?”

“Um, no. This isn’t a library.”

“So I have to buy them?”

“Yes.”

“Oh, maybe I’ll think about it then. I didn’t know I had to buy it.”

 

silver stars by michael grant – a review.

When is the sequel better than the first? When it’s Silver Stars. That’s when.

I fugging love this series. See what I did there? I’m so funny and relatable. This is the second book in an alternate WWII YA series which follows a series of diverse female protagonists through their war experiences. I reviewed the first book here. The second book follows our girls; Rio, Frangie and Rainy, as the allied forces move into Sicily and then Italy.

I won’t say too much because of spoilers, duh. But I will say that this book topped the first which I didn’t think was possible. I love these characters. Michael Grant has a way of drawing you into the action. This is about as close to a war movie in book form as you can get. Like, most of the characters should be dead by now but I don’t care because I’m sure as hell happy that they’re alive. Well, the one’s that still are. That’s not a spoiler, it’s a war book, people die in wars.

The series isn’t always realistic. Like, most of the characters should be dead by now but I don’t care because I’m sure as hell happy that they’re alive. Well, the one’s that still are. That’s not a spoiler, it’s a war book, people die in wars. The ending was a little obvious but I loved it anyway so I’m not going to complain about it. That’s silly. My girls. Ah.

Rainy took on a much larger role in this book which was awesome to see. Even if I need to have serious words with Mr. Grant about the emotional turmoil that he puts me through as I read these books. It’s honestly not okay. I cried a lot reading this book. It isn’t even particularly sad, I just want to give everyone a hug and let them take a long nap, but alas, I am powerless to protect my children.

It isn’t very often that one comes across a YA book that makes you say ew. That doesn’t shy away from the reality of violence. The most you usually see is a little blood. Michael Grant makes you see how awful war is. He makes you feel it. I love him for it.

Honestly, this series that I picked up for a bit of a meme, just waiting for Grant to fail, has become one of my favourite series. Good job, Michael Grant, for making a YA novel that is bold and diverse, raw and honest. That doesn’t shy away from violence and sex. It’s pretty great.

One complaint. I am not Strand or Jack, and that is just simply not acceptable. Please fix this as soon as possible.

shrill – notes on some notes from a loud woman 

A kind of review (but mostly just me gushing).

Shrill – Notes from a loud woman by Lindy West         4.75 stars

I am in love with Lindy West after my 288-page journey with her. Her work was not something that I was familiar with but ‘Shrill’ seemed to fit the brand of funny, feminist memoir that I adore, so, I picked it up on a whim when I stumbled across it at the library. From the very first page, I knew that I was going to have a good time. I read this book in almost one session. I devoured it.

Lindy had that kind of voice that feels friendly and familiar. She writes like a real person and she doesn’t hold back. This makes all of the essays flow. It feels like you’re having a conversation, that she is sharing her thoughts, feelings and experiences with you personally.

Personally, I found Lindy very relatable. I’ve experienced much of the same body confidence issues and reading about somebody else, who has felt the same way and overcome it, really helped to push me in my own journey to self-acceptance. I mean, I have quite a ways to go, but every little bit helps.

This is a book that I would love to give to so many of the people that I went to high school with because it tackles feminist topics that are more approachable with anecdotal evidence. From rape jokes to abortion and treating people like human beings. I want to throw this book at some people but they’d probably go “HA feminazi pig get memed”, so, it wouldn’t be worth it. Or would it?

I loved that Lindy was constantly reminding the reader to consider their own voice and the changes that they can make by speaking up. There were times in the last few years where I was made to feel like I should remain silent and that my opinions were invalid and annoying. Lindy reminded me of the importance of making my voice heard, and I thank her for that.

Seriously, pick up this book. Give it a go. I’d summarise and quote but you should just go and read it for yourself.

 

welcome to me freaking out about ‘the walking dead’ #6

‘Rock in the Road’ and ‘New Best Friends’.

Okay, guys, I was on a cruise to Tasmania when season 7B premiered so this post is late even though I wanted to be really on the ball this time around. Sorry ’bout it.

My favourite show is back! Rick and the gang. My little nuggets. Taking on the zombie apocalypse one day at a time.

I’m mostly going to talk about ‘New Best Friends’ because that episode had me shook fam. They were hopeful again. Rick and his little “look at all of these people who aren’t saviours pointing weapons at my face” smile. These new people seem very cool. I don’t know why they talk like people who are forgetting how to formulate a proper sentence or the mysterious expositionary character from a fantasy novel. They can keep it though. Along with their #fashion looks. What a badass little squad. Now all they need are some showers. That zombie with the spikes, though, wowza, I would not have wanted to be the one who created that killing machine.

King Ezekiel is such a cool dude. I kind of get the impression that he was a pre-school teacher before, you know, all the dead people. He should be reading me a picture book before bed each night. I think I’m losing it. It is very late at night and I am tired.

Tara has become one of my favourite characters. Not because she has the same name as me, ya hear me, Janet, she just seems like the most realistic and relatable character. She is also very funny. We must be related. Get it, because this recap has made you chuckle audibly so many times already. Don’t worry, I do have a day job.

Carol is my favourite and I just want to let her read her book by the fire imagining all of her friends alive, safe and eating fresh, baked goods. Daryl is everything when it comes to being protective of Carol, I can relate. I just wish the writers would make a decision on the two of them and run with it, it’s not like they have a comic book storyline to ignore when it comes to the badass kiddos.

I’m excited to see where things go. All of the groups may team up to take out the saviours but what the hell happens after that. They just ignore each other. Who will take on the role of powerful assholes? Rick and his group? The forest lesbians? Who knows? Not me and probably not the writers. Ha.

I’m going to let you all return to your lives now. Thanks for wasting the few moments it took you to not read this. Much love.

 

weird things customers have said in my bookshop #5

This time you get 3 for the price of 1. That price is free, this is WordPress.

This completely average looking woman was flicking through a Superfood Cookbook, standing in front of the bay where we show all of the cookbooks. She gets my attention, and I ask if she needs anything and she responds:

“Yeah, just a question.”

“Go for it.”

“Where are the cookbooks?”

I pause for a moment before gesturing directly in front of her, “They’re all just here.”

“Oh, thanks so much.”

What?

Somebody else returned a copy of a completely read book. The spine wasn’t broken so company policy says that we must give a refund. I died of grumpiness that day.

There is nothing better at Christmas time than stupid, asshole kids being little freakin’ assholes. Swagging in with their Macca’s $1 slushies and going, “Do you have books with pages in them?” 5 freaking minutes before closing. Dammit.

 

welcome to me freaking out about ‘the walking dead’ #5

What the frick am I supposed to do until February? 

This episode was super wild my friend. “Hearts Still Beating” left my heart completely stationary. I feel like I’m being constantly attacked by this show if I’m being honest. It seems a little unfair.

When they teased the ‘bury your gays’ trope again with Aaron I was like, ‘Nah man, don’t play that game. I will be displeased.” And then he was okay. AND THEN they just straight up beat him, over and over again. What did that poor man ever do to anyone? His character is very similar to Glenn’s in their shared driving factors. He makes me miss Glenn.

When they killed Whiter Than Sour Cream TM, I was actually happy for once. Like that guy just never did anything good, only out for himself, I don’t play games with folks like that and so I don’t appreciate watching my faves play games with folks like that. *Googles character name so I can cease being super vague* Spencer! Freaking Spencer. Hate that guy. When Negan did the whole, “Oh there are your guts” thing I was like “OHHHHHHHHHH GET REKT SPENCER YOU TINY DONGED SPINELESS MOFO, TRYNA COME AT RICK BUT YA TOO COWARDLY GOT YOUR GUTS ON DA FLOOR.”

Negan makes this show so much better. But then Rosita with the bullet, I was like “Nah fam, not over Mr. Double Ply.” The hoe didn’t listen and went and done it anyway. Sigh. So the useless trade was made. Daryl breaks out and Eugene was taken in.

Plus what is with this show and killing the people who haven’t really done anything ever to anyone. It’s a little unfair.

At the end, when they did the rousing speech. Heck yeah, we’re gonna fight. That’ll be a good half season. All of them looking at each other and talking with their eyes. Enid and Carl worry me because kissing a Grimes is like accepting a death sentence.

What I don’t understand is that The Saviours are clearly gathering enough supplies from other groups to not have to work themselves other than collecting. If that is the case then they must be collecting from more than just the groups we have met so far. How have we not seen them? Have these characters been driving super far every time they go somewhere for the last 3 seasons? It has to be close enough for people to travel on foot to locations. A group rebellion should not be that far out of reach or difficult to orchestrate.

Please talk to me about this show. I have no real friends and as a result, no one to scream at about this show.

welcome to me freaking out about ‘the walking dead’ #3

A new season means I’m back. Wow, you may be saying “I thought you were dead Taffles. Now that I know you weren’t devoured by a pack of hungry outback creatures I’m mad that you abandoned me.” I’m afraid dearest reader that while I remained safe from deadly Australian creatures I was being brutally slaughtered by my exams. As a result, I have been too dead to update and barely alive enough to even watch The Walking Dead, which we all know is the best show on television.

Onto my out freaking.

Holy freakin’ crap on a multigrain cracker. I swear AMC. When you killed (blank) and (black) but especially my son (blank) – do I really have to be spoiler free? why are you here if you haven’t watched it. Leave. – I cried for like an hour. That special effects work was amazing.

Daryl Dixon, I blame you. I don’t care how much hate I get. It is his fault. More bloody character development for possibly the most overrated character to ever grace our screens. I used to really love Daryl. I still like him. I’m just sick of him being untouchable. Like in episode 3 there was no tension because they won’t kill him. He makes them too much money. Chill with the dude.

The Kingdom. Man. I am down to clown. More of that please and less of the untouchable southern man sitting in a room and then standing in a room and then sitting in a room.

Negan is amazing. He has brought a whole new flavour to this show. Something so fresh and so clean, clean. I find myself smiling so hard that it hurts while also gripping a pillow really tight out of fear so there’s something.

Oh, my favourite scene. Carl and the hatchet and Rick reaching his absolute breaking point. That was some acting on fleek. Props to everyone.

I really love this show. Please if anyone reads this please talk to me. None of my friends watch it and I need to cry and squee. I’m developing wrinkles from scrunching my forehead in stress.