Friday, June 22, 2018

The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English by Lynne Murphy

Goodreads Summary:

An American linguist teaching in England explores the sibling rivalry between British and American English 

"English accents are the sexiest."
"Americans have ruined the English language." 

Such claims about the English language are often repeated but rarely examined. Professor Lynne Murphy is on the linguistic front line. In The Prodigal Tongue she explores the fiction and reality of the special relationship between British and American English. By examining the causes and symptoms of American Verbal Inferiority Complex and its flipside, British Verbal Superiority Complex, Murphy unravels the prejudices, stereotypes and insecurities that shape our attitudes to our own language.

With great humo(u)r and new insights, Lynne Murphy looks at the social, political and linguistic forces that have driven American and British English in different directions: how Americans got from centre to center, why British accents are growing away from American ones, and what different things we mean when we say estate, frown, or middle class. Is anyone winning this war of the words? Will Yanks and Brits ever really understand each other?

I loved this book on American and British English differences! Lynne Murphy is sharp and witty and I loved reading about her experiences as an American linguist living in the UK for over 20 years. She has a very unique ability to talk about this from both sides of the aisle, especially as a linguist.

I would almost call this book an introduction into the study of linguistics. I sure wish I had this to read while getting my linguistics degree back in the day. She breaks language terms down and also has some history about how and why our dialects and accents have become so different.

She also brings up global English and how we as North Americans and British do not have control over how English is developing around the world and that's a good thing and we should embrace all the English in it's multi-colored and various forms.

If you love language or are curious about English its varieties, this one is for you!

Bookly Update

Summer is so weird. I love it but I hate it. Lots of BBQing, lots of sangrias to be made and frozen cocktails, holidays to celebrate, kid to entertain, work to be done, long days and short nights....All the things. Week 3 of summer vacation is still going strong. G and I have planned to hike at least once a week. We've done two so far and with minimal whining so win!

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Looking forward to:

1. Planning Disneyland in October! It's a lot of planning and a lot of stress but I know it'll be worth it.

2. Planning a camping trip in September. G will be back in school but it's still something to look forward to before Fall is in full swing.

3. Birthday-- it was last week but I never mentioned it. I had a great time seeing Deadpool 2 with DH and another movie with my sister and brother and then a fun bowling night with friends.

Books Acquired:

1. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor. I love her Akata Witch series as well.

2. The Universe edited by John Brockman

3. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

4. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

5. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgarov


1. People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and The Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry

2. The Band's Visit DVD--Hebrew original production which the Tony award-winning Boadway played is based on! I'm very excited to see this!

3. The Overstory by Richard Powers



The Shape of Water on DVD. A beautiful fantasy about love and acceptance from the master storyteller Guillermo Del Toro.

Hereditary. Saw this one in the theater. Great atmospheric drama with horror elements. It's bloody and weird and good! If you loved The Witch then this will be right up your alley.

Jurassic World. Oh this was terrible. When you wish all of the dinosaurs would just kill all of the humans already, you know you've crossed a line! But G loved it and he'll probably beg us to see it in July...

Mirrors. So bad it was funny. It is not a comedy.


I'm catching up on season two of Queer Eye. I'm watching Money Heist as well on Netflix. Fabulous crime drama from Spain. Westworld! from HBO! So good this season. So. Damn. Good!

And I binge-watched The Staircase.... OMG! This show got me. All the emotions. Thought he was innocent, guilty, innocent...don't know! fascinating so go watch that one.

Marcella on Netflix. It's a great British crime drama. It doesn't add to the genre...all the stereotypes are there but it's a good time.

I'm also trying out YouTube TV this summer so I'm watching all the shows I don't usually have access to like Dietland, The Last OG, The Sinner, etc.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Cat Thursday June 21, 2018

Cat Thursday is hosted by Michelle over at The True Book Addict. Join and share all things kitty!

This week I'd like to share a photo site that has been photographing women with their cats! Girls and Their Cats is a photo site dedicated to these women. Here a few snappy photos of these cute kitties and their on the link to see more of these beautiful kitties!



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

Amazon Summary:

Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up.

But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

Angel’s been through more than her share of crap, but this time she’s in way over her head. She’ll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces—and body parts—together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.

At least for now.

My Thoughts:

This is the third book in the White Trash Zombie series. I've really enjoyed the first two. The third book feels a bit bogged down. We're getting more back story to who the zombies are, where they might come from and who are the evil private/gov't companies trying to abuse all of this? Angel is right in the thick of it all. 

It's humorous and fun. It's not great lit but it's not supposed to be. I like the other books better but I feel like it's just middle series slump. I'm sure the next one will pick up with the back story we get in this one.

Plus, the covers of each of these books are phenomenal. If you enjoy zombie lore and funny with a kick-ass female character this is the series for you!

Once Halloween gets a bit closer, I think I'll keep working on the rest of the series.

High Summer Readathon 2018

Seasons Reading

Michelle over at Seasons of Reading is hosting another readathon for July, all month long! Just grab a book or two or more and get going on that ever-piling-up TBR stack. She's also hosting a Christmas in July for the last four days of the month. Christmas can never come too early...!

I always have quite a stack to choose from but here are my official goals for July:

1. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I've heard all the good things about this series and now that the movie is coming out in August, I figure I will get it read before I see the movie!

2. The Overstory by Richard Powers

It's a big book but I'm hoping if I plan accordingly I can make it through in July. I've been attracted to books about nature this spring and summer and this one looks right up my alley.

3. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

I just picked this one up on audiobook so I'm hoping to finish this the first week of July.

I'll do really well to get through these but here are some back ups if I have time or find a way to fit them in in between my other books:

4. The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams

5. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

6. Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

7. Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas

8. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Sci-fi Readathon Wrap-up Post

I managed to finish off two books this read-a-thon. I usually do better but some things came up and my time got away from me.


1. The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

2. White Trash Zombie: Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

Still reading and hope to finish this week:

1. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Correy

2. The Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

I'm going to get some reviews up for those first two and get them linked up soon. A big shout out to Michelle for hosting! It forces me to read books I usually don't make the time for!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Moab Camping Trip

It's been a tough month. We've been busy finishing off school, helping my friend and her family move to Washington, and a little vacationing along the way. Throw in a little illness over Memorial Day weekend and it's been a crazy 6 weeks or so and blogging has slogged a lot.

Summer is here and I'm excited to get back to it and share the fun stuff of summer and books and movies and TV!

G has officially finished off the 3rd grade. I really can't believe it. The last day I went to his classroom to help him gather all of his stuff and carry it to the car. Every last kid in that classroom was crying their little eyes out. They loved their teacher and the fun times they had with her this year. They will never forget her. Teachers are amazing but the special ones who can connect with kids like his teacher has this year are priceless.

The weekend before Memorial Day we were able to slip down south to Moab, UT for a little camping and hiking! G hiked all the way with lots of complaining and down time to the most famous feature in Moab, the Delicate Arch. The views were gorgeous and the spring flowers were still mostly in bloom. It was a great way to get away for a few days.

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our camping trailer we rented out!

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Delicate Arch trail

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sci-Fi Summer Readathon Signup

I'm joining Michele over at Seasons Reading for a little sci-fi/fantasy summer reading kickoff!

So grab some sci-fi reading material and join along!

I have a few that I'd like to read but it's only two weeks so I won't have much time but....

1. The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. This is the first book in the Earthseed series. I think she had more in mind but she passed away sadly before she wrote more. Her series has also inspired an actual religious movement called Earthseed. I've heard it's just that good. So here we go!

2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I read this one in high school and loved it. With the new movie out on HBO, I've been meaning to read this one. This would be a great time for a re-read.

3. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Amazon just had a deal with the first two books on Kindle so I thought I'd take a chance!

This list will keep me busy! Plus Octavia Butler has another book in the series and the rest of her sci-fi books to keep me busy for a very long time!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Goodreads Summary:

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.
Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch PerfectUp in the AirTwilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”
At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.
With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”
Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious)
Who knew Anna Kendrick's little memoir would be so funny and insightful? She's only 30ish and so I was skeptical. But a friend, who has similar taste, recommended this little gem and I am so grateful.

Kendrick seems like someone who has it all together. She's young and talented but she's also an introvert who has some wicked anxiety. We are treated to little stories about her starting in theater and the sacrifices her parents made to make sure she was able to to what she loved.

I loved her insights into Hollywood and what she has to do in order to be there. Yikes. Sounds awful. So you really have to love what you do.

Her story about the paparazzo who stalked her at the grocery store was also funny as hell and insightful.

She's got drunk stories, paranoid weed stories at a creepy "Shining" hotel stories, and almost-dying-while-sailing stories....

This is Anna Kendrick as she would say: "letting the crazy out." It's hilarious and a great time.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cat Thursday May 10, 2018

Cat Thursday is hosted by Michelle over at True Book Addict!

Here is the world's most photegenic least according to Bored Panda. Nyankichi and his human from Japan have been traveling all around the country and his pictures are absolutely adorable!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Thoughts:

Albertalli creates a genuine world where real-life teenagers could inhabit. There are not plot-twisting high school kids who are out to be the worst people ever. There are people who are teenagers navigating life. One happens to be Simon and his tight-knit group of friends, Leah, Nick, and Abby.

Simon is also gay but has not come out to anyone yet. It shouldn't be a big deal. No one comes out heterosexual so why should he come out gay? He knows his family and friends will probably be OK with it....but...

He begins writing another gay boy, code name Blue, at his high school anonymously. It's all going smoothly until Martin discovers their emails and blackmails him into helping him get with one of his best friends Abby. Along the way he begins to see that his family and friends have lives of their own, ones that he has never thought to ask about.

We also learn more about Martin. Why would he do such a thing? Albertalli is fantastic at making every character real and fleshed-out. It's an adorable look in Simon's love-life. Will he discover who Blue is? Will they get-together? How will the world react when it finds out he's gay? Even his parents and his sisters have active roles in the story with their thoughts and weaknesses.

It's a quick but important story. And I loved reading it.

I've heard great things about the movie too and would like to compare the movie to the book soon.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

April Wrap-up

Books Read:

8 books read. 1 non-fiction, I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. 1 juvenile fiction I read aloud with G, The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas. 3 mystery/crime thrillers, Final Girls by Riley Sager; In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware; and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. 1 fantasy young adult, Cinder by Marissa Meyer. 1 modern classic, Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. 1 horror, Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin.

I participated in Michelle's Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon, which was just what I needed for my dark mood in April. It got me through some sad times and brought out some hope too. One of the reasons I watch a lot of horror and now enjoy more of it through reading.

Overall, Final Girls was my favorite mystery this month, just eeking out The Woman in Cabin 10.

But my favorite of the month and probably one of the top of the year is I'll Be Gone in the Dark. It's a horrific look into this unconvicted killer and rapist (hopefully not for long). It's also a tough read because of the dogged investigation of McNamara who did not live to see her book published. I encountered many layers while reading (self-imposed).

Least favorite book of the month and probably the year has to be Sophie's World. I started it last June with my bestie so we could discuss and learn more about Western philosophy together. It was a slog and incomprehensible in its plot. We were so happy to be done! Lots of wine and sushi was passed around at our monthly discussion!

Audio book:

Final Girls and The Woman in Cabin 10 were a lot of fun.

I also listened to the Audible podcast West Cork, an investigative story on a decades old crime in Ireland. It was almost 8 hours long so I consider that book-like. It was fascinating so if you love true crime, give it a go!

New to me movies watched:

I'm a fan of movies. So I tend to watch a few during any given month. I relax and wind down at the end of the day with either a TV show or a movie...

15 movies. 10 were horror and/or crime thrillers. I watch at least one a week with my friends for horror movie night; it involves a lot of wine, popcorn, and chocolate! 3 were documentaries. The rest were sci-fi/fantasy.

My favorite rewatch this month was the 2006 version of Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley and Matthew McFadyen. Magical.

My favorite horrors were A Quiet Place (just an all-around amazing movie, really), Come Back to Me (the ending floored me!), and I Remember You (book was better but this was a great adaptation).

Docs: I Am Evidence (Horrifying but needed look into rape prosecution in the U.S.), Bill Nye: Science Guy (Interesting look into Nye's life and motivations), The Rachel Divide (Just fascinating. It's also an important look into race and what that means in the U.S.).

Also a shout out to Colossal--kind of a dark comedy/drama starring Anne Hathaway and takes some turns I was not expecting.


Nailed It! (such a funny cooking show on Netflix) Trapped, a dark Icelandic crime show which was great on Amazon Prime. I also started a few like Westworld, Lost in Space, Transparent (finally getting around to seeing it), Santa Clarita Diet season 2, A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 with G.

And a ton of NBA playoffs with my Jazz team in the first and now second round (which they will probably and most definitely lose to Houston...but I can keep the hope alive!)

April has been a crazy zany month. We ventured out on a mini vacation to Park City, Utah. We enjoyed some Easter shenanigans.

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But the worst thing is my best friend moved Monday with her family up to Olympia, Washington. We've been best friends since pretty much the moment we met back in 2012. Her two kids and my G have also been best friends. Our families have done so much together-- 3 vacations and many a game night.

She's just one of those people who you connect with instantly and can say or do anything. She's amazing and I'm going to miss her and her family desperately. There have been many tears from me and G this whole month. So in honor of the most amazing human and her kids, here are some pics!

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Thanks for the memories with more to look forward to! Though, unfortunately, not as often. (sad face)


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