What Up, Everyone: How To Be A Bawse Review

“So if you’re drowning, keep your life jacket on and fight. But once you’re able to swim, don’t convince yourself you forgot how to. Take your life jacket off, front-crawl your way to the shore, walk off that beach, and set your GPS to the top of a hill, because you WILL conquer the climb.”

If you’ve spent any kind of time on YouTube, chances are you have heard of Superwoman in some capacity, even a fleeting mention. Her real name is Lilly Singh, and she is a Canadian who creates all sorts of videos, from vlogs to sketches and more. At some point along the way, she decided she wanted to write a book. How To Be A Bawse is that book.

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Forever Family: Ginny Moon Review

“Did you find my Baby Doll?”

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig is about a fourteen year old girl, Ginny, who has autism. The police took her away from her birth mother, Gloria, at age nine as it was an unsafe environment (to say the least). Now a family has adopted her and she has a Forever Mom and Forever Dad now. Only thing is? She forgot her Baby Doll at Gloria’s apartment and is willing to do anything to get it back.

There’s a lot to say about this book. I read it very quickly, which I know immediately is an indicator that I enjoyed the read. Books I do not enjoy tend to drag on by my standards, and the drag can really get to me in certain cases. Thus, I am quite pleased this read went quickly.

I think in part it was an easy book to read. There was no extraneous dialogue or description. It was all straight to the point. Perhaps this is due, in part, to Ginny being autistic? I do not have experience with autism, so I could be way off base, but I do get the impression rules and straight talk, no expressions, is a significant characteristic. This book reaffirms my belief, as I believe the author adopted a teenage girl with autism, so I would imagine he would keep the characterization true to form.

While I figured out the rhythm quite quickly, I do think the simple dialogue is treading a fine line. Too much simplicity and repetition can make some people lose interest. I would encourage anyone who falls prey to this a lot to keep plugging along with this book—there is a decent amount of payoff in the end, I think.

Moving forward now, the next thing I have to mention is I figured out the vast majority of the intrigue surrounding Ginny’s Baby Doll quite early on in the book. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not. If it was intentional, then good work. If not, however, it definitely detracts from the book as a whole. Since I am not sure, I think I can remain neutral on this topic, particularly since the book did still hold some interest in other respects.

I think the only other thing in this book that could be…not so great, is the event with the electronic baby. I would hope this is not an indicator of a deadlier type of tone, but that and certain related points do make me concerned about Ginny. It’s hard to accurately define everything though, which is why I am undecided and having issues dealing with it.

In the end, however, I think Ginny Moon was worth my time. It is a refreshing change from the type of books I regularly read. I also think it can teach people a lot regarding foster children as well as those who have autism (or fall on the spectrum in some fashion). I would recommend this to a lot of different types of people and readers, including both people who have kids and those who do not. I cannot speak to the accuracy of some aspects of the book (e.g. autism) but it did ring true in my opinion, and ran in line with other things I have seen. If I operate under that assumption, I would recommend it to gain some kind of insight into the minds of those who fall on the spectrum. But as I said, that comes with a caveat.

Regardless, give Ginny Moon a try! When you do, let me know what you think!

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Title: Ginny Moon

Author: Benjamin Ludwig

Publisher: Park Row Books

Time For Tea: Paint A Picture

What’s In My Mug: White Pearls by Tea Runners

Did you know I enjoy painting?

The walls of my apartment are slowly filling up with an array of artwork, most of which I created myself, whether through a tutorial or otherwise. There’s a galaxy I painted last Christmas. There’s two Van Gogh inspired pieces. There are fiery feathers. There is a hobbit hole ready to take it’s place on my wall.

This time last year I was really just getting started with painting. It was a struggle for those first few months. I always scrutinized my pieces, to the point of tears in a few scenarios. I imagine this is what the extreme looks like when we consider how we are all our own worst critics. If I overanalyze my paintings, I still criticize more than I imagine others might say I should. Maybe. No one’s perfect.

For the past few days, though, I seem to have hit a painting bug. I finished the hobbit hole I’ve been working on for months—it’s ready to be varnished and hung on my walls. I have a renewed desire to hang the painting I was doing the night little Indy left us. I finished my first of three Christmas paintings, and started the base on my second.

I don’t know why I’ve been painting so much. I spent so much time doing different paintings and painting related projects over the last little bit—it’s all I wanted to do over the weekend. It’s interesting to me because while I enjoy painting, it never really took over like that. Frankly, if it continues I am either going to need to magically discover more wall space or start giving away paintings. I guess it helps I am doing three Christmas paintings, because I can easily take those down and rotate them with others on my wall.

I can’t wait to show them to you. The three share a theme, one quite close to my heart in more ways than one. I hope to tell you the story during my next Time For Tea post. I don’t see why I would miss it—somehow I expect I will finish the remaining two paintings by the end of this coming weekend.

It’s been…cathartic? I think that’s the right word. It’s a different feeling than reading books, I know this. Painting, for the time being, has morphed into something that will calm me and center me. It’s not the same a reading, since that can provide an escape, but it still works.

I don’t know if you enjoy painting, but I encourage you to find some sort of outlet like this, whatever form it takes. Creating something is a wonderful feeling. Just remember, it looks beautiful. No matter what.

Time After Time: Passenger Review

“It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is a young adult science fiction novel centered around the idea of time travel, families trying to control time, alternate worlds, and what is real versus what’s not. The main protagonist, Etta Spencer, is thrust into the world of time travel after one fateful night performing on her violin.

Being that I am a big fan of Doctor Who, you would think this sort of book would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, this is not the case. While the prose itself did not have glaring red flag errors, which is always good, once again I find myself in a position of feeling lackluster about a book. Whenever this happens, I feel as if it is a struggle to find something to say.

First off, I definitely feel like the plot moved a little too slow for my tastes. There was not nearly enough urgency in this book! It did feel like a uniform pace throughout, which can be good for many other books, but for this one I think we would have been better off with acceleration—especially nearing the end of the story (well, end for now, as there is a sequel).

I also feel as if the formatting and overall organization of the plot made things a little hard to follow to some degree. While the overarching story was chronological, they do time travel, which in this book means including the city, country, time and other details at the beginning of a new chapter. While these can help as markers for the story, I don’t know that they played too much of a role for me, and I think caused me issues throughout me trying to read the story.

I will give props to the author in terms of the diversity and such in the book (a love interest being African American, which is not common). That said, the other things I take issue with in Passenger is once again tied to the uniform pace. Uniformity seems to be across the board—I did not feel like the characters in the book had enough distinctive voices, something I believe is essential regardless of what you are reading.

As I think about it, I think the issue of the plot moving too slow has quite a bit to do with the description of clothing and other parts, including physical aspects of characters. I think this al plays into a stoic vibe, which not something I particularly enjoy.

So, once again I do not think I can 100% recommend giving Passenger a read. Do I think it is an interesting story? Yes. I think my major gripe is whether the interpretation of the words are strong enough to form good connections with characters and create the most compelling narrative possible. If you do choose to read it, I want to know about you think! Did you agree with some of the point’s I’ve made? Do you disagree and loved every second? I want to hear about that too!

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Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Mad World: Exodus Code Review

“If the world is going to end tonight, I’m going out with my trousers on.”

Do you know how excited I was to revisit Torchwood? Even though it is not in the same form, I was still content with this novel (Torchwood: Exodus Code) as my way back to adventures with Captain Jack Harkness.

For those familiar with Torchwood, you know how it goes. Something happens to the world (or Cardiff), often related to aliens or otherworldly beings in some way, and Captain Jack has to work with his team at Torchwood in order to save humanity. In this instance, there is a madness spreading affecting a large portion of the world’s female population. This includes Gwen Cooper, who has to races against time to contact and help Jack before she is too far gone.

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