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Book Review: Life As We Knew It

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I think is best just to read for fun and not overthink. When I first finished the book, I really enjoyed it for the reasons I’ll get to shortly, but now that I’m working on a review, I keep finding things that, the more I analyze them, the less I enjoy this book. I still like it enough that I want to keep reading the series, and I will definitely add it to my personal library at the school for my kids to read, but I do have some questions as to how strong the message is for young female readers.

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Lock In: It made me love reading again

For this Writer Wednesday, I want to show my love for a writer other than myself. If you read this week’s Weekly Rewind post, you’ll know that I’ve recently started doing the book club thing again, although this one is one that merges my love of books with my love of all things geeky.

My first book with this new club was an absolute joy! It’s been a long time since a book made me want to stay up into the wee hours and read instead of getting the sleep I need to be a functional human being, but this book had me looking like a zombie for part of last week because whenever I’d wake up in the middle of the night (a somewhat regular thing in my old age), I’d reach for this book.

What book is it? Lock In by John Scalzi.

And just FYI: there will be some spoilers ahead. Though I try not to include too many of them, there are a few things that I want to talk about that can’t be discussed without a spoiler or two coming out.

Consider yourself warned!

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Weekend Coffee Share: Hold my Beer

#Update: When I wrote this, I hadn’t seen the latest news about the flooding. Hurricane Harvey, or Tropical Storm Harvey, has done quite a bit more damage than I thought, and my school has been canceled until September 5th due to the damage there. So, I am very glad I left when I did! And also, I’m sorry if my tone was flippant in this post.

This week’s coffee share title is something I wish I could take credit for, but it’s actually something I’ve seen floating around Facebook because of Hurricane Harvey, which actually, I’m thinking (at least for my part of the world) is thankfully turning out to be a bit of a let down.

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King Arthur for Trump’s America

It’s been a long while since I did a movie review, and I thought this was a good one to start with. For one thing, I myself am conflicted about how I feel about it. On the one hand, it’s a Guy Ritchie film, so I knew it was going to be good before I ever stepped foot in the theater. On the other, they took the legend behind King Arthur, and stuck it in a blender, and came up with a whole new movie.

But I also knew that going in, because I’d seen an interview with Charlie Hunnam (who plays Arthur) two days before I went to see it.

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Hidden Figures: The Best Way to Spend MLK Day

It’s been a while since I did a movie review, but this one was so good, and so inspiring, I felt I had to comment about it.

Obviously, I’ve been dealing with some of my own fears of limitation, such as the idea that I’m not lovable or good enough, but this movie restored my sense of Hope. And to watch it on the day we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. seemed especially fitting given the current times we live in.

If you haven’t seen Hidden Figures yet, you absolutely should! I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but there may be a few.

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Find your Nerve

It’s about time I got back to talking about movies. I’ve seen quite a few this summer, and most of them have been good. I quit writing about them at some point because the pretty constant confusion I was experiencing due to the Pirate kept me from being able to really focus enough to talk about them. Most of my intellectual energy was being spent trying to figure out how he felt since his words and actions didn’t match (that’s a running theme in my life), or in trying to convince myself that I did actually like him, since he ticked several of the right boxes… though, if I’m honest, not enough for me to have tried so hard to convince myself.  Continue reading “Find your Nerve”