For What It's Worth

Friday, April 21, 2017

friday fast 5


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I mentioned on last week’s FF5 that I was going to watch Kubo and the Two Strings on Netflix. I did and it was fantastic! And I loved this version of Guitar Gently Weeps by Regina Spektor that played at the end of the movie.


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I love the art of tattooing but most of the television shows I’ve seen are reality shows and that’s not my thing. I stumbled upon Tattoo Age on VICE and it really dives into the artistry and the people behind the tattoo's. Each episode is an hour long and features one artist. Really good show!

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I loved this discussion post over at Ksenia’s blog – Something Delicate about book hype

I think every person who has a book blog has dealt with this issue in some way. Go forth to Ksenia’s blog and discuss!

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I have VERY limited crafting skills but I saw these cute origami bookmark corners on Instagram and decided to give it a go. It was actually really simple and if I can do it – you can do it!

Here are a few links to get you started if it’s something you want to try.


If you Google origami bookmarks, you’ll see lots of options like this cat, embellished, monsters, foxes to name just a few.

*Tip: when working with patterned paper, lay the side you want as your color/pattern face down. I actually used to sheets of contrasting paper on the orange and blue ones so there would be contrast. So the inside of the bookmark will be the side facing up when you are folding. Hope that makes sense. I didn’t see that mentioned in any of my tutorials.

*And that really big heart on the bottom right in the top picture is over sized – I was practicing with a larger sheet of paper first. You’ll want to use a 4x4 sheet so it fits on the corner of the page neatly.

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And finally – how cute are these book-ish shoes from Groove Bags??!!!

They have sneakers, tote & handbags, socks, pillows for almost any hobby. Photogrophy, horses, cats, sewing, music, theatre, baking…

At the time of writing this post, everything was on sale & a 10% off coupon popped up while I was there.

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In case you missed it this week on the blog:

Monday mini's
Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Happy TGIF everyone!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

review: the upside of unrequited by becky albertalli


30653853Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.


There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
Right? ~
Goodreads

Source: ARC via ALA16

Review: 

Boy does this book have a lot to live up to. Becky Albertalli’s debut novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was a HUGE hit and trying to strike gold twice is a very difficult thing.
IMO, The Upside of Unrequited succeeded in carrying on Albertalli’s trademark adorable, relatable characters combined with a story filled with heart that leaves the reader with a giant smile on their face.

I got sucked in right from the first laugh out loud line:


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"I'm on the toilet at the 9:30 club, and I'm wondering how mermaids pee."

(*There is context in the book for that quote lol)

I know readers are probably headed into this book for the romance, and both Molly and Cassie have really sweet love interests but it was the sisters changing dynamics that had me hooked.

Cassie and Molly are twins that share everything. Even though Cassie is the is the outgoing, fearless of the two and Molly often feels relegated to the sidekick roll – they are totally in sync until Cassie falls for Mina. Instead of sharing stories of first kisses with Molly as she usually does, Cassie becomes secretive and wants to spend all her time with Mina instead leaving Molly confused and hurt.

Molly is just trying to get her first kiss but her insecurities about being overweight and her past experiences keep her from taking chances with boys.

“And I’m sorry, but there’s a reason I’m so careful. Boys like Will don’t like girls like me. And if they find out we like them, they are cruel. Always.”

The further Cassie drifts away, the more Molly decides to take a chance. Like ripping off a band-aid – maybe it’s better to just get that first heartbreak done and over with.

“ So, maybe I should let my heart break, just to prove that my heart can take it.”

The romances…swoon BUT Cassie and Molly? I don’t have sisters but these two tugged at my heart strings. They have such a hard time figuring out the new dynamics of their relationship with Mina added to the mix. It’s completely natural to want to spend all your time with your new girlfriend/boyfriend and not share those moments with anyone – including your twin. The anger and resentments build and it was both beautiful and heartbreaking to read.

“We started walking on the same day. Cassie first, and then me.

Now it feels like all we do is take tiny steps away from each other.

Towards crushes.

Towards girlfriends.”

The best thing about this book is how it shows that relationships aren’t static. That they’re always in flux and that it's not good or bad - just the natural order of things. I think Albertalli is a master at expressing teen anxiety and insecurities in such a realistic way. And I adore how she includes family, especially parents, who are so often AWOL in YA.

I’ll be honest and say I enjoyed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda more. While TUoU is adorable, it also lagged a bit in the middle. Several readers felt the beginning was slow and took awhile to build, while I thought it started strong then the focus drifted a bit but finished strong. It’s told from only Molly’s perspective and while I enjoyed Molly immensely – I think adding Cassie’s POV would have elevated the story from merely adorable to something truly special.

I love Becky Albertalli’s unique voice and can’t wait to she what she publishes next!

Monday, April 17, 2017

monday mini’s




34629023 The Opposite of You by Rachel Higgenson ~ Goodreads

Source: Purchased

My thoughts: After Vera escapes an abusive realtionship, she returns home to take care of her sick father and try to salvage her culinary career by opening a food truck. Unfortunately, it’s across the street from the infamous, temperamental chef, Killian Quinn and his top rated restaurant. Killian sends over his sous chef to sneak him back her food to sample and then sends her critiques – always unkind - but of course…he’s hot so…

I thought this book was going to be a slam dunk for me. I LOVE foodie romances and warring chef's.

Unfortunately, Vera's non stop, repetitive inner monologue wore me down. If only there was more showing and less explaining and a pov from Killian would have been welcome to break things up.

I also didn't sense any passion with Vera's cooking, whereas, when Killian talks about cooking, I could feel his love of food, cooking and being a chef but we never get hear it directly from him.

Everyone else is loving it so it’s clearly a case of it’s not you – it’s me.



32146161 Coffee Boy by Austin Chant ~ Goodreads

Source: Purchased

“After graduation, Kieran expected to go straight into a career of flipping burgers—only to be offered the internship of his dreams at a political campaign. But the pressure of being an out trans man in the workplace quickly sucks the joy out of things, as does Seth, the humorless campaign strategist who watches his every move.”

My thoughts: I saw everyone raving about this own voices authored book so on impulse (look a that cover!) I picked it up. It did not disappoint.

Coffee boy was a delightful romance. Chant managed to pack quite the story with emotional punch into this novella. Highly recommend!
I will definitely be reading more from this author.



29093326What Light by Jay Asher ~ Goodreads

Source:  Review copy provided via ALA16 in exchange for an honest review

“ From Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why - Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.”


My thoughts: Everything about life on the Christmas tree lot was enchanting and very Hallmark movie-ish. The romance, drama between the friends a from her home in California vs her month in Oregon was fine but boring. This was a cute enough read – especially if you pick it up in December instead of April like me lol but didn’t stand out in anyway and lacked the emotional punch Asher was going for.