12.25.2015

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As soon as Olly and Madeline started communicating, I was charmed. I loved this book. It's beautifully written, quirky, insightful. I didn't want it to end.



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12.22.2015

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial FitnessThe Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As others have said, there's some useful information here, but too much preaching and proselytizing. He warned about that in the beginning, but I was still put off by how many Bible quotes there were in the book. There were also too many success stories and lots of build up to his actual plan. I kept thinking, "get to the point already!"

I'm already debt-free except for my mortgage. That's one of the main goals that Dave Ramsey suggests you achieve, so to me, this book was more about getting out of debt. He also suggests cutting up all your credit cards and paying for things with cash. If you save money and make big purchases in cash, then your FICO score doesn't really matter much, and it's okay if your credit score takes a hit. I don't buy that. I worked hard to pay off my debt and get a high credit score and now I'm disciplined in how I spend my money and I pay my one credit card off each month.

I'm looking more for more information on investing and how to make your money work for you, and although it's discussed in this book, in my opinion, he too quickly glossed over that aspect of personal money management.

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12.18.2015

The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

The Weary BluesThe Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I selected this to read as part of a reading challenge for 2015...one of the challenges was to read a book of poetry. I don't know much about poetry, and because there wasn't much diversity among the authors for the challenge, I decided to read Langston Hughes. I'm glad I did. Like I said, I don't know much about poetry, but so many of the words in these poems moved me. And it's striking (and sad) how many of the same words published in 1926 could still be written by a young Black man in today's day and age.

As I was reading, I came across this video on YouTube of Langston Hughes reciting "The Weary Blues" while accompanied by a jazz band. Very nice--I wish I could hear all the poems performed this way.



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12.05.2015

As If! by Jen Chaney

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and CrewAs If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I'm a big fan of the movie Clueless and also a big fan of Jen Chaney from her writing for the Washington Post. This was a fun read all about the making of Clueless from start to finish, with tidbits from everyone's perspective including the producers, director, actors, set designer, casting directors, bands on the soundtrack, etc. It also discusses the impact the movie had on culture with regards to how teens talked and fashion. Now I'm ready to watch the movie again for probably the 20th time.

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