Review Monday: How to be A Normal Person by TJ Klune

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Source: Goodreads

I’ve always been a person that those who know me will consider as being not totally normal. Which is good. I’m okay with not being like everyone else. I smile when people say jokingly, “You know you’re not normal right?”

That’s how much I love that term.

So it is to be expected that when I stumbled onto a book with the title How to be a Normal Person I was intrigued.

Then I read this synopsis:

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.

Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.

But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.

After all, what could possibly go wrong?

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Friday Review: Art by Togo

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Source: Tosin Sanni on Tumblr

I decided today’s Friday review would be the series on a Nigerian woman’s sexuality that a friend who’s one of the most talented artists I’ve ever met just recently completed.

I met Tosin Sanni a couple of years ago when I travelled to Cannes and we got to talking about art; his art to be precise and mine (hey, I’m a writer! I count as an artist ;)) and when he showed me some of his pieces I was awed. I know it’s said that art is subjective and people have different ways they respond to it. In my case, I responded to his art. From the paintings he did of Grace Jones and Fela Anikulapo Kuti, to his illustrations and even those little scribbles I sometimes catch him doing when he’s bored (he scribbles a lot. Lol).

So when he told me he’d done a new series on women embracing their bodies and their essence and asked that I help write a short piece for him about what I could see from the paintings, I jumped at the chance.

Here’s the write-up, followed by the paintings in the series–Sorry it’s not so clear. I took it with my phone–and then an attached image that links to his tumblr site if any of you’s interested in seeing more of his work.

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Review Monday: Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Series

Growing up in a secondary school in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, there were two things pretty common in the bags of the students (mostly female and some male) that were within my age group of 13-16. One was the stacks of shiny CDs containing the latest blockbuster hits which we turned into some sort of barter system, in that, you have a movie I want to watch? Well I have one for you as well. The second thing we had in our bags were Harlequin Present novels. Sure we had the occasional Harlequin Desire or Blaze (and Silhouette if you wanted something with a bit more volume) but Harlequin Presents was our currency. Damn we had a ton of Harlequin novels. They were short and handy and you could lose yourself in the crazy zaniness of the characters and the plot. And the best part? They were cheap. I mean, I could buy a whole stack of them over the holidays and they wouldn’t put a dent in my savings. Seriously? Look at them:

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Source: willreadforfeels.com

Every time I see an Harlequin Present cover, I smile and remember happier times. Sure the stories were crazy but that was why I loved them! (Same goes for Kdramas :)). Now imagine my delight when I found out in the later part of December last year that Dreamspinner was releasing a new category under their publication, titled Dreamspun Desires. And this was the cover…

 

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Source: Dreamspinnerpress

I mean, can you see the connection. The circle. The main character/characters in said circle. The title that promises a very crazy ass ride? It was Harlequin Presents meets M/M romance. And that for me was a double whammy! And when I found out that it was just as cheap ($6.99 for two books!) I hit subscribe faster than you can say Holy smokes it’s Harlequin with two men.

 

So, after I hit subscribe and told them yeah, take my money every month. I can part with 6.99 for such craziness, I had to wait two weeks for the first set to be released (they released it on January 1st & 15th).

So, whilst everyone was looking forward to the New Year for various reasons, I was as well, although the principal reason for me was the realization that I was going to get Dreamspun’s first story on the very first day of the year.

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Friday Review: Anti by Rihanna

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Source: Rihanna’s Twitter Page

Quick confession. I am a huge huge Rihanna fan. I’ve been following her since she first came on the scene and sang If it’s Loving that You Want, to when she went bad and gave me Umbrella from her album, Good Girl Gone Bad, to when she was crooning Te Amo in Rated ‘R’, to her talking about wanting to feel Skin in her Loud album, to her asking Where Have You Been in Talk that Talk, and to her crying out that we should shine bright like a Diamond in Unapologetic. Through the years, I’ve loved her. I’ve grown to love her so much that all I have to hear is a beat and just the a note and I know she’s the one. I’ve laughed to Rihanna, danced to her songs and cried with her. She is one of my favorite artistes and although a lot of my friends don’t get it (my colleagues most certainly do not!) I haven’t cared as much because I. Love. Rihanna.

So when I discovered that Anti was released yesterday, I screamed. When I found out that Rihanna was offering us free download of her album, I just about fainted. So I followed the link, downloaded the album and settled down to play it out loud, using my Mac speakers for everyone in my office to also partake in the goodness that is Rihanna releasing a new album.

Boy, was I in for the shock of my life.

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Review Monday: The Market Garden Series by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov

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Source: Riptide Publishing

Firstly, I would like to apologize to those who were expecting Friday’s Review last Friday. I wanted to do a write-up on an art piece series a friend of mine worked on and I couldn’t get to his place early enough to take pictures of his work. By the time I left work, it was already too late and I didn’t have another post ready to be posted. I do apologize and I will try my damnedest to make sure that this doesn’t become a regular occurrence. Now on today’s review.

 

Today’s review is of the amazing series written by the double combo of L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov. Two favorite authors writing about a high class sex club in London? Just the kind of read I love :D.

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Review Monday: Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain

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Source: Dreamspinner Press

When I first discovered Tara Lain’s works, it was courtesy of Outing the Quarterback, which was the first book in her Long Pass Chronicles trilogy. And although I love the book to bits, there was one character I detested with every fiber of my being: Dennis Hascomb. I thought that the blackmailing sniverling snit deserved to die and I wanted to be the one to hold up a burning log and set him ablaze.

See people? That is amazing writing. Tara Lain created a character I hated and damn how I hated Dennis.

And when the second book showed up, I still remembered him and how much I hated his ass.

Then she wrote the third book: Tackling the Tight End and what do we have here? She has a Native as a main character (which by the way, love, love Raven!) and the second character? Dennis Hascomb.

Yeah. You got that right. The Dennis Hascomb. The guy I’d loved to hate in the other two books was the main character in her new novel.

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Friday Review: The Body Book by Cameron Diaz (Audiobook)

Cameron Diaz - The Body BookGrowing up, I was a little bird: a girl who ate almost nothing. Seriously. I ate my rice, grain by grain when I had to head to school just so I would frustrate my mother into sending me off with as little eaten food as possible.

Then I turned nine and my taste buds just exploded and you couldn’t stop me from eating. Out of the blues, I loved food! But I never really added that much weight. My Secondary School (i.e. 6th-11th grade if that works for you) was quite a distance from my house and I loved to walk. So, no matter how much my mother complained, I walked home. Two, three times a week, I walked. I also walked on the occasional weekend when I had to get some things from the store that was also some distance from my house.

All that walking kept me trim. But I’d started developing just a bit of stomach fat.

Then I entered University and took my walking to a whole new level. I walked from my department to my hostel and back again. So far as the location was within my school and I felt I could walk the distance, then walk I would. Not because of anything but because I loved to walk.

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