Book Reviews

My reading has slowed down a bit in the last few months but I’m back on it. For now. 

The Fault in Our Stars (book and movie review)

I constantly saw this book popping up in all my social media feeds so naturally I had to check it out for myself. I laughed, I cried, laughed some more, then I REALLY cried. 
It was a quick read and easy to get into. When a book is based around someone dying you tend to know how the story may end but the author does a great job of keeping the reader engaged. 
I really enjoyed the movie. All the same emotions came back. Actually, I had emotions just seeing the previews for the movie. I ugly cried in the theatre and my sister laughed at me. Since she was sitting on my left I wiped the tears from my left side and let them flow from my right. Can I add she cried when we saw the Hunger Games and I didn’t laugh at her. Mainly because I was too busy crying myself. 
Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde by Jennie Garth

Hmmm. Ya know…Kelly was never my fave on 90210 so it’s no surprise I did not care too much for her book. Some of her timelines and descriptions on what happened during the show were a bit off. Granted, in the book she mentions she has the worst memory but OBVIOUSLY she had some help writing this book. Where is the fact checker?  Everything was kind of grazed over: her time on 90210, her marriage and divorce, post-90210 and her life now. I learned absolutely nothing new from this book. I would pass on this one. 
The One and Only by Emily Giffin

Within the first chapter I knew how this was going to go. Yet, I still read through the 400-plus pages. There was a lot of football talk in this book as it is centered around fictional Walker University, their coach (Coach Carr) and Shea Rigsby, who works for Walker in the Athletic Department and is best friends with Lucy, Coach Carr’s daughter. Towards the end I skimmed a few pages because I do not care to read a play by play of a football game. But, I get it. Giffin is a southern girl, she has a huge fan base in the south, and football is huge (HUGE) down here. I just wanted to get to the end to see if my predictions were right. This book along with Love the One You’re With are in my bottom two of all her books. I have said this before and I will continue to say this: what I love about Emily Giffin is how great she can tell a story and they are very real, never outlandish. I will be reading her next one. 
Jason Priestly: A Memoir by Jason Priestly

Yup, another book by an actor from 90210. Look, I am ride or die for that show and I will read any memoir/tell-all book any actor from that show wants to write. 
I had a love/hate relationship with Brandon but I am here to tell you I have nothing but love for Jason  Priestly. I liked the layout of the book; not always in chronological order but more like short stories. Each chapter was only around six pages long but they were great and straight to the point. He also did not waste anytime talking about a boring childhood no one cares about. I hate when they do that. Unless you are Tori Spelling. That girl’s whole life is cray.     
Forget six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Jason Priestly knows everyone, EVERY. ONE. Including my love, Brad Pitt, who used to sleep in Jason’s bed in LA when Jason would travel back to Canada for work. I did not realize how much behind-the-scenes directing he did on 90210 as well as other shows and movies so it was fun to read about that and learn how REALLY talented and passionate he is about his craft. And throughout the whole book (and his life) he stays very humble. Never braggy or over dramatic. Another fun part of reading these memoirs are the photos included. THANK YOU, Jason for including the BEST behind-the-scenes photo I have ever seen from any show. 
Speaking of behind-the-scenes, have you heard Lifetime is filming an unauthorized Saved By the Bell Movie?! 

Here for it!  I never read Dustin Diamond’s book (because he turned out to be a skeeze, ugh) but I have read articles which picked out the best parts. If they are basing this movie off of that book then it’s going to be a good one. 

Living in Columbia, South Carolina and using this blog as my space to share a little insight into my life in what I'm making on the sewing machine, knitting needles, crochet hooks, in the kitchen, and elsewhere.


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