Posted in Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

The Ultimate Book Tag

The Ultimate Book Tag

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but other posts got in the way. I love reading. I read a variety of genre including suspense, mystery, and non-fiction, given that I am a sucker for history. Maggie of Dreaming of Guatemala completed this challenge last month during the week of World Book Day. I know this is late, but I said I would do it after considering myself tag, so let’s get to it.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Never! I can read anywhere, anytime and I won’t feel sick. 

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

James Patterson! Whenever I read a JP book no matter how bland the characters might be, he gets into my head and the short chapters are definitely made with the term ‘page turner’ in mind. JP’s books are the only books I read within a day or two. Mad props!

3. The Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga? Give three points to defend your answer.

I care for neither. I can’t get into Harry Potter and Lestat is the only vampire I’ll ever love, so sparkling vampires are not for me, right Lestat?

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There. 3 points that defend my answer! 🙂

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

I don’t carry a book bag anymore. I now carry the current book that I am reading in my handbag. 

5. Do you smell your books?

All the time! Whenever someone says they don’t smell their new books, I’m like…

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6. Books with or without little illustrations?

No illustrations, please!

7. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

I am not at home right now, but it’s a book on Ancient Egyptian treasure.

8. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

It’s a toss–up between Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands (this book focuses on etiquette in parts of the world and what we should/shouldn’t do where it concerns cultures) and a book on Michael Jackson by Randy Taraborrelli. It was given to me as a reading gift in 2010 and seven years later, I am yet to finish it. One day. I’ll get to it one day.

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9. When did you get into reading?

In primary school, we used to have a reading period and I remember loving this period if it meant that I get to read THAT one book. It was a book on rainbows and other short stories… I wish I could remember the title of that book. Then one day, reading period comes around and the teacher realized that I’ve been taking the same book every week. She said that I had to take another book and I just basically grabbed a black cover book that was nearby. It was The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and when I opened that book, the world disappeared and I was in 1625 Paris. This book started my love for reading and it awakened the Francophile in me. 

10. What is your favorite classic book?

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. It doesn’t get better than that! No other classic has d’Artagnan!

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11. In school, what was your best subject?

English all day long! I also liked Social Studies.

12. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would yo do?

Accept it and give it to someone who’ll like to read it or donate to my library.

13. What is your favorite word?

I like long words and my current favorite word is ‘Sanctimonious’. I also love the word ‘Francophile’.

14. Full-on romance or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

The action is where it’s at and if two characters connect while saving the world or whatever, I’m game.

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I like tags and this one was fun to do! I hope to do more in the near future. 🙂

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Posted in My Write 💙, Poetry Wednesday

Your laughter

Last evening, I posted a poem that I had written for a story and after sharing it with my supervisor, she made a suggestion that I should use ‘what your laughter sounds like’ instead of ‘how does your laughter sound like’. So I touched it up and here it is for Poetry Wednesday! 🙂


Posted in Books & Reviews

Book #15: Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

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Author: Steven Tyler
Publisher: Ecco (May 03rd, 2011)
Pages: 390


Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is the rock memoir to end all rock memoirs—the straight-up, no-holds-barred life of Grammy Award-winning,  Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and all around superstar legend Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith (and celebrity judge on American Idol). This is it—“the unbridled truth, the in-your-face, up-close and prodigious tale of Steven Tyler straight from the horse’s lips”—as Tyler tells all, from the early years through the glory days, “All the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex & drugs and transcendence you will ever want to hear.”



“Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile.”

I don’t like memoirs. I’ve stated the reason why in my first memoir review, but I still have a few more to go.

Anyways, I remember growing up on Aerosmith. I liked many of their songs, including “Janie’s Got A Gun”, “Angel” and “Dude Looks Like A Lady”. To this day, I still like “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” and “Dream On”. I like/d Steven Tyler too. He is hard not to like. He is blunt, yet, compassionate. A flamboyant dresser, never a top looker (in many people’s opinions and he is all right with this), but oozes confidence from his pores likes blood. He was also the sole reason I watched American Idol. When he left, I never tuned back in. He is effortlessly cool and I wished he was my grandpa.

In a nutshell, this is Mr. Tyler:

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And his Tylerisms is my kind of mannerism.

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Basically, this memoir is about sex, drugs, more sex, creating music, drugs, even more sex, medical terms, more sex… I couldn’t stop altering between those. Then it was using, rehab, relapse, detox, back to using, back to rehab, back to re… makes me wonder if he’s using/thinking about using now.

However, there were light moments as well and I learned about the origin of some of the album titles and songs. ST wanted to name the band The Hookers, but no one liked it. I wouldn’t have liked it either and I can’t believe the band and Joe’s wife, Elyssa didn’t like “Dream On”! What was wrong with them? That song redefined Aerosmith.

“People ask me all these questions about ‘Dream On.’ ‘What does it mean?’ What do you mean, ‘What does it mean?’ It means Dream On. You figure it out. You’re the one listening to it make up your own meaning.”

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Steven also makes excuses by pulling the rock star card about can’t keeping it in the pants because he’s a man and what’s a man to do when women (groupies) throw their desperate selves at him just because he’s a rock star. Steven, I got news for you: There are men like you who keep thinking about sex all the time and then there are men who think about their loved ones while out on the road and refrain from jumping a groupie’s bone. And that’s just it, you’re a rock star. Had you not been a rock star, thousands of women wouldn’t have given you the second glance, time or day.

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Sometimes I feel as if he rambled, wanting to set things straight and clear the air, but overall, I think it was as honest as I can get while reading a rock star’s diary, erm, I mean a memoir. He holds no punches. Steven was a genius, a troubled soul, a creative banshee, the best rhymer I know and a thief, but overall, he is a survivor. He has come a pretty long way!

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So, the noise in his head doesn’t bother me, but if you’re not a rock fan, an Aerosmith fan (I don’t rock out anymore), or simply don’t know what you’ll get from Steven Tyler, you won’t like this book because Tyler is Tyler and Tyler is offensive, rude, and nasty. In another life, he’d be Jack Sparrow’s long lost father.

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Yeah! I can’t UNSEE that either! 😛


> Because nowadays, everything’s recycled. There’s nothing new. Everything’s in quotation marks. What wasn’t before?

– Chapter 4; page 101

> I believe in life imitating art, but who is art and why is je imitating me anyway?

– Chapter 4; page 117





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The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat