Two Quick Book Reviews

I read constantly. I could read multiple books per day if I didn’t have to go to work. When I was little, my mom would take me to the bookstore and I would pick out around 5 books (mostly all Christopher Pike, remember those?!) and I would plow through them in a weekend. It was great.

Anyway. The two most recent books I’ve read that warrant reviews are The Help and The Hunger Games. Let’s start with the good review first.

I started reading The Help because I had seen it on the bestseller lists for awhile and then I saw the trailer for the movie. I knew I would want to read the book before seeing the movie, so I ordered it from Amazon along with a few other books. What a great story! I highly, highly recommend this book. It’s funny and moving and makes you think, and best of all, it makes you not want to finish it so that you don’t have to leave the characters behind. I actually took my time reading this one because I didn’t want it to end. I absolutely fell in love with Aibileen and Miss Skeeter. I can’t wait to see this one on the big screen, but I am a bit nervous because I always have complaints about books made into movies. Hopefully they did the book justice and didn’t change too much.

And now the bad.

This one is my own fault. I saw the book so highly reviewed on a young adult fiction site thatand love (Forever Young Adult) and it was only like $4 on Amazon, so I bought it. I was sooo looking forward to this book. My husband read it before me and he just raved about it, so maybe my expectations were too high? But it’s not that I didn’t like the book, I just found it… disturbing. The whole premise is that it’s a bazillion years in the future and a bunch of kids are sent off to these “games” every year, to kill each other. The winner is the last one alive. I don’t know why this bothers me so much. I realize it’s fiction. It’s not even the violence, it’s just the whole concept of people making a bunch of 12-17 year olds fight each other to the death for the sake of entertainment. I realize this is no different than the Colosseum in ancient Rome, but still. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next books in the series. Also, I was reading reviews today just to see if I am the only overly sensitive person out there (I’m not) and discovered that the author ripped the story from some Japanese novel. That makes me like it even less.

My blog-dentity crisis

So. When I started this blog, I had no idea what I wanted to write about, but I figured I would focus on weight loss and our house-buying journey. Then my mom got sick. Then I quit Weight Watchers and stopped working out.

I was looking at my site stats, and do you know what the top search terms are for this blog?

matthew morrison
erinific wordpress
nkotbsb
nkotbsb concert
do i want to sit on floor or risers at nkotbsb concert
god is ignoring you
i’m never going to get over my mother’s death

OK then. Apparently this has morphed into a boy band fanatic/grief blog and I didn’t even know it. I feel all this pressure to pick a THEME for my blog: there are craft blogs, and mommy blogs, and weight loss blogs, and gossip blogs, and whatever. Can I just keep rambling about whatever is going on in my head/life and not have a point?

Also, my top two posts are the NKOTBSB ones. Which is AWESOME and I am not complaining. I’m just… surprised?

In unrelated news, I was on Twitter last night and noticed that I had a new follower (when you have so few, it’s easy to notice new people) and guess who it is? Go ahead. JOSHILYN JACKSON, as in my most favorite author EVER. In the world. I can’t even tell you the level of excitement happening in my brain. Except todayI clicked on her profile and saw that she follows 600-something people, so I feel slightly less special than I did initially. But STILL. If she follows me, there is a chance that she would find my blog and READ it and how awesome is that?!

NKOTBSB – Round Two!

So remember how much I enjoyed the concert in June and said I wanted to go to the one in AC in July? Well. I pretty much stalked Ticketmaster for tickets to either that show, the one in Hershey, or the one on Long Island. A couple weeks ago, some really good seats popped up for AC, so I begged my husband and he gave in and tickets were purchased. My rationale was that there was a different opening act for this show: Matthew Morrison, aka Will Schuester from Glee! After our bad experience at the Glee concert, I had really low expectations.

We were on the road by about 5. We hit a bunch of traffic, got a little lost in the slums of AC, but still had time to hit the bathroom before finding our seats. We were 11 rows from the stage, but unfortunately my camera was not cooperating, so the pictures didn’t come out very good at all. I would also like to point out that there were four other men in our row alone, being good husbands/boyfriends.

Matt Morrison was great! I thought he was a little overdressed in the tuxedo, but he’s adorable AND he can actually sing!

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When we first sat down, there were two older ladies sitting in the row behind us. They were both singing and dancing along to Matt Morrison, claiming that they were taking pictures for their teenagers. Eventually, some people showed up for those seats so the ladies moved into the empty seats next to us. A mother and daughter showed up, so they moved the first row of our section. They just kept seat-hopping the entire night! I couldn’t believe people actually do that. I would be so afraid of getting caught and kicked out!

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That’s them — the woman in the green shirt and the lady on her left.

The NKOTBSB show was awesome, again. They did a couple different songs from the first time, but mostly it was the same. I actually got to enjoy it more because I already knew what to expect. We were seated on the wrong end of the row for when the BSB comes down through the audience (AJ and Howie came down on our side of the stage), but Nick and Joey McIntyre both walked through the aisle right in front of us. We were also seated in the middle section so when the NKOTB came out into the audience, Joey was in the section to our right, and Danny was in the section to the left. I was a little disappointed, but I really can’t complain since I did get to go to TWO shows and have now seen AJ, Nick, and Joey super up close.

I took a TON of videos, but I’m going to have to learn how to add those. Here are some pictures for now:

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Also, I took a look at my blog’s stats and almost every single search term has been NKOTBSB related. Awesome!