4th of July Movie List

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Obviously, we all have to watch Independence Day. While it isn’t technically a 4th of July movie, Ghostbusters makes the list, because we cannot watch Ghostbusters 2 without watching the first one. And, we have to watch the second one, because the Statue of Liberty makes her debut as a stunt person.

Say what you will about Christmas in July, but you cannot deny the very God Bless America feeling you get when you watch Christmas Vacation which is why it makes the list.

Four movies is more than enough to get you through the weekend, because you have other things to do like grill various foods and hurl your loved ones down a wet strip of plastic.

Happy America, Friends.

What I Read – March 2020 Edition

I’ll be honest – I read one book.

Song of a Wingfin is the first book by author Annette Williams McCann. Annette is a singer, songwriter, and now author. She is also a friend of mine. I’m basically pre name-dropping.

In this book, we follow a young girl named Noreen who finds herself in the midst of an adventure after making a black thorn pact with a…wait for it…fairy mermaid which is called a wingfin!

This book packed full of magical characters with the most interesting personalities. This book was a joy to read, and I feel very honored and lucky to have had the opportunity to read it early.

You can read more about Song of a Wingfin on Goodreads.

If you do read the book, please be sure to leave a review as it helps other readers find the book. Thanks in advance.

What I Read: January 2020 Edition

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas

Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1 by Greg Pak and Ethan Young

Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense by Rory Sutherland

The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges and Lev Grossman

Mister Miracle #1(2017)

Mister Miracle #2 (2017)

The Magicians #1

The Magicians #2

The Magicians #3

John Constantine: Hellblazer (2019)

All of the links above will take you to the Goodreads page for each book, so you can read summaries and reviews.

Where the Crawdads Sing

This year, I find myself in a book club. Our first book club read:

In-My-Own-Words Summary

Girl with troglodytes for family finds herself living in the marsh alone at a young age. Things are pretty well crap. But, it’s cool. Things are don’t end as poorly as they could have.

Also – murder mystery.

Also – nature book.

What I Liked

The descriptions of nature were absolutely lovely. Delia Owens could have written her entire book about the sites, smells, and sounds of the marsh, and I would have torn through it with enthusiasm and vigor!

I am a bit of a birder, so I loved the descriptions of the waterfowl and their feathers.

What I Didn’t Like

Reading about racism is hard for a southerner. I should say it is hard for this southerner.

Given the times we live in, it is especially hard to read about southern racism, because I was a fool and thought it didn’t exist anymore. It touches a nerve.

Being southern means we have good food, good music, and generally warm and welcoming demeanors. Unfortunately, it also means we (not me, but we southerners who were here before me) were on the wrong side of the war.

Also, reading about abuse and assault is never fun nor is it necessary. While the book did not recount the abuse and assault in incredible detail, I found myself shaking my head and putting the book down every now and then.

Final Thoughts

The writer is skilled. I look forward to reading her other non-fiction works for sure!

That being said, this is not a book I would have chosen for myself. Reading about abuse, assault, and racism has never been comfortable for me. That discomfort has only increased as I have gotten older.

I am glad that I read the book. It was incredibly different from anything I’ve read in the last few years and was emotionally evocative which is how we know the writer did a good job.


If you look at my GoodReads account, you’ll notice that I very rarely give less than a three-star rating. This is because I know what it takes to write a book. Every author deserves at least three stars for finishing the thing!

My scale goes like this:

3 stars for appreciation of completion of work, but not a book for me.

4 stars for appreciation, and I liked it.

5 stars for appreciation, I liked it, I will read it again, and I’ve already purchased it as a gift for someone else!

I gave this book 3 stars as it simply did not suit my reading taste, but the author did a wonderful job.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

After roughly six months of avoiding fiction, I dove back into the mix with this book.

1) I love Margaret Atwood.

2) I am not entirely sure how I feel about this book.

I feel like The Handmaid’s Tale was necessary whereas this book felt like piling on. Tragedy porn.

The Handmaid’s Tale left a permanent mark on me as a reader, an activist and as feminist.

This one just made me feel sad and sick at times.

To be fair, it might be because of timing. I read The Handmaid’s Tale when the temperature of the country (United States of America) was different.

I do recommend you read it for yourself. After discussing this book with several friends, I have found that those who watch the television show really enjoy the book, and those who have not watched the show (this includes me) feel the book was not really needed to continue the story.

*On October 30th, I returned this book to my friend and decided to not finish it.