Mr. Fox review

Mr. FoxMr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Is it possible to like a book without understanding it?

That’s the case with me and Mr. Fox. I received this book as part of The Book Riot Quarterly box #5. I always give those books a shot because they are never books I would have chosen for myself.

This book is a collection of short stories and fables, wrapped up in a storyline of an author (St. John Fox), his wife (Daphne), and his imaginary muse who came to life (Mary Foxe). Fox has the habit of continuously killing off his female characters. Mary draws him into a game to try and stop that. And then … stuff happens.

The individual stories are ensorcelling. The St. John/Mary/Daphne triangle is very interesting. But overall, I’m not 100% sure that what I think happened is what actually happened. I enjoyed the parts, but am still iffy about the whole.

WARNING: If you are triggered by domestic violence, you shouldn’t read this book. There are a few “oooof” scenes that took me back.

This was the third book I read in 2015. View all my reviews on Goodreads.

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My Celebrity Freebie list, 2015 edition

Like almost every other blogger out there, I’ve been crawling through Friends on Netflix.

Kids, schmids. I never would have broken up with that.

Like years ago, my favorites are Phoebe and Chandler. Rachel annoys and Ross can just pound sand. What a jerk. I just finished up season 3, a season I originally boycotted because I was mad that Monica and Richard broke up. Once I got over my grief I caught most of it in reruns. One of my favorite episodes in Season 3 is “The One with Frank Jr.” which had the gang’s Celebrity Freebie list as a subplot.

I’ve always had a Celebrity Freebie list, but it’s due for a refresh for 2015…

1) George Clooney – always
2) Jason Bateman – my first TV crush
3) Nick Offerman – Filthy fun
4) Angelina Jolie – mmmmmm
5) and Bill Clinton. Oh look!

Former occupants include Dave Matthews, Chandler Bing (the character, not the actor), Gerard Butler, Jonathan Knight, and George Michael.

Happy Presidents Day! Thanks to the Founders for creating a country where I can be off from work and create a list of famous people that I’d shag.

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Saturday 5 because hey, it’s been a while!

Happy Saturday and Happy Valentine’s day, darlings!

This is what WM gave me for Valentine's Day. Yes, it's a bathrobe in the style of PALADIN TIER 2 ARMOR! YES!

This is what WM gave me for Valentine’s Day. Yes, it’s a bathrobe in the style of PALADIN TIER 2 ARMOR! YES!

It’s been a week. I’ve been pretty exhausted from being sick last week, and work’s been nonbloggably interesting in a good way. :) So rather than a super thin “I’m tired and can’t talk about work” post, I thought I’d wait ’til Friday 5 time.

This week’s theme is Gung Hee Fat Choy in honor of Chinese New Year which now I think we have started calling Lunar New Year to be more accurate.
1. What’s your experience with firecrackers and sparklers?

We used to have them when I was a kid, and I found them annoying and loud. Now they are illegal in NJ, and people still freaking buy them. It’s funny seeing people who have strapped helmets on their kids since they were sitting on a tricycle a mere 6 inches above the ground try to explain away that they’re safe and the laws are silly.

2. What was the occasion the last time you gave someone money as a gift?

Wow. Other than pitching money into work for group gifts. since the advent of gift cards I haven’t given actual cash since … a graduation party a few years back?

3. What’s the reddest thing you own?

I have a red sweater with ruffles around the neckline that I only trot out around Christmas. It looks great at Christmas parties. It’s amazing on Valentine’s Day (but today I’m in pajamas because that’s how we roll). But the rest of the year? It’s SUPER red.

4. What animal represents you in the Chinese zodiac, and what qualities do you have in common with it? (this is just for fun; please don’t take it seriously)

I was born in the year of the rat! I’m not one to flatter myself, but it seems pretty spot on. Especially this:

The Rat’s keen mind always seeks out new knowledge, to be stored away for future use. This ever-curious Sign also welcomes challenges as a way to stay sharp. If boredom sets in the Rat is no fun at all, but that isn’t likely; this Sign knows how to keep itself entertained.

5. What’s your favorite order in a Chinese restaurant?

Let’s throw the foodie caveat that the Chinese food I’m into is not genuine Chinese food, like how the Mexican food I like isn’t really Mexican food etc etc etc. That said, I’m a BIG fan of Chicken in Garlic Sauce. And crab rangoon/wontons. Mmmmmm..

Enjoy your weekend!

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The Paying Guests review

The Paying GuestsThe Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In 1920s England, Frances is an old maid at 26 years old. Her two brothers died in WWI and her father died shortly after, leaving Frances and her mother much poorer than what they are used to. In order to try to escape their debts, they rent part of their house to lodgers, euphemistically called “Paying Guests.” Leonard and Lillian Barber move in, and on the surface, they are a young, vibrant happily married couple.

Stay with this book! The beginning is so slow and you can find yourself completely bored by Frances and her boring life replete with boring chores. The boredom lulls you into complacency, and so when business starts to pick up, it’s really shocking!

That’s about all I can say without giving away absolutely everything. Stay with it.

This was the second book I read in 2015. View all my reviews

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