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Bite-Sized Audiobook Reviews: MODERN ROMANCE, YEAR OF YES, and REDEFINING REALNESS

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

MR had me laughing from the very start and went by fast. If I have one complaint, it's that Aziz cracked jokes about listeners being lazy (for not reading for real...?) a few too many times, but otherwise, it's a delightful auditory experience. If you've watched some of his stand-up, or even his show Master of None, you know some of what's in this book because his comedy and writing usually have a lot to do with relationships and the way we communicate and meet new people. On its own, though, it's eye-opening and informative. Aziz teamed up with a sociologist and they did their research, and he even went to a few other countries to get some comparisons between the way we form romantic relationships here in the US and the way people do in, say, France. And Japan. Good narration, good info, and overall respectful dialogue with lightheartedness made this a fun read, even when the truth stung a little.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

After her sister made a pointed comment about how she's always saying no, no, no, Shonda made a decision to have a "Year of Yes," in which she says yes, yes, yes, to literally everything. Suddenly she's making speeches and attending galas, and doing all kinds of things she never bothered with before. And along the way, she makes all kinds of discoveries about herself, and even improves her life in other areas, like at home with her children. Of course, her version of Year of Yes doesn't apply to everyone, and she definitely checks her privilege, but she does emphasize there are things we can and should be saying yes to now. Yes to being happy, yes to your body, yes to saying "no" when you need to, and weeding out the people who can't stand to see you happy. She makes some great points, and listening to this book was a lot like listening to a friend.

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

This memoir is a little bit difficult to listen to at times, but not in a bad way. Janet talks about her childhood as a male, the experiences leading up to her sex confirmation, and all of the rest. Some of it is hilarious, and some of it is heartbreaking. Depending on the topic, she drops in some up-to-date (at the time this book was published) statistics and insight about how many people struggle with coming out, with abuse, with all kinds of atrocities because they're at-risk or because they don't conform to what some people think they should. But mixed in with all that, she talks about joyful moments in her childhood, about positive friendships she's formed, beautiful Hawaii, and all the good that has come of her decision to be herself. She speaks her truth, in her own voice, and in her own words. This book is for everyone, and anyone could benefit from listening to her story.

Friday Things: 08/31 - End of Summer Break, Saturday Edition

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[So, it looks like I didn't end up skipping any of my link dumps while on vacation after all! Monday I'll be back at school teaching, so this is the official "end of summer break" link dump. I know it's late, and I'm sorry, so I'll try and make it extra awesome.

Upcoming things: My next post on GeekeryDo is going to be a food round up. I've been eating loads of delicious foods while on vacation, so I'll be sharing some pictures of those things soon. Depending on the amount of pictures, it might be a two-parter. We'll see.

On the same vein (food): Since school, like I mentioned, starts up again on Monday, that means school lunches will also be a thing again, so I'll resume my daily food posts. I didn't think they would be too popular, but it turns out people are actually interested in these things, so thanks for following along!

Finally: I've started up a tumblr blog. It's a side blog, and so far I've generally been sharing art I like, or following/reblogging bookish blogs. I've also put an "ask" box there, so if you've ever got any questions for me that aren't necessarily a response to a post on here, you can now just ask me there.

Alright, that's it for updates. On to the links! If you're seeing this from the front page, click through for the rest of this post. Thanks!]

On Books:

 A little bit about designing comic covers, from the perspective of Greg Ruth, who illustrated the cover for Fables #135 (Vertigo Comics). 

Children's ebook sales went way down, but overall, ebooks account for 28.7% of book sales. Not too shabby.

Not sure how I missed this, but here's a book trailer for Jeffrey Brown's upcoming Star Wars: Jedi Academy, which is being released in September this year. Can't wait! I just got his book Vader's Little Princess and absolutely loved it.  

(via GalleyCat) Like free ebooks? Check out this list of top 100 reads by 100 authors, with links to where you could download them. 

Aziz Ansari is working on a book, and Penguin Press gave him a US$3.5 million advance so he can research the subject of romance today, being single today, and how meeting/dating has changed completely, especially because of technology (smart phones, social media, etc). It's an interesting topic, and I'm looking forward to it. We've got a while to wait, though - Penguin has set an estimated September 2015 release date. 

 

 

On Photography:

"Actress Drew Barrymore has signed a deal for her photography book, Find it in Everything. This collection features pictures of 'heart-shaped objects found in everyday life.'" (via GalleyCat)

The latest Disney Dream portrait by Annie Leibovitz features Jennifer Hudson as Tiana. Here's a look Behind the Scenes

 

 

Educational:  

Ben Zimmer writes about the recent addition of "twerk" to the Oxford Dictionary Online.

GeeksAreSexy pointed me to two educational videos recently. The first is by Minute Physics, on the topic of "Science, Religion, and the Big Bang." The second is ASAP Science on "What if you stopped going outside?" Both are quick and absolutely worth your time.

 

Other:

Amélie is being adapted to stage musical! I'm pretty happy about it, but the film's director pretty much hates musicals. He apparently only agreed to it because all proceeds will go to charity, and he feels that's more important than his personal feelings on musical theater. Fair enough! The only problem I have with it is the musical won't have Parisian-style music. I'm reserving judgement until later, though.

Bob Peterson is no longer directing Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, which is slated for release in 2014. 

[That's what I've got for today. Enjoy your weekend!]