The Psychology of Time Travel: #bookreview

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41035725-the-psychology-of-time-travel

If you are like me, then you are interested in the topic of time travel. I spend (or waste, depending on your point of view) a lot of time thinking about where I would go and what I would do if I had the chance to travel to a different time. So when this book, The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas, became available on NetGalley, it was a happy day that I would never change on any timeline or in any dimension.

Would we still be ourselves or would there be several versions of us if we traveled through time? In The Psychology of Time Travel, the time travelers travel to different periods but they don’t change events.
There would be several versions of the same person visiting with the current version on special days like their wedding. If they are investigating a crime, then the time travel officers collect evidence from the time just before the crime happened.

The four women who made time travel a reality in 1967 were once close friends. However, after Bee has a nervous breakdown the other three no longer have any contact with her. In 2017, one of Bee’s former co-workers sends her information about an unsolved homicide. No one knows if it’s Bee or another time traveler. Bee’s granddaughter, Ruby, becomes interested in finding out the identity of the mystery lady.

I thought that the story was interesting. It was awesome to read a story about women involved in science and time travel. You guys might already know that I love a story with a little mystery.

FYI: I would travel to the spring of 1992 and totally redo the spring and summer before my senior year of high school. Where would you take the time travel machine?

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Tallies

Tallies. How much do you love the Adele Shirt? xoxo

https://tallies.bandcamp.com/album/tallies

The Toronto-based band, Tallies, is coming out with a new album tomorrow, January 11. Some people might categorize them as dream pop, like Mazzy Star. I think even the band might say that they are a mix of dream pop, surf rock and shoegaze.

I don’t disagree but they sound a bit more upbeat and new wave, like the Go-Go’s. Maybe Tallies will fill the void that the Go-Go’s left in my heart.

Ironically, I do like the song “Beat the Heart.” My New Year’s resolution is to listen to more positive or more upbeat music. I feel like listening to a different playlist will help to fight the winter blues. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Tallies will be on everyone’s playlist this year and for many more years.

Sarah Cogan of Tallies has this to say about the new album:

“Tallies was written over the course of 2018. It was a year filled with on-going changes and the adaptation of adult life. This album embarks on a year of growing and the feelings left behind when everything around you is shifting.”

https://twitter.com/talliesband
https://www.facebook.com/talliesband/

Cold Case Quest: Reggie Elkins

https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Law-Enforcement/Investigator/Cold-Case/Homicides/Elkins

When I was looking through cold cases, I saw a familiar face. It was a picture of Reggie Elkins. I knew him as an acquaintance. We went to the same small college. So everyone knew everyone.

My impression of Reggie was that he was smart and athletic. He also always looked sharp. Some guys are slobs but Reggie was not one of those guys.

There is probably a better photo of him somewhere. This is the only one that I could find on the internet. He was killed in 1994 so he wasn’t on MySpace or Facebook. It’s been difficult to find anything that relates to his college days or his murder investigation.

It’s hard to believe that it has been 24 years since Reggie died. He was killed in a drive-by shooting in Columbus, Ohio. He had been out of college for only a few months.

No one will say whether he was the intended target or not. Someone knows but no one has said a word even after so many years.

There’s an article from 1999 that states that the authorities had a theory that several homicides were connected. They thought 13 murders were related by either drugs or robbery.

His father, Larry Elkins, was interviewed for the article. Unfortunately, his father passed away in 2009. It is absolutely heartbreaking that Reggie’s dad died without knowing who killed him. We may never know why it happened but he might have been somewhat satisfied with knowing who did it.

Tiffany Blues: #bookreview

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077YXC96N/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

If you could live during any time period, where would you choose? I definitely would choose the 1920s. The main character of Tiffany Blues, Jenny Bell, lives in New York in 1924.

She is studying to be an artist. She’s poor but she has a very wealthy roommate, Minx. If only we could all be so lucky to live with someone that supports our art and lets us borrow dresses to wear to dinner parties and speakeasies.

Unbeknownst to Jenny, Minx applies for both of them to attend an exclusive artist workshop at Laurelton Hall, which was owned by Louis Comfort Tiffany. It would have been a dream come true to be accepted and attend. I know it’s a fictional story but I felt really happy for Jenny. Things in her life were turning around for the better. She has some secrets from her past that she was about to put behind her. Jenny falls in love with Oliver, the grandson of Mr. Tiffany.

Then an event changes all of that. I won’t tell you what it is but you probably won’t see it coming. Jenny and Minx are sent away to Paris almost in disgrace. I’m not sure if that’s really a punishment. If I do something disgraceful, will somebody please send me to Paris?

Tiffany Blues does remain true to the story of Laurelton Hall and Louis Comfort Tiffany. The book also has enough mystery to keep the reader intrigued. If you like books with a bit of mystery and a few historical facts, then you will probably enjoy this book.

  • I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Year in Review: 2018 Didn’t Totally Suck

Last year didn’t start off well for me. It was more like Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness than Shiny and Oh So Bright.

I quit a job that payed well because the money wasn’t worth crying every day. I still cried for a month afterward but that was because my bank account was sad also. For a few months, I worked at another crappy job.

In June, I broke my toe and stopped working at factories for forever and ever. It was kind of a blessing. A very painful blessing.

There was more time for blogging, reading and driving my kids every damn place on earth. I did 280 blog posts and approximately 26 posts on BuzzFeed. On a side note, I may have reset my BuzzFeed password about 27 times.

In 2018, I added two sections, Funktober and Cold Case Quest, to keep it interesting around here. The Funktober posts were fun. The Cold Case Quest posts are more serious but it fills some need that I have to make a tiny difference in the world.

Apparently, I took the Goodreads reading challenge super seriously because I kicked its ass. Other years, it has kicked mine. In 2018, I read 38 or 39 books. Most years, my limit has been 15. There are book reviews for most of them on this blog. I read more ebooks this year than ever before. Is it because I can read the kindle in the car without getting carsick? Possibly.

My boyfriend thinks I should tell you what I’ve really been listening to for the last several months. Fine, here is the video that I can’t stop watching. You’re welcome.

I don’t have a plan for the blog for 2019 quite yet. Hopefully, it will be interesting enough. So here’s to another year of blogging, reading and driving my kids every damn place.

Akata Witch: #bookreview

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004IYJEG0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1




Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor had been sitting on the top of my to be read pile for too long. It’s been there for so long that I cannot remember who recommended buying it. There are quite a few books on my to-be-read pile so I try not to buy quite so many. (I try but am not always successful.)

Akata Witch looked so interesting that I bought it on Amazon anyway – with my own money and everything. Well, whoever told me about Akata Witch deserves all of the thanks in this world.

Akata Witch has been compared to the Harry Potter series, except that it’s set in Africa with characters who are African and African-American. I can’t say that the magic is the exactly the same either. Is magic the same around the globe? Probably not but I’m not an expert.

As far as I can tell, none of the characters are orphans. Sunny’s father reminds me of the uncle in Harry Potter. They are both jerks.

Akata means African-American. According to Wikipedia, the word may come from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria.

The main character, Sunny, is an eleven-year-old African-American albino. She’s also an excellent soccer player but she hasn’t been able to play in the sun for quite some time. Most of the time, Sunny plays soccer at night with her brothers.

Sunny probably has dual citizenship in America and Nigeria. I don’t know the exact guidelines for dual citizenship. Her parents moved to the United States from Nigeria and then recently moved back to Nigeria. Sunny discovers that she has magical powers that have been hidden until after the move back to Nigeria.

I loved Akata Witch. If they make the book into a movie, I hope that they do it justice.

I cannot wait to buy the sequel, Akata Warrior, to put on the top of the to-be-read-pile.