My Week in Books {9/29/20}

Last weekend I watch The Social Dilemma (Netflix). It stunned me. It terrified me. It made me sad. If you’re concerned about where we’re headed in this world, I’d highly recommend you watch it. It’s time for some real change in this world and I think it can only start with individuals. I don’t know what the answer is, but I want something so much better for ourselves…and our kids. If you take one recommendation from me today, please let it be to watch this documentary. It’ll take 1 ½ hours of your life, but it’s worth it.

Before moving onto the books, here are some recent posts in case you missed them:

What did you read (and hopefully love) this week?

Last Week’s Reads:

Coreyography by Corey Feldman

There’s something about this story that intrigues me. A few years back I wouldn’t have been interested in this book at all (book have timing, right?!), but after the Hollywood sexual abuse scandal, I couldn’t resist (especially since I booked the book up for $1 at the dollar store!). The writing was frustrating – Feldman jumped tenses so much I wondered if there was an editor – but the story he tells simply broke my heart.

As a society, we value fame and fortune over almost everything else and the consequences can be huge. Feldman had no parents to speak of and was basically set free in Hollywood to fend for himself. As a young child, he often trusted adults to tell him right and wrong and rarely did they seem to have his best interests at heart.

His revelations in regard to his best friend, Corey Haim, made me cringe…I just didn’t really think it was his story to tell. While I don’t doubt it’s true, I feel like Feldman should have stuck to his own story. He exposed so much about Haim, but danced around his own experiences; it felt a little sensationalist and I couldn’t help but wonder how it made Haim’s mom feel.

After the #metoo movement and the arrests of so many of Hollywood’s elite on sexual abuse and pornography charges, this is a quick memoir about what has been happening for years in Hollywood.

The number-one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be pedophilia.

Corey Feldman, Coreyography

*** Magic Lessons (Practical Magic, #0) by Alice Hoffman

I have read a lot of books by Alice Hoffman – she’s one of the authors on my auto-buy list. But out of all the books I’ve read by her, this may be my least favorite (The Rules of Magic being my favorite with The World That We Knew a close second).

I usually engage with Hoffman’s writing instantly, but this one struggled to hold my attention. As an author, I admire Hoffman’s ability to make me feel like I’m part of the story…that I’m an actor in the play. But Magic Lessons felt more like a telling than a showing; I felt disconnected the whole way through.

Had it been any author other than Alice Hoffman, I would have DNF’d the book…but I believed it would eventually turn around, so I kept going. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

*** Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral Collge by Jesse Wegman

Do you ever feel like your vote in the presidential elections don’t count? Many Americans do, especially if they live in a predominately red or blue state – which accounts for basically 40(ish) states. Wegman presents a persuasive argument against the Electoral College and tries to help people understand why it’s time for America to switch to a popular vote (winner-takes-all) to elect our presidents.

This was the perfect read right before the election. Switching to a popular vote is actually on Colorado’s ballot this year, so I’m thankful to have read this book right before the election. It’s an important topic that has come up time and time again throughout our country’s history. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Current Reads:

*** Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

I’m almost finished with this one…and it’s so, so good. A great companion to Let the People Pick the President (see above)!

*** Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett

I know a lot of people have enjoyed this memoir, but so far I’m finding it kind of meh.

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

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