Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes

28257149When I picked this book out, I had no idea that I “knew” the author.  I am putting “knew” in quotes because I don’t actually know him but once I got the book and looked at the book jacket, I recognized him immediately.  If you watched any MTV in the 90’s, you “know” him too.

What initially drew me to this book was probably the idea of 21 songs being the framework for a memoir and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint.  Each chapter was named with a song title, most of which I knew. I feel a little guilty, actually, that I am writing this review instead of making this playlist on my phone.

Holmes and I don’t have much in common.  He went to Catholic school through college, knows a crazy amount of music trivia, and has lived his adult life working in television (MTV being his first gig). Throughout the book, Holmes recalls the stories of his life and relates them to the songs that were, to him, significant.  It seems apparent that early on Holmes knew he was gay and it was fascinating to read his story.

While the book was entertaining, it wasn’t until the end that I really fell in love with the book.  The cover and title all made sense.  Memoirs aren’t about just putting a bunch of stories together, although it is the stories that drove this book forward.  Memoirs are about the reflection and learning the author can share, and if we as the reader are lucky, can find a piece of learning for ourselves.

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.  Now, if you can excuse me, I have a playlist to build.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


Can I just say that bookstores are the best things ever?

Anyone living in the Pacific Northwest this weekend is feeling a little soggy. We are on an extended weekend vacation in Sunriver with friends that are family and it has done nothing but rain the entire time.  While we had planned on bike rides and playing outside, we have had to shift our activities to places with a roof. Luckily, we have found plenty to do.  Once I looked at the forecast, I packed a bunch of board games, bought some new play-dough and supplies to make sugar cookies. There is an indoor pool here that we have passes to that we swam in yesterday and have plans to swim in tomorrow. Continue reading

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. -J.K. Rowling

Books are pretty amazing things, don’t you think?  Recently I have been having a lot of conversations with people about books.  Most of these people are between the age of 6-12 and are students at the school where I am teaching.  In school particularly, there is a lot of reading that you “have” to do.  Teachers often pick the genre of book that needs to be read or the topic.  Sometimes a teacher will even just tell a kid,
“This is the book you are reading.”  And sometimes there are good reasons for that.

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The Inconsistencies of the Tooth Fairy

Okay everyone, can we please have a serious conversation about the Tooth Fairy?


Wednesday night Taelin lost her 7th tooth.  Before I even got home from working at the dance studio, Taelin had her tooth out for the Tooth Fairy and her note (something she did all on her own for the first tooth) done.  Note the importance placed on dance for no particular reason. As I was reading to her before tucking her in, she kept turning around to make sure that said tooth and note were still on her nightstand.  Needless to say, Taelin was enthused about the whole thing.

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Fed Up

Saturday night I found myself having a hard time sleeping so I started to look at some of the new things that had been added to Netflix.  I am a little bit of a documentary nerd, so I looked there first and this cover caught my eye. Such a fascinating watch!


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This Month I Read…September 2016

Did you notice the absence of book cover pictures?  Yeah, me too.  It’s because I didn’t read one dang book all month!  Can you say busy September? I had books lined up.   I got a new Blogging for Books book. Didn’t read it.  I had a book I was supposed to read with my friends.  I read like the first 5 pages the day I was supposed to have it done.  September was just filled with new jobs and new routines.  And, if I’m honest, season 3 of Blacklist showed up on Netflix so many of my evenings were filled up binge watching so I could watch season 4 when it started this fall. I seriously love James Spader in that show.

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