What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ Shrill by Lindy West #books #reading

I picked this book up because I saw the hype on TV for the show. I’m glad I did. Honestly, it’s a brutally honest, funny and makes you think kind of book. This woman has been through stuff and isn’t afraid to say so. She’s also a survivor. She’s funny and relatable, too. If you’re looking for a book that’s like talking to a friend who’s been there, done that and bought the T-shirt, then this might be the one for you.

Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can’t be funny.

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible — like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you — writer and humoristLindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.

With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ Be My Baby by Ronnie Spector #books #reading

I picked this book up because it was listed with a group of great reads if you’re looking for something in the rock biography group. I’m glad I picked it up. I knew Ronnie Spector was married to Phil Spector, but this book has the honesty, the brutality and the heart of a woman who’s seen the dark side and come back out. I liked her honesty and vibrancy. She’s not mincing words. She had a rough life, but came back from it and I respect her more! Check it out.

Pop legend Ronnie Spector reveals the story of her dreamlike rise from the streets of Harlem to the pinnacle of rock stardom as lead singer of the Ronettes, and her nightmare descent into madness as the wife of Phil Spector, the pop hitmaker who kept her a virtual prisoner behind the locked doors of his darkened Beverly Hills mansion. Ronnie’s escape from that ordeal, and her subsequent struggle to reclaim her voice, her career, and her sanity, provide an emotional-packed climax to this smart, funny, and inspiring autobiography, named one of “The Top 25 Rock Memoirs of All Time” by Rolling Stone.   

This newly redesigned 358 page deluxe hardcover edition of Be My Baby includes dozens of color and black and white photographs from Ronnie’s personal collection. This fully indexed volume also includes a thoroughly updated discography with the most complete survey of Ronnie’s recording career ever published.

How I Decide What to Read Next with @meganslayer #books #Reading

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What is my criteria for how I choose what I’m going to read next… This is a loaded question. Really.

I don’t have one. Not really. I tend to gravitate to books. If someone suggests it, I might read it. If they hand it to me, I’ll probably read it – if it’s a romance book or something that strikes my fancy.

For example: I saw a list on Rollingstone.com for the Greatest Rock Biographies and had to look through it. Now some were ones I’d read. I’ve read a couple of Springsteen books and a couple about the Beatles, but I chose my next reads from that list. I did. I picked one about John Taylor from Duran Duran (autobiography) and one by Ronnie Spector (another autobiography), plus one that was an autobiography/art book by Debbie Harry. Great reads. I highly recommend all of them.

Then there are the books I picked up at the book sale. I get to help sort the books and that means I get the first choice for what to buy. Let me tell you, my bag gets very heavy by the time we’re done. And this way I’ve picked up quite a few good books that I might not have found otherwise. I picked up a Gene Wilder book, My French Whore. I wouldn’t have found that one simply roaming the shelves (it’s a slender volume and easily missed on a shelf), I found The Only Woman in the Room – about Heay Lamarr and her contributions to science and her radio system that prevented jamming (radio frequency hopping), plus a couple Al Franken books and a slew of romance books.

I’ve got a little stack in the kitchen that’s the pile of books to read. It includes Shrill, The Woman Who Wouldn’t, plus a John Grisham book or two. Oh, and a couple Stephen King books.

What about you? What do you like to read and how do you choose what you’re going to read next? I’d love to know!

Since you’re here, why don’t you check out my latest release, Dirty and Sweet. It’s naughty and fun!

Dirty and Sweet by Megan Slayer

Malachi Brothers, book 1

Changeling Press

Contemporary Erotic Romance

Mafia, New Adult, Silver Fox, BDSM, Spanking, Toys


Art by Bryan Keller

There’s a debt and she’s willing to pay — with her heart!

Alex Malachi wants a sub, but not just any girl. He needs the right one. The moment he sees Jessie, he knows he’s found the perfect sub. He won’t stop until she’s his.

Jessie Brown’s been in lust with Alex Malachi since she started working at his BDSM club, Indigo. When he requests her services, she can’t refuse. Jessie’s always had a thing for older men, and Alex fits her bill. But when Alex realizes Jessie’s father owes him over a hundred grand, will the offer involve paying the bill with her heart?

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What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran by John Taylor #reading

I’m going to date myself a bit, but I remember when Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf came out. I loved them. They were so glossy and modern. Plus, John Taylor and Nick Rhodes were always my favorite members of Duran Duran. I guess I had a thing for glam men and androgynous ones. Anyway, I happened on a list of rock and roll biographies that were highly recommended (possibly on Rolling Stone magazine’s site) and this was one of the ones listed. I immediately put it in my queue. I’m glad I read this. There is so much more than just the band to John Taylor. This is candid, blunt and honest. Check it out!

The talent. The charisma. The videos. From their 1981 hit “Planet Earth” to their latest number-one album, All You Need Is Now, John Taylor and Duran Duran have enchanted audiences around the world. It’s been a wild ride, and—for John in particular—dangerous. John recounts the story of the band’s formation, their massive success, and his journey to the brink of self-destruction. Told with humor, honesty—and packed with exclusive pictures—In the Pleasure Groove is an irresistible rock-and-roll portrait of a band whose popularity has never been stronger.

What I’m Reading with @meganslayer ~ Me by Elton John #reading #eltonjohn

I just started this and am only about 40 pages in, but this book seems to be written in a way that sounds like what I assume is how he talks. I like hearing Elton’s stories and seeing life through his eyes. I liked Rocketman and this, since it’s by the man himself, is better because it’s more thorough. I’m eager to get back to it, so I’m off to keep reading. 🙂

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend.

Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.

His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with AidaThe Lion King, and Billy Elliot the Musical. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.

In Me, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.

Books with the Most Words I Had to Look Up with @meganslayer #books #read

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I saw another posts saying the writer of the blog had to be short and sweet with this answer. I have to agree. I have a quick answer for this one. What book was the one who made me have to look up the most stuff?

I don’t remember.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those people who know a bunch of words. I like to think I know quite a few, but I come by words here and there that I don’t know. But I can’t think of any off hand that I needed to look up words.

At best, I’m thinking it was in college.


I like to read Hollywood auto/biographies. I like to read romance. I like to read space books. Now, you’d think those books would have things I don’t know in them. They do. But I recognize enough of the words that I don’t have to look them up.


If you’re talking about what planes are in some of the space books, then that’s something I’ve had to look up or ask about because I can’t remember all the different planes. Some I get mixed up, too. So, I guess it would be the space books, but I can’t think of a specific one.

That was a long way to get around to the answer. Grin. What about you? What’s the last book you read that required you to look up words?

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ Hard Deal by Stefanie London

I wanted something hot and that’s what I got. The scene in the club… wow! This is a quick read and fun. Imogen is laced up and not one to let loose. Caleb lets loose often and has been discounted. I liked them getting together. The one thing I didn’t enjoy was Imogen’s tendency to cut herself down and put up walls. I know she really wanted to stay protected, but sometimes I wanted to throw up my hands in frustration. He likes you, tell him you like him, too! But the dance was good and I liked the ending, so it all works out. Check out this book. 🙂

For one night only, Imogen Hargrove is a sexy spy. She’s donned a mask for the Carmina Masquerade Ball, where she hopes to catch her sister’s cheating fiancé, Daniel, in the act. But she’s the one who gets rumbled when she strays too close to her target—only to realize she’s been tailing the wrong man. A searing kiss makes her forget her mission altogether, and the mysterious stranger awakens something inside her: a burning passion she hasn’t felt since the brutal breakup of her last relationship.

Imogen is mortified to discover that the man behind the mask is her colleague, notorious womanizer Caleb Allbrook. He’s the last person she wants to get close to, and she doesn’t need another playboy in her life. But that kiss has her curious—besides, Caleb knows her sister’s fiancé and could prove very useful in digging up dirt.

She makes a deal: she’ll go on a date with Caleb in exchange for information on Daniel’s affair. But Caleb’s irresistible charm turns a casual conversation into a night of sultry seduction. Imogen knows Caleb is bad news—yet he makes her feel sexier than any man ever has. Can she pull herself away from yet another toxic relationship, or will Caleb prove there’s more to him than just sex appeal?

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ Please Don’t Feed the Mayor by Sue Pethick #reading #iamreading

I realize I’ve been derelict in posting what I’ve read for the past couple weeks. It’s been a little tough around here, so I’m trying to get back on track. Here we go!

I’ve been reading a lot of animal books and mystery ones, so when I saw this one… I mean, you’re not supposed to feed the mayor who is that darn cute. I had to read it. I’m glad I did. This author is new to me and the writing style is original. The one thing that was a little off putting about the writing was the author’s tendency to have a character do an action, then the next line was the character speaking. It sometimes made following along as to who was talking a bit difficult. I also wasn’t sure about the heroine for a while. She could be very…she has her ways and wants things her way, but she’s sweet about it. I had a hard time warming up to her.

Still, it’s a cute book and a quick read, so if you’re looking for something for the beach or something for a lazy weekend, then this might be for you.

When the lumber mill closes, laying off most everyone in Fossett, Oregon, Melanie MacDonald plans to revitalize her beloved but beleaguered homestead by running her border collie Shep in Fossett’s mayoral race . . .

 Shep wins by a landslide.  

A lover of democracy and dog treats, Shep is rapidly earning the goodwill of Fossett’s citizens. Tourists are streaming in and everyone wants to glad-paw the new mayor. Suddenly Melanie and Shep are media darlings, with requests for interviews, game shows, and personal appearances through the roof. But there’s trouble in paradise. Determined to win back his former wife, Bryce MacDonald discovers a rival in tabloid reporter Chad Cameron, who’s in Fossett to dig up dirt on Melanie and Shep. He finds a willing co-conspirator in the malcontent who lost the election. Hounded by the press and desperate to head off a potential dog-napping, Melanie unwittingly puts herself in danger. Shep comes to the rescue, proving his mettle to save his faithful human at the risk of his own life . . . and new political career. 

What I’m Reading Friday with @meganslayer ~ Reaching for the Moon by Katherine Johnson

This week I read Reaching for the Moon. I read this because I wanted to read about Katherine Johnson and since this is her autobiography, why not read from the source? It’s a YA geared book, but that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment. She writes in a very conversational tone and I liked it. I recommend the book.

The inspiring autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped launch Apollo 11.

As a young girl, Katherine Johnson showed an exceptional aptitude for math. In school she quickly skipped ahead several grades and was soon studying complex equations with the support of a professor who saw great promise in her. But ability and opportunity did not always go hand in hand. As an African American and a girl growing up in an era of brutal racism and sexism, Katherine faced daily challenges. Still, she lived her life with her father’s words in mind: “You are no better than anyone else, and nobody else is better than you.”

In the early 1950s, Katherine was thrilled to join the organization that would become NASA. She worked on many of NASA’s biggest projects including the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon.

Katherine Johnson’s story was made famous in the bestselling book and Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. Now in Reaching for the Moon she tells her own story for the first time, in a lively autobiography that will inspire young readers everywhere.

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ The Guardians by John Grisham

I’m a sucker for John Grisham books. I look forward to when the next one comes out and when they do, I’m right in line to get a copy.

I’ve been a little disappointed by some of the latest Grisham books, but this one looked different. So…I gave it a shot. I’m glad I did. I liked the main character, Cullen, even though he’s flawed. His heart is in the right place. Plus, I liked the character of Quincy. I liked how the story twisted and turned in directions I wasn’t expecting. If you’re a fan of Grisham of old, then this is worthy of a read. If you’re considering coming back to Grisham, then try this one. There’s a gory scene a little less than halfway through, but it’s vital in explaining the story. Give it a shot.

In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s. 

Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence.  But no one was listening.  He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister.

Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time.  Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated.

They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought.