Chapter by Chapter review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 25

Well, would you look at that! It’s not even a whole month yet and I’m already posting another installment of my chapter by chapter review of Tyra Banks’ “Modelland”! The world must be coming to an end!

When we last left the Bellas, Dylan was running away from the W.O.W. class to probably eat her feelings, and Tookie and Naomi Campbell stand-in Shiraz Shiraz have gone chasing after her so she doesn’t eat her own weight in pies or something.

They end up chasing Dylan into a plaid cube that smelled strangely of wet fur. There are so many lesbian hipster jokes I could make right now but I will resist from doing so.

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Ronreads interview: Gregg Olsen

This post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I was too busy puking my guts out to actually finish going through the transcript. I may have caught a little something-something, because even as I type this up now I have snot literally dripping from my nose.

This interview with Gregg Olsen happened about a month ago. Going into the interview, I quite honestly expected something else. If you do a Google image search of Gregg Olsen, you end up with pictures of a stern-faced man with a rather impressive moustache, and I was prepared to interview someone with no sense of humor at all.

Happily, Gregg Olsen is far from being someone with no sense of humor. In fact, meeting him in person, you’ll quickly find no one likes laughing more than Gregg Olsen. In this interview, he talks about making the move from non-fiction to fiction, the humor he tries to put into his work, and what he really thought about the Philippines before coming here.

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Losing my Warehouse Sale virginity

I took this picture at 10:15. The sale opened at 10 a.m. WAT EVEN.

Fun fact: The great guys over at National Book Store actually invited me to check out the Warehouse Sale (#NBSWarehouseSale) before it opened to the public last Thursday. I haven’t been to one before, and I really wanted to go, but I had to cover the National Book Development Board’s Read Lit Festival.

And while I had tons of fun at the Read Lit Festival, I want me some cheap books. I couldn’t find the time to go to it for the past three days, so when I finally had the free time yesterday I woke up really early so I could get ahead of everybody else also planning to go there on a Sunday.

As the photo above shows, everybody else and their uncle probably had the same idea.

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Ronreads interview: Alex Gilvarry

It’s been literal months since I interviewed Filipino-American author Alex Gilvarry, but work has been se hectic and stressful and drama-filled that finding the time to just sit down and update the blog has been difficult to find. More often than not, I’d rather flop down on my bed and try not to sob uncontrollably.

But now I have a weekend where I can do actual weekend activities, so before I leave my humble abode to check out National Book Store’s Warehouse Sale, check out the transcript of my interview with the author of “From the Memoirs of A Non-Enemy Combatant”.

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Book review: Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Raven Boys”

Young adult author Maggie Stiefvater has certainly had a winning streak when it comes to the critics and bestseller lists.

Her “The Wolves of Mercy Falls” trilogy all ended up on the New York Times Bestseller list, with the second book, “Linger”, debuting on the top spot. “Lament”, her debut novel, was named a best book for young adults by the American Library Association (ALA).

Her most recent work, “The Scorpio Races”, was not only named a best book of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly, The School Library Journal, and the New York Times, but was also given a 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Honor. The Michael L. Printz Award highlights works of literary excellence that are written for a young adult audience.

With such a string of hits, there’s quite a lot of pressure on Stiefvater’s latest work, “The Raven Boys”, to live up to its successful predecessors. Will this new novel be the start of another successful young adult (YA) series? Or will “The Raven Boys” spoil Stiefvater’s so far perfect record?

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Chapter by Chapter review: Tyra Banks’ “Modelland” Chapter 23 and 24

This will never stop being funny to me.

Yes, yes, I know I’ve been gone for almost a whole month now, but in my defense there have been some monumental changes in my place of employ. Trust me when I tell you guys that it is definitely enough reason for me to vanish for several weeks.

But now I’m back! And so is Tyra Banks’ magnum opus, “Modelland”! I can’t believe I’m still doing this! But I am!

The last time we were in Modelland, we saw Kamalini unintentionally murder a whole family of poor Indians by letting them have speaking parts in a feature film, watched Dylan  witness her father’s dying moments in the middle of a children’s park, and Tookie being a drama llama. THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TYRA CAN DO THAT WILL SURPRISE ME AT THIS POINT.

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