Wishlist Wednesday: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

Wishlist Wednesday

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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl Carrie BrownsteinHunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Details: Hardcover, 256 pages
Published: October 27th 2015 by Riverhead Books
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: From a leader of feminist punk music at the dawn of the riot-grrrl era, a candid and deeply personal look at life in rock and roll.

Before Carrie Brownstein codeveloped and starred in the wildly popular TV comedy Portlandia, she was already an icon to young women for her role as a musician in the feminist punk band Sleater-Kinney. The band was a key part of the early riot- grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest, known for their prodigious guitar shredding and their leftist lyrics against war, traditionalism, and gender roles.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is the deeply personal and revealing narrative of Brownstein’s life in music, from ardent fan to pioneering female guitarist to comedic performer and luminary in the independent rock world. Though Brownstein struggled against the music industry’s sexist double standards, by 2006 she was the only woman to earn a spot on Rolling Stone readers’ list of the “25 Most Underrated Guitarists of All-Time.” This book intimately captures what it feels like to be a young woman in a rock-and-roll band, from her days at the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s through today.

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

6990472If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

Details: Paperback, 259 pages
Published: April 6th 2010 by Speak
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: Book Depository
Rating: 3 stars

Summary: The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year.
Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Chloe Moretz!

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Review: I added If I Stay to my wish list a few years ago, but I just never got around to buying it until the trailer for the movie came out. I had to read it so I could go see the movie. I am super glad I finally got around to reading it.

I’m going to start off by saying I didn’t cry and I didn’t love it as much as I thought I was going to. Everyone says it’s amazing and will make you cry. I didn’t feel that way. However, I did enjoy it. I think if I went into it without hearing all the hype I would have given it four stars.

If I Stay is a fast read and I can see how it could make people cry. It’s a good book and I can’t wait to read more by this author.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read If I Stay and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Mini Review: The Frail Days by Gabrielle Prendergast


The Frail Days by Gabrielle Prendergast

Publication Date: April 1st 2015
Details: Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Orca Books
ISBN: 9781459804647
Source:  Won from LibraryThing

Gabrielle Prendergast: 
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Buy The Frail Days:
Amazon | Book Depository

Summary: Stella needs a wild singer for her old-school rock band. When she and the guys in her band hear Tamara Donnelly nail the national anthem at a baseball game. Stella is not convinced Tamara is right for the band, but the guys are. When the band starts to build a local following, Stella and Tamara clash over the direction the band should take, forcing them both to consider what true musical collaboration means.


The Frail Days was just an okay book for me. It has a great message but it’s a super fast read and I think that is why I can only give it two stars. I wish it had been longer. It just seemed like everything was happening too fast. It might have been a three star book if it was even 200 pages. It had everything it needed to be a good book, but unfortunately it was just okay.

If you want a fast, easy read, than you might want to check this one out. It might also be a good one for a kid that likes to read but can’t sit through bigger books. I wish I would have picked this up for a read-a-thon.

2 out of 5 stars