Music Monday – P.O.D – Youth Of The Nation and Kelly Rowland – Stole


Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The songs and videos I am sharing today are:


Youth of the Nation by P.O.D



Stole by Kelly Rowland


Everything happening in the world lately has had me thinking of these songs. Both songs are powerful. The lyrics and the videos are emotional and have important messages.



Youth of the Nation by P.O.D
Last day of the rest of my life
I wish I would’ve known
‘Cause I would’ve kissed my mama goodbye
I didn’t tell her that I loved her and how much I care
Or thank my pops for all the talks
And all the wisdom he shared
Unaware, I just did what I always do
Everyday, the same routine
Before I skate off to school
But who knew that this day wasn’t like the rest
Instead of taking a test
I took two to the chest
Call me blind, but I didn’t see it coming
Everybody was running
But I couldn’t hear nothing
Except gun blasts, it happened so fast
I didn’t really know this kid
He wasn’t part of the class
Maybe this kid was reaching out for love
Or maybe for a moment
He forgot who he was
Or maybe this kid just wanted to be hugged
Whatever it was
I know it’s because
We are, We are, the youth of the nation
Little Suzy, she was only twelve
She was given the world
With every chance to excel
Hang with the boys and hear the stories they tell
She might act kind of proud
But no respect for herself
She finds love in all the wrong places
The same situations
Just different faces
Changed up her pace since her daddy left her
Too bad he never told her
She deserved much better
Johnny boy always played the fool
He broke all the rules
So you would think he was cool
He was never really one of the guys
No matter how hard he tried
Often thought of suicide
It’s kind of hard when you ain’t got no friends
He put his life to an end
They might remember him then
You cross the line and there’s no turning back
Told the world how he felt
With the sound of a gat
We are, We are, the youth of the nation
Who’s to blame for the lives that tragedies claim
No matter what you say
It don’t take away the pain
That I feel inside, I’m tired of all the lies
Don’t nobody know why
It’s the blind leading the blind
I guess that’s the way the story goes
Will it ever make sense
Somebody’s got to know
There’s got to be more to life than this
There’s got to be more to everything
I thought exists
We are, We are, the youth of the nation
Songwriters: Marcos Curiel / Mark Daniels / Noah Bernardo / Paul Sandoval
Youth of the Nation lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Stole by Kelly Rowland
He was always such a nice boy
The quiet one with good intentions
He was down with his brother, respectful
to his mother
A good boy
But good don’t get attention
One kid with the promise
The brightest kid in school, he’s not a fool
Reading books ’bout science and smart stuff
It’s not enough, no
‘Cause smart don’t make you cool
Well he’s not invisible anymore
With his father’s nine and a broken fuse
Since he walked through that classroom door
He’s all over prime time news
Mary’s got the same size hands as
Marilyn Monroe
She put her fingers in the imprints
At Mann’s Chinese Theatre Show
She could’ve been a movie star
Never got the chance to go that far
Her life was stole Oh Oh, now we’ll never know
They’re crying to the camera
Said he never fitted in, he wasn’t welcome
He’d show up to the parties we was hanging in
Some guys were putting him down, bullin’ him ’round
Now I wish I would have talked to him
Gave him the time of day, not turn away
If I would’ve then it wouldn’t maybe go this far
He’d might’a stayed at home playing
angry chords on his guitar
He’s not invisible anymore
With his baggy pants and his legs in chains
Since he walked through that classroom door
Everybody knows his name
Mary’s got the same size hands as
Marilyn Monroe
She put her fingers in the imprints
At Mann’s Chinese Theatre Show
She could’ve been a movie star
Never got the chance to go that far
Her life was stole Oh Oh, now we’ll never know
Greg was always getting net from 20 feet away
He had a tryout with the sixahs couldn’t
wait for Saturday
Now we’re never gonna see him slam
Flyin’ as high as Kobe can
His life was stole Oh! Oh! Now we’ll never know
Ya their lives were stole
Now we’ll never know
We were here, all together yesterday
Songwriters: Dane Anthony Deviller / Sean Hosein / Stephen Kipner / Stephen Alan Kipner
Stole lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Book Tag – Shelfie by Shelfie


Shelfie by Shelfie is a tag that was created by the wonderful Beth from bibliobeth! You should really check out her awesome blog! This is Beth’s most recent Shelfie.

If you want to join in, it’s easy! You share a picture (or “shelfie”) of one of your shelves in whatever way you like to organize them. Then answer ten questions that are based around that particular shelf. You can do one shelf or your entire library! It will be fun to see everyone’s collections.

Now for my first Shelfie. It’s a little bookshelf that my mother made me. Originally it was going to hold my very favorite books but since a lot of those are still in boxes, I’ve been loading it up with ARC’s that I have reviewed over the last year or so. I didn’t have room for all of them as some of the books are taller than the shelf, but I fit what I could.


1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organized the way it is or is it purely random?

Totally random. It holds the some of my ARC’s from the last year that met the height requirements.

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

My favorite book on the shelf actually doesn’t have a real cover yet. There’s not even a title on the side. It’s on the bottom right. It’s a white book and it’s actually Diane Chamberlain’s upcoming novel “The Dream Daughter”.  This is the earliest ARC I’ve ever received. Somebody wonderful sent it to me. They knew how much I loved Diane Chamberlain and how excited I was for her upcoming novel and sent out this early copy. It’s very special to me and it was a fantastic read! If you would like to read my review click here!


3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

I can’t do it…I just can’t

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

I think I’m going to stick with my copy of “The Dream Daughter”

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

I think it would be Jodi Picoult’s “Small Great Things”

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

The Perfect Mother

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favorites shelf?)

That would have to be a reread because these are books that I’ve already read.  I would really like to re-read “Small Great Things“ as well as “The Great Alone“ at some point.

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

There isn’t any object on this shelf. However, above the shelf is a sign “Dee’s Rad Reads” my mother made the same time she made me the shelf.

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

Hmmm, great question.   I think it says that I’d like to read a lot. Not a very original answer but it’s what came to mind. 🙃

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

Anyone who wants to do this, please feel free, but I would love if you would tag me as I would enjoy seeing it. It would be great if you also tagged Beth as I know she would also love to see your shelfie and your answers to the questions

I hope you liked my very first Shelfie!! I can’t wait to see everyone else’s pictures and their responses to the questions!


Throwback Thursday: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult


Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 


Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Lone Wolf

Published February 28th, 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books


Goodreads Description:

 On an icy winter night, a terrible accident forces a family divided to come together and make a fateful decision. Cara, once protected by her father, Luke, is tormented by a secret that nobody knows. Her brother, Edward, has secrets of his own. He has kept them hidden, but now they may come to light, and if they do, Cara will be devastated. Their mother, Georgie, was never able to compete with her ex-husband’s obsessions, and now, his fate hangs in the balance and in the hands of her children. With conflicting motivations and emotions, what will this family decide? And will they be able to live with that decision, after the truth has been revealed? What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?


My Thoughts:

I remember that I bought this book the day it came out in 2012. I did not want to wait. I wanted to read it right away…

Lone Wolf” does have mixed reviews, but I thought it was a great read. The story was interesting and I enjoyed learning about wolves, their packs, and life in the wild. As always, I appreciate the research this author puts into her novels.

This novel deals with some difficult issues. A family torn apart must come together after a tragedy and difficult decisions need to be made. A unique and well-written novel that made me think about my own moral beliefs. Gripping and emotional this story stayed with me long after I finished the last page.

This is another novel by Jodi Picoult that I would love to have time to read again.

REVIEW: All the Ever Afters: (The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother) by Danielle Teller

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

Expected publication: May 22nd 2018 by William Morrow
“We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?”

I’ve never been big of fairy tales, but the description of this novel had me intrigued. “All the Ever Afters” is the story of Princess Cinderella told from the point of view of her stepmother, Agnes.

Agnes has heard all of the rumors….how cruel she apparently was to Elfilda (Ella), that Ella’s step-sisters vied for Prince Henry’s attention, and so much more.

“Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth.”

Princess Elfilda (Ella) is now the most celebrated woman in the kingdom. Commoners will wait for hours in hopes of catching a glimpse of her face. Any time she changes her hairstyle or tries out a new accessory….every female, even the peasant girls will do what they can to imitate her appearance. Agnes knows more about Princess Elfilda’s history than anyone. But it’s not as much of a fantasy as everyone might believe.

“Nobody is interested in the story of a flesh-and-blood nobleman’s daughter, one who wet her bed, complained of boredom, fought with her kin, and turned up her nose at winter greens just like any mortal child.”

However, Agnes is not going to write the princess’s story, she’s going to write her own.

Agnes was only ten when she was sent to work as a servant at The Manor House, leaving her family behind. She thinks the Manor is beautiful but she doesn’t yet know the evilness that goes on behind closed doors. Agnes yearns for home. All she has is a little clothing and her treasured collection of stones. Although her future is bleak, Agnes is creative and clever and finds ways to make herself indispensable wherever she is sent. She makes her way in a world that is built to keep her down.

“To the abbess, I was a pack-horse, an animal that has value as long as it can work, nothing else”

Then she meets someone who changes the course of her life completely. Agnes feels that she may have finally found a place where she can be happy.

But happiness is never guaranteed to last forever after

This was an interesting read and the prose was often poetic. I don’t think I will ever look at any fairytale in the same way….especially Cinderella. I liked the short chapters and enjoyed reading Agnes’s journal which was interspersed throughout the novel. We are given insight into both the past and the present. I did have a bit of a hard time in the beginning. There were lots of names and titles to try to keep straight. It was a slow burn but it did pick up and I found it to be quite an entertaining story.

A creative and unique story that gives a deeper perspective on good and evil, complicated relationships, and the many different kinds of love. It also shows that everything is not always what it seems.

I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

I’d like to thank William Morrow for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.