I love JG's album, but have yet to come around to their name (this will most likely never happen.)
@LilRedCorvette I'm in the same sitch and have concealed a rather large tattoo on my right thigh through many a sweltering Cleveland summer just because I don't want to hear my dad say, "But why would you do that to your body?"
@A. Louise I normally go to the Halloween covers show at the Beachland, but I'm not super into the lineup this year. Last Halloween I lived in an apartment and this Halloween I live in a house with neighbors who have kids, so maybe I am just going to be at home handing out candy?
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I feel like Fiona Apple is at least partially responsible for my off the charts score on the verbal portion of the GRE.
I used to listen to Tidal on my discman every night before falling asleep. I have diary entries that quote Apple's lyrics (prolifically) & yet... I don't know, her music hasn't followed me into adulthood in the same way that other music has. (Like, The Blake Babies' Sunburn is still a very key text for me as is Mary Timony's The Golden Dove, but something about Apple has remained very specific to adolescence.)
I will say that I did see Fiona Apple in concert last summer with my best friend from middle school and it was exactly as transformative as we had always dreamed and hoped it would be. (Also, the venue had moderately priced nachos that were not unlike the ones available in our middle school cafeteria, so the whole thing was very authentically late nineties for us.)
This is especially timely because lately Spotify's dumb discovery service has thrown a new "genre" at me & I'm now being bombarded by recommendations that say things like: SAVAGE GARDEN WAS POPULAR WHEN YOU WERE IN SCHOOL.
"All My Life" has really held up as a slow dance song, though. I slow danced to it at a wedding last summer & it was great.
Yes, so many good ones on this! I'm particularly partial to Bunnicula, which I read as an actual child, and When You Reach Me, which I read as an adult in the waiting room of a car dealership (which means that I cried publicly while strangers watched The Price Is Right.) One Crazy Summer is also great, as are all of the other obviously great books on this list. The only one I rolled my eyes at was Hatchet. I just can't get into survivalist "lost in the woods with limited resources" YA lit. (Except for Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon which scared the daylights out of me when I read it in middle school.)
I associate a lot of summer reading with reading adult books that were thematically inappropriate for me as a child/teen. Summer is when I read way too many horror and mystery novels - lots of Stephen King, also the Robin Hudson mysteries by Sparkle Hayter. Anything about a haunted house or a murder is perfect summer reading for me, which is probably why (bringing it back to childhood reads) I'm still in love with The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
@TheMnemosyne AAAHHH! Wait Til Helen Comes is SO GOOD and SO CREEPY. It's been on my list of childhood books to reread for awhile now.
@City_Dater I scrolled through this whole comments section looking for a mention of Snyder. I was obsessed with The Headless Cupid and still read it from time to time.
@RoxxieRae I was home sick from work on Tuesday and basically just parked myself on the couch with a mug of tea (and whiskey) and watched the whole series & have a lot of feelings about it. I do feel compelled to preempt criticism from others by acknowledging that, yeah, Piper is privileged & there is sort of a problematic element re: how do we frame prison narratives, whose stories get told & why, etc. but damn, sometimes you just want to sit on the couch and watch something snappily written but also moving & it is so, so refreshing to watch a show with a predominately female cast that depicts a wide range of women & shows all of the great (and terrible) ways that women interact with each other.