Thursday, December 11, 2008

honk if you love jesus?

So I just got done reading this crazy ass book. One of my favorite Christian authors (can’t say I have a lot of them), Melody Carlson has done it again. She continues to amaze me that reading her books, though based on Christianity and filled with excellent messages, don’t make me want to throw up in my mouth.

Seriously, her book “The Other Side of Darkness” is about this chick that develops serious mental problems (that were a long time coming) but got INSANE once some honk if you love Jesus (not in a good way) pastor took over her church. It basically turned into a cult, and she went outside of her dammmmn mind. At first I was thinking I couldn’t even read it, it got me feeling so frustrated that some churches ARE psycho. Some do make people in their congregation go nuts thinking they always have to live in fear of Hell. It’s healthy to have a fear of God or whatever, but they take it to a whole other level.

This is a must read for those who enjoy the Jesus loving books, and those who just like to read, period.

DeMille's 'The Gate House'

In the end, Nelson DeMille’s “The Gate House” was worth reading, especially if you read the first installment “Gold Coast.” You may have to give this one a little push to get through, but trust me, in the end…you will not ask for those hours of your life back. Or maybe you will, and in that case I am sorry about your luck. I’ve come to the realization that DeMille writes a little uneven, distracted maybe? But hey, I get distracted all the time, so I enjoyed myself.

Just make it to the end. That’s the best advice I can give you.

The White Tiger

In his first novel, Aravind Adiga takes on some crazy intense issues: the unhappy division of social classes into haves and have-nots, the cultural imperialism of the First World, the powder-kegged anger that seethes among the world's dispossessed, and entrapment. But his skills as an author protect the novel from becoming one of those super-boring stories that focus only on educating readers. Not that I don’t enjoy being educated, but I don’t want to be bored out of my damn mind in the process either. The White Tiger entertains and gives pause for thought. Pause for thought? Yes, I stole that line from someone else.

Friday, November 28, 2008


Thank you all who entered the drawing to win Against Medical Advice!

Sara from California was our winner! You will receive your book in the mail shortly!

Thanks for reading, stop by again soon for the next drawing.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

James Patterson

Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery

It's a heart-warming story of a young boy afflicted with a severe case of Tourette's syndrome. The doctors don't know how to treat him, so they keep feeding him medical cocktails in an effort to control his behavior. The drugs don't work; they just sedate him (leading to ADD) and depress him adding depression to his list of maladies. Some of the drugs simply intensify his problems.

James Patterson displays his usual talent for good writing as he describes essential events in Cory's life. This is a story about the importance of family, of parents who dedicate themselves to helping their son, even when that means "tough love", and of the recognition that modern medicine has limits that the human spirit does not.

This story will inspire those who deal with Tourettes on a day-to-day basis and also inspire those who know little about the disease to take interest in those who do have it.

This story is true; it is personal and will pull at your heart. Everyone should read it.

Add this one to the library people, it’s a keeper.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008


John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick’s book “Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection” totally goes along with the whole loneliness theme from my last post. It is extremely well researched and discuss the wear and tear of loneliness amoung the many other aspects. I know I am giving you all this whole serious side of literature with this, but hey, some people need help. Some of you are lonely ass men and women who suck at being social. It’s hard to put yourself out there, trust me I know. Books like this one will take you through your problem step by step and hopefully by the end of it, you will have resolved some aspect of this problem. Lack of social skills are a problem so many people have, so don’t feel dumb. Your feelings are your feelings, read this book, learn who to gain control of your life and GET IT RIGHT.

“Epilogue: A Memoir”

Anne Roiphe’s memoir “Epilogue: A Memoir” was not exactly my taste. Probably because she tells about her life as a widow, and being that I am a twenty-three year old girl, I’d rather not think about being a widow, since I haven’t even found Mr. Right yet. Don’t get me wrong, it was very well written, and interesting. It just sort of brought me down. It would be perfect for a widow to read, helpful even. Anne talks about her loneliness and how she coped with it all. I am sure this book has helped many women through their own hard times. I recommend it for those types of women, or women who are simply older and would be interested in reading about Anne’s life. The twenty something’s out there who would rather be ignorant of the fact that you could lose the love of your life someday; pick up something a bit more fun.

"The Lucky One"

“The Lucky One” was actually a pretty good book. It took me about a chapter to get into it. I don’t know why I think that Nicholas Sparks will ever top “The Notebook” because it is not possible, and I have all these expectations of Nicholas Sparks since that book, and he never exceeds them. I can’t really blame him, that love story is like no other. But this new story was good. It was easy reading; I wasn’t bored. It actually seemed like a book that a man could enjoy as well. Sparks main male character had been in the marines, so he spoke of war often. I don’t necessarily enjoy reading about it, but I know a lot of you would. It was worth reading for sure.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Christianity in Literature that DOES NOT SUCK.

I know that some Christian authors have the reputation to write boring books. They all end the same, or have the same types of plots. They are very honk if you love Jesus kind of stories. Let me tell you something about a Christian author I found that writes AMAZING books, that are far from boring and talk about real issues.

Melody Carlson is her name. My favorite book by her is called “Finding Alice.” It is about a girl with schizophrenia named Alice. Her whole life she was your average girl, then she hits her senior year in college and totally freaks out. She starts hearing voices, one in particular named Amelia. Amelia told Alice to do all of this crazy shit. You have to read it to really understand, this book is wild. I loved it. You can tell that the author researched schizophrenia hardcore before she put pen to paper. It’s nuts what happens to people’s minds.

If you have a loved one who does suffer from this disease, this book will for real open your eyes to what they go through.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nicholas Sparks.

I got the new Nicholas Sparks book, "The Lucky One" before it came out...
I just hope it doesn't piss me off like his last couple of books.


I haven't actually read a book worth reading in about a month. Lately, I've been dying to call these authors and demand they give me these wasted hours of my life back.

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand was a breath of fresh air my friends. It was unlike any book that I have read in the past few years. Yes, it had the typical love conflicts, people getting hurt...drama, drama, drama. It is like a 400 page book and I read it in two days, I couldn't put it down. There were different twists, and I honestly had no idea what the ending was going to be like until I got there. It was not predictable at all, and everyone who reads this book will appreciate that shit, for sure.

Three very different women, living together, in a very small house on Nantucket for the summer. All of them were completely screwed up. Lets just say it will make you feel like your life isn't that bad.

Read it, get lost in their world, you wont be disappointed.


Hey Everyone.

I am new to this whole blogging thing. I loveeee, love love to read, so I decided to start using a blog as a book review website so I can let you all know what books suck, and which ones KICK ASS (as my blog title states).

Since I read about a gazillion books a year, I thought it would be very good samaritan of me to let you all in on the good, bad and ugly in literature.

I will give you my honest opinion, without giving away too much of the actual book.