I have always found poetry pretty intimidating. I know each sentence can be interpreted in a million different ways. I have really become a fan of ButI have always found poetry pretty intimidating. I know each sentence can be interpreted in a million different ways. I have really become a fan of ButtonPoetry on youtube. They have amazing videos of poetry slams. I have always used goodreads end of year awards to find some of the best poetry books from the year. I am not sure if I am qualified to say if a poetry book is good or not yet. But one thing I know for sure is that I enjoyed a lot of poems from this book. Many of them struck a chord with me.
I have been a member of Oyster. Oyster is a book service that is pretty much like a netflix but for books. Most people don't Oyster and chill so OysteI have been a member of Oyster. Oyster is a book service that is pretty much like a netflix but for books. Most people don't Oyster and chill so Oyster is going to be discontinuing their services early next near. The reason I bring this up is that they have the entire Harry Potter series on Oyster. I thought it would be a cool goal to say goodbye to oyster by marathon-ing the Harry Potter series. I have failed on a ton of goals this year so why not try another? On Oyster they even had a cool option of picking a house that would be kind of a color scheme for your reading experience. I chose the random option and ended with Hufflepuff. I'm not really sure what that means yet.
So I am super late to the whole Harry Potter fan base. My only first hand exposure is seeing Goblet of Fire way back in the day on a date(humblebrag?) for some reason. But either way I'm not going to go deep into plot. A boy finds out he is a wizard and goes to wizard school. A lot of the main characters are the underdogs and you can't help but root for each and every one of them.
Okay. Okay. I know wrestling isn't real or whatever. But growing up I always enjoyed wrestling. In recent years I started watching a little more hereOkay. Okay. I know wrestling isn't real or whatever. But growing up I always enjoyed wrestling. In recent years I started watching a little more here and there. There are a few reasons I wanted to check this book out. The first and most obvious reason is that Daniel Bryan is a little man in a big man's business. Another reason is that Daniel Bryan spent some time in San Antonio. I actually watched him wrestle back in his TWA days.
I'll start by saying Daniel Bryan has a great voice. He seems like a really awesome dude. He's funny, interesting, and smart. With that being said, Craig Tello's parts in the book really drag. Tello starts each chapter describing Daniel Bryan's week of Wrestlemania. So there is basically two things going on. The week leading up to Wrestlemania 30 and Daniel Bryan talking about his career leading up to WWE. I mean I guess it is cool but not really that effective. Craig Tello seems like he is trying to keep the "kayfabe" going strong. While Daniel Bryan talks about calling spots, rehearsals, and story lines.
Overall I found this book interesting. Daniel Bryan is definitely an interesting character and it was cool to see him mention TWA, San Antonio, and Shawn Michaels. ...more
I saw this on Scribd and decided to give it a listen. At first I was going to try and listen to audiobooks while running. I realized that this was a tI saw this on Scribd and decided to give it a listen. At first I was going to try and listen to audiobooks while running. I realized that this was a tough task for me. Usually when I run, I start thinking about stuff. my breathing, my steps, my life, and other things. I think that is one thing I like about running. But I had this book so I decided to listen to it when I was alone at work doing some data entry stuff.
I've liked Aziz Ansari from Parks and Rec and some of the other stuff I have seen him on. I think he is pretty funny and that is what drew me into listening to this book. It seemed like an interesting concept of a comedian teaming up with a team to examine modern romance. It really seemed like a big market research project. The kind of stuff I looked at when I was in college. So I was drawn in.
Aziz doesn't present anything groundbreaking in this book. He provides a scientific look on romance. Focusing on past vs present, country vs country, and male vs female perspectives. It is cool to look at and he brings up interesting things.
This book definitely has a lot of Aziz flare to it though. There are funny reoccurring ideas. I think the audiobook is a good choice for any Aziz Ansari fan. ...more
Thug Notes is by far one of my favorite things on the internet. I realize there is some amazing things on the internet like cats and cats sleeping onThug Notes is by far one of my favorite things on the internet. I realize there is some amazing things on the internet like cats and cats sleeping on pizza but the wisecrack Youtube channel is amazing.
Thugs Notes is like Spark Notes but written/performed by Sparky Sweets PhD. Before it was a book it was a series on Youtube. Sparky Sweets is a well read thug that brings street slang into the classical literature. I would definitely recommend any reader to watch the Thug Notes series before reading the book. There is a good chance there is a book that you have read has been reviewed by Sparky Sweets.
With this being said, Thug Notes the book is great because it follows the same format as the Youtube episodes with more analysis and plot. But I really feel like this is better to be watched then read. It can get a little tough reading some of these.
I enjoyed reading some of the analysis of my favorite book The Great Gatsby. I thought it was amazing to think of Daisy as a siren. It makes a lot of sense but I never really thought of her in that way. I also love the mention of Chuck Palahniuk saying that Fight Club is basically the Great Gatsby after the Great Gatsby.
I have gotten into the groove of listening to audio books when I stay late at work. If you know me I usually always stay late at work. It is a peacefuI have gotten into the groove of listening to audio books when I stay late at work. If you know me I usually always stay late at work. It is a peaceful time that I sit at a desk. It is the perfect time for audio books. So I started listening to If You Feel Too Much.
Jamie Tworkowski is the creator of To Write Love on Her Arms. He is a pretty influential person that connects with the youth that deal with depression, anxiety, or just the feeling of not belonging. He has a Christian influence and works it in well to his story telling. This book is pretty much blog entries and I know I would have felt better actually reading this book than listening to the audio book. Jamie narrates the book and it just doesn't appeal to me. His reading is very somber and almost sad. I know that sounds insensitive towards a writer that has dealt with depression. But a lot of his writing is beautiful and full of hop. Even though this is a collection of blogs Jamie has some great writing. There were a lot of times where I wanted to rewind and listen back to a line. This would be much easier if I had the text in front of me.
Jamie is a smart and passionate guy. This definitely is a good read for anyone. Whether you have had difficult times in your life or know anyone that is. Jamie is big on letting people know that you care for them and love them. A lesson everyone should learn....more
The Girl on the Train is a pretty popular book right now. It is compared to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which is what interested me to read this book.The Girl on the Train is a pretty popular book right now. It is compared to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which is what interested me to read this book. I have always found flawed characters and unreliable narrators quite intriguing. The Girl on the Train has plenty of that.
Messy. I think that is one word I can use to explain the plot of this book. Rachel takes the train everyday. On her way the train stops at the same place that passes by the neighborhood she used to live in with her ex husband Tom. There in the neighborhood lives a couple that is often times outside who we later find out is named Scott and Megan. She watches them on her daily commute until one day Megan goes missing.
Okay. Now I know this plot sounds pretty straight forward and maybe the opposite of messy but that is where Paula Hawkins throws in all types of craziness. The book is told from three different perspectives. We hear from Rachel, Megan, and Anna. Each of them are some mixture of flawed, mistreated, paranoid, alcoholic, promiscuous, and more. So that gets the story all mixed up and in weird situations.
Even though I thought this book started off really slow, it hits a great stride in the middle portion of the book that is hard to put down. It is very entertaining and kept me hooked....more
Bird Box is a creepy book. I think that is the best way to describe it. I saw some reviews about it and was intrigued. I have always liked dystopian nBird Box is a creepy book. I think that is the best way to describe it. I saw some reviews about it and was intrigued. I have always liked dystopian novels but I have noticed that I have started reading a lot more into post apocalyptic novels. I am started to see a lot of different perspectives on how a "survivor" would continue on life when their life changes completely.
The beginning of the book is very strong. Josh Malerman introduces us to a woman named Malorie who is a adjusting to life after a lot of the human race is dying. This is the creepy part. It is not happening because of a flu, aliens, zombies, or war. Well at least from what I read.... It is happening because of something people are seeing outside. Malerman does a great job of introducing this phenomenon. When people see this thing or creature or whatever, they go mad and often end up committing a murder suicide. Those who survive do so by wearing blindfolds and covering up windows.
I feel bad because even though this review is vague I want to not include any spoilers. It is definitely a suspenseful and interesting read. Malerman does some cool things throughout the book. It's a quick read so I would definitely give it a shot if it sounds interesting to you....more
I spent a lot of my younger years reading comics. I mostly focused on humor based comics like Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, and the likes. I have bumpeI spent a lot of my younger years reading comics. I mostly focused on humor based comics like Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, and the likes. I have bumped into a few Oatmeal comics and have found them enjoyable. When I saw this book on Amazon I was intrigued to check it out. I have been dabbling in running for a while. I use it exactly as Matthew Inman describes it. I use it for a sort of escape to be introspective. I've entered a few races in the past month and found them to be enjoyable.
Matthew Inman explores the reasons why he runs, a few stories of his runs, and his point of views on the healthy culture. It is honest, funny, and smart. The comics are very funny and the Blerch is hilarious. So many rolls.
This is an interesting look on one man's outlook on running. This is by no means a how to or motivational book. But can provide some insight and laughs for runners and non-runners alike....more