I loved this book--but I hated that it was part of a trilogy when I got to the ending. I literally rea it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. (GI loved this book--but I hated that it was part of a trilogy when I got to the ending. I literally rea it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. (Good news, I didn't neglect my homework to read it. Or my friends.) It's a dystopian ya novel with a loveable protagonist, so that's a plus. Also, this may not be for everyone as there is some strong language. ...more
As a Mormon, I one hundred percent can get behind preparedness. In our semi-annual meetings (also known as General Conference) for as long as I can re
As a Mormon, I one hundred percent can get behind preparedness. In our semi-annual meetings (also known as General Conference) for as long as I can remember, there has been some mention of personal preparedness. Typically, however, the warning to prepare is quite general (as it would obviously need to be in a global church–different disasters in different climates, right?)
Fortunately for me, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters covered EVERYTHING (well, nearly everything. We’ll come back to that.) I can sleep in peace at night knowing that there are ways to avoid disasters like the ones mentioned in this book as well as survive if when one occurs. (With global warming, it’s merely a matter of time…)
Written by someone who NOT ONLY EXPERIENCED A SHARKNADO FIRSTHAND–but actually became a hero during it, Fin Shepard (one of the co-authors) is a man you can trust to help you best prepare for everything from a beeclipse to a Stonehenge Apocalypse and more. Drawing on Fin’s personal experience, the reader feels infinitely more prepared for whatever could come his or her way, especially since these unnatural disasters seem to be occurring more and more frequently!
I would recommend this book to everyone–or at least everyone who wants to be a survivor. In fact, I only had a few slight issues with this survival guide.
1. The guide did not cover a StayPuft Marshmallow man attack. I’m not sure if it was a gross oversight on the part of the author or if there just isn’t a blowtorch big enough in the state of New York to roast that sucker.
2. The guide also did not teach me how to survive when a wizarding battle breaks out while attending Hogwarts. Nor what to do if I ever found myself amidst vampires and werewolves fighting over true love in Forks, Washington. It also did not prepare me for what to do if a misunderstood scientist creates a machine that rains food. How am I supposed to survive these catastrophes on my own?
Even with these shortcomings, I think I’ll be buying this book as a wedding gift for all my friends. I mean, what’s the point of living if all your friends are dead?
When all is said and done, I’d give this book 4 stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books. ...more
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is the story of survival—but not your typical survival story. It’s a story about love, but also, not a love story.A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is the story of survival—but not your typical survival story. It’s a story about love, but also, not a love story. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Because of that, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I loved this book for the raw emotion, and I hated this book for the raw emotion. Clearly, emotion is hard for me. Okay, but for reals. I picked this book from the list because it was about Russia. Russia is kind of a big deal right now—first, the Sochi Olympics earlier this year, then the whole invasion of Ukraine thing. I thought this book might help me to have a better world view of that. And in some ways it did. Really, I learned about what people do to survive. I read about loving so deeply and caring so much and using it as a coping mechanism when all is crashing down around you. I learned that love leads to betrayal in the darkest of times. I learned that caring about people and caring for people can be two completely separate things, but in the end they’re the deepest connection we have. Overall, I liked this book I think. There was a little bit too much (and by that, I mean a lot too much) sexual content for my taste—but like I said, I really didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked this book. I’d give it 3 stars, and a PG13 rating. ...more