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New Book Day

Title: Maximum Ride, Vol. 7 (Maximum Ride: The Manga #7)
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Summary (via GoodReads):
Fang’s blog has brought ITEX and their cruel research to the world’s attention, and his readers take a stand at the facility where Max and the girls are being held, shutting the organization down. But Max isn’t through saving the world yet! When the Flock is asked to aid a group of environmental scientists studying the effects of global warming, the expedition seems like a perfect combination of adventure and activism. But even in Antarctica, Max is an irresistible target with the eyes of the world upon her. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world…

The people who will like this book
I think the audience on this one might be mixed. Fans of the books might like the graphic novel approach. The books are ok but poorly written and are not very good at describing wht’s going on. This is one that might be able to bring people who don’t normally read graphic novels into the fold.

Why it Should be on Your Reading List
If you are a fan of the series. Even mildly. These novels are a fun read even if you arne’t a die hard of his work.

Why it’s on My Reading List I’m a mild fan. The graphic novels are much better about telling the story than the books so I actually have an interest in the story.

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Bitter Aftertaste, Still!

Ok so I read a new book to hopefully fix the faulted Drood.  Alright so maybe it is only faulted in my eyes.  The book I picked up next was Dan Brown’s Inferno.  My husband got this for me for Christmas and I was just getting around to reading it.  The initial payoff was there.  This book started off with a bang and kept me interested till the end and then bam, the end just didn’t jive with me.  Now I realize that maybe this has more to do with my personal life, but still I was not a fan.

ATTENTION SPOILERS AHEAD

Warning I may give away some of the ending so if you haven’t read the book and were planning on it please don’t continue reading this until you have done so.

This book deals with overpopulation and a mad scientist desire to curb that by whatever means possible.  Robert Langdon is to follow the clues and try to stop whatever catastrophe might lie ahead.  The thought is that this crazy guy is going to release a plague, but in the end what he does is way worse then that.  I believe in God and I believe that he made us a certain way.  I also believe no one has the right to think they are God and get to change my body or DNA with out my permission.  After they try to stop the mad man another decision is made and it is one that I was not really thrilled about.  That said luckily the book is just fiction for now.

I believe I have said enough so if you did decide  to read this without reading the book you should go read the book it is interesting just affected me on quite a personal level.

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New Book Day

Title:Legend
Author:Marie Lu
Genre:YA Dystopia
Summary (via GoodReads):
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

The people who will like this book: If you liked Hunger Games, Divergent…etc…

Why it Should be on Your Reading List: Dystopias are fun!
Why it’s on My Reading List: I like Hunger Games, Divergent…

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Sidetracked Repeatedly

You know how sometimes you have this plan and you lay it all out and it seems so perfect that all you have to do is just stick to that plan. Yeah, for some reason that somehow never seems to work. I know thats what happens to me. It seems that always happens to Sal Paradise as well. No matter what he does through this story it seems to be that as soon as he hits the open road he gets distracted and pushed off course from his lives goals. However, my intention was not to talk more about the story this week because I wanted to hit a couple of things that have been happening in my life. It is after all my column and I can do whatever I want. Don’t worry this good and relevant.

So this morning I’m writing this and have just come off a crazy weekend. Here in Denver it was Comic Con weekend. I didn’t get to participate in much of it though. I was setup for most of it volunteering to help man the booth for a cause that is near and dear to our hearts at the Brown Bag Media network of shows and sites. Extra Life is one of the best charities out there. I have been lucky enough to be able to join and help out the new local guild and in getting organized we can hopefully raise for awareness of this fun event. Here is the thing though. Usually I’m not the first one to go right out and start to sell myself and get people interested. I’m really more of an introvert when it comes to personality. I like to get to know someone and then will open up. For some reason though I’m finding that part of me is changing. I’m not sure what the cause is either. Is it that I know write out more of my thoughts and share them with all of you? Is it that I’m getting to the age where I just don’t care about holding back anymore or care what peoples opinion of me is? I think part of it dissimilar interest. I felt more comfortable because we were all in the same place for the same thing. Love of  stories. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I was able to talk to the people walking past us and grab them to get them to listen to me talk about how great Extra Life is, nor was it that hard to sell these people on raising money for kids with the added bonus of getting to play games for 24 hours straight. I know thats a hard sell with nerds. At the same time though there was so many that had never even heard of the event.

We ultimately signed up an additional 400 people this weekend to be part of the main event in October. But think about this the thing that makes the Denver Comic Con so unique in the convention world is that after covering their costs which they try very hard to keep to a minimum. all of the profits go to a local after school program which uses comics to help kids learn how to read. There aren’t a bunch of people getting rich off of the attendance numbers. Only a bunch more kids that are going to benefit from the extreme success of the event. So here I am talking to people that not only paid to get in and in doing so are helping kids in one way, but then ultimately sign up and end up helping us get more money to directly help sick kids. It donned on me at some point that When most people think of us nerds they of us being these loner types that only care about what we are interested in. When in reality most people I met and talked to are super excited that there are ways we can give back to others. I think the media portrays the human race as negative murderous beings, and we are that no doubt about it, Yet at the same time there is so much good being in the world all the time too. You just have to sometimes look a bit harder for it.

Now the other thing that has sidetracked me a bit the last couple of weeks is that I had the opportunity to test out some cool functionality on my favorite reading device. My brother Jake has been doing more reading since getting his kindle and I also have gotten a new one after gifting my old one to someone that can use it. He had a personal development book he had read that he thought I should read. The cool part is that he has it in kindle format and so for the first time ever we got try out loaning a book to another user. It is really easy to do and the benefit is that you can do it at any time and from anywhere.

Now the only downsides from a lender perspective is that while he has loaned the book out to me he has no access to the book. for most books that are narratives this won’t have much impact on the lender. For something like this or a reference book like a application learning book for instance that makes things a bit more difficult. Still it’s nice to be able to lend a book to someone else electronically. However, this process gets difficult on the other side the fence. You see what happens is you get an email with a link to accept the book. Thats the easy part of all of this. the hard part is once you accept it and the book is added to your library you only have 14 days to read it. While this doesn’t seem like a problem depending on the length and what is happening in your life at the time that can be a very short amount of time to finish a book. Luckily for me this one is only a couple hinder pages and still have more week to finish it. I’m also almost half way through which helps relieve the stress of thinking I’m not going to finish it.

So ultimately for this time all I’m saying is that we often get side tracked from what we have planned out in our heads. If you go with that flow and let these side tracks take you were they will then ultimately you can find things that will surprise about yourself, and the state of humanity. You will find people that will give to any good cause. be that cause helping other learn to read, helping those that are sick, or even someone that has found that you might need some help. Opening up and letting these things come to you is the only way you will see them sometimes.

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When a Book leaves a bad taste behind

So I know we don’t really eat books but I was thinking about how sometimes you eat something that just tastes horrible and then you have to eat or taste something else to get that out of your mouth.  So if that made sense that is kind of what the book Drood did to me.  Yeah not a rave review for the book.  And I feel that I should warn you about the book, but also tell you that you might disagree with me.

Anyway here goes my warning.  This book is 771 pages of old English kind of writing and there really isn’t satisfying ending.  There is also some problematic things in it for me as a woman.  Women are not treated very well in this book.  Now that is probably just how those times were, but for me I really don’t want to read about the horrible treatment of women in such callous matter.

Anyways I am now onto another book because I need to read something that will at least satisfy my reading appetite and I will share that with you next time.

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New Book Day

Title: Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools
Author: Glenn Beck
Genre:
Summary (via GoodReads):
In Conform, Glenn Beck presents a well-reasoned, fact-based analysis that proves it’s not more money our schools need—it’s a complete refocusing of their priorities and a total restructuring of their relationship with the federal government. In the process, he dismantles many of the common myths and talking points that are often heard by those who want to protect the status quo.

The people who will like this bookParents, politically/educationally active

Why it Should be on Your Reading List If you have kids you need to know about Common Core and what and how it teaches.
Why it’s on My Reading ListBecause I have kids and their school is ‘converting’ to the Common Core curriculum and the things they come home with are a bit scary.

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Moriarty Returns

So it is time to start part two of On the road. So of course it would start much the same way that the first one does. Sal is back in school has a girl he see regularly and likes. Life is basically back to normal. Which of course means that in order to get him back on the Road he would need prompting from an old friend. Thus enters Dean Moriartiy in 1939 hudson. This won’t be good for Sal. Not only is that influence returning in his life but also a car which means freedom to head out with the man that always seems to get him in trouble. They actually stick close to new york for the end of December and celebrate the New year in New York. Instead of a one celebration though it ends up being this nearly week long party that sees Sal lose his girl and the influence of Dean take hold of him again.

When Dean showed up in the car he had with him Marylou his first wife, and a new fellow he met while working the rails in California by the name of Ed Dunkel. Before they ventured to the east Ed had gotten married to a girl named Galatea. She was out of money and slow so they left her somewhere in Texas. Not long after they had arrived at Sal’s Aunts house. A call had come in for Dean from Old Bull Lee down in New Orleans. It seems that ol Galatea had found her way there and was now locking herself up in a room and refusing to come out. All Old bull wanted was for them to come and get her. Thus it was decided that after the new year they would head out. Sal would join them and go to New Orleans then continue on to Old San Fran with them. Being back in time before the new semester of college started. It was a great idea at the time. If only they knew what was truly in store for them.

Early in this part of the book Sal talks about Dean in an interesting way. He says that the bug is once again upon on him. Referring of course to Dean as the bug. He sees him as someone that inspires a wild side in him that he both loves and fears. He knows that heading out into the world is a way to find fun excitement and a world he can use in his writings. At the same time his last adventure only left him finding heartbroken and penniless on the return trip. Never the less he still has no will to resist the byte of Dean, or the wild side it unleashes in him.

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Not liking any of the characters…

So what do you do when the book you are reading doesn’t seem to have a single good character?  Ugh, not sure.  I think that is my problem with the book Drood right now.  I am not loving any of the characters.  They all seem to have major character flaws and while I am not a perfect person, I just don’t ever see me or anyone I know acting the way that they do.  I took a little hiatus from the book for the last week and I hope that I will be able to push through it this next week.  I sure hope that towards the end one of these characters can redeem themselves, but I am finding that may be difficult if they commit any of the acts they swear to do.

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New Book Day

Title: The Maze Runner Triology
Author:James Dashner
Genre: Fantasy / YA / SciFi
Summary (via GoodReads):
The perfect gift for fans of “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent,” this boxed set of the paperback editions of James Dashner’s” New York Times” bestselling series includes “The Maze Runner,” “The Scorch Trials,” and “The Death Cure.” “The Maze Runner” motion picture featuring the star of MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Thomas Brodie-Sangster; Will Poulter; and Aml Ameen, and hits theaters September 19, 2014! Also look for James Dashner’s newest book “The Eye of Minds,” book one in the Mortality Doctrine series.
“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.
“Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.”
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.
“Everything is going to change.”
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
The people who will like this book
Young Adults? Adults who like Young Adult fiction?
Why it Should be on Your Reading List
I tend to think that these pop books aren’t popular for no reason at all.
Why it’s on My Reading List
OK Tiana read all three in a few days…. that’s really why.

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The Return Home

The craziest thing you can do is to leave home. Your home is more than what you live in. So many times we think that home is only a location. Unfortunately that is not the truth. The true meaning of home is a place within yourself. We often call it the comfort zone. The thing is that we get there and never want to leave.  The hard part is not leaving your”home. ” That is easy it is no more difficult than taking the first step out of the door.  You have to do the same thing as Sal and many others before and simply take the first step towards a new goal. The truly difficult thing to do is to return home.

The thing that is hardest for Sal is that he has no money and no true way to get there. For reasons he doesn’t know he has to leave back home in order to start the real journey. This was only the first part of a much larger journey that will certainly change his life forever. However, he must first make the that long arduous trek back home.

He begins by picking up some more money that has been sent from his aunt to hop a bus as far east as he can manage to pay for. He boarded the bus in Hollywood. There were a peaceful 4 hours where he was finally able to expire the city alone by himself with no other distractions. By dawn of the following morning the bus was blazing a trail through the Arizona desert. It raced it’s way through Flagstaff and headed across through New Mexico. By mid they were through Texas and on route towards Oklahoma and Kansas. By the following afternoon they were already in St. Louis. He takes a short walk to explore while on a short break. Somewhere along the route through Indiana he meets a girl and spends the better part of the ride towards Columbus, Ohio. Where she disembarked and he sleeps all the way to Pittsburg. He disembarks there and finds that he is not only broke but more tired than he has been in a very long time.

The bus trip is over and he must still make his way from Pittsburg to his Aunts house in New York. He turns once again to hitching his way and along the route meets a man  he calls the Ghost of Susquehanna. As he describes him he is a small shriveled old man that claims to be headed to “Canady.” Sal tries to keep up with but the man blazes a path as he walks. Unfortunately despite claiming to know the dorset and roads like no other man he leads Sal in the wrong direction. I man in a truck tries to correct him but the Ghost will hear none of it. Sal catches the ride though and gets back on track after spending the night on a bus station bench.

This ends up being the same for most of the rest of the trip home. He arrives finally though and discovers that he missed seeing Dean again by two weeks. He had been there and talked with Sal’s Aunt. At this point he doesn’t much care he needs rest and knows he needs to get his story down on paper. Thus ends the first part of our tale with a simple journey down and the bug firmly planted in his soul.