Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do...
I think the concept of technology taking over our lives is an interesting one. At the time this was written, television was becoming more and more popular in people's homes. The televisions in the book are huge, taking up entire walls. Programs make it so people interact with what they're watching. Then there is the of burning books because, basically, the government doesn't want people to think and have their own ideas.

Once Montag gets the idea of books and free thought into his head his world is turned upside down. A good classic (and slightly ironic that it's also a challenged) book and anyone that values critical thought should read this.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Just Dare Me by Stephanie Bond


Marketing exec Gabrielle Flannery isn't what you'd call the outdoorsy type. But after an embarrassing incident with a potted plant leaves Gabrielle revealing more leg than a Thanksgiving turkey, she decides it's time to reassert herself. Even if it means going head-to-head with marketing golden boy and the office Hottie McHot, Dell Kingston, over an outdoor gear account... That is, until Gabrielle and Dell find themselves competing against each other for the account at a wilderness survival weekend. Since he's in touch with the great outdoors, Dell figures that naturally extends to Gabrielle and those sexy legs of hers... . But Gabrielle has a few tricks up her sleeve.

And nothing stimulates a sexual appetite like a little fresh air, a tiny little tent and a whole lot of libido.
Just Dare Me... is a part of the Adrenaline Rush collection.

Gabrielle Flannery is a geeky redhead who is always overlooked but when she topples over a potted plant showing off alot of leg she's no longer completely overlooked. She decides that she wants the outdoor gear account, which the sexy Dell Kingston is also going after. This book takes you on an exciting journey of a geek turned chic, determined to get the gold. Who wins? And will they find each other when the contest includes a sexy actor, and beautiful nymphomaniac???

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy (end of) Banned Books Week!

OK, so I probably should have posted something about this at the beginning of Banned Books Week, but I'm lazy and easily distracted and didn't remember to post anything until now. But just because I'm behind doesn't mean that you still can't read banned books. I'm doing you a favor... because banned books are out there and need to be read more than one week a year. I'm just reminding you.

You're welcome.

Banned Books Week is celebrating 30 years of reading books that people challenge because they're offended by them. Seems strange now that I think about it. "You want this book banned? Fine. Now we can promote it during a whole week devoted to books people don't want other people to read."

Do people think they're saving others by challenging a book? They don't like the book (for whatever reason) so they challenge it so other people won't read it. Those people are dicks. You can have your own opinion but you don't have to get a book banned from a school because you don't like it. You are not special. Nobody really cares about your opinion.

There, I said it. I mean, I'm offended by horrible writing but it doesn't mean I'm going to tell other people not to read it... *cough* Twilight *cough cough*

Oh, and read challenged books so you can come up with your own opinion on them. That is all.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson


For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris—Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.

Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives—the ones we’d like to pretend never happened—are in fact the ones that define us. In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include: “Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.
Jenny Lawson is hilariously damaged. I don't know how else to describe it. She shares a lot of stories from her childhood and how growing up with a father that brought home animals (alive or dead) has given her an appreciation for taxidermy (hence the stuffed mouse on the cover).

A good portion of the chapters come straight from her blog so I was a little disappointed that it wasn't all new to me. I didn't exactly mind re-reading old blog posts because they are still funny the second time around, but for $12 (kindle) I was expecting new material that I couldn't find for free on the interwebs. Even with that, I still enjoyed her (mostly true) memoir. I had moments where I laughed out loud and made my husband look at me like I'd lost my mind. That's how you know a book is funny... people look at you strange when you're reading it.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Girl Gone Wild by Joanne Rock

What all-American male could resist a sugarcoated seduction?
 Journalist Hugh Duncan can sniff out international intrigue, but finding a juicy scoop in a Miami singles' club right under his nose? Could a voluptuous chef, singing a siren song while icing a Kama Sutra cream puff, be his next big story---or is she just a luscious piece of fluff? And if the kitchen contessa insists on giving out free samples---well, there's am offer no gentleman should refuse...
Giselle Cesare has a history of stirring up trouble, and not just on her stove. Even so, the minute a handsome reporter wanders into Club Paradise, she knows she's struck gold. By the time their first date draws to a close, Giselle has hit on the secret to spontaneous combustion! Unfortunately, if Hugh persists in digging up her past, more than her sexplicit deserts will be exposed!

I have just begun reading the Harlequin Blaze books, and I am loving every one I come across. Girl Gone Wild is a very sexy read--but its not just the sexual encounters that reel me in, the story line is what really makes this book.

Journalist Hugh Duncan is forced to write a report on Club Paradise, which he is not excited over---he is used to going to exotic locations to write "big" stories, not controversial hotels. While taking a late walk he comes cross Giselle Cesare singing and dancing while cooking in the kitchen and he becomes captivated by her beauty and her love of life. Should he write a story that could possibly destroy the only woman he has ever felt this way about? or should he not write the story and possibly end his career?? What to do????