Reading is Love

A blog about the love of reading and books.

Branding Yourself

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Title: Branding Yourself by Erik Deckers and Kyle Lacy

Category: Nonfiction, Social Media, Job Hunting

Review: I loved reading this book. I was actually searching for books that help you find books and I got good reviews on this one. So I went ahead and bought it. I wasn’t disappointed. This book is all about putting yourself out there on social media and in the real world as well. They discuss how to use blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as some of the key social media forms to help you get a job. This is not a typical social media book. They’re not going to tell you how to do something then leave you off. They have case examples and also tell you the do’s and dont’s of something. I think all people, jobless or not, need to read this book so they can use social media to their advantage. I know I will.

Rating: *****

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Well I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to my friends, family, and all the followers out there. I hope your Thanksgiving was as great as mine. I know I have a lot to be thankful for. I wish everyone the best. Have a great night.

Serenity

From a Buick 8

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Title: From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

Category: Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction

Review: From a Buick 8 did not exactly impress me as much as Stephen King’s other books. I got it thinking that it would somewhat be like a mix between Christine and aliens, but it was not that. It is about a boy named Ned, whose father was a Pennsylvania State Trooper, and was killed by a drunk driver. He starts to hang out with his father’s pals doing chores for them and eventually becoming part of the family. He ends up finding out about the Buick and everyone has to explain what their experiences have been with the Buick over the years. Though there are experiences with alien creatures and plants, it was not enough for me. It’s like Stephen King was keeping me waiting and waiting for when he was going to reveal where the Buick was from. It was a little of a disappointment to me.

Rating: **

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day! I would like to thank all the veterans out there who have served for us. I would also like to thank the families who have members in the service. They and those who serve sacrifice so much for us. Thank you!

Serenity

Book goals of November

Well last month wasn’t as good. I only read two books. Ugh! Got to do better this month. Hopefully this month will be a better for me. So here are the goals for this month:

  • Fiction: 1
  • Cookbooks: 1
  • History: 1
  • Other: 1

Total: 4

Just stick with me guys. I’m going to get it done! November is going to be a better month!

Serenity

Ravensbruck

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Title: Ravensbruck by Sarah Helm

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War II, Concentration Camps

Review: I had been wanting to read this for a long time when I purchased this. I saw it at a Barnes and Noble shop and jumped on it. Ravensbruck did not disappoint me in any way. It is a very well written book. The author did a lot of digging and interviews of a lot of women to make this book possible. We know a lot about the main camps, such as Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Birkenau, etc… However, Ravensbruck is one that has been lost to us. This book tells the story of the women of Ravensbruck and what they were put through. Originally Ravensbruck was supposed to be a prisoner of war camp, but as the war carried on things changed. Experiments were carried out on the women. Women were made to work for companies and didn’t get any compensation at all. The camp was designed for a certain size, but was overloaded. The book tells a tale of how the women of several nationalities were treated in Ravensbruck. How some survived and how some even were able to help the cause by getting messages to the allies. However, it is a tale of sadness and horror and degradation because the women were treated no better than animals. It is an amazing read and an amazing story that should be read by everyone.

Rating: *****

Merry Samhain and Happy Halloween!

Merry Samhain and Happy Halloween everyone! I love this holiday. Halloween is my favorite holiday ever. Samhain is my favorite Sabbat ever. In Wicca it is the witch’s new year. It is a holiday of change and also a time when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. I hope that if you celebrate either one or both it is a wonderful one for you. Have a great night!

Serenity

Joyland

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Title: Joyland by Stephen King

Category: Fiction, Mystery

Review: I really loved reading Joyland. I don’t think it’s as heard of because it is more of a mystery novel, but I loved reading it and I think anyone who calls themselves a Stephen King fan needs to. The book is narrated by a man who is recalling his year at Joyland, an amusement park that he worked at when he was a college kid. He tells of his heart break, the way his girlfriend broke up with him. How he became a favorite in the park by dressing as a dog. He also tells about the murder at the park which had happened and he learned of when he applied for the job. There is so much that keeps you hooked in the book that you just can’t put it down. The book centers around the murder and he is the one who ends up solving it. You would never have thought that the man who did it was the killer. Stephen King is just a great writer. He really should do more mystery books. Try reading this one. I’m a fan of Stephen King’s scary stories, but he is a great mystery writer too.

Rating: *****

Book goals of October

Well September was much better than the month before. I did get three books read. 🙂 I am hoping to reach the same amount or more. I have a lot going on this month so forgive me if I don’t reach my goal. Here’s hoping though. Here are my book goals for this month:

  • Fiction: One
  • New Age: One
  • History: One
  • Cookbook: One

So those are my goals for this month. Thanks for keeping up with me. Have a good one!

Serenity

Carrie

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Title: Carrie by Stephen King

Category: Fiction, Horror, Thriller

Review: I have been on a tangent for Stephen King novels lately. I had never read Carrie or seen the movie. Now I have done both. Carrie is a book about a very isolated and lonely girl. Her mother is a very devout and religious woman who shames Carrie. The whole thing starts when Carrie gets her first period. She is in the locker room with other girls who have picked on her for all her life and she thinks she is dying. She is never taught by her mother about menstruation or womanhood. This is what brought on her telekinesis most likely. In return for the girls making fun of her, they have a week’s detention by the gym teacher. One of the girls walks out and basically comes up with a revenge scheme for Carrie. While one of the other girls genuinely tries to make up by sending her boyfriend to go with Carrie to the prom. Fast forward, Carrie goes to the prom with a very popular boy and is having a wonderful time. They are voted king and queen and get up on stage. Pig’s blood then is poured over both of them and this sets off the destruction of not only the school, but the town as well. Carrie takes her revenge, but it kills her in the end. It is very sad book, but you cannot stop reading it. I loved it from the beginning. Definitely read it before you watch the movie if you haven’t seen the movie. It’s definitely worth adding to your book collection.

Rating: *****

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