Bookish Roundup — June, 2017

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FIRST of all, folks, allow me to apologize for the weak graphic up above. Canva was being a b**** and I basically had to use my Commodore 64 to procure a picture for this post. If you don’t know what that is, well… that just means I’m a hell of a lot older than you are.

I  do have to say that I’m sorry to see June go by the wayside, y’all. It was a great month, full of mild, sunny weather and good reads aplenty. A month in which even I felt comfortable enough to test my boundaries a bit…

About four years ago, I began reading almost exclusively on my Kindle Paperwhite. My main source of reading material comes from the public library, and I had been having some major OCD-ish germ issues for a while by the point I received my Paperwhite as a gift. So, I gave print books up. Unfortunately, even with the awesome selection my two public libraries’ digital services offer, I was still missing out on quite a few titles that held my interest that are only available (via the library) in print. I’d been getting REALLY sick of it. Sooooo…. I checked several (print) books out from the library. I have to admit that it was touch and go at first; had I found a hair or a booger in one of the books, things would have all come tumbling down. But – no boogers!! None. Nada. Success!!!

Don’t get me wrong – I’m sure I’ll still be doing the bulk of my reading on my Paperwhite, because I do prefer it for a plethora of other reasons, but I am now indulging in one or two print books each week. I have only one problem… I need a book light! I was so used to the glow of my Paperwhite in the dark that I was lost when it came time to read in bed with my new print library books. Thus, I am currently researching book lights (because you know I can’t have just any old book light; it must be THE BEST book light). I will keep you updated, because I know y’all are waiting on bated breath to hear all about it…

Let’s take a look at the 18 books I read in June:

Yes, yes, yes. I did  continue on with my YA Fantasy binge in June. Toward the end of the month, however, I was able to break away and read into some other genres – finally! The book I want to talk about the most is Ginny Moon – oh my goodness, what a heartbreaker that one was! Ginny is a 14-year-old girl with autism. Despite being newly adopted by her Forever parents, Ginny is desperate to get back to her birth mother – for something she holds very, very dear has been left behind. Let me tell you guys – this one had ALL. THE. FEELS. Run, don’t walk, to your library to snatch that book up and get to reading, y’all! There will be a quiz… (okay, not really, but it sounded good, right?).

I have a few books in mind for my July line-up, but some of my reading will be in-the-moment choices. Gotta have that spontaneity in there sometimes, you know? Keeps you young, keeps you fresh (that’s what Grandma Choo-Choo always said, anyway). I hope you have some great reading ahead of you as well, y’all. Enjoy your Summer and… Happy Reading!!

What book(s) from your june reads would you recommend to others?

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Library Love: June 6, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share each week’s bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

 

It was just in and out at the local library this week, y’all. Lazy, lazy, lazy  me. For the rest of my happy little haul I raided my online libraries – don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they are my go-to place to access reading materials, as I prefer to read on my Kindle. Gasp! Calm down, book purists, I used to be one of you, too, and I do still read books in print… just not as much anymore. I won’t even get started down that road of explanation or my OCD will kick in and then I’ll be back to boycotting the local library branches… Anyway, y’all, let’s take a look at this week’s selections:

I’ve had Ruby on hold since before it was released; I’m anxious to get started on it. Mother, Mother, is supposed to be pretty intense, about a controlling mother who borders on the psychotic side of things. In Casebook, apparently a boy chronicles the dysfunction and deterioration of his family – might be a little depressing, but could be good. Fourth of July Creek received a rave review from a friend of mine on Goodreads, so I am officially intrigued enough to check it out. I’ve got some great ARC’s on my Kindle waiting to be read, as well, so it’s going to be a great week of reading ahead. Happy Reading to you all!

Do your friends’ opinions have an effect on what books you choose to read?

 

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Library Love: April 11, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which we share each week’s bounty from our public libraries.

 

Y’all are going to be soooo proud of me. Four – that’s right, four – of this week’s library books are actual books, as in physical, hold-in-your-hand, paper-and-ink books. Is that progress or what? Pathologically Literate = 1, OCD = 0. Now, I haven’t necessarily read them yet, but it’s all about the baby steps, right? It helps that two of them are brand-new items, and the other two are only a couple of months old, so there’s less chance of gooberage inside. So, we’ll see how I do and I’ll fill you in next week. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the awesome haul I pulled:

Loteria and This is Where I Leave You have both been on my TBR list for ages, and I’m so glad that I’m finally going to be crossing them off the list. Loteria, especially – I’ve been very intrigued by chatter I’ve heard about it. I really enjoyed the last Jonathan Tropper book I read, so I’m hopeful that This Is Where I Leave You will keep the momentum going. Two of my “secret pleasure” series have new books out, so I’m looking forward to reading both Accused and Killer – even though I’ve drifted away from that thriller/mystery genre, there are still five or six authors/series I continue to follow faithfully. Last but not least, there is Whistling Past the Graveyard – I’m super-anxious to read this one! It sounds like it would be just a wonderful book – I hope my expectations aren’t too high. Because that never happens. Never. Ever. I’m so happy with the books I found this week – I hope that if you made it to the library this week, you found some good reads, as well. Until next week, y’all, Happy Reading!

Have you been to your library recently?

 

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Weekly Review – Sunday, November 3, 2013

Heeeey, y’all, it’s the Weekly Review, back in the house! I finally found my reading groove again over the past week, and how sweet it has been! It was a slow week as far as homeschooling goes, which may explain why I was able to read more; I guess I’ll have to wait to see how things go now that we’re into November and things are fully in motion. We certainly make it to the library a lot more often these days, and (gasp!) I have even read TWO more printed books… It’s gone smoothly so far; I don’t know how things will go when there’s a random hair tucked in between two pages (or something worse). I hope it doesn’t cause a relapse! Anyway, enough about my boring OCD issues. Without further ado, folks, here are my reading adventures for the last week:

Well, what can I say? Visitation Street blew me away – it was really, really great. Serena was quite intense but once again Ron Rash did a great job of drawing me in and then adding his own special brand of wry justce at the end. Out of the Easy was a wonderful tale; I always love reading about New Orleans (former Louisianian here). Recalculating and Disconnected are both short stories; Jennifer Weiner now apparently releases a new one each Halloween… I’m not sure when that began, but these were both entertaining; I felt a special connection to Disconnected for some reason. Ahhh, Burial Rites by Hanna Kent. Oh, my broken, broken heart. I just finished it last night (actually, more like 4:00 AM) and still have not recovered from the grief. It was a fabulous book. Read it, fo sho.

We have a busy week ahead of us here at the Pathologically Literate Household, so hopefully I’ll be able to fit my reading in. Hope all of y’alls’ week is bright and sunny – and not too cold! Happy Reading!

What did you read this week?

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Library Love – August 8, 2013

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Let’s just face it, y’all: I am simply never going to get around to reading any of the books I personally own. It just Isn’t. Going. To. Happen. Something happens when I am around library books. I cannot help myself, people! It is a sickness. A sickness, I tell you! I bring to you, in shame, my library haul for this week:

I have been wanting to read The Middlesteins fo-evah – I’m so glad I waited patiently while it was on hold. I have to desperately read The Boy in the Suitcase and Invisible Murder as fast as I can because I’m going to be reviewing the third book in the Nina Borg series soon, and you know my whole OCD thang about reading the books of a series in order, right? Oh, yes – speaking of OCD issues, here is a biggie… the book Six Years by Harlen Coben? It’s in PRINT! As in, not in Kindle form! Don’t worry, folks – I inspected it thoroughly for bedbug eggs before bringing it into my home… I’m also thinking of making The Boy inspect it ahead of time for boogers and the like {that doesn’t count as child abuse or anything, does it?}. I don’t know if I’ll actually touch it enough to read it, but hey – baby steps, right?

When was the last time you made it to the library? What goodies did you find while you were there?

Review: Med Head: My Knock-Down, Dragged-Out, Drugged-Up Battle With My Brain

Med Head How it FEELS to have a body that won’t stop moving, to be really different from everyone else, to be made fun of every day, to be totally reckless, to never relax, to be shut out of everything, to break FREE and TAKE CONTROL.
James Patterson’s Against Medical Advice riveted adults with the page-turning drama of one teenager’s courage, sacrifice, and triumph in confronting an agonizing medical condition. Now this deeply personal account of Cory Friedman’s intense struggles with Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder–as well as depression, anxiety, and alcohol addiction–is available for teen readers.” – Goodreads

I was undecided for a while on whether or not I was going to read Med Head: My Knock-Down, Dragged-Out, Drugged-Up Battle With My Brain by James Patterson and Hal Friedman. I am not generally a fan of James Patterson. I was drawn to this book, however, because it chronicles a young boy’s thirteen-year struggle with Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as well as with depression and anxiety. My own son, a.k.a. The Boy, struggles with these issues as well, and I wanted to learn more about someone else’s personal experiences in these areas. All I can say is thank God that The Boy’s path through this jungle does not mirror Cory Friedman’s.

Shortly after turning five years old, Cory began to experience uncontrollable body movements as well as verbal outbursts. Originally diagnosed with ADHD, the medication prescribed for this only exacerbated his symptoms. He was later diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, and later yet with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The story of Cory’s struggle is accompanied by a laundry list of drugs, more drugs, and still more drugs. Between the ages of five and seventeen, Cory was prescribed over thirty different medications, none of which helped his symptoms significantly and many of which caused them to worsen. In Med Head, we are shown the horrors of some of the most commonly prescribed drugs/medications used today.

Throughout his school years, Cory experienced bullying and prejudice from classmates and school staff. He was often treated as though he had learning disabilities when, in fact, he was much brighter than most children his age. Through much of his struggles, Cory displayed a strong sense of optimism, strength, courage, and resilience. This allowed him to make it through the long, hard years. His strong interest and talent in computers and sports also helped him through some of his most difficult times. After years of treatment with various powerful medications, Cory began to struggle with depression and anxiety, and severe addictions to cigarettes and alcohol. The story of how he beat these addictions and how he ultimately conquered his battle with Tourette’s Syndrome is an emotional and inspirational one. As the mother of a child with Tourette’s Syndrome, it gives me hope, and I believe it will give hope to others in these circumstances as well.

This book is well-written in the sense that it is well-written to hold the attention of adolescents. Other than that, a literary feat it is not. The chapters average about three pages in length and the story ultimately reads very quickly and uses clearly understandable language. James Patterson wrote Med Head, collaborating with Hal Friedman, who incidentally is the father of Cory Friedman. The two authors also co-wrote an adult version of this publication titled Against Medical Advice: One Family’s Struggle With an Agonizing Medical Mystery, published in 2008. Patterson and Friedman wrote Med Head working from Cory’s memories and recollections, the family’s medical records and journals, and personal observations. Using this information, the authors shape a colorful and engaging first-person narrative that, as previously mentioned, is based on their previous publication, Against Medical Advice.

While I believe that essentially the central message of Med Head is about the power that persistence and belief in yourself can have in your life, I think there is also a message to readers that having patience, understanding, empathy, and compassion for others is key. For the one constant throughout Cory’s struggle was his parents’ unwavering love, support, and encouragement. They never once left his side, they never once gave up on him, and they never once stopped expressing their love for him. How wonderful it would be if we could do that for all those around us. I, for one, believe it would be conducive to much more healing in this world, just as Cory eventually experienced healing in his.

3 out of 5 stars

Source: Lincoln City Libraries Digital Downloads