Jessica's Book Thoughts

I read books from a mix of genres. My favorites are dark fantasy, paranormal anything, Sci fi, horror, and fantasy. I have a thing for reading encyclopedias, I know it's sort of weird. When I find something interesting (meaning really gross, funny, unbelievable) I post about it. I have 3 kids; Myles 6, Kenzie 11,  & Jill 13 (really my youngest sister who one day just moved in with me). I have been married to my husband, Bub, for 11 years, but we have been together for 16 years. Wow, I just realize we have been together half of my life. I am 32. I am an LPN at an MRDD community. The community has a small library where I volunteer about 8 hours a week.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

A Demon Bound - Debra Dunbar

Another testament to my incompetence. This guy probably thought I was a total boob. I was beginning to think I was a total boob.

 

I can relate that.

In my life, I have been called many things: prodigy and madman, traitor and visionary, blasphemer and failure and fool. In the end, most people seem to have settled on hero.

People are idiots.
Scriber - Ben S. Dobson

On the first page.

The Missionaries!

So I lied to them, yes, lied to the godly people. They pulled my phone number from a donation a gave to their church about a year agor. THEY CALLED ME! I told them we all had strep. Not a complete lie, but my son was really the only one with it. I get home from work today to find a fucking case of Campbells chicken noodle soup by my door with a get well message. Ugh... they had to go and be sweet because of my lie. It is also a bit overboard. The way they handle their calling get to spread the word of God is really going to push people away! They had to bring my fave soup. The guilt!

Blah Diddy blah Diddy blah!

Stolen and Forgiven - Alexandra Ivy, Carrie Ann Ryan

Heck with it! DNF!!! 

I think I want a cat!

I am still not happy!

Birds!

I decided to sit on the porch and drink my morning coffee while scrolling through my Booklikes dashboard. For it being February we are having some beautiful weather. A bird, I think a finch, flew down off of the roof of my house and nailed me in the side of my head. At this point I do not like this bird. After I compose myself I go back to my tablet and notice the thing took a poop on it also. I really don't like this bird now. 

Need a Potter replacement!

So my daughter loves Harry Potter, all things Harry Potter. She seriously tried get everyone to call her Ginny as a nickname, never did stick! Lol She is older now, 13 (almost 13). She tackled the Potter books at 8 and just sped right through them. She has reread them over and over. She wants something similar. She has tried Percy Jackson, she loved them too, but not as much. She hasn't ready all of Riordan'so other series, my mind is drawing a blank on the name. She has the last couple on their way, but they aren't to arrive for about another week. She has Narnia books, and a few other. What she loves about the Potter books is all of the unique world that it has. The castle descriptions are fun, the wizard towns are great. Is there anything like it to be found? Any recommendations?

 

 

How to a tame a Beast in Seven Days

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

I loved Kerrilyn Sparks' other series, Love at Stake. I was very sad to see it end, actually still sad. I saw this and was so hopeful, but sadly for me it is not as good. I do see that there is a possibility for awesomeness with the series though and hope the author nails the next installment.

 

This didn't have the slow building romance I expect from Sparks. Her characters usually spend a lot of time together before the big L comes into the story. Not in this one. There is a lot of looking at each other, a lot of thinking about each other, but not a lot of them actually together. 

 

There is a large amount of world building going on, this is the first book in a new series so it was expected. I do like this world and it's characters. I hope to see Pirate's book next. 

 

In this we have people who are "embraced." They have have gifts like being able to see ghosts (the main female character), able to harness lightening (our male), turn into an animal (another character, etc. They are feared by others and are often hidden at birth in order to protect them. 

 

Review copy provided through Netgalley. 

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

A Demon Bound - Debra Dunbar

Liking this. It's not beautiful writing, but it's freaking fun. Sam the main character, is a demon, an imp  to be specific. She is everything my darkside would probably be if I let it out. She fucks with people, loves creating havoc, and is... wait for it... actually portrayed like the demon

A Dark Hunter short story

A Hard Day's Night Searcher - Sherrilyn Kenyon

This was kind of blah. I have read other short stories from kenyon th8at were good. This one had no action, no bonding before the I love you. Felt like fanfiction, and not good fanfiction. The last few things I have read by her have been not great, some down right terrible. I know she has a League series also. I may give that a shot because this is not what it used to be. 

I feel like I am going to hell!

The missionaries showed again. I was pulling up the road and saw them start to get out of their car. The whole family was with me. I hid from them in my neighbors driveway because it pulled all the way behind their house. The neighborhood guy laughed when I told him what I was doing there. Feel like I am going to hell, and I don't even think I believe there is such a place! Ugh... damn missionaries and their godliness! 

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism - John Donvan, Caren Zucker

I feel I must give the warning that the way most of the population with autism, and most people with mental disabilities, have been treated in the past was awful until recently. This book is about that history. We have come a long way from what used to common in terms of care and treatment of this population, we still must continue to move forward. In order to do so I feel it necessary to learn the history. This is a great place to start.

 

This is respectfully told, as respectful as possible considering the horrors of the past. There is a lot to be learned here. Much of the population that has experienced these things are still around, this helps to understand the reasoning behind so much of what I experience when working with my older individuals at work. I really like that this big book was not filled with a ton of medical information. 

 

I really recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject.

 

About The Authors:

 

JOHN DONVAN is a multiple Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC and the moderator of the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series. Find him on Twitter at @johndonvan.

 

CAREN ZUCKER is a Peabody award-winning television news producer, a twenty-five-year veteran of ABC News, and producer and co-writer of the six-part PBS series “Autism Now.”

 

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I received a review copy from Blogging for Books.

The Haunted Vagina

The Haunted Vagina - Carlton Mellick III

So this was... bizarre, odd, insane, and very entertaining. I couldn't put it down, and believe me, there were times when I wanted to. I really wanted to. For years to come I will say, "I once read a book where a man climbed into his girlfriend's rubbery vagina and fell in love."

 

I am sure a lot of people could find "hidden" symbolism in this, but for me it was just a book to read that made my jaw drop and hang open. 

 

Will I read more bizarro, I like that word, fiction? I may at some point, but for now this one was enough. 

 

A perfect, quick read if you want to have a lot of "huh!?" moments. The writer is good at what he does. 

Reading progress update: I've read 45 out of 100 pages.

The Haunted Vagina - Carlton Mellick III

It dawns on me. I’m all the way inside of her. I’m like a human penis.

Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 100 pages.

The Haunted Vagina - Carlton Mellick III

Okay... so I am trying out bizarro fiction. This was recommended by a friend who said i need this in my life. Lol. I have a feeling I could have gone without it, but what the he'll. I will try. 

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Scriber by Ben S. Dobson
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