Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My Review of The Sapp Brothers' Story by Bill & Lee Sapp

Never in a million years did I expect to get to read a book on how this industry was formed.

Working for this company over the past two years has taught me a lot about the truck driving industry and how important those people really are that are able to work that sort of job. It also makes me have a greater appreciation for them.

Reading this book took me into an autobiography of Bill and Lee's life from when they were born to now (which would be 2010 since that's when this book was published). The brothers definitely had good stories and also great advice to apply to my own life. It was definitely a fun book to read. I loved digging deeper into why my workplace was started in the first place and how they got from being farm boys on a farm in Nebraska to being business owners.

Overall, it was a super interesting read for me. I usually am not a huge fan of non-fiction, but this one was absolutely worth my time. I recommend it if you're looking for a good autobiography from two down-to-Earth businessmen.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

My Review of The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

Yay! My first ever Nancy Drew read!

I used to play the PC games growing up, and my mom was a huge fan of hers back in the day also. It was a pleasure to finally get to start on the series.

This book was a lot calmer than the games are, so that was a positive thing. I always feel such suspense when I play the games and it makes me so scared to play (I have bad anxiety so when stuff scares me, it's intense) because I'm waiting for something huge to happen. The book was good about putting me in suspense, but also not putting me in so much suspense that I was extremely jumpy waiting for what was going to happen next.

In this book, Nancy is on a mission to find out why the deceased Josiah Crowley only named the Topham family as the people who were to inherit money from his estate in his will instead of including them and also all of his relatives. Nancy is determined to find the rumored missing will that Josiah has hidden for safe keeping. She must go through many hardships to find it, including being locked up by a band of furniture thieves!

In the end, Nancy's great detective skills lead her to the missing will and all of Josiah's relatives are given the money they deserve. The ending also foreshadows Nancy's involvement in the next case (which also happens to be the next book in the series).

This was a read that I have dying to get after for years and I'm so happy I finally did. This will not be the end of Nancy Drew for me, that's for sure! I do recommend this to anyone looking for a good mystery to dig into. You won't regret it, trust me!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My Review of Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Okay, there aren't very many books that I can relate to my own life, but this was definitely one of them.

Jordan and Courtney are like perfect for each other, but unfortunately, some terrible circumstances tear them apart in the book. One night, after a party, Jordan discovers that his mom is having an affair. Later on in the story, we find out that the person Jordan's mom has been sleeping with is actually Courtney's dad.

Throughout most of the rest of the story, it seems like Courtney's dad (Frank) puts a lot of pressure on Jordan to keep his discovery a secret. Jordan struggles with this a lot in the book and it broke my heart. He doesn't know whether to say anything to Courtney because he fears that she will get angry and hate him forever, so he makes the decision to let Frank be the one to announce what's going on. Eventually, Jordan cannot deal with all the guilt, so he makes up a fake MySpace girlfriend and tells Courtney that he doesn't love her (when he actually really does) and doesn't want to be tied down and wants to be able to date other people. It is a horrible thing to read. You can almost feel Courtney's heart break when the whole thing goes down. 

The funniest part about it is that they planned on driving up to college together and they still do. Jordan tells Frank (after Frank tries to say Jordan and Courtney that they shouldn't take this trip together) that Courtney is still going whether she wants to or not, which, of course, she really does not. 

Once on the trip, the humor begins. The relationship between Jordan and Courtney was a lot like how my ex and I used to act after we broke up. Of course, there are a lot of differences in our stories, but our hilarious attitudes before, during, and after the relationship were the same in both cases. The way they try to irritate each other is cute and you can tell that even though they are playing such ridiculous games, they really do love each other.
In the end, even though the book does not tell you whether or not Jordan and Courtney are going to get back together, you at least get the peace of mind that they have finally talked about what happened and are on good terms again, at least for now.

The book kind of bounces around so it does take some getting used to, because one second, you're in a random moment that happened weeks before their trip, then next thing you know, you are transported back to the events of the trip. It was still a good read and once you start, you definitely understand why the book was set up this way.
Overall, I loved the book. I really connected with it and at times I found it hard to read because of the extreme emotion I felt while reading. Not many book can do that to me, and I'm proud to say that this one did. I definitely recommend it!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

My Review of Christopher's Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger by V.C. Andrews

This was probably one of the most off track and odd stories I've ever read in my life.

I loved the story, don't get me wrong. That wasn't what's messed up about this book. What's wrong with it is the fact that it veers completely away from the original story.

First of all, isn't it supposed to be about Christopher's diary? Then why does the plot mainly circle around Kristin Masterwood? It didn't make much sense. It seemed more like a story about Kristin than it did about the Dollanganger children.

Second of all, it was just creepy all around. This book is fucked up in a lot of ways. The way that Kristin and Kane act while reading the diary deeply disturbed me. What happened with Christopher and his sister Cathy was really fucked up and weird, but it was made worse when Kristin and Kane began to put themselves in their shoes and do as they did, even go as far as having sex after reading about Christopher raping Cathy when he found out Cathy had kissed their mother's new husband, was way too far.

Overall, I did enjoy the story, besides the fact it dragged on and on and on. I would recommend it to everyone, but don't expect it to be like other V.C. Andrews' books because this is nothing like them AT ALL.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Review of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

This was definitely worth the read. I can see what people love about it so much.

Reading this story reminded me of my days in clinicals. I remember wondering what each person who lived in the nursing home's story was. You care for them, but don't usually think about that kind of thing. Now that I read this book, I wonder what their lives were like before they ended up there. What were some memories from their life that made it so great? What made them end up here? I would love to take the time to hear their stories. It's especially sweet to see couples sticking together and still loving each other while in there. I seen a few couples that were in the nursing home together and still acted like nothing had ever changed in their daily life. It was so cute to see the love between them even after so many years of being together.

The continued love between Noah and Allie was touching to me. But, the one thing that really made me upset was how Allie was. When she first met Noah, she knew she had a boyfriend back home, yet she still continued to fall for Noah and even go as far as losing her virginity to him. Then, when she came back 14 years later to see Noah, she also knew she was engaged, yet still allowed herself to have sex with Noah again. The least she could have done was tell her boyfriend and Lon that she wanted to end things. She never told Lon a thing and ended up breaking his heart. That's what really upset me. I am glad she followed her heart, but I wish she would've told those men that she was no longer in love with them or that she wanted to break up or something instead of waiting until she already had cheated on both of them with Noah to let them know what happened and how she felt.

Another thing that upset me about the book was how short the beginning of Noah and Allie's story was. I enjoyed reading about their love story, but I felt like it was way too short. I wanted to read more about how their first summer together went, how Noah and Allie's life was after Allie finally made her decision, stuff like that. It didn't seem enough to just read about the two days they had spent together. I would've been so much happier if I could've read more about the shared love they had throughout the years.

Overall, it was a pretty good story to read. It reminds you that there is still hope for true love to happen in this world, that there are still people out there who will stay together with you for the rest of your life no matter what may happen. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a touching love story or anyone who just enjoys romance.

Monday, May 4, 2015

My Review of The Pregnancy Test by Susan Gable

This was one hell of a classic romance. Probably one of the better ones I've read in my lifetime. The book had a lot of funny parts, and I found myself laughing a lot.

The story revolves around three key people: Brook, the 15-year old daughter of Sloan Thompson, Sloan Thompson, the father of Brook and Ashley (who is 7) Thompson, and Jenna Quinn, Sloan's love interest and how they all deal with pregnancy.

Brook gets pregnant first by a senior in high school named Dylan. At first, she wants to have an abortion, but eventually she decides against it. Once she gets farther along in her pregnancy, and after practicing being a mom with a fake electronic baby, Brook decides that adoption would be the best choice for her little one. Once her daughter Emma is born, she gives her to an adoptive family. It is hard on everyone, especially Brook. Eventually Brook heals and is able to deal with the pain of giving her up more easily than she did before.

Jenna is the second one to get pregnant. After playing around with Sloan for a while, keeping their relationship "dessert only" (only sex, no feelings), Jenna gets sick. She becomes suspicious and decides to take a pregnancy test, which comes out positive. Luckily, the original sickness she had was only the stomach flu, but after she gets over it, morning sickness takes over her and she is sick for quite some time. Sloan and Jenna struggle trying to figure out what to do about their relationship. Do they get serious or do they marry each other and make it a family? Jenna doesn't want to marry Sloan only because of Brook not accepting her. She does love Sloan, but cares more about the well-being of Brook. Soon after Brook gives birth, Jenna does to. It ends up being a beautiful baby boy that they name Robbie. About this time also, Brook accepts Jenna and Robbie as part of the family. In the end, when Sloan is given the engagement ring he bought by Ashley, he proposes and Jenna finally says yes.

This is a book that everyone who is old enough to read. I recommend it to anyone looking for comedy and romance all within one great story.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Review of Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Wow. What a fantastic ending to an overall great series. I have to say I enjoyed reading the books so much more than watching the movies. The books really give a great overall look into the action, romance, and comedy within the plot.

I'm glad to see that Edward, Bella, and Jacob all ended the series happy. I think it may have had something to do with the addition of Renesmee to their little group. They all seemed very elated to have her with them anytime she was mentioned in the story.

I'm also happy that no one, besides Irina, was hurt in the expected fight between the Volturi and the Cullens and various other vampires. It's always good to know that things didn't turn out badly like everyone, including myself, believed they would.

I have to say this was one of my favorite reads. Overall, the book in general was amazing just like the rest of the series. I would definitely recommend it to others if they are looking for a non-traditional supernatural read.