Saturday, January 31, 2015

Reading In Your Underwear!!

Even back in the ole' days people would get comfortable in their bloomers and read a book! 
So k
eep the tradition going!
Take off your pants and read a good book.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Not Worth Your Time.


What I Thought Of This Book
This book is ridiculous. The story is about Raymound Reily and how wonderful he thinks he is. At the age of 7 he explains that he has to take care of himself and his mother because his father is a drunk and he was able to do this because he is a strong human being already at that age. Really? Then after he becomes an adult he chooses to live with his mother then with his own children due to the fact that his mother would never talk to him again if he left her. He goes on to write what a powerful human being he is, everything he wanted he achieved effortlessly, nobody can do what he can do and what a wonderful childhood he gave his children. He must be extremely flexible to pat himself on the back so much. A big problem also with the book was the time frame was not right. On one page his grandmother died than a few pages later he was supporting the dead grandmother again. Spelling was an issue also. For some reason he always left the e off of Maine so he was always going to Main. Step away from the book it is not worth any readers time. So glad that I got the book for free.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reading Challenge 2015

Step outside your reading comfort zone by challenging yourself this year with this list of specific types of books to read.


"Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other."

John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, 1937 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

You Do Not Look Sick?

You Don't Look Sick chronicles one person's true-life story of illness and her physicians compassionate commentary as they journey through the four stages of chronic illness-Getting Sick, Being Sick, Grief and Acceptance and Living Well. The authors address such practical aspects as hiring a doctor, managing chronic pain, coping with grief and loss of function, winning battles with health and disability insurers, countering the social bias against the chronically ill, and recognizing the limitations of chronic illness care and charting a path for change and more. This warmhearted resource helps you focus on building a meaningful life as opposed to a life of frustration and fear.

What I Think Of The Book 
I think this is a good book on living with chronic illness for a lot of chronically ill people. This book was written by Joy and her rheumatologist Dr. Overman. Joy's chronic illnesses started in the 1980's steadily worsening over time. Joy has multiple chronic illnesses like most of us. Joy and Dr. Overman came up with the Four Phases of Invisible Chronic Illness. I found that most of them overlapped in one way or another. Good advice was given throughout the book a lot of it useful for everyone that is chronically ill. Joy has multiple chronic illnesses like most of us. Joy also felt that a holistic like type of approach was better for her which I had trouble understanding when Dr. Overman gave her medication that helped her but she felt a stigma against taking. I liked the part of the book about grief and acceptance of your illness. That you have to mourn for your old life like a death and find a new path that your body can handle. I feel stuck in many of the phases portrayed in this book but this one is the worst for me. I started to get sick in my late teens and it got progressively worse until I have become completely disabled. I mourn for a life I never got to have. That is something very hard to get past. A part of the book I do not agree with is that Joy believes that she has gotten sick for a reason and that her illnesses are a blessing. I would not wish what I have on my worst enemy and it feels very far from a blessing. This is a good read. I think it will be helpful for a lot of people. I do not think you have to believe in all of the book for it to be helpful to you. I will be rereading it this book. The second time through I think you can take even away more from a book of this kind.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Not Fade Away


Not Fade Away is about Rebecca Alexander and her life with a genetic illness called Usher Syndrome type III. Usher Syndrome type III will rob Rebecca completely of her sight and hearing at some point in the prime of her life. Type III being a gradual loss of sight and hearing since her childhood. Rebecca wrote that when she was young she was in denial about her condition and the outcome it will have for her in the future. This book is audaciously positive. I found it very hard to believe that no matter what happens a person finds a positive outlook in it. In a book, as in life, there are both pros and cons. The only thing that was written about as a con was the way her appearance would look like with items such as hearing aids, Cochlear implant and her cane for the blind. She worried if she would still be attractive with these things. Really? Many questions kept coming to me while reading this book, the parts readers were never made privy to, like who walked the dog? The book never really did focus on the smaller parts of her life. The everyday things that we all do that had to become more challenging for her. I do not want to read a sob story but I did want to know the good with the bad. Rebecca did make it very clear that she did not have to worry much because Alan, Caroline, Polly or her mom would figure it out or do it for her. When you start reading this book you think to yourself I could not imagine this happening to me and then half way through the book the reader realizes Rebecca can not either. I think this would be a great read for people who like puff pieces. Oh by the way, how she has written about Alan. It is like they are in an open relationship. I doubt she will ever move past him. With Goodreads two stars means the book was o.k.. I gave Not Fade Away 2 stars because I thought it was an o.k. book. 

I received this book from for an honest review.

Rebecca Alexanders website:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


On September 25, 2010, Tory Williams received the devastating news that a family friend, 21-year-old TJ Atchison, had been in a terrible automobile accident and, despite thorough care, was paralyzed from the chest down. Based on many factors surrounding TJ's condition, doctors determined he was the perfect candidate for a new clinical trial using a drug containing embryonic stem cells that was designed to regenerate damaged spinal cord tissue. This was the first trial of its kind to involve a human candidate, and would end up being the start of Tory's courageous journey to document this clinical trial and raise awareness and funding for embryonic stem cells research across the nation, especially to those within "conservative" America. Inevitable Collision documents the true story of TJ Atchison's experience as the first participant in Geron's clinical trial, along with the dynamic team who helped galvanize the cause: Dr. Hans Keirstead, the brilliant young scientist who successfully helped treat rats to overcome paralysis through embryonic stem cell treatments and introduced the therapy to humans; patient advocate, fundraiser and political ally Roman Reed; and author Tory Williams, who persevered to raise public awareness surrounding embryonic stem cell research with the support of family, friends, and faith.  A journey for all people of this world, including the millions afflicted by a disease or paralysis and their loved ones, Inevitable Collision recounts the inspiring story of what happens when patient advocates, scientists, and researchers work together with the goal of finding a cure. 


Inevitable Collision is a book that is full of incredible science. Hans Keirstead is an amazing scientist who designed the scientific process of changing a stem cell into any specific cell such as an ear cell. His main purpose is changing stem cells into oligodendrocytes, cells specific for spinal cord regeneration, producing GRNOPC1 which is the cell based agent. There are many hoops scientists have to jump through for the FDA to prove that their medication or medical procedure is ready just for phase one in human study. Phase one is to make sure that it is safe for humans. This part of the book was amazing. It is told in a way that a person that does not have any science based knowledge can not only understand it but learn from it. The first person to participate in phase one was AJ Atchison who was in a horrible car accident. The accident is explained in great detail in the book. There were others that took place in the trial but not much was told about them. 

The book now takes a change and the author Tory Williams starts to play a big part in the story. She is a family friend of AJ's and helps along with others to pass a law in the state of Alabama using AJ"S name to allow using embryonic stem cells and get funding for the programs. This being very difficult in the bible belt and a lot of explaining is done about where these embryonic cells come from and that a actual "life" in some minds is not destroyed. Very fascinating information on how the embryonic cells are obtained. If you do not know if the law was passed I cannot tell you.

Throughout the book I understood the personal information the author was writing about herself since she did play a part in helping with pushing for the law to change about stem cells in Alabama. Around the end of the book it felt as if I was reading a different book. It became all about the authors life. Tory's problems at home, at work, what she wanted. This was a complete put off. Never did the reader find out about the outcome of the initial GRNOPC1 procedure. Or even how physically the patients were doing. She lost touch with what her project was and even betrayed one of the main characters in the book for her well being. Trying to determine how many stars to give it is the hardest part for me with this book. It is not so cut and dry. I loved a lot of the book but the bad parts really brought it down. So I give it 4 stars but had to deduct 1 for the author losing sight of what the book was really about.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Free Book-Event Over

Meet Annie. Animal lover. Compassionate teacher. Avid sailor. Charity founder. 

      Pain was her constant companion—but it didn't define her.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015


All book review websites have a slightly different meaning for their star ratings. On Goodreads 3 stars means you liked the book. On Amazon 4 stars means you liked the book. I liked Head Games. No matter who I received the book from to review I plan on being completely honest. Chuck Rose asked me to do a review of his book Head Games. I enjoyed reading it. I found this book to be more of a mystery than a thriller. The characters in the book are all well developed. Head Games takes place around psychiatrist Dr. Jonah Hoffman. Jonah is doing very well in his life with his psychiatry practice in Manhattan and a wife and two children at home. It appears that maybe Dr. Hoffman is going through a midlife crisis or maybe it is the monotony of his job has pushed him to look for some adventure. Dr. Hoffman decides to break his oath as a psychiatrist and hand over confidential client information to Nathan Price a spy for the U.S.A..

All Jonah has to do is try to get his new clients to confide in him about important information and hand this information over to Price. This information is to help Price stop some very bad things from happening. The book contains some interesting characters. Kolfax who is a big time business man who has no problem with even killing good friends if they do him wrong. Amanda Patterson who is a recent divorced college professor. Amanda's children decided that they wanted to live with their father and is looking for a new agenda in life. Here is something to think about. Why would the government be after a college professor? Is Kolfax so powerful he could destroy the world or maybe a country?

At a point Dr. Hoffman leaves the safety of his office to do some investigating on his own. Is what he is being told really what is going on? Who really is Price? He confides in a couple people that he thinks can help him find the truth. But does he get to the bottom of all this? I really do not want to give much away but here are some things to think about. There are more people to the story. Who comes out alive? Where does Dr. Hoffman go to do some investigating? It has a good ending that I will say. This is an enjoyable book.

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