Thursday, March 23, 2017

True Paranoid Facts! by Calvin Zeit and Henrik Drescher

Genre:  Nonfiction / Humor / War / Politics

Year Published:  1983

Year Read: 3/11/2017

Publisher: William Morrow and Company, Inc.

I must admit that I was on a shopping spree on Amazon for books that were obscure and out of print and I happened to stumble upon this really obscure book called “True Paranoid Facts!”  “True Paranoid Facts!” is a factual book that was written by Calvin Zeit along with artwork by Henrik Drescher and the only reason I bought this book in the first place was because of Henrik Drescher’s artwork and I actually found this book to be quite an interesting read!

Basically, this book is filled with facts that deal with wars, historical figures and nuclear weapons that were relevant during the 1980s and these facts include:

“You can run, but you can’t hide.”

“Most wars in history have been fought over RELIGION!”

“Valley of the Dolls is the best-selling novel in the history of the world!”

“YOU are your own worst enemy!”

“Love is never having to say you’re sorry.”

Calvin Zeit has done a great job at detailing various facts that were relevant during the 1980s and compiling them into this graphic novel that is more aimed towards adults than anything, especially if you have knowledge about the Cold War paranoia going on during the 1980s.  I like the fact that Calvin Zeit provided some source notes at the end of the book that details where he researched the facts in this book as I wanted to know where these facts had stemmed from and how authentic they were during the 1980s.  There were also some facts that I found surprising as I did not know about some of these facts until I read this book such as “Valley of the Dolls” being the best-selling novel in the history of the world or that Nancy Reagan is more popular than Mother Teresa.  Henrik Drescher’s artwork is as usual humorous and bizarre to look at as the artwork is mostly rendered in black and white colorings and the characters shown in this book are exaggerated beyond comprehension.  One of my most favorite images in this book is the image of the food coming after a man as the facts state about how some foods contain dangerous and poisonous chemicals that could kill a human being and the image of the food coming alive really reinforces that fact.

The reason why I gave this book a four-star rating was because I felt that the information in this book were a bit outdated.  Of course, since this was written during the 1980s, this cannot be helped, although it still bothered me a bit when I look at information like “Valley of the Dolls” is the best-selling novel in the world and you look at the current best-selling books and that fact has changed dramatically over the years.  Also, just because the cover of this book looks extremely humorous, does not mean that this book is for younger readers.  This book contains lots of violence and nudity and that might make some readers uncomfortable if they do not like such elements in a story.

Overall, “True Paranoid Facts!” is an interesting book if you are looking to see what kind of facts about war, nuclear weapons and historical figures were relevant during the 1980s.  I would recommend this book to fans of books that deal with the society of the 1980s!

☀Daily Book Chat #6:☀ Reading Stats....Do You Have Yours Today?

 Hello everyone! Welcome to my  ☀Daily Book Chat☀ where I do some SERIOUS discussions that fellow book fans will get a kick out of and relate their thoughts about the subject to other book fans!

Today's discussion question is"Reading Stats...Do You Have Yours Today?"

Reading Stats?  
Just what the HECK are reading stats?

Well, if you must know, reading stats are either graphs or little word formats that helps you keep track of all those troublesome books you read every year.

Want to know what year the book you've read was published?  ADD A PUBLICATION DATE!

Want to know when you read the book?  ADD THE YEAR YOU READ THE BOOK!

Want to know what author or artist did the book? ADD BOTH AUTHOR AND ARTIST'S NAMES!

Want to know what genre the book you've read is?  ADD THE GENRE!

To be frankly honest with you, I didn't start using the Excel spreadsheets for my book stats until the year of 2017 (yeah, this year) and after I started using Excel to help me organize the books I've read for this year, I had to ask myself...


My Very Own Book Spreadsheet for 2017!!!

I mean, with using Excel spreadsheets, I was able to put down some information about the books I've read and therefore, it will make it much easier for me to do mid year and end of the year book stats without having to look at my Goodreads "Read in 2017" list and figure out exactly what ratings I gave each book and what genre they each were.  Also, I enjoy the pleasure of just checking out the books I had read during the year and seeing which books were my favorites and which books were not my favorites.

So, I ask this of you, my fellow book bloggers: Do you also have a spreadsheet or a Microsoft Word document where you keep track of all the books you have read during the year so it would be easier for you to do your own monthly or yearly book stats?

Oh yeah and one more thing....


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Blog Tour + Reveal: One S'more Summer by Beth Merlin

One S’more Summer

Beth Merlin

(The Campfire Series, #1)

Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Since that first bus ride to Camp Chinooka twenty long years ago, Gigi Goldstein has been pining for her best friend’s guy. She knows her crush is wrong and has to stop, but her heart won’t listen to reason. To escape the agony of their impending wedding, Gigi accepts a summer job at the only place she’s ever been happy.

But working at Chinooka isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every inch of the campground is laced with memories.

When Gigi realizes she can’t fix the present by hiding in the past, she’s forced to reexamine her choices. Maybe everything she thought she wanted wasn’t what she actually needed… But if she can get her act together, Gigi might have one last shot at the summer love of her dreams.

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.


Waiting on Wednesday #32: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


Title:  Defy the Stars
Author:  Claudia Gray
Expected Publication Date:  April 4th, 2017


Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that's now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth's robotic "mech" armies for decades with no end in sight. 

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel's programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis--even though her plan to win the war will kill him. 

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel's devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Not only does this book have a really beautiful cover, but the fact that it's about a war between humans and machines in space sounds really interesting to me!

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Genre: Historical Romance
Year Published: 2013
Number of Pages: 387 pages
Date Read: 3/19/2017
Series: His Fair Assassin #2  
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin

“Hate cannot be fought with hate. Evil cannot be conquered by darkness. Only love has the power to conquer them both.” 

I must admit that it has been awhile since I had last read Robin LaFevers’ hit novel “Grave Mercy.”  However, years later I finally read the sequel of this fantastic series called “Dark Triumph” and I must say that it was even more exciting and personal than “Grave Mercy” was!

When Sybella first arrived at the convent of Mortain, she was mad with grief as she used to live with her monstrous dictator of a father d’Albret and her brothers Julian and Pierre and her life there was full of misery and turmoil.  Just as Sybella was enjoying her life at the convent, her life takes a drastic turn as the abbess of the convent forces Sybella to go back to d’Albret’s kingdom in order to find a means to weaken the dictator during Brittany’s war with France.  When Sybella founds out about this mission, she becomes truly heartbroken and she starts doubting the existence of Mortain as she wonders to herself about why would Mortain force her to go back to a life of pure misery with d’Albret?  It was not until later on when Sybella meets up with one of d’Albret’s prisoners, a huge and ugly man called Beast who is a loyal servant to the duchess of Brittany and a pawn that d’Albret wishes to use against the duchess.  When Sybella meets up with the prisoner, she decides to free him in order to prevent d’Albret from using him against the duchess and the two make their way towards the kingdom of Brittany to turn the tides in the war against France and d’Albret himself.  But, Sybella will soon realize that she may have feelings for Beast and that might turn the life that she has known all her life upside down.

Wow!  Even though I had enjoyed reading Robin LaFevers’ “Grave Mercy” novel, I never would have thought that I would enjoy the sequel “Dark Triumph” even more than “Grave Mercy!”  I loved the way that Robin LaFevers made this sequel much darker and more personal than the first book as readers are introduced to Sybella’s side of the story and how her life was full of turmoil and betrayal that made her doubt her existence in the world and how Mortain would allow her life to become so turbulent.  I really enjoyed seeing the character development that Sybella goes through in this book as she had an extremely miserable life with her treacherous family and I actually felt bad for her during the moments where she starts doubting her existence in the world due to certain circumstances not going her way.  I also enjoyed seeing the relationships that Sybella had developed over the course of the story, especially her relationship with Ismae, as they shared a sisterly bond that kept them close to each other and I like the way that Ismae tries to comfort Sybella during her times of stress.  But the character I was the most interested in was Beast himself as he has many similarities to Sybella (both love to fight off the bad guys and both had lost people that they cared about) and yet, he still retains a happy and go lucky attitude during the whole ordeal with d’Abret and the French.  But, I cannot leave out one of my most favorite aspects of Beast’s character and that is (seriously) his BODY TYPE!  I like the fact that we have a hero who is described as not being handsome looking, but still has an extremely muscular body that is able to take down any forces that come up against him and it is this description of Beast that makes me really fall for him!

For those of you who do not like suggestive themes and strong violence, there are some surprisingly violent moments in this book which includes many characters getting their throats slit by the assassins that might be uncomfortable for some readers. 


Also, the fact that Sybella’s family, her brother Julian and d’Abret included, seem to want to get into a sexual relationship with her, despite the fact that they are “related” to each other and that might be a bit upsetting for some readers to handle, especially since it shows that Sybella clearly does not want to engage in such relationships with her brother Julian and d’Albret and they were basically forcing themselves upon her.


Overall, “Dark Triumph” is a truly fantastic sequel to “Grave Mercy” that fans of historical romance and books that deal with assassins will definitely enjoy for many years!  I am definitely looking forward to the third book in the series “Mortal Heart!”

* 2014 Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee
* 2015 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Children's Literature

Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #5: March 20, 2017

Hello everyone!  This book meme is called "It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?" and basically what you do is share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organize yourself and to visit and comment on other blogs!  This book meme is hosted by The Book Date!

I finally managed to finish "Dark Triumph" by Robin LaFevers, the sequel to "Grave Mercy!"  I ended up really enjoying this book and I think it's much better than the first book as we get to see Sybella go on a personal journey in trying to find her true place in the world and I really loved her relationship with Beast!

I have decided to pick up "The Love that Split the World" by Emily Henry and even though I haven't really read too much from the book, the narrative seems interesting enough so far and it seems very poetic which will make this a beautiful read!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is still on my list to read since it won the Because Reading's TBR List Meme and I wanted to read this book as soon as possible!  I also just recently picked up NOS4A2 by Joe Hill since I had enjoyed Joe Hill's "Locke and Key" graphic novel series and I've been hearing lots of good things about this book!  I just picked up "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon which has been on my TBR shelf for a long time and after hearing so many good things about this book, I'm definitely going to give it a try!

New Releases on the Horizon #17: March 19, 2017 - March 25, 2017

Hey everyone!  I just started this new thing on my blog called "New Releases on the Horizon!"  It's where I list all the new books being release throughout the year and I choose from 10 books that I have the most interest in checking out and I also will list the dates the books will be released and where you can find them if you are interested.

So, be on the lookout for some new books on the horizon!

Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles #1) by AdriAnne Strickland
Expected Publication: March 21st, 2017 by Delacorte Press 

Pyromantic (Firebug #2) by Lish McBride

Redux (Tricksters #2) by A.L. Davroe
Expected Publication: March 21st, 2017 by Entangled Teen  

The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato 
Expected Publication:  March 21st, 2017 by Balzer + Bray 

Expected Publication:  March 21st, 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books 

Phantom Pains (The Arcadia Project #2) by Mishell Baker
Expected publication: March 21st, 2017 by Saga Press

Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Expected publication: March 21st, 2017 by Saga Press 

Spymaster (The Dragon Corsairs #1) by Margaret Weis  
Expected publication:  March 21st, 2017 by Tor Books 

The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore  
Expected publication: March 21st, 2017 by Adaptive Books  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Sunday Post Meme (79)

Hey everybody! I am participating in a book meme called the Sunday Post which is being hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!The goal of this meme is to share news you have  on various books and things you’ve read or received and also talk about what is coming up for your blog! Book hauls can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books and you can share these finds with other book bloggers!

Hello everyone!  It's been a pretty slow week for me since I've been spending it trying to get my reviews in order and I've been trying to catch up on my reading since the first two weeks of this month were chaotic for me.  Hopefully, I'll be able to read up to 10 books for this month once I get my reviews in order and start reading books that I've held off for awhile now!  As for the TBR challenge over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, I haven't read that many books that came from my TBR pile, but I'm going to make some serious progress on that soon!

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 Check out  Feed Your Fiction Addiction's discussion on  My Haphazard Reading Habits. Let’s Discuss!

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 Check out Herding Cats and Burning Soup's discussion on  Hand Lettering-- What I Use Plus Examples!

Well, that's the Sunday News for today and I will have more news for the various books I've read in the near future!

Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2017.