Title: Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded Author: Hannah Hart Published: 2016 Genre: Autobiography, YouTuber Pages: 256 (hardback) Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded is an autobiographical work by the YouTube sensation Hannah Hart. If you do not know about Hannah Hart or her hit show My Drunk Kitchen, then please do yourself a favor by checking out her YouTube channel here. Buffering is deeply personal and oftentime...

Title: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) Author: Felicia Day Published: 2015 Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, YouTuber Pages: 304 (paperback) You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day, the actress and YouTube pioneer, is an autobiographical account that centers around comedy even in the face of some serious topics. For those who are not familiar with the informally dubbed “Queen of the Internet,”...

Title: You Deserve a Drink Author: Mamrie Hart Published: 2015 Genre: Autobiography, Comedy, YouTuber Pages: 274 You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart is a comedic, autobiographical account including many “boozy misadventures and tales of debauchery” that come straight from the creator of the popular YouTube channel of the same name. Mamrie Hart is so unique that my auto-correct is keen to decorate her name with red squiggles at every...

You are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor is a book of quotes that was written by the great Mister Fred Rogers.  As with many people my age, I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and learned invaluable lessons that have guided me throughout the years. Although this book was written in 1994, I think it is still a powerful source of encouragement and growth for readers today.   Growing up near Pitt...

The Moaning of Life is the latest book by everyone’s favorite Idiot Abroad, Karl Pilkington.  First, I have to point out that the title continues to make me laugh no matter how many times I see it.  Combined with the excellent picture of Karl’s expression, the book’s cover is pure genius. Karl Pilkington is a friend of the British comedian Ricky Gervais’ who became famous in his own right after Gervais’ dragged Karl, I suspect unwillingly, int...

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know,  by Alexandra Horowitz, is a nonfiction book that investigates our most loyal companions from a unique perspective: the dog’s. Alexandra Horowitz constantly reminds the reader that we must look at the world through the dog’s eyes rather than our own if we are to truly understand them.  Her refocusing of our perspective leads to many surprising and fascinating discoveries about dogs that often ru...

I am a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Although I took issue with his portrayal of Conan the Barbarian in an earlier review for misrepresenting the character, the blame is really with the director rather than Schwarzenegger himself.  Schwarzenegger’s autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story delves into every aspect of his life.  Body-building, acting, and his time as governor come to mind as the three primary stages of ...

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up marks Grace Helbig’s foray from the electronic world of YouTube to the physically printed page (unless you buy the eBook version).  Whether you are already Grace’s fan or are meeting her for the first time, get ready to learn more about her and life than you expected! Even though Grace generally delivers her comedy to the world via social media, I highly recommend that anyone who is interes...

Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings is a satirical and hiliarious self help book written by the internet sensation Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger’s alter-ego). If you are unfamiliar with Miranda Sings, it is vitally important to watch some of her videos before reading this book. The character’s humor will probably not completely register with any uninitiated viewers/readers. Selp-Helf is written for all of Miranda Sings’ Mirfandas w...

John Adams by David McCullough follows the life and times of the second, and commonly forgotten, president of the United States.  It always struck me as bizarre that everyone tends to know about Washington and Jefferson, but that John Adams is generally only appreciated by history nerds like myself. Clearly, the man is no Millard Fillmore, but he does deserve more recognition than he often receives. McCullough’s writing style is fantastic.  Th...

My Bookshelf – September 2017
My Bookshelf / September 16, 2017

As per usual, I’ve been collecting books at a faster pace than I can finish them. Oftentimes, I’m meandering through the bookstore when a shiny new book catches my attention and then I somehow rationalize adding it to my tottering “to read” book pile instead of buying it after I’m finished with said book pile. These are a select few that I am currently reading/ hoping to start soon:   1. High Noon: ...

‘Salem’s Lot
Horror / September 12, 2017

Title: ‘Salem’s Lot Author: Stephen King Published: 1975 Genre: Horror Length: 653 pages   It would be a little obvious at this point in time to review It, as the new movie has just dropped into theaters. Instead, I decided to bring attention to another Stephen King novel that I read over the summer. ‘Salem’s Lot might not inspire media attention on the level of It , but King’s second novel is a fan...

Update: Return and New Look for the Website!
Update / September 9, 2017

Hello, everyone! It’s been a really long time since my last post, so I thought I would give a quick update here. I spent a long time stuck on the wordpress.com platform and was growing increasingly tired of the restrictions with changing the look of the site. I finally scraped together the funds and time to switch over to wordpress.org so that I can make the site look more professional. I’ve read a lot of books in the mea...

Eating Animals Book Review
Nonfiction , Sociology / December 15, 2016

  Title: Eating Animals Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Published: September 1, 2010 Genre: Nonfiction Length: 368 pages Eating Animals is a nonfiction book written in a journalistic style that discusses the morality and practicality behind eating meat. Jonathan Safran Foer takes aim at the factory-farming and fishing industries and exposes the many dark truths about the meat that our society consumes in record numbers. Family farm...

Pocket Full of Tinder: Book Review
Fantasy , Romance / December 5, 2016

Title: Pocket Full of Tinder: A Noon Onyx Novel Author: Jill Archer Published: December 15, 2016 Genre: Fantasy & Romance with touches of other genres Length: 293 pages Pocket Full of Tinder is the fourth book in Jill Archer’s Noon Onyx series. I am reviewing Pocket Full of Tinder from an advance review copy that I read in eBook format. To set the tone, I am delighted to write that this may be the best book in the Noon Onyx...

Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: Book Review
Fantasy , Writing / December 1, 2016

Title: Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction Author: Orson Scott Card, Phillip Athans, Jay Lake Published: 2013 Genre: Writing, Fantasy/Science Fiction Pages: 406 (paperback) Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction by Orson Scott Card, Phillip Athans, and Jay Lake is a writing guide that is designed for genre fiction. If you are interested in writing a novel, or even if you are curious about the process, then Writing Fantasy & Scie...

National Novel Writing Month: 50,000 Words and Beyond
NaNoWriMo / November 30, 2016

I have some very exciting news to share! I have officially passed the 50,000 word goal for National Novel Writing Month with one extra day to spare, no less! I can hardly believe it. The writing process has been exhilarating, frustrating, and deeply meaningful. Most importantly, the novel is not anywhere near finished. My fantasy novel looks like it will probably require somewhere in the ballpark of 80,000-90,000 words as I envision ...

National Novel Writing Month: Ever Onward
NaNoWriMo / November 18, 2016

Hello, everyone! I hope that the rest of you are having a productive, although admittedly cray, NaNoWriMo like I am. Right now, I am over halfway through the intimidating 50,000 word goal. I still need to make my 1,667 words for today, but I plan on getting back to writing as soon as I am done with making this post. This is the first time that I have really committed to NaNoWriMo and the results are really amazing. That is not to say...

Buffering: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , YouTuber / November 11, 2016

Title: Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded Author: Hannah Hart Published: 2016 Genre: Autobiography, YouTuber Pages: 256 (hardback) Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded is an autobiographical work by the YouTube sensation Hannah Hart. If you do not know about Hannah Hart or her hit show My Drunk Kitchen, then please do yourself a favor by checking out her YouTube channel here. Buffering is deeply personal and...

Pocket Full of Tinder: Preview
Preview / November 8, 2016

Jill Archer, author of the compelling Noon Onyx fantasy series, graciously sent me a preview booklet for Nouiomo Onyx’s fourth adventure titled Pocket Full of Tinder. Isn’t that title awesome? I am happy to report that the 30 preview pages of Pocket Full of Tinder are highly promising and immediately engaging. If you have never heard of the Noon Onyx series, then you are in for a treat. Jill Archer’s creation is tru...