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I encourage feedback and suggestions! If you have read a book you think I or anyone else would like to read please don't hesitate to share in the comment section of my posts!

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueine Carey

Kushiel's Dart is the first book in Jacqueine Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series. There are 9 books in totals and all take place in a wonderfully imagined fetishistic alternate medieval history. Here Carey shares a world where the people of Terre d'Ange (what would be France in our world) follow a simple tenet, "Love As Thou Wilt". This simple message comes from the teachings of Ellua, the son of Yeshua (God). It is told that he turned his back on his father to live a life of love and piece on Earth and was followed by eight angels, each of whom embody a human quality including knowledge, love, healing, and pride as well as punishment and sexual desires. As you might have guessed these last two play heavily into the plot ;)

In this book we follow the main protagonist Ph├Ędre begining with her coming to age and the first of her many adventures. Initially sold as a child into the service of Naamah, whose worshipers perform religious prostitution, she was thought to…

World War Z by Max Brooks

I saw the movie based on this book staring Brad Pitt in the theater when it came out and liked it well enough. I do believe the book is way better but will say to me tells a very different story. It was recommended that I read this when I was talking to a friend about The Walking Dead.

I will start out by saying that what this book is does best is it takes a completely implausible theme (zombies) and tells a story using 100% plausible personal stories as well as descriptions of economic and political fallout that you read and thing "hmm... yeah, that could actually happen". This is impressive given the basic underlying story and works on almost every level. Yes, there are a lot of unanswered questions and some of the story forces the reader to suspend a bit of belief in logic but overall the story is solid and it is a great read.

What I won't do is really talk to much else about the differences between the book and movie because they really only share the zombie war the…

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity By Julia Serano

I wrote this book review almost seven years ago on my other blog Silly Trans Woman but I find myself still suggesting this book to others. In fact after just repurchasing it about a month ago I have already lent it out again! Very few books have left such a lasting impression on my thoughts on gender, feminism and identity. Below is my original review:

This book is a mind opening and thought provoking read that is great for just about anyone. Many of Ms. Serano's arguments on how society views femininity and the resulting opinions of what it means to identify as female (especially for transsexuals) are well thought out and based on sound reasoning. I found myself reexamining many of my very own ideas about who I am and how others preserve me.

I recommend this book not only to transsexuals, but just about anyone who wants a fresh perspective on how our culture views and reacts to differences in gender expression.

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The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein

Enzo (who is a dog) the main character is not one of, but is the most lovable characters in any book I have ever read, period. This story tells his story and how he loves is race car driving human Denny and Denny's daughter Zoe and his wife Eve. You get to see the world from his eyes, to live out heartbreak, love and triumph all from the view of a determined and hilarious dog who has some pretty awesome views on the world and his destiny.

I came across this book during a discussion at a party. The person I was talking to brought it up when we were talking about books about animals. They said it was amazing, it is. They said it was a tear jerker... OMG it is. They said I'd love it, and I did.

I will tell (warn) you that you get a pretty good idea on how this book ends after reading the first chapter. What makes it work and what is absolutely beautiful is how you get to this end. I've read it 3 times in the last year and love it more and more every time. You will to. This i…

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

I love books on strategy and problem solving and this short guide written around 1645 by a swordsman name Miyamoto Musashi packs quite a bit into its limited pages. This book is broken up into 5 sections that cover various topics within Miyamoto Musashi's specific sword fighting martial art which involves 2 swords (a long sword and a short sword). The sections are named after the four major elements: Earth, Water, Fire, and Wind with a final book entitled Void. Each of these "books" covers specific topic with Fire and Wind being the most relevant to my interests as they covered topics such as timing and how to approach or outsmart an enemy.

I will admit I did not read this book for the sword technique advice, instead it was for the approach and to see if the topics covered could be applicable to my daily life, as is the case with many books of this type, and I was not disappointed. While some of the examples and explanations trail off into just telling the reader to stu…

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

In this book Mr Manson offers a no nonsense, funny and sometimes uncomfortable reality that is both refreshing and honest. He outlines in some very blunt, practical and thought provoking arguments for why the old mantra of "thinking positive" is not really the most helpful or productive way to approach life, all while using the word "Fuck" in a great deal of interesting ways (points just for that!). He also points out how we let trivial and meaningless distractions and unimportant clutter waste our time and make us feel like shit. How we hold on to toxic ideas and why we often give a fuck about the wrong things.

Reading this book I myself, almost at every topic in fact, thinking "Huh... never framed it that way", and that is what this book does best. It helps show us how to frame our thoughts, problems and priorities in a way that really lets us let go of the bullshit and start thinking and prioritizing the stuff that really matters.

Not only did I love e…

Do The Work by Steven Pressfield

I downloaded this short book a while ago and put off reading it. Kinda regret doing so. While compact and very much to the point I think that is exactly what Steven Pressfield intended. In the hour and change it took to complete there was a lot of practical and motivating advice.

Wool, Shift, and Dust by Hugh Howey

I love dystopian sci-fi. I am not going to lie but this trilogy, and specifically the first book Wool ranks a probably my favorite in this genre and definitely in my top 5 books period.

In Wool the reader is shown an underground world that slowly starts to unravel. This story starts with a group of people living underground in a silo. All they know is it's not safe to go outside because the air is toxic. They do not know why the air is toxic. As the story develops both the reader and main characters are are presented with questions like, why are they there? Why do people condemned to die by being sent outside always clean the sensors that give the people in the silo their only views of the barren outside landscape? Who is really in control? As the tension builds, and the fragile social structure in the silo unravels we are introduced to layers of mystery and storytelling that (at least in my experience) are unique and exciting. I think I bought the second book Shift immediately af…