Stranger Than Fiction / Non-fiction by Chuck Palahniuk

I love Chuck Palahniuk.

I love people watching.

I believe solitude is important, but loneliness kind of saddens & numbs me.

I genuinely care about people & about the stories these people have & about writing these stories down in a way that makes them interesting, but still honest.

I like American culture, but I also kind of hate it. So pointing out it’s flaws, while still realizing I’m a huge part of it, is fun for me.

I like any of the following: Fight Club, Rosemary’s Baby or any of Ira Levin’s other stories, Trainspotting, American Psycho, Kierkegaard, sex, Marilyn Manson, castles, demolition derbies, amateur wrestling, writing in general, the U.S. Navy, and/or rescue dogs.

If you agree with any of the above, you should read this book. It’s a book for people who enjoy reading or who enjoy a good “do it for the story” type of tale. It amazed me that all of this was non-fiction, but a good writer can take something semi-interesting & turn it into a whole new breed.

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Robert Eggleton – Author of Rarity From the Hollow

I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Eggleton, author of Rarity from the Hollow. Robert is recently retired & his novel has received glowing reviews. It was originally printed in 2012, but will be reprinted this year. The novel is described as social science fiction & is intended for any age, but contains vivid & realistic scenes that are not for the faint of heart. Purchase links & author contacts are at the bottom of this interview, but you can jump to them by clicking here.

The novel follows Lacy Dawn, a true daughter of Appalachia, & then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, & her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop ’till You Drop): he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, &, most importantly, her own family. Continue reading

Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen

This book is funny & intelligent, & that is my favorite combination of adjective I can possibly want in a YA fiction book.

Mona is a second generation Chinese American middle schooler living in 70’s suburbia. The novel explores her journey into womanhood as she navigates race, religion, & puberty. The novel can also technically be viewed as a sequel to Typical American, although it was published earlier, it follows the same family.

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The Creative Blogger Award

Thank you, dreamingthroughliterature for the Creativer Blogger Award nomination!

The Rules:
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your reader
  • Nominate 5-10 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Pass these rules on to them
  • Post the badge somewhere on your blog
The Facts:
  1. I love country music. The good ole real kind & the modern pop stuff.
  2. I like environmental documentaries. Gasland was my recent watch & it exceeded expectations.
  3. I drive a shitty impala. I hate it & I love it. I named it the Bambi.
  4. Jose Cuervo makes me sick. So does Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Combine them for an interesting & disgusting breakfast.
  5. I’m a scorpio, but I really don’t believe in astrology. That being said, I think it’s a lot of fun.
The Nominees:

A Dance with Books

Paperback Beauty Pagent

Bookish Royalty

Oreo And Books

The Book Harpy

Bath & Body Works Tag

Thank you to Summer at xingsings for tagging me in the Bath & Body Works tag! This tag was created by Analee, so you should visit her page as well. The selections are based on fragrance names, I believe. Sadly there is none for my favorite candle smell, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. But there are plenty of great book recommendations. This post is going to be mainly YA books or books I feel younger audiences would like since the tag is directed at those readers.

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SUICIDE SQUAD! & Graphic Novels vs Comics

Never have I been more excited about a leaked trailer!

If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you lift the rock you’re living under off of you, click here, & do that.

Everybody’s debating the film already. Do we like “Hot Topic Joker?” Who’s going to get ample backstory? Who’s going to die? & most importantly, for my Harley Quinn Halloween costume, should I be Puddins Harley or Sexy Diamonds Harley?


The debate really only occurs among nerds & true comic fans, so in order to understand their concerns (where is Harley’s accent!?), I read the comics!

The Suicide Squad goes way back, but I stuck with DC’s New 52 Suicide Squad (Volume 4) comics because I’m told these are the closest base for the film. I read #1 through #30 & now I’m going to share my thoughts with you.

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