Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Unspoken Abandonment by Bryan A. Wood

What is the book about?

Bryan Wood deploys to Eastern Afghanistan not knowing what to expect or what the final outcome may be. A personal journal becomes his companion as he lives every day in the midst of war. As you read his journal you will be taken through his story, see the things he saw, and feel the things he felt. A truly moving book that will open your eyes to the conflict in Afghanistan.

You'll be taken back to understand the extreme effects war has on a person on their recovery as he comes back to the states, and finds inspiration through others around him to get past his pain. This is an amazing book that completely opens up the mind to understand what veterans experience on their return back home from war.

What did I think of the book?

What a page turner. I couldn't put it down from the moment I picked it up. The path that Bryan takes to finding himself is absolutely amazing. Wood is an amazingly strong person to be able to go find peace and love through his transition from soldier to veteran. This is a book of overcoming obstacles and finding true love and peace. Unlike any other war story you will ever read.

My favorite quotes from the book

"I've seen a lot of hurt in my life, and I know what it looks like. There is just something you can see in a person's eyes. No offense, brother, but I am seeing a lot it when I look at you. I can't walk away from that without asking you if you really are ok."

"You know what? You're probably right when you say I wouldn't understand because no matter what i's from, your hurt is different from my hurt, and hell, it's all different from that guy's hurt,"

"I know it's hard to open up about something, but it's the first step to letting go. Hiding from pain only allows it to grow strong and stronger. It's like a beast that feeds off of you. It feeds off of you until you actually become the beast."

"Because, I learned something a long time ago: if you try to do only for yourself, you'll only get so far in life. If you reach out to touch other people, you can fix your own soul and move further than you can ever imagine."

"For the good, the bad, and everything in between, everything changes and moves on."

"One of the things I have learned throughout this entire process is that when you beat yourself up over something internally, you eventually come to accept negativity from outside sources as also being acceptable. After all, it you treat yourself like shit, it must be perfectly fine for others to do the same."

I give this book
Unspoken Abandonment: Sometimes the hardest part of going to war is coming home

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Rape Girl by Alina Klein

What is the book about?

Valerie's mom is going out of town and she's leaving Valerie and her younger sister home alone for a few days. Valerie decides to throw a party and invite all her friends. She can't wait to see Adam, the boy she's been eyeing. How lucky does she feel when he shows up to her party. They drink, they laugh, they make out, and then she throws up all over his shoes.

He comes back the next morning determined to finish where the left off. From this part in the story it's he said-she said and everyone seems to be on Adam's side.

What did I think of the book?

The only complaint I have about this book, it was too short. I wish it was a longer book. Otherwise, this book was fabulous. Honest and open, and utterly raw. I enjoy that in this type of book. I enjoyed reading Valerie's story of her struggle during high school while being labeled as "The Rape Girl."

During the end of my high school years, I was raped and stabbed 32 times. I was the rape girl at school. Everyone knew why I didn't wear shorts and long sleeves. Everyone either hated me for drawing attention to myself and being the center of attention or they took pity on me. This book brought all those memories back, and they were so similar to my own feelings from my experience.

Although I had some flashback dreams after reading this book, which was my own damn fault for finishing the whole book before I fell asleep, I still enjoyed reading it. If you or someone you know is a rape victim, this is a good book to read to understand you are not alone.
I give this book
Rape Girl



I found a new used book store just around the corner from me, and let me tell you, IT'S AWESOME! 
I can't wait to go back and browse some more. I felt pretty rushed today since I arrived only an hour before they closed. I can't possibly be expected to shop in a book store in less than an hour. I still managed to leave with a quite a few awesome books! 

Well due to the fact that I have Stuffed my Shelves full. I already have too many bookcases, and if I ask my husband to buy me another one I think he might have a fit. He understands my love for books but I guess at some point, when all my walls are covered in books, he can put his foot down. 

So my loss is your WIN. I will be giving away tons of books so please subscribe to my blog or keep checking in because I will clearing out my shelves. 

I have to make room for more awesome reads. 

Keeping my Shelves Stuffed 

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Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

What is the book about?

Their father has just been killed in a fatal car accident and their mother decides to move them back to their religious fanatic grandmother who has never approved of their lifestyle their mother, Corrine has lived. Cathy, Chris, Cory and Carrie are all locked in the attic at their grandparents but they aren't sure why. Read this book to find out how the 4 siblings cope with being imprisoned in an attic.

What did I think of the book?

I have read this book many many times and every time I find it a little bit more disturbing than the last time I read it. The pain. The agony. The confusion. These poor kids, their just flowers in the attic.

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
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