I Want to Attend a Festival

I’ve never attended a book festival/expo of any kind. But not every one is made equally. I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy a local festival that only lasts a day or two. But I can’t definitely say I wouldn’t enjoy it, right?

I think it would be a pleasant experience to be surrounded by people who love books. Wouldn’t really matter what they love reading or who, just that they do. The simple fact is that books give so many people something in common. Literature may seem small in the eyes of some, but common ground is common ground. There’s not much of that going around today.

Have you attended any book festival/expo? How was it?

A Small Goal

My reading has slowed down dramatically this month. Now I’m working an 8:00-5:00 schedule until April 1. I typically leave my house at 7:00. Usually get home around 7:00.

Lots of lost free time. So I’m making a new goal for myself. My goal is to read at least five hours every weekend. Those five hours will supplement any time I find during the week. Hopefully this will enable me to continue reading as much as I can.

This isn’t my first full-time job, but it is by far my longest commute. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for a salaried position.

Let’s hope my reading picks up soon!

What’s your biggest obstacle when it comes to reading?

And There’s More

I just wrote about Holocaust denial books that are available on Amazon, right? Of course there are even more books on the site that have no business seeing the light of day. This time I’m talking about books that claim to “cure” illnesses and ailments.

Autism appears to be written about quite a bit. Books utilizing what’s called MMS claim to be able to cure autism, among others. Except there is nothing scientific about the so-called treatment. And it’s been linked to at least one death in recent years.

Y’all know I don’t have kids. I can only imagine how difficult it might be to have a child with any kind of developmental deficiency. The medical bills and lost wages can quickly add up. So a part of me understands why someone would go to books in search of a cure for something inflicting their family.

With that being said, this isn’t the way to accomplish anything. Doctors and nurses can point you to the right literature. And there’s always the option of adoption if the diagnosis is known beforehand. No one is responsible for making another family whole, but there are so many people who would be excellent parents and would appropriately care for a child with special needs. No one should be subject to bogus treatments that only endanger rather than treat.

Autism, for example, doesn’t need to be cured. If these parents or people buying these bogus books had ever met someone with autism, then they’d know that.

A Heist Right out of a Movie

We’ve all seen movies in which criminals rob a bank through the vault from underground or by rappelling down through the roof to evade detection.

Recently one of those scenarios actually played out in the UK. Robbers rappelled down into a warehouse that was storing valuable books. The robbers took the most expensive ones they could find and made off with 160 books worth more than a 2 million dollars! I can’t help but laugh at this. These books are hundreds of years old.

I went to Austin last year and walked through an exhibit of old books. I thought it was a really cool exhibit. Shakespeare was a major part of the whole thing. I recall several of his copies of plays he’d written. I’m just insginjbg people coming down from the roof like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible in order to get their hands on those books.

Have you ever been around books hundreds of years old? What would you do to get your hands on them? Also, I’ve seen a Gutenberg bible!

2017 Reading Challenge: The Lightning Thief

I’m probably the last person in America to have started this series. I mean, at this point Rick Riordan is writing a dozen other series he started after concluding this one. Oh well. Better late than never, right? Anyway, I have only good things to say about this one! Watch and see!

This book was the 7th book from my 2017 Reading Challenge and satisfied the requirement to read a book everyone else seems to have read already. This is also 1 of Amazon’s 100 Books Everyone Should Read. Two birds with one…book? Ha!

What did you think of this book?

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Amazon is in Some Hot Water

Amazon is in hot water right now. The website has Holocaust denial books listed for sale.

This is difficult for me to defend at all. Some might say free speech. Others might say history. But is it okay to sale a book most likely branding itself as fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth?

I’m not sure where this falls on the list of issues facing the company, but it’s mist definitely an issue. I’d argue Holocaust denial is one of the most dangerous things we encounter as humans. Why? Because it opens the door to repeat history. To repeat a major aspect of the worst armed conflict the world has ever known.

I have a wristband I bought at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum last year when I visited DC. It says “What you do matters.” Take note, Amazon. Because what you do matters.

I’ve worn that wristband everyday since I bought it. To remind myself that my voice and actions are important to ensure that we never go back to our worst days as humans.

You Can’t Always be Reading

This is obvious. People have work or family or sleep that takes up time. These things are unavoidable. We can try to read as much as possible, but we still can’t always be reading.

Some have told me they don’t watch much TV. I understand that. Now that I’m working again my TV is on maybe an hour a day during the week. But there’s this network I think Americans should be aware of and maybe even watching as much as possible. It isn’t new. It isn’t a cable news network that will just feed into your own beliefs. It’s C-SPAN.

It’s the network that was founded to give Americans a glimpse into our own government. There are no commercials. There are no ads of any kind. There are no talking heads telling you what you should think of what you’ve seen. What you do see is your elected officials conducting day-to-day business. You hear their words straight from their mouths. And I think that’s the best way to hold elected officials accountable.

No one is changing their words and no one is telling you what you should think. Just you and the official.

So the next time you find yourself with some downtime and you’re not in the mood for a book, I’d recommend turning to C-SPAN. 15 minutes. A half hour. You may just learn something you didn’t know before. I don’t see how that could be a bad thing.