I’m not Surprised

I told y’all last week that 1984 had catapulted to the top of Amazon’s bookstore. Well it’s still there. And it’s been followed by a number of dystopian classics that people feel may give them some insight into what’s happening today.

It Can’t Happen Here. The Origins of Totalitarianism. Brave New World. Fahrenheit 451. Animal Farm.

One might say these books are always selling fairly well. Sure. But not thousands of copies that are required to stay in the top 10 on the website for several days.

Have you had any thoughts to read any of these books once more? I have. I own two of the titles mentioned and read 4 of them.

Top Five Wednesday: Who’s Coming to my New Year’s Party?

I haven’t done one of these in a LONG time. Mostly because the girl who took over started with crap topics. Bleh. The topic is pretty easy to comprehend. Leggo.

Katniss Everdeen

She’s the Girl on Fire. I mean, come on.

Harry Bosch

I don’t drink alcohol. So I’d sit down with a bottle of water out away from the rest of the party and talk to Harry about everything. He’s insightful and I doubt anyone could match his stories from decades with LAPD. I’d also tell him his daughter would make an excellent detective.

Mark Watney

I just finished The Martian and have LOTS of thoughts on it, but for now I’d just like to tell Mark here that’s he’s hilarious. Stay tuned for a full review in the next day or two!

A

She’s the protagonist from Every Day and it would actually be cool to invite her every year to the New Year’s party just to see her in different bodies.

Guy Montag

This might seem like an odd choice when you consider the fact that I HATE this book. But I’d invite him because every other person invited to this particular party would love books. And this bastard burns them. I’d pretty much just tell him off. And perhaps create a mob in the process.

Those are the five characters I’d invite to my New Year’s party! Who would you invite to yours!?

Amazon’s 100 Books Everyone Should Read: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Look at me! This is the third Thursday in a row that I’ve released a video! And this comes after going a month without releasing a single one. What the heck has gotten into me? Ha!

Anyway, today’s video discusses Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and I really think you’re going to want to hear what I have to say about it. First, because this book was one y’all really wanted me to read when I ran my poll a little while back. Second, because giving me six minutes of your day isn’t so bad.

I don’t have anything to add here because I think I said all I wanted to say in the video. Now watch! And subscribe if you haven’t. Cause why not?


On this day in 2014 I published Knowing Your Audience.

My First Half Price Books Book Haul

I told you guys yesterday about how impressed I was during my first experience at Half Price Books, and I promised to show y’all which books I came away with. It looks like I make good on my promises. Sometimes. Ha. Anyway, I’m just going to show you the books now. Normally when I glance over book haul posts I see long lists of covers and descriptions of the books included. I’m not going to do that because those are almost always ultra popular YA titles that everyone knows about. I’m pretty sure you’ve never even heard of half my books, so no point in me acting like everyone will know them. To the books!

20150716_111655I know you can see the titles just fine, but I’ll tell you the book titles anyway.

Mary Mary (Alex Cross #11) by James Patterson

The Strain (The Strain #1) by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

LA Requiem (Elvis Cole #8) by Robert Crais

Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I have two interesting points about these books before I leave you alone for the rest of the day. First, I’ll be making videos for three of these titles. And second, three of the books are actually new! I bet you can’t even tell which ones aren’t. Remember what I said about the books available at Half Price Books?

Have you read any of these books? Tell me about the books you’ve added to your collection recently.


 

On this day in 2014 I published Writer’s Privilege is a Real Thing.

I Introduce to you…Johnny Reads!

Guess who actually recorded their first YouTube video like he said he would yesterday? This guy!

Just to give you an idea as to how excited I was for this, I went through my entire day just thinking about it. And then once I was home and had the time to do it…I needed a nap. Then the Astros played. I ended up actually recording and editing around two in the morning. Hehe.

That’s all I have for y’all today. Now would you so kindly go watch my first video? It’s only three minutes long and you’ll finally find out what I plan on making videos about!

Oh, and it would be really nice if you went ahead and subscribed to my channel. I’ll supply snacks for when you watch my videos. How’s that? You can visit my channel page here.

And I’ll be playing around with different camera and lighting setups for the first few videos, so don’t judge me too much, okay? Okay.

PS: The winner of the vote to pick my next read from the Amazon list was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I’ll be buying and reading it soon.


On this day in 2014 I published My Take on Critique Groups.

 

Want to Pick my Next Read? #2

First, this post is coming way later than normal because once again the weather decided to pound Houston with rain. The city in which I live got something like 11 inches of rain just yesterday! And the power went out around 10:00 last night and still isn’t back on yet. And I have no phone. So, I’m writing this at Fedex.

A long time ago I asked y’all to pick my next read by voting in a poll. I chose five random books from the Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime List and asked that y’all vote to pick which one I read next. With the power outage of the last 24 hours, I’m finally getting around to finishing that first book y’all picked and decided that I might as well ask the same quetion once again.

So, I’m going to just pick five books from the Amazon list and ask that y’all vote to decide what I read next.

I don’t really know anything about these books, once again. But I decided to include the two choices from my first poll that recieved the most votes but did not win. But I won’t tell y’all which books those are.

So, tell me what I should read next. And feel free to vote and comment to make your case.

I have a lot of comments that I’ll be responding to once I have power back.