Two Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading

I haven’t read anything since early February, though technically that isn’t true since I started and stopped The Great Gatsby. I guess I should say I haven’t finished anything since February.

American War

I’ve written about this book on here already. It’s still pulling me to the cusp of purchase, though I’ve held off so far.

Shattered

This is also a new release. It tells the story of Hillary Clinton’s failed bid to win the presidency. On election night I was 24-years-old. I cried. It wasn’t because of the upset victory no one saw coming, it was because I couldn’t imagine Donald Trump leading my country forward into the 21st century. All he’s done is roll back environmental protections, try to ban people from coming here, nominate Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and is now backing AHCA.

This book will take me back to election night. I’m not sure what I hope to gain from reading it. I’ll gain something.

I’m planning to finally start Thirteen Reasons Why today. So that’s also on my list. 

Autographed Books? Think Again

One of the things that all major presidential (and also some Congressional) candidates do is write books. Lots of memoirs and autobiographies. This year was no different. Both Trump and Hillary have published multiple books. When you have millions of supporters, selling autographed books at a significant markup seems like a good move, right? Right. Unless it comes out that you never signed them in the first place.

I’ve seen authors in warehouses full of books signing away. Literally thousands of them. Donald Trump was thought to have done the same and sold the books through his campaign. Except he didn’t. He never actually signed the “autographed” books he was selling to his followers. A machine did. 😂

Welp.

A Letter to America

Dear America,

America is me. When people hear me identify as “Mexican-American” most think nothing of it. But some think of me as being a part of “other”, as being different from them. I’m not. Both of my parents were born in Texas. My grandparents were born in Texas. My great grandparents were not. Which means I’m exactly the same as nearly every other American in that I’m a descendant of immigrants.

I point this out because I must. The next president of the United States has said things and proposed actions that make me as a Mexican-American feel disrespected, hated, and alarmed. He’s done the same to women, African-Americans, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, and just about every group of people that looks differently than he does.

Donald Trump is not my president. He doesn’t represent or stand for anything I do. I know I’m not the only one acknowledging this. But something we must understand is that now is not the time to sit down in shock at what has transpired. Now is more important than ever to stand up for what we believe in, to make sure our voices are louder than ever. Yes, Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. But don’t believe for one second that hate, racism, homophobia, or xenophobia won last night. Those things will never truly win as long as we, the people continue to stand up and speak out about the things we hold dear.

I’m shocked just as millions of others are, but this is not the end. We’re headed toward a better, more tolerant future. Even if we face a minor setback along the way.

A college educated, Mexican-American millennial,

John Guillen

I’m a Millennial and #ImWithHer

Obviously this isn’t a blog on politics. And obviously I don’t expect people to have the same viewpoint as I do. But election day is less than a week away. Millions of people have already cast their ballot during early voting. The 45th president of the United States is on the verge of being elected. So I decided to make this video to stress the importance of voting in our democracy. Sure I talk about Hillary, but I also discuss the significance of simply having the right to vote as we do.

The important thing isn’t for you to agree with me or the candidate I’m voting for, but rather that you have a say in who leads the country and community in which you live.

Saturday Selects: Your Voice

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write on the first Saturday (usually) of each month to discuss a topic outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today is a topic I touched on fairly recently. The 2016 presidential campaign.

Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee come November. Many who thought his candidacy was nothing more than a joke and public spectacle are now grappling with whether to support him or not.

But just because he’s emerged from a crowded field of contenders for the highest office in the world doesn’t mean anything is set in stone just yet. He’s been praised for having brought in new voters to the GOP while also being ridiculed by members of his own party.

But my message to you is quite simple. Your voice can still be heard. You have Trump, who needs no introduction whatsoever. And you’ll have Hillary. Many argue this election will truly be about the lesser of two evils, but I tend to disagree. Only one of the candidates is highly unqualified to hold the most important office in the world. And the other candidate has decades of public service.

My question today isn’t about your voting preference. I’m curious to learn your thoughts on how we reached this point.

Campaigns and Politics and Books, oh my

Can you name a single presidential candidate still in the race who hasn’t recently published a book? Maybe one of the lesser known candidates who has no chance at winning their party’s nomination, but all of the bigger names have. It’s scary.

These candidates are constantly holding events and fundraisers, and participating in debates in order to get their message out. AND they’re publishing books around the same time. I’m not sitting here saying that we don’t need to hear about the people who could potentially hold the highest office in our country, but will we ever reach the point at which we proclaim enough is enough?

On top of all the press the candidates receive they also do things like host SNL or private fundraisers with their celebrity friends. Why not just give them a TV sitcom too?

I get it. It’s the presidential race and it only happens every four years. But I’m about sick of every candidate releasing a book that coincides with the race. It’s not like they help. The people who buy and read them are already in the corner of the party or candidate.

Have you read any books written by political candidates recently? You’ve got many to choose from. I actually don’t think I’ve ever read a book by a candidate.