Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living 11/19/2016 part 1

Athene’s Prophecy by Ian J. Miller

I was kind of on the fence about this book.  I did like it but sometimes I was distracted by the descriptions of scientific theory in the book.  I’m not sure this book was exactly my “cup of tea” but it was ok for what it was.  I was hoping for a little more but I did learn from this book as well. * I received this book from the author–this is my honest review*  3/5

Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly 11/10/2016 part 1

Wonder why this didn’t post on the tenth…oh well, it’s posted now!

Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

This was a very creepy but great book!  I was glad I got a chance to listen to it.  I loved it.  It was scary and I was pulling for Emma the whole book.  I was hoping she made it.  I think the characters were believable in this book and the plot was scary.  “This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.”  5/5

This election cycle sucked balls!

I’m not happy about the election, let me get that firmly established from the start. I thought we had shitty choices all around.

That said, we need to chill out and come together. I can’t believe the animosity and hate I keep seeing people throw at each other, close family members at that.

It’s saddening to me, watching as my country divides into a mess we created.

I don’t understand people who said Obama is the devil. Was he our greatest president ever? No, by far he was not, but was he evil? Of course not! I remember thinking throughout his entire presidency that people were crazy. Saying he’s going to set up fema camps to lock all citizens up, and things of this nature, made these people look like crackpots. I remember my liberal friends telling my conservative ones that the rhetoric they were starting would lead down a dark path. Some stopped, most didn’t, and they will consider Obama a devil until the day he dies.

All the while they were told “how they should act” because he’s our president.

Now, 8 years later and a particularly hard stretch of political theatre has those same liberals crying out, “Not my president!” and I find it confusing.

Should the conservative party fallen in line with Obama, especially after he won his second term? If you answered yes to this, then why are you protesting now?

I didn’t want President Trump, but I can’t believe the amount of people who are contradicting themselves. Why are you choosing to look at friends and neighbors with such hate in your eyes? Such animosity leads us to separate and keeps us from unifying to do what we need to do.

While I didn’t want President Trump, I hope he does well, because I’m on the ship he’s captain of.

I wrote a short piece that espouses my fear with the ending of this election.

And so our country died, with the people’s unwillingness to unify and make peace. Those shouting “Fuck Obama” didn’t start the second civil war, but they certainly started the rhetoric that lead to the assassination of President Trump.

#ChooseLove my friends, let’s heal ourselves rather than continuing to divide.

Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly 11/10/2016 part 3

Chills by Mary SanGiovanni

Ghosts and scary and everything I love!  This book was a great horror book for me.  I enjoyed it.  It did in fact give me chills at some points in the book. I believe this book a great plot and characters.  It took me where I wanted and kept me reading until the end.  * I received this book from NetGalley–This is my honest review*

Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly 11/10/2016 part 2

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee

I enjoyed this book very much.  We have soo many characters and sooo many things to follow in this book but I didn’t get confused.  I enjoyed the characters of Ember and MACE, I think they are my favorite.  I loved that the author added so many supernatural elements into this book and so many supernatural character in a super natural town.  I am excited I decided to give this book a try and I will read the next in the series hoping this will be a great series to enjoy. So far it is great!   5/5

Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly 11/4/2016 part 2!

Whispers of the Serpent by C.L. Roberts-Huth

I love killer books like this one!  Zoe is again hunting for a killer in this book. The killer is killing babies.  Then Zoe niece goes missing.  This book had my in the beginning and didn’t let go.  I loved every minute of it!  I think this is a great series!  * I received this book from the author –This is my honest review*

I see us. #ASMSG #IARTG #IAN1 #SupportIndieAuthors!

I had to start this several different times, because every time I started to write it, it came from a place of anger, and that’s not the message the world needs.

I see us. I see us all around the world, just trying to get by. A single father doing his best to raise his daughters, a mother worrying over her sick child, even the young adult making his first steps out into a larger world. We’re all around, the ones who just want to live life. We don’t want to fight, we don’t want to argue, we just want to do what we need to in order to survive.

All too often I find myself shocked to find those people who were peaceful to each other just a short time ago at each other’s throats. We were ready, willing, and able to tackle anything the world threw at us, and we did constantly. We went so far as to invent threats that we have no evidence of in order to secure ourselves.

Does it really keep us safer? Does anyone really feel safer since we started the Drug War? The War on Terror? Does anyone really feel safer in 2016 than they did even in the middle of the Cold War at its worst? At least then the threats seemed to be from outside the nation.

It seems like there is more aggression and anger with one another than there has been in a long time, and I don’t understand it. From twisting someone’s words to paint them in an unfavorable light to just plain name calling, I don’t understand where all the animosity comes from. We live in what has to be the most prosperous time in existence.

Think about it, that phone in your hand has more processing power than the computers used by NASA to reach the moon in the 60’s! Yet, here we are, still arguing over imaginary threats that no one else can perceive except for the people on our side.

I’m not saying there aren’t social issues, I’m not saying people shouldn’t protest. I’m saying that we as a people are choosing to ignore the other person’s side, because it doesn’t conform with our ideals.

We have to decide, are we going to be a free society, where people are trusted to make their own life choices? Or are we going to be a society of selfish men and women, ready to insert our opinions into other people’s thoughts before they even have a chance to finish arguing.

There’s a poem I love from the end of the Second World War, because it espouses why I will never be silent. It’s called “First They Came…” and if you haven’t read it, then you should.

I find it empowering, and I have never had a problem listening to others speak up and defend their points of view, because of this poem.

But lately, as more and more voices come out of the woodwork, and I see people arguing and fighting and dividing ourselves along lines only we can see, I find myself shaking my head.

Is this all the farther we’ve reached in our evolutionary process? Even with all this technology and life saving machinery in our world, one that’s only going to become more and more technological as time goes on, are we damned to be nothing more than apes looking to smack each other in the head with cellphones, because we’re unwilling to compromise? Are we in too much of a hurry to respond to what people are saying? To actually listen to their words?

I’ve alway eagerly anticipated the advancing technology of our society, knowing the great things that can and will come as we implement the science into our daily lives for the betterment of mankind. I’m starting to wonder what I was so eager for, as it seems like the more technology we gain, the more of our humanity we lose. We’re communicating more than ever, and listening to each other less and less.

We seem to be falling into our own bubbles, ones that confirm our own biases whether they’re true or not. These bubbles divide us and keep us from uniting and fighting together. Now I have this long exposition on what I have seen and heard from society lately, but I still don’t have an answer to the one question I want to ask.

Who is the enemy? I hope things turn around soon, and we all start to #ChooseLove again. Make our great peaceful leaders proud to watch what we’ve become.