Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Dracula is a must-read if the genre is of any interest. The basic premise of the book follows Jonathan, a lawyer, that gets caught up in the conniving plans of Count Dracula, a vampire, who is trying to spread his evil in England. Barnes and Noble has these hardcover, special binding classics. I’ve wanted toContinue reading “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles

04 October 1941 – 11 December 2021 (80) How was I first acquainted with Anne Rice? I found a copy of The Body Thief, the fourth book in The Vampire Chronicles way back in 9th grade of high school. It was the only book at the bottom of a crooked, old book shelf of myContinue reading “Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles”

Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series

Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series is one of the longest book series that I’ve been a great fan of reading. I started with Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. Then, I moved on to reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The Dark-Hunter novels. I didn’t get too far into Kenyon’s work; she’s got so many books out! Also, there’sContinue reading “Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series”

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

When I have books on my shelf like J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, I sometimes think it’s pointless to do a review because, by now, everyone has probably seen the movies if they haven’t read the books. But, I mean, I will do a review either way. Tolkien requires aContinue reading “J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings”

E.M. Forster’s Where Angels Fear to Tread

This book’s been on my reading list for ages now! I finally got around to purchasing a copy at Waterstones in London while I swung by on my way back to the U.S. from Europe recently. My original introduction to E.M. Forster’s was his book Howard’s End. After watching the film adaptation of that book,Continue reading “E.M. Forster’s Where Angels Fear to Tread”

Gary Chapman’s Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married

I went through a phase recently in which I read a lot of relational books, and I think I may return to that trend at some point because it’s the one area in contemporary literature that I think I actually quite enjoy. My interest was partly driven by my own consideration of the value andContinue reading “Gary Chapman’s Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married”

Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes

As I write this review on Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes, I’m sitting in the lounge area of a hostel in Munich, Germany. I am more than half-way through my 2021 tour of Europe, and I had hoped to write more reviews while here. The planned writing has not happened as I expected it to, butContinue reading “Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes”

Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages

I bought the “Single’s Version” of Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages. My friend and coworker at Los Angeles Southwest College, Dania, was taking marriage counseling sessions with her fiancé, and I was inspired to read the book for myself. It was an odd paradox because my friend and her fiancé are Muslim while GaryContinue reading “Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages”

Ken Robinson’s Finding Your Element

“It’s about doing something that feels so completely natural to you, that resonates so strongly with you, that you feel that this is who you really are” (ix). In his first book, Sir Ken Robinson said that not everyone may find their element. I get that, but I also thought it was a shame becauseContinue reading “Ken Robinson’s Finding Your Element”

Malala’s Yousafzai’s I Am Malala

My friend Marissa Brandson, a teacher at LAUSD, actually gifted this book to me a while back. I had heard of Malala vaguely over the years, but I didn’t become fully aware of her until I read her book. She tells the story of how her home region in Pakistan was taken over by theContinue reading “Malala’s Yousafzai’s I Am Malala”