Book of the Month

My book choice, which may be new or a re-read.

Not Taco Bell Material, by comedian, actor, carpenter, CEO, radio personality, Adam Carolla (2012). This was a great read for me being that I'm a huge fan of his from back in the day. This is Adam's 2nd book, the 1st was In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks: . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy. I started listening to Adam when I was about 15 or 16 when he was doing the radio show, Loveline, with Dr. Drew. (Love him as well.)

I don't always agree with everything that he says or stands for, but that's okay because we're 2 two different people. Differences makes the world go round, I like to think. He can, in my opinion sometimes be sexist or too general but again what can I do about it. He still makes me laugh with a lot of what comes out of his mouth. The only stories of Adam's that I didn't enjoy in this title were about football plays/manoeuvres etc., but that's only because I'm not a football fan. The stories about his many apartments & apartment adventures are hilarious, and worth reading for those alone.

What I really enjoyed was knowing more details of the stories of how he came from very little economically or emotionally. With no one pushing him or telling him what he needed to do, in order to succeed in his own life, he has accomplished a tremendous amount. Adam learned to want more for himself because he didn't like what he saw and experienced growing up in his family. From working in fast food restaurants, to digging ditches, to radio and television and now being the podcasting king that he is. Adam Carolla is an inspiration no matter where you come from. Silver-spoon, private school or passive parenting.

Everyone is not going to be a multi-millionaire, billionaire, or the CEO of a huge conglomeration. It's just impossible for the everyone to be the boss. There has to be feet that carry the head and help keep the day to day operations going. But Adam's story shares that if you work harder then most you will achieve much more, then most. Giving you more satisfaction, if you allow it, then someone who doesn't work or strive to be productive in their existence. It isn't all about money. It's about making a difference, in not only your own life but those around you. Not only helping yourself but helping those around you, even if just through example, achieve personal goals for themselves.

I give Not Taco Bell Material, by Adam Carolla, 4/5.

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I can't wait for the warmer (not hot) weather & my chastising by the geese to begin

Till next time,



In My Father's House, 2011, by the late E. Lynn Harris. Every time I re-read one of E. Lynn Harris's books I sigh with regret that this great storyteller is gone from this world. He was and will always be one of my favourite authors. His genre, gay men's fiction isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I don't care. (I really don't like to categorize his work that way but that's how most book retailers do it.) Beauty in words is all that matters to me. I also don't care because not only was he a great writer but to me gay relationships are just relationships like all other human beings have. Love, companionship, loyalty, respect. Things that most of us want and/or need.

In My Father's House has some graphic sex scenes that I could have done without but that goes with any other author. Yes, sex happens but I don't need the details. That's just me, nuff said about that.

In My Father's House follows the life of main character Bentley Dean as he breaks away from a privileged life in Michigan, to struggling and building his own identity and life in hot & steamy Miami, Florida.

Bentley Dean's life was planned out for him. From whom he should marry. To where he would attend school. To Bentley eventually working in some capacity in the family business. As he and his family learn, life doesn't always work out according to plan.

Bentley's father does not approve of his only son being gay & choosing to live his truth. So Bentley leaves to start fresh. Breaking off ties and going into the unknown. Discovering who he is and what he needs to do to make a new and different life for himself.

I give In My Father's House A Novel 4.5/5.

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Anyone else a fan of E. Lynn Harris's work?

Song of the Week:Paradise - Mylo Xyloto Paradise, Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay, 2011 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd. See Paradise. (Links may not work in all countries.)

Till next time,