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Debut novel, Tell The Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt, 2012. This was one of the first books that I picked up from the library, in months, and really enjoyed. In the past if I'm reading and not liking a book I'll struggle through to the end, just because I feel that I should give the author a fair chance. However, over the last year I no longer waste my time on a book that is not captivating. If it doesn't pull me in by chapter 2, I'm out. Tell The Wolves I'm Home pulled me in by page 4.

It's the 80's and HIV/AIDS is coming to the forefront of people's lives. Whether it's someone they know or in the news. June is a young girl with a pretty idyllic life. Parents who love each other, a sister, (grumpy and standoffish in a teenage way) and special relationship with her favourite and only uncle Finn. Until its discovered that Finn died from AIDS. We learn how her parents, her sister, and her late uncle's partner weave in and out of June's life. Along with secrets that were meant to be kept by many, pulling June out of her sheltered world into some of life's realities. There are plenty of adventures to keep you turning the page. Almost like a voyeur, in a non-sexual way, watching from around the corner. Some of the characters could be easy to hate, but Carol Rifka makes them likable, once you are able to delve into what makes them tick.

I'm really looking forward to Carol Rifka Brunt's next novel. She'll be on my list of favourite authors in the future.

I give Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel by Carol Rifka Brunt 4 /5.

Till next time,

Nadia


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,

Nadia