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Friday, February 24, 2012

A Reading List

In January I told you guys about the books that I read last year
It was incredibly popular post - shoulda known you'd be such a happy nerdy bunch!

So I got to thinking... keeping some sort of yearly book list on the blog might be a great idea. Seems like a good way to keep up with everything I read and also get some feedback from you guys about what's great.

I also just joined my first-ever-legit-actually-meeting-up-with-fun-people-once-a-month-and-gab book club {woot!}. Those books will totally make the list as the group reads them.

 So if you're a reader, let your cursor wander over to the right to the Books of 2012 button. It'll show you what's sitting on my nightstand.
Go on, you know you want to...


Other book related news... 

I have a friend from college who contacted me recently to let me know he wrote a book. 
First, let's stop there.

He wrote a book.

That is completely mind bogglingly awesome to me. Once my brain stopped mentally high fiving him, I concentrated on the conversation at hand. He wanted me to read it. 

Well, duh. You wrote a freaking book, dude. Of course I'll read it.

And I did. 

And I was mad.

I wasn't mad because it sucked. It didn't. 
I wasn't mad because it was fantastic and I was jealous {though it's pretty good and I am}.

I was mad because I started it one late night before bed. And I could not. stop. reading. it. I'm a sucker for suspense. And I couldn't predict where it was going. So I kept reading. Until I finished it at midnight. Then I was mad at Tyler for doing that to me. A little warning on the inside cover would be nice.

"Hey, make sure you have time for the whole thing in one sitting. You might be up all night. You can't stop reading until the end. And we all know how cranky you are when you're short on sleep. Sorry about that.  - Sincerely, Tyler"

I really don't think that's too much to ask...

Ok, in all seriousness - the book is obviously good. Tyler's writing style is unique but easy to follow. The main character is original yet very identifiable. And the twisted plot still held my attention even after I'd read the last page.

I liked the honesty of the characters. They felt raw. It was messy at times - as life is. It's a book about desperate times, and it made me question what I would do in their shoes. How desperate, how messy I might get. 

And for those of you that are slackers, this book isn't a long one. It was about 90 pages on my iPad Kindle app.

In fact, if I had to offer up some criticism, I would like for it to have been longer. I wanted to know more about several of the main characters. How did they become this way? Why do they think like that? I wanted more development, more history.

Here's a great description:
When God commanded Abraham to carry Isaac up the mountain, the boy was told by his father to gather sticks to build an altar. With each piece he gathered he unknowingly contributed to his own sacrifice. But before the blade would fall an angel of God would appear. The entire parable hinged on Abraham's faith in God's plan and his determination to carry it out with his own hands.
Charles is an average man. He has a loving family and is solid in his own beliefs. But his faith is soon tested with the loss of his son and Charles becomes a man driven by the need for answers. He needs to know what happened to his child and is prepared to do anything to find out. As simple actions by multiple individuals begin to unfold, a tragedy is formed and Charles is caught in the middle. Throughout it all he knows he is not alone. He knows God is with him. As Charles begins to see signs of what he believes to be the truth behind his son's disappearance, he's unsure if these come from God or if they are just coincidences. Is it his vengeance that propels him or is he just doing God's plan? His faith will either see him through this catastrophe or cause him to lose all he has left.

So here I am - officially recommending it to you. 

Buy it, download it, print it - whatever suits your fancy. Because its totally worth it.

And because I also just found out that Tyler and his wife are expecting kiddo #2 so he has a lot of diapers to buy... 

Tyler, congrats on the book and the baby on the way! 
Feel free to continue conquering the world!

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