WWW Wednesday June 26, 2019

This is my second WWW Wednesday. As always this is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

What did you finish recently finish reading?

I remember reading these very vaguely when I was younger. But I saw they were making them into a film and I had to get my hands on them and read them as an adult. The bummer was that I couldn’t find #2 when I bought #1 and #3 . But I will search my job for it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Review: Working Stiff- Judy Jelinek and T.J. Mitchell

Title: Working Stiff

Author: Judy Jelinek and T.J. Mitchell

Publisher: Scribner

Pages: 258

Rating: 5/5

Working Stiff is an amazing (yet gross) memoir of Dr. Judy Melinek and her training as a Forensic Pathologist (aka Medical Examiner) in New York City. While T. J (her husband) and Daniel (her son) are home, Judy goes out there everyday to deal with the deceased. She was in charge of performing autopsies as well as doing investigations at crime scenes. While some think what Judy does is “cool”, it’s actually a very emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. I remember one instance in the book where Judy worked 100+ hours in only ONE week! She was told to go home and rest for 12 hours because she had passed out from dehydration and fatigue. I’m a fan of CSI, but I am also aware of what’s real life and what’s fiction, and it’s a bit more complicated than they portray it in television. I truly admire Judy’s dedication to her job and family; it was admirable. She always carried herself with such a level of professionalism, even when she had impossible and hard-headed family members from the deceased. 
While the book was very informative and gave you the inside glimpse behind the medical examiners door, the stories are intense and gross, and they are triggering, especially when Judy begins to get into her experience helping out when 9-11 happened. This book is raw, inspiring, riveting, and full of dark humor. I highly recommend it. 

Hooray for More Reading Time!

Hello All!

I can finally keep up with my blog and focus on a whole LOTTA reading. I, unfortunately can’t finish school because of my financial situation so I’m focusing on my career with books. As of right now I work at a bookstore so, my love for reading and being around books is only going to get even stronger. Honestly, I’m so relieved to finally be free of school work because I was truly getting tired of it. I’m just not school material anymore. I just want to be a free spirit and find my calling, which I’ve already established and it’s not going to be by me going to school. Besides I’m way too deep into debt already and honestly don’t want anymore piled on top. To me it’s okay if certain things weren’t going the way you wanted it to. Sometimes it’s good to look at things from a different perspective. I was just honestly tired of always having to work on a dead line and having to rush from work to do homework and try to make it to live workshops. I hate living my life in a rush.

I’m looking forward to devouring more books and writing a whole lot of reviews. So stay tuned.

Review: The Silent Patient-Alex Michaelides

Title: The Silent Patient

Author: Alex Michaelides

Publisher: Celadon Books

Pages: 323

Rating: 5/5

I’ve been wanting to read this book since we got it in at my job. The hype for this book is well-deserved. I simply could not put it down, it kept me on the edge of my seat. We meet psycho therapist Theo Farber who has an obsessive need to get closer to artist Alicia Berenson, and also, accused killer of her husband Gabriel Berenson. Since the murder of her husband, Alicia’s life spiraled out of control, On many occasions she has attempted suicide and has become silent; not talking with anyone. Theo started working at Grove mental health hospital. He needs to know why? When? Where? How? As he does his intensive search into her family and regular life, he starts to fall deeper into her life. But What you don’t know is that Theo has some deep dark secrets himself, secrets you the reader would’ve never thought were true.
Once you read a chapter you think you have the pieces connected, but the author throws you another curveball and it gives you the initative to keep reading more chapters. I would’ve finished this in one day if it weren’t for my adult responsibilities. I definitely recommend this book if you’re into thrillers and suspense.

PS- I’m in love with the feel of the pages and the font.

ARC Review: Prison Torture in America- Paul Singh

Title: Prison Torture in America

Author: Paul Singh

Publisher: Science Literacy Books

Pages: 490

Rating: 4/4

Paul Singh gives us an inside look at the atrocious conditions that some of these prisoners go through on a daily basis, as far as their health is concerned. He worked alongside 15 other prisoners to get their accounts on the extreme and disheartening conditions they suffered in the hands of prison staff, both guards and medical staff. Singh goes on to discuss and describe the many times prisoners put in requests to be seen as an emergency because of their medical conditions and the countless times they were ignored or given false promises of immediate medical attention. A lot of the times these conditions got even worse and a lot of them on the brink of death, if not already dead because of the neglectful conditions they were left in. I know it’s a touchy subject for some that prisoners get rights in prisons because obviously, a lot of people think that they should be punished and have EVERYTHING taken away from them. Sometimes I myself am on the fence about this topic at times. Now I will say, I have no sympathy nor support murderers, rapists, child abusers, or animal abusers point blank! I believe they deserve the worse, however, the other prisoners who have committed smaller crimes, that actually have a chance to go back out into the real world and rehabilitate themselves shouldn’t be denied proper medical care or other prisoner rights. Its pretty disgusting and mind boggling how prison officials make it their business to destroy documentation of these prisoners so they won’t get in trouble with the higher ups or them just plain being evil and devious. I believe these issues need to be addressed more, and more has to be done in this prisons to make sure everyone is getting their proper medication or at least something close to it. This book is an eye-opener and I recommend everyone to read it. 
I want to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review on this book. Looking forward to my next read. 

Review: The Girls at 17 Swann Street- Yara Zgheib

Title: The Girls at 17 Swann Street

Author: Yara Zgheib

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 384

Rating: 5/5

I borrowed this book from my job (because they’re that awesome) and I absolutely loved it. The Girls at 17 Swann Street was a perfectly written book about 7 young ladies who deal with physical and mentally exhausting eating disorders. All these young ladies are at a treatment facility because they need help. Some of them have heartfelt stories about their journey dealing with an eating disorder. This novel takes you on a emotional roller coaster and while I know Anna is dealing with a lot, at times she made me super frustrated and I just wanted to jump through the pages of the book and give her a little shake and tell her to realize what she’s doing to herself. Of course, that’s why the author wrote this a novel with such a controversial topic; to make those that don’t understand, understand. 

These girl’s stories made me so emotional and I really felt bad for all them, especially poor Valerie. Honestly that shocked me the most. I highly recommend everyone to read this book and hopefully you will learn as much as I did. It’s moments like this that I appreciate authors who can make you feel so many emotions while reading their writing.