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International Women’s Day featuring literary genius, J.K. Rowling!

Today is Women’s Day (a fact I did not know until about an hour ago). In honor of this momentous occasion I thought it would be a good idea to write about strong independent women. I thought of writing something about my badass mom but I might end up crying and confessing to something worse that what she caught me at. Hehehe! Kidding!

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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” ― J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is one of the most popular authors in past decade due to her success through the Harry Potter series. But, life wasn’t always magical for Joanne Kathleen Rowling. She’s had some tough times but she never gave up on her writing. Her mother died in 1990. She was divorced single parent and living on public assistance when she wrote Harry Potter and the Sorceress Stone at a café during her daughter’s naps. Rowling never gave up hope of achieving her dream. Instead, she uses her past experiences – good and bad, as the inspiration that leads her to dream up the magical story of a young orphan on his way to wizard school… a story that would change the face of literature.

J.K. Rowling, for me, is  the epitome of a strong and independent woman.

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Rant by Chuck Palahniuk | Librophilia

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Very Enjoyable

Rant is a peculiar book, and the first thing that will hit you when you first read it is the structure. Palahniuk uses an oral biography structure, with a few dozen characters giving testimonies to an unseen biographer… in this area, Palahniuk does a great job, weaving characters’ stories together into a coherent plot, along with throwing in a few non sequiturs in the mix. This structure keeps the story interesting and makes it a very fast read.

Buster Rant Casey grew up in a small town was a rebel as a teen and was far from being ordinary. He leaves his hometown for Middleton and arrives in the big city where he joins a demolition derby called Party Crashing and becomes the leader. Casey is killed and so the unleashing of the oral biography occurs.

The pages of the story are filled with some very wild if not truly weird accounts. Be prepared for one mind blowing and mind boggling experience. Trust me when I say you are not prepared for what is about to be unleashed on these pages and in your mind as you read RANT.

Also, Rant is not for the faint of heart; there is sexual content, language, cults, murder, and some gruesome accounts contained within the book, so prepare yourself now.

I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago and can still hardly unwrap the information contained in this mind blowing read. This is a very challenging read at least for myself, which I enjoyed immensely, I like stories that boggle the mind and this one did.

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Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk | Librophilia

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Highly Recommended

Lullaby is hilarious, chock full of the dead-on observations and comments on modern culture that made Palahniuk’s first four novels so great. I’d imagine that if you liked them, you’ll like this one, too. (Warning – the following paragraph contains some possible spoilers).

The story centers around a man named, Carl Streator. One day, he wakes up to find his wife and six-month old daughter dead in their beds. They died in their sleep for no apparent reason. Now, twenty years later, Carl is a journalist. He comes upon a case where babies all over the country are dying of ‘crib deaths’, which means that their deaths cannot be explained. He traces these deaths back to a lullaby of African origin that has the power to kill people. Now that Carl has this power in his hands, he soons becomes a killing machine, whether he wants it or not.

And of course, like in all of Palahniuk’s novels, Carl meets a woman who looks normal and sane on the outside but who is everything but. Helen has also lost her family because of the culling song. They embark on a journey to destroy all of the existing copies of the song so that innocent people will stop dying. But they also want to destory the song so that they’ll be the only ones to hold the power over life and death.

I found Lullaby to be a great novel. I finished it in less than three days. I was sad to finish it so quickly, but that just means I’ll be able to re-read it again very soon. I still think Fight Club is his best work, but Lullaby was a lot better than Choke. I will have to read his other two novels when I get the chance. I think Chuck Palahniuk is a fantastic writer with a very creative mind. One thing is for sure, when you read a Chuck Palahniuk novel, you know you’re in for a wild ride.

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Wild Justice by Phillip Margolin | Librophilia

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“Very Enjoyable”

What do you get when you combine a drug addicted surgeon, an ambitious lawyer, the bodies of nine torture victims, and a bad arrest? Phillip Margolin’s new novel “Wild Justice”.

Amanda Jaffe is the ambitious lawyer, trailing in her father’s footsteps, takes on the representation of Vincent Cardoni, a brilliant surgeon and womanizer with a checkered past of violence and substance abuse. He is accused of several murders after two heads and nine bodies are found on property traced to him. Other characters filling the suspect pool include Cardoni’s ex-wife, a brilliant doctor in her own right; Tony Fiori, Amanda’s love interest; a vengeful detective; and a mobster and his henchman, who believe they were ripped off by Dr. Cardoni.

I like a story that keeps you guessing for as long as possible. Margolin does as excellent job with his structure and his character development. I look forward to reading more from this great author.

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Adultery by Paulo Coelho | Librophilia

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“It was okay”

“Apathy. Pretending to be happy, pretending to be sad, pretending to have an orgasm, pretending to be having fun, pretending that you’ve slept well, pretending that you’re alive.”

This is a story about a woman mad with loneliness and boredom and disconnection, driven to the brink and willing to risk it all to find something more—adventure, passion, redemption, herself. She is not someone you will admire, and she will seem at times superficial and disgusting, but you will understand her. And despite her wealth and ugliness, despite her weakness, her indiscretion, her bizarre thinking, you might just learn something from her. And that is why this is a book for anyone in a relationship. What relationship doesn’t get ugly at times?

Adultery by Paulo Coelho is in many ways what Coelho’s books are all about. Yet it is very different from his other works. In all honesty, I think Adultery is a pedestrian fare and I expected much more from my favorite author whose other books occupy a pride of place on my bookshelf. I can’t exactly put my finger on what I didn’t like but I think it was that the book was missing something– possible dimension.

I wouldn’t tell people not to read it, it passes the time but don’t expect it to be a favorite.