Book Review: The Better Man Project by Evan Sanders

*I’m going to change my structure of the Book reviews now.  I’m going to just post this link in the review section of Goodreads.  Again, if you’d like to add me to your Goodreads, I’d love to see what you are reading.*

A fellow blogger Evan@ The Better Man Project (click on the link there to see his latest pos) published his new motivational/inspirational book, The Better Man Project. If you haven’t checked out his blog, its a nice little space to visit with lots of motivational and uplifting words and posts.  I always like to stop by and I always leave with a little bit more.

I don’t usually read books in this genre but seeing as I adore reading Evan’s blog, I decided to buy it since he also made this available on e-book at a very affordable price of $4.99 USD.  I’m still adapting to reading e-books..so this one took me a 3 weeks to read. Hopefully the next book review will be in a shorter time frame 🙂

This book is about his ongoing journey to becoming a better man.  Explain what he values and the importance of it, its motivating and inspiring others to not be afraid to dream big and to chase your dreams.  I`m going to quote the book for writing the synopsis with one of his sentences in his book:

I always promised to make my writing as honest as possible, encompassing both the light and the darkness while setting out with the aim to inspire others to lead powerful and inspiring lives.-Evan Sanders

He talks about what he has gone through and the little things that happen in his life to lead him to change his perspective on things and uses it to show us how to view others and see issues in a more positive light.

There really isn’t much of a summary to the book but that.  Its not a fictional story but an account of what one person has gone through. I think his project is quite honorable and worthy of mention.  The path to become a better person, the path to have the courage to follow our passion is a huge step and one that maybe before I read this, I had already understood those perspectives.  However, sometimes we need to read it again for the reminder to keep things in positive light.

It was quite an inspirational read, mostly because there were many situations where I connected and related to.  It helped me see some issues I was having in another perspective.  I think the end goal of this book was right on.  It definitely was an enjoyable read 🙂

If Evan reads this, I wish him the best of luck with this book, and fellow readers out there (I know there’s a few of you), remember to check it out and give him some support!

Book Review: Sunshine in Darkness by Beth Winokur

A few weeks ago, a fellow blogger and Goodreads friend and author Beth sent me an invite over in Goodreads to pick up her free ebook from Amazon, Sunshine in Darkness.  I thought why not since I always love to explore new novels and also check out the ebook reading experience.

sunshine in darknessGoodreads review:  This is probably one of the first demon possession book that I have read. I didn’t really know what to expect at first but that doesn’t matter because it has a way of helping attach us to Sunshine/Rose right of the beginning from where she tries to reclaim her body. Her struggles and the feeling of desperation to reclaim her life just makes us root for her. And when she gets back her body, her life turns around and as she tries to cope with everything around her, I couldn’t help but to read on and on. Its gripping and the attachment to her made me want to know more and more what happens around the corner as things start spiraling out of control. I loved it! It was fun and suspenseful! 🙂

Lets start with a little plot.  We start off with the character of Sunshine who is just a soul floating about because ever since she was young, her body had been possessed by an evil demon.  This demon has ruined her life and has made her mom’s life miserable as well.  However, she still keeps finding the opportunity to reclaim her body and take her life into her own hands.  One day, that opportunity is offered to her and she takes it.  Slowly, she needs to grasp the aspects of basic living that she hasn’t had in the past seventeen years and at the same time, learn to the control her emotions.  This leads her to hurt someone and eventually her mom put her into a mental institution to help straighten her out.  As Sunshine’s life crumbles, she realizes that these evil demons are everywhere.  As things get from bad to worse, she has to find a way to escape from their grasps but also, pretend that she is normal.

I don’t think there’s any spoilers in there.  My Goodreads review really covers it all.  This book was great because it was a gripping story.  I think of the best parts of the book is that right from the start, it gets the readers to fully attach themselves to our main character Sunshine.  We understand how she feels as a floating soul just observing a demon ruin her actual life.  It makes us feel her sad she is that she can’t control any part of it but she tries to get it all back.  There’s a lot of emotions and sometimes, the way the author puts it makes us feel and experience everything and makes us want to read on. It makes the readers want to hope for the eventual hopeful days even when things start crumbling down around Sunshine.

I love easy reads.  This one is extremely easy.  It was my first experience reading a complete ebook and I can tell you that the story and the writing was so good that I didn’t bother me one bit where I was reading it.

If you get a chance and you’re into this sort of thing, go for it.  Its a simple but complex story at the same time, but does a really good job and holding onto your emotions and taking you for a gripping ride through demon possession and learning to live life. I’ll definitely recommend it.  There isn’t much scary moments but more suspenseful and intense ones.  A thrill to read! One of the best young adult novels I’ve read so far 🙂

Lets Check Out the Poll Results!

Last week, I posted up about opening a new direction in movie reviews and in addition, find a new possible direction in book reviews and asked all of you for your help.  You can check it out HERE. I had some suggestions in the comments and a lot of people liked and there were some that went ahead and voted as well.  When I released A Bite of China cooking project, I mentioned that I would give the final results by Monday morning. And here we are!

What are we looking at for 2013 for books? We’re going to be heading in the direction of writing reviews about everything that I read.  That one received 80% of the votes, trailing far behind with 10% wanting me to do the 100 Classics Project and 10% wanting me to review novels that were source material for films and others.  No worries on that part: I read probably source material books every month.  I love movie adaptations from books and I almost always read them before seeing the movie so I always have one on hand.  Also, I will squeeze in some Classics especially since I’m WAY behind in it.  You can probably think up lots of Classic titles and I probably haven’t read it.

So here’s your chance: Whats your favorite classic? How about a book thats been made into a movie? I’ll even write a movie review on it.  Recommend as much as you’d like.

On a side note, I have challenged myself to read 30 books this year on Goodreads and probably should be able to read more.  However, reading is supposed to be fun so I’m not giving myself too much stress over it.  If you have Goodreads, feel free to add me or drop me a comment and I’ll search you up.

Now for movies! The results we’re looking at are actually a lot more split between two options.  We had more supporters on just reviewing everything I saw in 2013 with 60% and following behind is 40% for Monthly Themed Marathons.  I will still review everything but I will do marathons with a few of those months.  If you have any suggestions for whichever months, please tell me and I’ll work something out with my creativity.  Along with that, I’ll be doing foreign movies as mentioned in a previous post.

HERE WE ARE: In 2013, I will be adding in a book reviews segment and write about everything I read.  For movie reviews, I will review everything I see.

Lets see where we go from there! Please everyone, give me some recommendations for movies and/or books. I’ll be happy to take them all down.  I already have a small growing list.

Happy Monday!