Two Floors Above Grief – Book Review

When I am sent a non-fiction book, I have to consider if reviewing the tales told in it will be interesting enough to want to publish on my blog. I’ve been sent some non-fiction stories out there. This time I was okay with deciding if I wanted to review Two Floors Above Grief. The title was attention-catching. I had to know what that was about. Not many instances do you get to read about the life lived by families in funeral homes. I am sure if the need arose, I could find a funeral home willing to answer questions about their day-to-day lives, but there is something delightfully intimate about a memoir written by someone who lived it. So I was very excited to be able to sit down and read this book.

Two Floors Above Grief by Kevin M. O’Connor is an exciting visit to a man’s childhood home and the unorthodox but fascinating family he grew up around. Not only did our author grow up above a funeral home, giving him a look into a grasp at death that many a young child has a hard time understanding, but he also had a combined family of relatives. Our author’s uncle owns the funeral home, and his father helps run it. This resulted in two households living in the apartments above the funeral home and creating a family of four parents and various offspring, as the author refers to himself, his brothers, and his cousins. Creating a complex living environment where he could learn from all four parents.

The family history of O’Conner’s family and the funeral home is told in memories and letters that were saved throughout his life. This allows us to see these reminiscences from not just the author’s memory but also from the letters sent and received before and after the events resulting in a colorful tapestry of family history. The multiple views allow us to better grasp what life for a funeral home family was like for those living in the household and their relatives. If you are interested in memories, I suggest you pick up this family’s tale.

Haunted Tampa – Spirits of the Bay – Book Review

So as many of my review readers know, I do not often touch non-fiction, and even less often do I publicly review any non-fiction books based on local areas. Why? Because the majority of the people who read my blog are international, there isn’t much desire on their end to read books about the area I live in. However while once again wandering the website of my locale county library I tumbled upon Haunted Tampa Spirits of the Bay by Deborah Frethem so I figured I have lived in this area for a long time now, I might as well take a peak in at its creepy background. 

While I intended this to be a casual spooky Halloween read it ended up being a bit of a black hole of study as I study as I found myself Googling most of the locations mentioned in the book. Sure I’d driven past pretty much all these spots at least once but there were a few I missed. The information from the book had been fantastic tidbits that made me want to go out and find some more information. This was mostly due to the fact that the book is now quite old as far as non-fiction goes and some of the details were obsolete but certainly entertaining none the less.

If you are from the Tampa Bay area, or visited, or just like spooky knowledge, this may be an entertaining read for you.\

The Turth Behind the Lies – Book Review

Ok, so I have to be honest about this review up front. I did my best to take The Truth Behind the Lies by Sandra Kay Darnell. I tried to take it at face value and be as objective as possible in my reading, but I honestly found it very difficult to do so and I will explain why as I continue this review.

First, as far as memoirs go, The Truth Behind the Lies is pretty short. At a short 46 pages, I read it in a matter of hours, taking my time to make sure that I understood everything that was being presented to me. I have to admit if this memoir was longer I probably would have to throw it in to the did not finish pile, however because of its short length I did in fact finish it.

The memoir itself is written well enough on a grammatical level, though the author may have done better in presenting her case by involving another party in the actual writing of the book. Much of the information seems random and jumbled, aspects are presented suddenly without much explanation, making it very difficult to take her view serious. 

The author presents herself as one with bi-polar disorder. As a person with this mental illness, I am well aware that much of what she describes in her words can be caused by the illness in question. However, as I said from the start, I tried to take this memoir at face value. 

So is it worth reading, though? That is what you are probably wondering. The answer is, if you have a spare hour or so, might as well. It will not change your life one way or another, but it is an interesting read.

From Blog to Business – Non-fiction book review!

I rarely review non-fiction works on my blog. Why? Because I know most of my reader base is much more interested in fiction of various types or video games, which makes sense given my blog is aimed heavily towards these subjects. However, after finishing From Blog to Business, I felt it only fair to make sure that I shared this helpful non-fiction book by Jen Ruiz.

As this is a very short non-fiction book, I won’t be taking this apart as I do in some reviews. I picked the book up to learn. After all; I do not have the knowledge to break it down like I would a work of fiction. There are no characters, no story, just amazingly helpful information that I intend to put towards my blog in the future. It may take some time, but I can not see any of this information going to waste.

If you are new to blogging, or simply feel as though you have hit a bit of a wall in your career, I suggest you pick up Jen Ruiz’s book. Now that I have finished From Blog to Business, I will be checking out more of her writing.

Oh yes, and before I forget, here is the Amazon link, I read the kindle edition but you can get it in paperback too.

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