Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

July 6, 2017

The true purpose of tidying is, I believe, to live in the most natural state possible. A wonderfully written and foundational work on the art of organization. Marie Kondō‘s book on how to tidy up your house is certainly inspirational. Her implementation of her concepts may not be for everyone (and is the cause of most of the negative reviews) but her ideas and thoughts are rock solid and provide…

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Book Analysis: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale book cover
April 26, 2017

In 1984, Margaret Atwood penned one of the greatest dystopian novels of all time.  The Handmaid’s Tale is a terrifying look at a patriarchal society run amok.  It tackles a range of important topics, including women’s rights, gender roles, religion, and tyranny.  These issues are even more present in our day and age; they are unlikely to ever be solved as no real solution likely exists.  But that’s how the…

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Reading Challenge Results for 2016

January 5, 2017

Welcome to my recap of my 2016 Goodreads reading challenge.  In case you couldn’t tell from my book reviews here on Rampant Discourse, I love books of all stripes.  I spend an inordinate amount of my free time reading, especially for an engineer (my day job).  So let’s get to it! I joined Goodreads in 2012 to track my reading and hopefully interact with other bibliophiles.  While the interaction has…

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Book Review: Washed by Blood: Lessons from My Time with Korn and My Journey to Christ

October 18, 2016

Brian “Head” Welch made headlines in 2005 when he walked away from the successful band Korn. He made even more headlines because of the reason for leaving the band: he found religion, became a Christian, and let Jesus Christ into his life. Quite the turnaround for a hard-living drug addicted rock star. His brief autobiography attempts to explain his life’s journey to religion and offer it as proof that anyone…

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Book Review: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Furiously Happy book cover
October 13, 2016

After all, the most interesting of us have been broken and mended and broken again. Jenny Lawson struggles with depression and mental illness. That is front and center in her author bio on the back flap of Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things. It’s also the topic of most of the essays in this collection. You don’t have to share her issues to enjoy her writings, but it…

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