December 16, 2013

Something Different

I wanted to try something different.  Something that peels a layer of the onion back to give ya'll a little idea of who is reviewing these books I hope you all are reading.  And I promised you something warm and fuzzy - well, this has warmth and fuzzy aspects.  I've realized lately that I haven't revealed a lot about myself to you.  I wasn't entirely sure if that's even appropriate, but I'm in the middle of a couple of books right now and don't have anything to review.

I'd like to introduce you to a blog that I really love.  The owner of this blog is a lady named Leigh. I don't know Leigh, but her dream is my dream - although hers is actually happening and mine has yet to happen.  
Dreams are important.  I believe they shape who we are and what we can become.  I like to believe that dreaming is healthy, and when you have that opportunity to make your dreams come true, well, that's even better!!

Leigh has a blog called 5 Acres & A Dream.  By checking out her blog, you can get an idea of the daydreams that float through my head almost daily.  I've mentioned on her blog that my husband and I are on the precipice of buying our little chunk of land.  We both hope to start making our dream come true very soon. 

Leigh has written a book that is on my Christmas list.  It's an unusual and different book - I would use it for a reference and guide.   If getting closer to the land and back to a more natural way of life, it might be something you would want to check out also.  

In the meantime, check out 5 Acres & A Dream - The Blog.  

5 Acres & A Dream

December 2, 2013

Lucky Girl: How I Survived the Sex Industry

Title:  Lucky Girl: How I Survived the Sex Industry
Author:  Violet Ivy
Publisher:  Booklocker
Medium:  Kindle

Goodreads Synopsis:
The intimate autobiography of an international callgirl. Scary, funny and bizarre stories recorded for your amusement, edification or simply interesting dinner conversation. The sex industry is clouded in mystery. It has to be to some extent or it wouldn't survive. But in this age of Internet porn, buying used panties online and wife swapping, it's about time the mist cleared.

I don't normally read or review memoirs, but Lucky Girl:  How I Survived the Sex Industry arrived in my in-box at a time when I had just given my blog review policy a make-over.  The many authors that were vying for my review time were still calling me Sir in emails and in general not giving my blog the attention to detail that I'm certain they expect out of lowly book review bloggers.  While not in the same vein, I could relate to Violet Ivy in a twisted, squint your eyes kind of way - someone giving me a book for a review in return.  It doesn't matter if I don't like fairy's,  you have to review my book because my Grandmother had 3 legs and lived in mansion by the sea.  The difference is, I'm not compensated for my reviews in any way, so I can easily hit the delete button.  Unlike Ivy, which you'll learn more about in a minute.

First of all, dear reader, if you are in any way, shape or form, even in the slightest way freaked out about explicit sexual content in a book, then I have to say that Lucky Girl is not for you.  This is far from your Mom's bodice ripper that you used to sneak a peek at.  I promise that my next review will be something sweet and sparkly.

Lucky Girl is actually a resume of sorts, curriculum vitae, if you will of Violet Ivy's work history, and it's the most detailed resume I've ever seen!  If I were ever in need to hire someone with her skill set, she would definitely be one of my top choices to interview.  It tells about her working her way up in the sex industry and how she literally comes out on top.  It's the ups and downs and ins and out (yeah, yeah, I get the puns) of what it takes to become a high end call girl.  It wasn't easy, and while from a first read kind of perspective, it seems almost surreal and contrived.

Who am I to judge?  Who are you?

If I were ever to imagine what it would be like to have that type of profession, well, I guess I would want it to be like Violet's.  Everything seemed to fall into place for her.  Sure there were bad parts, but come on, let's be real.  I know I work a boring job in an office where the most exciting part of my day is watching my co-worker eat 5 bagels in one sitting and still stay skinny (probably from running to the bathroom).  I digress.  My bad days pale in comparison to Violet's.  They are often dangerous, and some downright weird.  Her career, while not one most people choose, has probably put her at the top of the game if Forbes had a list for such professional women such as herself.

Lucky Girl had a great writing style, the book flowed well, and for my Kindle, the formatting was excellent.  It was a quick read, but not one that I skimmed.  I think that if I had to pick one negative for the book, it would be that I would have like to see a little more of the bad side.  I know, I know, author's need to make it look happy most of the time, but is it really that happy?  I guess that's the I want all the details about the details part of me.

I'm glad I moved (way) out of my comfort zone and gave Lucky Girl a try.  Although I would never give Lucky Girl a try...