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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Moment Maker

"Every day we have an opportunity to make our lives meaningful, to make them matter. Yet, for so many of us, we let too much of life happen without taking notice." ~Moment Maker by Carlos Whitaker

I feel a pattern in my reading this year - how to make the most of the life we are given. Having read several books on this topic this year written by women, I was interested in reading something written by a man.

I loved the comedic real life stories. I loved the premise of the book.

Unfortunately, I felt like the first several chapters missed the mark. The story of his meet-up with a transgender female was just odd (not the transgender part, but rather the part where a married father is going out at night to a club to hang with these complete strangers). The moral of the story was lost in the strangeness of this decision.

The second chapter had me lost as well, especially the part where Carlos and his wife are quite obviously talking sexually in front of a child. I don't find it appropriate to say "I can't wait till tonight. I need you right now!" and "Okay kids, go pick out a movie. Mommy and Daddy are gonna go have special time."  in front of or to a child. This just made the chapter seem creepy and awkward.

In many of the stories Carlos just comes across as annoying and too self-assured. Too up in everyone's business. 

But. But. But. This was an overused word in the book. So much so that it started to grate on my nerves.

It was a quick read and there were many things that hit home for me. So even with all the faults I found it is worth reading.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.

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