All my adult life, I've been a voracious reader. I think most of us voracious readers construct our own system of rules, so to speak, around our reading. Are you a finish-it-at-all-costs reader, or a give-it-50-pages-then-I'm-out reader? Do you squeeze reading in where you can on the train, doctor's office, waiting in line or do you need dedicated time and space? Is YA just for young adults? Books, or e-readers, or both? What do you read for
For me, the answer to this last question is: story. Story reigns supreme. If it doesn't ring true, isn't airtight within the rules of its own universe, I can't continue, no matter how compelling the characters, how funny or wrenching or historically relevant the various cogs may be. There are exceptions to this rule a few writers I love, and gorge on, simply for their writing;...
Beyond the Book
In book reviews for Woke Up Lonely
, Scientology is often invoked as a cultural reference for the Helix. The reasons for this are clear enough: both are worldwide organizations committed to individual and social change, both are led by one man who claims to have the secret to happiness, and both are largely suspected, by outsiders, to be cults (the Church of Scientology has been riddled with controversy with former members claiming to have been incarcerated extensively).
The primary "truth" upon which Scientology is constructed is this:
"Man is a spiritual being endowed with abilities well beyond those which he normally envisions. He is not only able to solve his own problems, accomplish his goals and gain lasting happiness, but he can achieve...