Sunday, September 30, 2012

People Who Clap At The End Of Books.

I love reading, but once school is in session, I don't get as much reading done, unless its for school. This year, I decided to change that. Instead of window shopping on the 'net [as much], I decided to spend part of my free time reading. I'm currently working on The Graveyard Book for Read + Rant, but I recently finished People Who Clap at the End of Books + wanted to share a little bit about it.


The author, Todd Caiazzo, is a friend from high school. We used to sit by each other in a few classes + occasionally have lunch at the red picnic tables on campus. When I heard that Todd had written a book + was donating 100% of the profits to charity [for terminally ill kids], I asked him if he would mind if I reviewed the book for the blog. He happily agreed + sent over a copy of the book for me to read. Before I read it, Todd informed me that it was a compilation of short stories, which were sure to bring a smile to my face. I was really excited to see what my old friend had put together. 

Right off the bat, I was hooked. Todd writes how he speaks - some of these stories actually sound like random conversations we would have had in class, when we should have been doing our math work. Some of the stories that I really got into covered these topics:
- the fact that we eat birthday cake, covered in germs, + don’t think twice about it
- when a couple decides to live together, more pillows start to appear
- the economy downturn + the hobo baby
- pickled egg jars + lava lamps
- conversations in history that never happened [but after reading, you'll wish they had]

I really enjoyed the book, although I am now slightly creeped out by birthday cake, which is probably better for my figure in the end. You can snag the eBook over on iTunes for $1.99. If you prefer the paperback edition, its $7.50 plus shipping via Lulu. As I mentioned earlier, Todd is donating all of the profits to charity, so how can you go wrong? $2 for a book that'll make you laugh, plus the funds will go toward helping terminally ill children. Consider it one of your good deeds for the day. If you've read the book already, let me know what you think!

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