Bad Bloggers and Rambles

I’ve only gotten a few books in the mail lately believe it or not. Four to be exact in the last week and a half. Here’s what I got:


1. Undiscoverd Gyrl by Allison Burnett – This one is an ARC that I was SO excited to receive! I’m loving it so far. I’ve already jumped into it and it’s really, really good! Very relevant in these days of blogging and social media! I may have some critiques of it if the storyline doesn’t change, but we’ll see 😉

2. The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay – This is an ARC for a book that I’ll be touring for TLC Book Tours and it’s another one that I’m really excited about. I started flipping through it already and it looks very promising.

3. One Whole And Perfect Day by Judith Clarke – Mooched for the Printz Challenge.

4. Cut by Patricia McCormick – I’ve had this one on my wishlist ever since Rhinoa reviewed it a long time ago, so she’ll be getting a bad bloggers point for it. It’s also my first Paperback Swap book!


I want to thank everyone who commented on my last post about the soldier that I admitted to our hospital. It’s a topic that touched more people than I thought. I wanted to address a few things too.

I don’t want people to get the impression that I think our government totally abandons every soldier. They don’t. But I don’t think they handle things very well. If this man was treated for his trauma as soon as he got back from war, I think he may have been saved much of what he’s going through now. But with the VA hospitals, you wait on a HUGE waiting list for any kind of treatment and you’re not allowed to go elsewhere for treatment! That is, if you have a VA hospital at all. New Orleans currently does not have a VA hospital. We have a VA building with case workers, but that’s all. Our hospital was destroyed in Katrina and they have yet to rebuild it. I do think the VA is a wonderful thing for our veterans…if it’s there and if you can get the care.

Secondly, Nymeth brought up something that I personally feel very strong about. And that is the term “disorder”. I hate that term, yet I write it out sever times a day. In order for me to admit someone into our hospital and have the insurance companies pay for it, I have to diagnose them with a “disorder”. When the fact is, the person is simply feeling an emotion. Sure, most of my patients are dealing with depression that is so severe that they are suicidal, but that’s because most of them are going through something quite severe. Yet I have to diagnose them with Major Depressive Disorder, or Depressive Disorder NOS. Just so the insurance companies will pay. PTSD is a prime example. Why can’t we just say a person has Post Traumatic Stress? Why add the term Disorder to the end of that? I think it’s a completely normal response to react in how this man did after seeing some of the horrific things that he’s seen. Yet we label him with something that has a negative connotation. A heart attack is caused by a disorder. Emotions are not. That’s my rant…yet I’ll continue to label people with disorders, because in this country that’s the only way to offer someone professional help. And I want that for my clients.


What’s the worst reading month you’ve ever had? I’m just curious. This month I’ve read three books. A graphic novel with no words, a photography book with a couple of short stories, and a two issue comic book. That’s bad. Yes I’ve had much stress this month, but that’s just BAD for me!


Finally, I can’t end this post without mentioning that the wonderful, beautiful, creative, red lipstick wearing Dolce Bellezza has started the Japanese Reading Challenge III. This is seriously one of my favorite challenges. I just love Japanese lit! No idea what I’ll be reading yet, but you can bet that I’m signing up! And look at the buttons!! One is by one of my favorite Japanese artists, Yoshitomo Nara, and the other is by one of my favorite bloggers, Tanabata. I’m so excited about this and thanks so much for hosting this again Bellezza!!!


13 Responses

  1. This is my worst reading month this year so far, too. I guess because I was sick for over a week. So excited about the Japanese lit challenge, too. Have already made quite a long list, as if I’ll ever get to all of them by the end of the six months he he.

  2. Chris, I hope I didn’t sound like I was criticizing you or the work you do. I know you, and I know you feel as I do about it. And I understand why the diagnosis is necessary. But I’m prone to rants about these things. I hope you’ll forgive me! *hugs*

    Hmm…since I’ve been keeping track, my worst month was February 2008. It was the month I went to Inverness and Wales and then moved back here from Nottingham, so no wonder 😛

  3. I also love Japanese lit. Murakami’s After Dark was the book the got me hooked on reading after all… Welcome to this year’s challenge! 🙂

  4. oh wow.. that book “cut” is by Patricia McCormick.. that’s my birth name!.. it can’t be too bad then huh? lol

  5. Nymeth, I’m sure your reading month wasn’t nearly as bad as mine. I think I finished 2 books. 2! That doesn’t sound horrible until you consider that one was a kids picture book and the other was a book (yet to be reviewed) that was actual a “graphic” novel…the italics will make more sense when I review the book.

    I’m glad you are joining in the Japanese literature challenge Chris. Should be great fun!

  6. I totally understand what you mean about disorder. I work at Rape Crisis center, and the word we use (constantly, 24/7 every time we see a client) is VICTIM. I hate it. Hate it. Hate it. First of all, there are so many negative connotations about being a victim, especially the helplessness. What they are are survivors, struggling every day to survive what happened to them. I agree completely about the word disorder.

    These have been two very thoughtful posts. I love hearing about what you do! Thanks for this 🙂

  7. I have a very good friend who’s a supported education teacher in our District Office. When I asked her about a child with autism, she said, “He’s on the spectrum.” When I asked her for more information, she said, “Well, we’re all on the spectrum somewhere…” Now that rings true for me so clearly! We ALL have a disorder of some kind, right, or we’d be perfect! I hate the term, too, and I just look at us as imperfect people with lots of beautiful qualities…all hanging out on the spectrum somewhere.

    I’m so glad you’re joining in the Challenge; remember, if it wasn’t for your encouragement there wouldn’t have been a JLC Number 1! So, blessings on you, Chris, and I can’t wait to see what you choose to read.

  8. worst reading month….hm….since i’ve been blogging it has to be august, 2007. found out the boyfriend was cheating on me, relationship fell apart after 7 years, moved out. didn’t read anything. spent a lot of time laying on the couch.

    ah well, such is life

  9. Haha! Love that description: “Red lipstick wearing Bellezza!”

    My worst reading month ever? No idea, although when I was in college I only read for pleasure during the summer months because I’m soooo slow and I was a tremendous perfectionist. I took notes in class and then rewrote them neatly, so I could read them easily at test time. And, I took detailed notes on my text reading. Sometimes I read a chapter 3 times because you miss things on the first reading and, yeah, I was so anal. Then, when I had crawling babies, I was lucky to read a book or two a month. Till recently, my annual reading goal was one book per week.

  10. I know what you mean about VA hospitals. My Dad is a Vet, so I hear about it.

    Compared to most readers, ALL my months are bad months!! OK, that’s not really true. I think I had a month last where I only read 2 books. On an average, I read about a book a week. Some months I do more. Lately, I seem to be reading more. Other months, I just don’t have time. I’d love to be about to get 100 + books in a year, but I know I won’t have that much time for a long while!

    You know, I’m sure I’ll sign up for the Japanese reading challenge. I always do. I never finish, but I like the signing up!

  11. So I am THRILLED to hear that I’m not the only one that has a hard time reading in July :p Amy made a suggestion on Twitter that July should be graphic novel month for now on…I’m totally with that idea!

    Nymeth, Don’t think that at all! I know you know me and I know where you’re coming from too…we’re on the same level. I just wanted to bring up what you mentioned because I thought it was important!

    Deslily, LOL that’s hilarious. Didn’t know you wrote psychological young adult books :p

    Lu, I actually did a research project in my grad school about terminology regarding Hurricane Katrina and Victim was used ten times more than the word “Survivor”. Made me sad…why does everyone have to be a helpless victim these days???

    Melanie, I remember when that happened! Didn’t know I’ve been reading your blog for so long! It’s completely understandable that you had that kind of reading month then.

    Bookfool, You?! Slow?! You’re the fastest reader out there! Well except for Kailana :p You fly through the books!

    Steph, You need to sign up for the Japanese challenge!

  12. The Purloined Boy looks and sounds intriguing! “Zephyr” seems to be a popular name for wise and mysterious characters…

  13. Yay for me finally getting a bad blogger point :p I aim to get many more… My worst reading month this year was May when I read 11 books. I don’t really have an excuse. I went away for a week and was too tired to read.

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