A Great Book Became A Horrible Book

When I was in 7th grade I read a book called “The Other Side of Dark” by Joan Lowry Nixon.  It was a mystery/thriller book and the main character was close in age to me at the time so maybe that helped in my liking it, but I absolutely loved it!  So much so that I went to the library for the remained of the year and only checked out books by her.  They were all so amazing, but “The Other Side of Dark” was by far my favorite.

About a month ago I remembered that book and how much I loved it so I bought it on Amazon for a few books and read through it on a road trip to Oregon.  It was horrible.  The writing was bad, it seemed to jump around and the plot seemed so forced and quick.  I was so let down to re-read it and couldn’t understand why I loved it so much.

This is one of the few books I’ve re-read, but I’m pretty sure other things I’ve read would hold up and were actually good books.  Maybe I romanticized this book so much in my mind because it is the book that really got me “excited” about reading and I didn’t really care at that time in my life about good plot or writing.

Is there a book you’ve re-read in your life and it turned out to be worse than you remembered?

- Jacob

(Not Quite) 25 Birthday Songs!

To continue with my birthday post lists I am going to list some good songs about birthdays or songs to play on your birthday.

Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you feel about birthday music), there aren’t 25 good ones that I could think of/locate.  So here are the good ones I could find.

“Birthday” by Selena Gomez

“Birthday” by The Beatles

“In Da Club” by 50 Cent

“Birthday” by Katy Perry

“It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore

- Jacob

25 Favorite TV Shows

Continuing with my post from yesterday, today I am going to post my 25 favorite TV shows in honor of my 25th birthday on this Saturday.  Now, some of these shows aren’t currently running on TV today.  Maybe reruns of them might be playing, but new episodes are not being made of every show on this list.  And that’s OK, because I don’t think there are 25 good shows on TV today.  Rather, these are shows that I either currently love or did love at one point in my 25 years of life.

25 Favorite TV Shows (No particular order)

1) Seinfeld

2) Breaking Bad

3) Game of Thrones

4) The Office (American version)

5) Community

6) Space Ghost Coast to Coast

7) Downton Abbey

8) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

9) Are You Afraid of The Dark?

10) Gilmore Girls

11) Parenthood

12) Law & Order: SVU

13) The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

14) Futurama

15) Teen Mom

16) Rugrats

17) Spongebob Squarepants

18) Adventure Time

19) Saturday Night Live

20) Family Feud

21) Boy Meets World

22) Lizzie McGuire

23) iCarly

24) The Leftovers

25) The Colbert Report

- Jacob

25 Favorite Albums

My birthday is this week (on Saturday) and I’ll be turning 25!  My wife keeps telling me how “old” that is, but I disagree.

Someone get me this piñata for my birthday!

Anyways, over the next couple days I’m going to be making lists of my “25 favorite _______’s” to commemorate the occasion.  Today, I am starting with my 25 favorite albums of all time.

25 Favorite Albums (No Particular Order)

1) Hot Fuss – The Killers

2) Sam’s Town – The Killers

3) 21 – Adele

4) Abbey Road – The Beatles

5) Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin

6) Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin

7) Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine

8) Pure Heroin – Lorde

9) The Fox, The Hunter and Hello Saferide – Hello Saferide

10) Babel – Mumford & Sons

11) Continuum – John Mayer

12) Where The Light Is (Live) – John Mayer

13) Begin To Hope – Regina Spektor

14) What We Saw From The Cheap Seats – Regina Spektor

15) Live In London – Regina Spektor

16) Speak Now – Taylor Swift

17) Mmhmm – Relient K

18) Late Registration – Kanye West

19) Rumors – Fleetwood Mac

20) Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

21) 1- Beatles

22) We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things – Jason Mraz

23) No Strings Attached – N*SYNC

24) Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge – My Chemical Romance

25) Love Is A 4 Letter Word – Jason Mraz

- Jacob

Gone Girl

I went and saw the movie Gone Girl last night.

It was the best movie I’ve seen since Guardians of the Galaxy!  Granted, I haven’t seen many movies since that one, and its only been a few months, but the past few weeks my wife and I wanted to see a movie but each week when we checked what was playing we felt they all looked truly crappy.  Gone Girl was the first movie that has looked appealing in a long time and it was really good.

I also appreciated how different it was.  It has multiple twists in it.  I even called the first one, but then it started going in a totally crazy direction that I don’t think anybody could predict.  Which is good!  I’m tired of boring movies that do the same old thing.

I would recommend checking out this movie, but be warned, the run time is two and a half hours.

- Jacob

Cheerio Crack recipe

This stuff is ADDICTING and so easy to make!


1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
7 cups multi grain Cheerios

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar and corn syrup and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, no longer. Take off heat and add baking soda. Stir until foamy and then mix into Cheerios. Stir until well blended. Dump onto a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool and break into pieces.

I prefer to actually not bake it.  I just dump it out onto the baking sheet and let it cool.  It works either way.


- Jacob

My Recent Recommendations

I’ve eaten, listened and watched to a lot of great things this week!  I’m not saying you should like these things just because I do, but if you don’t like these things… what is wrong with you?!


You may remember this Coca-Cola brand soft drink back from 1997-2001.  It was Coke’s rival to Mountain Dew but went out of production after poor sales.  Well they recently brought it back to be sold exclusively on Amazon thanks to an online campaign to bring it back.  I bought some last week and it arrived this morning.  I had some with my lunch and it instantly took me back to 1997.  Be wary of buying it online.  It keeps going out of stock quickly and then people are trying to sell it for like $100.  When it is in stock it should only cost you around $12.

The Fox, The Hunter and Hello Saferide by Hello Saferide

I found this album on Spotify and have been listening to it pretty much nonstop for the last few days.  I am in love with her voice and with her style of music.  Her voice kind of sounds like some songs in the movie “Juno” but after doing some research that doesn’t seem to be the case.  I only say that so maybe you can kind of get an idea of what she sounds like.  Just go listen to this album, it’s amazing!

The Bridge

This is a documentary I watched for my work.  It is about the Golden Gate Bridge in California and how it is the most popular site in the world (although a quick internet search says its #2) for people to commit suicide.  Very interesting.

Disclaimer: This documentary shows real footage of real people really committing suicide.  Do not watch if that will make you uncomfortable.

The Rockafire Explosion

This is a documentary I watched for “fun”.  I heard about it from my favorite daily YouTube video, SourcefedNerd’s TableTalk.  It is a documentary about the company before Chuck E. Cheese that basically created the animatronic characters and when they merged with Chuck E. Cheese these characters were “lost”.  It features die-hard fans who are very upset with Chuck E. Cheese and with it never happened.  These people are WEIRD.  SO WEIRD.  Like, one guy is recreating the animatronic band in his garage so he can have it back in his life.

NBC’s Parenthood

This is one of my favorite shows on TV right now and it comes back for its final season tonight on NBC.  I would recommend watching the entire series if you haven’t.  Great show.

What about you?  What are things that you’ve recently eaten, listening to or watched that you think others should know about?

- Jacob

Maze Runner Review (book)

I read and finished the book “The Maze Runner” last week.  I read it because the movie is coming out soon and my sister kept posting things about the movie saying how awesome it is going to be.  I think she also meant how “hot” the main character is, but whatever.  I still decided to read it.

Overall, the book was pretty good.  It has suspense, action and some mystery.  It obviously falls in line with a lot of the other movies that are being made right now which means that it is set in the future and deals with some dystopian themes.

After finishing the book I immediately pulled up the trailer on YouTube to watch it and see how it looks.  To my disappointment, although I should have expected it, the movie looks very different.  You can really tell they are changing many things for the movie.  The 3 things that I can tell are different from the trailer don’t seem to be horribly different, but that doesn’t bode well for the rest of the movie.  I’m going to see the movie on Friday (if my wife finishes the book) and then I’ll write a post comparing the book to the movie.

Overall I’d give the book a 6/10 so its a decent read if you have free time.  It goes by pretty quick.  I’m not sure if I’ll read the other books in the series because many reviews say they get worse and worse as the series goes on.

What are your thoughts on The Maze Runner?  Have you read it?  Do you plan on seeing the movie?

- Jacob