About W. Bruce Cameron

Dog's purpose project .jpgBruce Cameron is the author of A Dog’s Purpose, a best selling book that was put on the New York Times best seller’s list. He has created a website that showcases A Dog’s Purpose as well as other books he has written.

Throughout his life, Bruce quickly learned that writing wasn’t easy. During the begining of his career he r
eceived a mere fifty dollars for a short story he created, but he didn’t stop there. He did a variety of jobs while he continued to write ranging from selling life insurance to making wine equipment.

Then in 1995 he started to get somewhere, he started an online internet column and soon got as many as 40,000 subscribers. He soon got his columns into the Rocky Mountain News. A column he had made for them, inspired him to write his first book.

It was called Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and that was the beginning of many other books he would start to write. His first book hit 14th on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It began to show up on TV shows such as CNN and ABC. This author went on many radio shows and talk shows, he was told he was “funny and engaging.” By 2011 he was nominated Newspaper Columnist of the Year by NSNC.

He began to write other family oriented books, such as Eight Simple Rules and Eight Simple Rules for Marrying My Teenage Daughter, and A Dad’s Purpose.  How to Remodel a Man on him onto Orpah’s show.

What I really wanted to know was what inspired him to make A Dog’s Purpose?  How many dogs did he have growing up? On his website he claims that it was his love for fiction that movtated him to create this book. He also claims that “dog’s are wonderful creatures,” which might explain why he choose a dog’s perspective specifically.

 

Books I want to Read in 2017

1) Life After Life

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On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.

For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.


I want to read this book because reliving lives is exciting to me. It’s also a plot I don’t see often and I’d like to know how this character changes history.

2)The Cellar

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Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…


I’m already half way through this book and the story is super thrilling. Again, this isn’t a plot I’ve seen too often and I’ve found the way some of the characters act to be crazy, but in this book I’ve gotten to learn why they are crazy.

3)Looking for Alaska

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Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.


I’ve heard quite a bit about books that John Green has written. I wanted to read at least one, and Looking for Alaska seemed like the most appealing one.

4)Twilight

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About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.


I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard good things about this book. I’ve even read an article on this book which convinced me to think poorly of it, but I want to read it for myself and make sure that’s how I really feel about it.

5)The Book Thief

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It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


I’ve heard mostly good things about The Book Thief. The setting doesn’t interest me as stealing books does. I’ve found books on world war two be kind of boring, but maybe this book will change my opinion.

 

Why I Read…

1. It’s relaxing

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Sometimes books can calm me down. It’s nice to read something where I feel like I’m there, ya know? I’m not working my nine to five job, instead I’m fighting imagery people with my imagery best friends and we’re solving real life….

Umm, wait I mean fictional problems.

Books can sometimes take me places, like instead of being in boring old America I’m in Paris or Nazi, wait, just kidding that one wasn’t that relaxing.

But my downright favorite book absolutely has to be The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life. And now I’m 100% convinced that some of us came from dolphins. This book has now put me on such a spiritual..

Okay I literally cannot write that anymore because now it’s just getting ridiculous. On a serious note, I do think that author is probably super smart and has written a lot of cool stuff in that book, but human dolphins? Sorry dude, I need a little more evidence.

2. Empathy

 

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Some books are really good at teaching empathy -others are quite the opposite. Especially if its meant to fuel propaganda… but thats probably a discussion for another day.

I do think Holocaust books, books about racial inequality. Pretty much any book that teaches us about how separating ourselves from others is bad will teach how to have empathy for other people.

3. Imagination

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Sometimes after I read a book, it gives me a creative vibe. Sometimes I’ll even paint after I read and I end up really liking what I made. It helps me think of things I won’t normally think of. Reading helps me to think of new ideas.

4. It’s a movie in your mind

 

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I’ve always liked the book better than the movie, most authors don’t control the exact image you see in your head. If the author says someone looks pretty than you visualizes what you think is pretty, there is no image of picture there to control what the character’s supposed to look like.

To be honest, I’ve found it easier to remember books better than movies. Maybe it’s due to using my own ideas to ‘create’ them in a way. As opposed to other people shoving exactly what they want their ideas to look like in my face.

5. Better discussions

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I think reading books can help to fuel some really good discussions. It helps people think even deeper about life, we start asking some pretty serious questions and figure out what we think works and what doesn’t work in the world. Book discussions can sometimes help us solve real life problems.

I’ve found book discussion to be a lot more meaningful as opposed to the majority of movies. Yes, some movies can be thought provoking. However, I’ve found myself asking more questions after reading a book rather than watching a movie.

6. Last, but not least.. THE SMELL

 

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The smell of a book, new or old, is unique, I think it is one of the most wonderful smells in the world. If frebreze made a scent that smelled like books then I would certainly try it. I remember on of my first books I read was The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. And I read the one my dad had had for years. It had a plain black cover, the pages were yellow from age and it had ink drawings of the story pop up every once in a while. It was a good read, and I loved the old book smell.

Thirteen Reasons Why People Might Want to Die

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I’m not saying suicide isn’t serious, but I do think these aren’t good reasons for someone to want to die. Then again, that could be the reason why the author wrote the book, to show people that logic isn’t a factor in suicide, people kill themselves because they believe it is their only option. After a few years, I’ve come to understand it a little better. However, if you are suicidal please don’t allow the things on this list to be a reason to choose suicide.

1. Blaming others

I was once told a story of two bothers that had a drunk and abusive father. When they grew up, one of the boys ended up a lot like his father and claimed it was his father’s fault that he acted this way. The other grew up to have a successful company and live a happy life. I’m not saying bad things in life aren’t bad, but whether you overcome them or not is your choice and no one else’s.

2. “A lot of you cared, just not enough.”

People do care about you, especially your family, but you should care about yourself more than anyone else. It is your responsibility to make sure no one treats you like a door mat, so many people are using others these days it’s hard enough to get them off our back, let alone someone else’s.

3. She clings to the past

Listen, if you’re a teenager like me remember, we are young, we’re probably making more mistakes than most people and that’s okay. We have little experience with this world and for most of us this is only one sixth of our lives. Give the world a better chance, give yourself a better chance. Eventually people heal and although the scar might still be there it’s still good that it’s over right? Some things that helped me stop clinging to the past were deleting texts from people that were negative. Deleting my facebook account so I didn’t have to deal with all the negative stuff people post.

4. She never got mad

Although the author might have told us when Hannah was mad, I don’t think she ever expressed her anger with other characters in the book. I think had she gotten mad at one of the antagonists at least once, her life might have been completely different. She might have realized she had power, power to let people know the truth, but she never did. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t give up your fight. If someone has wronged you then let it be known even if you think no one would care. Sometimes all it takes is just to say something.

5. She made others suffer

Clay,- the person who listens to the tapes in the book – forces himself to listen to this tape. Had she forgotten that he was her friend? A friend that clung on to every word on those tapes and stayed awake during the night listening to them. I believe he already cared about her and she made her death even more saddening by sending those tapes to him. If you think others don’t care about you remember, your not in their mind. You might think that they think bad about you, but in reality they might really like and respect you.

6. She let some of this stuff happen…

I won’t spoil exactly what happened, but I will say she allowed some bad things to happen to her to make her hate herself even more. Don’t ever think so negatively about yourself that you just don’t even care what happens to you. You are a human being and don’t deserve to be treated badly.

7. What about her family?

My family cried when my cousin(who was only sixteen at the time) died in a car crash. It still bothers them to this day and they still talk about him a lot. They loved him and cared about him. They kept his room clean for years and had funeral flowers in his room and set his PJs on his bed. When a family member dies young it drives your family mad with sadness. My cousin would be twenty-seven today if it hadn’t been for the crash.

8. She never told anyone straight up, that she was depressed.

Hannah was always subtle when she used her way of ‘telling’ others she thought of suicide. Here’s the problem with this: if you aren’t straightforward with someone they might never know what your thinking. We can’t read minds, if you’re depressed tell someone it doesn’t have to be a therapist, if your too afraid to tell your friends tell a stranger. Strangers have encouraged more people to live than we might think.

Don’t ever let anyone degrade you if you let them know that you’re having negative thoughts. Nobody in this would is happy and giddy all the time. We have our bad times too and sometimes people will even be able to relate to yours well and you can both talk about how unjust it was and comfort each other.

9.“Everything seemed good, but I knew it had the potential to be awful.”

She looked at the glass as half empty and not half full, I know we do think this way every once in a while, but Hannah was diving too deep into this. If she had looked for something positive, even just a little thing, it could have flipped her life around. If things seems really bad then analyze what’s going on in your life. Think: what can I do to change my life to make it better? Should I eat healthier? Should I go for a run or workout? Should I go to an animal rescue and pet some dogs to get some animal therapy?

10. She didn’t have many goals

I’m an ambitious person, and I think Hannah might have had a few goal here and there, but not many. I think goals are important and they help give someone a reason to live no matter how small or big it is. It gives a person something to do other than dwell on their depression. Even if those goals aren’ completed it gets people to think about doing something other than trying to die. Maybe you want to cook something, maybe you want to read a book, or go for a hike some where.

11. She let fear take over her

No one should let fear control them, we are humans, the top of the food chain, one of the most intelligent species on planet earth. What do we have to fear? Sometimes I think it is not fear that controls us, but the power we have within us to do great things.

12. She hung out with the wrong people

Hannah stuck with bad people, people who I would block out of my life and act as though my phone was more interesting than them whenever they got near me. Some of the people Hannah met I would try to block out of my life and make sure they knew it.

13. She… was… LOVED

Not matter how helpless she might have felt, people still love her even though she was fictional. We are not robots, we are people, people who have feelings for others and even things that aren’t our species. We have therapists and doctors and dentists and donors. Why? Because we care about what happens to people. However, it you find yourself surrounded by people who just hate on you then I highly recommend you get out of there -if you can. I think looking into things like emotional intelligence might help to understand why people might act that way.

Please click here for the suicide prevention hotline.

 

 

Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

I strongly encourage everyone to read this book, it shows just how easily the things we do every day can be taken away from us in seconds. Things like being able to lift up a coffee mug and putting on your own clothes is something a risk taking, high living, Will Traynor is longer able to do. That’s what it means to be quadriplegic, you lose more than not being able to walk.

It’s up to a nonadventurous Louisa Clark, to get him to see that even the small things in life can be enjoyable. Although it’s something Will can’t really see.

Me Before You has been given praise by The Oprah Magazine, New York Times Daily News, USA Today , People and many more organizations. Don’t take their word for it though, decide for yourself, read the book. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

It’s coming soon to theaters on June 3, click here for the first part of the trailer. The movie is starring Emilia Clarke as Louisa Clark and Sam Claflin as Will Traynor.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a family member or care giver of anyone who is disabled. I think this book and movie will give a good in sight into their lives.

In my opinion, I thought the ending of the book was dissapionting, but I won’t give any spoilers.

So tell me, what did you think of it?

 

 

The Way I Used to Be By Amber Smith

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year-this probed reveals the deep cuts of drama. But also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broke and rebuilt, all while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

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I thought The Way I Used to Be was an eye opening story. It made me realize how stuffing things can really contribute to someone’s character. What I didn’t like was that the terrible thing that happens to the main character really slaps the reader in the beginning. I think allowing the reader to know the character better first would have made the reader a little more emotional.

This book should be read only by people mature enough to handle it. I would recommend it to young adults willing to understand why people do what they do. This book can be pretty intense at some points even after the beginning. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who can’t handle dark themes.

For anyone who has been through sexual harassment I would strongly recommend this book for you. It will let you know that you are not alone and on the last few pages the author gives a site and a phone number you can call if you have ever experienced something similar to what the main character experienced in the book. Which I put at the bottom of this blog post.

Another book that has a character that’s been put in a similar situation is I Like Him, He Likes Her . It not only has a High School setting, but one of the main character’s close friends has a back story that’s about the same as the character in The Way I Used to Be. 

So what did you think about this book? Let me know in the comments below!!

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: rainn.org

RAINN hotline:1-800-656-HOPE

The Girl on the Train By Paula Hawkins

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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I thought The Girl on the Train was beautifully written! The way the author combined three perspectives together was a brilliant idea! It gives the reader in sight to what is really going on, before the characters know about it, which makes it even more engaging. Although I must warn you, the book was hard to follow at first, but once you get towards the end you can’t put it down!

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels powerless. Once you finish reading this book you will certainly feel empowered. You will feel that you can change the world around you. If I had to be gender specific, I would recommend this to women, especially women that have been lied to in past(or present) relationships.

This book might even be good for anyone struggling with any addictions they might have. I think this book can help people steer away from that and put their energy into something greater. Just remember there is no “quick fix” to addictions, it takes time, The Girl on the Train will show that to anyone willing to read it.

I am looking forward to watching the movie for it, it will be release October 7, 2016. Based on the trailer, I think the actors and actresses fit the characters pretty well. Although I still recommend reading it before watching the movie.

So tell me, what’s you think of it? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Intro to the Mortal Instruments Series By Cassandra Clare

Prepare to be hooked! I thought the first book in the Mortal Instruments Series was absolutely fascinating. It is one the most unique books I have ever read. Every one’s heard of the vampires, the werewolves, the fairies, and the witches, but shadow hunters? That’s something I’d never heard of in tell I read this series and I think it was the half human, half angel characters, that pulled me in.

Of course the story line was great too, but I don’t want to put in any spoilers. Although I will say Cassandra Clare set up the first book just right, so you will feel like you have to read the next book. I will also put it that this is a romantic novel and I loved the personalities of the main characters that Clare created.

I Like Him, He Likes Her

I strongly recommend I Like Him, He likes Her to anyone currently in High School or going into High School. It’s almost three separate books in one, so if you stop reading it for a while(which I didn’t because I couldn’t put it down)  some information will be repeated to help you remember what’s going on. Which makes it easier for me to read because I tend to be pretty forgetful. So repeating the information helps me understand the story better.

The genre of this book is romance, and I’d say it offers some pretty good advice to anyone who’s interested. It shows how to handle drama, with of course, a few mistakes along the way.

Alice’s story really spoke to me and made me think about the decisions I’ve had to make in my own life. It shows what really matters.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

I thought Wild was an enlightening read! I think anyone can reflect on their lives by taking a walk, but when Cheryl hikes the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) she really dives deep into her personal issues that nature helps her to overcome.

I learned a lot about what it means to be poor too, not just the unemployment kind of poor, more like the kind of poor were the only money you have is the fifty cents in your pocket. It reminded me that not many people would actually go out in nature and use what it offered, they would more likely complain about not being able to shower every day and try desperately to cling to the lives they used to have, but Cheryl never did. In fact, she seemed to embrace being able to walk through nature for the net few months.

It has a lot of support too, it’s, “one of the most heartbreaking, and beautiful American memoirs in years.” (NPR Books). Cheryl’s book is also considered, “Vivid, sharp, and compelling.” (People)

There is a lot anyone can learn for this book and if I ever went camping again this would certainly be a book I would bring with me.

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