This serves as the first completed book in my personal endeavor to commit to active, daily, reading of full books, novels, and short stories. Taylor Ocean’s is fitting because finding and engaging with him on WordPress was what sparked within me the need to do this very same thing: purposefully read. Immediately proceeding his admonishment to “read this/my book”, I started a literal “To Read” list on paper. A tangible list, not one ethereal started with the words “I’ll put it on my To Read list” but an actual physical list.
So without further adieu, a review of Taylor Ocean’s “Playing Your Hand Right: Showing America How To Live”:
I picked this book up through my Nook Reader on my tablet. I don’t have a Nook, nor a Kindle, and this whole electronic reading thing is awfully new to me. But amazingly enough, it’s very easy and after just a few clicks I had the book in my hand and ready to read.
The book reads like the blog – short life event sharings. Akin to the style of “Chicken Soup For the Soul” but one person, one life, and more like Ecstasy or Steroids for the soul, than Chicken Soup. Who needs that when you have a single American juicing you up and gearing you for one kick-ass life?
You want inspiration for the soul? Pick up this shit.
Taylor Oceans throws the reader through event after event of sheer and raw life. No holds barred. He carries the reader through cancer, sex, intoxication, police raids, death, ethics, and everything in-between. From beginning to end, I could not put it down. After every segment, I stopped and contemplated, and sometimes turned to my S.O. to share the inspiration pulled from what I have read.
So far, what I’ve gained from it: cock ring, get one.
If that raised your eyebrow, you may want to pick up this book and see just how an American should really live.
You can also follow his newer writings and be in contact with the author yourself, here: http://playingyourhandright.wordpress.com/