Autographed Books? Think Again

One of the things that all major presidential (and also some Congressional) candidates do is write books. Lots of memoirs and autobiographies. This year was no different. Both Trump and Hillary have published multiple books. When you have millions of supporters, selling autographed books at a significant markup seems like a good move, right? Right. Unless it comes out that you never signed them in the first place.

I’ve seen authors in warehouses full of books signing away. Literally thousands of them. Donald Trump was thought to have done the same and sold the books through his campaign. Except he didn’t. He never actually signed the “autographed” books he was selling to his followers. A machine did. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Welp.

A Week Off

I took a week off from posting on here, and largely from social media, to give myself a chance to come to grips with what happened on November 8. I didn’t want to bombard anyone with talk of the election for a week. So I just kept to myself.

See, people seem to think they know EXACTLY how it feels to be in someone else’s shoes after the election of Donald Trump. But no one does. Not really. My life experience is mine. My beliefs are mine. And my reaction to the Trump win is mine. No one can tell me that I’m overreacting or that I should simply accept that this is the direction the country is headed in. Because no one is in my shoes.

I actually had someone tell me I haven’t “become” American yet after I said Trump doesn’t represent or stand for anything I do.

But this is the reality we’re living in. And there’s no way around it. This blog is about books, right? It is. Which is why I’ll get back to discussing various book topics tomorrow. 

A Letter to America

Dear America,

America is me. When people hear me identify as “Mexican-American” most think nothing of it. But some think of me as being a part of “other”, as being different from them. I’m not. Both of my parents were born in Texas. My grandparents were born in Texas. My great grandparents were not. Which means I’m exactly the same as nearly every other American in that I’m a descendant of immigrants.

I point this out because I must. The next president of the United States has said things and proposed actions that make me as a Mexican-American feel disrespected, hated, and alarmed. He’s done the same to women, African-Americans, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, and just about every group of people that looks differently than he does.

Donald Trump is not my president. He doesn’t represent or stand for anything I do. I know I’m not the only one acknowledging this. But something we must understand is that now is not the time to sit down in shock at what has transpired. Now is more important than ever to stand up for what we believe in, to make sure our voices are louder than ever. Yes, Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. But don’t believe for one second that hate, racism, homophobia, or xenophobia won last night. Those things will never truly win as long as we, the people continue to stand up and speak out about the things we hold dear.

I’m shocked just as millions of others are, but this is not the end. We’re headed toward a better, more tolerant future. Even if we face a minor setback along the way.

A college educated, Mexican-American millennial,

John Guillen

I’m a Millennial and #ImWithHer

Obviously this isn’t a blog on politics. And obviously I don’t expect people to have the same viewpoint as I do. But election day is less than a week away. Millions of people have already cast their ballot during early voting. The 45th president of the United States is on the verge of being elected. So I decided to make this video to stress the importance of voting in our democracy. Sure I talk about Hillary, but I also discuss the significance of simply having the right to vote as we do.

The important thing isn’t for you to agree with me or the candidate I’m voting for, but rather that you have a say in who leads the country and community in which you live.

Saturday Selects: Trump is Exactly Who We Think he is

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I usually write on the first Saturday of each month to discuss something outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today I’m writing about Trump, again.

I’m sure you’re well aware by now of the recording that surfaced yesterday in which Donald Trump talks about sexually harassing and assaulting women. If you’re reading this and have no idea what I’m talking about, then I’ve got you covered. Here’s the video. There is lots of graphic language.

I can’t tell you how many people have actually defended his comments on social media and on TV. These people are the reason he feels he can say or do any thing he pleases. There’s no consequence. He says Mexicans are criminals. Meh. He says ban all Muslims from the US. Meh. He says women are disgusting. Meh. He says African Americans are living in hell. Meh. And now video surfaces of him sexually assaulting women because he’s a star and they let him do it.

There is no excuse. Republican. Democrat. Independent. White. Latino. College educated. Asian. African American. Middle class. 1%. It does not matter what you look like or where you live. A reasonable, respectful human being has no justification for supporting this man in ANY THING he does. And yet, he’ll still receive millions of votes on November 8th.

No, I Don’t Want That Book

As is all too common on the internet different companies and sites use my browsing history to recommend something else they’re selling. For example, I clicked on some travel ad on Instagram and that same company popped up in a promoted tweet on Twitter. Just ugh.

But I also tweet quire a bit about the presidential race. And as a result I’ve now been seeing promoted tweets from Trump selling signed “limited editions” of The Art of the Deal. First, the book is priced astronomically high. More than $150. Second, I have no desire to read the book. Third, there is no scenario in which I’d support him or his campaign.

I just wish Twitter would get the message. Are there any ads on social media that keep popping up in your feeds no matter how many times you skip over them?

Saturday Selects: Your Voice

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write on the first Saturday (usually) of each month to discuss a topic outside the general bookish theme of the blog. Today is a topic I touched on fairly recently. The 2016 presidential campaign.

Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee come November. Many who thought his candidacy was nothing more than a joke and public spectacle are now grappling with whether to support him or not.

But just because he’s emerged from a crowded field of contenders for the highest office in the world doesn’t mean anything is set in stone just yet. He’s been praised for having brought in new voters to the GOP while also being ridiculed by members of his own party.

But my message to you is quite simple. Your voice can still be heard. You have Trump, who needs no introduction whatsoever. And you’ll have Hillary. Many argue this election will truly be about the lesser of two evils, but I tend to disagree. Only one of the candidates is highly unqualified to hold the most important office in the world. And the other candidate has decades of public service.

My question today isn’t about your voting preference. I’m curious to learn your thoughts on how we reached this point.

Is Donald Trump Actually Lord Voldemort?

Oh geez. I’m on the floor laughing. Let me tell you what’s going on. The race for the White House is quickly dwindling down to a more reasonable number. Which means the candidates still in the race are lobbying for fundraising. Well Marco Rubio’s team has put a different spin on it. They’ve said he’s the equivalent of Harry Potter in his fight against Voldemort (Donald Trump).

Guys, this is a real thing. In a fundraising email sent out to supporters Trump is said to have made several horcruxes just like Voldemort, and the horcruxes are the other candidates in the race not named Rubio.

The last few months of this cycle have been unexpected, but never did I think of Trump as the Dark Lord. Maybe Rubio is on to something. Maybe he is the Dark Lord and that’s how he’s built up a nice following. Or maybe I’m losing it? Ha!

Serious question now. Do you think Donald Trump is Lord Voldemort? I think I’m not sure. I mean, would Voldemort settle for that hair? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Another Trump Book

Ugh. Donald Trump isn’t fading in the most recent polls released. He’s actually widening the gap between himself and his GOP counterparts. So it isn’t surprising to see another book about Trump climbing up the bestseller charts on Amazon.

But this time it’s something we can laugh at. The book is written by a comedian. And it’s calledย Trump Temptation: The Billionaire and the Bell Boy. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s already been rated 174 times on Amazon. And it’s ranked #365 in the Kindle store. I’m not sure it’ll be able to become a NYT bestseller, but it really doesn’t matter. If we’re forced to hear about Trump because of his standing in the polls, then I want more things like this.

Are you interested in some Trump erotica? I’m not. But it’s only $1.99 on Kindle. Ha!

A New Release I Won’t be Reading

Donald Trump’s newly released book.

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t bought into the notion that America isn’t a great country. There are plenty of problems facing the country, but does he really think he’s got the answers to questions facing the country as a whole, and especially the Oval Office? Because I don’t. And I don’t think any one person has all the answers.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never read political books, and it’s safe to say I won’t be starting with Trump’s.

Are you interested in reading about this crippled America he claims to know how to make great again?