What I think is unfair is when it’s freezing cold outside, but there’s no snow on the ground. We suffer and have no reward for it. Not fair! That’s been this January – cold and grossly gray. Plus, then I got sick. Like the sickness where you have a fever and feel like your legs are walking through 3 feet of mud. If you don’t believe that I felt sick, listen up: I was so sick, I couldn’t even read. Basically two days of being able to legally lie around and do nothing and I’m TOO SICK TO READ.
But let’s move on and look at January’s book reviews.
Troublemaker by Leah Remini – Every weeknight, I watch an episode of King of Queens. I love the show and Leah’s character on the show, Carrie. Basically, I wish I had her gumption. Plus, the show itself is funny and chills me out before bed. Leah’s book Troublemaker is a look at her growing up in the cult of Scientology, which she left a few years ago. Her story is worth reading because not only does it describe her experience (in itself fascinating), I felt it answered some questions for me about Scientology (I’ve previously read Going Clear, a great non-fiction book on the religion, and have also seen the HBO documentary based on that book. Both worth the time.) Good story because it brought what I knew from non-fiction accounts down to a personal level (what she really experienced). Fair warning, there is a lot of language in this book. Rating: 8
Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference by Crystal Paine – As previously mentioned, I love business and leadership books and this one fits right into that category with an inspiring message to moms who want to make money to help the family’s income flow. A lot of these ideas are do-at-home ideas – and honestly, quite a few are ones I did when the kids were little. So although I wouldn’t say I learned anything new, it was an inspiring read and would be helpful for moms who were at the beginning of their search for new ideas for income! Rating: 9
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson – I’m doing my summative research paper for school on the idea of shame and guilt. This book has been on my list to read and I’m so glad I picked it up at the library. Ronson manages to make a really tough, somewhat embarrassing subject and make it readable and relatable. Through case studies of people who have been shamed publicly (Remember the girl that sent the tweet about how she wouldn’t get AIDS in Africa because she was white??) on the internet and shows how we, as a collective group, shame them and destroy and how they bounce back…or don’t. Good writing and interesting subject. Fair warning: language throughout and also frank discussions of sex/porn in the context of public shaming. Rating: 8
Escape From Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein – Read this one out loud with The Boy. It was a good, fun, fast-paced book for kids. It kept the kiddo’s attention. A group of kids gets chosen to enter a new library a day before everyone else – then have to play a game (searching for clues, reading, puzzles) to figure out how to escape. (Think Willy Wonka, but in a library.) There was also a puzzle in the book that you could solve and email to the author – which we did, and the author responded in a very kind email. A bonus to inspire the boy to read! Rating: 8 (mainly because my son liked it and paid attention!)