Crash Gordon and the Mysteries of Kingsburg

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Warning: There is profanity – but if you’re here reading this review – you won’t be bothered by that. 😀

All The Books

Captivated and engaged by the very first page, I have enjoyed every bit of dialogue between Derek Swannson’s characters, along with their background and the thought processes shared. Their idiosyncrasies and flaws are brought to the forefront as a means to show the lessons we might learn from adversity. It’s reading that reminds you how to be thankful, without the condescension typically applied in other books. The suggestion that there is a plan and that it isn’t necessarily some big celestial idea will be found intriguing by anyone who questions traditional religion.

Gordon’s pseudo-uncle, Johnny Hoss, was my favorite character—a cantankerous but well-intentioned devils’ advocate who helps Gordon let off steam, gives him a beer every now and then, and generally eases the blows when Gordon is rejected by his father. When Gordon is feeling like a general disappointment, Johnny picks him back up and dusts him off and even helps him forget his problems. Johnny reminded me of a favorite uncle of mine that I looked up to; I’d have a hard time imagining that he wouldn’t be a favorite to anyone else.

I’ve utilized all my free time to read this book and I’m eager to read the second in this series. I’ve also heard whispers of another book from this author that could maybe potentially theoretically be in the works… but don’t quote me. I love an author who can fully develop his or her characters, and I love the underdogs most of all—I identify with them almost exclusively and begrudge the alpha dog characters even when they show humility and pain. I’m sure that says much about me, but regardless—don’t hesitate to buy this book. I’ve been wowed and enthralled since page one. I immediately felt for Gordon because his parents really suck and his friend who is his neighbor is not the nicest kid, although maybe that’s just how boys behave.

To a certain degree you almost expect Gordon to die halfway through the book. His life is just filled with knock out after knock out. I won’t tell you any more, except to say that I’ve read a lot of genres and science fiction is becoming a favorite by far. This book is a great example of why. There’s real life written into these pages. The characters and the places the author takes you will tap into your own memories, both good and bad. This is DEFINITELY one of those books that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.


The Truth In Lies Book Review

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Hello MouthyGirl readers!!! All two of you 🙂

I have decided that every review that I write, which is actually quite a bit, I’m going to start duplicating here. One, so you know I’m alive and two, so that these things I take the time to write will get more traction on these, our lovely interwebs. First up, a book review from a classmate – no I’m not telling you when I graduated. It’s excellent. And right now it’s on sale because she has another coming out very very soon – get ahead of the curve before this lady takes off!

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I read the prologue right after I bought the Kindle version and cursed myself because I had plans that would keep me from actually reading it for several more days.

Once I got my hands back on it, the real world faded and I was immersed in Mackenzie’s life in Florida. JM has a way with explaining a situation so that it doesn’t read like a scene set up. I’ve read other books that were torture for this reason, I felt like I was reading the script to a play, with scene set ups and all. Not so with this storyteller, she was descriptive enough that I found myself picturing the scenes and the feelings.

This book flowed for me and I was so enthralled that I found myself reading it at the sports bar during the playoffs (when it went to commercial and halftime)…mind you I went there specifically to watch the game, but Kindle for Android..and well ’nuff said.

The characters were well developed and had a believable back story that wasn’t overdone, the plot was engaging and I didn’t find myself bored at any time – and that actually happens to me a lot. I’m anxious for the next book, this one had a teaser in it and it’s killing me!


This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike

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I enjoy self help books that actually have something to teach, I am quickly bored with hype filled bullshit. This book that I am about to reread, is the be all end all of self help books in my opinion. There are two kinds of people that read self help books, those who want the help and those who want to brag about reading them. I use them as tools..I consider myself relatively self aware but realize that I can always be a better me.

That said, I have been holding myself back and I see this but felt powerless to make big sweeping changes until recently..but I still felt that weight of something in me disagreeing with my purposeful evolution.

One review on later I find myself on, ordering it. I read the first half the night I got it and fell in love with the tone and realism in the delivery. He’s no holds barred, punch in the gut blunt throughout. It was refreshing, until it got to the parts that were the reason I, wanted and feared, reading this book. Facing the music of my own bullshit for one, and another more fresh pain, losing someone I loved dearly. So for several days I eyed the book on the chair..not picking it up – almost flirting with the thoughts of facing that pain that looks like a mountain.. To find that won’t get better, that will always hurt. But the very same words that made me bawl, gave me clarity, words that I could not find, pain that I couldn’t name.

..they are not the only ones that die: you die, too. The person you were when you were with them is gone just as surely as they are. This is what you should know about losing someone you love. They do not travel alone. You go with them.”

I like my epiphanies blunt, I don’t want to dig through flowers to get to the meat of it. Serve it up, let me swallow it and go on. This book does that. If you have ever lost a friend because they told you the truth, this book is not for you. It’s an in your face, smack you silly, deal with your shit because you have shit to do, serious book.

The candor in his style makes it not at all condescending, it’s like talking to that friend whose known you since you were 12 that you trust implicitly to give you time to feel your pain but then swiftly assist you in slapping yourself back to reality if you, for some lie to yourself reason, can’t.

This review was posted in May of 2013 on Goodreads and as I just reread it, that quote gave me chills, a lump in my throat and a threatening tear in the corner of my eye. This one was a whammy y’all. Not for the faint of heart.


Forgive Me Brain, It’s A Circle

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I’ve been mad at myself for a while but I’m letting go of that today. In 2011 I was walked off the highest paying job of my career to date. It wasn’t what many of you would call a lot, but it was a lot to me…and I worked a lot to get it. Also, until recently, my most challenging job, where I also learned a tremendous amount.

All that said, oh how mad at me I’ve been. That was the problem. I took it personally. Despite the personal nature (seemingly) of my relationship with the owners, it was a business decision. Making those hard decisions is what makes you successful. Was it necessary for them to be ugly about it, no..but..humans.

Let me tell you, the fallout since has been a REAL eye opener. I’ve been at this income level before..but I had less bills then…primarily the whole car payment thing. So I posit a question to you…

I’ve thought of returning to school, a lot of single moms do that…but I fear the time away not watching over my son could be detrimental to his future. I’ve thought of getting a second job…same problem. Tired of struggling so much, it leaves me even despondent sometimes.

If this were you, would you continue to struggle for a few more years then reconsider school? Kidlet being nearly 17 means it’s a short time left..maybe through college.