Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

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Rating: ★★★★

This was an interesting book. The writing itself was not that good, but that did not detract from the experience of reading this. I think Drain needed to write this, for herself: to vent, to rationalize, and it was a form of therapy for her. I respect that narrative.

I will say one thing about the WBC, it does not deserve our attention, our outrage, because they feed off it. They almost get off on it, to be crude. They, in my armchair psychologist analyst, have a collective martyr complex. They are emotionally-stunted as a collective. This is a dying cult, it will be dismantled or die out in the next few decades. We should ignore them, that will be the ultimate form of suffering for them, and it will rob them of their collective identity if no one reacted to them at all.

I hope that Drain will seek out a therapist to deal with all the crap she had to put up from not only the church, but her father and mother.

Being part of the ONTD community, there was a time while reading this that I enjoyed the spilling of the truth tea. The shading of members and the pastor, and sometimes not so subtle dragging. It was like reading a WBC tell-all.

I think Drain, and the Phelps girls who have also left the church after Drain, have a long way to make up for the damage, hurt, and pain they caused. I feel sympathetic towards them, but many won’t and I can understand why. I never had to deal with this cult first hand, so it’s easier for me to forgive them. (For those that don’t know, I am a lesbian).

I look forward to reading more memoirs from the ex-members of the WBC cult.

Also huge trigger warning for physical and emotional abuse.

Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex & Relationships: Design Your Living Space for Love, Harmony & Prosperity

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Should be Published on: 1/8/15

Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

Rating: ★★½

I am going to state right away that I do not know that much about Feng Shui, and this is my first book about the subject. I am still pretty skeptical.

I think Classical Feng Shui is for rich people, who can afford to design and build their own houses. They can afford to renovate their houses, they don’t necessarily live in apartments with no control over how the apartment is constructed. At least we get some tips/advice on how to fix the bad energy flow based on construction design errors if you can’t afford to do all those other things.

The author is an expert on her field and I give her props, but she has some quite out-dated views on gender and sexuality. She also references Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars book, and I’m like LOL No.

This might be relevant to you, but it wasn’t to me.

I want Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

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I really want to get my hands on this.

I’m excited to read her non-fantasy and non-YA work, because why should a writer limit themselves?

She started writing Harry Potter in the early to mid-nineties and well into the 2000s, which is a long time to dedicate to one story and one genre. She still is heavily evolved in the fandom/pottermore, so I am thankful for that. I can’t blame her for wanting to expand and try something new, how else do we grow. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, just for reference. The Harry Potter series was a huge part of my childhood and even into my adulthood.

From some reviews, it looks like my kind of book.

Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl

Rating: ★★★★

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This book was really good.

This book gave me lots of feels, and made me think of things that I haven’t thought in a long time.

I am going to be speaking about religion/spirituality and my own thoughts on it. Feel free to not read it, because I know that can be upsetting/triggering to people.

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The River is Dark

Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. Some minor spoilers in this review.

Rating: ★★★½

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This was a quick read, once I really started to read it. I finished it within two hours, so if you have an afternoon to read (think rainy or snowy, with hot beverage of choice) this would be perfect.

There was a love story, but it was mostly insta-love, though they apparently knew each other before in backstory. I didn’t really get a feel for their romance, and it felt forced, but I didn’t really focus on it. I was more focused on the murder mystery. There is enough action to focus on, instead of the forced pairing.

I didn’t mind the main character, he was flawed, but not completely to the point of unlikeable.

The actual storyline verged on unrealistic, but I was able to suspend my disbelief while reading.

I actually felt bad for Peter. I mean, it’s not his fault what his parents did to him, and how he was raised afterwards. I can picture a life where he had proper medical care and actually raised properly I think he would have been okay. To not get into a nature vs nurture debate, I think both nature and nurture influence a person (to simplify it).

There wasn’t much substance or depth to this novel, but it didn’t need it, and it was just a fun read, and nothing too serious. At least for me.