Weekend Recap ~ The Rut 1.0

Happy weekend, Dear Readers, and happy end of summer!

I personally am ready for all things Fall, and could not be happier to see pumpkins in stores and feel a crisp breeze in the air. Bring on Christmas!

While the weather is definitely starting to be to my liking recently, my reading endeavours have been precarious at best. After being thrilled and entranced by Capturing the Devil, I swiftly moved onto the next book on my TBR, only to be profoundly disappointed. My last several reads have been 2-stars at best (that was me being generous in many cases), and I fear that I may be entering into a…duh duh duh…reading rut. *gasp*

I’ve moved onto a non-fiction read for now (the very interesting Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race) in the hopes of resetting my brain. But, if I don’t find a fictitious story that takes my breath away soon, I’m going to become really concerned…

Summer Cannibals by Melanie Hobson

❥❥ (out of 5)

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This was too weird for me, and many of the descriptions were too gross. I also found it to be quite repetitive and monotonous, and I read the first 150 pages so slowly that it was infuriating. Sad to say I am disappointed in this one and the gorgeous cover was misleading.

❥❥ (out of 5)

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

It’s a No from me. 

I have to say, I’m rarely a fan of any sort of “self help” book that makes it on Oprah or Reese Witherspoon’s reading list. For me, these books spout clichés without actually taking the time to deconstruct the language surrounding them and do a thorough analysis. Doyle’s text said many things I’ve heard before without bringing anything new to the table, and most of her views struck me as pretentious. Doyle came across as insufferable more than wise (her use of italics was especially heavy-handed, ungrammatical and pompous). Here is one specific passage that I found so overly simplistic and naive…

“If [women] unlocked and unleashed ourselves:

Imbalanced relationships would be equalized.

Children would be fed. 

Corrupt governments would topple. 

Wars would end. 

Civilizations would be transformed.”

Doyle says all this as if there aren’t women who are part of corrupt governments. Or as if women can’t be abusive in relationships. As if women are divine, majestic creatures capable of making money and food grow from their bare hands. Blanket, reductive statements like this can be incredibly dangerous and can ultimately distract from the larger, more profound, serious issues that exist. 

One particular passage offended me and I’ll quote it now to emphasize how simplistic, naive and borderline harmful Doyle’s advice is at times…

“Danielle, a thirty-four-year-old former kindergarten teacher, wrote to me recently. She spends her days and nights watching her seven-year-old son die slowly in her arms, tortured by the same disease that killed her first son three years ago. Night and day, she sits by her son’s bedside-feeding him, singing to him, soothing him. ‘I’m broken, Glennon,’ she wrote. ‘I don’t know what to do.’

I wrote back, ‘Danielle, what is the truest, most beautiful story you can imagine about a mother and her sons?’”

I personally, as a new mother, can say that I would in no way, shape or form take comfort from Doyle saying something like this to me if I was in a similar situation. Get off your high horse and provide some actual help and guidance, rather than empty words and meaningless platitudes, lady!

Finally, my husband heard me laughing out loud on several occasions while reading this and found it so nice that I was reading something so humorous. The only problem is, I’m pretty certain none of Doyle’s advice was intended to be LOL-funny. It was just all far too absurd for me to keep a straight face… Oopsie! 🤷🏻‍♀️

TL, DR: If Doyle was my friend, I would’ve said “✌️ out!” to her a long time ago. 

❥❥ (out of 5)

Here’s hoping my next read is an unmitigated success!


Girl with a Green Heart

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