Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The latest book for me to review is Untamed. There is a pretty good chance you have probably seen it or heard of it because it is quite popular. The only reason I am able to write this review right now is because I got a skip the line copy from the library ( I dunno how it works but sometimes they show up and I snag them). I full didn’t expect to be writing this review till like next year sometime.

a picture of devan's phone which shows the cover of Untamed and the play button. The cover is full of swirls of different colour and sparkles. The cover evokes a feeling of magic.

I won’t lie when I saw this book and everyone raveing about it I was definitely thinking, Uggh another white mother who is telling us how we need to change and then goes on to say how they found themselves. I have read enough of those books to really start hating them (I was apart of a book club and that was most of the books we read.)

Now I wasn’t completely wrong about my assumption, she is white, she is a mother, and she does find herself. However I felt like this book was more of her discovering how societies “norms” really are just stupid. Which I think is great because I am not a huge fan of the “normal”. By discovering that we don’t have to adhere to these norms she finds herself.

I will also say that this book is a little bit different because she talks about her marriage ending and how she falls in love with her now wife. I should preface that her first marriage was hetero. Which I love that she found herself and figured out that she liked women. This isn’t the norm for most books like this so I was very pleased about that.

There is a lot of “a-ha” moments in this book which I really liked. I believe that most of them had to do with what society deemed as normal and realizing na that isn’t right like I have said a few times by now.

One of these moments is in the chapter called tick marks. Glennon goes into detail about how she performed voter fraud on the high school homecoming votes just so she could be one of the “golden ones” (her words not mine) because we are conditioned to think that we need to be the popular kids for our lives to be happy then you don’t get picked on or made fun of.

We then are taken back into present day and Glennon realizes how much money she has spent just to look how society has told her she needs to look. Also how harsh society is to those who don’t maintain that standard. This story just attached itself to me. I have felt this way for soooo long it really just hit home.

There were so many other stories and examples that Glennon talked about that just made me be like YES!!!! please more people need to hear this!

I really really liked this book. I believe that everyone should read it because it is amazing and points out so many things that we are conditioned to do, like not leave a situation when you feel uncomfortable in because you were told to not leave ( it is a story in the book that makes more sense just don’t want to spoil it).

I felt like this book was written really well and even though it may not be chronological, it made sense the way it was written. I followed along easily.

I will say that I got this book as an audiobook and that was really nice. It was Glennon reading it so I got to hear how she intended everything to sound and where anger or sadness was that you wouldn’t necessarily have gotten by just reading it.

I am giving this book a 5 star review. I loved the whole thing and recommend it for anyone to read.

five pink stars

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Until next time,

Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates

On my continued journey of unlearning societal racism and learning to be a better ally I came across the book Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates.

This book is different than any other book that I have read because it is a letter to Ta-nehisi’s son. Although this did confuse me for a bit because for some reason I thought it was written as a letter to himself from his father. I don’t know why I thought this… but I figured it out.

a phone on a white table with the cover of Between the world and me on it. The cover is an off-white with big bold black Ta-nehisi Coates at the top. A small black dash and then in the same font Between the world and me. On the left side of the cover it the is a small amount of text down the cover. The text is not legible

Between the World and Me tells the story of growing up as a black male. He describes a lot of the issues that many black males face. He also describes the differences between what he dealt with and issues that his son might/has come across.

One thing that I picked up on was Coates continually is telling his son about how someone could endanger his body. The wording really stood out to me because it put a different visual in my mind that I never thought about.

I think that he worded it this way because of the ongoing struggle that black people have in daily life. There is a constant fear that someone could easily harm them or kill them.

“I am ashamed of how I acted that day, ashamed of endangering your body. But I am not ashamed because I am a bad father, a bad individual or ill mannered. I am ashamed that I made an error, knowing that our errors always cost us more.”

this quote is referring to a part in the book where a white woman pushed his son and he called her out. It ended like a mob of white people threatening him with calling the cops.

In this quote he references endangering your body, knowing that there is a chance that someone could hurt/kill him (the cops). Just mentioning calling the cops is used by the white people playing on that common fear and they know what they are doing. This is a very similar situation like the Amy Copper issue in NYC (a more noteworthy and recent reference)

Further along in the book Coates references to a Mecca which is Howard University. This bit also confused me because the only Mecca that I knew about was Mecca in Saudi Arabia and its relation to the Muslim religion. Once Coates kept calling it the Mecca I figured it was because Howard University is a Historically Black University (HBCU). Come to find out Howard University is one of the most prestigious HBCUs and is referred to as the Mecca.

We see him referencing this while he is an adult once he had gone to Howard. This open him up to a whole new world and many experiences which I won’t explain here because you should really read it.

Anywho, this book is a great book like all the books I have written about before. I will say make sure that you can focus on the book wholeheartedly. I was really only able to read the book for a small amount of time because I kept distracting myself. This book is not very long, it should have taken me a day to read… it took me way longer.

Because of not being able to focus on the book I have requested it as an audio book and will be going back to listen to it.

I am going to give this book a 5-star review. It is a great book and it walks you through the life of a black man who faced a lot of racism. I liked it because that is something that I never experienced and it gives me a better idea of what others feel.

5 pink stars in a line

Now that it is October start looking for some spooky halloween posts! I am looking forward to writing them!

Until next time

PANDEMIC BY A.G RIDDLE

Hi everyone! It has been a hot minute since I last read a book. Mostly because I like having a physical book and due to COVID-19, the libraries are closed. I also don’t particularly like buying books unless I absolutely love them or will go back and read them again.

So I needed to find another way to read a book. The Public library in Saskatoon does have an e-books but they don’t always have books I want or I have to wait a few weeks to rent it. However my partner pays for Amazon Prime and I have access to free e-books on there. That is where I found Pandemic.

I had no plans to read a book about a Pandemic seeing that we are living in one right now but the thing that drew me into this book was a review. The review said ” reads like a superior collaboration between Dan Brown and Micheal Crichton.”

Now if you have read my other book review, you would know that I LOVED Micheal Crichton’s books. I also LOVED Dan Browns Robert Langdon Series ( have not reviewed just loved). So therefore this should be the perfect book for me!

And of course it was. For being a book about a Pandemic, there were a lot of twists and connections which I loved.

Pandemic is about an outbreak of a disease, something that the doctors had not seen before. It is similar to Ebola, but what worked for Ebola is not working for this. Now the doctors that are trying to figure it out but are in a race against a clock before more people die.

In a second story line, you have a man who wakes up in a hotel room with a dead body and no memory of who he is. You go along with this man to piece back together his memories which are slowly coming back. The further into the book you see how these two story lines are they entangled and are they ever in more than one way.

All in all this was an amazing book. I truly did not want to put it down. There is also a sequel called Genome. Now through Amazon, I would have to buy the book ( damn you amazon) so I am going to try and find it another way because I do want to know how the story ends.

So if you want a sciency action book, I highly recommend Pandemic. This is definitely a 5 star book.

Talk to you soon!

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