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Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads

Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads

Author of the Gods of Myth series. 
"The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you."

Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 312 pages.
Forest of Secrets - Erin Hunter

I think Hunter does a good job of showing the natural drama and hierarchy of cats. As someone with 5 of them, I can tell you they are fickle creatures. They can love one another and lick themselves one second, then be in an all-out brawl the next because one gave the other a dirty look. They're like effing high school girls.

Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 191 pages.
My Little Pony: Daring Do and the Eternal Flower (The Daring Do Adventure Collection) - G.M. Berrow

Okay, these Daring Do books are actually well written and super fun for middle grade adventure books.

What's new, Chubbycat? Part 5

Am I up to 5? I've lost count.

 

Anyway, I haven't been able to sleep very much lately since my body is adjusting to my Lexapro again. I'm waking up at dawn whether I go to bed at 9pm or 1am. It's sort of a miserable existence. 

 

But I got some work done today. We added a 4th shelf to my pop collection. 

 

 

Now I just need to do is get some more of those staggered display stands to help save space. Also, yes that sloth is wearing a denim vest covered in pins. :)

 

All of our Marvel and DC pops are in our computer room. I leave those to my husband. I have enough pop fandoms to deal with. 

 

I ended up finding a lost bulldog Thursday morning. That was interesting. It was circling my husband's car as he was was leaving for work at 7am, so I went outside and got him. He had a collar and was filthy. Clearly he had been having a good time wandering the neighborhood. I called the number on the tag and then sent a text because the owner had no voicemail. She called back half an hour later and walked over to retrieve her wandering bully who, she thinks, had been loose all night. He was sweet but deaf as all get out. You would call him and he would do an about-face. I'm glad she came for him because I do not want a bulldog. They are way too expensive to keep up, plus I have worked too hard to sort of downsize. And we got the new cat last week. I don't mind dogs. I have one. But I made the vow that once my dog passes, now more dogs for a long time.

 

I also have some sort of minor cold. My wrists, fingers, neck and back are hurting. 

 

If you want to check it out, I redid my blog so check out the new layout.

 

And then this:

 

 

I'm apparently a character from Final Fantasy 15. Ignis, to be precise. And to be fair, I do love cooking and reading, and I am usually the family chauffeur. 

 

Fun times.

Little Kid Reads Are Fun
The Mouse and the Motorcycle - Tracy Dockray, Louis Darling, Beverly Cleary Stuart Little - E.B. White, Garth Williams Justin Morgan Had a Horse - Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis Guardians of Ga'Hoole #2: The Journey - Kathryn Lasky Wings of Fire Book Five: The Brightest Night - Tui T. Sutherland Trials of Apollo, The Book One The Hidden Oracle - Rick Riordan

Sometimes you just need to go back and enjoy so old classics you never got a chance to read as a child. I have been buying a bunch so my son can read them, and I figure well, why not? I have most all of the Guardians of Ga'HooleWarriors and several other children's classics like Charlotte's Web and King of the Wind. I loved those when I was younger. I think I will try to read a bunch of these over the next few weeks to help me with my slump and brighten my day. School let out so....yeah. I'm mom 24/7 until late August, and the hubs is leaving for a trip soon. I can use some cheering up. I love summer, and I dread summer. We are frenemies.

 

Review
4 Stars
Voltron v1
Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1 - Digital Art Chefs, Mitch Iverson, Hedrick Smith

I just want to say the art in this is fantastic. And it's original stories so it's not just a rehash of the TV show. I love the "form Voltron" pages especially, and the humor never fails to make me smile. 

Review
2 Stars
Tears of the Silenced
Tears of the Silenced: A true crime and an American tragedy; severe child abuse and leaving the Amish - Misty Elaine Griffin

Okay, I am giving this 2 stars because I can't decide if it's true or not and I don't want to be made a fool. Several people have said Misty gives contradictory stories about happened in her life. And a couple of people who are former Amish have said that her description of Amish ways are not accurate, right down to how deacons are put into place. There is also the fact that this book is just so much bad, one event after another; while that isn't, in itself, unrealistic, it's coupled with wildly miraculous events, and that is where it gets hard to really believe. Everyone outside of the Amish is always telling Misty how amazing she is and how smart she is etc. She passes her GED on her first attempt even though she only has a 2nd grade education and never even saw algebra until a couple of months before the test. I don't know.

 

Then there's the sheer volume of grammatical errors, spelling errors and missing punctuation in this book. There could not have been an editor. The speech was stilted, the conversations were terribly unrealistic and nobody is that dang CHEERFUL. Especially given how bad her life has been. She keeps saying how optimistic she is, while having panic attacks and crying in corners. She clearly defines cheerful differently than I do. Oh, and this book was ridiculously long. Like, mind-numbingly long.

 

I suppose we won't ever know if she's telling the truth since Amish folks probably don't even know this book exists. But I am heavily skeptical. 

Reading progress update: I've read 93%.
Tears of the Silenced: A true crime and an American tragedy; severe child abuse and leaving the Amish - Misty Elaine Griffin

My eyes were snapping with frustration. 

 

What does that even mean?

 

Reading progress update: I've read 69%.
Tears of the Silenced: A true crime and an American tragedy; severe child abuse and leaving the Amish - Misty Elaine Griffin

This book needs heavy editing. It's full of missing punctuation and grammatical errors. Whatever star rating I give it will be minus a star for that. It's a fascinating, if not long-winded, story, but I don't think she had anyone look over this before she hit the publish button.

Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
Tears of the Silenced: A true crime and an American tragedy; severe child abuse and leaving the Amish - Misty Elaine Griffin

"...I do not understand why we must constantly reprimand you, and why you cannot simply obey the rules and live quietly like the other girls."

 

Because they are all being molested and she's fucking tired of it?

 

"You do realize that if you were to practice any other religion, you would go to hell...that all these questions you have are from the devil, right?"

 

She simply asked why they are forced to dress a certain way when nowhere in the Bible does it dictate it, but their church says it does. And, no, that isn't how it works. Questions aren't from the devil. Questioning things are good and encourage free thought. Just following whatever you're taught because that's the way things have always been is mentally and intellectually stifling. Nothing would ever advance.

Reading progress update: I've read 48%.
Tears of the Silenced: A true crime and an American tragedy; severe child abuse and leaving the Amish - Misty Elaine Griffin

I started this book in late 2016, and while I enjoyed it, it was just so full of bad that I had to put it down for my own sanity. Then my husband found the author on Reddit by accident. She did an AMA and he told me "Hey, this lady says she wrote a book..." and he began to describe this very book. I sort of laughed that he managed to stumble across something I had actually been reading and he knew it was a book I would enjoy. So I'm going to finish it. I want to know how she gets out of this horror.

Review
4 Stars
Beyond Belief
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill, Sandy Rustin, Lisa Pulitzer

A few things I believe about Scientology:

 

1. L. Ron Hubbard was a con man and this was the ultimate con. He laughed all the way to the bank.

 

2. Dave Miscavige is an egomaniac and he beats his employees. 

 

3. Dave's wife has been missing for over a decade, only heard from through a lawyer, and I'm pretty sure she's dead.

 

4. I feel really bad for people that actually believe in this "religion". And that's coming from someone who believes in the invisible sky daddy. 

 

Jenna's story was so awful that at times it was hard to believe. But then you look up stories of people that escaped this cult and you learn it's an all-too-common tale. From working like a mule her whole childhood to having no true education to the constant paranoia that is the self-policing of Scientology, it was one huge nightmare. I mean, just saying you wanted to call the police was enough to get you a High Crime. A High Crime! They could beat you senseless (which they have done before) and if you say you are calling the authorities, you become the enemy.

 

I'm glad Jenna escaped. I was disappointed her husband wasn't so easy to convince to leave, but I am happy he did eventually go with her. I think books like this need to be shared so that others do not fall prey to cults. As Jenna herself said, Scientology may say to think for yourself, but it encourages the opposite. Brainwashing at its finest.

Reading progress update: I've read 48%.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill, Sandy Rustin, Lisa Pulitzer

"...The idea of the Purification Rundown, or 'Purif', was that a person could get rid of residual toxins and poisons from chemicals or drugs in his body by intense sauna treatments. The basic routine was to ingest a bunch of minerals and vitamins, run for thirty minutes, then sit in a sauna set at 160 degrees for five hours a day, with occasional breaks. The point was the first step on LRH's Bridge to Total Freedom."

 

Holy. Fuck.

 

Or you just die. Because no, bodies aren't full of toxins. And no, you should never sit in a sauna for that long on any given day, even with breaks. Did Hubbard actually do any of the shit he implemented? I don't think so.

Reading progress update: I've read 47%.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill, Sandy Rustin, Lisa Pulitzer

I've known Clydesdales that did less work than this girl. And they lived in much better conditions with nice people around them.

 

I would also love to know where the fuck these E-meters came from, as opposed to good old fashioned lie detectors. You know, something that's a bit more scientific than just holding 2 soup cans and watching a random needle bounce? It's no wonder so many of these escapees need therapy after dealing with this stuff. If they didn't have anxiety before, they were pretty much gifted it by an auditor with a list of ridiculous questions and a superiority complex.

Reading progress update: I've read 28%.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill, Sandy Rustin, Lisa Pulitzer

Manual labor builds character....

 

Aka how to skirt child labor laws and have an army of slaves at your disposal. 

 

No, children are not mini-adults. Stop this madness.

Reading progress update: I've read 17%.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill, Sandy Rustin, Lisa Pulitzer

Cults fascinate me. I always watch specials on them, read about them. I eat this stuff up. And let's face it, scientology is a cult. I do not believe in any "religion" that breaks up families anymore than atheists believe in my particular beliefs. It's just one big pyramid scheme of crazy. And at the top is Dave Miscavige and Tom Cruise. 

 

I do have one question. With all the "work" that is done by all this slave labor, what is actually getting done? They claim they are working for the greater good, but how? When you literally tell people they cannot speak to their mothers/fathers/sisters/brothers because they aren't fellow scientologists. That isn't good for anyone. I see them only working to make more members, which is why I called it a pyramid scheme. 

 

Do you want Tom Cruise? Because this is how you get Tom Cruise. 

 

I can't stand that man.

Review
4 Stars
This is just my face
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe

I apparently have a lot in common with Gabourey. I, too, have crippling anxiety, depression, had bariatric surgery, recovered from an eating disorder, and went through my parents' divorce. I'm also too funny for my own good and tend to offend others with my humor.

 

Read this book. She's THE BOMB, to quote Obama.

currently reading

Progress: 37/312pages
The Dragonet Prophecy - Tui T. Sutherland
The Journey - Kathryn Lasky