Sorry for the delay folks! Been a crazy series of months for everyone, and I hope you are staying safe, and healthy! Convenience Store Woman Charming and beautiful! Author Sayaka Murata tackles society’s expectations of women: career, marriage, and old age in this short novel. …
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail If you regrettably, saw the film before reading the book, you will be pleased to see that it stays mostly true to the story. From heartache, abortion, drug use, and death, the author recounts every …
From Dark To Light
Belinda’s personal story reads part psychic drama meets Hollywood horror movie. Our suggestion, is that Ms. Belinda immediately secure rights to a screenplay and sell it immediately. Otherwise, if you’re curious about chakras, and how to heal them, this is a wonderful introduction. Each chakra is broken down in-depth, including how they influence and impact your life. Additionally, there is a 30-minute transcript of the healing meditation Belinda uses with her clients. You can purchase the audio version on her website, which probably is easier than having to memorize 10 pages of the meditation.
Follow Your Detour
Everyone has plans, but not everyone grows up to be the “princess” or “tobacco chewing gun-slinger” they envisioned themselves to be as an adult. Society teaches us to continue fighting for these dreams, even if they are impossible. Nothing wrong with this mindset, except that we forget to experience and discover the lessons, and joys that come with the “detours” life presents. Feeling stuck, or that you’re not quite where you want to be? Then this book is for you. As a side-note, can everyone realistically run off and live in an RV though?
The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury
If a fortune-teller told you that the love of your life is miles away in another country – would you go? Alice Pendelbury does just that, and uncovers more than just a budding romance. Don’t write this one off as a typical “romance” genre adventure, there’s a dash of post-war, and travel in Istanbul, nay let’s say a heavy focus on both of these topics. Never fear though, the author eventually does get to the love story, albeit it might take awhile to get to it. We found this one a slow starter, not a suggested “quick read.”
Kabbalah: The Power To Change Everything
Expecting this book to be a “hands-on” approach to the practice of Kabbalah is an inaccurate description. Told in relatable stories, the basis or the concept of belief is explained, however besides mention of the sacred text The Zohar, the reader is left with very little to start with. It is refreshing though to see a spiritual teacher finally address the purpose/overall goal of the universal teachings of most major religions. Furthermore, the author provides a strong encouragement to be present in social issues, and care for the environment. In short, if you vote conservative, you will find a number of topics this book covers as “preachy.” But we here at WG totally support the author’s views.
Reality Unveiled: The Hidden Keys of Existence That Will Transform Your Life (and the World)
There are two ways to tackle this book: accept it as literal fact, or complete trash. This one starts off strong, with some amazing new-age concepts, but nothing new to practitioners in this area. Where this work flings itself off the rails, is the introduction of the author’s theories of how and why mankind has evolved as it has. Aliens folks. That’s right. Full-tilt, 100% alien-based conspiracy theories. Now we are completely open to this theory however, the author’s facts are based upon numerous videos on YouTube. To be fair, his research data also consists of documentaries and other books we’ve never heard of. Bottom-line, fact-checking this data, lead us into a spiral of unknown, unverifiable and unreliable sources. But never fear, the author clearly knows this, and his solution is to remind the reader that “mainstream media” along with scientists, cannot be trusted, and will not report the truth. Save yourself the money, and spend an evening on the Interwebs searching for conspiracy theories instead. On a positive note, the author provides meditations and several instances of repetitive rambling.
Here at Wild Grunge, I’ve simply been rotting away at the core for this project. See what I did there? Seriously though, it’s taken weeks of distraction, and good old fashioned forgetfulness to provide you with the moldiest of ingredients. Perhaps you’re ready for something …
Lilith: A Tale Set in Old Salem What if the Salem Witch Trials were real? Dark spirits tormenting young girls and holy men into a frenzied mass of suspicion and hysteria, brings this theory into execution, no pun intended… Part fictional historical novel, meets supernatural love story, …
31 New Years Resolutions For The Uninspired
No frills, no fuss and exactly what the title states it is… 31 resolutions of ideas that every person can hope to achieve. If you’re looking for something life altering this isn’t the title for you, but if you can approach this book with a sense of humor, nay irony you’ll laugh at some of the suggested resolutions. And yes… I do resolve to lay in bed and do nothing all day long, because why the hell not?
Milk and Romance
If you’ve had an active dating life in your younger years, get ready to take a hilarious trip down memory lane with this selection of poetry. Everything from terrible habits to horrible experiences in the bedchamber. A quick read in one sitting, and perfect to hit a reading goal.
Apparently this is the “new personality thing” among many groups, including Christians. You take a quiz, and find your results – life changed! Initially I was impressed with my result as the “enthusiast” but as a “fact-finding” measure I took another test online. This is where the discrepancy starts. Based on the longer quiz online I’m type 4 wing 5 otherwise known as the “bohemian.” After more research, there doesn’t seem to be a standardized format, with the exception of paying certain “societies” to determine who you are. Where this book loses it charm is with the sub-types. I absolutely could not understand which sub-type I was based on my scoring. Perhaps I read too fast, or was supposed to “feel” who I was, but I’m more confused than assured with this one. Maybe that’s what makes me a bohemian type after all.
Apparently California had a crazy idea of making a “list” to find the perfect mate. Yes a list… like a shopping list of the qualities you’d hope for in a partner. Simply write it out, and boom! The person appears and you wander off in blissful union. For a bit, as we find out. Is this list witchcraft? Or “law of attraction?” The author explores both ideas and the idea of finding the perfect mate. Still think this is a rubbish idea? It made the news, and you’ll find a list of articles in the back of the book referencing the idea. Here’s something to ponder: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-use-love-list-find-your-ideal-romantic-partner-ncna847641.
The Butterfly Garden
Interrogation of a victim uncovers a horrifying tale so gut wrenching, it will leave you reeling. Can we label this one horror? Crime? Political? Activism? All? It’s everything. This book should come with a trigger warning as it’s a discourse on the sexual objectification of women, abuse, rape, and the expectations of being “beautiful.” You’ll never look at a butterfly the same way again.
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November Book Haul The Princess Saves Herself In This One Broken into three parts, Lovelace shares the experiences of growing into a woman from a complicated childhood. Poetry revealing the trauma-filled relationship with her mother, society’s expectations of her as a female, losing love, finding …
Revenge is a dish best served cold, or so the saying goes. As you prepare for the onslaught of forced social functions, consider adding these vintage recipes to your menu. They’re guaranteed to get the message across.
A “Head” of the Game
You were so proud, the moment you became a vegetarian. Healthy, and energized, you excitedly shared the “good news of the Holy Banana” to everyone you met. Until your annoying co-worker who reeks of beef jerky and spam, had to ruin everything. He swears that your corrupting the values of Americans with your “hippie-dippie” trash. Geez, it’s like you want an electric car or something. How dare you! Well never fear, revenge is at hand: a fully submerged head of cauliflower beneath meatloaf. For additional aggressiveness, make the “meat” with vegetarian “viddles” from the frozen section.
Gangrene & Clots
Next time a relative throws the old “you’re not getting any younger” argument around, serve up this monstrosity. Clumpy, probably full of gangrene, and drowned in a batch of last months “clots,” it’s sure to remind everyone you’re just fine with “shark week.” We’re not sure what’s in this one, but we’d assume its spinach and tomatoes, so we hope.
In-laws/cousins/parents/siblings or one-night stands sometimes don’t know when it’s time to leave. Who do they think you are? An inn-keeper? Wake ’em up with a good old fashioned southern traditional breakfast of tuna and waffles, brought to you by the geniuses of the Campbells soup company. This hearty meal will have them racing out the door with diarrhea or terror, if not both.
Triggering OCD Mold
Control freaks – we all know one. Books organized by alphabetical order, toilet paper hung the “right way,” and an obsession with cleanliness. “Everything in it’s place, and a place for everything.” Take back the control with this gelatin puzzle cube of assorted pastel blocks. It’s unknown if this is full of marshmallows, or discolored fruit. But if you’re daring, dig out the old cans of unused fruit bits (from 1964 – where Grandma hid her canned goods) and get creative.
You Make Me Feel Like…
Tomorrow you could win the lottery, or get a promotion. Hell you might meet the man/woman/whoever of your dreams, or graduate salutatorian of your journalism program. No matter what you do, or what you achieve, somebody is always nearby to remind you how worthless they think you are. Show that oppressive person in your life, just how much of a pile of excrement you think they are with this aspic inspired dish. We’d suggest using asparagus for health code purposes here, but we’d look the other way if you pulled a “number” from The Help.
“I Hate People” Hockey Puck
Has this year been a downward spiral of disappointments and despair from the people in your life? Tired of blocking people, ignoring calls, or demanding that you be treated fairly? Well, get out the old hockey sticks, because this dish is the gift that not only feeds, but assaults. It’s a full holiday meal complete with meats and veggies, congealed together with classic slime, err gelatin. Keep annoying visitors and family members away by pelting these babies at ’em from the comfort of your patio. If you get lucky, you might crack a windshield. Maybe knock over a small toddler or two. This fabulous dish also makes a great Frisbee.
Happy holidays and keep on passive-aggressing!
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October Book Haul Rising Strong Stories, we all tell them, not just to our friends, but to ourselves. These “stories” stem from the unresolved hurts of our past, which eventually manifest in our adult lives. It’s a no-brainer how this happens. This book is about …