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Reminder: Our May Book Club Update

Reminder: Our May Book Club Update


Hi Ladies, I am rescheduling tonight’s (May 24th, 2020)  bookclub meeting due to low attendance.

I’m so happy hear from many of you that you’re planning on spending time outside this weekend with friends and family.

After a long few months being stuck inside, I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer.

Stay safe and I’ll announce a new date in few days.


Original Post: 

Our April Book Club was a big success! I was thrilled to see so much interest in coming together as a community. While our Facebook Live was lots of fun, our first book, Evie Drake Starts Over, was sweet and simple, but not enough depth to create real, deep conversation. Of course, we found other things to chat about :).

So for May, I went in the opposite direction, with Untamed, by Glennon Doyle

May Book Club: Untamed

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Untamed via Amazon or Follow here for Indie Book Stores in Your Area 


This book is everywhere right now, and for good reason. It’s powerful. I’m halfway through and I’ve highlighted more lines than not.

Below is a summary from Goodreads:

There is a voice of longing inside every woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good mothers, daughters, partners, employees, citizens, and friends. We believe all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives, relationships, and world, and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful. We hide our simmering discontent—even from ourselves. Until we reach our boiling point.

Four years ago, Glennon Doyle—bestselling Oprah-endorsed author, renowned activist and humanitarian, wife and mother of three—was speaking at a conference when a woman entered the room. Glennon looked at her and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. Soon she realized that they came to her from within.

Glennon was finally hearing her own voice—the voice that had been silenced by decades of cultural conditioning, numbing addictions, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl Glennon had been before the world told her who to be. She vowed to never again abandon herself. She decided to build a life of her own—one based on her individual desire, intuition, and imagination. She would reclaim her true, untamed self.

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing, electrifying examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world’s expectations of us, we become women who can finally look at ourselves and recognize: There She Is.

Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get. (Source here.)


Book Club Details

If you’re not familiar with Glennon, I encourage you to visit her website to learn more about her story. She’s a fierce advocate for women and the vulnerable, and has been a tremendous supporter of families and small businesses, especially during our current health and economic crisis. She has a resource on her site to help you find the book at indie bookstores near you. 

I want to note, she talks about some topics that may be controversial. So my reminder is that this is group of kind and generous women, who, above all, respect each other. If I only listened and supported people I 100% agree with, I would have never grown in to the woman I am today.

That said, much of Glennon’s message in this book deeply resonates with me both as a woman and a mother of three little women. 

This book will give a tons of content for a robust conversation!

We’ll chat the on Sunday evening, May 24th, at 7pm EST over in our Private Facebook Group




Reminder: Our May Book Club Update

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Saturday 2nd of May 2020

So sorry Megan. That is not at all what I was wanting to portray by my comment. It’s MY reason for not purchasing this book and I never meant it as a personal attack. There are many wonderful comments from people who loved this book and a fair number of comments by people who were ultimately dissatisfied with the book. In retrospect, I should not have used that review as an example.

Over the my years of research, I have found that complimentary reviews are much easier to be obtained and often on the shorter side. Not all lower reviews are bad. Of course there are the unnecessary rants and worthless reviews. However many lower stars reviewers spend time explaining the details of why THEY had this opinion. Those reviews can be more helpful than a review that simply says the book was wonderful.

I very much appreciate our right of free speech and freedom of the press. Many lives have been lost to protect our rights and many lives have been lost in other countries to attempt to get our right to free speech and press.

Again I am sorry as I do not mean to be so long winded or get political at all. During this unusual time in our lives, we need to offer grace. Especially to friends and fellow women. Because my personal finances are not the same as some and after careful review, my choice is to save my money and not purchase this book. However I am interested in what the lovely, intelligent ladies of this group think about the book.


Thursday 30th of April 2020

I totally agree with the overall review of the last book: Evie Drake StartsOver. It’s an enjoyable bit of fluff with no great literary merits. But it was an escape. I do not know what this book is about or do know who the author is. However after reading reviews on Goodreads, I don’t think I will read this one. Review quote: “I don’t want to live inside her ‘ME FIRST’ bubble. There are many shades of gray. Life is not all black or white - as Glennon would have us to believe. She was down right mean to people who asked her questions. Glennon Doyle is not a person I trust to teach me HOW TO BE A POWERFUL WOMEN!” Anyway, I am still interested in what our amazing group of women think of this book. So even though I’m not going to read the book, I enjoy the wonderful group!! Stay safe and healthy everyone 💕

Megan Kristel

Friday 1st of May 2020

I almost deleted this comment because I think reposting a review that goes after her personally is inappropriate, but I think it's important to call it out.

First of all, there are 2,360 reviews on Goodreads. Not all of them are great, but they are overwhelmingly positive. And yet, you focused on the only one that goes after her has a person. That doesn't seem like an objective way to make a decision.

Second, isn't it so sad that we live in a world where one person, who doesn't know you, who lives in the comment section of an online forum, can say whatever they want about you, and that can impact how others see you?

Finally, I don't understand why women go after each other like this. It's your decision to read the book or not, but to repost a mean and unsubstantiated comment about her here, while admitting you know nothing about her is not in line with the kind of community I'm building.

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