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*Please note I was sent a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes but all opinions are 100% my own.

He Wanted the Moon Book Review
I didn’t know what to expect, at first, when I requested He Wanted the Moon by Mimi Baird for review.  I understood that it was a true story about a very accomplished doctor who suffered from manic psychosis and how his daughter’s goal was to put the pieces together of his life.  I had just finished reading Me Before You which was a tear jerker, so I was hoping for something a bit different.

And He Wanted the Moon was different.  The first half of the book was mainly excerpts from Dr. Perry Baird’s manuscripts that Mimi pieced together; with snip-its from his medical files and asides by Mimi.  I couldn’t believe how terribly and archaic the mentally ill were treated in facilities like the ones he was sent to.  They were treated like criminals with barbaric means to try and “rid” the patient of their mental ailment.  None of which really seemed to work.  I feel like it only agitated the patients more and caused them to act out when they may not have done so under different circumstances.  To be somewhat fair, this was in the 1940’s and medical breakthroughs were not what they are today, but it sounded so inhuman.

The second half of the book was most exciting to me, as it told Dr. Baird’s life story from a different perspective than his own.  Mimi searched high and low to learn about the man she knew briefly as her father.  She interviewed old family friends, colleagues of Dr. Baird and family members.   I found this most interesting and hard to put the book down.  I wanted to know more and more about Dr. Baird.  I wanted Mimi to really know who her dad was and why she felt this strong connection to him.

It was a great book and definitely recommendable.  You can purchase the book by clicking on the cover image below!

You can also check out my review on Blogging for Books.

National Reading Month, books, reading list
March is National Reading Month!  I love to read and the fact that there is a month dedicated to one of my favorite past times is so exciting!

So, let’s talk about books…what is your favorite genre?  Do you like “pink lipstick books” as I call them – like the Shopaholic series; or are you more of a non-fiction fan, reading the latest biography printed?  Maybe you’d rather sci-fi.  Whatever the type, I highly recommend anyone and everyone to pick up a book…it’s the best.

My love of reading started when I was a little girl.  I used to spend the summers in Florida at my grandparents, and we would frequent the public library numerous times throughout the week.  I loved the feeling of searching for and finding a new book.  I would be so super excited to get home, lay on the couch in the garage-turned-game-room and enter my next adventure.

I try to instill this in my boys.  They see me reading all the time, whether it is a book, magazine, newspaper (yes, I still love the printed variety) or online.  Reading is a portal to education, imagination, and enlightenment in any form.

What is the last book you read?  AND what is the next book you are going to pick up?

I challenge you to make the time, even if it is 15-20 minutes at the very beginning or end of the day, to read.  I have challenged myself to read 60 books in 2015, although there are dozens more on my wish list!

Would you like to start an online book club?  Let’s talk about this…comment below!

The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus Book Review
I have to admit –  when I first started reading The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus, I almost put it down before the end of the second chapter.  It was different from the books I have read in the past.  It’s poetry.  Not the Cat in the Hat poetry, but nonetheless it is in verse.

I am SO GLAD I didn’t stop reading – this book is so great.  The author, Sonya Sones, created a completely identifiable, funny, sad, realistic account of what it is like being a married woman with a child, responsibilities with the family, parents, grey hair, you name it.

Each chapter is an anecdote of the life of the main character, Holly.  I didn’t want to put the book down, but when I had to and then returned to it, I was able to jump back into her life.

There were parts of the book that I could completely relate to which hooked me even more.  You become friends with her friend Alice.  You want her mother to get better.  You commiserate with her when it comes to her husband and daughter.  Her humor is spot on with perfect timing.  It reminded me that I need to STOP and enjoy my boys because before I know it, they are going to be grown up.

I highly recommend this book.  AND it is only $1.99 for the Kindle edition right now…



Book Who Am I? is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, visits to the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school, and her courageous struggle to survive with her sanity intact—and how a beautiful little girl emerged from all this chaos.

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“This is a tale that will tug at your heart strings and enrage you all at the same time. Written with such detail and sincerity, this story really takes hold of you and doesn’t let go.”
– review from Amazon

“More than a Survivor of this story, so very much more. Megan’s unabashed, truthful and, at times, brutal account of her first-hand experience with her ex-husband should be mandatory reading for people everywhere.”
– review from Amazon

“This book is great and very inspirational. I wish more people had as much courage as Megan to speak up and tell others of their experience with this type of situation.”
– review from Amazon

Book Excerpt

On January 18, 2012, we all convened in the courthouse for the Motion for Parenting Time hearing. My dad and I arrived with my attorney, but Tyler loved an audience so he brought his dad, step-mom, and his new on-again off-again girlfriend, HeatherTyler walked in with his posse in tow, cocky as hell. It took all of two minutes for the judge to knock him off his feet.

The Judge addressed our respective attorneys. “Why are we here?”

“Your honor,” Tyler’s attorney began, “my client has clearly been denied his parenti—”

The Judge didn’t even let him finish. “How?” She turned to my attorney. “Don?”

“Your honor, as you can see in the divorce decree, there was supposed to be a review when the minor child turned twelve-months-old. The Defendant has ignored that review.”

“I—if I may, your honor,” Tyler’s attorney sputtered.

“I see the review in the decree. It’s here in black and white,” she told Tyler’s attorney. “What is the problem? Why didn’t you understand the review? Your client signed the divorce decree.”<

Tyler’s attorney tried again. “But your honor—”

The judge cut him off. “There is to be a review conducted by the Friend of the Court referee assigned to the parties. Until then, the Defendant will continue his parenting time schedule as agreed upon in the divorce decree. Dismissed.”

And that was it. After eight police reports and numerous harassing text messages, phone calls, and e-mails, we won. As Don and Tyler’s attorney went to speak with the clerk to file the necessary paperwork, Don told us to wait for him outside the courtroom.

As we exited the courtroom, the hallway was so packed with people that my dad and I were only able to find enough space to lean against the wall. We were talking about the court proceedings when we looked up at saw Tyler and his new girlfriend standing right across from us.

“Why do you lie about everything?” Tyler screamed.

Heather walked up to me and stood about an inch from my face. “As a mother myself, you should be happy that Tyler is the father of your child.”

My jaw dropped. “I’m sorry but I don’t know you.”

She smirked. “Well you’re going to get to know me, bitch.”

Tyler made a big show of pulling her from me like I was going to punch her or something. By this time, everyone in the hallway was watching us. We were pure entertainment.

Heather continued her rant. “Two times in the psych ward, Megan? What a great mother you are.”

“Where is your mom, the real mother of our child?” Tyler screamed. “She’s the one who takes care of Madelyne.”

My dad and I tried to move away from Tyler and Heather but they followed us.

“Awww…” Heather mocked. “Do you have to take a Xanax because of your anxiety?”

“Go take your Xanax and sleeping pills, you drug addict,” Tyler shouted.

Finally, Don emerged from the courtroom and pulled us into a quiet corridor. He explained that I needed to call our referee to set-up a meeting to discuss a visitation schedule. I told Don about the verbal assault by Tyler and Heather. Don said he would call Tyler’s attorney to let him know that Heather would not be allowed in my house.

Upon leaving the courthouse, Heather screamed, “See you on Sunday, Megan.”

I turned toward her and said calmly, “I don’t know you, but you are not welcome in my home.”

That night, Tyler sent me multiple texts attacking my mothering skills, my supposed drug addictions, how he was going to fight for joint custody of Madelyne, how Heather would be accompanying him for his visitations, and a barrage of other insults:

“Get a life already”

“Don’t you have something better to do than wasting your parents’ money?”

“Go take your pills and relax, oh yeah, then your parents would have to watch our daughter. Oh yeah, they already do.”

“Go talk to your friends. Oh yeah, you don’t have any because of how crazy you are.”

“Interesting to know you’ve been to the hospital a couple of times. You really need to get it together.”

“Better go call your lawyer and make up some more stuff about me.”

“Don’t be mad at your sorry life.”

“I am sure living with Mom and Dad the rest of your life will be fun.”

“When you get a job, then you can pay me child support. Fun.”

I finally had to turn my phone off at midnight.

MY REVIEW:  Each interaction that Megan had with Tyler made my skin crawl.  He is the epitome of a bully and abuser.  I can’t believe everything that she had to go through to finally get peace.  You can feel the pain and sorrow that Megan felt through the words in this book.  I felt for her and her parents as they tried to protect Madelyne and do what was best for her.  I would recommend this book, as it is an eye-opening account of what unfortunately happens in some families.

About the Author

Megan Cyrulewski has been writing short stories ever since she was ten-years-old. After attending Grand Valley State University, Megan eventually settled into a career in the non-profit sector for eight years. She decided to change careers and went back to school to get her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in school, she documented her divorce, child custody battle and postpartum depression struggles in her memoir which is slated to be published on August 2 by Black Opal Books. Megan lives in Michigan with her 3-year-old daughter who loves to dance, run, read, and snuggle time with Mommy. Megan also enjoys her volunteer work with Troy Youth Assistance.

You can find the author on the following sites…

Website   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads

Photobucket I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.




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I didn’t read as many books as I would’ve liked to in 2014.  I mean, I did read a lot, but there are so many more books I wanted to read.  I guess that is what 2015 is for, right?!?

book reading list
Here is my wish list of a reading list for 2015:

  1. Girl Online: The First Novel by Zoella- COMPLETED 1/15!
  2. A Streetcar Named Desire
  3. A Walk in the Park by Jane Green – COMPLETED 2/15!
  4. The Girls in 3-B (Femmes Fatales) by Valerie Taylor
  5. Over You by Emma McLaughlin
  6. Bared to You (Crossfire Series) by Sylvia Day
  7. Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James
  8. The Fallback Plan by Leign Stein
  9. Wishin’ and Hopin by Wally Lamb
  10. Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfield
  11. The Mill River Recluse: A Novel by Darcie Chan
  12. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  13. Pearl of China: A Novel by Anchee Min
  14. Womenomics by Claire Shipman
  15. The Weighing Of The Heart by Jane Thynne
  16. Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris by Stephanie LaCava
  17. The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by ML Stedman
  18. The Kingmaker’s Daughter (The Cousins’ War Book 4) by Phillipa Gregory
  19. Motherland: A Novel by Amy Shone
  20. A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life by Bethenny Frankel
  21. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  22. The Hypnotist’s Love Story: A Novel by Liane Moriarty
  23. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
  24. The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay
  25. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Brett
  26. Smut: Stories by Alan Bennett
  27. Girl Land by Caitlin Flanagan
  28. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
  29. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  30. The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
  31. Goodnight Nobody: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner – COMPLETED 1/15
  32. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  33. Promises to Keep by Jane Green
  34. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  35. Call the Midwife, Book 2
  36. Call the Midwife, Book 3
  37. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  38. Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
  39. Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti
  40. Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
  41. The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay
  42. The Manny by Holly Peterson
  43. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  44. Saving Grace by Jane Green
  45. Swimming Pool Sunday by Sophie Kinsella
  46. The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory
  47. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer
  48. Bittersweet by Colleen McColough
  49. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  50. The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem by Sonia Sones – COMPLETED 2/15!
  51. The Divorce Papers: A Novel by Susan Rieger – COMPLETED 2/15!
  52. Who Am I?: How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again by Megan Cyreluewski – COMPLETED 2/15! (Review HERE)
  53. Me Before You: A Novel: COMPLETED 2/15!
  54. He Wanted the Moon: COMPLETED 3/15!

There are so many more on my list – I am going to need years and years to read all of these BUT I love to read and I don’t rush through the books so I need to take that into consideration.

Are there any books that you have your eye on for the new year?