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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. A Streetcar Named Desire
          2. Girl Online: The First Novel by Zoella- COMPLETED 1/15!
          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!

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?


Hi!  I was going to take today off from blogging BUT came across a book on Amazon that is on sale (Kindle version) for $1.99, hence my random Sunday book recommendation!

Discovery of Witches is the first in a trilogy.  At first I was hesitant to read it because I am not really that into this type of book….witches and demons and all.  My book club chose this book one month and I felt obligated to read it.  I am very glad I did though!!  Since then I have completed the trilogy and give it two thumbs up!

Check it out and tell me what you think!  At $1.99 it is an awesome deal for a great read!  Click below to get your copy.

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1)


gift guide for the book lover!
This gift guide was easy to put together.  I thought of all of the cool book-related things that I would love – check out below!

KINDLE: I have a Kindle and love it.  It took a bit of getting used to reading something that I didn’t have to physically turn the pages but I got used to it super fast.  I have the Kindle Fire so I can also access my email, the internet and other apps but there are a few different versions so you can taylor the kindle to the recipient’s needs!

BOOKLIGHT CLOTHESPIN: So cute and useful!  I go back and forth reading on my Kindle (or via my Kindle app) and reading traditional printed books. This book light would be perfect for those traditional ones!

booklight clothespin
 GIFT CARDS: Gift cards to your local bookstore (or major chain bookstore) or online retailer (like Amazon) would be perfect for an avid reader.  They can then purchase a book of their choosing!  Wrap the gift card with a bookmark or a set of book plates to keep the theme going!

BANNED BOOK LITERARY TOTE BAGCute design and very useful…a perfect bag to carry all of their books (or Kindle)!  They also offer an Out of Print Banned Book Pouch, and Banned Book Mug


“LIBRARY STAMP”T-SHIRT: Do you remember when you’d take books out from the library and the librarian would take the card out of the book and stamp it with the due date?  (Am I TOTALLY dating myself???)  My kids looked at me like I had a few heads when I told them about this antiquated way.  This t-shirt will bring back memories to the people that do remember!

Library Stamp T shirt
READING JOURNALA great way to document all of the books read and their reviews.  Love it!


BOOK LOVER’S CALENDAR: Need I say more?

 THE BOOK LOVER’S COMPANION: WHAT TO READ NEXT: I never seem to have a problem trying to figure out what to read next because there are so many awesome books out there – fiction and non-fiction alike. I have so many books in queue on my Kindle, on my shelves AND on my Amazon wishlist – I could read for a year straight and still not make a dent.  This book is great for book clubs too!

 I could go on and on and on with cool gift ideas for the book lover.  What are you getting the book lover on your list?

LOOKING FOR OTHER GIFT IDEAS?  CHECK OUT ALL OF MY GIFT GUIDES HERE!


five for friday

What a week!  I have been looking forward to this Five for Friday for like, 7 days.  Kidding.  This week was extremely busy, but with all great things!  I started time blocking my days and that has really helped me get stuff done.  It’s a work in progress, as I am typing this blog intro on Friday at almost 10 am…have a great weekend!

My kids are addicted to Minecraft as are all of their buddies…do you know what its doing to our children?  Found this article very interesting!

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I love heels.  Well, I actually love all styles of shoes (it’s genetic) but I love the way that heels make our legs look longer (and sexier – oo la la).  They look awesome with jeans, dresses, basically anything.  Anyway, the reason I went on this rampage is because I read an article about some “shoe hacks” to help make your shoes more comfortable.  Heels immediately came to mind for me as being one of the more comfort-challenged of the styles.

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 I love to read.  There’s something about reading a book, be it fiction or nonfiction, that takes me away for a bit like a mini vacay.  At the beginning of the year I posted my Reading List and I didn’t get to the bucket list wish of 50 books, but I think I did darn well considering full time work, two kids, sports, husband, etc.!  Stay tuned for my 2015 Reading List.  Have any recommendations?

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 I am big into color but you’d never know by my closet.  Speaking of color, what are your thoughts on Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala?  I’m loving it!

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 Last but definitely not least, I want to wish my super awesome parents a VERY HAPPY 44TH ANNIVERSARY!!!!

Please tell me what you like to see in the weekly Five for Friday!