About Me

It’s easy to get lost in a new favorite book.  The problem is where do you find the next great read once you’ve finished and found your way back home?  I hope that reviews of the books I’ve read will help others to find something new to love!

My tastes vary but lately I’ve been into Fantasy, Women’s Lit, Classic Lit, YA, Dystopian, and Children’s books. But I reserve the right to read anything and everything with a good cover and a hook.

I am a forty-ish, single woman with two kids.  I live in beautiful Southern California.  There is so much to do here, you’d think I’d hardly have time for books, but reading has been a life-long passion of mine.  I remember begging my pre-school teachers every day to teach me to read.  For some reason, I just knew that was going to be my everything! I was right.  Once I learned to read there was no stopping me.

Unfortunately, as a fellow reader, you must know how hard it is to find other people who like to talk about books.  While that may be true IRL, here on the internet it’s so much easier! I hope you will join me.  Please let me know your likes and dislikes, what you’re reading now and if you’ve got a blog I’d love to follow it!  Now … get Lost.

From the stacks,

Crystal


Star Ratings

Rating can be subjective, but I know some people like to see them.  Here’s a legend for what the star ratings mean on my blog.

gold star     – Did not like it!

gold stargold star – Not bad, but not my cup of tea.

gold stargold stargold star – Good book.  I liked it.

gold stargold stargold stargold star – Really good book. Recommended.

gold stargold stargold stargold stargold star – Wonderful! Everyone should read this book!


 

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6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I hope this gets to you.

    I am married to an ex-JW (DF’ed and now out by choice for 10+ years). Do you suggest any books that are helpful in understanding the de- programming process or just another person who has been in the same situation?

    Just want to be able to be as compassionate as possible for what his inner thoughts may be and what residual effects are still present beyond what he can verbalize.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi! I am sorry to hear that you and your husband are trying to deal with this situation. It can be very confusing and hard to deal with. There are a couple of books I would recommend.

      Combatting Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan
      (https://www.amazon.com/Combating-Cult-Mind-Control-Destructive-ebook/dp/B00V9DU340/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=steven+hassan&qid=1558371692&s=digital-text&sr=1-1)

      This was the first book I read when I left the cult. It also has a lot of reference to JW’s in particular and can be illuminating.

      The website jwfacts.org is a very very good resource for information about the cult. It’s good for researching and helping to solidify in a persons mind why leaving was the right decision to make.

      I have not read it myself but I hear the book Take Back Your Life by Jaina Lalich is another good resource for people leaving a cult or for their loved ones.

      Also, if you have access to it, the series by Leah Remini Scientology and the Aftermath….while it is not about witnesses I have seen so many similarities in their methodology and the effects on survivors.

      That’s where I would start. I hope it goes well for you!

  2. * Another person in the same situation, meaning a wife/spouse that has not been a JW, but is married to an ex-JW.

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