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#MicroblogMonday: Scientology Is Strange

book-pages-1313474_1920I’m happy to say I’m back to a regular reading schedule. I had slacked off for a while there, as work deadlines and commitments were seemingly never ending. But just like a child with his favorite blanket, I am reassured and renewed by books.

Also, I can never seem to keep up with the growing pile at my bedside. Now, to add to my literary anxiety (in a totally good way), my book list is growing on my electronic devices and I’m totally diggin’ it.

An online friend introduced me to an app that syncs with your local library so you can download audio or e-books to your phone or Kindle. I had thought about joining one of those subscription-based audio book sites, but I just couldn’t see spending the money. Especially since I wouldn’t have a real life book to add to my bookshelf when I’m finished reading.

I’ve downloaded a few ebooks to my Kindle, but I have to say I get through books faster if they’re of the audio kind, right on my phone. It’s just easier to press play and listen for a few minutes when I’m getting ready in the morning or driving to and from school drop-off or for longer listening on the treadmill.

I gravitate toward non-fiction more than fiction, although I do love a good novel. Lately, I’ve been fixated on autobiography, biography, and memoir. Billy Crystal’s memoir was one of my favorites. In fact, I’ve considered re-reading it (even though I read it when it first came out in 2014.)

It may be on my phone right now … just waiting patiently for me to finish the book I’m currently reading: Leah Remini’s memoir “Troublemaker.” It’s about her life in and out of the Church of Scientology. All due respect to any Scientologists out there, but oh my lord is that religion messed up. I think there’s a little bit of a “cult-like” phenomenon to most religions, but this one just seems super strange. But hey. At least they’re not knocking on my door trying to convert me, right?

*flashback to repeated attempts by local Jehovah’s Witnesses to persuade me to find salvation in their little pamphlets as I try to stifle my regret for even opening the door*

Anywho. The book is captivating. Plus, I love listening to Remini’s signature Bronx ‘take-no-shit accent.’ It makes me smile.

I realize I should probably make more room for literary classics and books that really take a deep dive into tough issues or universal conundrums. But for now? I guess I’m hooked on memoir. And books that spill some celebrity gossip.

I’m at the part of the book where she describes what *really* went down at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding. JUICY.

Follow me on Goodreads for my final review of the book, but so far it’s no less than three stars….

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6 Comments

  1. I watched the documentary “Going Clear” and was simply appalled at the whole “religion” (and I use that term loosely). I’ll have to check out this book! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Kim

      May 10, 2016 at 1:23 am

      Wasn’t that the wildest documentary? My husband and I watched it too with our mouths wide open in shock.

      I’m finding this book interesting because she really goes into the inner processes and mindset of those in the high ranks of Scientology. Fascinating!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. thanks for sharing your passion for books. Every time a public figure like Leah Remini leaves Scientology I think what guts that must take. I feel like their whole families are fearing for their lives… maybe for years.

    • Kim

      May 11, 2016 at 3:18 am

      It’s so interesting to hear her story and then see Katie Holmes, Nicole Kidman, and now David Miscavige’s father on this side of things. I wonder what their lives are like outside this crazy cult? Wild, isn’t it?

  3. Oooh, the People magazine lover in me sort of wants to read that.

    I love checking out books from the library on the app. Did you know you can also put books on hold and they’ll email you when they’re ready to be checked out?

  4. Kim

    May 11, 2016 at 3:05 am

    It’s really good, Mel. I just finished it today. I’m blown away by the control and power this organization wields against its members. So glad she and others have managed to “escape.” And I’m sort of appalled that “escape” is the best word to describe what they’ve done.

    Definitely a good read.

    And yes! I love the Overdrive app for just the reason you noted. I’m constantly at the limit of how many books I can put on hold at one time…combination of ebooks and audio.

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