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REVIEW – Heavy Backpack by Paint Fremmerlid

Life isn’t easy and for some it contains many hardships. This is a book of poetry that shares Paint’s hardships. Many of them are around their identity and coming out. Living a life hiding who you really are is a struggle, when you find the strength to finally live in your truth it can feel like a weight is lifted off of your shoulders. Paint not only comes out but shares with the world their journey of self-discovery. What being queer mean to them.  Heavy Backpack Paperback

The poems around finding their identity were my favourite. I haven’t struggled with that type of identity but I have struggled with masking my eccentricities. When the mask finally comes away it is a beautiful thing. By Paint sharing their story they are telling the world that you don’t need to hide behind the mask.

Many of the other poems are around the sexual assault that they had to endure. These are not easy poems to read and I am sure were not easy to write. Again, they are giving a voice to those who have had to struggle with this. Taking their life back from the hands of those who tried to take it away.

To see what else Paint has written click here.

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Review: Sixty-Ninth Street Suicide by Sharon Greenwald

It’s not easy to talk about depression and suicide. Most people shy away from this topic and want to hide their heads in the sand. But if we keep doing that then we continue to perpetuate the cycle of stigma. Even those who write about this topic often don’t delve far enough into the depths to make a tsunami of an impact. This book did!

Sharon never shied away from sharing her darkest thoughts about suicide. How she began to plan it and the ways that she couldn’t; until the day that she tried. The book is an emotional roller coaster that connects the reader to the author.

For anyone who has had these thoughts it creates a safe space to know that we are not alone. To those that want to understand a family member this book is a must read. Not only does Sharon share about her depression but also the other struggles in her life. How an eating disorder developed, post partum depression and death of family and friends.

The book is well written and I didn’t want to put it down. Order your copy from amazon.

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Review: Diary of an Ex Essex Weirdo by Mark Anthony Raines

An interesting, short read with some ups and downs. This book is written in the style of a diary, you won’t find a true storyline. It is written as the author recalls information from his life. I found this book did not go very in-depth but did share the bigger moments in his life; school, meeting his wife and his diagnoses.

Though Mark has several health concerns, physical and mental he is a humorous person who lived (and continues to live) an interesting life. He shows his funny bone throughout the book by talking directly to the reader.  He even jokes with the reader about his book knowing that it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Nevertheless everyone has a story to share and it takes strength to stand up and share yours.



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Review – My Daze with the Dark Muse by DM Needom

This is not the type of book I would normally pick up but that’s the fun of having books sent to me to review. First off, if you have an aversion to harsh language this is not the book for you. Second, if you have an aversion to reading about sex, this book is not for you.  Other than that this book is an interesting read. B08PF8LXBN

The book starts with being written as if the main character is writing in his journal. I enjoyed this viewpoint as I don’t see it used much. It chronicles his struggle as a falling Rockstar with a drug addiction. The author does a great job in showing the internal struggle of being an addict but not wanting to be an addict.

As the book progresses the main character’s struggle progresses. Eventually, it ends him in rehab, but that is not the end of the story. The real ending (which I won’t give away) is a great twist. I didn’t see that coming and the author does a great job of building the suspense before revealing the twist.


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Review – I Forget to Stay Sober by J.T. Wahlberg

If I had to sum this book up in one word that word would be honest. There was no fluff, no pity party, no excuses; just pure vulnerable honesty.

Not only does J.T. share how stupid he was (his words not mine ; I think he was brave) but he shares why he got sober the stupid way. The stupid way was trying to do it alone. The body becomes so reliant on alcohol that withdrawing incorrectly can kill you. J.T. found that out the hard way (and I think we are all glad that it didn’t kill him). There are detox centers that will help you to carefully and safely get sober.

When J.T. did make it through the initial process of getting sober he had to get back to life – work. He shares how he was able to make it through the first shift, then the next and continuing in career in the hospitality business (where he had to be around alcohol nearly everyday). The system of counting to seven and forgetting to get drunk worked well for him; and perhaps it could help you as well.

Finally, one of the most interesting pieces in the book was when J.T. writes about having to decline a drink when socializing. Since alcohol is a normalized part of society when someone declines a drink they are often questioned. We need to normalize not drinking.

This book is definitely worth the read, whether you are struggling with your alcohol consumption or if you love someone who is struggling. This book not only talks about the process but the feelings that he had to deal with and why he continued for so long.

If you prefer to listen it is on audible (that is how I listened to the book) and J.T. reads it, which I find it extra special to hear his voice telling his story.

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