Kick-Butt Books

Pithy Book Reviews For Women

A well read woman is a dangerous creature.

Lisa Kleypas

In 2019, I devoured over 300 full-length books that didn’t contain pictures. That’s not an exaggeration. Ask my husband. My children. My dog. My couch. Because of those stats, I can make the following pronouncement with supreme confidence.

Reading is one of my superpowers

Possessing such a voracious appetite for the written word means I’m reading a ton of book reviews, looking for my next fix. Unfortunately, a lot of those reviews suck. They suck because they don’t provide the information I want and need quickly, in an easy-to-read format minus the BS.

You’ll see what I mean when you start reading mine. Every Sunday.

I’ll be showcasing a wide variety of impactful fiction and non-fiction. Think illuminating, inspiring, provocative, relatable writing for women.

So, without further ado….

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Review #4 March 29th, 2020

The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

 I love reading about wisdom from other cultures. Humanity is beautifully diverse and each culture possesses a unique wisdom shaped by geography, climate, migration, history, art, science, and more. It’s also fascinating and reassuring to discover the commonalities so many of our cultures share.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is another mind-set changing book that blew me away. Once I read, absorbed, and began applying its Toltec wisdom, my world transformed dramatically because I stopped believing a lot of BS about life, about myself, and about others. 

The Four Agreements:

  • Be Impeccable With Your Word.
  • Don’t Take Anything Personally.
  • Don’t Make Assumptions.
  • Always Do Your Best.

Each agreement is simple, profound and vastly empowering. This book has been translated into 46 languages and has sold over 8 million copies. I highly recommend it as a guide for changing ingrained beliefs that have been dragging you down and limiting your joy, abilities, and relationships.

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Review #3 March 22nd, 2020

The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown

Self-actualization.  Since I first learned about Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, I’ve been in pursuit of “My Best Me.” However, unwarranted shame, guilt, and concern over what others thought hindered my progress for years UNTIL I read two mind-blowing books. The first is today’s feature, The Gifts of Imperfection. (The second will be reviewed next week.)

Five Reasons Why I Adore This Book:

  1. It’s a guide book featuring 10 guidepost chapters for easy reference.
  2. It’s not very long but it’s packed with concise, profound wisdom.
  3. The tone is gentle but strong. It is not abrasive nor is it syrupy. It’s real.
  4. The author’s wholehearted approach emphasizes the mind/body/spirit connection.
  5. I’ve applied the guideposts to my own life with excellent results.

I’ve talked to many women who struggle with the same road-blocks…shame, guilt, and worry about what others think. If these issues strike a chord with you, I highly recommend this book, especially if you are actively pursuing a more authentic, self-actualized life. And, if you’re not? This book could be the catalyst you didn’t know you needed.

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Review #2 March 16th, 2020

Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Mass

I’ve been an enthusiastic fantasy fan for a long time because this genre is exciting and provides the ultimate real world escape. One of my FAVORITE fantasy series for women kicks off with this book. Here’s a rundown of its major attributes.

  • Fearless young heroine with a snarky sense of humor and serious ninja skills? Check.
  • Heroine grappling with past trauma while on a self-discovery journey? Check.
  • Compelling battles between good and evil with mixed outcomes? Check.
  • Multiple hot guy options? Check.
  • Excellent world building, plot development and believable dialogue (vs cheesy, unbelievable)? Check.
  • Six more books in the series for extended reading pleasure? Check.

There’s a reason the movie, Wonder Woman made a boatload of bucks. If you’ve never tried fantasy featuring a female protagonist, this is a great introduction. I’ve read the series three times so obviously I highly recommend it! Come on! Your inner child wants you to because she knows how much fun you’ll have!

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Review #1 March 8th, 2020

The One, by John Marrs

Holy Buckets, Batgirl!  A novel about genetic love matches?  It’s not such a far-fetched concept. This super fast, engrossing read features 5 main characters and their matches. Prepare to be vastly surprised by their twisty turny story developments. Prepare to be anxious because each short chapter ends on a cliffhanger. Lots of fodder for lively ethical discussions. I read this for my book club and EVERYONE (20 women) loved the book! When does that ever happen? A resounding TWO THUMBS UP!

My Books

Which I happen to think are pretty kick-butt!

“There’s no such thing as changing a husband. In my experience, a woman either lives with her man and deals with the good, the bad, and the ugly, or she divorces him. If neither option is viable, she must come up with a different plan. ” (Print and eBook)

STOP the holiday madness with this stress relieving, LOL guide for MOMS who kill themselves trying to make the holidays picture perfect for their families. Enjoy these lively and inspiring vignettes sized just right for bathroom breaks, parent pick-up lines, and sport practices. Take control of the holidays this year and put the spirit and joy back where it belongs. (EBook only)