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The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days – A Review

The other day I finally finished listening to “The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days” by Ian Frazier. Cynthia Nixion narrated the story.

Why finally, you may ask? Well, for starters, they weren’t joking when they called it the Cursing Mommy. This woman swears like a sailor. My husband got an earful one afternoon and announced that he didn’t want to hear that sort of language in the house.

I’m no prude, but I have to agree that the language was a bit excessive.

The story follows along for a year in a blogger’s life. This particular blogger addresses herself as the “Cursing Mommy.”

I can’t say that I enjoyed this book. Yes, there were some hilarious moments. But I often found myself shaking my head at the main character’s vulgarity.

I often thought, “This woman needs a bottle of dish soap to wash her mouth out, a course in anger management, and some AA meetings.”

I could overlook the cursing (not gonna lie, I’ve done a fair bit myself). However, some of the situations seemed unrealistic and over the top, especially when it came to the kids’ schools and their insurance company. I know it was tongue-in-cheek, but it just didn’t work for me.

Another thing I didn’t like was the fact that I didn’t feel that they story WENT anywhere. There was no sense of resolution. I know it’ supposed to be a blog, but the story needed some wrapping up. Some sort of closure. A sense of satisfaction at a story well told.

I didn’t get any of those feelings.

I would like to leave this review on a high note, though. Cynthia Nixon did a fantastic job narrating this story. She was emphatic and emotional. No dull monotone here! She was the best part of this story and I want to thank her for doing such a wonderful job. I couldn’t have gotten through it without her.

This book wasn’t my cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean you might not enjoy it. I’ve included an excerpt below. It was funny, if not exactly safe for work. Beware; the Cursing Mommy does just that and more.


Ambiguous Endings: Love Them or Hate Them?

An ambiguous ending is an ending of a story (or movie) that leaves the reader guessing. There is no definite conclusion and the story could move one way or the other depending on the reader’s opinions.

I kind of like ambiguous endings. Yes, like most readers I want to know how the story ends. On occasion, I have come across a compelling story and when I get to the end, I’m left wondering, “What happened next?”

One story in particular comes to mind: “The Mist” by Stephen King. And, no, I’m not talking about the movie based on the short story. There was nothing ambiguous about THAT and I think it ruined the ending.

The main character left a notebook telling his story in a gas station. But we don’t know what exactly happened to him at that point, though we can speculate on two possible outcomes.

I think an ambiguous ending for that particular story worked well. It leaves the reader guessing.

I know there are some people who don’t like that sort of endings. And I understand completely. After all, we all want to know what happens in the end. I think it’s human nature.

So, do you love or hate ambiguous endings? And feel free to share stories and/or movies that had ambiguous endings that you either loved or hated.

Reader’s Block

“What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without reading a book (since learning how to read, of course)? Which book was it that helped break the dry spell?”

Let me be completely honest here. I don’t remember a single time in my life when I wasn’t reading books. It may have been Little Golden Book’s “The Poky Little Puppy” or later, something more advanced, but it’s true. I’m a reader. It’s one of my favorite hobbies.

I simply can’t imagine not reading. Granted, I don’t have nearly as much free time as I did when I was younger, but I take advantage of whatever time I have – usually during my lunch break.

Readers of the world – UNITE!

What I’m Currently Reading: The Fault In Our Stars

I remember seeing this book in the young adults section of our public library a while ago. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Neither the title nor the author meant anything to me and I was looking for a different title, anyway.

Eventually I heard they had made a movie based on the book. I was curious so I looked it up online and watched a preview on YouTube. It looked pretty good. It’s definitely on my To Rent list.

I figured the book would be better than the movie so I went online to reserve a copy. There were over one hundred people on the waiting list ahead of me! AHH! Needless to say, it took a while for the book to become available.
I have it now! It was sitting there waiting for me at the library Tuesday evening.

*does Snoopy dance of joy*

So far, so good. I don’t think it’s going to have a happy ending – just a gut feeling. But that’s okay – I’m a sucker for a book that can make me cry.

(Don’t tell anyone. I like to think that I appear tough and confident. *snicker* If people found out that I’m a cream-puff it would totally kill whatever ‘reputation’ I might have.)