February–Book of the Month

Having just recently rediscovered my love of reading, I’ve set myself a goal of reading at least one book per month throughout 2016.

On the first Wednesday of each month I’m going to share one or more books here on my blog for ‘Book of the Month’.


Book of the Month at Shabby Art Boutique

I’ve invited my blog readers to join me in sharing their own reviews of books they’ve read this past month.

Just post a comment below telling us the title of your book and what you thought of it.

I purchase my books from Book Depository and have done so for about 8 years. I love their free worldwide shipping and quick service, so I have no hesitation in recommending them. I want to disclose that I’ve been an affiliate for Book Depository for a number of years and if you should click through to their website from Shabby Art Boutique and make a purchase, I get a small percentage payment.

February - Book of the Month

I read quite a few books throughout January, but one of them was quite different to the others.

The Leah Remini book wasn’t one I chose for myself and with no preconceptions about the book, I launched into it with a completely open mind.

Leah Remini - Troublemaker

Of course, I knew Leah Remini from her hit TV show King of Queens. I feel a fondness for this TV sitcom because it first aired in Australia in 1998 in the 2am timeslot… which just so happened to be when my baby girl woke for a night feed. I was already hooked before this sitcom even made it to prime time.

Leah’s book Troublemaker kind of hits your right in the face from page one, but it comes across as a frank and brutally honest recollection of her life in and out of Scientology.

I have to admit, I knew very little about Scientology before reading this book. Sure I’d heard the occasional press reports and news stories over the years, but I’m fairly opened minded when it comes to religion and feel everyone has the right to choose whatever faith they feel comfortable with.

I suspected early on that this was just going to be a book that dished on Leah’s split with Scientology, but it was so much more than that. It is Leah’s memoir, so naturally as a practicing Scientologist for 30 years she is going to talk a lot about her faith. The book actually outlined in great detail the practices of this religion, what was required of its members and the controversies that plagued it.

Leah Remini tells it exactly how it is… completely!! She is funny, brash, bold and straight to the point. Her honesty is refreshing, but there were times I wanted to scream at her, hug her, slap her and cry with her. It was a rollercoaster of emotion, but one that kept me turning the pages to the very end.

I’m not going to give my opinion on Scientology, but I will say that I came away from this book feeling that I know a whole lot more about this religion… even if it is just from one persons perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and applaud Leah Remini for living her life so honestly… even when it came at a cost for her and her extended family.

Click link below to check out this book on Book Depository

Leah Remini – Troublemaker; Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

I look forward to hearing your book recommendations and welcome all kinds of genres… so don’t be shy!!

Hugs ~ Kerryanne


  1. Thank you for the great review. I have heard about the book, but didn’t have much interest in reading it. Now I will have to add it to my list.

    • Kerryanne says:

      I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised Mary. It was not a book I would have probably gone out and purchased for myself, but when it was given to me and recommended as ‘an interesting read’, I was intrigued. If you do read I would love to know what you think of it. 🙂

  2. Hey Kerryanne! :0) Thanks for sharing one of your recent reads with us. I’ve been re-reading an old friend, but have shared a review today to join you. Nothing better than diving into a good book! :0) Happy page-turning – Bear Hugs! KRIS xx http://tagalongteddies.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/before-storm-book-review.html

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thanks for joining me for Book of the Month my sweet friend. Like you, I often re-read old favourites too!
      Stay cool and yes, happy page-turning xxx

  3. Bonjour Kerryanne, je viens del lire “Une putain d’histoire” de Bernard Minier. Un triller mais version 1984. Prenant et agréable.

    Belle lecture;

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