Although I am an avid reader, I have been putting off doing book reviews for my site because I wasn’t sure the books I was reading were ones all of my visitors would enjoy. When I discovered that another mom blogger had published a book, I realized she would be writing for my audience’s demographic and thus, her book was the inspiration for my very first book review on Wondermom Wannabe.
“Sharing Moms Madhouse: A Book With Sprinkles of Truth”
IF you are fan of Wondermom Wannabe, you will enjoy “Sharing Moms Madhouse: A Book with Sprinkles of Truth.” If you happen to have reached my site by accident, many of the things you might dislike about my site will also turn you off in Sharing Moms Madhouse. The author, Sharon Ruggieri, is unapologetically sarcastic. With six kids, she’s given up trying to win mother of the year and isn’t trying to persuade you she’s even a worthwhile nominee. Those of you without children, or with only one child, will have one of three reactions: 1) you will be offended, 2) you will feel vindicated in your parenting decisions as you sit in judgment of Sharon, or 3) you will be utterly confused because you haven’t yet developed multi-child parental ADHD which is Sharon’s writing style and a requisite skill/disorder for reading it. So, unless you are doing research into parenting several children or are looking for inexpensive, hormone-free birth control, you should skip this book.
Everyone else will love this book for the following reasons:
- You will appreciate that someone else out there faces the same struggles you do. Misery loves company, after all.
- You will feel better about your own parenting flaws because Sharon boldly lays out all of her own for you to see, judge, accept, empathize with or laugh at.
- Sharon helps you laugh at the trials of parenthood. Because we’ve all had moments where if we didn’t find a way to laugh about them, we’d have to cry and none of us wants to do that!
- Her lavish exaggerations will help you live out your own frustrations vicariously.
- Because she’s a busy mom like you, the book is written in short snippets so you can easily read it in the 10 minute window of time that you manage to break free from chores and family demands.
If you decide to pick up Sharing Moms Madhouse, please heed these warnings:
- Read the title!
- She definitely shares the “madhouse” so prepare yourself for a harried mother’s stream of consciousness.
- She tells you right there that there are “sprinkles of truth” so don’t read it like an autobiography (though frankly, you should be reading most of those as fiction too!).
- Don’t expect Carol Brady.
- The only thing Sharon and Carol have in common is that they both have six kids.
- In fact, Sharon might be the anti-Carol.
- Don’t leave the book lying around where the kids might accidentally read it.
- There are a lot of hilarious pranks and kid mischief in the book—fun to read about, wouldn’t want my kids doing them.
- The kids might try to get Sharon’s address so they can run away and move in with her.
For those of you who care, I did NOT receive anything from Sharon in exchange for this review (except perhaps her undying friendship and gratitude). If you happen to purchase her books through my links, I do make a small commission from Amazon since I am one of their affiliates. So, feel free to pick up a big screen TV and a treadmill while you’re there. Just kidding (unless you were planning on buying them anyway, in which case I’m serious).