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Book Review: Grannie Panties are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson.

Book Review: Grannie Panties are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson.

Grannie Panties are Under Rated! What a brilliant and captivating title for a book. When I received the review request for this one, I was quite intrigued. Thank you to Author Gayle Erickson for my copy of this book, here are my thoughts on it. 


Elle Martin has it all. Handsome and successful husband. Check. Daughter and son attending exclusive private high school. Check. Privilege, status, and wealth. Check, check, check.

But there is more to Elle’s story. 

Already struggling to keep up appearances in a social set full of pretension and ultra-competitiveness, Elle’s facade of perfection is threatened when her husband makes an announcement that will force her to confront a dark past she has successfully hidden for years. 

What will happen when long-buried secrets are unearthed and haunting new revelations are discovered? Will Elle be able to find the happy ending she so desperately seeks?

Toggling between the early nineties and the present day, Grannie Panties Are Underrated captures the Gen X experience from latchkey kid to helicopter parent with keen insight and precision. A page-turner full of surprising twists, it is a must read for anyone who has struggled to reconcile the chasm between the person they once were, the person they have become, and the person they long to be.




Published June 6th 2017 by Mile High Publishing House

My Thoughts:

It was most definitely the title that drew me to this book, it such a fun name for a book don’t you think? Then the cover, that is pretty spectacular too. It just drew me in.

I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading to see that half of the book is based in Japan. Elle, the main character has led her younger life by taking risks and not taking the best care of her body, her morals and her mind. However, she did have fun! We hear about this part while she is living in Japan. Japan is a country I am very intrigued about and would love to visit one day, so this part was interesting to me because of that, and also because Elle is a brilliant character, and lives her life without second thoughts while she is there. 

The later part of Elle’s life is when she supposed to be living a high society, “good ‘Mom’ and Wife type life” , tennis club and playdates etc! The 2 versions of Elle didn’t really mesh well, which in turn messes with Elle’s head. 

“Are you happy, Mom? Are you living your dream?”

The book was a fun read with a plot that I couldn’t guess where it was going. The underlying theme that I got from it was that Elle was a mixed bag of personalities, and she has to decide who she really is, how her past and present will define her future. The different knickers she wears will play a part too. The Author is really very imaginative in the different ways we see Elle. Gayle Erickson created the perfect way for her readers to really know Elle, sometimes even better than I imagine Elle knew herself. 

Elle speaks a lot about music references, and there is almost a play list that goes along with the book, so that you can relate to Elle’s state of mind at that time. I liked this idea a lot. 

“The song’s lyrics about a devil being on your back and not being able to leave the past behind certainly portended trouble”

The book is about adventure, life, friendship and working out who you want to be regardless of your past or present. The Author reminded me that the future You can be who you want Her to be! Elle went the very adventurous way around finding this out, I really enjoyed following the story that Gayle Erickson weaved for us and for Elle and the other characters in ‘Grannie Panties are Under Rated’.






Posted by on October 21, 2017 in Books


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Book Review: Japan Guide…less: Emails from Japan, by Nicole D’Arcangelo

Book Review: Japan Guide…less: Emails from Japan, by Nicole D’Arcangelo

Thank you very much to Author Nicole D’Arcangelo for my lovely signed copy of this book. I knew I was going to love this book, as soon as I saw the message that Nicole had written to me on the book.

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……and I did laugh, a lot!

Book Description:

Back in 2004, I embarked on a journey to Japan to teach English as a Second Language; a job I had never done before. I was totally qualified though because I spoke English. I had wanted to travel more, but not being able to afford it, I had the brilliant idea to move abroad. Kill two birds with one stone – travel and get paid to do it. I knew little about the food, less about the culture, none of the language, and was hired for a job I had never done before. Eh, details.
Follow me as I fumble through the country, living and working, and discovering about the food, culture, and language I once knew nearly nothing about. I’ll give you all the juicy stuff traditional guide books leave out, like what pastries to steer clear of and how to keep your cool while trying to flush a Japanese toilet. However, if you just enjoy a good laugh at someone else’s expense, that’s fine too.

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My Thoughts:

When Nicole first asked me if I would like to read and review her book, I was excited and intrigued. I have previously spent 2 years teaching English in Thailand so I was interested to see how Nicole found life teaching in Asia and was sure she would have some very funny tales to tell.

The Author wrote the books as a series of email messages and a few journal entries, I particularly liked this layout as it was easy to read and I could totally identify with it. I sent many a similar mail during my time abroad! 

There are some really funny entries in this book, probably the one I found the strangest was the way Japanese children show their affection for adults! Their little fingers go a place that we might find a bit disturbing…… mmm yes. Read the book to find out more!! Very odd.

The Author mentions that she doesn’t like seafood, now even the readers who don’t know much about Japan will know Japan is big on seafood, sushi etc. Nicole gives great descriptions of all the foods that she has tried, some sound great, some sound awful! Bean Bun! No thank you!  

We hear about the places Nicole visits around Japan, her difficulties being larger than the Japanese ladies and many many more intriguing and amusing experiences.

A great quote from the book can sum up Nicole experiences:

“They were curious about me, and I found them curious”

The book has made me want to visit Japan even more than I did before, though if I do go I will be thanking Nicole for the prior warning of where little fingers might go!!

As you can see, my book is well read. This is the type of book that I will flick back to, even just to read a few pages for the humour

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Links for: Japan Guide…less: Emails from Japan

by Nicole D’Arcangelo, Loretta Crawford-Collins (Editor), Kristina Meacham(Illustrator)

If you have read this book, or are planning to read it, let me know. What did you find the funniest part? Does it make you want to go to Japan?

Until next time, HAPPY READING!

Mami 2 Five

Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Books


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