I love the premise - this isn't about ignoring, denying or running away from anxiety but learning to embrace and make friends with this all-too-commonI love the premise - this isn't about ignoring, denying or running away from anxiety but learning to embrace and make friends with this all-too-common beast.
As promised, it is a little book designed to easily be read in one go or to nip in and out of. There are practical and compassionate recommendations as well as the author's story of her anxiety journey which is designed to feel not so alone.
So why 3 stars? What I didn't like about the book were queer little insignificant quirks yet all together detracted - for me, personally speaking - from the purpose of the book. For example, the constant reference to her Facebook Group (which I am sure is a great resource and community) as well as a plea to leave a positive review on Amazon so it can reach more people. Mmm. I also disliked the formatting in the book and having to flip back and forth to try and find the tables or diagrams she spoke of. It felt like a self-published book (which, sadly, isn't meant in a positive way).
But overall it was ok. I bought several of her books in one go but when I turned to the next to find the same pictures and only the word anxiety changed for the new topic, I felt disappointed and I've started a different book instead....more
Yup, five stars. There are a few reasons why I can understand why people would rate this lower but for me, they were part of the reason I loved it.
FirYup, five stars. There are a few reasons why I can understand why people would rate this lower but for me, they were part of the reason I loved it.
Firstly, this book will MAKE YOU TIDY. I swear there is a hidden impetus woven deep within the words that seeps into your brain and you then spend waking hours thinking about what you can discard and what brings you joy. If you want to declutter, then look no further.
Fun facts: 1/. Marie Kondo is a Japanese tidying expert 2/. This book has been translated from the original Japanese text into English (& countless other languages, I'm sure) 3/. I'm not 100% au fait with Japanese traditions, customs, living habits or spaces
As a result of the three facts above, I think there is the potential for a few "lost in translation" moments that - if you let them - can cast a shadow on the book but my advice to you is to take them with a pinch of salt. With many differing views on life, take what works or resonates with you, and like Marie Kondo may well herself suggest, discard the rest.
Can I also say, with heartfelt affection, that I think Miss Kondo may also be slightly bonkers - another reason why this book made me smile. As well as giving her advice on how to declutter and tidy your house, she inadvertently is a lesson in following your passion (you go girl!).
Highly recommend it and let the decluttering begin! ...more
For those of you who want to develop a meaningful career in retail, you could do worse than to absorb the lessons and experiences of one of the most iFor those of you who want to develop a meaningful career in retail, you could do worse than to absorb the lessons and experiences of one of the most imaginative, dynamic and business-savvy people in the business.
Again, if you are interested in a career in beauty or fashion, this book is full of behind-the-scenes revelations which is sure to pique your interest.
A fan of Liberty? This is also for you. A further glimpse into this magical world.
As for the rest of us, this is an easy-going, light-hearted but riveting read about growing up, mistakes and blessings and finding your way. I loved it! ...more
I wanted to love this book. Heck, I wanted to like it. But the mother-daughter combo that makes up P.J. Tracy has let down its guard and instead of crI wanted to love this book. Heck, I wanted to like it. But the mother-daughter combo that makes up P.J. Tracy has let down its guard and instead of creating a riveting, innovative and original story, has churned out a 3 star "thriller" (I use that word loosely). This tale not only introduces us to new 2-dimensional characters which are also racially stereotypical but has taken the core group of characters we have come to love and made them predictable and boring.
I found it hard to keep going to the end. What a shame! ...more
I would give The Hummingbird 3.5 stars out of 5 but am erring on the side of caution as I felt it lost a certain je ne sais quoi in its translation frI would give The Hummingbird 3.5 stars out of 5 but am erring on the side of caution as I felt it lost a certain je ne sais quoi in its translation from Finnish to English. Combine that with the raw and jilted style of writing that is also perhaps trying a little too hard to be complex and mysterious, this debut novel by Kati Hiekkapelto is mediocre but with promise of better to come with any sequel....more
I love fantastical books. Book filled with magic and mystery. The more whimsical the better so when I first heard of The House at the End of Hope StreI love fantastical books. Book filled with magic and mystery. The more whimsical the better so when I first heard of The House at the End of Hope Street, I thought I had found my perfect match.
Either my expectations were too high (thanks to the exceptional talent of authors like Sarah Addison Allen) but this little tome failed to deliver.
I loved the house and the premise of the book however the storyline was predictable and it felt the author spent chapters laying the foundation for the characters’ journeys only to rush to conclusion in the last few chapters.
It also felt more suited to a young adult genre than for adults. Of course naivety and innocence are wonderful traits for stories and characters but in this case, I feel it did the story a disservice. I can see what author, Menna van Praag, was hoping to achieve and I applaud her efforts but personally, it left me disappointed. And I so wanted to adore this book. ...more
**spoiler alert** The Perks of being a Wallflower is often described as a coming-of-age tale of teenage angst but I think this is an over-simplificati**spoiler alert** The Perks of being a Wallflower is often described as a coming-of-age tale of teenage angst but I think this is an over-simplification and in some ways, misguided.
Chbosky’s novel is about a year in teenager Charlie’s life but rather than the usual and predictable woes of liking girls and fitting in (which are of course included), it also tells a story – in the whimsical medium of letters to a stranger - of surviving childhood abuse. I also felt Charlie had an additional dimension of social awkwardness than most teenagers face and wasn’t sure if this was a result of the abuse or if perhaps, Charlie had a form of Asperger’s. It is never addressed so it could just be my perception.
It was a delightfully interesting and entertaining read but still only three stars worth of fabulousness! ...more
For those who loved Angels and Semons, or even The Da Vinci Code, steer clear of this mediocre offering from Dan Brown. Although Robert Langdon is bacFor those who loved Angels and Semons, or even The Da Vinci Code, steer clear of this mediocre offering from Dan Brown. Although Robert Langdon is back, instead of being reunited with the beloved character of earlier books, we are introduced to a two-dimensional, oft times arrogant and inept Robert. Blah.
Inferno is a predictable, pointless read attempting to scaremonger and relive the glory of the earlier books in the series.
They say you should never judge a book by it's cover but I have a new phrase: don't judge a book by it's author. You see, for me, when a book is writtThey say you should never judge a book by it's cover but I have a new phrase: don't judge a book by it's author. You see, for me, when a book is written by a comedian or a comic actor, I expect roll-on-the-floor-laugh-out-loud-funny. Which, upon reflection, is quite difficult when writing a memoir.
Don't get me wrong Mindy Kaling's memoir is amusing and entertaining. She unabashedly embraces herself, flaws and all, which is refreshing and captivating. But it is the very definition of light entertainment. A must for Mindy Kaling fans but perhaps not the best book if you are looking for a serious, in-depth memoir or an insight into the entertainment business....more
I should start by saying my name is Liisa and I, like 7 million other women out there, have a girl crush on the über cool, utterly fantastic and feminI should start by saying my name is Liisa and I, like 7 million other women out there, have a girl crush on the über cool, utterly fantastic and feminist bad-ass, Tina Fey.
That being said, whenever “someone” says a book is HILARIOUS, I commence reading with a ‘tude that reeks of “we’ll just see about that”!
These two conflicting thoughts meant I bought “Bossypants” but then refused to read it for two years. However whether it was because I was tired or feeling particularly bad-ass myself, I threw caution to the wind and started.
Two pages in and I had already laughed out loud. Promising.
This really WAS funny (although not a side-splitting, rolling-around-the-floor, can’t breathe and I-may-have-possibly-peed-a-bit funny) and an interesting, entertaining memoir of her rise from improv classes to Saturday Night Live, the Palin sketches and her time on 30 Rock. Tina also touches on being a working mother and the ever-present sexism that still exists, not only in the entertainment industry but society at large.
The clever part of the bad-ass feminist element of this book(and reason number 1,438 that Tina Fey is a legend) is that she states it the way she sees it and never in a preachy, overbearing way. In fact it is almost done in a surreptitious manner; you keep reading and four pages later, you suddenly realise the important issue Tina was addressing in a light-but-not-flippant way earlier. Genius!
I choose to read this using my Kindle app on my iPad mainly because it made it easier to flip to YouTube and re-watch some of the classic sketches and those mentioned in the book that I had not seen. For this reason, and this reason alone, the book took longer to read as I ending up watching one clip after another of her hilarity before returning to the next section.
In a word, disappointing. In two? Über disappointing. I picked up this book based on a "must read" recommendation quote by my favourite author....andIn a word, disappointing. In two? Über disappointing. I picked up this book based on a "must read" recommendation quote by my favourite author....and that, with the eternal optimism that it can only improve, I laboured to the bitter end. The premise of the book has promise but I found the main characters two-dimensional and weak. I felt the plot skipped opportunities to develop the characters and storyline and just jumped ahead to improbable conclusions. Like I said, disappointing. ...more