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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Why I read it: I love history, to the point where I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in it. As part of my degree, we had to fill a certain quota of Australian topics, and considering that the history that is taught here is only since the country was "discovered" by Captain Cook (don't even get me started), a lot of what I was taught overlapped. Interestingly (to me, at least) we never covered the Eureka Stockade.
It's a story one usually learns in Primary School, however at the time it was taught, I was living overseas and not learning under the Australian school curriculum. So it's something I missed out on. I know the basics, but that's it. And when this came up, I couldn't resist it!
Plot: This book is a condensed version of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, specifically for teen readers. We learn about the stories of the men of Eureka, but also of the many women that were there at the time. The Eureka Stockade is a pivotal point in white Australian history, ordinary men vs English soldiers = the birth of democracy in this nation! Except women played an important part in all this, and this book brings them under the spotlight.
My Thoughts: I may have a history degree, but I hate history books. Hate them. They are boring and written in formal language and they just remind me of all the essays I've ever had to write. However, every now and then a book comes along that isn't a dry academic text; they are written like a novel, they flow nicely, they are interesting. And We Are the Rebels is one of those (thank goodness, otherwise this review would have taken a downturn!)
I learned a lot of things from this book. I did know that the Chinese were in Victoria during the gold rush, but I had no idea the Americans were too (which really, I should have, it makes sense!) I went to Ballarat as a kid, so I had little trouble picturing it. I'd love to visit again, mainly because I love Victoria as only one born and (mostly) bred there can (so much bias); but also because of that history.
The way this book is written would suit teens down to a tee. It's accessible, not dull and there's no footnotes to distract from the reading flow (I loathe footnotes lol). I do wish there were more pictures though, of the primary sources and even the folk involved. It's the only thing I felt was missing, although I'm not sure if there would be legal issues surrounding that? Perhaps.
It made me think about how everyone kept diaries back then, and made me wonder if technology has somewhat ruined document keeping and primary source material for future generations. As we read old diaries, will they just have our email accounts (and all the crap in them?) If they're not purged? I know it wasn't the book's intention to make me think about that, but it's a thing that filled me with a bit of horror to be honest. Technology is awesome, but it is also fleeting. I still have floppy disks, but nothing to read them on! (Although that's probably a good thing, my boyband phase was during the reign of the disk).
All in all, this book was a really interesting read. I know it barely scratches the surface, but it provides just the right amount of information to keep it interesting, without being too heavy. I would definitely be interested in checking out The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka in the future, as this just felt like a taste; and the history nerd in me needs more ;)
In Brief: A great non-fiction book for teens about an important time in white Australia's history, not too heavy for those that aren't history buffs, but may leave one wanting to do research of their own!...more
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the boDisclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Okay. First thing’s first. This is not my standard review material. But I felt the need to share this here, because it is an important topic to me and I think this book really has something to offer.
I have had OCD and anxiety/panic attacks since I was 15. I wanted to read this book based simply on that, even though I am now 29 and my condition is well managed. I wish a resource like this had been available back then instead of doctors just looking at me and prescribing medications; my OCD apparently a side effect of depression (as opposed to the other way around).
This book would have been a fabulous resource for teenage me. It’s well written, very easy to follow and the short essays by other young OCD affected people were interesting. More than anything, by sharing their experiences, it showed how varied in detail and behaviours OCD can be.
By letting others read her story, Alison Dotson allows us to connect and identify with her, while offering advice and support from various resources she has encountered on her journey. This is not a book that preaches one idea or ‘cure’. It’s not a one size fits all approach, which is refreshing. The reader is encouraged to conduct their own research and draw their own conclusions about the best treatment for them.
I think Being Me With OCD would be a valuable text for teens (and their parents/friends/loved ones) to better understand their condition and start the process of realising that plenty of people have OCD and deal with it every day. It’s not impossible to live with. And that is such an encouraging thought.
Mental illness has long held a stigma and I’m glad to see help is not confined to musty medical books; but instead is vibrant and available in an easy to read and understand format.
I would definitely recommend this book to people (in particular teenagers) who are dealing with OCD or know someone who is. It’s informative without being pushy and can easily be read in a few hours, with lots of follow up links at the end.
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and I certainly saw myself in many of the stories. When people find out how old I am, they almost always immeI really enjoyed this book. It was funny and I certainly saw myself in many of the stories. When people find out how old I am, they almost always immediately ask if I have kids; because apparently being in one's late 20s means the must have kids or are thinking about having kids.
And my only answer for that is, nope.
It was great to be able to read someone else's experience with those same questions (and the varying answers!) as well as read about Jen Kirkman's life in general, her anxiety was also something that hit home for me, I can certainly sympathise with that.
While childfree by choice folk are often judged by other people that are parents for their choice, it was nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks life without children is my destiny....more
I am sure there was some things that got lost in translation, but I really enjoyed this book. It's not literature, but it's fun ;)
Oddly, I'm not a supI am sure there was some things that got lost in translation, but I really enjoyed this book. It's not literature, but it's fun ;)
Oddly, I'm not a supporter of any of the teams Zlatan has ever played for, but I do enjoy watching him play when I watch international fixtures (or if he ends up playing against one of my teams in the Champions League). I always feel like something is about to happen when he's around, turns out he feels the same way!
I really do hope he ends up in management or commentating, I'm not sure which option would be best, but I'm sure whatever he chooses to do after his playing career is over; he'll still be awesome....more
I watched the documentary before I read the book, it repeated some of the same information of course, but includes substantial section of recipes too.I watched the documentary before I read the book, it repeated some of the same information of course, but includes substantial section of recipes too. I think it's a great starting point for someone wanting to change their eating habits, but who is having issues doing so, or needs some extra motivation to start.
We all know that there are zillions of additives and chemicals in processed food. I personally didn't realise MSG was everywhere, as I was under the naive assumption that MSG use had greatly subsided in recent years - turns out that's only at Chinese restaurants who claim to be MSG free.
'Hungry for Change' is a good lead in to further reading on healthy foods and lifestyle. There's a great further reading section that lists quite a few more books that may be helpful for further research; which is something I’ll definitely be taking them up on.
I would definitely recommend both the documentary and the book if this is a topic one is interested in. The only reason that I’ve given it 4 out of 5 is because I thought they could have included some additional information. It is very good at highlighting the main issues that the documentary covered; but it would have been a good opportunity to give us something extra....more
I didn't complete all the exercises because some of them weren't relevant to me (and also for a few I didn't have answers!) but this was such a greatI didn't complete all the exercises because some of them weren't relevant to me (and also for a few I didn't have answers!) but this was such a great workbook to get the idea of what you want your story to be when you take on the challenge that is NaNoWriMo.
I would definitely use this again (well, a new copy!), except I would start it much earlier so I could get my planning done before NaNo started :)...more
I thought I'd read this book before I started NaNoWriMo this year, and I'm so glad I did! It was informative, fun and a super quick read (I managed toI thought I'd read this book before I started NaNoWriMo this year, and I'm so glad I did! It was informative, fun and a super quick read (I managed to read it over a weekend). I now feel like I have all the tools to be a better participant than I have been the past two years, and even - if all things go to plan - complete NaNo for the first time!
I recommend this to anyone taking part, or thinking of taking part in NaNoWriMo....more
This is a book I won on Goodreads First Reads. It is a story about the author, who chose to leave a marketing career to give the police service a go.
IThis is a book I won on Goodreads First Reads. It is a story about the author, who chose to leave a marketing career to give the police service a go.
I must admit, that it took me a while to get into this book. I found the overuse of exclamation marks, particularly in the first half of the book, to be incredibly distracting. Overall it could have been edited better. Towards the end a couple of sentences perplexed me until I realised they were most likely missing a word or two.
The first half of the book, which I shall call the marketing part, did not grab me. The (brief) section about Princess Diana in particular left me with a bad taste in my mouth, but considering I think the media is vapid most of the time and vile the rest, I kept reading.
This first half never felt like it flowed, it kept jumping from one thing to the next, and I would be curious to read a more fleshed out version; because I am sure it really could have been something from the tidbits we did get.
I did enjoy the part about the police service, and going through the academy. It seemed to flow much better than the first section of the book, and it was an interesting insight into the recruitment process. I also thought the final couple of sections of the book were good, and enjoyed reading it until the end.
But considering the need of a better edit, and what felt like a disjointed first half of the book, jumping from one scenario to the other; I am rounding this up from 2.5 stars to 3.
It was an okay read that had the potential to be so much more....more
This book was no where near as good as the first one. I did enjoy it, but found the history lesson on Naples's underworld to be quite boring, which laThis book was no where near as good as the first one. I did enjoy it, but found the history lesson on Naples's underworld to be quite boring, which lasted on and off for the entire book. The different people that the author came across in her travels are the best bits, I just wish there was more of that than what we got.
I do however, look forward to reading the third book some time in the near future....more
I absolutely adored this book! It was so much fun to read someone else's experience about moving overseas and just winging it (something I wish I hadI absolutely adored this book! It was so much fun to read someone else's experience about moving overseas and just winging it (something I wish I had the guts to do...and the money to get there *lol*)
It was just a delightful read, I absolutely recommend this to anyone who has an urge to go overseas....more