I went into the book hoping for an empowered woman’s perspective on a choice she actively made and throughout the book kept coming up against a passivI went into the book hoping for an empowered woman’s perspective on a choice she actively made and throughout the book kept coming up against a passive, and closed down woman who it seems struggles with intimacy, and her sexuality. Not, not having sex – but with expressing what she really felt. Her story lacked depth, with beautiful prose and provoking questions her story was lost on me on a person to author level. I felt there was more beneath the surface, and she was only scratching that surface. Even right till the end of the book I had compassion, but little interest in her ‘special’ personality. Choosing to not have sex does not make you special. Choosing empowerment and showing us all what that journey was like would have been more impactful. Instead I felt she told it at the level of a person who wants to remain in a ‘victim’ mentality in her perspective of men, and women alike.
What I did find fascinating was the stories of other people around her, and in her life and the captured moments where I felt that she was speaking through the wall. It was a provoking memoir, simply for the question it posed; how important is sex in our society, culture and personal lives. From the perspective of someone who constantly pulls this into question, I found her memoir was a valid piece in the dialogue that need to be expressed, and the acceptance that is needed for people who do choose to actively make decisions around their sexuality and sexual health.
Would I recommend reading this? Yes, it would make a fantastic group read; with many areas you could pick apart, and get deeper perspective on. Would I read something by the author again ? No. While prose and insight is found beneath the layers, I don’t think I could bring myself to engage with her life again, unless she had stepped outside of the bubble she lives in, the bubble that opens on the last pages of the book, and share with us a new story. For women looking for empowerment, and a perspective guide in a book, I would say there are countless other memoirs to spend your time perusing.
If you like urban fantasy- Ghosts and are curious about Japanese Myths and Lore you will enjoy Spider Eats Fright. It features friendship, fighting, m If you like urban fantasy- Ghosts and are curious about Japanese Myths and Lore you will enjoy Spider Eats Fright. It features friendship, fighting, magic and questions the belief of faith, practice and ritual and when it is right/not right to question your own principles [especially if dark forces are involved] and what are the consequences of the choices you make if you do.
The thrilling, creep factor alone was enough of a page turner, and I really loved delving a little into myths I hadn’t heard before, and how H. Roberts explored them in the context of the story. I was certainly putting the book down time and time again, because of the eeriness and almost reality of the lore freaked me out.
You really get a sense of alienation and claustrophobia from Ally [our MC] as she navigates her way through the streets and buildings of OSAKA. The culture is compacted and expansive. The customs and lore are intimidating to Ally. Glad to have friends, I enjoyed the developing relationships with her co-workers Jade and Devan [although Jade left me questioning her personality many times- frustratingly] I liked that they had their own ideas, and cultural backgrounds from the countries they were from and how it reflected in their personalities and added dimension to the overall story. Admittedly I didn’t like some aspects of Ally’s character. I understood the need to protect and withdraw given that she worked with energy [ as a Witch myself I know this is a constant lesson that needs honing and energy is defiantly something to be conscious off], sometimes though to me she seemed more passive then she needed to be. Overall though the character development and journey was a ride – exciting, hilarious, stressful [haha] and I was invested from the get go.
For fans of spells, haunting and a fresh take on Witches [Australian Bush Witch – loved this] I recommend that you check out this book.
Memorable – Beautiful Prose – Reflective – One of this year’s favorites
Annika reached out to me at the beginning of the year with an offer to read andMemorable – Beautiful Prose – Reflective – One of this year’s favorites
Annika reached out to me at the beginning of the year with an offer to read and review Midnight Meanders. It took me a while, and I finally got around to reading it in July.
What a beautiful novel, full of friendship, faith, spirituality, the search for purpose, love, and connection. This book reached inside of me, and took me back to my own adolescence struggling with mental illness myself; to now where at 25. I could relate to the main character Williams struggles. William is an interesting character. Angsty, and sometimes numb, with reasons he explores throughout his midnight walks, we see him searching outwards in the beginning and finding solace inside him. When he picks up a pen and follows his intuition he is carried away to other places, and yet it is his way to connect to the world, to makes sense of it. While this embarrasses him at times, I love the journey I took with him to finding what he enjoys doing and how it ties things together.
There were times when he made me angry and smile, his struggle was one that was relatable, and Annika got to the heart of what it feels like to have depression and anxiety and to have to walk in the world not knowing, wandering, lost, until finally the light is switched back on and those realizations hit you, and fill you up.
Annika captured the honest rawness of adolescence in each of the characters whose voices were authentic to the times and culture of today. The exploration of identity and autonomy, of finding yourself in the life you live, instead of running from it, and seeing that stagnation of your history as your dreams start chasing you, was a powerful and emotionally provoking rabbit hole at times. Thankfully Annika wrote with humor and heart, pulling together a range of experiences that are prevalent in coming of age and bringing them together in a simple and engaging way.
There were a few scenes where I was tearing up, one in particular when the character explored his own faith. While I do not follow that particular religion or path it reminded me, and reconnected me with my own path, the one that we sometimes let go of, or think has disappeared when we need only to reach out and pick up that book, that pen and say a prayer or connect with Divine just to know that there is no separation.
I felt that throughout the entire book, that everything meant something and that the story was about the faith of connection, and people, and reaching out and allowing people in. That scene changed my life, it altered my perspective. It brought me back to my own passions throughout the whole book, and it made me care deeply about William and Leila – who found each other through their art and honesty. I know how it feels to find someone who gets you, who listens, who is willing to admit their truths. It is freeing.
I wanted to share two out of many of my favorite quotes from the book [I post it noted this like crazy] that I feel anchored me to this story. One is from the beginning and the other near the ending. These made me ache with understanding, tear up and scream inside – YES- oh my god yes…I feel this..I know this.
“He looked ragged in his old grey hoodie and sweatpants, big headphones taped up at the sides from overuse and excess of love” & “I was born on the wrong planet’ he thought. “I was never meant to wait around in school for twelve years and then sit at a desk for the rest of my life. I’m not equipped to change this world.” I loved this book. I will read anything else by Annika a hundred times over and I will be re-reading this one again.
I recommend it for all you outcasts, the ones who feel like loners, the ones struggling inside to find their purpose or passions in the world. This is for all of those young adults or adults who feel that creative tug, the life inside of them in there, but can’t reach it and want someone to relate to, to connect to, to know that you are not alone, because you aren’t.
This is for lovers of friendship, and the power of books and words, and finding your truth. If there is one thing I took from this book is that we all have a path that we choose, and yet that chooses us. We can find beauty in everything in life if we are willing to change our perception and when we reach out, we can understand we are not separated at all from humanity or from ourselves. And never were.
Read it. Thank you Annika for trusting me with your book. ...more
Living well and Spending Less is an informational and provoking perspective change on today’s modern life in the age of ‘spending’ and ‘wanting’ alongLiving well and Spending Less is an informational and provoking perspective change on today’s modern life in the age of ‘spending’ and ‘wanting’ along with ‘keeping up with the Jonses’. Ruth is an honest woman who is not afraid to share her personal struggles and triumphs in her journey to finding the true heart of life in love, giving, sharing, and serving. The book is broken into two sections – Living and spending and is further broken down into easy digestible snippets of ideas, memoir and questions you can ask to begin questioning your own approach to life. Covering topics about the home, finances, friendship, contentment and joy and honoring gratitude and resourcefulness, living well and spending less is a great book to have in your collection.
I found majority of the quotes in the book to be inspiring and motivating, and while not a Christian I could see the truth in some of the scriptures often explored in the chapters. I do not agree with the lifestyle outlined in this book entirely. I am one of those people who believe in self love, and putting yourself first when it counts. I also truly believe in the idea of service and not servitude, and making sure that we know our needs and replenish our fuel before we can help others – including our family.
A lot of the book was also repetitive, especially the parts about her own personal journey. Nearly every chapter discussed her husband’s reactions, her impulse buying and addictions. [I only needed to hear it once for it to hit home] of course a lot of the time while reading it I was being triggered by my own stuff [Money management – Shopping addictions] In this way, it was refreshing to hear the authors flaws, and to understand that we are all being fed ‘consumerism fairy-tales’ about what we ‘need’ and ‘don’t have’.
Another part that got irritating was the number of QR codes that linked to her blog posts, or sheets to print out. The last half of the book was full of them, and while helpful would have been better referred to at the end. It added to the repetitive nature as some of the same codes were added in other chapters.
That being said I learned a great deal, and my perspective was opened up. There are areas of my life I struggle with, and contentment with what I already have is one of them. Even though most of my issues surround simple things, I have began asking some of the questions asked in the book and the answers have helped me greatly on my way to taking steps mentally and physically to appreciate my life in its slowness and simplicity. A lot of it is common sense and pep talk, and is worth the read.
I will admit that I will be picking this one up again to dip into the parts I post it noted, and I loved the idea presented about simple living and going into the heart. Overall I would recommend picking it up if you can get past the Bible Quotes and can stomach her insistent need to compare herself to others while letting you know how not to. ...more
I picked this book up from my Local Library primarily for my Partner. I had been perusing around online, sourcing out books I wanted to read and buy aI picked this book up from my Local Library primarily for my Partner. I had been perusing around online, sourcing out books I wanted to read and buy and I came across this one – “How to make Love to a Plastic Cup” by Greg Wolfe. One look at the premise and I was sold.
I wanted to start a dialogue between the two of us. I know at times while I am happy to fill my days with reading Mummy Blogs and Fertility resources those topics aren’t high on my Partners agenda. He is a wise and supportive man and he is willing to listen and to learn, but I realized too that if I was getting overwhelmed with all the information I needed to take in, so was he, especially hearing it second hand from me. I handed it to him, and we discussed possibly reading a chapter or two and then discussing the contents…well that didn’t happen and not because the dialogue between us had closed.
This is one of the most informative, and funny book I have ever read. It usually takes me a good week at most to get through a Non-Fiction book. I read this in less than a few hours [albeit across two days] Greg has a way of being warming, humorous and educational while really showcasing the struggles, and triumphs of going through Infertility. In his case, the Infertility was with him, and let me tell you the fresh perspective from a males point of view was much needed and welcomed.
Greg breaks things down in easy terms, sometimes step by step. From exploring the different kinds of Infertility to the reasons why they could be happening, he takes the reader through a journey in itself where we as the reader get a peak inside his own story, alongside educating and empowering ourselves [both as men and women] in the path to conception.
Primarily his focus is on IVF during the end of the book, a topic I had been avoiding researching due to fear. It eased my worry about the process, the way he broke it down, even the way to medicate and give your partner shots forearmed me to understand what the women in my TTC group and online forums were going through and while the target of this book is men, I found it helpful to know what I could expect in terms of my Partner also having Infertility issues as well, and what we could do together. It is also a fantastic resource for understanding the female side of Infertility, and what your partner will be going through. The combined outlook was one I was grateful for, and I hope that when my partner does read the book, he finds it as resourceful and enjoyable as I did.
I have read a fair few books on the subject of Infertility over the past few years and hands down if you are looking for a fantastic book to read between you two, to give to your husband to educate and make him part of the process, or to read for yourself for a new perspective that like Greg said, is rarely talked about in all out Female Fertility books then I highly suggest picking this up. Be prepared to laugh, cry, smile and feel comforted in knowing that you are not alone, and when you want something badly enough and are willing to go for it, you will succeed. ...more
Conquer me is easily one of the best books I have read in terms of relationships both interdependent and independent. The lifestyle can be challengingConquer me is easily one of the best books I have read in terms of relationships both interdependent and independent. The lifestyle can be challenging to navigate even at the best of times, and having experience it in both positions [Dominant and Submissive] I found this book to be provoking, clear, engaging and educational.
Kacie Cunningham breaks everything down, and for me left no stone unturned when it comes to the foundational principles, practices and opinions of being a Submissive and the lifestyle. I loved the chapter on communication and Fantasy vs. reality which has been a continuous concern of mine over the years, especially as a submissive woman. I also enjoyed the frequent questions she poses and underlined many pages, slipping my own view points and extra questions into the margins.
I think this book is one every woman should own, whether you want to engage in the BDSM life of not, it goes into the fundamentals of a healthy relationship and she encourages you to first look at yourself, and work on your wants and needs, and then come to the scene. Because you cannot give someone what you aren’t ready to offer or negotiate if you aren’t aware of what you are negotiating. I also think its integral; truth, communication, receptivity and patience, and Kacie emphasizes that we want to be in a healthy relationship, not an abusive one.
I would highly recommend this book, for beginners, submissive, slaves, dominants and anyone wanting to reevaluate their relationship with themselves, and with others on clear, and realistic terms. It is meant to be enjoyable, and an experience of growth and expansion. I will be using this book time and time again to reference, and to Kacie’s wisdom to guide me through my own journey back into Submissive BDSM. ...more
I was recommended this book by a good friend. It took me a few months of diving in and out, writing down notes, and expanding on the practices outline I was recommended this book by a good friend. It took me a few months of diving in and out, writing down notes, and expanding on the practices outlined in the book. This is another one for the resource section on my Non-Fiction shelf and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Craft, in Wicca and delving into the various, fabulous and energetically respected areas of the life.
Things I loved about the book:
• Humor involved which takes the pressure of it being dogmatic
• Respectful, in depth and engaging [through exercises and practice]
• Great beginners look into Wicca, as it goes through the Sabbats, elements, practice, rituals, casting, grounding, shielding, the different forms of Wicca, and great resources.
• It also goes into Solitary Witchcraft and Coven craft which was a great section for me, as someone who is still working out which path will resonate with me, she puts fantastic points across covering the pros and cons and encourages readers to go out and experience what feels right to you.
Thank you Thea Sabin for an engaging and comprehensive guide to Wicca. ...more
This comprehensive and visually stimulating guide to Wicca was my initiation into a lifelong search and connection with a path I have long suppressedThis comprehensive and visually stimulating guide to Wicca was my initiation into a lifelong search and connection with a path I have long suppressed and denied I wanted to take. The book is packed with the essentials, and while there was a lot of juicy goodness that I did know, there were a few things that really pushed my buttons in a good way [I like learning to be provoking]
It covers everything from what Wicca is, and isn’t [which at times did feel moralist, and I didn’t agree] to Divination, a little bit of history, Magic and spell casting, Meditation and Visualization and the basics [tools, seasons etc.]
Both authors have a good sense of humor, giving this book a lighter approach; however they are not afraid to express their experiences or personal opinions, which must be taken as their own especially for a new Witch wanting to explore themselves and this path as a Wiccan. Like any book I would say take what works, discard what doesn’t.
This was an enjoyable read that I dived in and out of since March 1st It has expanded my knowledge in a simple, and accessible way, and will make for a fantastic resource for those new to Wicca [Like myself] and for those seeking a correspondences or another perspective that may give way to branching of in a new direction inside their practice. ...more
This was an amazing, beautiful, heart breaking and poetic tale of Two artistic souls finding each other. I loved the way that Cath Crowley explored Sh
This was an amazing, beautiful, heart breaking and poetic tale of Two artistic souls finding each other. I loved the way that Cath Crowley explored Shadow, and the back story glimpses into each of their lives. The fact that it was set in Australia, Melbourne made it all the more enjoyable because I could picture the scenery [I live in Melbourne] I post it noted so many passages, laughed and cried, and although I read this over a long span of time, picking it up here and there, whenever I came back to it, I fell straight into it, and even more in love. I highly recommend reading this if you love contemporary, are looking for a fresh landscape and love a good romance. ...more
I received this book as a Christmas present from my partner’s family who all know that I am quiet obsessed with paper; from scrapbooking tMY THOUGHTS:
I received this book as a Christmas present from my partner’s family who all know that I am quiet obsessed with paper; from scrapbooking to writing, books to filofaxes. I was excited to see the talent, creativity and exploration of paper art throughout the book and I was not disappointed. The vibrant photography, insightful process information and the concepts really provoked some creativity in me, and it is always nice to read something outside the comfort zone, or usual reading collection.
This would make a great book for any Art fan, Paper lover or an interesting edition to your Coffee table. Easy to read, flick through, admire and inspire, Art of Paper is both written in English and Spanish.
If there ever was a book to kick start any day off, let alone the beginning of the year it is The Best Year of Your Life by Debbie Ford. I have ventur If there ever was a book to kick start any day off, let alone the beginning of the year it is The Best Year of Your Life by Debbie Ford. I have ventured into reading her other book the shadow side of our lives, and was intrigued when I found this one on Amazon.
With an honest approach to conscious living and embracing all aspects of ourselves: Light and Shadow side, Debbie offers some fantastic techniques, and exercises not only to plan out the best year of our life, but how to go about putting those plans into action. With a smart, realistic, inspired coaching style conversation between the reader and Debbie, this makes for a provoking read, one that had be post it noting every page with fantastic quotes and gems of wisdom.
Buy it now. If you only read one Non-Fiction book this year pick up this one. It faces self realization, inspiration, action, passion, and Debbie isn’t afraid to be raw with you. Short, straight to the point and powerful this book is for everyone and anyone who aspires to make the mundane magical, and to have the best year of their life – created by the powerful you...more