Book Review | Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily & Amelia Nagoski

“Meaning is not made by the terrible thing you experienced; it is made by the ways you survive.”

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It’s the new year! You couldn’t miss it; your social media ads ‘magically’ turn to the newest diet trends (capitalism amiright), and everyone keeps talking about their ‘productivity goals’ for the new year, while you’re still reeling from the holidays. What better way to start the new year than to disregard all of that, and focus on learning to deal with your stress? How? With this incredibly self help book of course!IMG_20200111_165824_609.jpg

I’ve always struggled with stress so I was very interested in this book when it first came out. I’ve read it twice since I got it (less than a year ago) and am planning on reading it again soon because it’s just so good.

Burnout uses scientific research to explain how stress works in your brain, and what you can do to change it, way beyond just ‘positive thinking’. It really helped me to understand how stress worked, and what exactlyRead More »

My Favorite Books I Read This Year

It’s the end of this year! Of this decade! Help! Time passes! But let us all remember that calendars are a social construct and nothing to worry about. Instead, let’s think about books.

I didn’t read as much this year as other years, because my brain was tired. Still, I found some gems I really want to talk about again. So here, in no particular order, are the books I loved most this year.

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Scary Christmas Advent Short Story | A Perfect Christmas Fantasy

A Perfect Christmas Fantasy

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Mrs. Bishop’s Christmas party is a great success. The guests are all happily chatting and sipping their drinks in the glow of the fire. A record player in the corner softly plays old Christmas carols. Three children dressed in the finest old-fashioned Sunday clothes sit beneath the Christmas tree, playing with the toys they were allowed to unwrap after dinner, to the delight of the guests.

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Book Review | Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

“You are made of dreams and this world is not for you”

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Ronan Lynch is a dreamer; he can pull strange, dangerous and wonderful things from his dreams. Jordan Hennessy is a thief, a forger, a copier, and a dreamer trying not to dream. Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter, her brother was a dreamer, she has seen the damage dreaming can do, and she fights to prevent the end of the world..IMG_20191207_141317_051.jpg

Call Down the Hawk is the first book in the new Dreamer Trilogy, which is a spin off of The Raven Boys series. It follows Ronan Lynch (and other new characters) after the Raven Boys events have played out. I’ve read The Raven Boys cycle several times, so I don’t know what it would be like to read Call Down The Hawk without any foreknowledge, but you definitely don’t need to read the Raven Boys first, because Stiefvater manages to weave the necessary background information throughout the story, without it getting annoying if you know the first series well. She really manages to do it just so that the background feels significant to the character, without it getting like a summary of ‘the previous episode’. She strikes the balance just perfectly.

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