• Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen

    Non-Fiction Round Up – Happy Fat by Sofie Hagan, 100 Nasty Women of History by Hannah Jewell and Because I Am A Girl by Various Authors

    Last year I decided I wasn’t reading enough non-fiction. I’ve never been a great fan of non-fiction and I released it takes me longer to read than fiction so I rarely picked it up. I decided that there were certain topics that did interest me and the best way to read more non-fiction about these topics would be to set myself a challenge. I set a challenge of one non-fiction book a month. Seventeen months on, I’m glad to report Im pretty much keeping up with that challenge. I may have missed a month or so, but I have read lots more non-fiction than ever before. Now comes the next…

  • Book review for I Will Not Be Erased by gal-dem
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    “I will not be erased” by gal-dem

    Fourteen funny, insightful and inspirational essays from gal-dem, the award-winning magazine and creative collective of young women of colour. gal-dem are an award-winning creative collective of young women of colour, described by the Guardian as “bubbling with energy, ideas and talent”. In this thought-provoking collection of fourteen essays, their writers take raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – and explore growing up. Straight-talking, funny and insightful, the essays tackle important subjects including race, gender, mental health and activism, making this essential reading for any young person. I would like to start this review by pointing out that I’m not the intended audience of this…

  • Book review for How to stop losing your sh*t with your kids by Carla Naumburg. Blog title graphic with title and an image of the book
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    How To Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids – Carla Naumburg

    So, you’re losing your sh*t with your kids. You scream, you shout, you snap at them. You’re cranky and irritable more often than you’d like to admit. You know how you want to parent; you want to be a calmer, more rational and intentional parent, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t help it. You keep losing your sh*t. Just remember: YOU ARE NOT A BAD PARENT. How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids is as honest and compassionate as it is pragmatic about helping you work through your sht to be a more present and positive parent. Increasingly relevant to today’s parents, who are more…

  • blog graphic with post title and I'm age of the books to be read, mentioned within the post, stacked in front of a bonsai tree
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    My second Isolation to be read pile

    In April I shared with you a series of books I was reading and going to read over the lockdown period. Ten weeks in and things aren’t back to normal. I doubt they ever will be. But for the time being, it means I’m getting a fair bit more read. This month’s reads May was taken up with finishing The Book of Dust Volume 1 by Phillip Pullman. It took longer than I expected, as did the Hunger Games trilogy. So I’ve only really started on this pile of reads in the last week. So I guess these will get me through June and July. Non-fiction first I try to…

  • A book titled The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White, on a wooden background
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    The Guilty Feminist – Deborah Frances-White

    It makes me sad that the majority of people won’t read this book because they think it’s ‘just about feminism’ or that feminism ‘isn’t on their agenda’. This book is not about feminism, it’s about privilege and using any level of privilege you have to help those without. Regardless of whether that privilege is to do with gender, skin colour, sexuality or ability.  I have listened to the early ‘The Guilty Feminist‘ Podcasts and loved them which is why my partner bought my this book for Christmas. He thought it would make a great gift, and it did. Not only did it entertain, but it taught me so much about…

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    True Face – Siobhan Curham

    “Don’t show me your tweet-face  or ur txt spk  show me your True Face  and let your heart speak” This is a guide to learning who you are and loving yourself for it. It is a guide to help unmask the real you. Not the you shown to your facebook friends, or the you put across in class or when you are trying to impress. Its time to show the real you, the one you hide away because you think its boring, or stupid, or some other annoying put down that your inner voice has come up with. Its time you silenced that inner voice and lived the life you…

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    This Book is Gay – James Dawson

    “Lesson one  Sometimes men fancy men  Sometimes women fancy women  Sometimes women fancy men and women  Sometimes men fancy women and men  Sometimes people don’t fancy anyone  Sometimes a man might want to be a woman Sometimes a woman might want to be a man Got that? It really is that simple.” This Book is Gay takes all the myths and prejudice surrounding the notion of gender identity and sexual orientation and tells it how it is. The Queen of Teen James Dawson shows how all human beings are confusing creatures and how not everyone wants, or needs, labels to be who they really are. This book will have you…

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    365 Days of Wonder – RJ Palacio

    “Precepts of maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones at hand do more toward a happy life than whole volumes that we know not where to find. – Seneca.” A companion to the beautiful 2013 book Wonder, 365 days of Wonder is a book of quotes and wise words, one for each day of the year. It includes brilliant, funny and insightful quotes from well known authors, singers and even characters, including some form those we met in Wonder itself, along with a bit of additional information from Mr Browne, Auggie’s wonderful fifth grade teacher.  *** I loved the wise words in this book and thought they…

  • Guest Post

    Siobhan Curham on Finding Your Inner Cherokee

    Today I have a guest post for you from Siobhan Curham, author of some fantastic books including Finding Cherokee Brown and Dear Dylan. These books were fiction novels aimed at the teen market and really hit the nail on the head when it came to real teen issues.  Siobhan’s new book is related closely to Finding Cherokee Brown but is a non-fiction title dealing with the very real issues surrounding bullying. It publishing this week to coincide with National Anti-Bullying Week and Siobhan is my guest today to tell you more!   *** In March of this year, my novel Finding Cherokee Brown was published. Finding Cherokee Brown tells the…

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    Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits are taking over the world – Leslie Simon

    What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that “geek” is no longer a four-letter word. In recent years, male geeks have taken the world by storm. But what about their female counterparts? After all, fangirls are just like fanboys–they put on their Imperial Stormtrooper Lycra pants one leg at a time. “Geek Girls Unite” is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the…