It’s All Absolutely Fine (Book Review)

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Author: Ruby Elliot

Genre: Comics; Non-Fiction (mental health)

Rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: 31st January; published by Andrews McMeel

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis — what’s it about?

 

In this compilation of Ruby Elliot’s drawings she takes the reader on a journey through the ups and downs of life, basing it off her personal experience. She approaches a lot of different topics relating them to her mental health, discussing anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and her identity. While the topics at hand tend to be depressing she manages to talk about (or rather, draw) them with a positive message lurking underneath.

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My Childhood In Books (Top Ten Tuesday)

In today’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by the lovely girls over at The Broke and The Bookish, I want to share with you the books (and authors) that had the biggest impact in me as an eight to twelve year-old bookworm. You can see a specimen of the species Childus Bookwormus aged five in her natural habitat below, she had been interrupted while feeding on her daily dose of fiction.

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I’d like to take this opportunity and own up to my privilege. I grew up in a family that had enough money and other means to support my love of books and was actively interested in cultivating this habit in me. I am thankful for it every single day.

I also want to thank the authors who wrote these books — even though they will never read this — for having created such lively characters and an alternative world where I could fall back into whenever I so desired. I couldn’t be the reader I am today if it hadn’t been for these works of fiction.

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Not finishing books

Not finishing books you started is something that I don’t see a lot of people talking about, even though I’m 85% certain we all do it.

I hate leaving a project half completed, it makes me itchy and feel anxious. I like having closure, in this case closing a book and saying “I hated this book, but hey, I finished it so I’m entitled to my opinion!” However, because I force myself to finish something I’m hating, I get into a reading slump where my desire to read goes to level zero. It makes me feel like something I loved doing before (reading) has now become a chore.

That’s why, as of 2016, I started giving up on some books. Since then the reading slumps have become less frequent and I’ve come to terms with book-induced anxiety — I got better at managing it, but it’s still a work in progress! I even created a Goodreads shelf called “will-not-finish”. (Look at me, all committed!)

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2017 to-be-read (TBR) shelf

The upside of being a part of the book-loving community is being up to speed with the latest literary news. The latest releases are included in this, obviously. However, the downside is adding way too many books to the “to-be-read” shelf, more than I have the time for.

Every year I add around 160 books to this shelf on Goodreads. But because I get excited very easily, some of them I end up not wanting to read at all until eventually I forget about them. The books I included in this list are an exception — I added these books to my “to-be-read” shelf in 2016 and I intend to read them in 2017.

I just hope that around this time next year I’ll be able to say that I’ve completed this challenge I set myself. But without further ado, let’s move onto my top twelve books I want to read in 2017 that I didn’t get a chance to read in 2016. Phfew, that was long!

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The Rule of the Land (Book Review)

the-rule-of-the-land-coverTitle: The Rule of the Land

Author: Garrett Carr

Genre: Non-Fiction; Travel/Nature

Rating: 3.5 stars

Publication Date: 19th January 2017, published by Faber & Faber

Disclaimer: I was sent an ebook copy by the Publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis — what’s it about?

Author Garrett Carr traveled the broder between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on foot and by canoe, mapping the landscape as well. In light of the Brexit referendum that took place on the 23rd of June of 2016 the author tries to answer what the implications of a split between the European Union and the United Kingdom, of which Northern Ireland is a part of, would be to the people living near the border and their everyday lives. In order to contextualize this, he tells the story of both countries, with a focus on the borderland, from their formation, to the history between the Catholic/Protestant divide and to the 1990s and The Troubles.

Because the author also mapped the landscape surrounding the border — namely the places he references and tells the story of — those maps are included in the book, as well as some photos of said places, to give the reader a mental image of the background of the topic being discussed.

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Big Mushy Happy Lump (Book Review)

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Title: Big Mushy Happy Lump

Author: Sarah Andersen

Genre: Comics/Humor

Rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: 7th March 2017

Disclaimer: NetGallery kindly gave me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion

 

Synopsis:

This is a collection of comic vignettes created by the author, Sarah Andersen. It’s done in the same style as her previous work, Adulthood is a Myth, from the perspective of a young woman as she deals with anxiety, stress, a carreer, relationships and other everyday things that make up adulthood.

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