Quick Reads Feb 2017
A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor: A Memory of Violets came highly recommended and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bittersweet and heartbreaking it is the story of two orphaned sisters, who became flower girls in Victorian England and what happened to them afterwards. 4 Stars
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker**: The More of Less by Joshua Becker (from Becoming Minimalist) offers a great introduction to minimalism, as well as practical steps on how to actually get there. That’s where many books on organising or minimalism stops, but Becker goes one step further in The More of Less, touching on the real benefits of minimalism, what you can do with the time and money you gain in the process. At the end of the book there’s a chapter on their newly-founded charity The Hope Effect, dedicated to change the way orphans are taken care of, by letting them grow up in stable families, rather than orphanages. This is a topic that I’ve personally realised the importance of, so I was excited when I first heard about this. However, I did have some concerns regarding The Hope Effect, I contacted them and unfortunately some of my concerns were valid. I was delighted to hear that they will purely be working with local couples, and only taking in so-called double orphans (meaning that both parents are dead, too frequently children end up in orphanages because their parents don’t have any other option in order to look after them). However, they will not support any same-sex couples to participate in the program, even in countries where it is legal. As such, I cannot in good conscience recommend this charity. I will not support such harmful, out-dated homophobic nonsense. For the book itself, 3.5 Stars
Neck Check: Chronic Neck Pain Relief Once and For All (Super Spine) by Sean Sumner (currently $2.87 on Kindle): Having struggled with chronic neck pain for half my life, I’m always keen on new tips and tricks on how to better manage this condition. Neck Check offers valuable advice and insights, both common sense and on a deeper level. If this is an area you struggle with regularly, I would recommend it. 4 Stars
Scrumptious Treats for Vintage Housekeepers by Alison May (currently $1.23 on Kindle): I adore Alison May’s books of tips and ideas, I like to read a couple per day to make them last longer – a delightful break in the day. Scrumptious Treats for Vintage Housekeepers is no different, as always Alison May (from Brocante Home) is a fountain of self-care inspiration. 4 Stars
The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness by Bari Tessler*: So many of us struggle with money (maybe especially those of us who aren’t cis-gendered men). We struggle with feeling like we deserve it, or trusting that we know how to handle it. Tessler, a financial therapist, has an approach to money is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, an approach based on healing our relationship with and stories around money. She’ll teach you how to ground yourself before and during weekly conversations with yourself (and/or your partner), which she calls money dates. Thought-provoking and important, I highly recommend it. 4.5 Stars
The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson*: I have had a fascination with apocalypses, dystopias and self sufficiency since I was a kid, and while zombie apocalypse isn’t usually my favourite type of apocalypse, this book will have something for any kind of apocalypse/survival geek. The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse doesn’t just cover what to do in the here and now, but how to survive in the long term – whether you stay in the city or head out into the wild. Complete with recipes (unfortunately not many that are celiac-friendly) and detailed instructions on how to grow, harvest and hunt your food. 4 Stars
The King’s Curse (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels) by Philippa Gregory: If you enjoy Gregory’s historical fiction I’m sure you’ll like this one too. I always find myself doing lots of googling to separate fact from fiction. I enjoyed this one on Audible, I find that these long novels are perfect to listen to while knitting or doing stuff around the house. 3.5 Stars
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (narrated by Laura Hamilton): Rain Reign is a delightful story (middle-grade) of a young girl with Asperger’s syndrome, her love of homonyms and of her dog Rain. Wonderfully narrated by Laura Hamilton, it is richly deserving of the many awards it has won. Rose won me over and broke my heart simultaneously. 4.5 Stars
*Received an advanced reader’s copy through Netgalley , the review is my own honest opinion.
**Received an advanced reader’s copy through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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