My Favorite Form of Self Care: Why Reading is My Saving Grace

TW: This post will have discussions about depression and anxiety.

I have always been an avid reader.  No matter what, I am reading something.  Reading has always been a fun thing for me to do on my free time, and then I decided to pursue it in college and in my career in education.  This was never out of the ordinary and things were pretty normal in my everyday life., reading was just another hobby for me.

In these past couple of years, however, events happened that shifted the dynamics in my personal life.  I started reading even more as a way to calm down and improve my mental health. Reading has become of one my primary sources of self care because at one point in my life, I had no other option BUT to read.

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Book Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

41dpKCfNqbL (1)What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…

She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has, (Goodreads).

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The Best of Shakespeare

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I want to explore my love of William Shakespeare for a second.  First of all, I know a lot of people are turned off by Shakespeare because his work is very difficult to read and it’s true!  If i didn’t go to college for English I don’t think I would be able to read Shakespeare very well.  Especially for people who like to steer clear of Classics, I want to share my favorite works of Shakespeare.  This is also going to purposely  not be a very literal analysis of these works because Shakespeare is intimidating enough.  I just want to show you how fun reading Shakespeare can be!

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Book Review: Furyborn by Claire Lagrand

51cl1gq0zuL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other, (Goodreads).

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Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

71Ha8X7iAjLAristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be, (Goodreads).

 

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Featured Friend: Sarah | What Book Changed Your Life?

Featured Friend is a monthly series I do on my blog where I ask one of my friends a bookish question and they share their answers.  I wanted to do this because I love talking about books with my friends, but also I noticed that a lot of the same books get talked about in the online book space.  As a way to shake things up, I think having someone who is completely unaware of the book online world would be a fun way to show a different perspective!  All of my friends will answer the same question.  If I have some friends write more than one post, I will give them something else to answer.

The first questions is: What book changed your life?

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My first Featured Friend is  my best friend Sarah.  Sarah has been by my side for as long as I can remember.  She is reliable, funny, such a caring friend, and a really talented photographer.  Our friendship is one of the longest I’ve had (12 years!) and from middle school, high school, college, we have both evolved tremendously as individuals but have always kept each other close.  We are always so supportive of each others projects and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to start off this series with me!

Here is Sarah writing about the book that changed her life: Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume.

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Rant: Do Audiobooks Count as Reading?

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I recently made a post giving some advice on how to make more time to read.  It’s always difficult with our busy schedules to take a moment and dive into our favorite stories.  One of my tips was to listen to audiobooks.  Especially for people who are always on the go, this can be a great option to get through some books.

I did not realize how many people disagreed with me!  I was speaking with my boss about audiobooks and she straight up told me that listening to audiobooks does not count as reading.  Our conversation pretty much ended there, but I was very interested to see what others would think.  I ran a poll on my Instagram (both my personal account and the account for my blog) and I got some interesting results.

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