The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

Title: The Art of Asking
Author: Amanda Palmer
Year Published: 2014
Source: Owned copy!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23511311-the-art-of-asking-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-let-people-hel

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Synopsis:

“Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world’s most successful music Kickstarter.

Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn’t alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.

Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.”

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The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Year Published: 2015
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23347055-the-girl-on-the-train

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Synopsis:

EVERYDAY THE SAME

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…”

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Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven.

Title: Holding Up The Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Year Published: 2016
Source: Won an arc at YALC 2016!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28671039-holding-up-the-universe

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*picture from Waterstones.com

Synopsis:
“Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. 
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.”

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The Square Root of Summer + My Summer Time Capsule.

Title: The Square Root of Summer
Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Year Published: 2016
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27420164-the-square-root-of-summer

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Synopsis:

“Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .”

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On The Other Side – Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Title: On The Other Side
Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Year Published: 2016
Source: Own copy!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25744542-on-the-other-side

Synopsis: “Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .”

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LGBTQ* Reads! | George, Unspeakable, All of the Above.

One of the best things about the start of summer is all the Pride events happening around the world!

And recently, I’ve started looking for and reading books with themes on gender and sexuality. I’m trying to read more books along the spectrum, rather than just the centre. And here are some really good ones that I’ve read as of late!

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Creativity and the idea of Big Magic.

Back at the start of the year, I wondered into Foyles and decided to pick up Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This was for a couple of reasons. 1) It was a really nice hardcover and it was half price, who could resist. 2) I had known of Elizabeth Gilbert as she has a lengthy writing career and I hadn’t read anything by her. 3) It was a book about creativity and how to get your creative juices flowing. Because of this I thought Elizabeth Gilbert would be a great person to discuss being creative with as she has published 8 books,including the world famous Eat, Pray, Love; with Big Magic being her 9th.

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Picture from Goodreads. Link for more info on the book is https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24453082-big-magic

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Silence Is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher

Title: Silence Is Goldfish
Author: Annabel Pitcher
Year Published: 2015
Source: Physically owned!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25250548-silence-is-goldfish

“My name is Tess Turner – at least, that’s what I’ve always been told.
I have a voice but it isn’t mine. It used to say things so I’d fit in, to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn’t. It lied.
It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too. But the words that really hurt weren’t the lies: it was six hundred and seventeen words of truth that turned my world upside down.
Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them.
I am Pluto. Silent. Inaccessible. Billions of miles away from everything I thought I knew.

Tessie-T has never really felt she fitted in and after what she read that night on her father’s blog she knows for certain that she never will. How she deals with her discovery makes an entirely riveting, heart-breaking story told through Tess’s eyes as she tries to find her place in the world.”

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All The Rage – Courtney Summers

Title: All The Rage
Author: Courtney Summers
Published: 2016
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28320374-all-the-rage

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“”My dad used to say makeup was a shallow girl’s sport, but it’s not. It’s armour.”
Kellan Turner is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. But when she speaks up, she is branded a liar. Telling the truth has cost her everything, because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town.
But when news of Kellan assaulting another girl gets out, the cost of staying silent might be more than Romy can bear. With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All The Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.”

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