BOOK REVIEW | Unfiltered by Lily Collins

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Goodreads link: Hive link: After being blown away by her performance in Les Miserables, I had to pick up Lily Collins’ memoir which has been sitting on my to be read pile for ages. In Unfiltered, … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW | Unfiltered by Lily Collins

The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

Title: The Art of Asking
Author: Amanda Palmer
Year Published: 2014
Source: Owned copy!
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“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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Non Fiction November Recommendations + Reading List.

With “Non Fiction November” just around the corner, I thought today I will bring you some Non Fiction recommendations. As well as some non fiction books that are on my Reading List.

I first heard about Non Fiction November on Goodreads – here is the Goodreads group should you want to take part

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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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This Book is Gay – Juno Dawson.

Title: This Book is Gay Author: Juno Dawson Published: September 2014 Goodreads:  Rating: 5/5 Source: Owned physical book!  Plot: “Former PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it’s like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people ‘across the spectrum’, this inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know – from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. Spike Gerrell’s hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-have read.” I LOVED THIS BOOK. This book is incredibly educational. … Continue reading This Book is Gay – Juno Dawson.

Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates.

Title: Everyday Sexism Author: Laura Bates Published: April 2014 Goodreads: Rating: 5/5 Source: Kindle! “Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that’s driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism to come together, share their stories and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. But women won’t stand for it. The Everyday Sexism Project is grounded in reality; packed with substance, validity … Continue reading Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates.