Reviews: 1/1-1/22

Calm the Fuck Down by Sarah Knight

This book is a sort of self-help guide for anxiety that occurs around everyday life.  It’s a testament to her previous books and my own mental state that I didn’t need these lessons right off the bat.  It was definitely a worthy read and I recommend it to anyone who goes through anxiety about anything.

Secret Hero Society:  Fort Solitude by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs

This book was super cute.  I loved the first one, and I’m always a sucker for a good “heroes are kids” story.  The art was perfect, of course, with Dustin drawing it, and the story was fun.  I loved seeing Clark come into his own.

Secret Hero Society:  Detention of Doom by same above

The third (and maybe last?? *sobs*) installment, had our heroes visit the Phantom Detention Zone.  This was just as fun as the others, with our heroes able to see each other’s powers and abilities.

Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon

This should be required reading for everyone.  In this fatphobic culture we live in, there’s nothing more insidious than the constant messages about losing weight.  But this doesn’t do that.  This book is about learning how to tune out society’s messages that you’re worthless if you weigh “too much” and learning to be healthy and love the body you have, without the goal of losing weight.  It’s important and necessary for everyone.

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

This was a very solid mystery, with a good few twists that never felt out of place.  The pace was just right (I read it in one sitting), the writing was good, and this second novel by McManus didn’t disappoint.

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This was another one I devoured in one sitting.  The chapters are short and the writing is great.  I definitely look forward to more from Braithwaite.  There’s a level of dark humor running through this that’s genuinely fun.

Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor

This should also be required reading.  This goes more into depth about the falseness of the obesity myth that fat is harmful and shameful.  Through loving your body for what it does for you now, you can shake off the negative messages from society that you’re not good enough because you’re not thin (and there is never a “thin enough’).

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I listened to the audiobook of this and it was very inspiring.  I’ve been tidying my room since listening to this and it’s been a very rewarding experience.  She gives you plenty of advice and relates her own experiences to what she tells you.  I definitely like her methods.

1342 Quite Interesting Facts by John Lloyd

This was a collection of, as it says on the tin, facts about all kinds of things.  If you love trivia, definitely check this out.  It’s Britain-focused, but it’s still interesting.

The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos

This should be required reading for everyone.  I mean it.  These three books I’ve mentioned are ideal starting points on the road to fat acceptance.  This gives you so much information about the so-called “obesity epidemic” and how, not only is it false and fear-mongering, it is also entirely made up of bad science and outright lies.

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