Book Review: The Defining Decade

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“Our “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood. Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADEweaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely.”

Good Reads Summery

When I first picked this one up I decided that I probably wouldn’t review it, then as I started reading I decided I should post it with some stupid disclaimer about how I “don’t usually read self-help books.” But now that I’ve finished it, I feel like I should state: If this is what self -help or self-improvement books are all like, then I should read one a week.

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Book Review: Furiously Happy

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In LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

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A Fashion Magazine with Substance:

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It’s magazine season- well I read them year round, but something about airplane rides for summer traveling and laying out really makes me need them when it’s hottest.

I love just about any paper publication if I’m being honest (electronic ones too- bloggers don’t fear). But flipping through something is just such a rewarding feeling. My main problem? I don’t feel our current magazines always hold a lot of substance- mainly, fashion magazines. I don’t want to lose thirty pounds in two weeks (that doesn’t sound healthy) and I don’t want to read another article about which clothes fit my body type when there, are in fact, more than five body types.

It’s hard to find in the current market, at least in the mainstream. Fashion blogs are great for inspiration, but I want more points of views. I just want real articles in my magazines… is that too much to ask?

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Book Review: Pillars of Salt

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Pillars of Salt is the story of two women confined in a mental hospital in Jordan during and after the British Mandate. After initial tensions they become friends and share their life stories                  -GoodReads

I tried to find a better synopsis, so I went to Amazon… they got the plot wrong and mixed up two characters story? So here is this two sentence synopsis from good reads that does not do this book justice.

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Book Review: The Problem of Pain

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“For centuries people have been tormented by one question above all: If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain? And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it? The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C. S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungry for a true understanding of human nature.” -Goodreads Bio

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Readable: UK Magazines to Sink your Teeth into

 

IMG_2770abMaybe you know this about me maybe you don’t: I’m a magazine slut.

Well maybe I’m more of a paper product slut or a publication slut. I don’t know I just get high off these kinds of things. I know slut is an extreme term, but you just haven’t seen me in Barnes & Noble or Office Depot. I have a problem.

Throw extreme terms aside and lets look at the facts: I buy way too many magazines- and to be honest, I’m disappointed by a lot of them. I find that they’re mostly ads or that their content just falls flat. I think we can all think of a few magazines we’ve flipped through in a waiting room and spent more time flipping than reading or being visually pleased.

I personally like magazines that I can read and gain from. Which brings us to this posts, these magazines where the last two that I picked up that I was really pleased with. They’re both UK editions, because apparently I was feeling pretty British.

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Book Review: The Museum of Extraordinary Things

 

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Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River. The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as an apprentice tailor. When Eddie captures with his camera the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance.

(No Spoilers)

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