Mini Reviews

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and are staying safe. So I thought I was about time that I finally started to clear off my NetGalley shelf. While I don’t have a massive amount of books on there I do have a few and most of them have been released for a while now. So I really need to get a move on with them.

Title: Queer Body Power

Author: Essie Dennis

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Release Date: 21 March 2022

Number of Pages: 224

Genre: Non-Fiction


As a young, queer, plus-size person, Essie Dennis has spent a lot of time feeling like they weren’t enough – not queer enough, not feminine enough, not perfect enough. When they took to social media to share how they felt, they were overwhelmed by how many others felt the same. I look too masculine to be non-binary
I look too feminine to be a lesbian
Am I too fat for drag? Inviting you to challenge accepted beauty standards and the concept of ‘the perfect body’, Essie takes everything they have learned on their journey to self-acceptance and body satisfaction to help guide you towards loving your queer body. From gender, sexuality and reclaiming your body, through to food, politics, social media and fatphobia, this radical book starts a conversation about body image and mental health that queer people are so often left out of. Fiercely and unapologetically written, and with honest advice and powerful stories from a diverse range of queer people throughout, this is an inspiring and necessary book that will show you that you are enough.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

In this novel Essie does a really good job at discussing topics that aren’t usually touched upon and those are how your gender and sexuality as well as disability can impact on things such as your self-esteem and body confidence. They do this by discussing eating disorders, fat phobia, fashion and social media. She focuses on the view point of those who aren’t cos, straight and able bodied which is something that you don’t see often. She does through discussing her own experiences but also those of many others in the community and I feel that this is a book all queer people and especially the younger generation can really benefit from.

I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.

Title: Things that Matter

Author: Joshua Becker

Publisher: WaterBook & Multnomah

Release Date: 19 April 2022

Number of Pages: 256

Genre: Non-Fiction


Do you want to live a meaningful life—with very few regrets—and make a positive difference in the world? But is culture distracting you from doing so? Perhaps moments, days, and years go by without you stopping to ask yourself, Am I living out my true purpose? Even if that question whispers to you, are you brushing it aside because you don’t know what to change in life’s busyness?
In Things That Matter, Joshua Becker helps you identify the obstacles—such as fear, technology, money, possessions, and the opinions of others—that keep you from living with intention, and then he provides practical ideas for letting go of those distractions today so you can focus on what matters most. He uses practical exercises and questions, insights from a nationwide survey, and success stories to give you the motivation you need to

identify the pursuits that matter most to you
align your dreams with your daily priorities
recognize how money and possessions keep you from happiness
become aware of how others’ opinions of you influence your choices
embrace what you’re truly passionate about instead of planning that next escape
figure out what to do with all those emails, notifications, and pings
let go of past mistakes and debilitating habits

Things That Matter is a book about living well. It’s about overcoming the chatter of a world focused on all the wrong things. It’s about rethinking the common assumptions of today to find satisfaction and fulfillment tomorrow.
How do we get to the end of our lives with minimal regrets? We set aside lesser pursuits to seek lasting meaning. And we discover the joy of doing it every day.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

So this is one of the first self help type books that I have really read. I recently decide to start working more on myself and my self growth so this seemed like a great place to start. This book takes a deep dive into finding purpose in your life and how to make the most of the time you have. Focusing on the distractions that many of us face. While I found some of this interesting and helpful, there were parts that I disagreed with in particular his insights around money unrealistic for the average person.

Overall I gave this 2.5 stars.

Title: Witchful Thinking

Author: Zoe Howe

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Ldt

Release Date: 8 April 2022

Number of Pages: 102

Genre: Non-Fiction


From stirring your tea to smashing the patriarchy, Witchful Thinking helps you create a charmed life full of magic and inspiration. Featuring spiritual advice and fun, creative techniques for developing that all-important magical mindset, this empowering book takes you on a journey into witchcraft, feminism, and vibrant health. Zoë Howe draws upon the age-old archetype of the “cunning woman” as a guide to connect you to the energies of nature and reveal your inner wise one. Designed for women of all identities, this book warmly encourages you to create your own magic, embrace your body type, and start your personal revolution. Explore the foundational topics of magic, from pentagram power and lunar lore to chakras, crystals, and divination.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was another great book for those who are interested in learning more about witchcraft. It’s full of information as well as tips to get you started on this path. This book also has a focus on empowerment which I really enjoyed. I did however find that I took quite a while to read just because I contains so much information.

I gave this 3.5 stars.

Have you read any of these books?? If so, what were your thoughts on them??

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