Mini-Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, by Amanda Lovelace

the witch doesnt burn in this one amanda lovelace

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Poetry

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I’m in such a mood for modern, feminist poetry lately. I haven’t read The Princess Saves Herself in This One, but it’s on my to-read list, even more after reading this book! This one is difficult to classify as fiction or non-fiction, because it has a mix of both. The With Doesn’t Burn in This One was such a powerful, intense and passionate read. I loved the poems, the witch theme and the unapologetic way the author talks about experiences of herself and other women. This is a great book and I highly recommend it!

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Review: A River in Darkness, by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in the Darkness Masaji IshikawaRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir

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Half-Japanese and half-Korean Masaji Ishikawa lived a poor and hard life in Japan with his family, angry at his violent father and feeling like an outsider. Then, when he’s thirteen, his family moves to North Korea, in search of a better life – the promises of free education, abundance of jobs and free access to doctors lures them. They soon find out the depth of the lies of the propaganda, and life gets much, much harder. Masaji tells the story of his life in “paradise on earth”, and its brutality, the endless hunger, poverty and cruelty and his escape 36 years later. Continue reading

Review: The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook, by Simon Rego PhD and Sarah Fader

The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach by [Rego PsyD, Simon, Fader, Sarah]

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Mental Health

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Depression is part of my life for so long I cannot pinpoint exactly when it started. Last year, it got worse than it’s ever been before, and I’ve needed medical attention and medication to help deal with it. Right now, I am doing therapy, taking medication regularly and paying attention to the symptoms so they never get that bad again. Which is why, when I was offered to read this workbook, I accepted almost immediately. Continue reading

ARC Review: Depression & Other Magic Tricks, by Sabrina Benaim

Depression and Other Magic Tricks Sabrina BenaimRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Poetry, Mental Health

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I had read that this book was a collection of poems about depression, love and heartbreak, and normally I don’t love poetry much, so I hesitated for a long time before getting it. Still, I’d forgotten it was a poem collection when I got this book in Netgalley, and the first poem threw me off: I’m not a fan of modern-looking poems which read like a stream of thoughts, stressful and not entirely constructed to make sense to a reader outside of the author’s head. So I glared a bit at the book and mentally scowled at myself for having gotten it. Then I kept turning pages. Continue reading

Review: What If? by Randall Munroe

What If Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Randall Munroe

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Non-fiction, Humor, Science

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I don’t normally read non-fiction, which is a hole in my shelf I am trying to slowly fill. I’ve got a bit of prejudice towards non-fiction writing, which I think tends to be too dry for my taste, even if the story is wonderful, interesting and with the appeal of being real. But I am making an effort now to find the books that will prove me wrong! So, when I saw this one in a bookstore last year, I knew I had to have it (thank you, Birgit, for the gift!). Continue reading