A Review of “Be the Change” by Gina Martin: activism, writing, and social media
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A Review of “Be the Change” by Gina Martin: activism, writing, and social media


When I saw Gina Martin’s activism guide, I was intrigued. I spent most of my early life and teenage years volunteering, raising money for charities, and working with different NGOs to spread awareness and help raise funds. It was an extremely rewarding time in my life, and I was able to raise over 40,000 AUD … Continue reading

Women in racing: a review of Clare Balding’s memoir “My Animals and Other Family”
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Women in racing: a review of Clare Balding’s memoir “My Animals and Other Family”


“Be consistent. Be fair and honest.” p161 Clare Balding’s memoir My Animals and Other Family was first published in 2012. At the heart of it, Balding’s memoir is an exploration of the importance animals can have on our childhoods and our lives in general. Each chapter is a different animal that left a mark on … Continue reading

“Anxiety: the missing stage of Grief”: a review and personal exploration of Claire Bidwell-Smith’s grief self-help book
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“Anxiety: the missing stage of Grief”: a review and personal exploration of Claire Bidwell-Smith’s grief self-help book


When my father died in 2011, my whole world was flipped on its head. I have spent most of my 20s coming to terms with death, loss, and grief, and this is also evidenced in the types of books I have read throughout this time. This can be seen in my reviews of fiction works … Continue reading

Review of Sayaka Murata’s “Convenience Store Woman”: fitting into the capitalist ideal
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Review of Sayaka Murata’s “Convenience Store Woman”: fitting into the capitalist ideal


I am a lover of Japanese literature. I studied Japanese in primary school (but it sadly is not one of the languages that stuck in my head), and I have had an affinity for Japanese culture, art, and food. When I came across Sayaka Murata’s work, Convenience Store Woman, I knew I had to get … Continue reading

What the self-help book “The Courage to Be Disliked” gets right and wrong
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What the self-help book “The Courage to Be Disliked” gets right and wrong


I bought The Courage to Be Disliked because I was curious to learn more about what the book had to offer. There has been an explosion of self-help literature in the 21st Century, and it probably has something to do with our chronic feelings of loneliness, burnout, and fear of not fitting into society. Japanese … Continue reading

“Happy Fat” this summer: a review of Sofie Hagen’s book about fat activism
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“Happy Fat” this summer: a review of Sofie Hagen’s book about fat activism


Finding this book has been 2019 gold for me. It has also been exceptionally fortuitous to read this book at the beginning of summer, a time for many people that singles stress and anxiety around their bodies. This book was my first deep-dive into fat activism and the fat positivity movement, and I feel like … Continue reading

Complicated families and letting go: a review of Sarah Haywood’s “The Cactus”
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Complicated families and letting go: a review of Sarah Haywood’s “The Cactus”


The Cactus is the debut novel from Sarah Haywood which is about letting go of who people want you to be and who you have made yourself become because of your past experiences. It is about family conflict, death, grief, secrets, and forgiveness. It is not your typical contemporary fiction novel for all the right … Continue reading

Roxane Gay Live at the Open Air Literatur Festival in Zurich 2019
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Roxane Gay Live at the Open Air Literatur Festival in Zurich 2019


Roxane Gay’s work has been seminal for feminist and fat liberation movements around the world. She draws on her own experiences about trauma, body image, feminist ideals, and Haitian and Black identity. Seeing her talk about her two most popular books Bad Feminist and Hunger: A memoir of (My) Body. I used Gay’s feminist text … Continue reading