“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

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

Life Lessons from Michelle Obama’s “Becoming”
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Life Lessons from Michelle Obama’s “Becoming”


Michelle Obama’s memoir is a bestseller for all the right reasons. Regardless of your political affiliations and opinions, this book reflects a new era in politics. The lines between politicians and the contemporary notions of celebrities are becoming more and more blurred. The way that we consume, critique, and engage with politics and celebrities is … Continue reading

Easy and cheap ways for self-care with a book flair
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Easy and cheap ways for self-care with a book flair


Self care was a buzzword for 2017 with a lot of articles floating around on social media talking about ways to look after yourself ranging from tips on meditation to weekly manicures. Self care has both emotional and medical aspects to it. Self care is ultimately about making time to put yourself first. However, there … Continue reading

#2 How to survive a long writing project
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#2 How to survive a long writing project


As the weather changes here in Switzerland, universities and schools are starting again and NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner. It doesn’t matter if you are writing a thesis, creating a novel, working on essays and assignments for school, or working on a long report for work. Writing is hard work. … Continue reading