Review: Around The World In 80 Days at Leeds Playhouse Around The World In 80 Days is an adaption by Toby Hulse of the Jules Verne book and is directed by Alexander Ferris. 37 more words
About the book
From learning a foreign language to writing a letter to the president and spending an indulgent day in bed, this revised and updated deck features ideas big, small and fun, that are perfect adds to anyone’s to-do list. -Goodreads
A lot of these books that I pick up seem to be by Americans but as with all books we take what we want from them. It’s a good little book full of ideas.
It starts with inspiring you to remember the magic of the circus to travelling,staying inbed all day or to writing letters. That bit intrigued me as handwriting letters are a lot more personal than an email or text. Or as in the book you don’t have to send them it’s just getting it off your chest.
So if you fancy a quick read some ideas have a look.
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Well, of course you do. Who wouldn’t? I mean…a free book. FREE. The downside…it’s one of mine. And you’d do well to pay attention. I’m from Yorkshire, I very rarely give anything away.
Free from All Danger, the seventh, and possibly final, Richard Nottingham book has just come out in paperback. I have a copy or two of it right here, and I’d like to give one away. Who knows, maybe it’ll be too you – although I’m afraid postage rates mean UK and NI only…sorry.
“If you have any appreciation of good storytelling, you will enjoy this book… Free From All Danger is historical crime fiction right out of the top drawer.”
I’ll get to the details in a minute. But first, a little about Richard Nottingham, the fictional character and the real person.
It’s certainly an interesting coincidence, as Richard has been on my mind lately…
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One dream symbol can reveal the meaning of an entire life-transforming dream. This dream dictionary unlocks the power of dream symbols with tips, tools, and 1500 symbols defined for personal growth by the author of The Curious Dreamer’s Practical Guide to Dream Interpretation.
Decode Life-Changing Answers: Dream symbols divulge insights about yourself and your life: your hopes, fears, opportunities, clues to life direction and what’s holding you back.
This book teaches you to master the art of dream symbol translation and discover hidden pointers to a better life. You’ll learn:
– Why dream symbol meaning is personal and standard meanings don’t apply.
– How to understand what a dream symbol says about you and your life.
– How to spot the most common types of dream symbolism.
– Which dream symbols to analyze (and which to ignore).
– How to recognize an important or urgent dream symbol.
– How to retrieve symbol meanings buried in your subconscious mind.
– The key role of intuition in dream symbol analysis.
A Complete Course in Dream Symbol Interpretation: This comprehensive dictionary of dreams includes specific steps, analysis techniques, tips for recognizing symbol meanings, and 1500 illuminating symbol descriptions that prompt you to explore both traditional and personal meanings (rather than the one-size-fits-all approach of most dream dictionaries).
Discover What You’ve Been Missing in Your Dreams: The interpretation of dreams opens the door to a new world of empowering self-knowledge in your dreams each night. This book puts that power of dream symbol meaning directly into your hands.
I have always been interested in dreams and lately I have been having some bizarre ones/ I know they are reflection of life and what you’re thinking so I always check the internet for reasons. This is quite an interesting book and looks into the meanings behind the symbols to. It’s almost like an exploration of what is going on and leading to some quite interesting finds. If you are into learning more about your dreams I highly recommend this book.
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book
Divorced and struggling with deep-rooted mental health problems, Bella Mackie ended her twenties in tears. She could barely find the strength to get off the sofa, let alone piece her life back together. Until one day she did something she had never done of her own free will – she pulled on a pair of trainers and went for a run.
That first attempt didn’t last very long. But to her surprise, she was back out there the next day. And the day after that. She began to set herself achievable goals – to run 5k in under 30 minutes, to walk to work every day for a week, to attempt 10 push-ups in a row. Before she knew it, her mood was lifting for the first time in years.
In Jog On, Bella explains with hilarious and unfiltered honesty how she used running to battle crippling anxiety and depression, without having to sacrifice her main loves: booze, cigarettes and ice cream. With the help of a supporting cast of doctors, psychologists, sportspeople and friends, she shares a wealth of inspirational stories, research and tips that show how exercise often can be the best medicine. This funny, moving and motivational book will encourage you to say ‘jog on’ to your problems and get your life back on track – no matter how small those first steps may be. GoodReads
“Whatever emotion you’re feeling at the time is the correct emotion for the time”
I discovered this book via a friend who had seen it somewhere due to my love of running. I haven’t done it in over a year due to health issues and a big part of me is missing it. I took ill and basically got into the mindset of if I did any exercise it would be damaging and that and a lot of other things lead to my depression and anxiety worsening.
In recent years I have tried self-help books and just didn’t feel like there was any heart in them. I wanted to try a different tack. In recent months I have tried some different auto-biographies and this has had a better effect.
The author of this book is very frank throughout and I love how she explains things throughout the book. I could relate to quite a lot of it, like the part where she mentions she would become obsessed with something only to fall out of love with it. I’ve noticed lately I keep repeating certain acts and if I am not careful I will never want to see a burger or bagel again.
‘Your anxiety can make you introverted, never seeing what’s around you, always forcing your brain to see the negative, scary things instead’
I also liked the fact she draws on other people’s experiences one guy saying how doing exercise for an hour helped some young people take back control and as through anxiety we can feel we lose it. For me I have tried most self-help things, some I admit I may have not giving enough benefit of the doubt to, and gave up, others just didn’t work and I think that’s another thing we forget, not everything is for everyone and that’s ok. We all deal with our problems differently and evwn if you don’t want to go running I recommend this book for an interesting insight into anxiety and depression.
And one last note, don’t forget if you do take it up, while out running, to remember to take in your surroundings, look up and perhaps have an aim, so like visiting a cafe and then returning. I might try this, even with just walking and then get the bus back, obviously with a cool down if needed.
I highly recommend this book and can’t thank my my library enough for stocking this book.
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For Christina Patterson, it was her job as a journalist that kept her going through the ups and downs of life. And then she lost that, too. Dreaming of revenge and irritated by self-help books, she decided to do the kind of interviews she had never done before.
The resulting conversations are surprising, touching and often funny. There’s Ken, the first person to be publicly fired from a FTSE-100 board. There’s Winston, who fell through a ceiling onto a purple coffin. There’s Louise, whose baby was seriously ill, but who still worried about being fat. And through it all, there’s Christina, eating far too many crisps as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life.
‘The Art of Not Falling Apart’ is a joyous, moving and sometimes shockingly honest celebration of life as an adventure, one where you ditch your expectations, raise a glass and prepare for a rocky ride. – Goodreads
About the book
For decades, bestselling author Louise Hay has transformed people’s lives and health by teaching them to let go of limiting beliefs and create the life of their dreams. Now in this tour de force, 88-years-young Louise teams up with her go-to natural health and nutrition experts, Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, to reveal the other side of her secret to health, happiness and longevity: living a nutrient-rich life. In this book, you will learn to take your health, your moods, your energy and your life to the next level. You will tap into the secrets Louise has used for decades to supercharge the effectiveness of affirmations and bring your body back into alignment with your mind. You will discover what nutrition really means and how to cut through the confusion about which diets really work. You will learn to hear the stories your body is eager to reveal. You will uncover techniques for longevity, vitality, good moods, deep intuition and for meeting your body’s unique healing needs at all stages of life. -Goodreads
“illness is an invitation to change your relationship with yourself for the better.”
A lot of things about self-help these days is about ‘loving yourself’ ‘how you think and what you eat.’. The world has turned to changing the way we think to. Louise Hay has quite a lot of books on these subjects. This one is quite interesting almost like a manual you pick up and put down when needed. It is a big mix of things. It also has a meal plan at the back with some interesting recipes. I have picked a couple but don’t think I could carry out a lot of them as I live on my own and haven’t heard of half the ingredients but I have picked up some tips. So if you want to dip into the idea of loving yourself and a different way fo thinking this is one to try. Although it has a lot of american references it’s still a good read. Oh and try your local library, mine has a wealth of self-help books.
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Meet the greatest entertainer of the 19th Century…
In 1834, desperate to create a better life for his family, small-time Connecticut businessman P. T. Barnum moved to New York City. With true entrepreneurial spirit and against all odds, he wowed audiences with his ensemble of musical spectacles, attractions and variety shows. A master showman, his crowning achievement was the world-famous circus, Barnum Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth.
In this account of his life and work, written by the man himself and first published in 1855, P. T. Barnum creates an aura of excitement about himself and his enduring fame, confirming his reputation as the greatest impresario of all time
I saw the film when it came out not knowing much or anything about it and came out singing. As with films based on real life some of it is embellished. After all for centuries as humans all we want to be is entertained regardless of the subject. Look at TV soaps, how popular they are and a lot of it is constant suffering.
This book is not for the faint hearted. The text is small and could probably have doubled the book in size however it is a very interesting insight into the life of P.t.Barnum. Each chapter outlines different areas of his life and what I found interesting was the detail he went into for his ventures, from the lottery to the Jenny Lind tour. He was quite a businessman. There’s no mention of the circus and hardly anything about his wife and family. To me it was one of those books I had to read and although I didn’t feel like learning anything new it was interesting to learn how human behaviour hasn’t really changed much.
How Do You Raise an Awakened Child in an Unconscious World?
The birth of a child avatar should be a cause for celebration, but twenty-something Maggie Langford finds that sheltering Anna’s sanctity from the intrusion of the outside world is her first priority. As Anna grows, so do the challenges. How do you tell a child who can heal any injury or disease that she must do it quietly, or not at all? Fortunately, Maggie can rely on Joseph, the child’s spirit guide, for advice. Anna periodically whisks them away to his “astral park” for consultations. Exposed to Anna’s elevated energy, Maggie flourishes and becomes a bestselling children’s book author. Maggie becomes certified to homeschool children and all is well, until Anna transports the class to Joseph’s astral park. When alarmed parents are told of this “excursion,” Maggie and Anna are summoned to a meeting with the School Board, a confrontation that could make Anna’s elevated being public knowledge. Maggie’s worst nightmare could be about to take place…
An interesting book looking into spiritual side of things. I loved the relationships throughout the book and how the idea of rebirth and self identity. If you want to try something different this is it.
Thank you to NetGalley, the author John Nelson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon
Bryony Gordon has OCD.
It’s the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn’t repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It’s caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.
A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a happily married mother of an adorable daughter, Bryony has managed to laugh and live well while simultaneously grappling with her illness. Now it’s time for her to speak out. Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can.
Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness.
I hold my hands up, I only read this book because it was yellow and cost me 20p and I liked the title. I don’t particularly go into autobiographies, but while I was flicking through I thought I would give it a go and I am glad I did. It seems to be a trend in recent years for celebrities to talk about mental health. For me I find a stab of jealousy as it’s ok for them (even though I don’t know their situation) because they have money and things can be ‘easily fixed‘ which in the case of Bryony Gordon wasn’t necessarily the case and the help didn’t just come with the good contacts but more the fact she had a good loving network both at home and at work. Again in some cases some people aren’t as lucky to have. Some people don’t h av e that and what is worse is The NHS struggles with the mental health side of things with many people on long waiting lists.
What I loved about Bryony’s story is how she held her hands up and was brutally honest in some cases she didn’t see she needed help which is often the case and sometimes she said ‘hey it’s not working I need help’or ‘It didn’t all turn out a bed of roses because she found someone to love’. She is very frank and honest about everything.
One part that really hit home was how when she was a teenager and struggling with A-levels and her Mum says to her ‘I know you’ve had a hard time ….. You have no idea that locked away in this room in your own misery, you are dictating the mood of the rest of the house.’ Growing up this happened with my Dad we had to watch his moods and then throughout my adult years I realised that we all do it, when our mental health is bad we become selfish, we don’t realise how we act, or how our actions affect others, me included and yet instead of trying to work out why a lot of the time we are told to avoid negative people.
One of the things I loved about this book is the journey. How one therapist told her to enjoy the small things, like binge watching your favourite tv programme, even the small things help and if it makes you smile do it more. She mentions CBT which I have continued to struggled with, partly because in most cases it’s given in group work and your sent away with a book and told to get on with it and for me that hasn’t worked.
Like her I might try it again but I might try to find another way to approach it. Maybe watch You Tube videos or something. Or perhaps give Star Wars a go and become a jedi. But seriously for an autobiography and a story on mental health it really has struck me and it actually gave me a little hope that at nearly 39 I might be able to turn myself round and achieve something with my life, as her husband says ‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans’ I realised all my plans were more based around other people’s goals and I never really made mine, the main one being owning my own home. So perhaps it’s time to start and look after me and hope one day I can have a catalogue home I always dreamed of with artificial turf lawn.
One thing that I am glad she picked up on is, later in the book she describes talking to a burly bloke on a train and how he was having issues and that to the world anyone can be having problems regardless of their status/appearance and that sometimes we all just need to be a little kind to each other. You never know what that small smile or hello can do for someone’s day. Remember the little things as they are as important as the big things.
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