Archive | October, 2015

The Bitch in Your Head — Jacqueline Hornor Plumez

30 Oct

thebitchPublisher: Taylor Trade
Released: May 1st, 2015
Genre: Non-fiction, self-help
Source: Review copy from Netgalley

 

Do you ever find yourself thinking, how could you be so stupid, you look fat, or you’re a horrible mother? Are you afraid people will find out you’ve fooled them into thinking you’re competent? If you’re guilty of expressing these types of discouraging messages, then you have a bitch in your head. This self-critical behavior can wreak havoc with your life—it can keep you from getting the love you want, the raise you deserve, or even a good night’s sleep.

Dr. Plumez began to notice a pattern with her patients being too hard on themselves. She found that gentler approaches didn’t work, but when she told them they were being a bitch—to themselves!—they finally recognized their self-defeating attitude and how much it was weighing them down.With this book, Dr. Plumez can help you banish the bitch. It identifies the different types of “bitches”—work, marriage, parenting, and so on—and provides effective tools and techniques to combat the forms of self-destruction described. Once you begin to encourage rather than criticize, you will find that your career, social life, and relationships almost magically improve.

Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez is an award-winning psychologist. She is the author of Successful Adoption, Divorcing a Corporation, and Mother Power. She has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, and her articles have appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Larchmont, New York.

From Goodreads.

I used to make fun of books like these. Self-help? Personal improvement? It was all hokey to me. A waste of time. But this year I decided to give some of it a try. There are still things out there that don’t mesh with me, but I thought that maybe, just maybe, if I started reading some self-improvement books they could — gasp!— actually help me. Negative self-talk has been an ongoing issue for me, so this book seemed right up my alley. And am I ever happy I gave it a go.

I really enjoyed this book and the information that I got from it has been invaluable. Like I said, I’ve always had an issue with negative self-talk and I know that you’re supposed to stop it and replace it with positive self-talk. But I never had a solid idea how to do this.

But calling all that negative self-talk the bitch in my head unleashed something for me. It gave a persona to what I was doing to myself in my head. And it’s helped me to tame it.

I really enjoyed the conversational tone of the book and the fact that it was broken down into different bitches that live in our head. They layout makes it a great reference book to go back to and just review certain parts.

Now when I think something that leans towards the negative, I ask myself if it’s the truth or the bitch in my head.

I’d definitely recommend this for anyone who struggles with negative self-talk.

Some Fine Day — Kat Ross

27 Oct

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Publisher:Strange Chemistry
Released: July 1st, 2014
Genre: YA dystopia
Source:  Review copy from author

 

A generation ago, continent-sized storms called hypercanes caused the Earth to flood. The survivors were forced to retreat deep underground and build a new society.

This is the story that sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist has heard all of her life.

Jansin grew up in a civilization far below the Earth’s surface. She’s spent the last eight years in military intelligence training. So when her parents surprise her with a coveted yet treacherous trip above ground, she’s prepared for anything. She’s especially thrilled to feel the fresh air, see the sun, and view the wide-open skies and the ocean for herself.

But when raiders attack Jansin’s camp and take her prisoner, she is forced to question everything she’s been taught. What do her captors want? How will she get back underground? And if she ever does, will she want to stay after learning the truth?

From Goodreads

 

What a freaking captivating book! From the opening line I was hooked. Ross wrote a beautiful book with universal themes that are so important. She weaves them together seamlessly for a story that seems like it could be taken from a page in our very near future.

Jansin is such a cool character. I loved watching her grow throughout the book and really come into her own. Her coming of age story is a huge part of the main story line and never once did it come off as cliche or boring.

Sometimes in dystopian novels, the things that have changed the world are pretty unbelievable. In Some Fine Day, the weather has gone all wonky, creating the hypercanes. Holy freaking believable!  Given the drastic changes we’ve had with the weather the last couple of years, some of the descriptions of what’s going on in the book, weather-wise, gave me goosebumps.

There’s some romance but it fits into the main plot and doesn’t feel forced at all. It added to the story and I really enjoyed it. And we all know how picky I am about my romance in books. 🙂

I really, really enjoyed Some Fine Day. So much that I hope the author is thinking about a sequel.