Review: The New Normal

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Rating: ★★★★

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (William Morrow) in exchange for an honest review. 

This was an incredibly insightful and informative read!

First off, this book is so accessible. There is no medical jargon here. Everything is broken down in easy to understand language. Dr. Ashton does a fantastic job explaining the basic science behind COVID in a way everyone can comprehend. 

Secondly, the book is also very practical. Dr. Ashton provides readers with advice that is realistically attainable which I appreciated. Sometimes books like these can prompt readers to do some lofty things, so I was happy to see that this book offered more grounded advice. 

Throughout the book, she also shares anecdotal stories about her life during the pandemic which made the book relatable. Seeing a doctor go through similar struggles shows that this pandemic affects everyone in some way and that we all have a common struggle. 

Since the virus is constantly changing, parts of this book are a little outdated. That was to be expected. Because of that, there is no discussion on the vaccines. 

The book is generally, very well written. However, it is sometimes circular and repetitive. She will sometimes state the same ideas again, even though she just said it two pages ago. 

Overall, this was a great read. I recommend it if you’re looking for some practical guidance in navigating our new normal! 


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Review: How to Date Your Wardrobe

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Rating: ★★★★

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (William Morrow) in exchange for an honest review. 

This is a short and quick read all about finding clothing that works for you. 

First off, I liked how inclusive this book is. It discusses how it is totally fine if you want to shop in the opposite department (men shopping in the women’s clothing, women shopping in the men’s clothing department). 

I found the ideas and overall approach towards picking out clothes to be thought provoking. It really made you stop and think about why you bought a particular clothing item. I also liked that there was not an emphasis on being fashionable or trendy. You do not have to be a fashion lover to follow the advice in the book. 

There are some little cartoons dispersed throughout the book which I thought was a fun touch and highlighted some of the ideas and themes well.

However, this book is really short, so it is not as impactful as it could have been. I feel like the author has the ability and ideas to expand this into a full length book. 

Overall, I enjoyed this little book! I recommend it to anyone who wants to redo (or just clean out) their wardrobe.


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Review: Dogstrology

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Rating: ★★★★

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review. 

I love dogs. I love astrology. So of course I loved this book! 

This is a cute little book that pairs adorable pictures of dogs with astrology. The tone is light and humorous. I laughed out loud a few times. I particularly loved the little note on the edition notice page. It said, “Any resemblance in these astrological readings to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Also, it’s astrology, of course it’s accurate.” I loved that they put that there even though very few people read the edition notice page. 

I enjoyed looking at all the photos of the dogs. However, it is worth noting that none of the photos are original to the book. The photos are from Shutterstock.

As for the astrological content, it is very basic. Don’t expect to learn a whole lot. The descriptions are very brief. I’m already well acquainted with astrology so nothing was new to me. I also just want to point out that this book is not about astrology for your dog, it’s a book that uses dogs to explain astrological concepts. 

Overall, if you love dogs or astrology or just super fun books in general, then pick this book up! It would also make a great gift.


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Review: Mad and Bad

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Rating: ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.

I love learning about awesome historical reading so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, this book didn’t hit all the marks. 

It was hard for me to get into this book at first because the book didn’t grip me. The book pretty much consists of short biographies of different women from the Regency period. For the first couple of chapters, none of the women grasped my attention. As the book progressed, I became more interested. 

The main reason why the book didn’t fully capture my interest until later on was the writing style. The entries on the women are very basic. They don’t do a deep dive into their lives or offer much of an analysis aside from the obvious. If it was written in a more engaging way then that would have helped solve the issue. Also, I think the book would have worked better if it were a collection of essays. It would have been more powerful. 

There were some things I did like. I liked that every chapter had a conclusion  section. Doing that helped tie together the biographies of the particular chapter. I also liked that the recommend reading was included at the end of each chapter, making them easier to refer to. Lastly, I found the chapters on women in STEM and queer women to be the strongest. 

Overall, the book had fascinating content but the execution left much to be desired. 


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