Lifestyle

2020 Goals & Resolutions

Happy 2020! A new decade, haven’t showered since last year, blah blah, you’ve heard it all before.

2019 was a year that was fairly clear to me: I knew I was going to move out and focus mostly on training my service dog. 2020, however, is a blank slate. I have very little actually planned and I have no clue what this year is going to bring. It’s exciting but also a little daunting!

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Books

Mini Book Reviews: Q3 of 2019

I can’t believe it took me this long but I’ve finally found the secret to surpassing my reading challenge… In August, I really got into audiobooks. I’ve been listening to them while doing chores, riding my bike, and walking my dog! I also discovered a few new favorites.

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Books

Mini Book Reviews: Q2 of 2019

In the second quarter of 2019 I had very little time to read because I moved out! I got my keys in May and moved sometime mid-June, so I mostly spent my time in homeware stores and painting my new place. I did manage to finish 4 books, though, which is actually impressive considering how much I had going on.

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Autism Books

🇳🇱 Recensie: Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit

Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit

Bianca Toeps

Genre: non-fictie (autisme), biografie
Verschijningsdatum: 2 april 2019
Uitgeverij: Blossom Books
Pagina’s: 224
Format: bibliotheekboek

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Samenvatting

Autisme: dat is toch dat je supersnel kunt uitrekenen dat 7 augustus 1984 op een dinsdag viel? Nou… nee. Bianca Toeps legt je in dit boek haarfijn uit wat het wél betekent als je autisme hebt.

Dat doet ze bijvoorbeeld door te kijken wat de wetenschap zegt over autisme (en waarom sommige theorieën de prullenbak in kunnen), maar ook door haar eigen verhaal te vertellen, en andere mensen met autisme te interviewen. Bianca beschrijft op een frisse en luchtige manier de verschillende situaties waar je als autist tegenaan loopt in het dagelijks leven. Daarnaast geeft ze niet-autistische mensen tips: wat je doet als iemand je liever niet aankijkt, waarom je soms beter kunt mailen en vooral waarom het helemaal geen compliment is als je zegt “maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit!’

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Books Mental Health

Book Review: Sad Perfect

Disclaimer: Part of this review was originally posted on my book blog Lauren Reads YA. I have since edited it to reflect my current feelings on the book.

Sad Perfect

by Stephanie Elliot

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Pea looks normal, but she has a secret: she has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). It is like having a monster inside of her, one that not only dictates what she can eat, but also causes anxiety, depression, and thoughts that she doesn’t want to have. When she falls crazy-mad in love with Ben, she hides her disorder from him, pretending that she’s fine. 

At first, everything really does feel like it’s getting better with him around, so she stops taking her anxiety and depression medication. And that’s when the monster really takes over her life. Just as everything seems lost and hopeless, Pea finds in her family, and in Ben, the support and strength she needs to learn that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her.

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