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Stuffocation

Stuffocation: Living More with LessWe have more stuff than we could ever need – clothes we don’t wear, kit we don’t use, and toys we don’t play with. 

But having everything we thought we wanted isn’t making us happier. It’s bad for the planet. It’s cluttering up our homes. It’s makingus feel ‘stuffocated’ and stressed – and it might even be killing us.

In this groundbreaking book, trend forecaster James Wallman finds that a rising number of people are turning their backs on all-you-can-get consumption, from the telecoms exec who’s sold almost everything he owns, to the well-off family who have moved into a remote mountain cabin.

Wallman’s solution to our clutter crisis is less extreme, but equally fundamental. We have to transform what we value. We have to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. Rather than a new watch or another pair of shoes, we should invest in shared experiences like holidays and time with friends.

With intriguing insights on psychology, economics and culture, Stuffocation is a vital manifesto for change. It has inspired those who have read it to be happier and healthier, and to live more, with less.

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Thrillerathon

Sometimes I’m just in the mood for thrillers and what better time than during the Thrillerathon? This is a readathon based around thriller books (in case that wasn’t obvious). The twitter is here and this summer the readathon runs from the 20th August to the 26th August. My friend’s wedding is smack-bang in the middle of that so all these books will be on Kindle as I will be travelling for most of the week.

Challenges

  • Read the thriller you’re most anticipating
  • Read the thriller that’s been on your TBR the longest
  • Read the thriller you most recently added to your TBR
  • Read the thriller with the best cover
  • Revisit a thriller book or author

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July Wrap Up

This wrap up is so late (halfway through the month, what) but it has been mostly written throughout the month, it just hasn’t been posted!

Despite my vow that I wouldn’t take part in that many readathons, I took part in the month-long Alphabethon where you aimed to read a book for every letter of the alphabet. I didn’t manage to succeed after having a mini-reading slump in the middle of the month but I had great fun getting to some books I’ve had for a while and hadn’t gotten around to.

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Final Draft

Final DraftThe only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed.

At first, Nazarenko’s eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the woman’s approval. Soon Laila is pushing herself far from her comfort zone, discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Dr. Nazarenko has led Laila to believe that she must choose between perfection and sanity—but rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive.

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Relentless

Relentless (Somerton Security #2)Ethan Somerton doesn’t do safe or easy. He’s all about the challenge. The risk. In order to rescue one of his agents, Ethan must infiltrate the ruthless Vega cartel. One tiny error—just one—and he’s dead. Which means he needs Natalia Vega. Bright, beautiful, and cut sharper than the most lethal blade, she’s finally reached her breaking point. Now Ethan must find a way to make her surrender.

Caught between desperate choices and no-win situations, Natalia has survived the unthinkable by becoming dangerous, relentless, and feared. When it comes to protecting her sister, there’s no line Natalia won’t cross. But when Ethan storms into her life with his cocksure arrogance, stone-cold competence, and seductive promises, Natalia wonders if she’s finally found a way out. But discovering whether Ethan is salvation or destruction is going to require the one thing Natalia doesn’t have—trust.

As the cartel implodes and loved ones are threatened, Ethan and Natalia are going to have to choose between love, loyalty, and the lies they cling to. They could run, knowing they’ll never be safe. They could fight, knowing they’ll probably die. Or they can trust in each other and do something far more dangerous.

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Let’s Be Mermaids-Readathon

Let's Be Mermaids Read-A-Thon 🧜‍♀️🌊📚

This is a brand new readathon to me and I’m really looking forward to getting to many of the fantasy books I have. I love mermaid fantasy so here’s hoping I manage to get to the books. This readathon runs from the 5th August to the 11th August and the twitter is here.

Challenges

  • Read group book
  • Read one of the host’s recommendations
  • Read the next book in a mermaid series
  • Read a book outside
  • Read a mermaid book based on a movie/TV show
  • Read a book from your TBR (Wildcard: doesn’t have to be a mermaid book)
  • Watch a mermaid TV show/film

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