Atomic Habits by: James Clear

Another Wednesday…another book review!

I am always looking for book recommendations so when a youtuber that I follow was reading it and suggested Atomic Habits I immediately when to put a hold on it at my digital library.

As I was reading this book I would have to periodically jot down some notes to keep things straight in my head. I am glad I did so I could also write this review and explain some of the methods that Clear suggests to form habits.

Atomic habits is a book about creating habits and keeping them. There is a lot in this book so I will try to keep this to a minimum because there is no way that I could really explain everything so I will try to just highlight the bits that really stood out to me.

Some of the things Clear talks about is increasing your improvement by 1% a day. So not going and running a full 5k when you haven’t gone for a run in years. Start slow with maybe a 1k walk and work your way up to that goal of 5k as an example.

Another topic that stood out to me was not having a goal first mentality to form a habit. An example of this would be thinking that you will be happy once you lose 20lb. Once that milestone is reached, most people revert back to old habits and end up back in the same place that they were before. This is because there is nothing motivating you to keep up with that habit.

The last thing that I will mention of the methods to build habits is the word association that goes along when creating habits. The example that Clear gave in the book was when someone is quitting smoking but is offered a smoke. In this situation a lot of people would just state that they are trying to quit. Instead say “I don’t smoke”. I can’t exactly remember how Clear explained it but I will explain how it makes sense in my head. With the second statement you are affirming that you no longer smoke and everytime that you affirm that you believe it more. Eventually you get to the point that smoking is not even in question. In the first statement it isn’t affirmed that you no longer smoke and therefore leaves a window to fall back into the habit.

I am a firm believer that wording is very powerful so this last method really stood out to me.

Like I said there was a few methods throughout this book and they are all categorized into 4 laws. Clear goes into much more details and ties them all together very nicely.

I found this book really helpful and I do plan on implementing some of these methods to create habits. I might even buy this book to go back to for reminders.

Overall I enjoyed this book because it will help me better myself. I highly recommend it if you are wanting to change some habits or are looking to make new ones.

5 pink stars

I am giving this book a 5 star review. I think this book can be beneficial to many. I know it has helped me.

Look toward the future expect to see fall posts! I am going full basic bitch for the fall.

Until next time

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE BY: CELESTE NG

Here we are again! Another book review. I would like to pat myself on the back because I have been doing so good at reading all the books. Although I have also gotten super overwhelmed because I put a butt tonne of holds on books and they are all coming up to be read! Eeeek! Thankfully, I am able to delay them a bit. whew!

A bit about the author first! Celeste was actually raised in the city that is featured in the novel, Shaker Heights. This book is her second novel. Little Fires Everywhere was made into a TV show on Hulu in 2020.

I have not seen the TV show so I really didn’t know what this book was about. From stuff I had heard I thought this book was about something totally different so maybe I was thinking of another book? Anywho on to the review.

a photo of the cover of Little Fires Everywhere on a cell phone

Little fires everywhere is a book about two very different families whose lives get entangled because of their children. As soon as a museum picture is found of one of the mothers, the other is off on a journey to dig up her past and find out who she really is.

I really did enjoy this book, it has been a while since I have read anything that is more fiction and lighthearted. Don’t get me wrong there is some talk of abortion and some other stuff that might be a bit hard for some but such topics are not hard for me.

The only thing that I didn’t enjoy in the book was when it the the sort of mystery was figured out, I did not get that oh damnnnnnn feeling. It was not powerful enough for me, I wanted a bigger mystery. The ending was also a bit underwhelming also. I won’t spoil it for anyone! Don’t worry.

I found that the book was very well written though and was smooth enough to keep me captivated the entire book. I just wanted more. It was still a great book and recommend it for anyone so it gets four stars!

Welp that is it for now look out for more book reviews cause I got those stacking up again. I am trying to incorporate other blog posts in between them though so look out for those also!

Until next time!

I’M STILL HERE BLACK DIGNITY IN A WORLD MADE FOR WHITENESS BY: AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN

Another book down! And now I am starting to get the books that everyone was reading when the Black Lives Matter movement was at its peak (btws there are still things going on and there is still the fight against racism check out my blog post about it)

On my list of many books by black author I am glad I got to read this one first. It was a short book, but was so concise.

So a little bit about Austin Channing Brown, She is a writer, media producer, and speaker. Her career is amazing and really just leaves me inspired. If you have the time look her up, I think she is an amazing person and I am so glad that she does the work that she does.

OK so onto the book. This book is Austin’s encounters with racism at different stages of her life. You start out in her childhood and how she grapples with living in a predominantly white neighborhood. Eventually you make it up to adulthood and how Austin embraces her blackness and is out in the world fighting racism.

Even though this book was short, it was good. Austin brought many things that I did not consider to light. One of the things I just need to quote.

I am not impressed that slavery was abolished or that Jim Crow ended. I feel no need to pat America on the back for these “achievements”. This is how it always should have been. Many call it progress, but I do not think it is praiseworthy that only within the last generation did America reach the baseline for human decency.

I can’t tell you what page that was on because it was not on the screen capture, but really that quote just really drove home this issue. Racism should not even be a thing, but it is and we should not be congratulating people on treating others with kindness. That should be the standard.

Another thing that I never really thought of was basically airing your past racist tendencies to Black people. Basically looking for forgiveness or that it is “ok”. They don’t want to hear you confessions, show them you are better by doing better now. What is in the past is in the past.

Overall this was a great book. It is short and shows a whole lifetime of dealing with racism. Austin brough many great points and I think this would be a great book to read for anyone. Definitely a 5 star book.

So yea def a good read and cannot wait to read more and learn more! Let me know in the comments what books you have been reading and what you have learnt from them!

Next week I will be writing about my closet and how it has changed so keep your eyes peeled for that!

until next time!

BAD BLOOD BY: JOHN CARREYROU

Finally, my last book from the back log of books that I read over the past month!

I read this book firstly based on its title. It just intrigued me. Once I figured it out that it was about a silicon valley start-up, I immediately knew which company it was about only because my friend had made a reference to Elizabeth Holmes last year and I had to google her.

So if you haven’t figured it out this book is all about Theranos. How it started all the way up to how it ended. It did not end well and there is still legal stuff going on with this company just a FYI.

This book is written by the NYT journalist who started the story about how terrible Theranos was. This book is very interesting because it goes through different accounts of ex-employees and their stories of what happened behind closed doors.

While I was reading this book I truly was like how in the fuck as they able to do this?? I literally could not wait till I got to the end of the book and found out what ended it for the company.

When I say this book is good, I mean it. It gives you that feeling like “Ha! you deserve everything that is coming to you…assholes.” So you know a very satisfying read.

As a testament of this book, I saw that it was going to be returned to the library soon ( ebook probs) so I was like “I have to finish this book!” And I did, in one day. I took a whole Sunday and just read the book until it was finished. I would say that is a hard task if the book doesn’t peak your interest, at least for me it is. So the book peaked my interest, which can be hard.

I would not call it a “thrilling” book but you do want to make it to the end to see what happened. Like did the authorities catch them or did someone rat them out?

Overall it is a great book, I quite enjoyed it.

Five star rating!

For now I have fallen off reading. I am trying to read more about racism and everything to do with it, but apparently so is everyone else ( There is quite the waitlist at the library for a lot of books by black authors on racism). So I don’t know when I will have another review to write, but I will 100% have blog posts for my more regular content!

THE YEAR OF LESS BY: CAIT FLANDERS

Slowly, very slowly, I am working my way through the backlog of books to review. So let get to it and tell you about my second book The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. This book is exactly as its name implies, Cait challenges themself to getting rid of a good chunk of their possessions and have a shopping ban for 1 year.

For some people this might seem like an impossible challenge, but the way that Cait laid it out was very smart. I won’t spoil how they go about it but I think it was a good way.

I will say this book is very much about getting rid of stuff you no longer use but also Cait talks about life and how it was a similar challenge to quitting drinking and eating meat. Throughout the book they keep challenging themselves to new things and honestly it is amazing.

It was truly a walk through the year challenge that they where doing and how it helped them find what they truly wanted. Cait discovered things that truly brought joy into their life and saw things for what they were.

This book is kinda like a story/year memoir if that makes any sense. I have read a similar book, like almost the exact kind of story. Had to reduce their stuff for a year and also enjoyed it so I kinda knew what I was up for.

I enjoy reading things that are similar in my life. So this book appealed to me because of my more minimalist lifestyle. So naturally I felt inclined to read this and see how their year went and what they did. It was just a nice easy read (compared to the last book). I really didn’t have to think to hard and the concept didn’t seem impossible to me. I live a similar lifestyle so all in all it was good.

So I will say this book is a 4 star rating for me. It was good, easy read but it wasn’t a super exciting book. It is a different type of lifestyle that might intrigue others so I would definitely recommend this book.

I have 1 more book review to write up and then hopefully i will be back to a normal schedule? I have been focusing more of the current world climate so expect book review about being a better ally and anti-racism. There will also be blog posts about such things thrown in with some other stuff.

Untill next time!

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THE WITCHES ARE COMING BY: LINDY WEST

Another day and another book review! After a bit of a hiatus to do lots of learning to be a better ally, I decided that I needed to write again. There will be more to come about life and current world climate but I have a backlog of book reviews right now so that is where I am going to start.

The Witches are Coming is a book that talks a lot about the world climate right now. Lindy West honestly touches on so many different topics in the book I actually found it hard to keep up with it. I literally had to keep a note going about what each chapter touched on and even then they had many points that varied.

Just some of the topics that are in the book are:

Abortion

Why does Adam Sandler get to keep making movies?

Microagressions

Goop

Donald Trump

and many more topics.

Overall it was a good book that brought to light a lot of things that I never thought about. I really appreciate the book for doing that, however I personally found the book really hard to read. I really had to slow down and read every world to process what I was reading and keep stuff straight. Maybe that is what Lindy meant to do, make the reader slow the fuck down and really process what is going on in the world. I haven’t asked Lindy so I am not too sure on my theory.

I had to keep tabs on all the topics so that I could write this review because each chapter is basically its own book. The chapters also didn’t really come together for me and I really had a hard time with that. For me it felt really choppy.

I really wanted to love this book with all my heart because I do love Lindy West, but I just can’t. I will say I did make it to the end of the book which says something.

Usually if I find a book uninteresting or it is really hard to read I toss it. However I made it to the end, which means it had enough significance to get me there.

There were a lot of amazing points that Lindy made in this book that I had never cared to think of ( Why Joan Rivers disliked Lena Dunham and a few other points) and that put those things into perspective. There were other topics like climate Change, microaggressions, and so on that I was very aware of but gave me another way of putting these things.

Overall I give this book a three stars really only for my own selfish reasons. It has amazing points that anyone can learn from I just could not follow it very easily.

 Until next time!

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ARTEMIS BY: ANDY WEIR

So when I finished Pandemic (my last book review) I wanted to read something else immediately. I have been unsuccessful in finding a free e-book version of Genome (second book to Pandemic), so I needed to find something else to satisfy my reading hunger. I decided to look and see what my local library had to offer. All the “popular books” had ridiculous waiting lists( I am on one that 18 weeks) so I needed to find something not popular that is available now. Que Artemis.

I absolutely LOVED the Martian by Andy Weir so I was definitely hoping for another story like that. And it was similar as in it was in space.🌒

I did like that the main character was a very independent woman and she didn’t have a sexual relationship or the need for one. There was talk of past sexual relationships but nothing that became the reason why she did anything.

This book takes place on the moon in a human colony called Artemis. There is no reference to what year it is so I can’t tell you when this takes place. In the book you have the main character who is a smuggler. She isn’t really on good terms with the one “Police Officer”. I don’t’ think they ever call him the police and that is why it is in quotation marks.

When one of her clients asks her to be apart of a bigger criminal undertaking things don’t go so well (dun dun duuuuuu).

Overall I liked this book ( I was able to finish it). However I didn’t find it as awesome as some of the other books I have read. Would I recommend it to someone? Yeah, it has its twists and turns that I like but there was just something I was missing. I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is though.

All in all a good book! I suggest People try and read it if you like Andy Weir’s books or Space adventures (did I just make up a new genre?).

I have already moved on to my next book, which is completely different from the books I have been recently reading. I am taking a break from the fiction world and moving on to a cultural critique book.

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Tushy review (is it worth it?)

First things first… what is a tushy? Well it is a brand of attachable bidet. So essentially it is an attachment to your toilet that shoots water up your butt to clean it. It is suppose to wash away anything that has been left behind on your behind🤣

So if you know me, you know I have no prob talking about my bowels. If you don’t know me…. I will openly talk about my bowels and their movements.

So some back story. For the past 2 years I have had horrible digestive issues. TMI I know but I warned you that I talk openly about this shit… literally. I’ve been to the doctor and had tests done, there is nothing out of the ordinary. So now I just have to eat a ridiculous amount of fiber which doesn’t always happen on the regular.

So with the bidet, it washes away all the mess which is great so I don’t have to wipe and wipe and wipe ( literally taking forever)

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So on to the review. I ordered the bidet full on thinking that I would hate it and regret my purchase. It was a very foreign concept to me and I am not usually up for new things but I was literally at my breaking point cause I always felt “unclean”. So I ordered it in hopes that it would solve my issues in the bathroom.

I ordered the Tushy spa which has the warm and cold water attachments. With this one you can control the warmth of the water which is nice. Not necessary but nice. For the first bit we only had the cold water on because our house is dumb. There were many roadblocks preventing me from having warm water for my butt. However, I am impatient so we got the cold water going and I took it for a test drive. The cold water was a wake-up call for the butthole but not too unpleasant to stop me from using it. Every time I use it you can hear me go “woo” from the bathroom from the shock of the cold water.

So the actual install was pretty easy. There is adjustable parts so that you can move it around so the nozzle is in the centre of the toilet. I likes that once the tushy was delivered you got an email that had a video with instructions in which can be handy.

One thing I was concerned about was the nozzle being clean but there is also a knob that you turn and it has water flow over to clean it. But honestly I thought it would get covered in shit and it really doesn’t. There is a toggle that allows you to move the nozzle so you can move it around to get the right angle for your butthole. Or if you like you can do a swiping motion on your butt, making sure you get everything.

Overall I give the tushy an 11/10. Easy installation, works amazing, makes me feel super clean, and is pretty for a bidet. Also the packaging was very minimal and was all recyclable. I honestly could not ask for a better experience and product.

If you were considering getting a bidet get this one. I think after the conversion it can to 155.00 CAD, which I didn’t think was too bad.

So in the end, Tushy has literally changed my life. I feel so much cleaner after my bad digestive days. So everyone should get a Tushy, they are awesome!

https://hellotushy.com/