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Rhi’s Book Review Series: Futuristic Violence & Fancy Suits- David Wong.

Hello, darlings!

I thought I would finish 2016 off with a book review of something that was recommended by a good friend of mine. A book which I am so glad I read because I could not put down after I became absorbed into its pages.

Futuristic Violence & Fancy Suits has it all. Adventure, the image of a possible future society, characters that have personalities that you are fully drawn to, and of course violence. Tone wise, this book was extremely fast paced and I felt that I was also on this adventure with the protagonist, Zoey Ashe. What intrigued me the most was that it reminded me a bit of a television show ‘Black Mirror’.  To those who are yet to watch it, Black Mirror goes into the depths of modern society, disturbing truths of humans and the ever evolving world. Futuristic Violence is a book that also goes into the depths of humans’ obsession with having power and being the highest in our social hierarchy.

Regarding the plot, David Wong has very much thought it out in detail and that is shown in his writing. As it is fast paced, there are times when the plot is a bit too chaotic in my opinion, but the majority of the book is very understandable and likable! As a lover of books, I reveled in all the imagery and fine details that Wong embedded  and it is apparent that you find yourself forming personal opinions of characters, which I think differs from each reader, due to different personality traits. Futuristic Violence is a book which caters for all readers, which is so important when wanting to create a piece of work that is able to be enjoyed by all!

This has been the first book by the author that I have read, but I shall be sure to make sure that I set my eyes on other work that he has also written. Undeniably, Futuristic Violence can be read multiple times without becoming tedious.

To finish this blog post, I would just like to wish you all a Happy New Year! It is truly amazing how much support I have received since my blog’s uprise in August. There is some very exciting endeavours that shall be occurring in my life and on this blog in 2017- I cannot wait to share those creative projects with you wonderful human beings!

Stay safe and I think we are all in agreement about having excitement that 2016 is nearly at an end. 2017 shall hopefully be a much happier and exciting time for us all.

Thank you!

Much love,

Rhi. X

Rhi’s Book Review Series: We’re All Mad Here: The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety.

Hello, lovelies!

Here is another book review of mine, which I thought I would share! My dear friend, Claire, has recently published her own book! Not only has she written about her experiences with living with mental health issues, but also about how she has learnt to manage with how her mind works.

I have come across many books in my time about mental health, some of which I have loved and others that I have not because I have found I have not clicked with the deeper connection of the writer. I can honestly say (And I can assure you I am not being biased) that this particular mental health book is probably one of the best that I have come across to date! You all know that I very much have a massive passion for Literature and books.You all also know that I definitely speak my mind when it comes to whether I agree with what a writer is trying to convey. Claire does this beautifully!

As a fellow anxiety disorder sufferer, I can certainly relate to Claire’s experiences and the many struggles that have to be overcome before recovery can start to occur. However, I would say that this book is not just for those struggling with their mental health, but also for those people who may know someone who is struggling or generally just wants to gain more knowledge about mental health and why it is so important for us all to support each other.

The book also can connect with both those who have a love of reading and those who do not. ‘We’re all Mad here’ does not have a massive amount of pages, so it is something you can read in about a day and not have much of an issue with having space in your bag to put it. Furthermore, it balances the right amount of serious and humour aspects, which in my opinion helps readers to connect with the book and the writer; making it extremely difficult to put down!

I obviously do not want to give away the key bits that are in the book, but I will say that you will not regret reading it.

To buy this wonderful piece of Literature, you can get it here!

If you would like to see Claire’s interview on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ with Phil and Holly, you can find it here.

You can also follow her on Twitter, her blog,  and Instagram.

See you all soon and enjoy the book!

Much love,

Rhi. X

RHI’S BOOK REVIEW SERIES: The Little Book Of Calm and The Little Book Of Happiness.

Hello, darlings. ❤

In the latest addition of ‘Rhi’s Book Review Series’, I am talking about 2 very small, but very influential books, which give you therapy, as well as a good little read. I always see books as a type of therapy, but these two especially are so tiny and cute, yet wonderful!

The Little Book of Calm is written by Paul Wilson, whilst The Little Book Of Happiness is written by Patrick Whiteside. They are both designed so well that I actually thought that they had the same author- I was very much incorrect! ‘Calm’ gives you a hell load of tips on how to calm yourself when feeling stressed or anxious. I always make sure that I take this around with me, because it is so useful to have (I think we can all agree that life is extremely stressful and we forget that it does not have to always be that way). Probably two of my favoruite quotes from this tiny book is:cttbph7xgaade-jcttbpiaxeaabd8g

“Take all the time in the world: Contrary to what you may tell yourself, you have all the time in the world to do whatever you choose. What cannot be fitted into your day cannot be done- forget about it”, as well as “Find wonder in all you do: There is little doubt that those who get the most from life are those who look for the wonder in even the smallest things they do.  Cultivate this skill and you’ll find peace and satisfaction  as well.”

‘Happiness’ gives you little tips about how you can find happiness in even the smallest of things that you do. Like its counterpart, this book is very much uplifting and allows you have a smile to yourself, or even shed a few tears, as it gives you the chance to unwind. Two fo my favourite quotes from this book are:cttbph8wiaaabbycttbph9wiaawp6o

“Use your senses…..Seek beauty…In a flower, a dewdrop, in the scent of incense or woodsmoke” and “Sometimes thinking leaves us bewildered. et the bewilderment pass…Pause. Take a break…Let your mind work by itself.”

Both these books are something that you can read over and over again, without getting bored. Whenever you feel overwhelmed, stressed or upset, turning to these two books makes things that little bit better. I defintely suggest that you all give these a go when in times of need or suggest it to other people that you think would benefit!

Much love,

Rhi. X

Rhi’s Book Review Series- Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.

Hello, darlings!

As a massive lover of Literature and books, I thought it would be right to start a book review series about the many books that I have tendency to read. I hope you enjoy it!!

The first book that I wanted to review is called ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig. I recieved this book by a very close friend of mine who read it herself whilst going through a tough time and therefore gave it to me when I was also struggling. I am so bloody glad she did!

‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ is a true story that tells Matt Haig’s battle with depression and anxiety, detailing every twist and turn to recovery and how he learned to want to live once again.

I absolutely love this book because it is written is such a great way. Matt Haig writes the book with such passion, which balances both the humor and more serious aspects of living with mental health issues which he speaks about with such honesty. He does not speak as someone from the outside, but as someone who can be seen as someone to trust and to go to for advice when in need of it.

WIth some books, people can sometimes find it difficult to connect with pieces of work which include topics that relate to them, because they may feel the the author is talking at them and not with them. Matt Haig is a brilliant example of how books about advice should be written.

Not only does the book talk about the author’s story and how his mental health deterioriated, but also about how his mental health improved. He makes it clear that suffering from a mental health issue does not disappear, but can be managed and that there is in fact light at the end of the tunnel. The book also includes advice and to me personally, it acted as an extremely good counselor who was not patrionising, but was empathetic and supportive.

Obviously, you should not just rely on 1 book to improve your mental health issues, but this book is a great start in recovery! Furthermore, it is not just useful to those who are struggling, but also family and friends of those who may be living with mental disorders, as it increases understanding and decreases the stigma that is attached. The writing style used throughout is also amazing and so is easy for anyone to read, which is always a great plus!

Please read it, it shall give you a change of perspective about life!

Hope you enjoyed this review!
Much love,

Rhi. X

 

Mr Robot- Review!

Helloooooo!

This is my first review on my blog- Pretty excting, ehh?

I had been meaning to watch Mr Robot for a while, but it was not until about 3 months ago that I finally got round to watching the series. I had my doubts, because from what I had heard, it was all about hacking and in past expereinces, that has never been appealing to me.

The series is based  around a young, socially anxious, computer engineer called Elliot who is extremely good at hacking. By reading that, you are all probably thinking “That sounds pretty boring.” That is what I thought…. but OH HELL NO!

Not only does the series talk about how humans are connected and that our lives create our personalities/ the way we act in day to day society, but it also focuses on a range of mental health issues, as well as the many political problems in the world which we are surrounded by everyday.

You become extremely attached to Elliot and have so much sympathy for him, especially as you learn more about him and the things he has to suffer with. I am a lover of television series and have watched many of them when I have had free time- This is most certainly in my top 3. I would be lying if I said that there was not some pretty messed up twists as the series unfolds. You know those programmes or films that quite literally make your jaw drop? Well, oh my, this is certainly one of them!

I am currently eagerly awaiting for series 2 to be released on boxset. ( I know it is already on Amazon Prime, but unfortunatly that is something that I do not have). I really highly suggest that you all give this series a look- The acting is also superb and I could not fault it. The only thing that I would say about Mr Robot is that it is a bit slow at first, but then out of nowhere, things get really intense extremely quickly…

If you have any suggestions of reviews that you would like me to do, let me know!

Bye for now,

Rhi. X