Title: Dare – The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks

Author: Barry McDonagh

Pages: 224 Pages

Publisher: BMD Publishing

The Blurb

‘EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE A BOOK COMES ALONG THAT COMPLETELY TRANSFORM THAT FIELD -THIS IS THAT BOOK FOR ANXIETY’

There’s a new and faster way for anxiety relief, but few have ever heard it. Most people are advised to either just “manage” their anxiety or medicate it away.

If you’re tired of just managing your anxiety and want a powerful natural solution, then apply the ‘Dare’ technique as explained in Barry McDonagh’s latest book.

Based on hard science and over 10 years helping people who suffer from anxiety, Barry McDonagh shares his most effective technique in this new book. The DARE technique can be used by everyone, regardless of age or background, to live a life free from anxiety or panic attacks.

In this step-by-step guide you will discover how to:

  • Stop panic attacks and end feelings of general anxiety.
  • Face any anxious situation you’ve been avoiding (driving/flying/shopping etc.).
  • Put an end to anxious or intrusive thoughts.
  • Use the CORRECT natural supplements to relieve anxiety.
  • Boost your confidence and feel like your old self again.
  • Fall asleep faster and with less anxiety each night.
  • Live a more bold and adventurous life again.

IMPORTANT: THIS IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST A BOOK

It also comes with a free App for your smartphone as well as four audios for quick anxiety relief. With these new tools you can apply the DARE Response in any situation that makes you anxious (e.g. driving/shopping/traveling). Help is now with you wherever you go!

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Okay. I suffer from panic attacks. They are related to my Ulcerative Colitis and they are horrible. Whilst I await my CBT appointments, I decided to read some books about anxiety. Hence Dare.

There were good points and bad points about this book. Firstly, the bad things. The whole premise of how to get rid of your anxiety is to pretend it is something humorous and silly and then to tell it that it doesn’t bother you. Erm…anyone else thinking this method sounds a little too similar to the JK Rowling spell to get rid of boggarts? Yep, me too. Ridikulas.

However, I did try one trick when I felt a panic attack creeping up. One way was to sing because it releases tension. I am so sorry for the people on the way home to work who had to hear me butchering Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” but it did keep my panic attack at bay.

I’m not sure if everything in Dare will work for me but I did take one thing from it so for that I am grateful.

Dare – The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks by Barry McDonagh is available now.

Title: Something to Live For

Author: Richard Roper

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Orion

The Blurb

Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

The Review

What a quirky, unusual love story.

Something to Live For is the story of Andrew. Andrew spends most of his time looking after the final journey for the dead. He arranges funerals for those who have no families. Andrew has something common with those he looks after. He is dead too. Not literally but his life is that closed off to people that he may as well be. But Andrew has a secret…

You cannot help but fall for Andrew and his little quirks but equally you cannot help but feel increasingly uncomfortable as his secret gets closer to being revealed.

I think Richard Roper has written a great story here and what I like is that he could write an accompanying story to give more of Andrew’s back story as a novella (hint hint – I really want Richard Roper to do this.)

You could liken Something to Live For as a similar kind of will they won’t they story much like One Day. It is of that ilk and is a thoroughly entertaining read.

Something to Live For by Richard Roper is available now.

For more information regarding Richard Roper (@richardroper) please visit his Twitter page.

For more information regarding Orion Books (@orionbooks) please visit www.orionbooks.co.uk.

 

Title: In at the Deep End

Author: Kate Davies

Pages: 392 Pages

Publisher: Borough Press

The Blurb

Until recently, Julia hadn’t had sex in three years.

But now:
• a one-night stand is accusing her of breaking his penis;

  • a sexually confident lesbian is making eyes at her over confrontational modern art;
  • and she’s wondering whether trimming her pubes makes her a bad feminist.

Julia’s about to learn that she’s been looking for love – and satisfaction – in all the wrong places…

Frank, filthy and very, very funny, In at the Deep End is a brilliant debut from a major new talent.

#ImInAtTheDeepEnd

The Review

I love it when I pick up a book that I know nothing about and I am absolutely blown away by the story and indeed the story telling. That is exactly what happened when I read In at the Deep End by Kate Davies. It is unexpected, hilarious, and heartfelt.

The story focuses on Julia and her sexual awakening. She is nearly 30 and has always known she is bisexual but has yet to have a relationship with a woman. Once she does, her life changes forever.

In At the Deep End has been compared the Bridget Jones’s Diary which is a pretty fair assessment. Julia’s relationship escapades really do rival Bridget’s for their ridiculousness. However, Davies explores deeper issues too.

The story looks at manipulation, mental abuse, platonic relationships, and jealousy. This is a lot to be covered in its 392 pages.

I can honestly say that I didn’t want this book to end. I was so completely engrossed in Julia’s life that it became a pleasant distraction from my own.

In at the Deep End by Kate Davies is available now.

For more information regarding Kate Davies (@katyemdavies) please visit www.katedavieswriter.com.

For more information regarding Harper Collins (@HarperCollinsUK) please visit their Twitter page.

Title: The Stonewall Riots

Author: Gayle E. Pitman

Pages: 224 Pages

Publisher: Abram Kids

The Blurb

This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Riots are attributed as the spark that ignited the LGBTQ+ movement.

The author describes American gay history leading up to the Riots, the Riots themselves, and the aftermath, and includes her interviews of people involved or witnesses, including a woman who was ten at the time. Profusely illustrated, the book includes contemporary photos, newspaper clippings, and other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement.

The Review

I read a lot of LGBT fiction but one thing that I haven’t read enough about is the history of the LGBT community. I am seriously behind on my non-fiction. From what I have learned through research after reading things in fiction I have picked up bits and pieces but I really need to expand my knowledge of the LGBT+ community and the ongoing battle for equality. This year I plan to change this. My non-fiction reading journey has begun with The Stonewall Riots by Gayle E. Pitman.

I had heard the term ‘Stonewall’ but never quite understood what it meant and its root. After reading The Stonewall Riots I now see how hard the initial fights for rights were and just how institutionalised the homophobia was…and sadly still is.

Pitman’s easy style means that the book can be read and enjoyed by all. It is a book that should be a feature of every school library and be used in PSHE lessons when discussing LGBTQIA+ issues.

If, like me, you are new to the non-fiction element of the history of LGBTQIA+ rights then The Stonewall Riots is a great book to start you off on that journey.

The Stonewall Riots by Gayle E. Pitman is available now.

For more information regarding Abram Kids (@ABRAMSbooks) please visit www.abramsbooks.com.

Title: Half a Life

Author: Darin Strauss

Pages: 208 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life.

In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad’s Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved in front of his car. The collision resulted in her death.

With piercing insight and stark prose, Darin Strauss leads us on a deeply personal, immediate, and emotional journey–graduating high school, going away to college, starting his writing career, falling in love with his future wife, becoming a father. Along the way, he takes a hard look at loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and, at last, acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Hmmm. Well. How do I write this review?

I found this to be a very self indulgent book. Granted, it is a memoir and that can often be the case. However, I think the reason I had such a problem with it was because I felt like the author was cashing in on an event that, yes, was life altering for him but was probably more life altering for other people.

I felt that the author presented himself as almost wrong footed by life and that people just didn’t understand him. I don’t know, it just came across as self serving and whiny.

I was not a fan of this book.

Half a Life by Darin Strauss is available now.