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The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion by Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson | Librophilio

Saw this in a bookstore, thought it was interesting .and the quirky cover and title of this book attracted me to pick it up. I didn’t read the summary for it usually spoils the fun. I rarely ever give 5-starts rating even if it’s written by my favorite author but this one truly deserves the applause.

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Unf*ck Your Brain: Getting Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers with Science! by Dr. Faith G. Harper | Librophilia

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I’m quite slow when it comes to reading this year. To kick off ‘Librophilia’ this 2018, here’s Unf*ck Your Brain: Getting Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers with Science! by Dr. Faith G. Harper. This is the book I brought with me during my trip to Japan last April.

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman | Librophilia

 

Very Enjoyable

The introduction section of this book chimed exactly with my experience of learning Norse mythology. Since childhood I have been a mythology fan. I devoured Greek myths and classics like Odysseus and Iliada, then went on the read Egyptian myths. I knew Norse myths from my boyfriend who is a an avid fan but when I actually started to read them I fell in love. The different and gloomy worldview of Nords, the practicality of their afterlife concept, lack of eternal punishment or nonexistence of a hell where souls are tormented on purpose/for punishment is fascinating. Norse myths reflect the cold and hard reality of their everyday life. Nothing glorified, no action is presented as holy. All Gods have imperfections, they are gullible like humans, sometime stupid even. In some stories getting a large enough cauldron the brew enough beer becomes the main task that requires many gods. The Norse gods are flexible – they do accept anyone and everyone amongst them, but then also trick anyone and everyone to their whim.

Despite how it is usually portrayed, Thor is not so bright but very strong indeed, and Loki is trickster with typical chaotic neutral alignment. The author seems to put a lot of passion and effort into this book. I found it to be wonderfully organized and written in a way that makes you not want to put the book down. I recommend this for any library and plan to reread it many more times.

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Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk | Librophilia

invisiblemonsters-bookThe popularity of the view of celebrity worship has been done many times in the past few years, but this is by far the most twisted, dark, and almost violent exploration of this theme. Written in the style of a super-hyped fashion magazine, ‘Invisible Monsters’ lures its readers through glossy ad-filled pages and disjointed cover stories. Palahniuk uses the fashion mag medium to accentuate the bohemian, self-aggrandizing models whose lives we are observing. Weaving through a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards we understand the feeling of being in a photo shoot with the constant blinding camera flash and a disembodied voice telling us how to pose and what to feel.

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