Review: Dreams From My Father

Dreams From My Father Book CoverDreams From My Father by Barack Obama, published June 2008 by Canongate Books.

Read: January 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction/Biography/Politics
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 442
Get It Now: Wordery

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Goodreads Synopsis: The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, Obama receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father’s life and reconcile his divided inheritance.

Written at the age of thirty-three, Dreams From My Father is an unforgettable read. It illuminates not only Obama’s journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history, and what makes us the people we are.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I’ve Added To My (massive) TBR

I can’t remember what life was like before Book Blogging, when I bought books to read them right away, and when I only owned a handful of unread books. When I didn’t know about loads of the latest releases, and wasn’t getting tons of recommendations from awesome bookish people. Now that I am involved in this community, I’m consistently adding to my TBR pile. So here are 10 books I’ve recently added to my TBR, which sound pretty awesome.

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1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: I feel like one of the only people left on the planet to have not read this. It’s often referred to as a brilliant dystopian and feminist text, which sounds right up my street. When I saw this gorgeous cover, I couldn’t say no.

2. Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi: This is supposed to be a fantastic contemporary novel, and I’ve seen it around a lot in the community. I won a copy of this through Goodreads First Reads.

3. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: Now and again I love to sink my teeth into a great non-fiction book. I’ve started a few with high expectations over the past few months, and none of them have blown me away. I read a couple of pages of this in the bookshop and instantly fell in love with Bryson’s witty writing. Expecting great things from this.

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Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up October 2016

Stacking the Shelves

For some reason this year, the gap between Halloween and Christmas feels like no time at all. Work is incredibly busy and will continue to be so right up until the 23rd of December, but then, THEN, I get 2 weeks off, and right now I honestly can’t wait. I love Christmas shopping and buying presents for loved ones, and I’ve made a good start already. Hopefully, I’ll have 80% of it sorted by the end of the month.

In other news, I’m really struggling with the dark evenings and increasingly darker mornings. I used to think I was a Winter person, but I take it back, I’m so not. I just want to hibernate. I’m still going to the gym, and I’ve started going three times a week instead of two, but going after work when it’s already dark? The struggle is real, guys.

The Books:

Nope, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. In October I won £100 worth of books from Wordery! I went through my wishlist shelf on Goodreads, and asked you guys for recommendations on Twitter, and finally chose:

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Exclusive Wordery Discount Code!

This week, I posted my annual Bookish Gift Guide, with 22 amazing and exclusive discount codes. You may know if you follow me on Twitter, I recently won £100 of books from Wordery. I know what you’re thinking, how are these two things connected, right?

Bear with me, they are. Because shortly after these arrived:

I decided to reach out to the friendly people at Wordery to see if they would like to offer a discount code to Confessions of a Book Geek readers, and amazingly, they said yes!


Gifts for a Bookish Christmas Collection

The Collection was created especially for the Confessions of a Book Geek Bookish Gift Guide, and includes a range of tote bags, book box sets, notebooks, and stocking fillers.

Get 10% off when you buy any 2 items from the collection with the discount code BOOKGEEK!

Discount code expires 18th December 2016. Click here to browse the collection.

I’ve gathered together some of my handpicked favourites to give you a taste of the collection! Click on an item below to open the gallery, and then click through to the website.

 Let me know if you pick anything up, I have my eye on a couple of box sets, the Talk Wordy To Me tote, and those bookmarks! Happy shopping, Book Geeks!

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2016 Bookish Gift Guide with Exclusive Discounts!

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I know today is Halloween, but I was so excited, I couldn’t put this post off for any longer!

For the past two years I’ve brought you a Bookish Gift Guide with Exclusive Discount codes. It’s a post I love to put together because I get to give my loyal readers something that I adore… a bargain! Each year the guide has gotten bigger and better, and this year is no exception!

There are 22 stores taking part in this year’s Gift Guide, all with Exclusive Discount Codes!

I’ve hand-picked a selection of items from each store below, and linked to them in the image caption. All prices are listed in GBP for simplicity. They all ship Internationally (beware of delivery dates if you’re ordering pressies!), and many of them also offer customised options – if you have any questions, just reach out and ask, I can guarantee that they’re all lovely!🙂


Wordery

Wordery have created a Bookish Christmas Collection just for this Gift Guide!

Get 10% off when you buy any 2 items with discount code BOOKGEEK!

Discount code expires 18th December 2016. Click here to browse the collection.

Wordery have over 10 million books available for free delivery to over 100 countries. As well as books, they also sell tote bags, notebooks, bookmarks, and more.


Novelly Yours

Prices start at £3.34 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 10% off any order.

Discount Code expires 25th December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Gorgeous handmade candles from our very own Book Blogger, Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide! I’m sure many of these names are recognisable to Book Geeks, and they’re in such cute tins!


The Blind Date Book Company

Prices start at £5.00 BUT discount code #BOOKGEEK10 gets you 10% off!

Discount code expires 5th January 2017. Click here to be taken to the store.

Have you heard of the Blind Date With A Book trend? This Etsy store offers a Blind Date with a preloved book, a Blind Date with a new book, a Blind Date Gift Box, and a special Christmas themed Gift Box! Spoil the Book Geek in your life (or yourself!) with this great surprise gift.


Mind the Book

Prices start at £5.00 BUT discount code MINDTHEGEEK gets you FREE INT SHIPPING!

Discount code expires 31st January 2017. Click here to be taken to the store.

I absolutely love the cute and quirky originality of these pieces, for something a little different that’s always unique, and never ordinary! I own one of the pieces and can vouch for their quality!


BeedooTO

Prices start at £1.30 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 15% off any order! Orders over $10 also get a free random bookmark (excludes shipping).

Discount code expires 31st December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

These are stunning! I bought some for myself last year, as well as some as gifts for my book blogging friends. They are beautifully illustrated, and very reasonably priced, what’s not to love?!


MyFavouriteDayDream

Prices start at £2.00 BUT the discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 10% off!

Discount code expires 31st January 2017. Click here to be taken to the store.

There are some great quote pendants, nostalgic characters, and simple charm necklaces in this store, and with prices starting from just £2.00, you could treat yourself to more than one!


FirstEditionTeaCO

Prices start at £2.10 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 15% off orders over $10.

Discount code expires 31st December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

There’s nothing Book Geeks love more than to cosy up with a great read and a steaming mug of tea, and these literary inspired loose leaf varieties are sure to please your taste-buds.


Literary Emporium

Prices start at £1.50 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK15 gets you 15% off!

Discount code expires 25th December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

The Literary Emporium not only has a fantastic name (seriously, how good is that name?!), but it’s also full of gorgeous book inspired jewellery and pins, stationery, socks, keyrings, and more!


BookFiend

Prices start at £2.48 BUT discount code READON gets you 20% off any order!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.

Book Fiend have brilliant aluminium bookmarks and humorous bumper stickers (that I’m sure can be used on many different surfaces), as well as beautifully engraved necklaces and bracelets. Well worth a look!


CartabanCards

Prices start at £7.22 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK10 gets you 10% off!

Discount code expires 5th January 2017. Click here to be taken to the store.

 There is SUCH a wide range of book covers available, you’re sure to find something to suit all kinds of Book Geeks, and they’re printed on vintage paper!


Pretty Drastic

Prices start at £3.50 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 10% off orders over £10.

Discount code expires 31st December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Pretty Drastic is co-owned by BookTuber, Sarah-Jane (The Book Life), and features amazingly quirky bookish jewellry, as well as great handmade bookmarks, and loads, loads more!


Novel Creations

Prices start at £32.13 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 15% off!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.

Hardback and leather-bound books are up-cycled like you have never seen them before!


MyBookmark

Prices start at £10.51 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK gets you 20% off!

Discount code expires 31st December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Something a little quirkier for those of us who refuse to dog-ear!


ReadAndWonder

Prices start at £1.60 BUT discount code XMAS20 gets you 20% off any order!

Discount code expires 10th January 2017. Click here to be taken to the store.

Jazz up your planners and journals with well-known character stickers, and stickers Book Geeks will find particularly useful to track currently reading and TBR lists. The new bookmarks are also delish!


DotsandDashCo

Prices start at £2.10 BUT discount code CBG20 gets you 20% off any order!

Discount code expires 31st January 2017. Click here to be taken to the store.

Planners have taken the world by storm, and the Book Blogging community is no different! From Erin Condren’s, to Foxy Dori’s, we’re planning our blogs in style.


Fable and Black

Prices start at £2.45 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK16 gets you 20% off!

Discount code expires 31st December 2015. Click here to be taken to the store.

From cute badges, to colourful keyrings, mugs, totes, bookmarks, and notebooks, this store has you covered!


 The BookwormPrints

Prices start at £10.00 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK20 gets you 20% off!

Discount code expires 31st January 2017. Click here to be taken to the store.

For inspiration, decoration, or simply a beautiful gift, you can’t go wrong with a good quote.

I own the Mary Oliver quote (which is commented on by guests regularly!), and I also gifted Stef @ Caught Read Handed a custom print of one of her favourite Matt Haig quotes.


BookQuay

Prices start at £11.70 BUT discount code HOLIDAY2016 gets you 15% off!

Discount code expires 31st December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

This store specialises in book cover replica pouches, perfect to use as snazzy pencil cases and tablet covers.


Knob Creek Metal Arts

Prices start at £14.00 BUT discount code WINTER16 gets you 15% off any order!

Discount code expires 31st December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Something a little more quirky and original for your bookshelves – bookcases can display so much more than books, you know!


Up Shirts Creek

Prices start at £11.73 BUT discount code BOOKGEEK15 gets you 15% off (non-sale)!

Discount code expires 31st December 2016. Click here to be taken to the store.

Us Book Geeks love nothing more than wearing our passions, and these tees give a nod to some of our all time favourites.


Sazel Gifts

Prices start at £3.50 BUT discount code Bookish16 gets you 5% off any order!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.

The book art from this store is the main feature! Add a personal touch to an original gift for the Book Geek in your life.


Lipsy Lost and Found

Prices start at £2.99 BUT discount code BOOKG33K gets you 30% off any order!

Discount code does not expire! Click here to be taken to the store.

Find the perfect gift for the Book Collector in your life with a beautiful vintage or antique book!


Thank you to all of the sellers who have offered a discount code to Confessions of a Book Geek readers! Please let me know in the comments if you plan to, or make any purchases! Happy shopping, Books Geeks!

Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up September 2016

Stacking the Shelves

I had really great blogging months in July and August, but September is our year-end in work and there was SO much going on that blogging really took a back seat. I was hoping to get back in to the swing of things in October, but so far I haven’t had much luck. Scheduling really is the way to go for me, but I haven’t had time to do much of that either! I’m hoping for the next few weeks I’ll get much more content up, fingers crossed!

The Books:

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For review this month, I received Pre-suasion by Robert B. Cialdini, Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi, Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein, and Eating the Elephant by Alice Wells. I also received copies of two illustrated picture books for children. I don’t tend to read or review these often, but in light of my Best Friend (yes, I give that title capitals!) having an adorable baby girl, I’ve taken a bit of an interest in picture books for mini people. I received The Christmas Eve Tree and A First Book of Animals.

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Purchases this month… You’d think after my little indulgence last month I would have declined… Instead I restrained. This month I purchased Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk, DK’s The History Book (which is part of their Big Ideas Simply Explained series. I own about 5 of them now), Queen Bees  by Sian Evans, as well as two sets – Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and The Selection series (PJ is on offer for £6.99 for 5 books, and The Selection is on offer for £7.99 for 5 books, I CANNOT say no to those prices, AND I had a discount code too). I’m intending the Percy Jackson series to be a gift, that I might sneakily try to read first…

In BIG (and obvious) news, I also picked up a signed copy of Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas, which I’ve already read. Review to follow once I can form coherent thoughts.

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Review: The Opposite of Loneliness

the-opposite-of-loneliness-book-coverThe Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan, published April 2015 by Simon and Schuster.

Read: August 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction/Fiction/Short Stories/Essays
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 208
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Goodreads Synopsis: Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

As her family, friends and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’, went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord. Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

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My Second #OTSPSecretSister Experience

2016-Discussion-ChallengeWhen my first round of #OTSPSecretSister ended, I wrote a post all about my OTSPSecretSister experience, and now that another round has sadly come to an end, I thought I would do it again to encourage all of you to participate in this project at least once.

To recap, OTSPSecretSister is the fabulous invention of Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places and Amy @ Tripping Over BooksThe project is a “cheer club” – you are paired with a “Secret Sister” and send them letters, cards and gifts over the course of 6 months, before revealing to them who you are. While you’re doing this, you have your own Secret Sister who’s looking out for, and sending cheer, to you.

The project started in the US only, but now there are Secret Sisters in the UK, Belgium, Canada, and Australia. Check out #OTSPSecretSister on Twitter to see what all the ladies (and guys!) get up to. I really enjoyed taking part for a second time, but I’m taking a break for this next round as I’ve other things going on, and don’t feel I can commit to it fully just now, which wouldn’t be fair to the other participants. I’ve a feeling I’m really going to miss it though, so no doubt will be back doing it again soon!

The Secret Sister I Sent To – Natalie @ Food For Bookworms

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