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Help me with my research paper :)

I am currently in the process of working on my research paper, it is about how ASMR can help children and adolescents with depression and anxiety. If you are between the ages of 10 and 21, or have a friend, child, grandchild who is, could you please allow them to take this survey? It would be a super incredibly awesome help. Thank you! I also plan to have a follow up survey

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C7J3Z2S

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Looker

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This debut novel by Laura Sims has one of the more interesting covers that I’ve seen lately. The lipstick smeared all over the photo of this anonymous woman makes me want to read more. Looker is the story of an obsessed neighbor, an actress who has no idea, and an incident that changes the narrative from peeping Tom to over the edge madness.

Although the cover pulled me in, the story, to me, felt like what I read in The Girl on the Train and so many more of these “obsession” thrillers that have become popular lately. I felt no connection to the narrator in this book, I didn’t want to know why she obsessed over the actress, nor did I care to find out what happened in the end of the book. This was one of those books that I was hoping was going to be one of my favorites of the year, but it fell short, very short, for me.

Sadly, this book gets a 1 star from me. I wanted to like this, I wanted to be invested in the story, but it didn’t do anything for me.

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My 2019 Bookish Plans

Hello my awesome readers, I hope you guys are having a wonderful new year! I know that mine’s been both crazy and relaxing, I’ve been working a lot as an editor/proofreader, as well as going to school, and taking care of my kiddos. It’s been fun, but man I am glad the holidays are OVER!

I know that my reviews have been few and far between lately, and all I can really say is that there is a reason for that. I’ll try to explain what’s been going on, and tell you my plans for 2019.

In the fall of 2017, I started graduate school, which has been increasingly harder and more time consuming. I’m now in my last year and will be extra busy working on my thesis. I also moved in 2018, downsized from a 3 bedroom farm house to a 2 bedroom apartment, and everything has been crazy but very satisfying. I’m loving life right now! With that said, I have found it hard to keep up with reviewing books. I have not had review requests open on my blog for over a year now. I am still working on reading books that I’ve been sent a couple of years ago. It seems like I keep losing the passion to read, and the reason for that is I felt I was forced to read certain books, and I didn’t find joy in it like I used to.

I started reading back when my son was a baby, he’s 5 now, because it helped me deal with my depression. Ever since then I have thrown myself into books, which I absolutely love because it’s my favorite hobby. Then I got bombarded with requests, and I felt like I could never say no, I didn’t want to let some people down. That caused a back log of books that I don’t know when I’ll ever get to. Having hundreds of books to review, plus having my own shelves of books to read was daunting. I even got rid of a lot of books over the course of the move, but then I acquired a bunch due to book sales and a going out of business sale. My shelves are full, my Netgalley TBR is full, and my requests are closed. My brain feels cluttered with all of the books I need to read, and it’s almost stressing me out thinking about it.

I know it sounds like such a silly think to get stressed about, but I’m taking 2019 to get this in order. I plan to read all of the series that I own, that I have not finished, in the first part of the year. I will sprinkle in some of the reviews that I have to do, in order to get the list down to a manageable number. I work with a couple of companies who I respect and love working with, so I will continue to review those books in a timely manner, but I will not take requests this entire year, and I plan on getting my own personal books down by at least half. Chances are that I will not be reviewing every single book I read, but I would still love to share what I am reading with you guys. Please follow me on instagram @comfyreading, where I post pictures of books that I am currently reading, along with cute pics of my kids and cat. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever post a review, I do have some coming up for books I read over the winter break that I LOVED, but if it’s my own personal book, I am going to read it for my own personal enjoyment. Once I get everything settled and figured out, I plan on going back to the regular review schedule that I had set up in the beginning of this blog.

Thanks for listening, I hope you all have a wonderful day and please feel free to reach out to me for a chat!

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An Anonymous Girl

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Last year I devoured The Wife Between Us, so when I saw that Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen were at it again with An Anonymous Girl, I immediately requested the book on Netgalley. This book has that gorgeous monotoned colored cover, with faces of women who could be anyone, and that really intrigued me. What was even more entrancing was the story.

Jessica needs money, she’s a make up artist by day, but she can barely cover her bills and her parents bills that she secretly pays each month, so when she overhears one of her clients talking about being part of a study about morality, Jessica decides to hi-jack that girls spot and get in to the study herself. I mean, what could go wrong, all she has to do is answer some silly questions anonymously and go home, right?

Of course it’s not that easy. Along with the typical morality questions, Jessica is set up in real life situations where she must go above and beyond her comfort zone, to the point of being in dangerous situations, all in the name of morality, or so she thinks. Then she meets the woman behind the study, who happens to have her own personal vendetta, and Jessica may be wrapped up in something she won’t be able to get out of alive.

Chances are if you read a lot of thrillers like I do, you’ll be able to predict this one, unlike The Wife Between Us, the twist didn’t catch me off guard, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the writing was superb as usual. I cannot wait to see what these two come up with next. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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The Minimalist Home

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I have this whole idea that I want to be a minimalist. Is it actually going to happen? Probably not. Why? I have kids who have a million toys, a million clothes, and a million things that we just can’t seem to get rid of. I also have a ton of my own things. We have moved from a three bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment, so our belongings decreased by at least half, but my goal would be to decrease that by at least half as well. In order to prepare myself for this inevitable clearing out I read The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker.

Like the Konmari method, this book will teach you how to organize and declutter your home. Unlike the Konmari method, this book will teach you how to do this by going to each room, instead of categories. The idea behind Joshua’s minimalist movement is that if we have less stuff, then we have more time to enjoy our lives and our families. I totally get that, and I love that idea. Most of the time the stuff that we acquire is crap that we rarely even use. Things that take up space and time but have no relevant purpose in our lives.

You can refocus your life on the people in it, and the activities that you want to enjoy doing with those people, instead of cleaning up the possessions that we accumulate over the years. Decluttering can be hard, time consuming and stressful, but the fact of the matter is that decluttering your home can also declutter your mind.

With step by step instructions, Joshua helps you on your journey through the powerful art of minimalism. I’m still trying to finish minimizing our belongings, but it’s hard. It can be scary to get rid of your possessions, but I do know that having less can make you feel incredible. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, a perfect introduction to the world of minimalism.