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Fire on All Sides
Fire on All Sides: THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER | James Rhodes
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For many of us who suffer from depression or anxiety, the simple act of endurance, of having to appear normal', is a daunting, painful and heroic task. Getting out of bed, packing the kids off to school, showing up for work, preparing dinner... These can be astonishing achievements when it sometimes takes a superhuman effort simply to stand upright. How do you keep going? How do you do what you do, day in, day out, conforming to people's idea of you and functioning in the way society expects you to, when all you want to do is disappear and hide? In Fire On All Sides, Rhodes attempts to find how to make the unbearable bearable in the most exposing circumstances imaginable. As he embarks on a gruelling five-month concert tour, performing in front of thousands of people, the tortuous voices in his mind his constant companions, he has no choice but to face these wild, mad ramblings head on. Luckily, there is the music. There is always the music. Bach, Chopin, Beethoven - they are his holy grail, his mechanism for survival. Just. This is an important, urgent book. It's about going through your day feeling like you can't find a way out of the crazy, it's about not setting the happiness bar too high, it's about accepting the messy imperfection that is life. Rhodes explodes the myths surrounding depression, anxiety and stress - the plagues of our society - into a million pieces, then sticks them back together again with his characteristic thought-provoking, laser sharp and humorous style. The really good news? It's going to be OK. Just.
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Thank you @RachelO for the next #MHRoundRobin book! I got this a while ago but been too busy to share! Very excited to start reading this one :)

RachelO Hi Faye! Hope you enjoy it 😊 13mo
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This is what Boxing Day looks like in this part of the world. Yes, those little blobs are sea-swimmers, some with santa hats, or dressed as bananas. Of course. It‘s a charity do for the RNLI.

And I‘ve finished this book for #mhroundrobin, so it‘ll be on to you next Faye. It‘s by a concert pianist, living with anxiety, ocd, ptsd, you name it - & it‘s SO well done. And ultimately optimistic. This was my final book for #booked2018 & a great read! 🎉

gradcat This is so beautiful! It looks like where I live in my dreams...wish I was there!! Can I ask where this photo was taken? (edited) 1y
RachelO @gradcat It‘s Devon, UK. I‘m a Devon girl born & bred but we just moved to the coast this May, so it‘s still a major novelty being able to wander down to the beach of a morning! 1y
Christine11 How beautiful! 😍 1y
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squirrelbrain We drove up to Saltburn today (never been there!) and there was a Boxing Day swim there too! 🥶 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Brrr it must be very cold swimming out there! 1y
DeleteAcct Lovely picture. 1y
Cinfhen Great pic and sounds like a poignant read!!! Congrats on finishing #Booked2018 🎉🎉🎉🎉 1y
jhod I'm so glad you liked the book! X 1y
gradcat Thank you so much for answering...it‘s so beautiful, I‘m still swooning.... 1y
RachelO @Christine11 😊 I‘m v lucky! 1y
RachelO @squirrelbrain That *would* be cold! ❄️ Looks gorgeous though. I was amazed at the turnout - must have been over 100 swimmers/sea-walkers, and the prom was packed! 1y
RachelO @erzascarletbookgasm I know!!! It is surprisingly mild here at the moment though, so if you were going for a Boxing Day dip, it was probably a good year to do it. Still. 🥶 1y
RachelO @Rachbb3 😊 Thank you! We had good sky today! 1y
RachelO @Cinfhen Thanks Cindy! And thank you for hosting such fun challenges 😘 1y
RachelO @jhod Have you read it yet? Afraid you‘ll be getting pages of my waffle when it reaches you again 😉. 1y
youneverarrived Great photo! Looking forward to reading this book. 1y
RachelO @youneverarrived I hope you enjoy. I‘m never sure whether to post reviews for these, so I kept it brief! Hope you‘re having a good Christmas 🎄 1y
jhod No, I haven't - read good reviews of it which is why I bought it - look forward to reading alongside your musings! X 1y
RachelO Would help if I put the #booked2018 category perhaps #MCwithInvisibleIllness 1y
Reggie Why isn‘t this pic taken from the water? Lol Nice post!! 1y
RachelO @Reggie Ha! Maybe next year... 1y
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Look what appeared on my doorstep this morning! Thank you @TCLinrow 😊. And the Isle of Man have the BEST Christmas stamps!!

Looking forward to reading this for #mhroundrobin - and you found the perfect notebook @jhod !

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@jhod Just to officially say a big thank you for my #MHRoundRobin package 😊 I knew there was something I had to do when I got it... completely forgot about posting the picture 😅 The candle smells amazing and the sweets won't last the day 😉

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Book mail! To help with #nonfiction2018 and as an added bonus they match my cushions!

jpmcwisemorgan That‘s wild that they match your pillows. I love it! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That is a pretty awesome coincidence! 2y
mrp27 Perfect! 2y
rachaich I got the Mary Beard one for Christmas :) 2y
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1. We have lots of this style of print of places we've been and love.
2. Read more classics, non fiction and poetry, read all the books on my kindle tbr before I'm allowed to buy more, make use of audio books!
3. Yes, contacts.
4. As I chose beach for number 1, I'll choose mountains, hoping to go skiing next month.
5. Have just ordered tagged book. Using it for #Booked2018 body positive memoir - about the mind...
Thanks @MinDea #humpdaypost