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Hello, you! I'm Soph - a 22 year old girl currently living in Liverpool, spending most of her time writing, taking photo's, drinking coffee & trying not to eat too much cake.

Parisian living & unconventional therapy



I'm finally reading more guys!

It was one of my New Years Resolutions to try and get back into reading more. I really miss getting stuck into a good book, and being able to immerse myself into the characters and their worlds, temporarily forgetting about my own little life for a while. 

So, a few weeks ago I went book shopping to try and kick-start myself back into reading. I ended up picking up these two books and I LOVE them both. They're not the kind of books I was thinking of when I set myself this resolution but hey ho, they're still books, right?

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are



I love this book so so much. It's one of my life goals to go and live in Paris for a little while, so my excuse for reading this instead of a literary classic is that I'm classing it as life project research. 

It has me giggling and smiling to myself all the way through so far. I love how even the book looks effortlessly stylish and chic, and the photography inside is also just beautiful! 

I've decided to treat this book as one of my new Bibles. I'm going to start living my life like the perfect Parisian woman should;

Never asking someone at a party what they do for a living, going to great lengths for a pedicure but constantly wearing mismatched underwear, to find 'my' perfume before I'm 30, and then continue to wear it for the next 30 years, never match my handbag to my outfit, keep things simple, and to never take oneself too seriously. 
Amen. 



There are parts of this book that also seem to describe my life perfectly. Like this. The number of times I lie in bed at the minute when my alarms gone off just thinking to myself, 'you need to get up Soph.' ..'Soph, you're going to be late.' ...'Get. Up.' And I'm having a LOT of 'off days' at work at the minute, as anyone who I've talked to recently will have heard. A few times. Sorry. 


And this! Oh my goodness. Every single day!


F**k it

(Sorry Mum, it's the title of the book.)

I'd have never ever ever have imagined myself to browse through the mindfulness and spiritual sections of Waterstones, but after reading a few blogs and writing my own little reflections on life recently I thought I might just have a look.  And well, this book just stood out like a sore thumb.



You can probably see why. 

The guy who wrote this book is an absolute genius. There's a lot of old theories in here about being happy, mindfulness and how to take on life, with a modern twist. You can guess what that is. 

The F**k It therapy.

I haven't read a lot of this, but it is fast becoming one of my favourites. John C. Parkin talks A LOT of sense. 

Supposed to be being good but you have that chocolate cake in the fridge? F**k it and eat it. 

Meant to go to the gym tonight but can't be bothered? F**k it and go and watch netflix in bed. 

Had enough of your job and want to go travel? F**k it and go and see the world. 

The theory behind this is that when we say this expression, whether it be out loud or to ourselves, we're letting go of something. We're recognising that something that mattered to us, now doesn't anymore, not for a little while anyway. We stop doing something that we don't want to do,  we stop taking things so seriously, you start to listen to yourself and 'you give up, let go, stop resisting and relax back into the natural flow of life itself.'


I also love love love this guys writing style. It makes me giggle oh so much. I read the first few bits of this book in a corner in Waterstones, and genuinely got some looks from people who must have been thinking I was completely nuts. 

When you say these two words you instantly release some form of tension from your body, and you 'jerk' yourself into a more relaxed state. One of my favourite bits of this book so far is this; while explaining how this whole concept is a 21st century spiritual act, it clarifies that one of the benefits to just saying this is that it doesn't involve any of the following;

- Praying
- Chanting
- Killing people
- Wearing sandals
- Wearing orange
- Singing songs to acoustic guitars
- Eating beans...

And the list kinda goes on, but he's got a point. 


So, if you're looking for something just a little different to read for a little while, I would highly recommend either of these books. (If you're a guy, probably not the first one though.)


What have you guys been reading lately?

Soph

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  1. Love the idea of both of these books. Might get the second for some holiday reading :) x

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    1. That's a good idea! Let me know if you do! :) x

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  2. Oh my gosh I need to get my hands on both of these books ASAP! They sound amazing!

    Rhianna | robowecop

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    1. Do it Rhi! Let me know what you think if you do! :D

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  3. I've had 'how to be parisian' for a while now and initially did not like it, it just wasn't my kind of book. I might give it another go now though as you've rated it so highly. & I'll definitely check out the second one next time I'm at waterstones :) x
    Mara // marashares

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    1. Ahh yeah! Well to be fair I can see how it's not everyone's type of book :) haha yeah go have a look! Oh I do love waterstones! x

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  4. One of my life goals is to live in Paris for a while too - so that book has got to go on my list! Love the concept of the second book too, a good old swear can make you feel a lot better in itself! xx

    www.pillarbox-post.blogspot.com

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    1. I think everyone needs to go live in Paris! haha, it can! xx

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  5. I've picked both of these up before and debated buying them. Love the idea of the fuck it one! Might have to borrow that one from you ;)

    Emma xxxx
    Writing Essays With Wine

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    1. Of course you can borrow it! I think you'd love it Emma! xxx

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  6. You've made me want to read both of these!! Especially the first one :) can't wait! I'm hitting the bookstore tomorrow, or f*** it, I might just order them on Amazon :) thanks for two great reviews! x

    AmandaSays

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    1. Oh good! Haha, yes, do! Let me know if you end up getting either of these, and what you think! :) x

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  7. I keep meaning to pick up the How to Be Parisian book! I've always wanted to spend some time living in Paris, but I'm horrendous at French despite taking four years of it, haha!

    www.ashbam.com

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    1. You definitely should pick it up! Oh, I'm so bad too! I haven't spoke a word of French since I was about 13! I'm sure I could pick up some words... maybe ha!

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  8. hey sophie - i've stumbled onto your blog and love this story. these books look amazing - you should definitely go live in paris just don't marry someone french :) and well, netflix & dinner instead of the gym - that's me!!!

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    1. Thank you Phyllis! I'll try and remember that! haha, i think thats a lot of us too!

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  9. absolutely love the look of both of these books soph :) I have found myself in the mindfulness section a lot in waterstones at the moment too! Nothing like a good motivational bible :)

    Kayleigh xoxo
    www.veryberrycosmo.co.uk

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    1. They're good Kayls! :) There definitely isn't! They're so good to help you get in the right mind set for things :) xxx

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  10. Really interesting post. Think I will try these books out.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  11. Any book that tells me to fuck it and eat chocolate cake, skip the gym and go travelling is my kind of book. Thank you for the recommendations!!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

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    1. Haha, I know right! No problem! Let me know if you end up reading it! :) xx

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  12. That second book looks like a great read!
    I'm hoping it is available on amazon :)
    Rosie
    x
    www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It definitely is so far Rosie! I think it should be :) Let me know what you think! x

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  13. I've never heard of F***k it but it sounds so funny and I completely get what he means by the fact we're letting go of something - I'd just never thought about it!

    The parisian book is on my "books to buy" list! I've read a few great reviews about it :) I like pretty books too!

    Emma xx

    www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It has me laughing a lot! Haha, I know, it's weird how much of it makes sense that you just haven't thought about it!

      It's a good book to invest in! I don't think i'll be getting rid of it any time soon! :) xx

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  14. Another great post, love seeing the complete contrasts in New Years Resolutions.

    The F**k it one made me laugh, although I have to ask... What's REALLY wrong with killing people? Jeeze. Chanting and praying though, got that one right!

    I don't know where you find the time to read these books, and work, and blog, and live. But you do a great job of it!

    - Little Boy Wonder
    www.RacingAReaper.com

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    1. Thanks Aaron :)

      I'm glad it did! Oh, the irony of that sentence coming from you, ha!

      To be honest, thinking about it, I don't really know where the time comes from either, but thanks I guess, I try my best haha :)

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  15. My new years resolution was to read more but I'm epically failing at the moment! I love the sounds of both these books though! Especially the F** it one. I don't think a book has ever sounded more appealing to me!
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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    1. Ahh no! You've still got loads of time left! Haha, oh I'm glad! Thanks for reading my post lovely :)

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