LLR: The Philosophy Gym by Stephen Law

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The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking

by Stephen Law.

From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history’s most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas — some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God. In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law illustrates the problem with a story, then lets the argument battle it out in clear, easily digestible and intelligent prose. This perfect little mental health club is sure to give each reader’s mind a great workout. 

On my very first trip out of Australia, I encountered this book in an airport bookstore. I remember reading the blurb and being hooked. I unfortunately did not purchase this book but was so very lucky that my local library had a copy of another of Law’s books, The Philosophy Files. Years later, armed with my own credit card, The Philosophy Gym was one of the first books I bought.

While I had always been somewhat questioning in what I was told, The Philosophy Files and Gym opened my mind to a lot of established philosophical concepts and theorises. My mind was opened with the possibilities and unanswerable questions of the universe – and because of this book I quickly devoured so many more books about Philosophy.

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A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G and J R Zuckerberg

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A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

by Mady G and J R Zuckerberg

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Blurb: In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!

Release Date: 23rd April, 2019.

Length: 96 pages.

Series: N/A.

Genre: QUILTBAG. Educational.

Read as an: eBook.

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My Thoughts:  A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities is a great introduction for people wanting to know more about gender, orientation, and self expression. The book provides definitions of words, histories, and encourages people to treat others with respect.

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Common Cents by Earn Spend Live

Common Cents: A Budget Workbook

by Earn Spend Live.

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Blurb: Make the daunting task of managing your personal finances approachable with Common Cents!

Money makes the world go ‘round, but it doesn’t have to make your head spin! This budgeting workbook is packed with easy-to-use worksheets, money-saving tips, advice from financial experts, and prompts to help you set (and achieve) realistic financial goals. Customisable monthly budgets let you record and manage your expenses by category, as well as see the big-picture impact of day-to-day decisions. But setting up a good budget isn’t just about tracking daily spending; it’s about long-term financial health—so Common Cents will also help you start saving, building up an emergency fund, paying off your debts, and learning how to invest in your future.

This financial workbook includes:

• Non-boring breakdowns of financial basics

• Budgeting, purchase-planning, and goal-setting worksheets

• Step-by-step guides to getting out of debt and building your savings

• Tips that will help keep you right on track

Common Cents is designed to help organise your financial life—you’ll learn how to make money work for you.


Release Date: 1st January, 2019.

Length: 188 pages.

Series: The Totally Approachable, Not-Scary Guides.

Genre: Self Help. Personal Finance. Non-fiction.

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My Thoughts: Common Cents is a brilliantly simple budget book aimed towards the young adult and ‘new’ adult market. What separates Common Cents from other personal finance and budgeting books is the language and forgiving nature of the content. As someone who has read widely within the personal finance genre, Common Cents is a welcome breath of fresh air.

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She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle

She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters

by Robyn Ryle.

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Blurb:  Gender is at the forefront of our cultural landscape today. From pronouns to politics to pop culture, people are finally finding a new freedom in the fluidity of identity. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand, embrace, and intelligently discuss the many sides of gender.


She/He/They/Me is a unique and engagingly creative take on an increasingly complex concept. A nontraditional, nonlinear structure allows readers to choose their own path, from a patriarchal culture to a scenario where sex doesn’t even exist, and beyond.


This method of individual exploration will help readers gain the understanding and confidence they need to engage in meaningful conversations about gender.


Release Date: 5th, March, 2019.

Length: 320 pages.

Series: N/A.

Genre: Non-Fiction. QUILTBAG.

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My Thoughts: Think of She/He/They/Me as a ‘Choose Your Own Gender Adventure’ book. You start the book off making decisions about your sex, gender, identity, and where you are within human history – from here you explore the world around you and what your life would be like with these factors.

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You Goal, Girl by Earn Spend Live

yougoalgirl_coverYou Goal, Girl: A Goal-Setting Workbook

by Earn Spend Live.

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Blurb: Get your personal and career goals in shape with You Goal, Girl!

There’s no better feeling than when you complete a task and get to check it off your to-do list, right? This goal-setting workbook combines that feeling of productivity with the motivation you need to actually get stuff done. You Goal, Girl is a personal tool kit for making your goals a reality.

With this guided workbook, you will design your own goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. Because it’s not enough to simply write down your goals and call it a day, prompts, tips, and worksheets help to determine and then track your goal’s progress every step of the way, in addition to providing plenty of space to capture doodles, notes, and brainstorms. Included in this action-oriented workbook are:

  • Habit-tracking and reflection pages to measure progress
  • Gratitude logs to stay positive
  • Daily and weekly prompts to help you self-assess

You Goal, Girl is designed to help plan, track, and achieve your most important goals– because you absolutely deserve the life you want, you just have to put in the work!


Release Date: 11th December, 2018.

Length: 188 pages.

Series: The Totally Approachable, Not-Scary Guides.

Genre: Self Help. Non-Fiction.

Read as an: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts: You Goal, Girl is a really great motivational and inspirational workbook. Set out as a resource to (potentially) last a year, You Goal, Girl, encourages readers to define goals, set plans, maintain your progress, and re-evaluate. What sets this book aside from others of the self-help market is the engaging and approachable way in which the book is written.

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Polyamorous: Living and Loving More by Jenny Yuen

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by Jenny Yuen.

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Blurb: A look at how people are giving themselves a choice to love another way.

“The heart is not like a box that gets filled up, but expands in size the more you love.”

Enlightened words you wouldn’t expect to hear from the computer in the movie Her, but it also rings true for humans. More people than ever are exploring the possibility of opening up their relationships — and not only that, they are fighting for their legal rights to love however and whomever they choose.

In Polyamorous, reporter Jenny Yuen digs into why open relationships are such a hot topic, why they’re becoming more normalized, and how relationships with multiple partners can be a practical alternative to monogamy and an intriguing expedition through uncharted emotional territory. Couples are clearing a path for “throuples,” “quads,” and “relationship anarchists” who navigate through jealousy and reach a place of “compersion” — feeling joy because your partner feels joy with another — as pairing off is no longer the default option for many. For some, polyamory is just a part of who they are.

Poly is love. Infinite.


Release Date: November 17th, 2018.
Length: 300 pages.
Series: N/A – Standalone
Genre: Non-fiction. Relationships. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: Polyamorous: Living and Loving More is an in depth exploration of polyamory and all the issues that can surround these relationships. Jenny Yuen makes this topic real through her honest discussion of real relationships and real people.

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