What I’m Reading: December 2020

Welcome back to That’s What Pea Said… I thought it would be fun to introduce a new monthly feature to my blog, sharing which books I will be reading each month – not only will this encourage me to read more, but it is a fabulous opportunity for me to share with you some fabulous books which you may not be familiar with. Due to the nature of some of the PR opportunities I receive I’ve allowed flexibility to update this post throughout the month, should I need to… this post features sponsored content.

Book Tasters Community

The first book which I’ll be reading is part of the Book Tasters Community – ‘Life Passages – When Age Point Aspects and Dreams Coincide’ written by John D Grove. I’ve started reading this book, however I’m hoping to be able to give it my full attention tomorrow so that I can really get stuck in as it’s certainly not light reading. I jumped at the opportunity to read this book as it’s a combination of two of my favourite things – psychology and astrology. The author, John D Grove has been a practising psychotherapist for forty years and he has been an astrologer since 1973, throughout this book John uses horoscopes as a tool for psycho-spiritual insights.

Whilst I don’t have much else to share at present, I am looking forward to learning how John correlates both psychology and astrology. During my counselling studies and practice, I enjoyed finding similarities between both counselling terminology and my spirituality and shadow work. I am always excited to learn more about these fields and I look forward to sharing my review.

The Tandem Collective – Readalongs

This month I’m excited to share two Tandem Collective readalong’s and they are quite the contrast in context. However I’m equally as excited to get stuck into both books, you can follow both read-alongs in real time by visiting my Instagram //@pixee_pea

Dancing With The Octopus – Debora Harding

Unlike the last book I had the pleasure of reading, Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To Happiness, this book has come with a trigger warning. The first book I’ll be reading with the Tandem Collective is Dancing with The Octopus – by Debora Harding. Dancing With The Octopus is a memoir and a true re-telling of the life of the author, Debora Harding. This book looks like a heavy read, with reference to sexual violence, child abuse, childhood trauma and emotional and physical abuse. Although its going to be an emotional read, I have a feeling it’s going to be tough to put down and because it’s a read-along, I’ll be answering questions throughout, in addition to sharing my thoughts.

Hungry – Grace Dent

The second book I’ll be reading with the Tandem Collective is Hungry, by Grace Dent. Today I received notification that I had been selected to read this book and so I’m trying to avoid any reviews so that I can enjoy the book, for what it is. Interestingly, this is also a memoir, although it is of a much brighter nature. I was actually lucky enough to catch Grace chatting about it on The Black Girls Book Club a few weeks ago and from the group discussions alone it looks like it’s going to be a really enjoyable read.

I’m sure that you’ll agree that this is definitely an interesting mix of books, with some really varied content – however they are all powerful within their own right. As I explained, I’ll be allowing myself the flexibility to update this post over the next couple of weeks and I hope that you’ll enjoy following me on my reading journey. What books will you be reading this month? Let me know in the comments below xx

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