HAPPILY EVER AFTER
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This is not to suggest that Dolan is simply playing to a ‘progressive’ gallery. One of the narratives he has in his sights is that why people give to charity is more important than that they do. Another is that we should prioritize our health above anything else. Instead, Dolan rightly sees that there are trade offs, that extra health is bought at a cost, say, never pigging out on ice cream ever again. That cost, too, brings benefits (if you like ice cream), so all a fixation on health means is trading one set of benefits for another. In the context of Covid-19 and policy making, this is admirably brave. Dolan is a behavioral scientist and thus has, not surprisingly, a very scientific way of looking at this. However, I liked it that he made it more human and relatable by giving his own interpretations of things at times, whilst still leaving space for readers to disagree. The book consistently worked through several topics on which we are vulnerable to the happiness narrative. Ranging from marriage, kids, health, and education there will probably be chapters to which you can relate more than others, but I found several of them to be real eye-openers! This is a must-read for fans of T.J. Klune’s Tales from Verania series (just way more YA in vibe), bringing a quirky, lovable cast of found-family characters to the forefront of a delicious fantasy world setting, that mixes the fun and adventure perfectly with some emotionally gripping high-stakes and a heart-melting romance (or two, or three).
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Dolan argues that it is because we are slaves to “social narratives” – that is, cultural assumptions and expectations that tell us how we ought to be have. Among these is the idea that money brings happiness. Recognizing these social narratives and their flimsy foundations is the basis of Dolan’s radical new approach to living well.The quirky sense of humour and the cast of strong, intelligent, kind-hearted characters really shone brightest here, making this an all too easy fantasy YA story to devour at a potentially alarming rate. Get ready for the ultimate pamper night in – The Book and Pamper box contains everything you need for the perfect self treat:
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Delighted my son’s fiancé with a Happily Ever After box’ - she loved it & was even impressed with the ‘lash oil’ which was a mystery to me! Great service, the box arrived on her birthday, way before the ETA. Would definitely use again, it’s a lovely little hug in a box.Perfect for bookworms who fancy stepping out of their comfort zone and discovering highly rated new reads they may not have discovered themselves. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover with our box of 3 highly rated mystery books each month. Choose 2 or more of your preferred genres from:
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As soon as I saw So This Is Ever After, I knew that I had to read it. The book was marketed as “Carry On meets Arthurian legend,” and if there’s one book people can name drop that will get me to read something, it’s Carry On. I will say, because of that comparison, I kind of assumed this would be an enemies to lovers story. I even read the synopsis, but clearly I wasn’t paying much attention, because that should have dissuaded that notion. However! I was so excited to find out that this was not an enemies to lovers but a friends to lovers story! If there’s one thing I enjoy more than the former trope, it's the latter. I know that’s probably an unpopular opinion, but that’s how it is for me. So, imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that Arek had been secretly pining over Matt for a long time. And it was so obvious (to everyone but Arek that is) that Matt returned his feelings. I was sold instantly.Quinn told TODAY that the book brings added insight to the characters who many viewers had fallen in love with through the screen.