Good morning my loves!
How are you doing on this fine Monday morning? Today’s post is going to be a bit of a mixed bag to be honest. Firstly, I attended the Orion on Tour event last week and had such a fantastic time. Secondly, I had such a good time I didn’t actually take any pictures… I know, terrible blogger.
In part one of this posts, I’ll be chatting about the evening itself, and showing you some of the books that I picked up (this part will feature books that have already been released, while part 2 will feature some of the incredible proofs I managed to get my mitts on.
The event took place at The Brew House in Cardiff, and while I didn’t realise that this event was even a thing until the week before, I knew I would go even if my leg was falling off. As a Welsh blogger, I have an opinion, that I am sure a lot of my fellow Welshies will agree with, and this is there are so few events in Wales! So when I saw the invite for this little gem pop up, I couldn’t pass it up.
On arrival there were beverages laid out for everyone along with little bags of sweets and macrons. That had me sold immediately. Just a little while after, some delicious food was brought out including sweet potato fries, chicken wings, nachos and bread with hummus etc.
The evening was a perfect opportunity to meet some of the Orion family that I have conversed with on Twitter etc, to see some of my favourite blogging buddy’s and to have a good old natter about books. I mean, what could be better than that?!
So here is a quick little run down of the already released books that I managed to nab during the evening.
You Are Here: A Brief Guide to the World by Nicholas Crane
One word binds us all: geography. We are all geographers, human beings who care about the places we think of as ‘home’ – our habitat. And yet we have lost touch with the connection between our actions and the state of the planet that we all share. We need a new narrative that restores the connections between humanity and the Earth. We are being confronted by a daily barrage of geographical stories on climate change, geopolitics, population growth, migration, dwindling resources, polluted oceans and natural hazards. These are planetary concerns affecting all people and all places. They are challenges which can be addressed through geography. In this distillation of a lifetime’s work, Nicholas Crane makes the compelling case that never has geography been so important. On this finite orb, with its battered habitat, sustained in dark space by a thin, life-giving atmosphere, we have reached a point in our collective geographical journey where knowledge is the best guarantor of the future.
The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness by Laura Kemp
When Ceri Price arrives in the small seaside village in West Wales, she only means to stay for a couple of nights – long enough to scatter her mother’s ashes, and then go back to her life as a successful make-up entrepreneur. But when a case of mistaken identities means she lands a job as the barmaid in the local pub, she unexpectedly finds friendship, and perhaps a chance at love. But when the plans for a new housing estate put the local woodland under threat, she fears the way of life here could disappear. Then mysterious acts of kindness start springing up around the village – a string of bunting adorns the streets, a new village signpost appears out of nowhere and someone provides paint to spruce up the houses on the seafront. Who is behind these acts of kindness and can they help in the race to save the village from the faceless developers…?
Wicca: A Modern Guide to Witchcraft and Magick by Harmony Nice
Welcome to Generation “Hex”–an era where young Americans know that witchcraft isn’t about devil worship and spooky curses, and instead are openly embracing meaningful Wiccan rituals that can enrich our lives in real-world ways. In Wicca, 21-year-old Harmony Nice–a YouTube and Instagram star with 700,000 followers–offers modern readers a guide to overcoming obstacles and maximising happiness. She offers practical guidance on: using crystals, wands, tarot cards, and magical tools, setting up an altar, introductory spells for health and protection, finding your own witchy path–solitary or with a coven. With beautiful illustrations throughout, Wicca offers readers spiritual authenticity, a hint of glamour, and a perfect guide to infusing their lives with spiritual purpose, confidence, and resilience.
My Mad Dad: The Diary of an Unravelling Mind by Robyn Hollingworth
Heartbreaking and darkly comic, these are the moments that litter the messy road from cared-for to carer, a journey that Robyn Hollingworth finds herself on when she’s only twenty-five years old. Leaving London to return home to rural South Wales, Robyn finds that it’s her old life – same teddy bears resting on her pillow, their bodies tucked under the duvet; same view of the garages behind which she’d had her first cigarette and first kiss – but so much has changed. Her dad, the proud, charmingly intelligent, self-made man who made people laugh, is in the grip of early onset Alzheimer’s. His brilliant mind, which saw him building power stations and literally bringing light into the lives of others, has succumbed to darkness. As Robyn settles back in the rhythms of life in the rain-soaked vast Welsh valleys, she keeps a diary charting her journey as the dad she knew disappears before her eyes. Lyrical, poignant and with flashes of brilliant humour, My Mad Dad explores how in helping others we can heal ourselves.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor– April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the centre of an intense international media spotlight. Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.
And there we have it! Some of the wonderful books that I picked up during the event. If you’d like to get your hands on any of the books, you can get them in all the good places that sell books. A huge thank you to Orion for the invite and make sure you keep and eye on the blog over the next week to see what incredible proofs I managed to pick up.
Peace and pages