The Library Lady Blog

Hi there, I'm the Library Lady, or Andi to most people. This blog tries to focus on aspects of self-care, complete with books, hot baths, and being outdoors or exploring around.

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Book Title: Serpent and Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Main Theme: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Thesis: We start our journey with Louise le Blanc, a witch on the run and determined to not use her powers. She meets a young and handsome Chasseur, basically a religious knight. In a strange turn of events, Louise finds herself married to the Chasseur, and neither of them are happy about it. A holy war is brewing, and Louise struggles to squash her feelings to protect herself. Other than her husband, who is sworn to kill witches, she has more dangerous enemies waiting in the shadows. Louise must rely on her friends and wits to survive and outwit her enemies. And she needs to figure out who is her enemy, and who is her friend?

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Book Title: The Damned
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Main Theme: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

Thesis: Sébastien Saint Germain is now forever changed into a creature he never wanted to be. The treaty is broken, and that means war is nearing. Bastien and Celine can no longer see each other, their love costed to much. Struggling with the creature that he is now, Bastien turns to his family for help. Recovering from her injuries sustained, Celine can not remember that night and her dreams are troubled. There are secrets and danger around every corner in this bustling town, and as Bastien and Celine figure out the clues, they soon learn that their love could tear them apart.

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Happy October! This is one of my favorite times of the year. For me, fall is a time to slow down, enjoy the small things, and surround yourself with people who care about you. And of course, who doesn’t love Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins, and pumpkin spice? You know this girl does!

So where have I been lately? I’ve been pretty quite with everything, not just my blog. Life has slowed down considerably, and I wanted to share with you all on why that is. After all, this blog means so much to me! So without further ado, here’s the reason why….

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This has been a post that I have wanted to make for a couple of months now, I just never really knew what to say at the time. But, I feel like now is probably as good of a time as it will ever be to finally get a big weight off my chest. I hope that someone out there might find this article important or helpful, and as always, I’m always here in you want to chat or ask questions.

First of all, what is PCOS?

PCOS varies from person to person, but in a nutshell, it is a hormonal disorder in females that can cause a variety of symptoms, including cysts on your ovaries, acne, hair loss, infertility, and weight gain. For some women, they will develop painful cysts on their ovaries and will need them surgically removed. For others, like myself, they are insulin-resistant, making it harder for their bodies to break down sugars and cause weight gain and an overproduction in insulin, which causes diabetes.

As you can have many physical symptoms, the mental toll on someone with PCOS is also a huge factor. And that is what I want to talk about today. As common as PCOS is, not many people know about it or even understand what it is. I hope that this post will shed some light on it, and if you know of a woman who is struggling with the disorder, you can help her out a little by being an understanding friend. Just a fair warning though, some of this post might be a little graphic and I will use words like “having a period” and other words. If you don’t want to read on, I will understand! 

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Book Title: Get Out of Your Own Way
Author: Dave Hollis
Main Theme: Self-Help

Thesis: Even though he was at the height of everything (career, husband, father of four kids), Hollis always felt like he was in the lowest valley. Through his addiction to drinking and several awkward therapy sessions, Hollis realized that he had to make a choice to either better himself or settle in the funk that dictated his life. In his book, Get Out of Your Own Way, Hollis tackles the topics he always found difficult to talk about and shares his painful and sometimes hilarious stories with the rest of us. He’ll help you see through your own life-changing journey and how to get out of your own funk and live to be the best version of you.

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