I will admit, I wasn’t super familiar with what it meant to be in “Goblin Mode” before reading this book – but I had seen that it was one of the Oxford word of the years – and I thought it was just about being lazy and self indulgent and I wasn’t sure it was for me.  But after reading this book, I realized I’m already half way there if not 3/4 of the way there – just perhaps not as in tune with nature as I should be to be in full Goblin Mode and that it wasn’t as negative as I was making it out to be based on the Oxford definitions and probably more “click bait-y” articles that I had been reading.

This book is all about getting cozy, embracing your imperfections and thriving in the “muck”.  It’s for those of us who often times feel like we don’t fit in and that what makes us different than everyone else is the most awesome things about us.  There’s some crafty things to do in the book too – like how to display your rock collection, what to do when you’re out in nature (don’t take anything but pictures!), tips on foraging (but not mushrooms), how to mend your sweaters to make them last longer so the cozy never ends and then a lot of stuff about plants and nature.

Definitely a cool read and I definitely will be trying to embrace my inner goblin a bit more now!

I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Embrace your inner goblin! Learn to decorate, dress, craft, forage, and live according to the goblin principles of community, diversity, proud weirdness, and joyful mess.

Do you ever feel strange, gross, chaotic, underappreciated, or like you don’t quite fit in? Great news: you might be a goblin! That means your imperfections and idiosyncrasies are the most awesome things about you, and you can build a more balanced, comfortable, harmonious life by accepting and honoring them—taking inspiration from the frogs, fungus, moss, rocks, and dirt that goblins love.

Can a mushroom give you fashion tips? Can a snail teach you to be a better person? You bet they can—and in this book you’ll also learn to:

  • Build a moss garden for your lair
  • Grow and use medicinal plants
  • Forage for berries (even in the city)
  • Mend your cozy sweaters
  • Display your cool rock collection
  • And more!

Anyone can be a goblin, and Goblin Mode includes life advice for celebrating physical and mental diversity, rejecting prejudice, and generally hanging on to a little joy.

Featuring 25 whimsical illustrations by Marian Churchland, Goblin Mode will help you rethink your relationship with your body, your home, your community, and the earth.

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