Unboxing | Books That Matter: I Weigh | January 2022

My January Books That Matter box landed on my doorstep last week, so of course I am going to share with you what we received this month!

This box was in collaboration with Jameela Jamil and the I Weigh campaign, designed to reevaluate what women & people in general consider their “weight”. Rather than saying “I weigh X lbs,” the campaign asks you to reconsider what you actually weigh – your friends, family, fears, hopes, dreams, what you love and hate. I have a very positive opinion of this campaign so I’m excited for this!

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In this box, we received…

  • A huge bath bomb from Miss Patisserie!
  • Affirmation prints from allegraphic
  • A mirror decal/glass decal saying “I am, I am, I am” by rock & ruby
  • Books that Matter newsletter
  • I Weigh Bookmark
  • An excerpt from Queer Body Power by Essie Dennis
  • And the book: You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

The Items

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I love that this box promotes self-care and affirmations! I think I’ll stick the decal to my mirror to be a positive affirmation every morning, and I love the prints which I think I’ll put up in my classroom at school!

The bath bomb is called a bath “float”, and it is HUGE. I think this could easily be split into smaller bombs, but also it would be an amazing bath to use it all at once! Thankfully, I love baths now, though I used to hate them a few years ago, so this product might not be for everyone.

I really enjoyed the excerpt from Queer Body Power, and it’s a book I’d be interested in in the future.

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The Book

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

On a hot day in Bethlehem, a 12-year-old Palestinian-American girl is yelled at by a group of men outside the Church of the Nativity. She has exposed her legs in a biblical city, an act they deem forbidden, and their judgement will echo on through her adolescence. When our narrator finally admits to her mother that she is queer, her mother’s response only intensifies a sense of shame: “You exist too much,” she tells her daughter.

Told in vignettes that flash between the U.S. and the Middle East–from New York to Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine–Zaina Arafat’s debut novel traces her protagonist’s progress from blushing teen to sought-after DJ and aspiring writer. In Brooklyn, she moves into an apartment with her first serious girlfriend and tries to content herself with their comfortable relationship. But soon her longings, so closely hidden during her teenage years, explode out into reckless romantic encounters and obsessions with other people. Her desire to thwart her own destructive impulses will eventually lead her to The Ledge, an unconventional treatment centre that identifies her affliction as “love addiction.” In this strange, enclosed society she will start to consider the unnerving similarities between her own internal traumas and divisions and those of the places that have formed her.

I feel like I may have heard of this book before – or, at least, I have heard of this phrase. I read the first few pages of this book but put it down as I was reading something else, but I think I’m really going to enjoy this when I am finally able to pick it up!

What did you think of this box? Would you have picked it up yourself? Let me know in the comments!

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