Friday, 26 January 2018

The January Bookshelf

Recently, I've gotten myself into a killer night-time routine. Bath, book, bed. I've always been somebody who's loved books. Taking myself out of the ordinary, into another world and living vicariously through somebody else. Throughout 2017, reading got knocked to the bottom of the to-do list, but I decided 2018 was the year that was going to change. Bookworms, this one is for you.

Currently, I'm on my 4th book of the year, not bad considering we're only 22 days in huh? So far, I've loved all 4. There is a theme that runs throughout the books that I've chosen to reignite my passion for reading. Mental health. For anybody who knows me personally, you'll know that this is a huge part of my life and something that I've been dealing with for years now (a post about that another time, maybe?).

Let's start with Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. Why oh why have I not discovered this guy earlier? Brad loaded up my e-reader with an abundance of books he thought I'd like, this one included. All the kudos to Brad for finding these absolute gems. Matt talks about his personal experience with his mental health battle. Reading somebody else's experiences of anxiety and depression is comforting beyond belief. You see, the worst thing about these demons is that they make you feel entirely alone. Alone in the sense that you can't comprehend that somebody else would have/has felt the same way you do/did, and that, for me, is the hardest part. So to read somebody else's experience and being able to relate to a certain degree (no two journeys are the same) gave me a sense of belonging. Belonging to a community of a whole wealth of people who have encountered the same feelings that I have. This book contains so many head nodding moments its unreal. If you are battling with mental health, or know somebody who is, I highly recommend reading this book, even if you don't struggle yourself, I guarantee it will help you to understand how it feels.

Next up, Eleanor Elephant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I was not expecting to love this book half as much as I did. Honestly, there's a lot of character building in the beginning and I was starting to get impatient with it but persistence is key with this one. As you learn more and more about Eleanor you will begin to love her and her quirky ways. It's such an insightful read, and a constant reminder throughout that everybody you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. It is a much more narrative way of experiencing how and what mental illness can do to somebody I don't want to give too much away about the books in case any of you want to read them, but I cannot recommend this book enough.

Lastly, You Do You by Sarah Knight. Sarah's books are your much more traditional self-help style book, which I'd never even really considering delving in to before, but now I am itching to read her other two; The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k & Get Your Shit Together. Being yourself should be the easiest thing in the world, right? But it's not. Well for me at least anyway. I have days where I am so happy with who I am/am becoming, and sadly, I have other days where I would rather be anybody else but myself. That's anxiety for you. My sister recommended me this book after a number of conversations where I would talk to her about this feeling of hate towards myself. Now, I can't say that has 100% changed, like I said, good days and bad days, but this book definitely gave me a new prescription that allowed me to see life completely differently. It encouraged me to embrace the "You Do You" attitude. To stop caring so much about what others think. This is one of those books that I will keep going back to on those down days. When I finished this book, I encountered such a feeling of empowerment, so much so that I had to find more of her stuff, and I stumbled across this incredible TED talk by Sarah, it's a game changer!

I could go on and on about how much I've loved reading these books, but it's Friday. I'm sure you've all got pubs to get to, takeaways to order and TV to catch up on, so I'll leave it there for now.

I'd love to know what you're reading, so hit me up with some recommendations.

Happy Friday Friends!

1 comment :

  1. I just got that you do you book cuz of your!