• Thursday, 2 March 2017

    World Book Day - Three Books I've Loved Lately

    It's World Book Day, which is always a good day. Although, I seem to be the only person who doesn't remember dressing up at school for it. It's possible it never happened or it's equally possible that my parents put me in outfits too embarrassing for me to handle so I have chosen to repress those memories. Who knows?

    To celebrate, I have not only put in a cheeky Amazon order, I have got three book recommendations for you. I've read all these books in the past year or so. I try to read a lot, but if I'm honest finding a book that really grips me and makes me want to keep reading is tough. I want a reason to finish a book and I am guilty of half finishing books. Seriously, you should see my bookshelf. It's full of folded corners and random receipts sticking out of books.
    Reasons To Stay Alive - Matt Haig
    If you haven't read this by now, I'm guessing you've been living under a rock or something. Matt Haig's 'Reasons To Stay Alive' is, I believe, a life-saving book. For anyone who suffers from mental health issues, or for anyone who loves someone that does, this book is one of the realest, most honest accounts of depression I've ever read. Filled with true, desperate moments many people can relate to, it's a surprisingly uplifting book that explains why throughout all of the torture, Mr Haig is still fighting and why you should too. I actually leant this book to a person I knew who needed it and I haven't got it back, so it's my intention to buy another copy. Buy it, read it, love it and then buy five more copies for everyone else you know. Exceptional work.

    The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden - Jonas Jonasson
    I can't quite remember what appealed to me about this book enough to buy it, but I'm glad I did. Witty and clever, I found this to be highly entertaining. It follows two stories of twin boys born in Sweden to a slightly mad father and South African Nombeko's mission to achieve something more than she was born for. A clash of cultures, ideas and morals creates a fun and unique novel that you certainly have to remain awake to follow. Highly recommend.

    The Guest Cat - Takashi Hiraide
    The Guest Cat truly surprised me in many ways. It is a sweet, gentle novel which truthfully, does not have much action. But it does not need it. The touching tale of a feline visitor to a couple in their thirties living in rented house in Japan. Highly touching and translated excellently, this book is responsible for the naming of my future cat, Chibi. Cat lovers everywhere will adore this book, but it is definitely not an essential factor for readers. A small book full of a large amount of joy.

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