Currently On My Bookshelf…..

It has been nearly a full year since I done a book style post here on the blog.

What a shocker huh, time flies.

The strange thing is I have been reading more than ever, but instead of lengthy blog posts I have doing mini book reviews over on Twitter and Instagram stories.

I find people tend to interact more and like this speedy and visual way of sharing things, but I realise there are still some old school folk who love to read these style of posts.

So this one is for you…

Currently On My Bookshelf.....

A book I never thought I would enjoy…

Anne Frank’s Diary is a book I have always avoided, I really didn’t think I could handle the harsh truth of living through such a horrifying time. Especially from a young girls perspective.

How wrong was I?

It’s one of my favourite reads of 2018 so far.

It is formatted in diary form, and I sped through it in record time.

Anne has such a relatable way with her words. Touching on teenage struggles, family life, and of course living through World War Two, as a Jewish girl. She explains the tension of living in the annexe and living in constant fear of being caught. Anne is wise beyond her years, she is brave, and has a great sense of humour.

If you have never read this book, I would highly recommend that you do.

A book I thought I would have loved…

Notes on a Nervous Planet is a book I couldn’t really connect with.

Now I am not saying in anyway that this book isn’t good, I have just read some books and articles that have touched on similar points and literature that Matt has.

There are some really great points about social media, and dealing with the pressures technology brings into modern day.

The chapter, a note from the beach was my favourite part.

A beautiful and uplifting piece of writing discussing self-love, self doubt and why you should love, and be proud of who you are.

There are some great snippets of advice about ways to deal with the pressures of modern day.

I feel if you are just starting out reading self-help books, and delving into this sort of literature then it would be a great place to start.

A book I am dipping in and out of…….

End the Struggle and Dance with Life is written by one of my favourite self-help authors Susan Jeffers.

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway is hands down a book that helped me through anxiety, panic attacks and steered me to revaluate my life and head in a more positive direction.

This book touches on a wide range of ways to live your life happy, sincere and productively.

Living in the higher self, instead of our lower selves.

There are a wide range of strategies, advice and examples explaining how we can incorporate a positive and grateful mindset in to each day.

It offers advice and guidance about how to face our fears, change our mindset and as Susan say’s “Dance with Life”.

I get life isn’t all sunshine and flowers, but Susan always helps me to see the good in each day and be grateful for my life.

It’s a book that you can dip in and out of, slowly incorporating the guidance into each day.

Or a motivational and inspiring read on a bad day.

She is my favourite self-help author and if this genre is something of interest to you, I highly recommend this book.

A book I am excited to read…..

I have seen You Me Everything by Catherine Issac pop up on my Twitter feed quite a lot, and it kept catching my eye whenever I nipped into Waterstones or WH Smith.

So I decided to pick it up, even though I have a pile of books as long as my arm.

It is described as a heartwarming read and it is about a single mother Jess raising her son William. Her ex -partner Adam runs a hotel in France, and she decides to take William to stay in the hotel so he can bond with his father Adam.

But all is not what it seems, and Jess has an ulterior motive for her visit.

Sounds gripping doesn’t it?

I am starting this book tomorrow, and will be sure to let you all know what I thought.

A book I absolutely adored from start to finish…..

Another book by Matt Haig, How To Stop Time.

It can not be disputed that Matt has a beautiful way with words. The book is about Tom, who has a rare condition that means he ages really slowly. He is 439, but looks 41.

You are transported through time. It has historical content that is intertwined with modern day. The story is well balanced and believable. It touches in love, loss, fear, betrayal and hope.

It is an uplifting and enchanting read and one of my top 5 books of 2018.

What is your favourite book of 2018?

If you are on Goodreads I would love to see what books you have been enjoying lately, my profile is here.

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