Five Books I've Been Reading Lately

06 October

I will read anything. I'll read the back of a conditioner bottle while I'm waiting for it to transform my hair from straw to shiny, swishy strands. My boyfriend got my number by offering to send me an iBook (that's the way to this girl's heart).

I think that's why I love the rise of blogging so much; it's given me so much extra reading meterial.

Anyway, I've bought a few new books recently and thought I'd share what I thought of them with you.

Reasons To Stay Alive - Matt Haig

This was a beautiful book, and I loved the way it was written, half story, half trails of thought.

Matt Haig had a bout of severe depression and anxiety when he was 24 and working in Ibiza, and this book details his experience, how he recovered and some advice. It's an emotional read, and if you've suffered with depression or anxiety before you'll probably find yourself nodding along to what Matt has to say about his experience.

It's not just a sad book detailing a mental illness, there are funny parts and the ultimate message is one of hope.

Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions - Russell Brand

Okay, so you might know that I adore Russell Brand and would probably love this even if it was 300 pages of utter nonsense.

Luckily, it isn't.

Russell takes us through the traditional 12 step program that addicts work through, and explains how we can apply it to everyday life, as well as making it a bit more accessible to the average modern person (the original version is a little more, erm, preachy). You don't have to be an addict to find this book useful, as the main message is just to be more conscientious, thoughtful and put other people before being selfish.

He also points out that modern day life can lead to lots of addictions which aren't necessarily the same as drug or alcohol addiction, but can still affect our lives negatively, like social media, work and toxic relationships.

Also, I read this book in a day, so ya know, must be good.

So Sad Today - Melissa Broder

This book is weird as hell, and that's kinda why I like it.

Melissa Broder runs the Twitter account @sosadtoday and this book is a collection of essays. It's written in a stream of thought kind of style and it comes across as very frank while keeping it light enough to be funny.

The essays are pretty short which makes this an easy book to dive in and out of.

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck - Sarah Knight

I'm not that far into this one yet (it's hard to read five books at the same time, okay!?) but so far I'm enjoying it on a moderate level. I say moderate because clearly it hasn't captivated me enough to binge read it like I usually do, but I know so many people who love this book, so maybe it gets better.

The basic premise is that we spend far too much time worrying about what other people think of us, and we should care less, without turning into a total dickhead. So not giving a fuck, but being polite about it. That's something I can get on board with.

Sarah Knight suggests giving yourself a "fuck budget", where you have a limited amount of fucks to give and so use them more carefully.

Like I said, I haven't finished this book but I'm already bored of the word "fuck", which is something I never thought would happen.

How To Transform Your Life: A Blissful Journey - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Lol, okay. Let me explain. So this is a book that was recommended in my meditation class, written by a Buddhist monk. It's free to download on iBooks, so I thought I'd give it a go.

So far, there's a whole lotta talk about death, which hasn't made it the "blissful journey" I was expecting. But I'm hoping that past the "embrace the lord of death for he is coming for you" I'll find something that will help me to understand meditation and its benefits a bit better.

Have you read any of these books? Tell me what you're reading at the moment, I'd love to know!

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