Having finished uni in June, over summer I began to read a lot more, spending weekends curled up in the garden with my dogs and a good book in hand. This was no exception when the winter weather starting to rear it’s ugly head, and instead I just replaced the sunny garden for a cosy fire, a mug of hot choc and my slippers ((yess i’m a granny at heart)).
In September I read 8 books ((the most I’ve ever read in a month)), and here I’m going to review my top 3, explain a little why I liked each one, and why they should be added to your ‘to read’ list.
‘Big Little Lies’ by Liane Moriarty
4 out of 5 stars
Fiction // mystery
Synopsis: Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal… A murder … a tragic accident … or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?
Thoughts: After hearing about the hype around the book and then later the HBO series of the same name, I decided to give the book a read, and I was not disappointed …I literally could not put this down until the second I turned that last page. Not only is it a fabulous ‘who-dunnit’ that keeps you guessing throughout, but the book thrusts you into the lives of 3 rich women, allowing you to get a glimpse of the lives they lead. Whilst their lives appear to look perfect on the surface, upon second glance each of them has been affected by something traumatic at some point in their lives, and because of this the book explores important themes such as domestic abuse, bullying and crumbling marriages in an appropriate manner, and without losing the humorous wit that is present throughout. If you want a book that will make you laugh out loud // keep you turning those pages then this is the perfect book for you!
‘Under rose tainted skies’ by Louise Gornall
4 out of 5 stars
Synopsis: Norah is confined by agoraphobia: for her, the outside is a glimpse of sky. But a chance encounter with Luke, her next-door neighbour, changes everything. Determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves – a ‘normal’ girl – Norah’s love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths.
Thoughts: This book was recommended to me by a friend, and although I was sceptical at first of its YA, rom-com nature, as soon I started reading it all thoughts of this went out of the window. A fabulous depiction of agoraphobia, this book gives you a good insight at how it affects sufferers, and alongside this it gives you the interesting perspective of a teenage girl, one of few books to consider this! You can actually feel her every emotion and fear radiating from the pages as you join the main character on her journey to overcoming her agoraphobia and ((quite literally)) take those first few steps out the front door, and into the outside world.
‘Brain on fire’ by Susannah Cahalan
5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis: Susannah Cahalan was a happy, clever, healthy twenty-four-year old. Then one day she woke up in hospital, with no memory of what had happened or how she had got there. Within weeks, she would be transformed into someone unrecognizable, descending into a state of acute psychosis, undergoing rages and convulsions, hallucinating that her father had murdered his wife; that she could control time with her mind. Everything she had taken for granted about her life, and who she was, was wiped out.
Thoughts: One of my favourite books ((ever)), and I think one of the first autobiographies I’ve read, brain on fire does not disappoint. It details Susannah’s terrifying journey from her very first symptom, to trying to discover its cause, and finally to her treatment and recovery – I found this fascinating. The author is completely honest and unfiltered in her explanation of the experiences that she faced as a result of this illness ((even when it potentially changes the way you see her // is unflattering)), painting a pretty realistic picture of the effect it can have, both physically and psychologically. If you’re searching for a true story that is based on raw emotion and experience, but is also grounded with science, then this a great book for you.