“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
For most of my childhood i was in fantasy land, day dreaming, like a kid my age. I loved books, they gave me a kind of happiness that i could not begin to describe. I’ve always had a creative mind, i would recreate whatever i was reading. In my mind the characters were acting up their scenes, it was like watching a private play.
Somehow i stopped reading throughout the years, and told myself that it because i was older and had no time for it. Well, lately i have been taking time out of my day and making the effort to read more, because frankly i missed it but was way too lazy.
So now that i have rambled about my story let’s get into the subject properly. Summer holidays are here (for some), go out to the park or the beach and read a book, you’ll thank me later.
FICTION – “LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE”
It is only the second book Celeste NG has written but she is no stranger to the New York Times Bestsellers list, her writing is so intriguing, carefully written that it just drags you into the book in a way that you just down want to put it down.
“In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.”
THRILLER – “THE CHEMIST”
I was never a fan of twilight hence why i was a bit sceptical when i bought this book, but man oh man this is book is so gripping, you turn page after page and you can never get enough of this book.
“She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.
When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.
Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.
In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.”
HEALTH & NUTRITION – “HOW NOT TO DIE”
K, so if you’re hypochondriac do not read this book, i repeat.. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! I gotta laugh about this because when i bought the book it was literally an impulse buy, i mean i laughed at the title and thought i’d buy it without reading what it was all about.
From a title that i thought it was a plain crude joke to an amazing read. So if you’re into health and wellbeing and have a interest to learn about what you’re putting into your body than this is for you.
It was written by Michael Greger, a physician who’s best known for his appearances in Dr Oz and all his speeches about food safety, nutrition and health issues. Because he appeared on Dr Oz, a lot of people stated he was fraud but may i just say that this is one of the most comprehensive book on health and nutrition that I’ve read so far, it is so well written and the way it is divided os so easy to read.
“The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. He examines the top fifteen causes of premature death in America — heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more — and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.”
SELF HELP – “THE ANXIETY SOLUTION”
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that i’ve got anxiety, it took me a long time to comprehend it and to get the help i need to find my coping mechanisms.
Now i found this book not that long ago, perhaps year i’d say and it was while i was browsing through amazon looking for book about meditation.
I had never ever read a self help book in my life, i must say that this book a perfect start. It was so relatable it was as if i wrote the book myself. It takes you through her own experience with anxiety, all the things that can give you anxiety and how tacke it straight from the beginning.
It also comprises a few exercises as you go along, that it might look silly at first, but i promise you they’re not. Just embrace it! If you can’t afford therapy or you just cannot bring yourself to go to therapy, this is a good start.
You’ll learn so much. Anxiety isn’t easy, i know but if you fail, you get up and kick it in the butt straight away!
ROMANCE / NOVEL – “TWO BY TWO”
Oh Dear me.. what book!
This book by Nicholas Sparks came out in 2016 but my Dad got it for my birthday last year. Now last year i wasn’t reading that much so i ended up reading the book in 2018.
Good Lord what a rollercoaster of emotions, as per usual with all Nicholas Sparks books i had tears streaming down my face pretty much the whole time, whether they were happy or sad tears they were there in every single chapter.
“At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expensive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that.
But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.”
FICTION / ROMANCE – “THE ART OF BEING NORMAL”
I have not read this book to be quite honest, but i’ve already ordered it through Amazon to read on my holidays next month. Thank the Lord i’ll be off for two weeks, that means i’ll have a bot more time for myself which means i’ll read more.
Because i don’t have an opinion about the book yet except from reading people’s comments and the little resume that you get in the back of the book, i thought i’d just get a brief summary of what people are saying online plus attach the little resume so you have an idea what were looking at.
Readers online are saying that this is a light hearted book, easy to read and that it shows the reality of a transgender boy. However, there’s also a lot of controversy about this book, some part of the LGBT community felt offended by the about the continuous use of the the statement “wanting to be a girl…” and felt like the book had a very narrow representation of the transgender people. But on the other hand, other part of the community felt that the book was important in today’s society as it portrays a genuine feeling, and it could provide some understanding to those you still don’t understand the transgenders.
“David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.
On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.
When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…”
Just before i finish this post, there are links just above to all the books mentioned in the post if you’re interested in reading them.
Like i mentioned before, i’ll be off for two weeks, so if you have any book, podcast or blogs suggestions please comment down below, they’ll be much appreciated.