Been a while since I wrote one of these posts but I have read so many amazing books recently that I want to share my thoughts on. Remember, you can keep up to date with what I’m reading on GoodReads.
So Sad Today – Melissa Broder
Have you seen the @sosadtoday Twitter account? I hadn’t but this book is a collection of essays linked to that account. It is one of those books that I feel compelled to tell everyone I know to read because it explains my thoughts and feelings better than I can. The book addresses love, death, chronic illness, anxiety, depression and even sexting. It’s wonderfully written, uncomfortable to read in some places but the brutal honesty causing discomfort is rare and brilliant.
Nina is not OK – Shappi Khorsandi
Alcoholism, being a teenager and rape culture are the core themes of this book. The central character is Nina, her behaviour is initially dismissed as just ‘being a teenager’ but as the story unfolds, she has to face up to some difficult parts of reality. It presents an accurate picture of relationships with alcohol and drinking. Khorsandi tackles the subject of victim blaming and rape culture in a realistic way. I loved this book so much because Nina and what happens to her reminded me of myself yet I felt compassion towards her which I cannot do for myself. Read this if you want a better insight to rape culture and alcohol abuse.
Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon
An autobiography of experiences with mental illness, addiction and the complexity of what can be happening in your mind. Gordon details her struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and it’s refreshing for the focus to be on intrusive thoughts rather than the common narrative of cleanliness and hand washing. While all forms of OCD are debilitating, it’s important for there to be material about all forms the illness takes. ‘Mad Girl’ is educating, interesting and funny despite dealing with depressing topics. Once again, I could relate to so many of the issues raised and it left me feeling hopeful.
The Wrong Knickers – Bryony Gordon
After finishing the above, I read ‘The Wrong Knickers,’ another autobiographical book by Bryony Gordon about her experiences with drugs, sex and relationships in her 20s. She writes in a way that makes you feel like you’re with a friend, somehow Gordon makes light of and shares details of situations which many of us would never speak of. It reminded me a little of ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ but with a more critical look at expectations on women rather than focusing on finding a man. If you’re fixated on being single and/or feeling obligated to follow a certain path in life, this is for you.
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck – Sarah Knight
This is one of those books that requires you to reevaluate your life. It’s all about ‘how to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do with people you don’t like.’ We are all guilty of doing things or spending time with people because we feel some sort of obligation towards it but do not actually enjoy it. If this sounds like you then read this! Knight looks into common things that this applies to and explores how we can make changes to our lives by saying no without being an arsehole about it. You’ll learn about fuck budgets and personal policies. In short, this is designed to provide you with more time to do the things you enjoy with people you like.
Currently reading: White Teeth – Zadie Smith