Friday, 31 January 2014

January Reads

Another love of mine, is reading. As I became more ill, I turned to books as a form of escape and a coping mechanism really. I did not expect to fall in love with books and to this day, I have never not been reading a book! Now, I read for fun and enjoyment rather than as a distraction - usually before bed or on a train (train reading is definitely the best kind in my opinion). I am not a fast reader by any means but this is what I've read this month!

Bridget Jones - Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding
I work in a famous book/stationary store, so when this came out, I felt like it was a must read. I haven't read the first two Bridget Jones' books, but figured that as I've seen the films, I'd be OK! And, I was right! I really enjoyed this book. Bridget Jones has now grown up (20 years later), with children of her own. It's light-hearted, comical, and talks about the issues that women face in 2014!  It's definitely an easy read. I have never laughed out loud whilst reading before, until this book! If that doesn't make you want to read it, nothing will ;)

Sane New World by Ruby Wax

This book is all about 'Taming the mind' with Mindfulness. It's non-fiction and dabbles into the world of mental health, and all things related. Ruby writes about her own experiences with depression, her time at Oxford and how she now practices and teaches Mindfulness. I enjoyed this book, probably more than others as I'm interested in mental health, but also because it's inspiring to see how far Ruby has come! I guess I learnt some Mindfulness tips along the way too!

How To Fall In Love - Cecelia Ahern

Again, this was a book I wanted to read after seeing it go straight to number one in the hardback chart at work! I've only read one other by Cecelia Ahern, and wanted something more easy going after 'Sane New World', and this was perfect. Surprisingly, it deals with mental health within the story, as the main characters meet on a bridge when one is attempting suicide! This was a bonus for me, but ultimately it is an interesting love story. Again, very enjoyable and intriguing!

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion 

This book is not something I would usually choose, but thanks to 02 priority moments, I had a free Richard and Judy Book Club book, and this is what I chose! It's about an intelligent professor of genetics, Don, who has autism and quest to find a wife - hence the 'project'! It's very interesting, and I think it captures the world of autism in a humorous yet fascinating light. Definitely a pleasant surprise! 

And that it what I've read in January! If anyone has any book suggestions, they are more than welcome :) I'm always on the hunt for a good book!


Francesca said...

This just reminds me that I need to read more! xx

Unknown said...

definitely need to sit down with a book more often! i've got a pile of them to read

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Josie said...

I love reading, the perfect way to just escape into another world whether you need a distraction or just for fun. I used to be a massive bookworm but in the past couple of years I really got out of the habit so this year I've been making a real effort to read more. I finished one, kind of short, book in January and felt proud haha so you should be extra proud! I haven't read the first Bridget Jones books but I'd love to read the third one to see what happens after the second film! Although I read Mark Darcey dies, cannot believe that :'( xxx

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