February Reads

I absolutely love when people recommend books to me, just love it so I do. I’d been reading quite a bit last month and got through a fair amount so I thought I’d share with you what I’d been reading. I’ve not included ‘The Birds and The Bees’ by Milly Johnson as that’s in my February favourites for you to read.  I also never included Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone because that’s self explanatory. Must read obvs.
A Monster Calls / Patrick Ness

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Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

I seen this advertised as a film and knew I had to give it a read first. I had absolutely no idea what to expect and didn’t have any expectations at all for the book. It was such a great read and such an easy read too. It’s a strange story but brings out every emotion in the reader. I’ve not seen the film yet but I’m looking forward to see how they do it.

 

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If I Was Your Girl / Meredith Russo

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.

This story is absolutely beautiful. I’ve always accepted that some people are transgender and that’s just life. It has never bothered me. As long as people are happy then that’s great. It doesn’t matter who you are or who you were before. I’ve always been happy with my gender so obviously, I’ve never understood how it can feel to be trapped in a body that you feel isn’t yours. This story of Amanda truly opened my eyes to the transgender community. It was so beautiful and I was gutted when the story finished. I’d definitely, 100% recommend this book.

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Everything Everything / Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

This piece of fiction was fantastic. I really enjoyed the story and how relationships between the characters changed and developed. To start with I was thinking there didn’t seem to be a plot to the book but the character development was amazing. I’ve recently learnt that they have made a film and they have recently released the trailer.

 

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Reasons To Stay Alive / Matt Haig

I want life. I want to read it and write it and feel it and live it. I want, for as much of the time as possible in this blink-of-an-eye existence we have, to feel all that can be felt. I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact. But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if – for me – it is the price of feeling life, it’s a price always worth paying.

Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off. This is the story of why he didn’t, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression. It’s also an upbeat, joyous and very funny exploration of how live better, love better, read better and feel more.

I got this book for Christmas and seen so many people talking about it. Reading Matt Haig’s personal story and struggle with depression was extremely relatable. I absolutely love reading other people’s stories and learning how they have deal with their mental health. This books was light hearted at points which was great and added that little extra touch.

 

16936201_10158324440950512_1400304181_oThe Power of Now / Eckhart Tolle

To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us.

Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the Now we will be opening ourselves to the transforming experience of THE POWER OF NOW. It’s a book to be revisited again and again.

This book is absolutely excellent. It was recommended to me by a friend who said to me it would change my life. Honestly? It’s put a lot into perspective.

Have you got any suggestions for me?

Much love,

louise-x

 

 

3 thoughts on “February Reads

  1. I actually want to try all these books! I wasn’t 100% on whether I’d try them, but now I really want to. Also for a recommendation, We’re All Made Here by Claire Eastham has been a really good read for me, and also Life with a Sprinkle of a Glitter by Louise Pentland, and A Work In Progress by Connor Franta!

    – Chloe
    chloetommo.co.uk
    xoxo

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