This year I made it one of my resolutions to read a little more, it’s something I’ve always really enjoyed doing but I just haven’t made the time for it. In order to change this, I decided that I would spend at least half an hour before bed every night snuggled up with a book.
I was very lucky to have received 5 new books for Christmas, all ones they’ve I’ve been dying to read, so here’s what I thought of the first three.
I’m very aware it is now June and I received these books at Christmas, I haven’t been reading as much as I would have liked too but that’s going to change. I promise.
KEEPER OF LOST THINGS – RUTH HOGAN
I’d be lying if I said I really enjoyed this book, despite the fantastic ratings by the Daily Mail I just couldn’t get into it. I ended up reading another book alongside it as it wasn’t gripping enough to make me want to read it for hours on end. Disappointing, but true.
The book is about a man called Anthony Peardew who lost a keepsake of his wife Therese on the same day that she passed away. Due to this, he starts to collect lost objects and likes to create stories about where they would have come from and how they would have fitted into someone’s life.
I might try and give this book another read in the future to see if I can get into it enough to find out the ending.
SECRETS FOR THE MAD – DODIE CLARK
If you don’t know who Dodie is she’s a twenty-two-year-old singer-songwriter/ YouTuber who also battles mental health problems. She started her career through you-tube at a young age of around 15; so from early on in her life she was exposed to issues others aren’t, such as fame, what hundreds of people think of you and keeping up with creating alongside school work, family, and friends.
Her book covers many events in her life such as how she felt when she left her family home, how she dealt with her first long term relationship break up, how she dealt with a death in the family, how she came out as bi-sexual and her acceptance of it too.
Dodie also talks about her relationship with alcohol and how it changed from the time she started drinking as a teenager to the current day. It takes you back to think about the first time you ever drunk and how you may have done it due to peer pressure or to fit in with the crowd, it also reminds you that it’s okay to feel a little lost in your early teens as others do too.
THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F*** – SARAH KNIGHT
One of the most raved about books of Twenty-Seventeen.
Unfortunately, I was more than disappointed with it.
Okay, so for the first 75(ish) pages Sarah talks about her ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ method and ‘How To: Create A Fuck Budget’. It’s pretty engaging, I learned some good tips such as, pairing up your socks makes you feel seriously more organized and like you’ve got your shit together.
Honestly, after this, I feel like the book was going round in circles; no new points were made. I must have skim read the last 80 pages, just picking out a few bits of information that caught my eye; I really wanted to finish the book but I’d lost most of my interest in it.
Here’s something I tweeted at the time of reading it:
‘Skim read the last 50 pages of The Life-Changing Magic as I realised it was just wasting my time and I want to add it to my list of things not to give a fuck about’.
I really liked the whole concept of the book, it made me feel incredibly inspired when I first started it, however, I don’t feel like I was able to take much away from it. I feel like the target audience was Mid-Twenties Londoners who don’t really struggle with money at all. This is because of a lot of the topics related back to weddings, working in an office (which I don’t) and donating money to charities; it was great advice for those situations but it doesn’t apply to me. I also struggled to apply the ‘Fuck Budget’ and ‘Sorry Not Sorry Method’ to my own life.
Here’s an example of when I could vaguely apply it in my day to day life:
Asking another member of staff at my work to cover my evening session as I have somewhere else I need to be if I can. I have the attitude of if you don’t ask you don’t get and you’re not going to lose anything by asking someone. The only way the ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ method was applied in this situation was me asking myself ‘Do I really care what that person thinks about me asking them?’ The answer is no as it no way it could offend them so I continue to go ahead and ask without worrying.
I would love to know your thoughts on any of these three books if you have read them.