When it comes to reading although it will be clear to see I have a favorite author, the best books are the ones, unlike the rest that are able to an act as an escape. From lifestyle to fiction, it’s usually the right combination of words to get me feeling at my best once again. So let’s start from the bottom and work upwards and onwards!
5. Eeny Meenie by M. J. Arlidge
The first book in the series, we follow the story of Detective Helen Grace who has a flair for the not so PG side of life. When two people get abducted and forced to make a decision neither one would make, with only a gun to keep them company. It’s up to Helen to solve the case before as the pattern continues.
Personally, I love this book as not only is it set in a familiar place to me (Southampton) but it’s on a similar guide to ‘Saw’ but with more of a backstory and a focus on the detective in question following the case and her flawed lifestyle. It’s an interesting read that lends itself to mystery, suspense, and flawed choices.
4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I’m sure you’ve all seen the film at one point or another, but I will say not many books to film adaptations are good for example; Harry Potter and the … usually fell short on screen in comparision to the books and left out so much detail! However, this is filled with tiny details that will immediately give you a want to buy a ticket and visit Amsterdam to admire its sheer beauty.
The other reason why I love this book is the symmetry. I’ll explain; The Book – Hazel is obsessed with a book written by her favorite author but is frustrated when the book just ends mid sentence, however that’s exactly how this book ends and it is perfection in words. Read the book and you’ll understand what I mean…
3. All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Meet Cherry, with a strong ambition with a love of baking. She has a hidden talent, she can see things that other people can’t and she decides to use her baking to help those who can’t/ won’t help themselves. But Cherry soon discovers, she’s not the only one that can see the Meddlems.
This book is a perfect as gives Anxiety and Depression and Grief a name. It doesn’t ignore the obvious but at the same time, it doesn’t claim that with a bit of pie it’ll instantly disappear into thin air. Like all medicine, it takes time to heal with regular measured doses. It’s the perfect thing to make you feel like you’re not alone, especially if you struggle with these things now and again.
2. Feel Good 101 by Emma Blackery
Basically, it’s Emma Blackery’s guide to how to live life better than she has, with the things she wished she knew then that she knows now. Written for her sister, Emma wanted a book that allowed people to learn from her mistakes. I’m not going to lie and say this book will magically solve all your problems, but it does offer a perspective and advice for how you could find a solution towards them. Personally, this book has helped me control my anxiety. I used to get worked up about having to constantly be in control, have a plan, know when everything will and should be done (and that’s just the big things) but now I’ve learned to
I’m not going to lie and say this book will magically solve all your problems, but it does offer a perspective and advice for how you could find a solution towards them. Personally, this book has helped me control my anxiety. I used to get worked up about having to constantly be in control, have a plan, know when everything will and should be done (and that’s just the big things) but now I’ve learned to congratulate myself on the small victories and focus on the things I’ve accomplished this week, this post included. You can bet after this goes up, I’ll have rewarded myself with a cuppa!
1. On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher… Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Yes, it’s a tie for number one as I honestly can’t choose between the two as they both offer two completely different things.
Ready Player One is the 80s in a book. Set in a dystopian 2044, Wade Watts finds comfort in ditching reality and going into the Oasis. Seeking to win a competition he finds he’s not the only one that will do whatever it takes to win, he must confront the reality he’s been desperate to escape in order to stop anyone else. It is also being made into a film by Director Steven Spielberg, but if you love Atari, puzzles and anything geek this is an absolute must!
So by now, you know I LOVE Disney… Carrie Hope Fletcher is probably my favorite author as of late due to her Disney references and her way with words.
She tells the story of Evie Snow who at 82 dies and finds herself at her old flat door but her soul is too heavy to allow herself entry. With the help of her old door man she then has to tell the secrets, she was so desperately harboring to the people still alive, in order for her to be free of anything that may be holding her back.
It’s the ultimate love story and I can guarantee that once you pick this book up you will not be able to put it down (I read it on one sitting traveling back from a holiday in Cornwall and then chose to hide at the bottom of my boyfriend’s garden until I had finished… I just had to know).
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