Remember at the start of this year when I said that I wanted to review every book I read in 2017 in it's own little in depth blog post? Well... that's going just swimmingly. Not. Apparently I slightly underestimated how speedy of a reader I'd be this year and how little time I'd actually have to do the respective reviews. I managed to get through April without reviewing any of the books I'd read. However, even though I'm a little behind, I do still have this intense need to write about the pages which I turned last month. You know that age old saying 'if a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it even make a sound?'. Well, with me, it's more like 'if Lauren reads a book and isn't able to gush about it afterwards to anyone who will listen, is she even a functioning human at all?'. I read a lot of non-fiction in April, something which I seem to be getting more and more into lately. So I thought I'd do a little round up of the three fabulous non-fiction books which I've devoured.

Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh
Guys. Gals. This is literally the funniest, most intelligent, wittiest, most soul-bearing, empathetic half book half comic strip that I have ever read in my life. I read the entirety of Hyperbole and a Half in one sitting, flicking through each page laughing, understanding and feeling like f i n a l l y, I had found an author who knew how to depict how weird the inside of a sick brain can be. Hyperbole and a Half is a collection of personal essays from Allie Brosh, the well known social media sensation, all about her experiences with depression, with life and with her slightly simple dogs. Each chapter is a different story and each is filled with witty words and even wittier comic strips drawn on her computer. This book discusses mental illness in a way that I've never really read before. It talks about the struggle, the confusion, the lack of lust for life. But it's also full of hope and humour. It made me feel okay. It made me feel like there are other people out there with a brain like mine. It made me want to laugh out loud at how completely messy life can feel. And I think that's what makes this one so special.

So Sad Today - Melissa Broder
Like the last book discussed, So Sad Today is also a collection of short personal essays, all about times in Broder's life when she felt less than happy. She talks of her experiences with life, love, drugs, addiction, mental illness and sadness. Each chapter is so raw and so beautifully written. She opens herself up to readers in a way which would be terrifying to anyone. Broder lays her entire life bare and allows us to gawk at it and relate to it. She is entirely aware of the fact that she's using humour to talk about her mind because she's scared to talk about it in any other way. This was so, unbelievably relatable to me. As you can image, this book maybe isn't for the faint hearted. No detail of her exploits goes undiscussed. It's an uncomfortable read. But I think this is why the faint hearted should be the exact people to read it. It discusses the undiscussed. I've honestly never read a book which allowed me to relate to the author so much. So Sad Today made every feeling I've ever felt feel more valid. Your questions about why we're even here, what the point in all of this is and whether your worth anything at all are all shared by Broder. I expected to feel low while reading this book, but I finished it feeling connected.

Girl Up - Laura Bates
This is the book that every single person in the world should have to read at least once in their life. As a compulsory service. Then there's a pop quiz and if you don't get 60% of the questions on the book right, you have to go read it again. Only then are you allowed to use the internet. That's the new rule. I was a little late in reading Girl Up, especially considering the fact that Laura Bates has been on all of or radars for so long after her astounding work with Everyday Sexism. But I finally got around to letting the words in this book fill my brain, and good gosh was I in for a treat. This book is your new feminist bible. It pains me to say that. Because the phrase feminist bible is so cliche it hurts. But that's what this book is. It discusses gender, politics and mental health. It discusses sexism in relation to school, work and general life. It covers all bases and offers tips on how to do the right thing in every situation. It's like a pep talk on how to be a boss female in every possible way. It's funny, vibrant, bright and unforgiving. I wanted to weep with every page and I hope that every young girl and boy reads it at least once in their life.


  1. I love books! I can't wait to read more after exams, Girl Up sounds like my kind of book. I now need to go and buy it.

    Becks x

    1. Girl Up is so fantastic! I'm still thinking about it now, a month after reading!x

  2. Ooh these books sound fab! I definitely need to go and buy them all. Fab post girl x

    Abi | abistreetx

    1. Thanks sweet - I recommend them all!x