WHAT I READ IN JANUARY


We made it to the end of January folks! I know everyone loves to joke about how long January can feel, but I can't remember the last time a month has dragged this much for me. I can't believe that Christmas was only a month ago... surely it should be August by now? But nevertheless, January happened and honestly, it was a bit of a weird one. January has never been my favourite month. It's cold, dark and cloudy, both inside of my head and out of it. But we've made it through and Spring and warmer, longer days are just around the corner. This month I tried to take breaks for myself more often, which means I had plenty of time to get through my seriously huge TBR pile. So, here's what I read in January.


BIRD BY BIRD, ANNE LAMOTT

The first book which I read in January is one which was recommended to me by my friend Alex, someone whose bookish advise I know I can always trust! You may also have spotted this one in my list of books I got for Christmas. Bird by Bird is a non-fiction book which reads like a bible for writers, especially those aspiring to be published. Surprisingly, I've not read that many books on the practise of writing, so this book was unbelievably helpful and has taught me a lot of new tips and tricks on how to perfect my art, which I'd never even considered before. The book is a mixture of anecdotes and lessons, and although it's not the most recent guide to writing, every word is super helpful and rings so true.

REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU'RE SAD, MAGGY VAN EIJK

I've already done a full length review of Remember This When You're Sad on my blog here, because I loved it that much, so I'll keep this short and sweet. This book is an autobiographical look into what life is like when affected by mental illness, told from Maggy's own experiences. It's sad and raw, relatable and inspiring. Maggy uses her own experiences to show how mental illness can affect a persons life, but also uses these experiences to provide hope and show that mental illness isn't the end of the road. We can fight it, we can live our lives not being dictated by it. And we can be okay despite it.

A MONK'S GUIDE TO A CLEAN HOUSE AND MIND, SHOUKEI MATSUMOTO

As January can be a pretty bleak month, Penguin were kind enough to send me a care package a couple of weeks ago containing lots of lovely treats to help me with staying mindful. They sent some brilliant self-care books my way inside the package, one of them being A Monk's Guide To A Clean House and Mind. As you may have guessed from the title, this little book was written by a monk and is all about how keeping your surroundings clean can help you to feel better on the inside. It's only a small volume and, being written by a minimalist monk, much of the subject matter isn't that relatable to everyday life, however it was an enjoyable and calming little read. Plus, I felt that I learnt a lot about the life of a monk which I didn't previously know!

KILLING AND DYING, ADRIAN TOMINE

Killing and Dying is a collection of six short graphic stories, all combined into one book. I've been desperate to read this book for such a long time, because Adrian Tomine is one of my favourite graphic novelists currently. His style is unique and every story which he produces is always completely different to his last. If you've not read one of his graphic novels before, I'd definitely recommend Killing and Dying as a good place to start. Each story inside offers a different layout and drawing style, showcasing how talented he really is as a storyteller and an artist. His stories will make your heart hurt and your head feel conflicted. I know that this is a book I'll be returning to soon!

2 comments :

  1. I love these suggestions! There's a couple I definitely added to my reading list...Thanks so much for the recommendations!

    Deanna
    www.luxandvitae.com

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  2. The first two books sound great. I could do with some writing tips from Bird By Bird!

    Steph x
    www.wanderlustpulse.com

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