It's been a while since I shared the books I've been reading; now that I'm not spending three hours a day on the bus, I seem to be getting through an awful lot less literature, which is a shame as I love reading! I thought I'd do a little post on the things I have managed to read recently, though, to share my thoughts. I'd love to hear if you've read any of these!!
The latest installment of my love of books about Psychology; this was about Adam's struggle to overcome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, presented in layman's terms, which made it an easy and enjoyable read which still made me feel like I was learning something. OCD has become a term that is thrown around so lightly and this book kind of fights back against that, which is brilliant; it's a serious and debilitating condition, and it does annoy me that people joke about it. Again, I really enjoyed this and I'd say it's worth a read!
I've been meaning to read some du Maurier for ages and finally got round to it with this one, which I really enjoyed. Her writing style made it really easy to fall into the story, I felt like I was getting to know the characters and the setting, and found myself thinking about the events that had occurred even when I wasn't reading. Without giving too much away, I found the idea of the "drug" and the way it influences the brain, really interesting! I see myself picking up more of du Maurier's work in the near future.
There's a Healthy Planet book shop near where I used to live where you can wander in and choose three books for FREE! Honestly, it's brilliant, I pop in every time I'm passing, and picked this up on one such occasion. I'd heard good things about Never Let Me Go, but didn't actually have any idea what it was about or what to expect; again, though, I really enjoyed reading this. I found the premise really interesting and the way it was presented in the first person worked well, in my opinion. I really like books that make you think, and this was definitely one of those!
Based on Byron's experiences of the Clinical Psychology training program, this was fascinating to me! I hope to enter the ClinPsy program myself at some point in the future, so it was interesting in that respect, but also just the way the characters were presented worked so well and really made me think. The course consists of six placements in different mental health settings, and the book presented an "amalgamation" of patients from each placement, so we meet six patients, from a young girl with an eating disorder, through to a sociopathic middle-aged man. I really enjoyed this!
My brother lent me this and I have to admit I was dubious right from reading the blurb; turned out I was right, I just couldn't get into it at all! I did read it, but it took me ages for such a short book, and I just found the whole thing completely pretentious and very patronising. My mum reckons it's the sort of thing where if you believe in the things it's talking about (God, destiny, omens...) you'll take something from it, and if not... It's not that great. Not one I'd recommend, I'm afraid.
Have you read any of my most recent reads? Do you have any recommendations for me? I'd love to hear them, I'm always looking for new books to add to my teetering, unsteady "to-be-read" heap!
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