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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Recently Read

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!!
Recently Read July 2015
The Man Who Couldn't Stop David Adam Review
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!
The House On The Strand Daphne du Maurier Review
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.
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro Review
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!
The Skeleton Cupboard Tanya Byron Review
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!
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Review
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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  1. I'm definitely going to have to pick up The Man Who Couldn't Stop- sounds really interesting.

  2. I read the alchemist back when I was around 15 and I loved it, it was definitely a life changing book for me! But then again I believe in the Secret, the law of attraction and all that :P. That's the only one I've read on your list unfortunately. I'm a fantasy girl through and through!

  3. I need to read some more du Maurier asap! xx

  4. Wow what an interesting collection of books! I've heard alot about the Alchemist so maybe one to check out anyway.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  5. The man who couldnt stop sounds perfect for me, definitely something I'd like to read myself xxx

  6. I think I might have just found some goodies to add to my reading list. I really want to read the Alchemist for sure.Thanks for this list.

  7. I hardly have time to read, it's such a shame, but I will look into these!

  8. never let me go is something i would read. i love to think outside the box and beyond.

  9. I haven't read anything for so long. I'm trying to get back into it and I'm reading at the moment one Estonian author

    Pink Frenzy

  10. I like the sound of The Skeleton Cupboard, definitely more my kind of read x

  11. I really loved Never Let Me Go, I definitely want to re-read it sometime :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  12. I haven't read any from this list except for the Alchemist and even I didn't like it much! :D


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