26 September 2016

Read in September

It's time for another monthly reading round-up, consisting of everything from the world of Tennis to teen contemporary at its best...

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
So Sad Today is a collection of personal essays from Melissa Broder, a woman plagued with anxiety, depression and addiction. She runs the twitter account @sosadtoday where she talks about her thoughts and feelings unapologetically and with incredible honesty. This book of essays is along the same lines - Melissa Broder covers some difficult topics and it seems there is nothing she wouldn't be afraid of covering. Her writing is incredibly raw, coming from the heart and spirit, reading as prose in many parts. This was an interesting collection of essays because I felt extremely opened up to Melissa's world and what she has gone through in the past, and still going through. This was quite a heavy book to read and really nothing goes uncensored. I felt some of the essays were particularly grabbing but at times I felt unconnected to her writing. I think if you like poetry and/or want to read about someone's intense account of anxiety, depression, sex, love and addiction this may be one to try. Very quite intense, though.

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger*
When this came through my door, I was slightly intrigued because it was from the author of The Devil Wears Prada - a book I've never read, but a movie I've loved watching in the past. This book caught me at a good time, when I was in the mood for a nice contemporary that wasn't anything heavy. I feel like this would be a great summer read. The Singles Game is a book basically entirely about tennis, but I found myself oddly interested in the whole apparent glamorous world of being a professional tennis player and touring around the world. Those of you who love a guilty pleasure contemporary and a good ol' Hollywood scandal will be thankful for this book.

The Memory Book by Lara Avery*
This was undoubtedly my favourite book I've read this month. The Memory Book was a delight (and great sadness) to read, so good in fact I read it over an evening and a few hours the next morning. It's strange, because I had picked this one up, read about 30 pages and never got round to continuing. This was an all-consuming book for me where I just felt compelled to read and read - I love it when one of these types of books come around every now and then. The Memory Book follows Samantha who reveals to us early on that she has a life-threatening disease which involves entire shutdown of her body. She refuses to believe she'll never go to College. She keeps an account of everything that happens in a diary of sorts, which the book consists of. I particularly loved the beautiful, honest writing which was very funny in parts. I think I was feeling particularly vulnerable at the time of reading this and the subject matter hit home quite a bit. I kept notes while I was reading this and at the end page I wrote: "When a book gives me such a profound feeling, when I'm sobbing, when I'm laughing, when I'm smiling like an idiot, I know it's good." So, there. There's an indication of how much I liked this.

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer*
I wrote a full review on this book here. Overall I really enjoyed reading something very refreshing from a talented comedian. Her memoir was quite unexpected, as I've heard quite a few people say, but I loved the sometimes taboo topics she covered and the way she unapologetically expressed herself.

What book sounds most intriguing to you?


*Review Copy

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