On my bookshelf: Spooky and self-help spring reads

Do you ever go through periods where regular reading becomes a memory? A nice thing you used to do when you had a spare half hour in the evenings, or a quiet weekend? I’ve hit that paper wall. With work ramping up, Saturdays filled with events and precious time with the partner only just squashed in… well, there hasn’t been much time for words.

I go through spells where I read avidly, and other times when I don’t even open a page. To be honest, when I don’t have that musty smell and alternate universe to fall into, it’s like something’s missing. I know I need to make time for books because they keep me sane… but where do I find time when I want to blog, take photos and live too? (Answers below, please).

March reading list

I decided that the only way to get back in the reading game was to find some current favourites; books that people can’t stop talking about. And I’ve thrown an old one in there for good measure. Wish me luck!

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Haven’t heard of this thriller? It’s been billed as the new Gone Girl (what female crime novel of the past year hasn’t, to be fair?) In this novel, the narrator discovers that the script she’s been reading is actually all about her and her deepest secret. If this is indeed anything like Gone Girl, I won’t put it down. Crime = the easiest way to rediscover reading.

March reading list

Room by Emma Donoghue

I was lent this book by a friend, and I think it might take me a while to gather the mental strength to open it! Room tells the story of Jack and his mother, who are held captive in — you guessed it — a single room outbuilding. I’ve been told this is a bleak read, but with the recent film adaptation propelling it to pop culture prominence, I’d like to tick it off my list nonetheless.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I really need to get started on this dinky tome, because I’m going to see Matt Haig at Aye Write! this March. You’ve most likely heard of his book already, but essentially it’s a self-help journal that Matt penned throughout his depression. As I suffered from a particularly low point whilst in France, I think reading about and recognising how symptoms can be different for everyone is crucial. I’m really looking forward to a bit more carpe diem once I’ve finished this.

March book list

Paroles by Jacques Prévert

This may be a seemingly random addition, but it actually does fit with my ‘read more’ theme! I picked this one off my family bookshelf when I was home last month to read on the train, after wanting to retrieve my love of French. Although some poems are blank verse and rather rambly, there are some little gems within these pages which speak so simply about love, loss and the self.

What’s on your bookshelf this month?


7 thoughts on “On my bookshelf: Spooky and self-help spring reads

  1. So where did you steal the ‘daffs’ from then ? You’ll have to try and drag yourself into the 21st century and get a kindle/iPad to read on, gives you the opportunity to read a little more, essential for me otherwise I’d never read anything 🙈

    1. Mum got us the daffs! 🙂 I do have a Kindle, I just find it so much nicer taking an actual book places and having that experience of turning and smelling the pages… I’m sad! Have you read anything good lately that you’d recommend? 🙂

  2. Oh that’s what you’re going to see at the AyeWrite festival! I need to read this book – it sounds so touching!
    And OMG I love Paroles! It is my single most favourite book of poetry – Barbara is my favourite poem 🙂

    1. Yes! One of the few things – Nicola Sturgeon and Maggie O’Farrell as well, can’t wait for the latter! And yay, someone else who loves Paroles! What other French poets would you recommend? I’d like to try out a few more 🙂 x

      1. I just read another blogger writing about the film. She enjoyed it and hadn’t read the book but will now. I’m not sure about the film – I might find it more distressing actually seeing the characters on screen (though I can still be optimistic because I know the ending!)

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