I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but when I do pick it up I tend to lean toward history books. My friend Amber listened to the audiobook for The Five over the summer and it sounded so intriguing! I ended up picking it up and absolutely loving it too, not just for the social history aspect but because it, for the first time, gives a voice to the women who were murdered by England’s most infamous serial killer.
I am a few days late with this post because, well, I totally forgot about it. However, I am pleased to report that October was a fantastic reading month for me! I struggled a little in September, but was able to turn things around this past month. So pleased! Take a look at what I read and hauled in the month of October.
I love true crime, but I tend to get my true crime fix from podcasts rather than books. I want to amend this and have recently been keeping an eye out for interesting titles. I have heard great things about My Friend Dahmer, which has recently been made into a film, and decided to pick it up. While I wouldn’t call it true crime, it offers fascinating insight into the early life of one of America’s most notorious serial killers.
A few years ago I stumbled upon a little book called Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I cannot tell you what a game changing book this was for me. Here was this person who could talk about depression and anxiety with honesty, humour, and hope. It was the first time I really acknowledged my own mental health worries and it felt a little less alone. I figured this marvelous book was just a one-off, so you can imagine my delight when I found out he was writing a follow up, Notes on a Nervous Planet.
June is a wrap! I can't believe June is already over -- where has the time gone? Fortunately, July is here and that means YALC is around the corner! How is my YALC TBR going? It's best to just not ask.
Happy Friday! Today is a particularly special Friday because it’s my birthday. I’ve made it to 30 and still don’t feel like an adult. How?? I suspect that at this point, I’ll never be a proper grown up. I also had three pieces of cake for breakfast and am bouncing off the walls -- that probably doesn’t help. This has been a pretty good week for reading and an amazing week for book post! Let’s dive in.
It’s time for another set of flash reviews! Today, I’m focusing on nonfiction science, specifically books about space. Now you may know that I’m completely obsessed with space. If I had the right kind of brain, I would have been an astronomer. However, I’m more of a reader than a scientist, so instead of studying the stars I read science fiction and books by authors like Carl Sagan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
TBR Thursday is one of my favorite weekly posts from Bionic Book Worm’s lovely blog, so I thought I’d try my hand at it. If you aren’t following her yet, well, you really should be. Not only does she do great reviews and bookish posts, she's an all-around lovely person. You can find her blog here! All credit for this idea and the stunning TBR Thursday graphic go to her!
This is a new series I’m going to try out aimed at people who are looking for a recommendation, a specific type of book, or just want something completely new.
1666 was a watershed year for England. It was the year of the Great Plague; the eruption of the second Dutch War, the clash between two great powers which ultimately ended in one of the English military's most humiliating defeats; and the Great Fire.