Saturday, May 12, 2018
I have had depression pretty much all my life and it has fluctuated throughout my life getting worse at times of stress . When I lost a friend to suicide this year I went in search of something to explain to me what was going on in my head and how others cope with what depression feels like to them too . Then through sheer good luck I came across the lovely Fearne Cotton ‘s podcast where she talks to the author Matt Haig . He talked about his book : Reasons To Stay Alive , this book was about his own depression and plans he was making during the true depths of despair he experienced . Listening to that podcast I knew instinctively that this is book I was looking for .
Life has a funny old way of putting in your path just what you need sometimes , and this was just the case for me .
So I picked up the audiobook of this book and I downloaded it that day and finished it that same day , Matt himself narrates the book and talks honestly and frankly about what it is like during the worst moments of depression , panic attacks and thoughts of suicide , this book felt like a friend shouting to me ... ME TOO !
If I had the paperback of this book I would have been underlining multiple lines and paragraphs as it is just so quote worthy , Matt is just THAT GOOD about writing down the painful descriptions of what depression is like both mentally and physically .
As I finished up the book I felt a lovely sense of calm and relief . The relief was not from having finished the book .... (I was actually gutted it was so short )but from the hope that things can get better ....... that there are things that you can do ....... that there are people out there that will understand and above all to practice self love , compassion and care .
This is the terrific sequel to Kelly’s previous book No Way back , which first introduced us to Audrey Fox the smart , funny , 40 something year old Londoner that I came to love in book 1 .
Now married to the sexy Daniel and step mum to his daughter Connie , life is going really smooth until secrets start to raise their ugly heads and throw a spanner into the works . Although there is a good few laugh out loud moments in the story, the book takes a darker turn when people from the past come back and unexplained things start to happen , it becomes more difficult to know who to trust .
The last third of this book flew past , I was not putting this down until I found out what was going to happen to one of my favorite characters, I was literally holding my breathe towards the end and the ending was SO good that I had a smile stuck on my face all evening . This is probably my favorite book of Kelly’s so far , no one can build tension in a story like her and I loved every bit of it . More please !!!!!!!
I received this book from Urbane Publishing in exchange for an honest review . This book is released May 2018 and will be available where ever good books are sold .
Monday, April 30, 2018
I first came across these magazines through the book “A Book That Takes It’s Time “ , by flow magazine .
Each issue comes with goodies , it could be anything ... postcards , bookmarks , posters , notecards , stickers ..... you get the idea , basically it had this bullet journal lover smiling from ear to ear .
There is also workbooks like above , you work on yourself .... meditation , quizzes .... lots of good stuff plus ... paper goodies ... yes , even in the workbooks .
Everything about these magazines etc is restful , it feels like you are doing something really caring for yourself by sitting down with this and a cup of tea for a while and just being present .
Each issue is beautiful and I could never throw an issue away ... too beautiful . These feel more like books then magazines and the content is relevant even if you buy older issues .
If you are creative in any way I think you would appreciate these issues .
I think they are really supportive of each of our own uniqueness and how to enjoy it even more and guide us with even more ideas .
It is a quirky magazine that I am so grateful to have found and the content and quality is superb. The paper differs throughout the magazine making it extra special . It’s a tactile dream !