This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire

Received my copy of This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire on Monday. Finished it in one evening.
I think this is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. It’s a crowd-sourced collection of love letters and is divided into three sections: beginning, middle and end, much like how relationships work.
I didn’t put this book down. The words really spoke to me. Some of the letters told stories that were so relatable to my life, both now and in the past. I think that there’s something in this book that everyone can relate to.
Definitely worth reading if you get hold of a copy. Top marks to Will for coming up with such a spectacularly unique idea. I loved it from start to finish.

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Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

TITLE: Reasons To Stay AliveAUTHOR: Matt HaigTYPE: PaperbackGENRE: Non-fiction, mental health, autobiographyMY RATING: 5/5  BLURB: What does it mean to feel truly alive?This is the true story of how Matt Haig came through crisis, triumphed over mental illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. Moving, funny and joyous, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.  NOTABLE QUOTES:“How to stop time: kiss.How to travel in time: read.How to escape time: music.How to feel time: write.How to release time: breathe.” “Wherever you are, at any moment, try and find something beautiful. A face a line out of a poem, the clouds out of a window, some graffiti, a wind farm. Beauty cleans the mind.” “Maybe love is just about finding the person you can be your weird self with.” “There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.” “To other people, it sometimes seems like nothing at all. You are walking around with your head on fire and no one can see the flames.”  MY REVIEW:Found by complete chance while perusing the shelves at a local Tesco with Ben, this book has come to be one of the most important texts I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down and finished it within a day. It is one of the most incredibly written summaries of what it feels like to suffer with a mental illness. Haig, who was a sufferer of both depression and anxiety, talks in a very open and honest way about the pain he experienced during his life, offering ideas, thoughts and feelings to readers and reminding those who can relate to his story that there is hope.  If you are a sufferer, or if you know someone who is a sufferer of a depression or anxiety, or if you are simply just intrigued and want to know more, I urge you to read this book.  instagram | twitter | goodreads

Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg

TITLE: Girl Online On TourAUTHOR: Zoe SuggSERIES: Girl Online #2TYPE: HardbackGENRE: YA, contemporary, romanceMY RATING: 4/5

BLURB: Penny’s bags are packed. When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tactic boyfriend.  But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot… and her blog, Girl Online. Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, to will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?  NOTABLE QUOTES:“Sometimes the hero of the fairy tale isn’t a handsome prince. Sometimes it’s you.” “We all have one life and we can choose how we want to live it. It’s important you realise that, no matter what anyone else says or how people may try to influence things it’s ultimately down to you… only YOU can live for you. You can’t live in someone else’s shadow or permanently try to please someone else, then what do you have to show for it? You won’t have any of your own accomplishments, you won’t reach your personal goals, and you’ll only be ticking someone else’s boxes for them. If there is something in life that you really want to do, then do it. You’ll only ever live this day once in your lifetime, so start now.”

It took me a while to read, but with a sudden surge in motivation, I was thrilled to finally finish this book. A simple love story that covers all the trials and tribulations of couples with busy lifestyles and different goals, this book is a must-read for Zoella fans. Merging elements of mystery into a contemporary novel help to drive the book forward, and covering issues including mental health helps to make this book an important one for raising awareness of topics that should matter more to society.

All-in-all, this simple story, with all its twists and turns, allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the feelings of the main characters. I’d have given it five stars but due to the length of time it took me to read it, I had to knock it down to four.

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