Hello BEAUTIFUL wonderful fabulous human beings. I hope you are feeling SO AMAZING today. I love you so much!
Today it’s BOOK time once again, and of course I’ll be recapping on what I’ve been reading throughout September.
Now this month, I only completed one book, so without further ado, let’s jump straight into my thoughts on what I’ve read this month + an insight into what I’m currently reading – Let’s go!
*Potential spoilers throughout*
What I’ve Read September 2020
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird – Josie Silver
TRIGGER WARNING– this book is based around the subject of grief and loss of a loved one.
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird! Where do I start? Firstly, this book was SO emotional and hence the trigger warning, I actually wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to continue with this one. I started reading it of an evening and a few pages / chapter or so in I was thinking ‘I’m not reading this anymore, it’s too distressing’. I’m not a big lover of giving up on books though, and something kept me reading, with this book turning out to be quite a page turner.
‘The Two Lives Of Lydia Bird’ follows Lydia on her journey navigating grief after losing her fiancée in a car accident. Lydia, struggling to sleep because of the pain she is suffering, is prescribed sleeping tablets, and these tablets lead her on a journey where in her ‘waking life’ she is continuing on with her current reality, but when she goes to sleep after taking her tablets, she finds herself in another reality where her fiancée Freddie is still alive and they are continuing on with life as normal together, on the same timeline as her actual, physical reality.
Lydia gets caught up between these two worlds and of course, the book narrates back and forth through both realities, and at first I didn’t love this concept (though I guess it’s the whole premise of the book – it is called ‘the TWO LIVES of Lydia Bird’), every time we went into the ‘asleep’ parts of the book I just wanted to get back to when Lydia was awake and actually navigating her real life, as obviously, that’s where the plot was happening although the ‘asleep’ plot did get more interesting the further into the book we went.
What I like about this book is how it wasn’t always predictable and of course it touched on a really heart wrenching topic, which made me feel such emotion, I almost had to detach and remind myself ‘hey, I’m reading a book here, I don’t need to hurt this much’ you know? Though despite its depth subject wise, I think the story lacked… excitement. It was an interesting read, a page turner for sure and it had me keen to read on, but ultimately it almost felt like the story didn’t really go anywhere too far, though I guess, where was it supposed to go? This was the story of Lydia navigating her two lives, working through her grief, becoming stronger and letting the ‘real’ world take her where she needed to go. It didn’t need to be anything spectacular, it was a beautiful story told exactly how it needed to be told, and I think Josie Silver did a lovely job.
Overall I’d rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. Whilst a heart wrenching, emotional, beautifully written read, I don’t think you’d necessarily be missing out if you didn’t read this. Still, I’m glad I’ve read it and experienced this novel, I’d definitely be interested in reading more of Josie Silver’s work, she’s clearly a good writer!
Get Out Of Your Head – Lizzie Lloyd-Raynes
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I am still reading the ‘Get Out Of Your Head’ eBook by Lizzie Lloyd-Raynes, and I’ve just about moved on from the colour exercise, to the face exercise and beyond. I’m not going to ramble on too much about this, however if you’d like to read more of my thoughts then click here, as I spoke about it in my previous ‘What I’ve Read’ blog post. This eBook is all about getting out of your head, being present and ultimately becoming more confident in both professional and personal environments. I’ve definitely gained something from learning about the colour exercise which I’m looking forward to practicing more of, and I am so looking forward to continuing on with the book further to gain even more confidence and insight. Woohoo.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the ‘Get Out Of Your Head’ eBook, you can click here for a free 9 page preview of the book and then of course, access to purchase the book where you can use my code JENNIE30 to get 30% off your purchase – yippee! Once you’ve purchased your copy of the eBook you’ll also be invited into a Facebook group with fellow readers where you can chat about your thoughts on the book & experiences with the exercises!
The Yorkshire Pudding Club – Milly Johnson
I read my first Milly Johnson book this year – ‘My One True North’ (read more about my thoughts on that book here) – and I’d actually rank it as one of my favourite books of 2020. I fell in love with Milly’s work so instantly I wanted to purchase more books from her. I’ve actually had my eye on ‘The Yorkshire Pudding Club’ for a while as I am a keeeeen Yorkshire pudding eater – LOL, so this has always taken my fancy simply because of the name ;). Well, I’m just a couple of chapters or so in at the moment and so far so good… I’ll report back once I’ve finished ;).
So there you have my September book wrap up – I am so excited to continue on with the books I’m currently reading and enjoy more book time in October. Bring it on.
Have you read any of the books mentioned in this wrap up? Would you like to?
What are you currently reading?
Who is YOUR favourite author?
Be sure to let me know all your thoughts in the comments below,
as always thank you so much for reading,
with lots of love and blessings,