9 June 2015

Finished Reading | May 2015

With May over and June well underway, it's time to share my thoughts on the books I read throughout May. There's quite a mix of genres and themes in the books I delved into last month, all of which kept me captivated and turning the pages.



Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
This is a book I picked up purely based on the 'hype' which was surrounding it. It seemed like everyone was reading Reasons to Stay Alive, and with some incredible reviews from people such as Stephen Fry no less, I had to see what the fuss was all about.

Reasons to Stay Alive is a very powerful book. Concentrating around depression, but also touching on other mental health disorders, Reasons to Stay Alive is the personal experience of author Matt Haig and how he coped ~ and still does ~ with depression and anxiety. This book would be great not just for those who also have depression and anxiety, but in general for anyone who wants to understand a little bit more just how they can effect someone. 

There are some low points, where Matt shares times where he thought he wouldn't get through, with a gorgeous sprinkling of inspiring, motivating and uplifting sections which are nothing short of beautiful; reminding you that no matter how hard your life might seem, there are things you can do to make it better, there is a brighter future ahead, there are positives to concentrate on. I would definitely recommend checking out Reasons to Stay Alive, and this is undoubtedly a book I would read again in the future. 

Dead in the Water by Carola Dunn
Of course another month meant another Carola Dunn Daisy Dalrymple murder mystery. I always look forward to getting stuck into these books each month and Dead in the Water is one of my favourite yet, purely because the writing has developed so well from the first few books in the series and I am really enjoying getting to know the main characters in each book - Daisy Dalrymple and Inspector Alec Fletcher - better as each book goes on.

Dead in the Water follows Daisy on a weekend away during boating season, where a rather cocky and oversure team member dies mid-race. With Alec on his way to spend the weekend with Daisy, he ends up helping to solve the mystery of whodunit. 

The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey
I was really excited to get stuck into The Girl with all the Gifts, a book I bought purely because Joss Whedon had reviewed it as one of the best books he'd read - so obviously I had to read it! I don't know what I was expecting, but it was nothing like how the book actually turned out...

I don't want to give spoilers away, especially as this will soon be a movie, but let's just say the back cover really doesn't give you the slightest clue as to what this story is actually about. At times I was a little exasperated because it all felt like some bad 90's British zombie movie, but it actually redeemed itself and I found the 'message' behind the story, particularly at the end, fairly moving. I hope the book-to-movie adaption is good! 

The Snowman by R. L. Stine
Every now and then I like to go back and read one of my old favourites. I have a good half a bookshelf dedicated to books from my childhood and teens, books I could never get rid of and could happily read over and over again. The Snowman is one of those books! My favourite Point Horror book and one which still gives me the creeps today. I've reviewed this one previously, which you can check out here.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Last but not least, and actually the first book I read in May, I delved into the second book in The Rosie Project series; The Rosie Effect. I really loved The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect was just as good, but there were definitely times when it left me frustrated, angry and worried - all brought on by Rosie's character who I liked a lot less in this one!

This one follows Don and Rosie in America, where yet another life-changing event happens and you follow Don as he comes to terms with the change, and how it'll change him. It is worth a read, but if you're anything like me, expect to get very annoyed with Rosie! (There were times I very strongly hated her in this one!)

Unfortunately it looked like it'll be a few years before we see another book in the series. I tweeted Graeme Simsion after finishing The Rosie Effect, who said he wasn't planning to write another for a few years, as he had some other projects and books he wanted to get out first.

Did you read anything in May? Do you have any book or author recommendations for me? Let me know! My reading pace in June has massively slowed down - I'm currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird, but I'm a lot busier this month so there will probably be a lot less books to share for my June book reviews! 

All books available on www.amazon.co.uk.

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  1. I adored the girl with all the gifts!! But I'm a bit of a zombie fanatic so it was only to be expected ;) The film is going to be titled "she who brings gifts" WTF? that's the title of a flop if ever I heard one, I'm so annoyed! & they've cast Gemma Arterton as Miss Justineau when Miss J is very clearly and often described as black in the book! I'm kind of upset they've ruined my favourite book of 2014 already :(

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    1. Seriously? That really annoys me about Hollywood. I can't imagine Miss Justineau as a caucasian woman! What a fool move from the director/casting xo

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  2. I read The Girl With All The Gifts last year and loooooved it - I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do with the film, although Annabel's comment above has me a little bit worried!!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes it's left me a little worried too! xo

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  3. I really great round-up of books, it's great to hear what you thought of some of the books I've read too and some I hadn't even thought of adding to my TBR pile.

    Mel ♥ everyword

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    1. Let me know if you add any of the ones you haven't read yet to your TBR pile :) xo

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  4. The Rosie Effect sounds like a really nice read, it's definitely one I need to pick up!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Both The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect are great books! xo

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  5. That's it, I got to finish my unfinished book. Nice post! <3

    http://www.kinikunormal.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Marsya! What are you reading at the moment? xo

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  6. I've seen the Rosie Effect everywhere, I did not realise there was a prequel! I will have to get the first one. I also really want to read the Reasons to stay alive book, as it sounds quite interesting!

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

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    1. Yes, The Rosie Project is the first book :) Reasons to Stay Alive is a beautiful book xo

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  7. I started to read The Rosie Effect a few months ago but couldn't get in to it (for some reason I never can with 'hyped' books!)
    Reasons To Stay Alive is currently at the top of my 'Must Buy' list though!

    Sam x

    Simpliste Daily

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    1. That's a shame! I got really into The Rosie Project after a couple of chapters and couldn't wait to get stuck into The Rosie Effect. I think the mood of The Rosie Effect is quite serious in comparison to The Rosie Project though xo

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  8. Never heard of Reasons to be alive but it seems amazing! I need to get it lol x

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    1. It's a great book - let me know if you give it a read xo

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  9. Really want to read the Rosie project/effect! I've finally gotten back into reading recently and am starting my second book of the week. I'll definitely be checking back here more often to see what you've read!

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    1. Ah it always makes me happy to hear others are getting more into reading! What are you reading at the moment? xo

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  10. OMG the snowman I remember that, in fact I remember reading the point horror books and loving them when I was a teen. Might have to re-read some now I've seen this.

    Caroline xo

    www.thespottedfox.co.uk

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    1. You can't beat a good Point Horror! xo

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  11. Oh my The Snowman, I haven't read that is absolute ages, definitely one i need to dig out x

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  12. Reasons to stay alive looks great, going to add that to my list for my summer reading challenge (to read every day of the summer holidays).
    Love going back to read old favourites, I'm going to read a few old Judy Blume books soon! X

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    1. Oooh what a fab challenge! I hope it goes well :) xo

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