‘Afterland’ by Lauren Beukes

A little light ‘meta’ reading for your enjoyment.

It’s about a virus…

That begins around 2020…

… but kills just the men.

So take that how you will.

Not much to say really because other than being relevant to what is currently happening, it is just ‘okay’.

A little disappointed in the ending.

Got me back into reading, but there have been multiple times where I’d start and then end up falling asleep with the book in my hand. Whether that’s the lack of caffeinated beverages in my system or the book itself, who knows?

‘Untamed’ by Glennon Doyle

With everything else that has been going on, I genuinely do not remember when I started this book and I didn’t even finish it. There are a number of reasons why, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea… Fun fact: I don’t even like tea, so that makes sense.

“Blessed are those brave enough to make things awkward, for they wake us up and move us forward” – Page 221

Probably my favourite quote of them all, just because I love to be the awkward person… just cause it’s fun.

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Sometimes I can’t breathe
as I lie awake
listening to the rain outside
wondering if sleep will come get me.

Sometimes I am gasping,
for someone
some profound moment that
will let me be free.

suffocation from the lack of life

by yours truly.

go for a walk, you lazy piece of…

new jumper that i just wanted to show off

Here comes an overused statement: ‘it’s been a rough few days’. I’m not sure why, I am unsure of what the true dynamic -shift- caused this random happenstance of feelings, but it’s here. WOOOOT!

The weekend was pretty fine. Friday night I planned out this date night where I ate cake for dinner, had a bath, drank a whole bottle of wine and watched Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. Each had their respective emotional responses. I connected more with Celine in Before Sunset, but I think Before Midnight was my favourite.

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‘The Guest List’ by Lucy Foley

I really don’t have too much to say about this one, just because I don’t want to spoil it and I couldn’t super connect with any of the characters. So unlike the previous two posts, this is a short and sweet one. A little slow at first, but still enticing enough to commit to the book itself. I was concerned about the many switches of the characters, just because I didn’t want to get lost of who did what, where and when but it was pretty easy to keep track. I think Hannah and Olivia were my favourites, just because they seemed a little more ‘real’ to me.

I would suggest this book if you want something a little less *LOOK AT YOUR LIFE AND HAVE TOO MANY FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS ABOUT EVERYTHING* which is what I had with the last two, and currently with the book I just started. It was enjoyable when it picked up a lot more towards the middle-end.

See, told you this one would be short, sweet, and spoiler free.

‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney

I have read the book, and watched the TV shows. Many thoughts, many feelings. I’m not sure honestly, where to start other than wanting to yell at myself for how I felt about it at first, because I romanticized a lot of the relationship between Marianne and Connell in my head. Then, after seeing it on screen, that’s when the reality of everything hit…

(There may be spoilers but I don’t go into too much detail and if I quote the book it’s based on the page numbers of my Kindle so apologies.)

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‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig

Right off the bat, probably one of the most relatable books that I have read in quite a long time. I am not going to go into too much detail of the book itself, maybe grab a couple of quotes and such here and there but honestly just compare it too how I feel in my personal life. Basically there MAY be spoilers, and there may not be, so read at your own risk.

TW: Suicide, Depression, Alcoholism, Drug Use,
Cancer, Death, and Mental Health.

(I’ll also quote lines, and the page numbers are
related to my Kindle, so I guess it’d depend how it’s set up and such so
apologies if they aren’t perfect)  

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