2018/01/17

BOOK REVIEW:
BRAIN ON FIRE BY SUSANNAH CAHALAN

Title: Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness
Author: Susannah Cahalan
Published: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 288
Rating: 4/5



Summary:
This is the autobiography of twenty-four year old Cahalan and her descent into madness due to an uncommon disease of the brain and her road to recovery.


Review:
If you're one of those people who are interested in taking a peek into someone's brain, this is the book for you.

There's something terrifying about mental illness and I think because of that, most of us are kind of fascinated by it, as am I. In this, you get a close-up look of what it can look like and you see this young and vibrant woman fall into a form of insanity and then crawling her way out of it again. You also get to know everyone around her and what it feels like to be the loved ones of a mental illness patient, which was heartbreaking but very interesting.

The writing style is quite journalistic, but there are plenty of philosophical thougts in here as well, questions I think anyone could find themselves asking in this position which helps us as readers connect to the pain and uncertainty of this story. There's also quite a lot of factual information in this about the disease and the treatment, which I thought was very interesting, if somewhat dry in points.

Overall, I thought this was really fascinating and well worth the read. Mental illness is an important issue and the more we learn and the more we talk about it, the more understanding there will be; hence, I think this is a very important book.

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2018/01/16

BOOKSTAGRAM SPOTLIGHT:
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It's time for the first bookstagram spotlight of 2018 and today I want to share with you the lovely and minimalistic feed of @poetristoma.

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2018/01/15

BOOK REVIEW:
SUGAR MONEY BY JANE HARRIS

Title: Sugar Money
Author: Jane Harris
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 400
Rating: 5/5


Summary:
Set in the Caribbean in 1765, this is the story of two brothers who are charged by their French master to travel back to the island they were born on to smuggle back a group of slaves currently claimed by the English.


Review:
What an excellent novel to start off the new year with! I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this world and letting it carry me away.

I think one of the reasons I liked this book so much is that I already love reading books that include slave narratives (both real and fictional) and I love reading books set in this time period, especially when they're set somewhere else than England or the US. So, before I even started this, it had checked a lot of boxes and while I was reading it, it didn't disappoint. It was gripping, absorbing and heartbreaking.

I was fascinated by the main character and his relationship with his brother; both the tension and love was captured brilliantly. You also never forget that the main character is really young and you can't help but feel for him, and there's something quite emotional about watching the story unfold through his eyes. The book is also really engrossing and manages to keep the tension up; it's a very hard book to put down.

I think this is an incredibly well written historical fiction novel that deals wonderfully with family and humanity, but also a very important part of our history. I would highly, highly recommend it.
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2018/01/13

BOOK REVIEW:
PENGUIN MODERN POETS 4

Title: Penguin Modern Poets 4
Author: Kathleen Jamie, Nick Laird, Don Paterson
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 125
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
This is a poetry collection that features the work of poets Kathleen Jamie, Nick Laird and Don Paterson.


Review:
This is the fourth book in this poetry series that I've read and what I like about them so much is that you get to try a little of three different poets and see what you think; this time though, I didn't really resonate with any of the poetry in here.

Because of that, I find I don't have much to say about it. There were a few poems from each poet that I enjoyed, but I don't think I'll be rushing anywhere to pick up a book by any of them.
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2018/01/12

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