Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – A Review

“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not just messing with that part. Unfortunately you can t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life “

 “You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not just messing with that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life.”

This book was recommended to me and I am so glad as it is not something I would have chosen of my own accord, because

  1. I would usually avoid picking up books based abroad.
  2. I am more drawn to female writers than male.
  3. The Young Adult genre wouldn’t be one I normally dip into.

However!

As soon as I turned the cover I got the same compulsion as Clay, needing to know what was on the cassette tapes that Hannah Baker had recorded and sent out before committing suicide. The way in which the author has written this with Hannah’s spoken voice from the tapes explaining why she has taken her own life followed by Clay’s thoughts and replies intertwined makes this a heart wrenching read as the two reactions/comparisons are there instantly.

It’s a book that will stay with me a long time as it has made me consider (even more than usual) the consequences of what we do or do not say to people. It has also taught me that I have ‘book biases’ and didn’t really realise it. If I had stuck in my comfort zone I would have missed an excellent read. Long may my daring continue! 

Are you biased towards or against anything book or author related? I’d love to know I’m not alone!

Much love xxxx

The Little Book of Hygge The Danish Way To Live Well by Meik Wiking A Review

 

 

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Published by Penguin Life, part of Penguin Random House, this A5 size chunky hardback book has a beautifully decorated cover which really catches your eye on the shelf.  I managed to resist it a couple of times but finally succumbed as it’s loveliness kept calling out to me.

Once home and curled up under my blanket with a hot chocolate, I soon discovered that I am a natural at Hygge – I had already assumed the position!  But seriously, this book describes in a variety of  diagrams, statistics and becoming photographs what Hygge is, why the Danes are more often than not at the top of the Happiness polls and gives us numerous reasons why and ways how, we can all get on board with something that can only make us feel more relaxed and do us good.

The book itself feels substantial to hold and looks lovely on a coffee table.  It is something you can flick through over and over again to remind you of fun ideas to do with friends or family and even contains traditional Danish recipes.  I will be buying this book again as a gift and I am sold on Hygge.  Meik you can definitely count me in!

 

Hyggekrog – The nook of a kitchen or living room where one can sit and have a hyygelig time”

The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

 

Do you have a Hyggekrog? Mine is my favourite corner with the Union Jack chair as seen in The Snug’s logo.  I love to curl up there and read.  What’s yours?  Do share.

Best Wishes,

 

Lou x