Recent Reads: The 16th and 17th 2018!

My recent reads have brought me out of a nasty slump, and for that I am so grateful. I also admire both the books' authors, for very different reasons...we'll get to that. 

'Places I Stopped on the Way Home: A Memoir of Chaos and Grace' is a beautiful collection of essays by Meg Fee (and the other night I got to see her in conversation with Laura Jane Williams at The Owl Bookshop; it was a DREAM) about her life in New York; her at times desperate search for a home to call her own, her great loves, and more turbulent relationships. It was a total treat to read. 

This book is the perfect read for those of us who are feeling unsettled, unsure of where we're going, and unlucky in love. It's also good for the lucky folks who are in a very good way. Basically, everyone should read it ASAP. 

I have a 'lines' story highlight on my Instagram profile, containing snaps of lovely passages in the books I read, and it was so hard not filling it up completely with Meg. 

Places I Stopped On The Way HomePlaces I Stopped On The Way Home by Meg Fee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meg writes in the most gorgeous, delicious way. I related to every story in some way, despite never having been to New York...

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'White Rabbit Red Wolf' by Tom Pollock is a psychotic, fast-paced masterpiece. Here's the plot... 

Peter Blankman is often afraid, balancing his severe anxiety with logic and his love of maths, wherever possible. At an awards ceremony celebrating his scientist mother's work, everything goes to hell; his mother is stabbed, his twin sister Bel has disappeared, and he is taken in with a shadowy organisation telling him to trust them. Together with his only friend Ingrid, he must use is logic and analytical skills to save everyone... or at the very least find out what on earth is going on.
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Real talk. I have known Tom for some time, having chattered over wine at book events now and again, and recently becoming shaved bonce buddies, and really given how quick and sharp he is to talk with, I should have expected his writing to be a punch in the gut and a twist in the brain...but, wow. This book shocked me. In the best way. I was addicted to it; I found myself diving back into it when I was between trains, on the tube for a few stops or had an extra few minutes before I had to get out of bed in the mornings. The characters were devastatingly real, the plot was complex and deceptive but somehow easy to follow, and the themes were strong. The story not only showed its readers how f*cked up families could be, but also how much young people can struggle with mental health problems, and why we should always listen to them. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bookish friends, I am very fortunate (?) in that I can say with 100% sincerity that reading this book was just as invasive, mind-messing and astonishing as brain surgery.


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