I Have a Confession to Make: I am an Addict

Gonna to have to face it I’m addicted to books!  Books have that easy-going, take-me-to-bed quality for me.  They can take me on a journey when I’m snuggled up comfortably at home, make me laugh out loud or make me cry.  Whatever makes me keep reading, anything that I can complete must have elements which make it successful as a whole!

The Good

My stand-out favourite from last year was Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time.  Quite simply, this is an entertaining, thought-provoking and poignant read about a man with the mixed-blessing of an almost eternal life.  Quickly following this, I read more of Matt Haig’s books: Humans, The Radleys and How to Stay Alive.  Brilliant.  Brilliant.  Brilliant.  I give thanks to these books for getting me through a difficult year.

The Bad

Life Leverage by Rob Moore claims to show you how to get more done in less time, outsource everything and create your ideal mobile lifestyle.  As successful as this property multi-millionaire no doubt is, I loathed this book.  At the same time, I can understand his philosophy and see why it works for him.  Much of it hinges on having others do undervalued work… My reaction to this is probably a topic for another blog post and my own self-development?

The Ugly Truth

Linda Tirado’s Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, is based on a powerful article which went viral in response to the question “Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive?” on an online forum.  I loved it and it kept me gripped throughout.  With chapters like, “I’ve Got Way Bigger Problems Than a Spinach Salad Can Solve”, Tirado’s book is the perfect antidote for many of us who eat too much, smoke, work too hard or make other poor choices.  Again, food for thought.   

How do I feed my addiction?

Fortunately, my main problem last year, and to-date this, has been how to feed my habit without breaking the bank?  My go-to for my fix is the local library. I also use second-hand bookshops, especially the National Trust bookshop at Clumber Park, where I work as a volunteer.  Paperbacks are £1 and hard backs are £1.50.  Please let me know if you have any specific titles on your list.  We get all-sorts, including new books, which kind and generous people donate as soon as they have read them! Now, if you will excuse me, I need curl up somewhere comfortable and read.    

ps. If you have a story to tell and want me to write a blog post for you, please get in touch. I’ll fold down a corner and get on it right away!

Illustration from The Book of Hugs

pps. If anyone has Matt Haig’s book on Brand Failures: The Truth About the 100 Biggest Branding Mistakes of All Time, I would love to read it!

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