What I’ve been reading: February

Hi everyone,

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, I worked until 9pm and was back in again this morning so I didn’t have time. So here is my ‘what I’ve been reading’, a couple of days late.

The books I have been reading over the last month are the The Skeleton Cupboard, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, Funny Girl, and How To Win Friends And Influence People.

The first book that I read last month was The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron, I happened on this book by chance in Poundland and was so short on cash that I paid for it with 20p pieces. At a time where I was beginning to look into clinical psychology. I was really interested in reading someone’s experience from starting their training to finally qualifying. Overall I found the book deeply inspiring but also very emotional. Reading about her journey from thinking that she knows it all and being knocked down by her first client, to reaching her end of her training with some real knowledge and tools under her belt is so engrossing. It really grabs your attention, the wide range of cases she manages and placements she works at are so interesting. While there are some shocking parts to the book I still believe that this is a field where I can make a difference and this book has pushed me to work harder at finding an appropriate job and training.

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The paperback is £5.39 on Amazon.

The second book I picked up was obviously the conclusion to the Millennium series, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson. This is another great book from this author, and seeing the conclusion to Lisbeth’s story is something I’ve wanted to do for some time. Similar to my review of the second book,  I absolutely love his writing style, it keeps your attention, is rich with detail and has you on the edge of your seat. Having all the story of the first and second books come to a point, all the hard detective work of Lisbeth’s friends come to light, seeing Lisbeth realise that there are people who care for her, and having her be free at the end of the book is exactly how I wanted this series to end. Now I might give The Girl In The Spider’s Web ago, although I am worried that it won’t stack up.

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The paperback is £2.87 on Amazon.

The third book I read last month was Funny Girl by Nick Hornby. If you asked me who my favourite author is I would definitely say Hornby. I did like this book, but it’s not my favourite from his works. All the characters are well rounded, and I like that it starts with the main character and her small immediate family, she then leaves her home town and as she starts her journey to be a ‘funny girl’ we meet new characters and also follow their stories. To be honest I didn’t like the way it ended, the characters were young and in their prime, a biography for each character followed, and then the last bit of the story was in the later years of the characters’ lives, getting back together to continue their work. I felt like there was more of a story in between the two points that the biographies didn’t do justice. The overall story isn’t too exciting, but it’s a nice book and was heart warming to read. I can’t wait for Hornby’s next book.

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The paperback is £3.85 on Amazon.

The last book I read last month was How To Win Friends And Influence People. I’ve had this book for a while but I had never finished it. It’s probably the hardest book to describe because it’s not a novel, it’s a book of suggestions and anecdotes of real life situations in order to put these ideas into practice. At least to me it seems like a lot of the principles laid out are common sense, but are probably things that we forget to do because we are so wrapped up in our ego, what we want and deserve. There’s some really useful stuff here which I will be trying out.

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The paperback is £6.29 on Amazon.

Well that’s it, I have fallen out with reading over the last fortnight because my head has been full of things which I need to do. By the end of the week I want to get back into the habit because it is something which I really enjoy.

Hope you’ve had a great day,

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