November was a month of reading for me. As someone who finds it hard to relax and focus the mind it was such a wonderful month to be alive in. More than I expected, keeping busy with reading not only helped my concentration, but it really helped on the mental health front. I felt as is my mind were expending and suddenly everything wasn’t so much crammed, but more free and loose to float wherever they want to go.
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
I had been dying to read this book for ages. As someone with OCD the concept of this book was so exciting! Just imagine, an entire book dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a mental illness hardly ever spoken about and even more rarely taken seriously. I was careful with choosing when to read this book, knowing it would be a little hard in places, of that much I was right. The story follows young Evie as she tried to integrate herself back into school after an OCD episode that landed her in hospital. The book is filled with brilliantly funny characters and heartbreaking insights into the life of someone with OCD. The only reason I didn’t give this book a 5 is because after reading the book, I found my OCD had only gotten worse and I’m afraid it caused me to spiral a little bit. Regardless, I think this book is a very important one, not only for those suffering from OCD, but everyone else too.
Stars: 4 out of 5
What can I say, this book was very interesting! The characters are vivid and the feelings are so aptly described that you can almost feel them in your own chest. Nothing like I expected it to be, this book took me on a journey of growing up and reminded me what school was like. With the most captivating opening chapter I have possibly ever read in my life, this book had me hook line and sinker. A nice quick read, even for someone who enjoys books at a snails pace like me. I regret having been against reading it for so many years! The only reason I didn’t give this book a 5/5 star rating is down to the fact that it just didn’t grip me as much as other books have in the past, but again, I still loved it.
Stars: 5 out of 5
I loved this book! I loved everything about it, from the characters to the plot. It was interesting and fantastical while somehow remaining believable. I must admit, one of the reasons why I was so taken with this book, was the story taking place in my home country of Wales. For those of you who love fantasy, this is a must read, and for those of you who don’t, this book would be a wonderful introduction. Dealing with loss, adventure and difficult decisions, this book will have you unable to put it down. Ranson Riggs had actually intended this to be a picture book at first, and so you can find wonderfully spooky images scattered throughout the book, a touch which just ads to the vibe of absurdity that the author was aiming for.
As many of you know there is a film coming out (or perhaps already out in your country) based on this book, but I would implore you to read it first. After one look of the trailer, many characters have changed and one has disappeared completely! I still intend to watch the movie and make a comparison. All I can say, is it no one has a Welsh accent in this movie I will be sorely disgruntled.