If you’re a reader there truly isn’t a better start to the year than reading two brilliant books, one after the other. Bam! Bam! Sadly it hasn’t been a hat trick as number three is currently boring me senseless but you can’t win them all I guess. I’m still dabbling in the book reviews and recommendations side of things so forgive my slightly sloppy approach, but seeing as they were both so good and I’ve been telling everyone I speak to that they need to read them, it made perfect sense to let you know too!
First up we have “Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life” by Katherine Ormerod. Working deep within the social media lands as I do, it seemed like a total no-brainer to give this one a read; admittedly approached with slight trepidation as I don’t have the luxury of walking away from socials due to it being part of the daily 9-5. As it turned out my mind was totally blown by this book.
It wasn’t sensationalist at all, it was intelligently written, it was insightful, it was full of eye-goggling statistics and facts that I still don’t think I’ve quite gotten over. Did you know that the average person touches their phone more than 2700 times a day. A DAY! Have we all gone mad?! I loved the takeaway tips at the end of each chapter – they were practical, they seem so simple and most importantly, they’re totally do-able.
To be completely honest, I’ve toyed with the idea of deleting my Facebook account as after 12 long years on the platform I truly think I’m done with it. Long gone are the days when we all just played Pirates and started each status with Claire is… I’m now deeply turned off by the irate ranting, people pushing their politics down my throat and I think the overwhelming tone of negativity that I see on there. It’s more complicated to delete when you admin pages and so I’ve turned off notifications, pushed it to the very last page of my phone and only go on to do my admin stuff. Short and sweet and definitely not lingering.
Back to the book though, if you want to read something that makes you think but is still very easy to read I can highly recommend. Even more so if you’re dithering about socials and wondering where to go next. No-one is telling you to remove everything, go off grid and never emerge socially again…but there is some brilliant advice for mindful use. Also, it’s a real conversation starter this book. I talked about it on my Instagram Stories and I now have a queue of people lined up to read it.
While we’re here can we talk about those Instagram #goals right there with my expert flat lay above – haha! The story behind this was that I stayed in the coffee shop, long after the coffee was drunk and the scone was eaten as I was so engrossed in the book and I wanted to put that across. I know, I know, I’ll be running a masterclass soon…
Next up, “This is Going to Hurt” by Adam Kay. I’m still raw about this book – it was both laugh out loud funny and utterly heartbreaking. One minute I was smiling and chuckling and the next I was quietly sobbing, tears rolling down my face. There’s nothing quite so heart-wrenching as real-life experiences to tug on the heart strings and this is real life to the max.
Based on diary entries from his life as a Junior Doctor and the journey up through the ranks, it’s hugely easy to read and it feels like you would totally want to have a chat with Adam if you ever met him in person. Prepare to have your eyes opened wide by the items that people choose to insert into their various orifices (!!) and if you’re pregnant or planning to have a baby soon then it’s maybe not the best book for you to read right at this moment…but if you’re not either of those things I *urge* you to read it. I ran out of good describing words and so have basically told everyone to “just fu**ing read it” – sums it up really.
In case you’re wondering, book number three is the ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. My main reason for picking this up was to compare it to the recent TV adaptation that I absolutely LOVED…and because I wanted to know how loosely the TV version had been based on the book as I’m pretty sure that ole Christie was not a sexual deviant and she didn’t write about people hanging on to the ceiling while digging their broken high heels into people’s backs and causing all kinds of joyous/painful looks while it was happening.
Turns out I was definitely right about that. What she does is write in a verrrrry stilted fashion and it’s almost paining me to keep reading it. Boring would definitely be one word that I would choose. I think the only reason I’m still reading is to see if the murderer is the same.
And there you have it. My January bookshelf so far – a solid start for sure. If you’ve got any recommendations for me, let me know. I’m always on the look out for what to read next.