Before getting my hands on this eBook from Edinburgh Libraries (forever thankful), I have seen rave as well as one-star reviews of this book on Instagram. I own two books by this author – Notes on a Nervous Planet and Reasons to Stay Alive. I would not consider it a complete self-help book, but it is about the author writing his views, thoughts and experiences while dealing with his mental health. Matt Haig is a person who brings forth issues about anxiety, mental breakdown, panic attacks, depression and so on in his books, and The Midnight Library is a fictional story that weaves in all these issues. In this book, we meet Nora Seed, our protagonist who suffers terribly from loneliness.
As the temperature soars to 44.2°C (I am not kidding – check the latest news here), I am seriously rethinking my options to relocate. However, with the second wave of coronavirus sweeping the country and vaccinations being rolled out in phases for adults above 40 years old, I miss my university days in Edinburgh. I suppose a lot of people have reached their point of burnout but are still slogging it through the days with some routine (if there is any in the first place). Before I sound glummer, let me share the good part of my reading. In today’s post, I have compiled my short reviews on graphic novels that I received as ARCs previously. So, without any further delays, let us dive in.
As vaccines are being distributed across the world and news on new strains have made us all go not again, I wonder how people are coping with the extended lockdown. I am sure many people are just thankful to be spending a lot of time with their families (with an overwhelming amount of work seeping in, of course), taking a vacation for a solo trip has been on my mind since I can last remember. But lockdown woes have made my parents give me a big fat NO for travelling, so I took a sabbatical from writing for a while and got into ruminating about what should I do next.
Unlike last year, I did not make any resolutions list for this year because the uncertainty of the situation made me realise this is a good time to slow down and spontaneously learn as you go. So in this post, let me share some of my ideas, thoughts and projects that I am currently working on and hopefully will bring to fruition in the upcoming months.
A debut novel by Emily Houghton, Before I Saw You makes sure that you have few (or more) tears in your eyes and believe why love can heal and break in this heart-warming and wrenching story of two adults who find their world turned upside down after a major accident. It also shows how they build ways to connect in a hospital ward. Yes—hospital, death, pain, kindness, love, healing, and more is what you get blended with humour and courage in this book.
As I sit down and look through my cloud-stored folders and update my financial budgeting sheets for the year, it does not feel like a new year is about to begin today. 2020 has been insane – #lockdown #Covid #virus #WFH #mentalhealth #burnout and so forth. A lot has been going on in the last few weeks and I have not been in an emotionally stable place to gather up some courage and continue posting my blogs. However, I am getting better and it is a good time to wrap up my major hits and misses, high and lows, what I read and what I have learnt during this unusually chaotic year. Also, here is wishing you and your dear ones a healthy and prosperous new year ahead!
Let me take this moment just to say – you lived; every single day you woke up and tried to fight your blues due to this collective stress that has been impacting your daily life. Please pat yourselves for keeping it together with hope, strength and perseverance.
In my previous post, I discussed some thoughts and tips with regard to reading self-help or self-improvement books. In this post, I write about my top 6 favorite books under this genre that I have read this year with quick summaries to help you decide your next pick. Happy Reading!