The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Print Length: 304 pages
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Canongate Books

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.

TW: Suicide, depression, death, loss

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Before I Saw You

Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Print Length: 400 pages
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Bantam Press

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. Yesβ€”hospital, death, pain, kindness, love, healing, and more is what you get blended with humour and courage in this book.

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With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Print Length: 400 pages
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hot Key Books

Emoni Santiago is a teenage mother to a beautiful baby girl named Emma and granddaughter to an amazing β€˜buela. Belonging to Black Hispanic ethnicity β€” from Puerto Rico living in Philly aka Philadelphia, Emoni aspires to be a professional chef. But how does she make her dreams come true?

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The Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Print Length: 416 pages
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Bantam Press

Ever thought how a confession can turn your life around? Especially when you write it in a notebook and hand it over for a stranger to write theirs and pass on? This book is pretty much right when it boasts as the “feel-good book of the year” with flawed but lovable characters. Here is why you should pick this for your next read.

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