I am now the biggest advocate on local libraries. Heck, I talk about them at some point now every day to anyone I’m talking to. Friends, family, people online, people I meet on the street – I’m a woman obsessed when it comes to the library. And I think this is bloody great. Local libraries are such an important and useful resource for so many people and I guess I just want to shout out them a little bit more.
My experience with using libraries first came when I was around 6-7 when my mum would take me and my younger sister to the library in our town. I absolutely adored going. I treasured my library card, always checked out as many books as possible and explored so many different genres as a result of having access to them in the library. I stopped going to my local library in my teenage years as I used the smaller library at the high school and then didn’t borrow books at all in my late teens.
I’ll be honest, when I first received The Biggest Idea In The World by David Joland, I wasn’t sure if it would be my cup of tea. I love a good fiction book as much as the next person but an unhappy man travelling to Silicon Valley? That doesn’t scream to me.
However, I’ll put my cup of tea back down, I was wrong and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character, Barry, is an unhappy man who is married to a woman he cannot stand, hates his job and has himself convinced that life has dealt him a rubbish set of cards. He is convinced that all the great ‘internet sensation’ ideas were first his so in an effort to secure his success, he decides to travel to Silicon Valley and share his idea and true value with the world.
God I’ve been struggling recently. So in times like this I always turn to my number one for inspiration: books. I’ve always been a lover of the written word and finding solace and comfort in the pages of my favourite inspirational books and experiences has always been my way of coping.
Writers and their perspectives continue to be a source of inspiration for me so here are five books I’ve been turning to recently to rejuvenate my creative juices. Whilst things in real life continue to throw obstacles in my way, flicking through the pages of these five always leave me feeling inspired, motivated and with a smile on my face.
This has been sitting in my drafts for months – it feels like ages ago since I read some of these titles. I’ve decided to split it into two, first chatting fiction, with a non-fiction instalment following on later as it was just getting a little bulky.
I have read a lot of fabulous books so far this year (I’m keeping count with mini reviews on my Twitter btw) and especially good ones I want to print out are Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman which is so heart-warming and You by Caroline Kepnes.
In amongst the buzz of exams at the moment and trying to balance out other aspects of life such as socialising (hehe), exercise and blog work my reading has fallen a little bit to the side. But Before You Let The Sun In* has slipped into my routine perfectly and let me explain why.
Before You Let The Sun In by Ian Robertson and Katerina Couroucli-Robertson is a fascinating read. It documents ten individuals and their stories in therapy – featuring their problems, their stories and the resolutions that come to be. It is super insightful into the relationship between a therapist and a patient and the book is perfectly written to highlight that relationship.