A trip to WHSmith and their "buy one get one half price" deal meant I came home with four books I can't wait to get stuck into: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett and Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life by David Mitchell.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig:
Now I am not expecting to discover the meaning of life from this book, however I have always found other people's perspectives on life and how we should live our lives incredibly interesting. Matt Haig discusses the true story of how he survived a horrific mental illness and how he managed to continue with life. The blurb states "it is a book about making the most of your time on earth" and it has an abundance of brilliant reviews as well being a Sunday Times bestseller.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn:
A cult classic, I was first made aware Gone Girl existed in college one or two years ago when studying a short excerpt. It sounded like a fascinating and unique story so I then headed home and watched the film version which has excellent ratings. But when I saw it on the bookshelf the other day I couldn't resist and am excited to see how it compares to the movie.
The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett:
I'll be honest, any book with Maggie Smith on the front cover will be going straight in my basket. I have seen plenty of trailers for the film but have not yet seen the whole movie - yet. As it is a short book, this looks to be a fairly easy and fun read filled with laughs. And of course, if Maggie Smith approves, then it must be pretty good.
Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life by David Mitchell:
One of my favourite comedians, David Mitchell seems like a man of both intellect and wit (obviously). His mind is certainly one I'd like to get inside of and as an incredible over-thinker about everything in the world myself, I'm hoping this book will provide a humorous take on the little and big things in life to remind me it's okay to be less serious and definitely okay to be more carefree.
Now I just have to decide which one to read first... any suggestions? If you fancy reading any of these books yourself, just click here to visit WHSmith.
I hope 2016 has been good to you all so far! Speak soon,