Books are my meditation, my calm and one of my greatest loves! I have always been a bit of a speed reader, not trained for speed, just naturally fast at devouring words. My preference is biography, self help, food for my brain and if I venture into fiction it needs to be intense! I love to cry, laugh (or both) into my pages of fiction. Lately there have been a few favourites in each of these categories. The weather is currently perfect in my part of the world for a lazy afternoon spent with a book and a sea breeze!
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi.
It has taken me quite some time to prepare myself for reading this book. I originally read one of Paul Kalanithi’s essays called Before I Go. You can read it here. The essay really affected me, which I am sure it does everyone who reads it. Paul was a brilliant neurosurgeon, gifted, just married with his glimmering future life and success before him. He was 36 years old and then suddenly, tragically diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
The SocialBookCo contacted me recently which was perfect timing, I was finally prepared emotionally to spend a lot more time with Paul Kalanithi and his legacy. It was a book that I now wish I had read sooner. As you read Paul’s easily devoured words knowing that he is no longer alive, and that he wrote this book right up until his final days, you really get an intimate sense of his extraordinary talents, and his humanity.
Paul shares a lot about his years of intense study, knowing that he needed to follow his passion for neurosurgery, and his incredible skills. It is only after his cancer diagnosis that Paul starts to see things from the patient’s perspective. It is through this unique ability to now walk on the same side as his patients that we start to see his humanity and his heart shine.
I cried for Paul as his final pages abruptly stopped, knowing that these were his final days .. and then reading the beautiful words his widow shared after he was gone.
“EVEN IF I’M DYING, UNTIL I ACTUALLY DIE, I AM STILL LIVING.” (Paul Kalanithi)
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MASTERING YOUR MEAN GIRL by Melissa Ambrosini
Melissa is one of the most generous, spirited humans you will come across. I have followed her in the virtual world for many years, soaking up her sharing of so many life lessons. Melissa’s first book really brings all of her energy and commitment into the one place, which is hugely helpful yet also easy to digest.
I think it will be one of those books that I come back to lots, it is broken down into chapters and sections that relate to different parts of becoming the best version of you! Yes the self help book is now an incredibly cluttered part of the global book shelf, when you find a good one it really can light you up and there is always something that can only be shared through lived experience. Melissa is such a natural beauty inside and out!
“THINGS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE HARDER WHEN YOU COME FROM FEAR.
LIFE WILL FLOW A LOT MORE EFFORTLESSLY WHEN YOU COME FROM LOVE.”
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
My latest foray into the world of fiction! It did not disappoint, I sobbed in the final chapter, you will need tissues. Such a beautifully dark yet hopeful book that I read in only a few nightly sessions. It really captures your heart and the characters become so beloved as the story unfolds.
I really don’t like to give too much away when sharing my thoughts on a novel, I honestly had no idea how this one was going to end, right up until the final chapters! It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster, which I love! It gets you thinking about so many things including unlikely friendships, kindness and the power we have with our words and actions in the world around us.
If you loved Fault in Our Stars, you will love All the Bright Places!
“THE THING I REALISE IS THAT IT’S NOT WHAT YOU TAKE, IT’S WHAT YOU LEAVE.”
(All the Bright Places)
Let me know if you have read any these faves xx