Sunday, 15 February 2015

20 Books On My 2015 Reading List

I love reading, but the more I think about it, the less I feel like I have the right to call myself a book lover. There are just so many classics, cult, modern or otherwise, that I've not read (those '100 books you should read before you die' lists are almost painful). Part of my 2015 bucket list, therefore, is to read 20 books - minimum - this year. Sounds pretty achievable, right? But It's mid-February and I'm on a grand total of one... pitiful.

Evidently it's not going to be as easy as I thought, but here's the books I'm going to try my best to read before the end of the summer (plus some notes when I fancy it). Wish me luck!

#1. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

#2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

#3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

#4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

#5. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

#6. Under the Skin by Michel Faber (the film was weird and great in equal measures, so I can't wait to read the book!)

#7. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (this one has very mixed reviews... interested to give it a go)

#8. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

#9. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight

#10. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

#11. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (dystopia meets gender politics - hello)

#12. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

#13. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

#14. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (after reading Gone Girl a few years ago and recently getting to re-live it through the film adaptation, I immediately read Sharp Objects (love) and have been impatiently waiting for my sister to finish reading Dark Places so I can steal it)

#15. On The Road by Jack Kerouac

#16 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

#17 The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

#18 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

#19 Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

#20 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

What's on your reading list this year? Any recommendations?

The Handmaid's Tale cover art by Akmar Ali

Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Single Girl's Guide to Valentine's Day

Single and feeling a little bit grim/bitter about a day devoted to love and romance? Join the club. That said, hating on Valentine's day can be just as trite and annoying as the thing itself, don't you think? Instead, I'm gonna pamper and treat myself - because I'm worth it... - and then go out with my friends and pretend I'm not lonely have lots of platonic fun. It's meant to be a Hallmark-free zone, but here's some 'Pinspiration' still in-keeping with the Valentine's theme...

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Take 5 To Blog for Time To Change

001. My name is Rachel and I suffer from depression and anxiety.

002. My mental illness has affected my studies, my work, my relationships, and my self-concept.

003. My greatest source of support is my friends - those who 'get it' and those who don't - and my family.

004. My hope for the future is that I will continue to learn how to manage and cope with my illness, and that there will be a reduction in the stigma surrounding mental health issues. I hope I can continue to talk openly about my own experiences and offer my support to others.

005. I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk day because talking helps understanding, and if more people understand mental health, fewer people will suffer in silence.

Get involved with the Time to Talk Day 2015 #Take5ToBlog initiative and take five to have a conversation about mental health or post your own five sentence blog.

Sign the Time To Change pledge wall and learn more about how talking can tackle discrimination against mental health.

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