I used to love reading, but it’s one of those things that I’ve struggled to find time for since becoming a mum. Now that the kids are at school full time and they actually sleep at night, I have a bit more time to myself. So at the end of last month I decided I was going to make an effort to start reading again, and I took to Instagram for book recommendations.
I headed to my local Waterstones who actually had an offer on – buy one, get one half price, so I picked up two books. Both of which I have loved and read in just a few days. They are the sort of books that you get hooked on and can’t put down. They’ve reminded me how much I love to read and actually how good reading is for my mental health. It’s so much better than scrolling mindlessly through social media…
I’ve decided that I’m going to make these posts a regular thing and try to read one or two books each month and then let you all know my thoughts on them. Obviously I will be keeping these posts fairly brief as I really don’t want to give away what happens in the books! But do let me know if you like this style of post and if you’d like to see more.
The first book that I read this month was This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay. This book is absolutely hilarious, yet shocking at the same time. It’s written in the style of a diary, with short entries so it’s easy to read in short bursts. Perfect for someone like me, who hasn’t read a book in years!
We all know that doctors in the NHS work hard, but until you read this book you can’t really understand. I was shocked to hear the reality of how understaffed the NHS is, and that it’s not uncommon for doctors to work 90 hour weeks. The impact that this can then have on their own health, relationships and home life is really quite sad. It’s certainly made me appreciate our NHS and the doctors that dedicate their lives to their jobs even more.
“Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.”
The next book I read is one that was recommended time and time again – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Judging by the message that I received about this book on Instagram, most people absolutely loved it, but there was a small minority that felt it didn’t quite live up to the hype. So I was interested to see what I would think to it.
I did find the book slow to start with and was starting to get a little bored with it, but I stuck with it. Now that I’ve finished it I can honestly say that I absolutely love this book. It is one of the best books I have ever read and would urge anyone who hasn’t already read it to do so.
The books main themes are around loneliness, friendship and how even the smallest acts of kindness can mean so much. I think that loneliness is something that a lot of us can relate to to some degree, but it’s something that we don’t really talk about.
I don’t want to give too much away with this one as it’s such a brilliant book. So I will just say that if you haven’t read it already, DO!
“Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?”
Have you read either of these books? I’d love to know your thoughts on them.
Thank you for reading.