Booklog – January/February 2017

I haven’t done a booklog post in almost a year, so I thought it was about time I shared what I’ve been reading with you guys. I read 5 books in January and February, which isn’t a lot, but I did manage to fit a couple of entire day reading sessions in, so I’m pretty happy. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do this more, and finally reduce the size of my never-ending to-read pile!

Anyway, here they are! Enjoy!

All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
An autobiographical collection of advice guide on topics such as bullying, relationships and friendship, from actress, singer and YouTuber, Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Being a lover of Carrie Hope Fletcher, I bought this book without reading the blurb and soon realised it was intended for tween/teenagers. That’s okay though. Even though her advice was tailored towards readers of school age, I still enjoyed learning more about Carrie, and found a lot of her advice to be very inspiring and useful for all ages. The relationship section was particularly well written, and I feel we can all relate to dealing with bad break-ups!

The Essential Pokémon Book of Joy
A collection of fun Pokemon quotes for Pokemon fans of all ages.

Okay, so this ones a bit of a cheat read really, as it mainly consists of Pokémon screenshots and short quotes, but I’m including it anyway. ‘Cos Pokémon.

This is a very cute book, which stretches quotes from the Pokémon anime, sometimes beyond their original meaning, giving us the Pokémon life advice we all knew we needed. I loved how deep they made some of the quotes seem, and there were definitely some hilarious ones mixed in there. Perfect for any Pokémon fan in my opinion!

Geek Girl by Holly Smale
A hilarious YA fiction novel about Harriet, an unpopular “geek”, who’s life gets way more complicated when she’s spotted by a modelling agency.

Holly Smale is one of the funniest YA authors I’ve ever read. Remember Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series? The humour is just as brilliant as that, only with hilariously unfortunate modelling antics. Ever fallen in heels, knocked a whole stall of hats over, or embarrassed yourself in front of someone important? Well, even if you haven’t, this book is still fabulous.

I loved Harriet so much, and I was so glad her modelling status didn’t make her instantly popular. Stay true to yourself, Harriet. You’re amazing!

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
A beautiful and interesting guide to all things Hygge.

“Hygge, really?!” you say, “The most annoyingly overused word of 2016? That thing with the bloody candles? Oh, well, I’m out. Find some new readers, sellout!”

I’ve gotta admit, that was my initial reaction, but eventually my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to find out what this magical word was all about. And I’m glad I did. The Little Book of Hygge is a very interesting read that teaches you how to live a happier and more fulfilling life. It’s filled with fascinating facts, wonderful advice and some really beautiful photography. And the typeface makes every page so lovely to read, I mean, who doesn’t love a nice clean font? No one, that’s who!

Even though I’m not to be trusted with real, fire-breathing candles, I felt so relaxed reading about Hygge.

How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss
A funny and touching YA novel about teenage pregnancy, dementia and family.

Hattie’s sixteen and pregnant with her irresponsible friend, Reuben’s, baby and doesn’t know what to do. Luckily, she finds a distraction in her great-aunt Gloria, who’s dementia is causing her memories to fade. Hattie decides to take Gloria on a road trip down memory lane, so Gloria can come to terms with her past and Hattie can decide what she wants for the future.

This book made me cry a lot. Gloria’s dementia broke me so many times and her back-story had me riding tidal waves of emotion, while Hattie’s teenage pregnancy situation had me emotionally all over the place and angrily shouting at her to “just tell Reuben”! It’s a little slow to start, but when it hit the Gloria/Hattie stage I couldn’t stop myself from finishing the whole thing. The characters play so well off each other and I loved every bit of their adventure, especially the happier conversations between Hattie and Gloria. It was so refreshing to see a relationship form across generations, and to see a friendship stronger than romance. Everything was done so wonderfully and I’m so glad I read it.

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9 Comments

  1. All these books sound great! I’ve been meaning to check out The Little Book of Hygge for the longest time, so I think I’ll definitely be investing in this next. Can never have too many books, eh?

    I don’t know if you ever saw the BBC drama Apple Tree Yard that aired recently. That was the last book I read and at the moment I’m reading Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes, which is if Hitler didn’t die by somehow ended up in 2011 and ends up becoming famous through YouTube. Really good!

  2. 5 books are always better than none! I can imagine The Essential Pokémon Book of Joy being a “for the lulz” kind of book. Cartoons can teach us all some life lessons ;). How to Not Disappear sounds pretty interesting with a couple of different stories going on at the same time. Glad to hear that everything ended up well for the characters. Though, I would be curious about what happened to the baby. Guess I’ll have to read to find out XD.

    Glad to see that you enjoyed your books. Keep it up! I started picking up a book recently but ended up forgetting about it til now @___@.

  3. I think reading 5 books in 2 months is good progress! Even if “All I Know Now” is intended for teenagers, advice like that sounds like it’s useful for any age 🙂 That Pokemon book sounds great for fans too. I haven’t seen the series in so long, and I kind of want to get back into it.

    I heard sooo much about “The Little Book of Hygge” last year, but I’m still interested in checking it out. It’s good to have a relaxing book! The other two books you read sound good too!

    I think the only thing I’ve read this year are graphic novels and manga, haha. The most recent manga series I’m into is called Kekkaishi.

  4. How Not to Disappear sounds like it might really strike an emotional chord in some people. I like the sound of it and it definitely sounds like a unique story.

    I had the same feelings as you about Hygge. I still haven’t read the book but I still have my curiosities about it. One day; one day. You are probably rolling your eyes at me but you know how I feel! I have an invisible pile of books to read and it’s been growing ever since I sorta stopped reading. 😞

    Geek Girl sounds pretty good as well, I even like the fact that the protagonist is named Harriet – ever since I read in a book about a girl wanting a more exotic name “like Harriet”, that’s what my thoughts are on the name 😄 It definitely gets boring if you just have run-of-the-mill, predictable characters.

  5. I love posts related to books! Especially when someone’s reading taste is very different from my own. I also totally get you when you say “never-ending to-read pile”. I feel like it never grows smaller because there’s always another book to read, haha.

    This is my first time hearing about these books. How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss sounds really interesting!

    I feel like Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two of the hardest illnesses to go through, not only for the person going through them but also for the family members. It’s not fun crying but it’s awesome when a book can bring out those kinds of emotions.

  6. I would love to get a copy of each of these books, they all seem so interesting. 5 books in 2 months is actually quite a lot! For me, that is, since I’ve only read about 4 (and my goal this year is to read 100 books, haha)

  7. I’ve been wanting to read Carrie Fletcher’s books for awhile now. I find her so adorable. But all of these sound interesting. I love reading about what other people have on their read lists.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Reading five books in two months is good progress 🙂 I’ve only been re-reading books/comics the past few weeks, so I don’t really have anything new to add or blog about, haha. Re-reading things is just so much easier when so many things are going on for me.

    I’ve not heard of any of these books, so it’s good to know about these. I think The Little Book of Hygge interests me the most. I should check that one out so I can learn how to live a better and fulfilling life. I am always up for doing that for myself!

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