100 Days of Self Discovery Day Nine – How Do You Like to Relax?

Wine. Lots and lots of wine.

I’m joking. I don’t really drink that much anymore. Too many empty calories.

I relax by getting in some comfy, fluffy pyjamas, watching a good film or TV series that I enjoy. I like to lose myself in a book; that always makes me feel better.

Having something special for tea helps as well. You know when you’re having something you really enjoy, you’re in your comfy clothes, there’s something good on TV and, you can just let your hair down? That’s such a great feeling.

If I’m really struggling, an early night will help me to relax. You can’t beat the feeling of getting into a nice warm bed and, getting cosy for the night.

A good hug can also help me relax. Sometimes you just need to be held.


100 Days of Self Discovery Day Six – What is Your Favourite Book?

Finally a topic I can talk about!

I love books. I love the smell of them, the feel of them in my hands, the sense of anticipation when you’re waiting for the next book in a series to come out.

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember and, I truly hope that I never lose this passion. Books were my friends when I felt lonely. When I felt that I had nobody to turn to, I had my books. I found comfort in them and, guidance when I needed some.

I can’t pick one favourite book. That would be impossible for me. Instead I have chosen a few of my favourite books that I have read over the last year or so.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeymoon

Eleanor Oliphant is a loner who likes to stick to her routine. That is until she sees a front man at a charity gig and, decides that this is the man she should be with.

We watch Eleanor try to improve the way she looks (including go for a hollywood wax!) and, begin to socialise more with those around her.

There is a sadness to Eleanor though and, as the story develops we find out what really happened to Eleanor as a child.

This was honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I couldn’t put it down and, I wish I had read it sooner. I also wish that I hadn’t read it yet, just so I could experience it again.

Simon VS the Homosapien Agenda – Becky Alpertalli

Simon is gay. Only no one else knows. Apart from Blue, his email penfriend.

At least no one knew, until the emails were spread around school.

I only read this book because I’d seen the adverts for the film (I still watched the film though), but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s aimed at young adults so it’s an easy read and, I finished it in less than a day.

I wish this book had been around when I was at school because I think it has some important lessons about tolerance and, the awkward stages that all teenagers go through.

Room – Emma Donoghue

This is the story of a woman who was kidnapped and held hostage in a room, where she gives birth to a child called Jack.

The story is told from Jack’s perspective and, honestly it was enthralling. I genuinely could not put it down. I needed to know what happened.

I loved that it was told from Jack’s perspective, but as an adult it was also so frustrating because you can see it from his mum’s point of view as to why she is doing certain things, but Jack can’t see that.

I would love it if the author wrote a book from the mum’s point of view to go along with this one – a bit like Harold Fry and Queenie Hennessy.

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

I finished this book seven months ago and, I still can’t stop thinking about it.

Mia is a single mother who moves from town to town just trying to making a living and provide for her daughter. They move to Shaker Heights and rent a property from the Richardson’s. Soon Mia then takes a housekeeper position with the family as well.

Mia doesn’t talk about her past, she is secretive and, not all what she seems.

When a close family friend of the Richardson’s want try to adopt a Chinese baby, Mia and Mrs Richardson end up on opposing sides.

This novel will make you think about right and wrong. It will make you think about nature versus nurture. I don’t think that there is a right or wrong answer with this story. Everybody will have their own opinion on who the child should grow up with.

I still keep thinking about it now and, I can’t decide what the correct answer is.

That’s four of my favourite books from 2018. I could easily write thousands of words on all the books I read last year and, why I loved them so much though.