Notes on a Nervous Planet, by Matt Haig:
The minute I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. Matt Haig captures the stress society endures flawlessly, which makes the book very relatable. Matt shares his personal struggles with anxiety and depression, and how modern society can exacerbate this. He also discusses social media, and how society is more connected, yet ironically feelings of loneliness are on the rise. This is a must read, and makes you re-evaluate your everyday life in the 21st century.
“It is all right to want something – fame, the semblance of youth, 10,000 likes, hard abs, doughnuts – but wanting is also lacking. That is what ‘want’ means. So we have to be careful of our wants and watch they don’t cause too many holes inside us, otherwise happiness will drip through us like water through a leaky bucket. The moment we want is the moment we are dissatisfied. The more we want, the more we will drip ourselves away”. Page 230.
The Secret Barrister:
The Secret Barrister was the Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 24 consecutive weeks, and the subject of a high-profile crowdfunding campaign which saw a copy given to every MP. This book is vividly written by an anonymous author, who reveals the startling truth regarding the criminal legal system in England and Wales. It overall provides a first-hand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system, and a guide to how we got into this mess, and why it is so important to raise awareness of the current system. The writer has a witty sense of humour, which is exhibited throughout the book. I personally found this to be a challenging read, due to the fragmented criminal legal system in England and Wales being exposed. I would highly recommend this book, predominately to those who have an interest in the legal or political sector.
“I really can see why our criminal justice system, as curiously evolved a mongrel of a system as one might hope to find- one which, even the official website of the English and Welsh Judiciary admits, is “contradictory’, ‘confusing’, and which ‘it is doubtful’… anyone asked to design a justice system would choose to copy – is still widely regarded as one of the best in the world. When it works, I would tend to agree.” Page 46.
Good Vibes, Good Life, by Vex King:
This book explores the relationship we have with ourselves, and teaches us how to truly love ourselves. The main topics Vex analyses, includes: prioritizing our well-being, introducing positive lifestyle habits, practising mindfulness and mediation, inviting positive opportunities into our life’s, manifesting our goals, overcoming fear, how to flow with the universe and explores our life purpose. This is an easy read, and will motivate you to make several positive changes within your life. This book has several meaningful quotes, here are some of my favourites:
“It’s not selfish or a sign of weakness to distance yourself or walk away from those who constantly bring down your vibe. Life is about balance. It’s about spreading kindness, but it’s also about not letting anyone take that kindness away from you.” Page 77
“Simplify your circle of friends. Keep those who add value to your life; remove those who don’t. Less is always more when your less means more.” Page 93
“You won’t be important to other people all the time, and that’s why you have to be important to yourself. Learn to enjoy your own company. Take care of yourself. Encourage positive self-talk – and become your own support system. Your needs matter, so start meeting them yourself. Don’t rely on others.” Page 127
“The size of your jeans doesn’t define you. The colour and shade of your skin doesn’t define you. The number on the scales doesn’t define you. Those marks on your face don’t define you. Those expectations don’t define you. Those opinions don’t define you.” Page 135
“Money is merely energy- neither good nor bad, and unlimited in our infinitely abundant Universe. Make money to assist you, not to complete you.” Page 257
An Orphan’s Courage, by Cathy Sharp:
This book explores the heartache and hardship that was endured in London’s East End. Two orphans who are brother and sister are brought to St Saviours children home. Which provided a safe refuge for local children in East London. The book shares the story of the two siblings, throughout their time at the children’s home and also previously in their harrowing home life. You won’t be able to put this book down, which has bitter-sweet moments throughout.