2 mini book reviews

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

I’m slowly getting back into writing blog posts and since I love talking about books I thought it’d be good to start regularly posting (hopefully) with a post like this one. These are two of the three books I had on my May TBR. I was busy with exams so I couldn’t read my whole TBR but at least I read these two, and they did not disappoint.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I usually don’t read historical fictions but I’m glad I had to read this book for uni. This is a novel that focuses on the lives of black maids living in Mississipi in the 1960s. The story is written using the perspective of two black maids and one white female writer. What I liked most about the book is that I felt all the emotions. I think what really hit me is when the maids, Aibileen and Minny, talked about what it was like to work for those rich families. They were treated so badly and I just felt awful. They both wanted things to change and so did I.

Apart from Aibileen and Minny, Miss Skeeter is the other important character in this book. She’s a young white woman that comes from a rich family who used to have a maid and wants to help the maids. She uses her writing to do that. Nobody believes she can have a career as a writer and she’s faced with many obstacles but she doesn’t give up. She keeps going and she keeps fighting.

I highly recommend this book. The themes it deals with (equality, freedom, racism, respect...) are very well developed and the storyline is great as well. The film adaptation is SO GOOD too and the cast is 10/10.

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, "Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”

“Don’t waste your time on the obvious things. Write about what disturbs you, particularly I fit bothers no one else.”

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Now, this was an interesting read. The author talks about how living with a mental illness is really like but not in the way you’d expect. It’s written in a very humoristic but also very real way. It made me feel less alone and understood. I think I can’t really describe this book. You just have to read it. Especially if you struggle with a mental illness, you’ll see things in a different way and it’s also a very reassuring book. It’s okay to feel the way you feel and it’s okay that your brain doesn’t work like other people’s brains. I’m not gonna lie, I did skim through some paragraphs because they weren’t interesting to me but the book is worth the read. It’s funny and real and it makes you feel better. I highlighted so many parts of this book (it was an e-book, I harmed no book) so it was hard to only choose some to share with you. Here are a few of my favourites:

“that’s what FURIOUSLY HAPPY is all about. It’s about taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what makes us who we are, and they’re the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence.”

“I hope one day to be better, and I’m pretty sure I will be. I hope one day I live in a world where the personal fight for mental stability is viewed with pride and public cheers instead of shame. I hope it for you too.”

“I remind myself that I’m not fighting against me... I’m fighting against a chemical imbalance.”

“And some of us just carry around our tiny demon as he wreaks havoc in our mind, tearing open old dusty trunks  of bad memories and leaving the remnants spread everywhere.”

Have you read these books? What books did you read in May-June?

Anna x

4 comments

  1. I loved "The Help", read it long time ago :') Great reviews here, Anna x

    Hannah | Stories Of A Telescope

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  2. I haven't read either of these books, but I've heard a lot of positive things about The Help. I must add it to my to-read list. x

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    1. Do it!! Hope you like the book if you decide to read it!
      Anna x

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