October Wrap-Up

Where has this year gone? Why does my total shock at the passing of time increase with age? When will I get a job that I keep for more than a week?

I have answers to none of these questions.

I do however, have a summary of the month’s events, in book form:

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Where has this year gone? Why does my total shock at the passing of time increase with age? When will I get a job that I keep for more than a week?

I have answers to none of these questions.

I do however, have a summary of the month’s events, in book form:

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This month I reviewed:

Lair of Dreams – Libbra Bray

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Feelings: This didn’t quit live up to expectations. I think I loved the first book too much. I am hoping for more Evie in the next book.

Asking For It – Louise O’Neill

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Feelings: An important and powerful book about rape culture and sexual consent. Everybody should read this.

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

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Feelings: I loved every second of it.

Is It Just Me? – Miranda Hart

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Feelings: One of my very favourite audiobooks for insomnia.

Dracula – Bram Stoker

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Feelings: Stoker isn’t half as scared of vampires as he is female sexuality.

I also read:

Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling

Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories – Angela Carter

Currently Reading:

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Is It Just Me? Audiobook

Miranda Hart helps me to sleep. I have mentioned before that I use audiobooks as a largely-effective insomnia deterrent. I realise as I write this that it sounds like an insult to say that a book really helps me to sleep, but it is not intended that way at all. When I say that Is It Just Me? Miranda Hart’s hilarious memoir has me snoozing by 1am at the latest, I mean it as a compliment. I mean that Miranda’s funny stories soothe my anxieties enough that I am able to sleep.

Miranda Hart helps me to sleep. I have mentioned before that I use audiobooks as a largely-effective insomnia deterrent. I realise as I write this that it sounds like an insult to say that a book really helps me to sleep, but it is not intended that way at all. When I say that Is It Just Me? Miranda Hart’s hilarious memoir has me snoozing by 1am at the latest, I mean it as a compliment. I mean that Miranda’s funny stories soothe my anxieties enough that I am able to sleep.

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We’re all had cause to wonder is it just me? Life is full of inopportune moments waiting to be handled poorly: Foot in the mouth moments, toilet roll on your shoe moments, accidentally assaulting a guitar player with a wayward maraca moments (maybe not that one).

Miranda Hart navigates them with the right amount of humour and self-awareness. She embraces the silliness of it all rather than allowing herself to be defeated by embarrassment.

Throughout, Miranda also tackles the difficulties of handling the life you planned versus the life that you actually have. She does this through conversations with her eighteen-year-old self. Suffice to say the world that she inhabits now is not the one that she pictured for herself at school. Her younger self imagined an adulthood complete with husband, children and a high flying political career that had blossomed by the age of twenty-five. Instead she is single and has an amazing career in comedy, which has forged a meaningful connection between herself and thousands of people. That career had not, however, flourished by the time she turned twenty-five.

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Each chapter left me with the strong impression of a woman comfortable being exactly who she is. I loved it.