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Remember This When You're Sad - Maggy Van Eijk

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Genre: Self-Help/Memoir
Release Date: 11th January 2018

Started Reading: 12/01/2018
Finished Reading: 15/01/2018

'Self-love is a term everyone throws around like it's fluffy and easy but to go through something and accept it rather than work it out on the battlefield of your body is actually one of the hardest things to do.'
The publisher kindly sent me a copy of Remember This When You're Sad to review, and I'm so glad they did. This book is hilarious, helpful, and like a nice hug all in one.

Remember This When You're Sad is part memoir, part self-help, based on the experiences of former Buzzfeed Social Media Editor and current BBC Social Media Manager Maggy Van Eijk. It focuses on her anxiety, depression, panic attacks and disassociation and how she gets through each day with them.

I really loved reading this. I never really read many self-help books before Matt Haig's Reasons To Stay Alive, but now I really love them and enjoy that they make you feel like you&…

The Radleys - Matt Haig

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Genre: Supernatural Fantasy
Release Date: 1st July 2010

Started Reading: 07/01/2018
Finished Reading: 12/01/2018

'Noise is life. Silence is death.'
Dark, weird, and with a slight sense of humour, The Radleys is a different take on vampire novels.

The Radleys are a family of vampires trying to live their lives as humans. The only thing is the two children, Rowan and Clara, don't know that they are vampires until an incident happens, turning all of their lives upside down and giving them no way back to their normal lives.

I found it funny that Haig decided that Byron was a vampire, and I loved the constant Byron references throughout the novel. My inner Byron nerd is slightly less embarrassed to openly love him.

The Radleys made me laugh because Rowan seems to be the only person bothered by finding out that he's a vampire after leading a normal life. He's the only sane character out of all of them and is a nice touch of reality to the novel.

Although I didn't enjoy it…

The Humans - Matt Haig

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Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 2nd July 2013

Started Reading: 06/01/2018
Finished Reading: 07/01/2018

'You have a lot more days to live. About twenty-four thousand more days to live, probably. That's a lot of moments. You could do many great things in that time. You could read a lot of poetry.
I'm not a sci-fi reader at all. I will go to all costs just to avoid it. But The Humans is an exception that I am glad I made. It is a heartwarming, hilarious and thought-provoking read that I am glad I picked up.

The Humans is a sci-fi/fantasy/humour/romance novel that focuses on the life of Professor Andrew Martin. The novel begins with Andrew awakening naked in an unfamiliar place. However, Andrew is not Andrew. He has been killed and his body taken over by an alien from a strange planet who has come to the earth on a mission to undo the progress the professor has made on solving the Reimann hypothesis.

Andrew is found naked and walking the streets of Cambridge, confused and not …

A Place Called Here - Cecelia Ahern

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I'm a massive fan of Cecelia Ahern and I hadn't even heard of this one until I saw it at a charity book stall at the hospital. So, for 50p, I definitely couldn't resist.

This is one of Ahern's more abstract novels, based on the idea that all lost things that people have stopped looking for end up in the same place - a little village called 'Here'.

Sandy is a private investigator who has always had to find missing things since a girl from school went missing when she was younger. She was always losing things but always made a task out of trying to find every single one, hardly ever giving up. She finds herself in a strange place, surrounded by missing people and objects, and no knowledge of how to get home.

Jack's brother is missing, and he enlists on Sandy's help to find him. Only, Sandy never shows up when they arrange to meet.

Sandy is the person to go after the missing people, so who will look for her when she goes missing?

I loved reading this and …

Turtles All The Way Down - John Green

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Over on my old blog, a couple of years ago I wrote a piece on why I thought John Green was overrated and how I didn't really like any of his books other than The Fault in Our Stars. I was so, so, so wrong.

When I heard about Turtles All The Way Down being released, I didn't know how I felt. It sounded like a book I would like, but at the same time it was by John Green and I had a strict policy to myself that I wouldn't get it until it was in paperback and in the sale.

And I kinda stuck to that. I didn't buy it for myself. I got it for Christmas because I decided that I actually quite wanted to read it and for once I could try and throw my prejudices away.

Aza and her best friend Daisy decide to try and find out where a missing billionaire has gone. This billionaire is coincidentally Aza's childhood best friend's father, and the reward for finding him is $100,000.

Aza struggles with mental health illnesses throughout the book, and the book includes narratives b…

The Hunting of The Snark - Lewis Carroll

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It's a Lewis Carroll book... illustrated by Chris Riddell. What more could I want?

Literally everyone knows how mad I go for Chris Riddell, and I can't believe I haven't found this sooner. I only found out about it when I saw some illustrations for it in Chris Riddell's Travels with my Sketchbook.

The Hunting of the Snark features Carroll's normal wit and humour and Riddell's beautiful illustrations, and it's the perfect book to snuggle up with for a quick evening read.

This is only a short review because I'm not sure on what else to say other than that. I just love it and I think it's brilliant.

Buy it in the UK here and the US here. 

Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell

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I feel like I should begin this post with an apology (not book related). Oh, the irony in me doing a post about how to survive blogmas and then disappearing off the radar. Turns out, that even though I thought I was so prepared, I hadn't done anywhere near enough to keep up with posting. I came down with a cold and then that was it. I just didn't carry on. But I'm back now.

I've been a fan of Rainbow Rowell for years and all I needed to see of this one was the glittery cover to decide that I needed this book, despite the fact that I've already read the first short story way too many times. I got this for Christmas and read it all on the 27th.

I've always loved Midnights (the first short story in this book) where it describes multiple New Year's Eve parties where Mags only just misses a kiss from the guy that she likes. It's heartwarming and a lovely little read for after Christmas.

Kindred Spirits is the short story I wanted this book for. I'm proba…