I read a lot, be it articles, books or blog posts; it’s why I started my This week I’ve been reading posts. I love discovering new writers, re-visiting old favourites and I’m grateful to authors, bloggers, columnists, journalists and writers for putting pen to paper, so to speak, and sharing their work with the world.
To mark the new year I’m sharing 12 thought-provoking articles from 2015. These articles have all resonated with me in some way and I find myself returning to them frequently. They’ve helped me understand the world a little better. They’ve challenged my views on certain issues. They’ve helped me come to terms with things in my own life. They’ve reminded me of the importance of words and the power of telling our stories.
“MINDS ARE UNIQUE. They go wrong in unique ways. My mind went wrong in a slightly different way to how other minds go wrong. Our experience overlaps with other people’s, but it is never exactly the same experience.”
I first came across Matt Haig on Twitter via some articles he wrote about living with depression, I then read The Humans and loved it and was looking forward to reading Reasons to Stay Alive.
Reasons to Stay Alive is part memoir, part self-help book with some analysis of depression, suicide statistics and the science behind medication thrown in. This genre hopping sometimes works, at other times it doesn’t.
Emily Keating should probably spend more time doing her homework, but instead she is busy trying to figure out her place in the world. Something that isn’t easy for a 17 year-old, especially when you’re trying to help your friends.
Vanessa Lafaye’s debut novel, Summertime (published as Under a Dark Summer Sky in some countries) is a fictionalised story set against the backdrop of real events. Namely, the 1935 Labour Day Hurricane that devastated some of the Florida Keys.
Heron Key (a place of the author’s own invention) is a small, segregated community where lynchings are common place. It is a town affected by the Depression and the remains of World War One. There are deeply held resentments between those who left to fight the war and those who stayed behind.
It’s time for a round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.
I listened to the interviews with Louis La Roc, about the book he has ghostwritten “NUMB: Diary of a War Correspondent”, on Moncrieff and The John Murray Show in disbelief. This Irish Times podcast, with all the questions it raises, is a must listen; War story + the absence of female literary critics –
What are humans? What is the human condition? These questions are at the heart of Matt Haig’s wonderful novel The Humans and how better to explore the answers than through the eyes of an alien.
The alien is sent to earth to inhabit the body of Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University. He has a mission to complete. A mission that may not be as easy it sounds because the business of having to be a human keeps getting in the way.