5 Potential 5 Star Reads On My TBR #3

This is the third post of this kind here on Chrissi Reads. The original post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings .

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video!

Last time I got 3 5 stars out of my predictions! Check out my wrap up post HERE.

Here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

Notes On A Nervous Planet- Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet

I have high hopes for this book. I absolutely loved Reasons To Stay Alive. Can’t wait to read this one.

The Surface Breaks- Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks

Surely a book this pretty has to be just as good inside? Here’s hoping!

Open Your Eyes- Paula Daly

Open Your Eyes

Love Paula Daly. The Trophy Child featured on this challenge before, but it didn’t quite make 5 stars. I’ve heard great things about this one though!

The Breakdown- B.A Paris

The Breakdown

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book! Looking forward to reading it.

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In- Angelo Surmelis

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Might be a quite bold claim to think that this might get 5 stars from me considering that it is the author’s debut…but I have high hopes!

Have you read any of these books? Did you rate them 5 stars? Let me know!

 

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Ten Book Recommendations If You Want To Read Books Involving Mental Health

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s topic has been super tricky for me. I decided to put my own spin on the topic and suggest some books to read if you want to read some books involving mental health/illness. I know if elements of these books were added to each other it would make one hell of a book representing mental illness!

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1)

I love Holly Bourne’s writing. Her characters are very relatable!

The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope

I really enjoyed this book which was a memoir. I do enjoy reading memoirs of mental health because they are so raw.

Reasons to Stay Alive

Another raw and real take on mental health. I can’t wait to read Notes On A Nervous Planet from Matt too.

My Heart and Other Black Holes

Some moments in this story really hit home for me. A wonderful read.

Belzhar

This is unique! I loved reading this story.

Undone

The ending of this book blew me away!

Lighter Than My Shadow

A graphic novel that shows Katie’s journey through dealing with her eating disorder.

Perfect Escape

I loved how this book portrayed the effect OCD can have on others around those with the disorder.

Highly Illogical Behavior

I adored this book! Totally relatable characters.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Another non-fiction. For me, a book that involves mental health should have an element of realness in order to relate to it. All too often, books around mental health have an instant ‘fix’ and that’s not even a possibility… it makes my blood boil.

Please leave me a link to your Top Ten post this week. I can’t wait to see how you tackled the prompt!

 

Stacking The Shelves #195

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

Notes on a Nervous Planet

I really enjoyed Reasons To Stay Alive even though I thought it was quite raw! It was still awesome. Looking forward to this one!

Love, Life, and the List

I’m a massive fan of Kasie West and her books just scream Summer to me! 🙂

Listen to Your Heart

See? Doesn’t that cover make you think of Summer?

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!

 

Top Ten Books That I Absolutely Adore

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is a love freebie, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I decided to promote my favourite books! There are more than 10, so it took me a while to narrow them down! But here they are…

As ever, click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

This book will always be one of my favourites. It broke me! I didn’t enjoy the sequel as much which was a shame.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I first read this at school and I’ve reread it numerous times since.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Another school read that I’ve reread often!

Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca

I adore this classic ❤

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

A very special, moving book.

One- Sarah Crossan

One

I absolutely adored this book about conjoined twins.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Another heart-breaker!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Love, love, love. I am so intrigued to see what the film is like.

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

Most of Emma Carroll’s books could’ve made this list.

Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

I adore how raw this book is. A very special read.

What have you done for your Top Ten Love freebie this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

 

Talking About ‘How To Stop Time’ with Bibliobeth!

How to Stop Time

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher–the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city’s history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.

CHRISSI: We have now read a few of Matt Haig’s books. What did you make of this one compared to this others?

BETH: We certainly have. Previously I’ve read The Radleys, The Humans, Echo Boy and his amazing non fiction Reasons To Stay Alive. I think apart from the latter book I mentioned, which really effected me emotionally, How To Stop Time has to be my favourite thing he has ever written. It’s beautifully poignant, I love the characters, especially our main protagonist Tom Hazard and in almost every paragraph, there was a sentence I wanted to fix in my mind forever.

BETH: I fell in love almost immediately with the character of Tom. How well do you think he was drawn by the author?

CHRISSI: I absolutely loved the character of Tom. I think Matt Haig has done an exceptional job of writing his story and creating such an ever so lovable character. I immediately loved Tom and wanted the best for him. I thought he was such a thoughtful, insightful character who was desperate to find that love he once had, even though he’s governed by the rules by those that look out for him. Truly, Matt Haig has created a stunning character.

CHRISSI: Is Tom Hazard’s condition a blessing or a curse? Is a long life always a good life?

BETH: Great question! I think a lot of people would definitely see Tom’s condition as a blessing. He’s got to see some amazing periods of history and meet some fascinating people, William Shakespeare and Captain Cook to name a few. However, as soon as he joins the secret society for others like him, his life becomes even more restricted in a way. He can only spend eight years in a particular place, he has to carry out an assignment for the society after this time and he can never, ever get too close to people or fall in love. I don’t think long life is always a good life, especially if you’re suffering because of it.

BETH: How did Tom’s relationship with Rose suffer because of his condition?

CHRISSI: Tom’s relationship with Rose was my favourite relationship in this story. I think it suffered because Tom knew inevitably that Rose would pass on and he would have to live life without her. *sob* Tom was caught up on the romance with Rose as he wasn’t supposed to fall in love as per the rules of the Albatross Society. Rose was special to him because of their daughter.

CHRISSI: Matt Haig has said that this book was partly inspired by his own experiences of mental illness. In what way has this shaped the novel? What are the consequences for Tom of having a condition that is invisible to the outside world?

BETH: That’s very interesting and I’m such a strong advocate of speaking out about mental illness. Matt opened up and put so much personal stuff in his non-fiction book Reasons To Stay Alive that it must have been quite a difficult writing process and it was nice to see hints of mental turmoil in How To Stop Time. One of the trickiest things for our character Tom is that he is forbidden to get close enough to people to share what he is going through for fear of what people might do to him and indeed, who would ever believe him? At the same time, he has a horrendous time trying to cope, feeling completely out on his own without anyone to talk to and having to move on regularly to prevent people making comments on his lack of ageing.

BETH: The novel is set amidst multiple time periods, did you have a preference for Tom’s story in the past or the present?

CHRISSI: I don’t know what it was about it, but I preferred reading about Tom’s story in the present. I wanted to see what life was like for Tom now. I also loved him being a teacher, being a teacher myself, I always like to read about teachers. His wealth of knowledge as a history teacher must’ve been incredible! I’m envious! 😉

CHRISSI: What made this book stand out for you?

BETH: It was a lot of things I think. It was the gorgeous writing, the beautiful character development and how Matt Haig made me feel so much for Tom and for his situation. Then there’s the way it was set out as different chapters jumped around hundreds of years in Tom’s life where we get a real sense of how much he has seen and how much he has suffered.

BETH: How would you describe this book to a friend? Would you say this was a historical novel, science fiction, literary fiction or something else?

CHRISSI: Oh my goodness, that’s such a hard question because it really is a mixture of all of those things. It’s historical because of the elements of history within its pages. It’s also science fiction, again, because of some of the content. It certainly reads like literary fiction as well (and literary fiction) is not my thing. The something else? Just Matt Haig. Can he be a genre? No? Well, what I mean is that it’s just so lyrically written and so utterly quotable. It’s moving, unique and makes you think deeply about your own life. Written by a true master of his craft!

Would WE recommend it?:

BETH: Without a doubt!

CHRISSI: Without a doubt!

This Week In Books #94

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

How to Stop Time The Girlfriend Eliza and Her Monsters

NOWHow To Stop TimeMatt Haig– I’m currently 70% through this book which I’m hoping to finish tonight! I’m really enjoying it. I find Matt Haig to be such a quotable author.

THENThe Girlfriend- Michelle Frances– I loved this thriller! 🙂 I sometimes find them very same-y but this one stood out for me. Some awful characters! I mean awful as in pretty messed up…

NEXTEliza and Her MonstersFrancesca Zappia– I know this book was on my post last week, but I slipped in How To Stop Time for a review with my sister, Beth. I’m so looking forward to this one.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

Stacking The Shelves #180

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought

Sky Chasers

I love Emma Carroll’s writing, so I’m super excited to read this book. I’ll try to get to it as soon as I can. Too many books, too little time!

How to Stop Time

I do love Matt Haig’s writing. I am looking forward to reading this book for Beth and I’s feature ‘Talking About.’

Before I Let Go

I’m intrigued to see where Marieke goes with this book after thoroughly enjoying her debut, This Is Where It Ends. 

A small haul for me this week, but I’m okay with that! What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!