Reading is one of my favourite things to do but I still struggle to find the time to read every now & then. Sometimes life just gets ridiculously busy & reading isn't always in the fore front of my mind. But with that being said, here are four books I've managed to get through this year & really enjoyed.
“You are a badass is the self-help book for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don’t want to get busted doing it. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author & world-travelling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises & the occasional swear word, helping you to, identify & change the self-sabotaging beliefs & behaviours that stop you from getting what you want, creating a life you totally love & create it now, make some damn money already, the kind you’ve never made before. By the end of You Are A Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love & how to use The Force to kick some serious butt.”
See my full review here.
"Decline into Darkness. Gay Oakes. The True Story. For ten years Gay Oakes lived with a man who battered, abused and raped her. One night, at her wits' end, she added a quantity of prescribed drugs into his coffee. The dose killed him, and she buried his body in the back yard. For her crime she was incarcerated in Christchurch Women's Prison. Two years after her conviction, Gay Oakes has written an account of her ill-fated life. With Afterword by Judith Ablett-Kerr, QC."
Such an incredibly sad story & some parts we're really difficult to read but it opened my eyes to the world of domestic violence & how difficult it really can be for someone to leave such a tough situation.
"Each year hundreds of New Zealanders mysteriously go missing, vanishing from their homes and families, their cars and workplaces seemingly without a trace. Many will remember the publicity surrounding particular cases, but this book gives insider information into the background of all involved, the searches, suspicions, police theories, photos and other evidence. This book chronologically details 16 of the most bizarre missing person cases in this country such as the unexpected disappearance of IRD inspector Sydney Fisk from the Ureweras (1956), aspiring model Wendy Mayes from Lower Hutt (1961) and visiting American hiker Roselyn Tilbury from the Heaphy Track (1972)."
Stories like this always interest me & because these stories were based in New Zealand, it interested me even more. Bainbridge did a fantastic job of putting the chapters together while respecting the families & friends of those he talked about. I couldn't imagine how difficult it would be to never have answers after losing a loved one.
How To Be Happy Or At Least Less Sad - A Creative Workbook; Lee Crutchley
“A different kind of self-help book. This book cannot fix you & it cannot make you happy. The good news is that no other book on this planet can either, but you already know that. Because you know, deep down, that no self-help book can make you happy. Just like you know, deep down, that you can. Maybe you haven’t discovered that yet or maybe you’ve forgotten but you know more than you think about your own happiness. This creative & practical book will help you draw, write, discover & remember those things that make you feel happy . . . or at least less sad.”
I'm not going to talk to much about this book because I have a review coming shortly but it's well put together & I think it can benefit anyone going through a bit of a tough time.