Turtles All The Way Down | Anxiety, OCD & Book Review

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I’ve just finished another John Green book!

I didn’t read the synopsis of Turtles All the Way Down before going into it. I’ve never done this with a book before, but I quite enjoyed being blind. From the first few pages, I gathered that the main protagonist suffered from severe anxiety and OCD. Though I do not understand the conditions much, the book explained as much as I needed to know. This book brings awareness to mental health conditions without glamourising it. The story is told from the standpoint of Aza, an anxious teenager. Lots of people on social media these days talk about their ‘anxiety’. I understand that some people use the platform to express their problems, but sometimes it’s just a self-diagnosis. I think it is very offensive to claim you have a disorder when you don’t. It can often be stress: which is a daily experience for most people (sadly).

Sorry, I just went off on a tangent.

Back to the review: I think that this book is a realistic insight into the mental health issue, though I cannot say for sure. If any of you have anxiety, would you explain it similarly to this book?

The characters were all so well-written. I loved travelling down Aza’s spirals of thoughts. I’m sure that this relates to the cover, with having a downward spiral.

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You may think the title is random, but your question will be answered: why is it called Turtles All The Way Down? It was one of my questions before I even had my hands on it.

The first paragraph begins with Aza eating a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The same ‘flavour’ sandwich is introduced in the middle and the end. Isn’t that brilliant? Green certainly knows his cyclical structures. Good job.

I very happily finished this book in one sitting. I hope to read again, sometime, and discover things that I missed the first time! What about you?

Have you read any of John Green? Do you think you will read TATWD?

 

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Ukelele | Learning Something New

I just came across an old ukulele. My older brother used this for lessons when he was in Year 4 (8 years old). It has stickers on for the chords so that will help me. I’m going to tune it, learn to play it and start singing with my hand gently strumming across the four strings.

This is what summer is for: learning something new. Even though nylon strings aren’t made for vigorous practise, I’ll just have to make do.

Having a broad range of instruments that you can play is really good! I’m currently learning cello (the instrument I most passionate about) but I am teaching myself keyboard. Now we have another addition to the family,

Ukelele.

I look forward to the blood, sweat and tears you will put me through.

 

 

Crooked Kingdom | New Fantasy Obsession & Squad Goals

What a ride!

This 600 page book took me strangely fast amount of time to read. It was such a page-turning, beautiful piece of literature. The squad is my new favourite (but not beating the Harry Potter trio). The dry humour didn’t make me laugh aloud but it certainly brings a smile to my face. Do books ever put you through physical emotion? (I cried at the end of this book, it’s so heart-breaking!)

I may be all over the place in this post but I took notes whilst reading and I would like to get them all into this post!

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I should not have rushed Crooked Kingdom because it must be savoured. I look forward to re-reading this book a bit slower and appreciating the words more! The characters are so diverse and I loved getting to understand all of their languages and religions. Inej was my favourite but I loved them all very much.

Wylan interprets music like me and I found that moment was so cozy: “When his father had stopped reading to him, music had given him new stories”. If you have read this book, maybe you are also as excited as I am about Jesper and Wylan: The Cutest Couple in Ketterdam. I must say, disaster happens when you put 6 teenagers on the same mission…

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Matthias and Nina’s ‘illegal’ relationship was cleverly described by Leigh Bardugo. I became very attached to the couple and the end is heart-breaking! (obviously no spoilers though, I would love for you to experience the wild emotions for yourself)


Thank you for reading today’s post. I was 200 pages in when I started taking notes on this book. Hopefully it has improved today’s book review and many more to come! Let me know what you thought about this book review below (I’ve tried a new way of writing them).

Have you read any of Bardugo’s books? Do you like fantasy novels? Who is your favourite fantasy author?

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