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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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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Shiny library covers are the purest form of art

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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Book Reviews: The Fault In Our Stars, Blood Red Road

Hello, welcome back to my blog!

If you have been keeping up with my Goodreads, you will be aware that I have recently finished Blood Red Road and The Fault In Our Stars. Today, I would like to share with you my opinions on both of these books and why you should read them.

Blood Red Road

It took me a few chapters to really get interested in this book. The middle to the end of this book were the most exciting. The book was written in the perspective of Saba (the main protagonist). It was set in a dystopian and futuristic world where, of course, there is little education. The writer used abbreviations and misspelling of words to make the reader believe it was written, genuinely, by Saba. I thought this was a really interesting technique! However, at some points, the paragraphs did loose flow.

Yet, the story was interesting. The plot took the right amount of twists and turns to keep it interesting. I would recommend this book to any Hunger Games fans, if you are a quick reader. It isn’t my favourite book in the world. However, I am glad I read it because the characters were interesting and relatable.

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Book Review: Rooftoppers By Katherine Rundell

Before we begin, I would like to thank the person that recommended this to me. Hopefully you are still looking at my blog every now and then. I miss you so much!

With that aside, on to the book review. I love doing my bookish rambles! I find them very comforting to write, and I love when you come back to me with your opinions on the book! Today I would like to review ‘Rooftoppers’. I read this book in about three days. It certainly hooked me!

“I do, I’m afraid, understand books far more readily than I understand people. Books are easy to get along with” – Charles, Rooftoppers

In the third page, I found this quote. It is very relatable for a bookworm and introvert like me!

The overall book is an easy read, with some really beautiful ideas implemented into it. I especially love the character of Sophie, she seems very strong and capable. It reminds me a lot of Hetty Feather, if you have ever read that series. What I really love about her is the way she ignores social normalities. With it being set back a while, there is no equality in gender and women are still perceived as housewives: incapable of persuing a career.

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