The Little Book Of Lykke | The Danish Search For The World’s Happiest People| Book Review

Title: The Little Book Of Lykke

Author: Meik Wiking

Publisher: Penguin Life

Number Of Pages: 288

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis 

It’s easy to see why Denmark is often called the world’s happiest country. Not only do they have equal parental leave for men and women, free higher education and trains that run on time, but they burn more candles per household than anywhere else.

So nobody knows more about happiness – what the Danes call lykke – than Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of the bestselling sensation The Little Book of Hygge . But he believes that, whilst we can certainly learn a lot from the Danes about finding fulfilment, the keys to happiness are actually buried all around the globe.

In this captivating book, he takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock the doors to inner fulfilment. From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbours and cook dinner, he gathers evidence, stories and tips from the very happiest corners of the planet. This is the ultimate guide to how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.

My Thoughts

Reading this book was really fulfilling. It’s the first non-fiction book that I’ve read cover to cover this year! I really enjoyed the casual tone and I learned so much in a short 288 pages. I know that Hygge is now a popular lifestyle throughout the world though its origin is in Scandinavia. Similar to Hygge, Lykke is the idea of happiness and finding fulfilment in the little things. This book had a constant theme that material things do not bring fulfilment and I agree! I found it almost like my old self giving me a reminder and it felt like meditation whenever I was reading it. The book was split into categories and then the final categories was a round up and I found that really helpful. I finished it this morning and now I find myself off to a good start! I would really recommend this book and though you can find most of its content online, nothing beats the contentment of reading in bed. I feel like the message comes across more prominently when reading. 

Have you read about Lykke? What are your thoughts on a Hygge lifestyle? 

I hope you all get a chance to implement Lykke into your life today,

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We Were Liars | E.Lockhart

I have not written a book review in a such a long time that it almost feels alien to me. In advance I apologise that the following review may be all over the place and make no logical sense. The reading slump I have been in was so bad that I didn’t finish a single book in October until the 7th. There we so many good books in front of me but I could focus and enjoy any of them. For that reason I have also run short of blog posts but very quickly I have managed to write a few poems! Now the reading momentum has kicked in again, I think the motivation to write again will too.

Blurb:

We are liars.

We are beautiful and privileged.

We are cracked and broken.

A tale of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which are truth?

You decide.

We Were Liars is an astonishing book full of very deep themes and dark metaphors. It completely surprised me, for when I saw reviews on bookstagram I very much expected it to be a soppy romance. I suppose that was an element, but the incredible writing overshadowed it. My favourite quote from the novel is “Silence is a protective coating over pain”. I am quite a silent person and I notice that a main reason for my silence is because so much goes on inside my brain. Sometimes this chronic overthinking becomes so painful that we can’t handle it anymore.

The family drama in this book made it stand out from the normal YA contemporary. Through the perspective of Cady we can see what a large effect strong family bonds can have on people. In this book it was hugely negative. Relationships were broken and never mended, abused and never apologised for. 

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

I have deducted one star because I think the plot too quickly jumps to the dilemma. There is no time to feel attached to the characters before disaster strikes. The character’s problems in this book are incredibly serious but I could not cry at any point because I had no time to resonate with them. On Goodreads I have rated it a 4 star but really it was only 3.5. I think that this book was amazing but something about it did not make me feel that emotional! 

An amazing feature of this book was the short stories Cady wrote. They cleverly reflected what was going on in her life but retold as a fairytale (although they weren’t that magical). A quote I can clearly remember is this: “If you want to live in a world where people are not afraid of mice, then you must give up living in palaces”. Obviously this demands context but I would not like to spoil it for you! As the book is only 225 pages long, it wouldn’t be a burden to go and read it for yourself. I 100% recommend you read it, even though it wasn’t 5/5 stars for me!

Have a great day,

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Saga Volume One | Graphic Novel Book Review

Saga is the first independent graphic novel I’ve ever read. As a young child I did read some Doctor Who comics but they were heavily based on the images we get in the TV programme. Saga is completely different and a solid five out of five stars for me!

I picked up this book because my favourite booktuber @clockwork_reads recommended it. This book really surprised me because I thought that I wouldn’t really like the graphic novel format. It was a quick read with some deep themes and emotional rollercoasters! I love how the family theme was prominent and that it was told from the perspective of the child.

I’m very impatient to read the next one because we were left on a weird cliffhanger! It wasn’t a bad ending but also not ‘happily ever after’. I think that it will be interesting the learn more about these worlds and the politics of them! For me, it had a few Star Wars vibes with the morals being similar and technology being on the same levels. I can’t say much about Saga without going into spoilers and I wouldn’t like to do that.

I’m not a big sci-fi fanatic so this really exceeded my expectations. I can’t recommend this book enough! It has some sexual themes so please be careful if that’s not your cup of tea. I hope that this series continues to be amazing because I hate to be disappointed by sequels. I’ll definitely be getting the next few soon!

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Shatter Me | Book Review ft. Unpopular Opinions

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If you loved this series then I don’t mean to offend you. I would just like to share my critical opinions on the first book, though I will give the rest a try!

I don’t know whether to hate or love Shatter Me. It was a very stereotypical dystopia and the romance wasn’t all that special. I would have loved to see the love interest being a female because that would make the pair more criminal (obviously this world has rusty opinions, especially on same-sex relationships). It followed a pretty basic plot (beginning, climax, resolution, end) and there were no plot-twists which was really disappointing. Imagine if Adam had just escaped with Juliette and then killed her or shared her secrets to the Reestablishment? I would’ve loved to see some betrayal because it would make me feel more emotions towards the book.

Mafi wanted to expose her read­ers to the mind of a girl whose san­ity is frag­ile. I think that the contents of a trou­bled mind would result in more than artistic metaphors and a crazy obsession with num­bers. Despite the fact that Juliette’s back­story is inter­est­ing, we don’t get anything interesting in her present self. I hate seeing the same cookie-cutter ‘hero­ine’ that can be seen in most YA novels. At this point, I have read so many books that my expectations keep getting higher. I am becoming more critical of what I read and, to a certain extent, it’s quite annoying. Why do I have to keep correcting or thinking about the character development and plot? Why can’t I just sit down and read a book without judging it?

I’m seeing a lot of repetition in Young Adult Literature. It’s rare that I find a unique book within all of the shelves. Exploring new genres is always fun because you can’t compare it to other books within that genre. My problem with reading Shatter Me was that I was comparing it to Delirium. I read Delirium earlier this year when I first got into reading and I really enjoyed it. 

I didn’t find the writing style annoying at all, and it showed Juliette’s development and she stopped crossing out words towards the end of the book. Although Juliette is really troubled and she shouldn’t be creating such weird metaphors, I did like them. 

If you want to read this because of it’s dystopian value, please don’t. Go and find another dystopian YA novel with better plot and characters. As I have mentioned, it’s a very stereotypical world with a dictatorship, poverty and a crumbling planet. 

This book is a full-on romance with a happily ever after. Sometimes I like a bit of soppiness but 300 pages worth is just cringe. I will give the rest of the books a chance though. Some series get better as they go on!

Do you enjoy dystopian novels? Have you read Shatter Me? 

Please share your love or hate for this series in the comments below. I would love to have a full-on discussion about it!

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You can also view the review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com

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August Reading Wrap-Up | 18 Books & One Fully Completed Reading Challenge

Thank you for being patient with me as I took a little break. It’s been a bit weird that there have been no notifications but taking a step back helped me appreciate and indulge in the summer. It’s over by the time you’re reading this and I’m over-excited for Autumn! I hope you have a good September.

How was your August?

I’ve seen these wrap-up posts all over booktube and the book blogging community and I felt very inspired to try it out for myself. I have read many books last month which makes me very excited to review them! 

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Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

The first book I read this month was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I have a whole post dedicated to this book and it disappointed me slightly. The book community can influence your expectations and this was a novel that I went into with high expectations. Being let down by a book is a horrible feeling but it’s a learning curve. I will make sure to not look at too many reviews before I read them for myself! I think I will give Rainbow Rowell a second chance though. I hear that Eleanor And Park is a good one but I’ve heard so many bad things about it as well!

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The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas 

I picked up this book from The Works for £3 (I know, an absolute bargain). Gracie from A Light In The Darkness recommended me this one and, to be honest, I didn’t know about the hype until I looked at the hashtag on Instagram. I must have been living under a rock to have not heard about THUG before. It was such an amazing novel, focusing on social and racial issues. Books like these are legendary because of how they bring light to old problems that still haven’t been tackled. I’m so glad that I purchased this one (usually I use the library) because I look forward to reading and enjoying it all over again. 

Flawed – Cecilia Ahern

Flawed also has it’s own book review so check that out because I won’t be talking in detail in this post. The synopsis gives away a lot of the plot which is a real shame. There’s not much tension building up to the climatic parts which made me rate it two stars on Goodreads. There’s nothing I completely detest about this book but I don’t love it. I’m sure some younger readers would like it, but it’s a bit boring for me!

1984 – George Orwell

This classic, as you may know, is a perfect example of dystopian fiction. I loved some of the writing but the overall plot was uninteresting. The world is very intriguing but the best part, for me, was the conclusion. Coming to the end of this book was a bit of relief but then I really enjoyed the last few pages! 

The Miller’s Tale 

If you are a bookstagram friend, you will know of my participation in Day Dream’s Readathon. It was my first ever readathon and I really enjoyed the idea of a set TBR for the month. There were only eight prompts so I read a lot of books that weren’t related to the challenge at all. Though, A Miller’s Tale was the book I submitted for the ‘short story’ prompt. It’s written by someone close to home and they are not published on Goodreads or anything like that. I think it was on sale at a church fair and it’s all about the author and her time in a miller’s life. The idea is very poetic and soft. The book also has drawings on the left-hand-side page which reminded me of reading picture books as a young child. 

Rebel Of The Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

I reread this book as part of the Day Dream’s readathon. The prompt was: “a book you’ve owned since forever” and I’ve had my copy of Rebel Of The Sands for almost three years? (or maybe two, it could be younger than I think) Books are so much better the second time around – unless they’re thrillers, of course! I loved revisiting the characters and the very unique fantasy world. When I read this book two years ago, I wasn’t as into reading as I am now. It was a lovely dose of nostalgia and for any young adults, I would definitely recommend it! The main protagonist is a strong female: a crossover of Katniss and Princess Leia who are the characters I always wanted to be like as a child.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses – Sarah J Mass

This is one of my favourite books of the year. I loved it so much and I am really glad I bought this one, instead of library lending. I look forward to reading again (if I have time) and finishing the series! I have one big review for it linked here. I would appreciate if you checked that out.

Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

Well, this one was a wild ride. And not in a good way. Though the other books in this series get better as you go along. The last one’s ending made me incredibly frustrated but that’s the magic of books!

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

I picked this one up after hearing about it somewhere on the book blogging community. I didn’t really know what to expect and wasn’t that excited about it either. I was pleasantly surprised! This one was so, so good and I’m surprised about the lack of hype surrounding it.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

I spotted this gem in the library but I sadly couldn’t find the rest of the series at that time. I enjoyed this book for the way that it integrated magic in a way that wasn’t totally unbelievable. A family friend recommends I read The Night Circus, because it has the same magical realism that I love ☺️

Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me is definitely better than the first one – though my opinions are still incredibly mixed. There’s not much complexity to the characters but the plot is getting more exciting. I’m less than 100 pages in but there’s already been a lot of drama! I want to know where this goes which, in one sense, is a good element. It’s page-turning.

The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan 

The Lost Hero is a solid 5 stars for me. I enjoyed revisiting Percy Jackson’s world – about 4 years after originally reading them. There were no flaws in the plot and the characters had not only good wit, but also complexity. By switching perspectives, the characters were developed and I love them all. As part of #daydreamsreadathon, one of the prompts was to read a book from multiple perspectives. This was my idea and I think I’ll read the whole series sometime. It’s not a priority, but something I would like to get to. With school starting a few weeks, I will have to read more complex books in my free time so these will have to wait until Christmas!

Ignite Me – Tahereh Mafi

The Shatter Me series has a very common theme. The books start off awfully but then conclude in a way that makes you so angry but also satisfied. I don’t know whether to love or hate these books. I think a good book is one than provokes strong emotion and, in this case, it’s anger. I love this book for how much I hate it (if that makes any sense?)

Restore Me – Tahereh Mafi

THE ENDING SKSKSKSKS

Girl Online – Zoe Sugg, Siobhan Curham (Ghostwriter)

I was feeling in a very cosy mood, so I read this in less then two hours straight. It was my childhood dream to be like Penny and my whole world surrounded these books a few years ago. I can now see all the problems with this book though, for an odd reason, I still enjoyed it? I think it’s partly because I do not want to admit that I’ve grown out of my ‘Zoella” phase 😆

It was after I finished this book that I hit a pretty harsh reading slump. I’ve never experienced something like it. I was demotivated to do anything so, for about 5 days, I was baking and drawing (things I don’t do often). Then came my birthday, and I had a few new books and that really helped my reading habits improve. I’m enjoying The Knife Of Never Letting Go and I’m going to read it for as long as I need and certainly not rushing.

The Knife Of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

I’m very happy to say that I did finish another book by the end of the month!

 

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I may have added extra number to the title but not added them in the post. These are books that I finished just before posting and I didn’t have enough time to review 🙂