Dear Diary

Dear Diary: What I read in July 2016

July has been a really inspiring month for me reading wise as I listened to two audio books that really changed the way I think about a lot of things. The first is called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne which I thoroughly recommend. It’s all about the law of attraction and how what you put out in to the world is what you get back from it.

There are some parts of the concept like I didn’t necessarily agree with, especially where it basically says that you can cure incurable illnesses just with the power of thought or that major disasters in the world are caused by negative thinking but a lot of other things definitely make sense. Being more grateful for what you already have can’t really be a bad thing after all if you start a day off badly then it’s likely to go downhill from there. It’s not for every one but I found it to be very motivating especially when paired with the book I read next.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert was another game changer. She’s the author of Eat, Pray, Love which was a huge inspiration for people who needed to find themselves a few years back. This time though Liz is talking about creativity and putting yourself out there which is something I’ve always struggled with. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can think of it’s why I started blogging but I’ve never really felt as though my fiction writing was good enough to put out into the world (although I did put this online lol) – this book taught me that creating something is better than creating nothing at all. There’s a lot more too it than that but it’s difficult to put it into words. If you’re a creative person I’d recommend that you give this a go.

For something a little more light-hearted I decided to give The Humans by Matt Haig a go even though I wasn’t a fan of Reasons to stay Alive and I have to say I enjoyed this. It’s a humourous look at what it means to be human from the point of view of an alien who’s taken over someones body. It is incredibly funny yet also poignant at times so was a lot more thought-provoking that I was expecting a science fiction novel to be.

After seeing The Cursed Child play I decided to delve back in to my Harry Potter re-read and pick up with Goblet of Fire. Books four, five and six are definitely my favourites of the series and it was nice to read something so familiar with a new perspective having seen the stage version of the characters. It also got me thinking about an idea I’ve been toying with for a while about a seven book YA series of my own I just need to find the time to actually sit down and plan/write it!

Lastly this month I figured I should make some sort of progress towards that reading challenge list and finally gave the first book of the Insanity series by Cameron Jace a go to fit the book based on a fairytale criteria. This was with its main character Alice Wonder, obviously, loosely based on Alice in Wonderland and actually a far more enjoyable read than I expected. I did find it to get a little repetitive at times but it was a fun little read and I look forward to reading the sequels in future.


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