Monday, 7 August 2017

Monday Shout Out - I don't need therapy, I need books

Image result for I don't need therapy I need booksIt's the second week of August already. My goodness.... How did we get here without therapy? Actually, I didn't. But it doesn't help all that much. Or at least not as much as a good book does. 

This past week I've had two books that were better for my soul and state of mind than any therapist could possibly be. I might go as far as saying it was better than chocolate. At least one was better than chocolate. 

So is life any better? No. But at least books don't fail me anymore. Yes, the sun does shine a bit brighter on my book pages this morning. So let's get reading for this week!



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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins - Nope. This was no earth shattering, skip-your-therapy-session-and-finish-the-damn-book read. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad read. Just not as strong as The Girl on the Train. But I am very excited for the movie version of this one, lots op potential for a really great movie. Follow my thoughts @ Into the Water

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult - This was my WOW book for the year. The one that make you stop and take a double take. The one that hits you full force. 

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It might just be me though. This book understood. Or the elephants did. Sometimes your grief is as big as an elephant. Sometimes the only consolation is an elephant. Gosh. I loved it. Review: Leaving Time

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - I'm not all that comfortable with audio books yet, but this was quite enjoyable. And yes, I loved to remember how it felt to be young and in love. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Oh how I love a book that is better than therapy. This is one of those. Some of the most profound, life changing quotes I've ever read. And believe me, I am a sucker for a good quote from a book. This book will stay with me forever. I hope the monster will come just after midnight. Like he should.

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I am currently listening to an audio recording of The Memory of Water by one of my all time favorite South African authors, JT Lawrence. The story is funny and easy to follow, but I do struggle a bit with the definitely-NOT-South African-accent. 

I can't just sit and listen to a book. My mind goes on adventures way beyond the listened word. So I still occupy my hands with a bit of color by numbers. See, I really don't need therapy. 



Cross my heart, hope to read

I haven't made a library card this month, I have a few left overs from previous months and I need to clear my NetGalley shelf. Let's see what's lying in wait:

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Book Club 

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Sure that is manageable for August.


Wishing you a great week with some excellent therapeutic books to occupy your mind.

Thalk to me! What book do you consider better as therapy?

Mareli 


Linking up as always with Kathryn at Bookdate for It's Monday! What are reading? Remember to add your link and to visit some other bloggers. 

  




22 comments:

  1. Eleanor and Park is one of my favourite Rowell books- and just one of my favourite books in general too!

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    1. It will have a special place in my heart as well!

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  2. I have had Eleanor and Park on my Kindle for ages! I have already read Fangirl, Landline, and Attachments...so what's the hold-up? I am not sure, but I hope to read it...sooner rather than later.

    Probably my focus on reading my newer books for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge has contributed, since that challenge does spotlight those purchased in the last year or so.

    Perhaps I should join a challenge for the older books on my TBR.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I have only read Eleanor and Park so far, but will definitely be looking for some other books by Rainbow Rowell.

      I am also considering joining a challenge or something for my TBR books!

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  3. I really should read Eleanor and Park. I have read and enjoyed others by Rowell but somehow missed this one when it came out. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. It's an easy read, but does keep your attention. Give it a try Kathy!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Love that you had some great reading. I hate it when they don't get an accent right on audio. It riles me! I'd know a Sth African accent. And they never get NZ ones either.

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    1. I am finished with the book and the story was great, but gosh - the accent irritated me. It was the first time I've listened to a South African novel on audio and it is something that I will have to keep in mind.... South Africa and NZ. NO ONE can imitate us!

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  5. Audiobooks take some getting used to. You might find that the types of audios you like are very specific genres, authors, or narrators.

    Come see what I'm reading.

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    1. I've done a number of audiobooks on Librivox. I love the readings of the classic novels. Need to get used to more contemporary yes!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Wow! That's a lot of great books you've read! I really want to read A Monster Calls since I've heard so many good things about that book!

    Here’s my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? !

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. A Monster Calls was so worth the read. The movie is excellent as well!

      Hope you had a good week so far.

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  7. Into The Water and eleanor & Park I've been curious about. I didn't love Girl on the Train so I was curious how this next book would be.

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    1. Gosh Greg, I don't know if you will enjoy Into the Water. Give it a try and then we can discuss it...

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  8. I read Eleanor and Park a while ago and LOVED it! I'm glad to hear that the audiobook was good--I may do an audio re-read of this one!

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    1. The audio was beautiful! Can definitely recommend it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. A Monster Calls is so great. Have a great week :)

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    1. It really is yes. Have you seen the movie? So worth it as well!

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  10. Glad to hear you enjoyed the ones you read. It's a wonderful feeling I know. I hope you enjoy your books this week as well. Oh yeah, great books definitely are better than chocolate (I'm a chocolate lover). ;)
    Have a wonderful week. :)

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    1. Great books AND chocolate. That has to be the perfect balance.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the upcoming weekend.

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  11. I hate when an audio book narrator doesn't get the accent right! I'm from the Southern US and it seems like everyone thinks all accents are the same when there about a million different versions depending on region and a few other things. Someone from Alabama does NOT sound like someone from Texas but pretty much everyone who is faking a Southern accent thinks they do. It drives me crazy! A good book sounds like perfect therapy right now!

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  12. Books and art. Both amazing bits of therapy for sure. A bit of chocolate on the side and a kitten to snuggle with totally complete that for me. lol ope you've found some great reads this week!

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