Weekend Reading // A Few Books I've Read Recently

Sunday, 26 July 2015

3 books I've read recently and what I 
thought of them ..........

book review

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: The first book was quite different from anything I had read before. I've never read a fiction book about mental health before but when I saw this in my local book shop it immediately caught my attention. I myself have anxiety and I know a few people with depression so mental health is very close to my heart and I was hoping that this book would represent it well and I felt that it did. It's about a boy and a girl, Finch and Violet, who meet on the ledge of the bell tower of school who end up saving each other (violet saves Finch in a less obvious way). The two are very different from each other but they end up falling in love after a school project brought them together.

Whilst I was reading some reviews on Good Reads I noticed that a few people were complaining that the ending didn't have a hopeful message. I personally disagree with those reviews as unfortunately in life suicide does occur and it affects families all over the world. I think if you want to read something with a happier ending then the below book is for you but for me, I felt that this book raised awareness and really gave me an insight to depression. It was a very good read with love, laughter and sadness all rolled into one. I also loved Jennifer Niven's writing style and I would definitely read more of her books in the future!

My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga: This next book is very similar to the story of 'All The Bright Places' but this ending has a more hopeful one. What I love most about this book is that it raises awareness about depression and suicide but it shows people that there's hope. I feel like this book has a better message than the previous one but in terms of storylines, I think I enjoyed ATBP that bit better. The story of this one was about a young girl called Aysel who sets up an account to a website called 'Suicide Partners'. It's through that website she meets a boy, Roman, who is also looking to commit suicide. The two then meet and make a suicide pact- their friendship develops as they plan their deaths but will they go through with it or can they save each other? That's the question! To be honest the ending was pretty obvious throughout the whole book but that didn't really bother me too much. It was still a beautiful story with a very positive message of hope. Sorry this book wasn't pictured but I borrowed it from the library and forgot to photograph before it was due back. Oops ;-)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: This last book is a bit more light-hearted than the other two. It is your typical young adult romance novel but the storyline wasn't just about their romance - there was also a presence of domestic violence and a bit of racism as the book is set in the '80s. There was a huge contrast between Eleanor and Park's home life. Park had a nice loving family while Eleanor lived in a house of tension and walking on eggshells as her stepdad was an angry, volatile man. I thought the author did a fantastic job of creating an intense atmosphere like that. Another thing I loved about this book is how she developed their relationship - they took things very slow and I also loved how she created the awkwardness and embarrassment of a first relationship. It was refreshing to read about what a first relationship is actually like. There was also lots of music references so if music is your thing then this would definitely be your cup of tea.  

I had tried to read FanGirl which is also by Rainbow Rowell before but I couldn't finish it as I found it extremely boring. I wasn't planning on reading this as I hated her other book but I was actually quite surprised. I'm not sure how I feel about her as an author but maybe it was just one bad book - authors can't write amazing books all the time I guess! I even hated one of John Green's books :-/

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed each of these books and I would highly recommend reading them! 

P.S. Did you catch my last 'weekend reading' post?

What books have you read recently?

Cliona xx


  1. This makes me want to read All The Bright Places even more! I already have it on my e-book, but firstly need to finish the book I'm currently reading :) x

    1. Ahh it's incredible! You should definitely give it a read! What book are you currently reading? Thanks a mil for taking the time to comment xx

  2. Youtuber Zoella reviewed "All the bright places" recently I think and I have been loving it since then, Wanna read it, Eleanor and Park is an amazing read! ♥
    Your photography is beautiful. It has changed a lot from last time I was in you blog. But then again, it was months ago. Good good Cliona!

    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Scribbles

    1. It's a great book! I loved it! Thanks so much for visiting again! Yeah, a lot has changed around here! I'm so glad you like it :-) xx


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