As I fall behind on my 2018 reading challenge more and more as the seconds tick by (Goodreads is yelling me that I’m two books behind schedule- ouch), I am ignoring my current read to write about three other books I’ve already read. Three small books, to be precise. The kind of books I need to be reading to allow me to catch up with Goodreads’ militant reminders. Despite being quick-to-read books, these three books are ones that have resisted being pushed out by the big boys. So if you’re looking for some short reads to boost your reading challenge, these ones might be for you.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I don’t need any kind of excuse to bring up this little book. Reasons to Stay Alive takes Haig’s personal struggle with depression and forms a hopeful, reassuring and heart-felt book that provides support for others battling mental health problems. Reasons to Stay Alive is a must-read for those with and without depression. Gift it, lend it, borrow it or buy it. Make sure you and as many of your friends and family as possible read this book.
All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
This tiny book was very popular a few years ago. All of Tom’s friends are superheroes; even his wife who was hypnotised at their wedding to believe that Tom is invisible. His wife, the Perfectionist is heartbroken, believing Tom has abandoned her. She’s ready to leave the heartbreak behind forever while Tom does everything to prove he’s right by her side. Kaufman has created one of the most charming tales bookshops’ bookshelves have ever seen.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl is the new girl at school. Leo thinks she’s amazing. Stargirl is a symbol of being different; she’s even managed to escape criticism from the other schoolkids, despite being quintessentially quirky. As a McFly fan I was bound to adore any book named “Stargirl,” but what stayed with me all these years was how influential Stargirl was in her school. And she was so because she was different to everyone else. It’s the kind of book I wish I read when I was much younger but it, all the same, left a lasting effect.
What little books will always sit on the bookshelf in your heart?