After tidying my room at the beginning of the year I realised how many books I had bought by hadn’t read yet. So I decided that I would start to tackle the pile of unread/ partially read books.
The first book I have tackled this year is Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect by Fearne Cotton. I actually started this book in January last year and for some reason I never finished it. So I thought this would make a great start to my ‘to be read’ list.
I originally bought this book as I was really wanting to get back into self care and looking after my mental health as it was something I had ignored a little bit. I had also been listening to Fearne Cotton’s ‘Happy Place’ podcast and stumbled across this book and thought I would give it ago.
Even though it took me quite a while to get through this book I did really enjoy reading it.
One of the things I particularly liked about ‘Happy’ is that the chapters are relatively short. The fact that they are short means that they are concise and to the point and as I am someone who gets easily distracted from what I am reading this made it so much easier for me to stay focused and interested in the book. I think this is one of the reasons why I found it so easy to come back to this book each time I put it down.
I also enjoyed the casual style of writing in this book and the fact the Fearne Cotton uses her own experiences throughout the book. This made it feel like I was having a conversation with an old friend. I think by having this tone the book feels comforting in a way. This coupled with the activities, recipes and lists it really feels as though the book comes to life and is a lot more engaging that the usual ‘self help’ books which almost talk at you.
The only thing that was a little bit distracting from the ‘main’ text of the book was the ‘asides’ that are included whilst I enjoyed reading these parts of the book, sometimes their placement meant I got a little bit lost with what I was reading.
Overall I did enjoy Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect. It wasn’t too mental health and self care ‘heavy’ which makes it a great book to read before bed, on your way to work. It would make a great book for someone who is ‘dipping their toes’ into the world of mindfulness techniques/ suggestions on how to manage their mental health then this would make a great starting point.
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