During September I read sixteen books and think I can safely say that I’ve got my reading mojo back! I read some absolutely brilliant books this month and honestly can’t pick a favourite. Here is a list of the books I read (in the order I read them), I’ve not reviewed all of these books but will link to the ones I have.
Sophie Someone by Hayley Long
Fragile and Perfectly Cracked: A Memoir of Loss and Infertility by Sophie Wyndham
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
Abroad by Katie Crouch
A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson
Somewhere in Between by Katie Li
Chronic Pain: The Mananagement Plan by Robert Lewin
Never Too Late by Amber Portwood
#PleaseRetweet by Emily Benet
Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin
Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart by Jane St. Anthony
Bulletproof by Maci Bookout
Carefully Everywhere Descending by L. B. Bedford
Bright Stars by Sophie Duffy
Breaking Away by Anna Gavalda
It’s impossible for me to pick a favourite book from this list, I was lucky enough to read so many amazing books. I think honourable mentions have to go to A Parcel for Anna Browne and Christmas at Lilac Cottage because of the wonderful, magical powers these two books have to just make your day so much brighter and sparklier! I also want to mention #PleaseRetweet because it was the first book I’ve read in a really long time that had me full on laughing out loud. And finally I have to recommend Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart because it is such a beautiful, moving look at grief and yet remains uplifting. It’s a MG/YA book but I’d recommend it to everyone, especially people who have lost a loved one.
Grief is the Thing with Feathers is the story of a grief-stricken father and his two young sons following the death of their mother. It is a deeply profound exploration of grief and one of the most beautiful and moving books I’ve read in a very long time.
The Crow enters the family’s home soon after their loss, he is drawn to the pain and despair of their grief. The crow describes himself as sentimental but actually he encompasses many personalities – he is babysitter, healer, trickster. The crow is a brilliant character because he is there to help the family through their grief but he also represents what grief is, how insidious it is and how it affects everything; how you want it to go away so you can feel better and at the same time cling to it because you don’t know what it will mean when it’s gone or how you will be without it.
This is a short novel written in part poetry, part prose; narrated by the Dad, the Boys and the Crow. They are a wonderful mix of characters and make for a novel whereby you are crying reading one page and then jolted by the humour on the next.
Compassion and beauty just radiate from this book. It is a novel to be read slowly, to be properly savoured. It is a novel to read and re-read. It is at times a challenging read but ultimately it’s a healing read, it’s completely worthwhile and I recommend it to everyone.
This book is absolutely a 10/10 star read, I’ve already pre-ordered a copy to keep in my own collection and it will be going straight on to my favourites shelf!
This book was sent to me by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Grief is the Thing with Feathers is published by Faber and Faber on 15th September.
Pre-order from Amazon here: http://amzn.to/1O5S22X