Currently Reading – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou, is a gorgeous book. I’m only halfway through it at the moment but I thought I’d write a short post in the week and this one is about what I am currently reading.
It’s the story of her early childhood and the hardships she faced (which were numerous) and she is an incredible (phenomenal) woman – yes I am a fan of her poetry.
She’s currently my favourite poet at the moment as her writing style is similar to how I personally write and I love to read poems that read as free verse but do have a slight rhyme and rhythm that is almost invisible. Her biography is written as elegantly as her poetry and I simply cannot wait to read on in this novel.

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Walking in Sunshine

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It’s spring! Finally. Every year it gets to this moment and I feel like an eternity is over. Today I went on a dog walk and took a few photos because it was gorgeous and the sun was out. I love the sun. Like, love it. There’s still a chill in the air, but it’s getting warmer, meaning that soon it’ll be vest tops and dresses and sandals (my favourite pair of shoes is a pair of heeled sandals). Daffodils are coming out and they’re so beautiful – they always cheer me up because they make me think of warmth and spring and summer.

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The scenery of the walk was gorgeous as well. I’ve walked it several times before, but in the sun it just looked so gorgeous and I loved it. I can’t wait for the summer now. I really cannot wait. This is not a long post this week, because I’ve been planning several others and taking photographs etc. I just wanted to share some of these photos and my enthusiasm for the coming months. Even my stress levels decrease when the sun’s out. AS level exams? Bring them on.

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Spring is such a happy season because it promises warmth and sunlight to come. That’s how I see it anyway. It doesn’t seem like long ago since I wrote my Autumn post… And yet it does. I just want spring to stay forever with it’s new life and beauty. One can dream!

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The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

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Genre: Contemporary, Mental Illness, Alternative.

Target age: Adult.

First Published: May 9th 2013 by HarperCollins

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‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’
There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.
There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.
There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.
The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.
The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

This was a different book for me; normally I enjoy the simpler, less gritty novels. However something about this grabbed my attention and I picked it up. I read it on holiday and I think because I was relaxed it helped as it could be a hard-going novel if you’re stressed. On the other hand, I thought the storyline, although simple, had its fair share of plot twists to keep it interesting, though it was the alternative narration style that I particularly liked. It is completely different to any other book that I have read, which is why I took to it – I like alternative, experimental styles of writing. Also, it enabled me to understand the reader’s location as he didn’t give a huge amount of information and thus this means I could understand the narrator’s emotion. This book was hard-hitting, but it helped me understand and emphasise with those who suffer from mental conditions, as it is written in first person narrative and it taught me a lot about what it is like to live with mental health issues. The narrator is an interesting character and I felt as though I got to know him extremely well, which is something I particularly enjoyed, as I feel that if you can get to know a character really well, then the book is so much more readable – and enjoyable too! I’ve already recommended this book to someone who I know enjoys reads that are slightly alternative to your average novel and I would be sure to do so again, as this really was a great book.

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