Hey Spookies! I've got so many books I want to read, and I've decided to spend more time with my nose in a book than mindlessly scrolling through Twitter. Now that I'm between jobs, I have a bit more time to spend reading too. Here are the books at the top of my pile for 2018.
Little Book of Lykke* - Meik Wiking | This was in my goodybag at #CarnLIVal, and whether deliberate or a happy coincidence, this book found me at a time when I was struggling and needed it most. On the night I brought it home, I opened it to discover that the opening line was one of my favourite quotes of all time, and promptly had a good cry. I'm very much looking forward to learning from this book in 2018, and finding my happiness again.
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death - Caitlin Doughty | It's no secret that I love the death positivity movement. Doughty's first book absolutely enchanted me, and I read it in every spare moment I had. From Here to Eternity... details Doughty's travels around the world to learn more about the varied and beautiful death rituals we participate in across cultures. I know I'll love this one as much as her first.
I'm Fine... And Other Lies - Whitney Cummings | Okay, I'm cheating a bit here. I've already checked this one off - finishing the last 6 pages in the early hours of 1st January after partying my way into the new year. Part self-help book, part memoir, this book was given to me for Christmas as a sort-of 'guide to being crazy', and it really did help. Cummings details her mental struggles with a perfect blend of funny and poignant anecdotes, and her blunt honesty in the face of her mental health struggles is so refreshing. I would 10/10 reccommend this book to anyone struggling - even if her advice isn't for you, it'll make you feel less alone.
Poems Bewitched and Haunted - ed. John Hollander | Freddie kindly put this in my stocking after me mentioning it absolutely months ago and I am so glad he remembered! This is a handy, adorable little book filled with exactly what it says on the can, and from a first glance, the poems chosen are a beautiful selection. I think I'll keep this one in my bag to dip into when I need a distraction.
Beyond the Dark Veil : Postmortem & Mourning Photography from the Thanatos Archive - Jack Mord | Some girls get Pandora charms or Yankee Candles from their beau. I get a book of post-mortem photography. And I couldn't be happier. This book features over 180 images from The Thanatos Archive, complemented by academic writings about post-mortem photography's place in culture from 1840 - present day. I've already begun reading and I am transfixed. Once I'm done I'll definitely check out the references too. This book is engaging, challenging, and fascinating, and I'm looking forward to learning from it.
What books have you got waiting for you this year? Any reccommendations?
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