Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

13477676Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is a young adult novel based around the titular character of Leonard. He decides to kill his former best friend and then himself on his eighteenth birthday. This book is the story of that day.

I think I’ll always remember this novel for being present during such a tough time in my life, hence why it took me a month (!!!) to actually read it. I started it one day, and then didn’t pick it (or any book) up again until four weeks later when I was at work and thinking about how much things had changed.

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Lauren Oliver’s Requiem

Review – Requiem by Lauren Oliver

requiemThe story of Lena Holloway who was 95 days away from being cured and looking forward to it until she meets the mysterious and sweet Alex unfolds through Delirium, Pandemonium and ends in Requiem.

Requiem is the final book in the Delirium series, a trilogy about a future where love is illegal. Lena, Julian and Alex are three of a large group of Invalids, people who have not taken the cure for love and live beyond the fences of civilization.

The book is split into two perspectives: Lena and Hana, Lena’s best friend from her days as a law-abiding citizen. This can be annoying, as with Pandemonium, but it’s just something that you have to get used to. Here, it’s more fitting. As the resistance builds, it’s interesting to learn about those on both sides of the fence and particularly a character that we know of in some depth already.

Requiem could very easily have descended into a book completely about a love triangle. Fortunately, it’s not like that. I really admire the way Lauren Oliver keeps the romance subdued in this instalment. There are bigger things to deal with and I’m glad that they are the focus.

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Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Review – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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High-vis jacket, anyone?!

Who are you? What have we done to each other?

Oh gosh, this book. I’m not sure there are sufficient words to describe how fantastic it is without spoiling it.

Gone Girl is Amy and Nick Dunne’s story. On the morning of their fifth anniversary, Nick returns to the house to find the front door wide open, the iron still on and signs of a struggle. Furthermore, his wife has disappeared. However, suspicions soon turn on Nick and from here, the book is constantly full of energy and drama.

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3 things we can learn from Sherlock

Three pieces of advice we should all follow. And hey, it just so happens to coincide with one of my absolutely favorite shows, BBC’s Sherlock.

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The world wide television hit that is the BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ returned to the air this New Year, much to the relief of its fans after a painstaking wait to discover just how Sherlock faked his own death. However, aside from his amazing capacity to solve mysteries, Sherlock Holmes also has three attributes that we could all do to take inspiration from:

1) We should believe in ourselves more and more often. Sherlock has a remarkable sense of self belief that he illustrates in pretty much every episode. He only starts to run into trouble when he starts to doubt himself. Doubt impairs his work, just as it takes away from everyone’s life experience. When we believe in ourselves, we achieve much more than when we shy away from opportunity out of fear.

“I felt doubt. I’ve always been able to trust my own sense, the evidence of my own eyes…

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