The really good stuff, though are books I’ve blabbed on for a while, and probably not enough. Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive. If The Humans didn’t set his brilliance in stone (and it did) then Reasons ought to with an undeniable stamp. It’s an honest, real description of depression that is essential to home, a book everybody ought to read, if not because they suffer, but for understanding that mental illness is another part of what makes humans human. Yes, we are flawed, but some are suffering with a dark descent of something quite catastrophic. Something he writes about without apology. I blazed through it in two days, could have been one but I wanted to keep it for another day. It’s a book that I don’t really have to read again, but dip in and out of, which I do. If there was one book I could recommend as essential reading, this is it. Then we’ve got Soulmates. *Long sigh*. Soulmates… utterly, utterly uh-may-zing. There is only so much space on a blog post to say how much I love this book, but the moment I finished it I wanted to read it again. I’ve told friends about it. If I could, I’d buy enough couples for all my friends to read. I’d do the same with Reasons. Soulmates is a book that probably won’t ever leave my head, and those are the best books. One day I’ll make a top 10 book list, and Soulmates has a place.
Counting a top three books so far is pretty easy because there were only three gigantic successes for me so far. Soulmates, Reasons to Stay Alive and Misery. Trigger Warning comes close, but there were a few short stories there that didn’t work for me. Compared to last year, the quality has subsided way down. But that just makes these said knockouts even more incredible. There’s nothing like reading a series of OK stories before a triumph blasts through the wall screaming ‘I’m here!’ That’s what Soulmates was like, the same goes for Reasons. Misery came after two great books, but damn Misery is excellent. Yeah, those three books are the best so far. And I remain firm in my prediction that Soulmates will be my book of the year. As far as fiction goes, that’s the benchmark. Reasons remains the best nonfiction, but I am reading Frank Turner’s tour memoirs, The Road Beneath My Feet and that’s terrific so far. We’ll see.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Unleash' by Anaal Nathrakh
- 'The Real Damage' by Frank Turner
- 'Father's Day' by Frank Turner
- 'Pass it Along' by Frank Turner
- 'Balthazar Impresario' by Frank Turner
- 'What Only You Know' by Dark Tranquillity
- 'Survive' by Rise Against
- 'People Live Here' by Rise Against