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Notes to Self by Emilie Pine
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it was amazing

I can't do justice to such a finely written book with my comparably basic grasp of English. I adore books like this; it's a raw, honest and insightful look inwards and outwards in the face of life's many knocks. And so beautifully written. Not beautiful as in beautifully crafted florid prose, but beautiful in the truth and feeling conveyed over the course of each essay, each one adding a layer to the previous ones. In some ways, this reminded me of one of my favourites books in the last decade; H is for Hawk. I think Notes To Self was extra special for me because I could relate to quite a lot of the touchpoints; I came out the other end of the rave scene in quite a fragile state and spent most of my early twenties struggling with serious mental health issues and then over a very slow period of growth, I miraculously found myself with a Master's degree, a career and a family a decade later, then I ended up looking after a parent with many health issues and family conflict, while we went through the heartache of multiple miscarriages and infertility. So quite a lot of this touched a nerve and was expressed with such stunning craft that I just wanted to open my window upstairs, like some broken adult version of the Never Ending Story and point at Notes to Self shouting THIS! THIS! This is what it's all about.
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July 18, 2018 – Shelved
July 30, 2018 – Started Reading
August 3, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Peter (new)

Peter Boyle I've read so many rave reviews for this one, John. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Merrilyn Great review John!

John Braine Merrilyn wrote: "Great review John!"

John Braine Peter wrote: "I've read so many rave reviews for this one, John. Can't wait to get my hands on it!"

Hope it isn't overhyped by the time you get to it!

Estone That's one hell of a review. Onto the list it goes. John I'm glad our paths crossed once upon a time because your book recommendations are fantastic.

John Braine Thanks E! I think we've very similar tastes.

message 7: by J (new) - rated it 4 stars

J a very good review, what a book. I also loved H is for Hawk.

John Braine J wrote: "a very good review, what a book. I also loved H is for Hawk."

Thanks :)

I'm currently reading Vesper Flights not quite H is for Hawk (what is?) but still really good.

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