When I found out Robin Williams died, I remember what I was doing. I had gotten home from my co-op job and the world got a little bit darker that day. I remember for about a week or so afterwards, I could not listen to my favourite Disney song, Friend Like Me, without shedding a few tears. I would say Robin is among those who make the list of my favourite actors. Likely in the top 3. So it would come as no surprise to you, knowing this, that I chose to read Robin by David Itzkoff, a recently published biography on Robin.
I have been a fan of Jacquelyn Middleton’s work for about a year now, which is when I read London Belongs To Me and London, Can You Wait?, thanks to the number of times I heard about them through various social media channels. I was incredibly lucky to be given a chance to read Until The Last Star Fades before its release on November 8th in exchange for an honest review here as well as on Goodreads. So, with that in mind…
I remember hearing about Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness by Susannah Cahalan a little while back but I didn’t think too much of it at the time. However, recently it came back onto my radar and I finally picked it up. For those who may not have heard of this book before, it is a memoir of one Susannah Cahalan, an American journalist, about a specific point in her life where she was hospitalized due to an unknown disease (initially). This condition turned out to be a rare autoimmune disease called anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. Brain On Fire covers this period of her life. So what did I think?
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is about a young woman, Eleanor, who struggles with social skills and lives isolated with weekends full of pizza, vodka, and phone conversations with Mummy. Of course, she soon makes a new friend in Raymond, an IT guy at her office, and then everything starts to change.
This book first came on my radar when I was subscribed to this book subscription box about a year or so ago. However, my particular subscription ended before the monthly box containing this novel was shipped, so I never got a copy then. That said, I put it on my to read list anyways because it had to be good if it were included in this book box, right? Let’s dive in and find out.
I’m not at all familiar with the work Michelle McNamara did during her life. I actually didn’t even know I’ll Be Gone In The Dark existed before one day on the news I heard about an arrest the police made regarding the Golden State Killer, which is the name Michelle gave to one of California’s most prolific and yet largely unknown serial killers. Of course, as you may have guessed or quite possibly already knew, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is about the research Michelle and others did in an effort to uncover the Golden State Killer.