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What I've Been Reading Recently

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#Please Retweet by Emily Benet*
A romance story for internet savvy cynics. May is the person behind four problematic celebrities' Twitter accounts - the grumpy sleaze; the vacuous actress; the former Big Brother charmer; and the media shy musician. Her friends are sick of her Instagramming absolutely everything and her handsome neighbour has some serious questions about her ethics. May doesn't have time to think about any of this, though, as there's always another notification to respond to. An enjoyable read for anyone who has ever obsessed over retweets.

Holy Cow! by David Duchovny*
Elsie is just a normal cow - she hangs out in the field with her best friend, Mallory, and she's starting to take an interest in the bulls next door - until she discovers what fate has in store for her. Together she, a pig and a turkey head off on an international mission to find a country where they won't be killed. So, obviously this is a book with messages - animal rights; the environment; humans can be idiots sometimes - and there are a couple of points where those messages get a bit heavy handed but it's also laugh out loud funny; Elsie's observations of human behaviour are completely deadpan and the story itself is so absurd I chuckled so much I woke the baby.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson*
You all know Jenny Lawson, right? Her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, was a huge hit with bloggers and her second, Furiously Happy, looks set to be the same. Rightly so. I belly laughed through this. Jenny writes about her experiences of mental illness - anxiety, depression, manias, phobias - honestly and passionately whilst poking fun at herself and offering hypothetical hugs to anybody who recognises themselves in her stories. There are no "if you've ever felt/wondered..." provisos attached here; go out and buy this book.

Thirty Days of Rewilding by Lucy AitkenRead
Lucy (who blogs at Lulastic and the Hippyshake) has moved her family from a smart home in London to a yurt in New Zealand and, while she doesn't advocate that everyone takes that extreme an approach, she is passionate about getting ourselves - and, in particular, our children - outdoors. This is a collection of short essays which I breezed through in a day and I loved it. Having made a conscious decision to stay in the city with Matilda, I was a little scared it would read like a telling off (or be insanely twee) but it turned out to be inspiring. It's available for the Kindle or as a PDF - details in this blog post.

*Provided by the publisher or agent for review.

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