Book Review: Quiet by Fearne Cotton

What’s it about?

From Sunday Times bestselling author Fearne Cotton, this is the handbook for modern life we all need. Including expert advice, ideas to put into practice, adventures to complete and interviews with everyone from Bryony Gordon to Billie Piper, Quiet seeks out ways to help you tune out the negative backchat that holds you back, so you can hear the positives that will guide you forwards . . .


My thoughts

After having a particularly stressful week and my brain going into overdrive with constant negative thoughts (I won’t go into the why’s) I found myself going out for some well-needed fresh air and ended up in my local supermarket where I came across this book.  It was a tenner for a paperback which I thought a bit excessive so I got a copy from the library instead.

This was my first experience of a self-help book and as I took it out of the library I raised my eyebrows and rolled my eyes, really not knowing what to expect or that it would possibly help.

I liked that it was written in a very chatty way, just like Fearne was in the room having a chat with you, so it didn’t feel like being lectured. I also found it refreshing to hear that a celebrity you might think has a cushy lifestyle still has the same negative brain “Chatter”!

There are activities scattered throughout the book but I didn’t do these (it’s a library copy, remember) to help you understand where your own negativity is coming from.  I know where my current issues breed from and I didn’t feel like I needed these, perhaps a few steps too far for me but I can see their value and how they could be helpful.

I found the chapter on sleep and dreams particularly interesting as getting to sleep and making my brain switch off is something I often suffer from in times of stress or high emotion.

Overall, the book has a restful “Quiet” colour palette together with cute illustrations.  It remains to be seen if what I’ve read will stay with me going forward but here’s hoping!

Book Review: 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman

59 SecondsWhat’s it about? 2012 WBN LogoBBC 2014

Most people would like to be more creative, more persuasive and more attractive. For years, gurus and ‘life coaches’ have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave, but scientific research has revealed that many of their techniques, from group brainstorming to visualization, are ineffective.

Fortunately, psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast-acting, myth-busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems. From job-hunting to relationships, and from parenting to self-esteem, personal and professional success may be less than a minute away . . .

My thoughts

Finally, I’ve made it to book 20 of 2o in my World Book Night reading challenge – yay!

This was the first self help book I’d ever read and something a little bit different for the blog being a non-fiction.

Basically this is a collection of studies into what makes us happy and what can make us happier and gives the reader tips and exercises to help you change or improve particular areas of your life such as: jobs, relationships and parenting.

I found the chapter on Persuasion and the section on giving the perfect interview particularly helpful as I’m looking for a new job and always let myself down in interviews and there’s some really useful tips in here that I’m prepared to try.

I don’t know much about this stuff, the psychology or whether it actually works for people who need it but it’s an interesting read but not something I’d ever consider reading out of choice. I gave this book 3/5 on Goodreads as I didn’t feel I was in a position to judge whether it is a good book or not. I don’t feel I’m any happier because of reading it (I don’t think…but hey maybe subconsciously I am!) so felt that an average rating was best.

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