Page Turners

Welcome to Page Turners, our own little book club! I love reading. There is not a lot that is better than getting lost in a good book or when you read and just absorb the information you are reading; the wide eyed fascination of something that you didn’t know!

There are some books that I read that I just love and want to tell the world about. Page Turners is a space for me to tell you about books I think you should feast your eyes upon, and for you to get involved too! Share your thoughts on the books, and maybe suggest a future read!

WHY WE SLEEP

by MATTHEW WALKER

Sometimes you get a book that you read and you bore your other half, or your friends with extracts and facts that you’ve read, that have blown you away! Why We Sleep is without a doubt one of those books. Matthew Walker is a neuroscientist and sleep expert who shares his findings on sleep. Explaining why lack of sleep can affect nearly every aspect of our very being. How sleep can pretty much change and improve your life.

I think there is content in this book that would appeal and resonate with every single person. For me reading about sleep and physical performance, injury rehabilitation, caffeine and memory was so interesting. Lack of sleep and driving, being as bad as driving whilst drunk, was shocking and thought provoking. If you read this there will be sections of the book you quote to everyone you know, trust me!

The book is pretty easy to read. There is a definite academic feel to the book (some pieces I needed to read twice, or threes times) but overall I think its a book written clearly for every reader. Sleep is essential for a healthy you. It’s a compelling and interesting read, like one reviewer said ‘it’s enough to send you to bed”

 

THE SALT PATH

by RAYNOR WINN

I enjoyed this book a lot!  An easy, uplifting read. The main and obvious reason that I think most South West Coast Path ‘locals and lovers’ would agree with; was reading about places you recognised, knew and loved; or loathed! Certainly for me, it raises a few not-so-good memories of my 2017 coast path challenge! The story is a true one of how a couple, who had been together since their teenage years dealt with adversity and major adversity at that; the loss of livelihood, home, money and the possibility of a future together.

Moth is the husband of the author, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness, along the walk his symptoms lessen and improve. It must have taken huge strength and determination to initially take on the walk, but maybe the easing of his pain shows a little of the power of nature and exercise. 

My favourite quote picked out by one of my yogis – which also touched me was this, ‘I want you to keep me in a box somewhere then when you die the kids can put you in, give us a shake and send us on our way. Together… then they can let us go on the coast, in the wind and we’ll find the horizon together!‘ Sorry, I probably should have given a mascara warning!! Poignant and beautiful.

If reading this book doesn’t make you want to walk the coast path – I will be surprised!

THE HAPPY KITCHEN – Good Mood Food

by RACHEL KELLY with ALICE MACKINTOSH

I came across this book in a magazine. The tag line caught my eye – Good Mood Food. The idea of bettering my mood by eating the right foods certainly appeals, using food for health benefits and to reduce my anxiety……yes please.

The author, Rachel Kelly is really open about her history of depression and anxiety. The book is the result of her personal experience and obviously lots of research into the health benefits of food. Along with nutritional therapist, Alice Macintosh, they have produced a book that is absorbing, educational and easy to understand. It is also full of hope.

The chapters are full of nutritional expertise, recipes, food plans and food choices to help combat low mood, to help calm a busy mind, to soothe your mind, help you sleep and to support hormone balance. Honestly so much information to help YOU. There is also a little section on mindful eating, and we all know I love anything “mindfulness”!

I’ve tried lots of the recipes, for which, by the way you don’t need fancy ingredients, just a regular supermarket shop. Feeling fragile dark chocolate brazil nut brownies are divine. Chicken pie with sweet potato topping in the chapter on comfort food is so pretty (you will see what I mean) and tasty and yes….comforting. I could go on, but I’m trying to keep the word count down!

There is nothing negative about this book, I simply love it. I think you will too.