Good Books: In April I read…Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Good Books: In April I read...Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Those lovely people who frequently visit my blog may remember that back in January I set myself a target of reading at least one book a month.  Those same – but small – group of people will probably notice that last month I did not for fill my promise of reviewing said book on this here blog. The simple reason for my distinct lack of book related blog post’s is because of one reason and one reason only. I did not bother to read the book, not even the blurb! I could make up some shitty excuse to justify my failings – like it was my first month back at work – but I won’t pardon my behavior. Instead I’ll just do what I do best. Pretend it didn’t happen and hope nobody notices! 

So forgetting about March’s mishap I decided to make a start on a book which has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time – Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon. I’m not entirely sure where I first read about it but I have a sneaking suspicion it was on someone’s blog. Not to mention that it kept popping up all over my Insta. When I book comes highly recommended by a shit ton of people I just know I’ve got to give it a try!

What’s it all about?

Bryony Gordon is a columnist for the Telegraph, a successful author, a wife, a mother and a woman who is brave enough to bring mental health issues into the public eye. Mad Girl is a memoir about her struggles with OCD, her dependency to drugs, battling eating disorders and coping with depression. Whilst been completely honest and candid, Bryony successfully adds a splash of humor to a challenging aspect of her life. A book which will have you laughing and crying but most definitely hooked.

 Why this Book?

Having had my own struggles with mental health it’s something which I’m really passionate about. It’s so important that we banish the stigma which has overshadowed a serious illness for way too long. With so many brave individuals openly discussing their demons, mental health is no longer a taboo topic. It’s becoming less normal to hide away. I knew after reading the blurb alone that this book would resonate with me for a very long time. I knew I would find it easy to compare my own troubles to that experienced by Bryony and that I would find some solace in knowing that it isn’t just  me that has these crazy thoughts.  

What’s my Verdict?

This book lived up to every expectation and then some. While delving into the dark depths of depression, Bryony makes it OK to laugh in the face of depression. We all know that OCD is no laughing matter but give it the face of Jareth the Goblin King and watch the giggles appear. She tackles a very serious topic in a way which I found inspiring. If there’s one person who makes you want to discuss mental health then it’s Bryony Gordon. At so many points throughout reading her book I felt right there with her. Like she was almost writing her words for me, about me. Whether you’re fighting your own battles or know someone close to you who is,  I urge you to read this book. It’s an invaluable insight into mental health that is sure to get people talking.

You can purchase Mad Girl at all leading bookstores including Waterstones. Make sure you have a listen to Bryony’s podcast Mad World and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and Twitter!

Good Books: In April I read...Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

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27 Comments

  1. May 10, 2017 / 9:05 am

    I like your ‘pretend it didn’t happen’ strategy. I use that one a lot myself lol.
    This sounds like an interesting, thought-provoking book. Great review.
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  2. May 10, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Looks like this is a great book. Its the next read for my book club so I was interested to read your review. Im looking forward to reading it!
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  3. May 11, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    I have set myself a challenge of two a month this year- I’m still finishing last months second book- although in my defence I’m finding it hard together on with lol.
    I LOVED this book- read it a few months ago.
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  4. May 11, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I just wrote my meet other mums blog squad post talking about mental health as its mental health awareness week – this book sounds like a really refreshing read and one to add to my ever growing list! Pinned!
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  5. May 12, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Oh how funny, because I set myself the same reading goal back in January and also had this one on the list! I read it a couple of months ago and loved the way Bryony made such an important topic so full of humour but highlighting the dark side too. I’m off to have a look at your list of books now! #CoolMumClub

  6. May 13, 2017 / 9:22 am

    This sounds like a great read. Very fitting as it’s been mental health awareness week! X
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  7. May 13, 2017 / 11:13 am

    This one must have passed me by as this is the first I’ve heard of it, but it sounds great. I’ve not managed to read much at all over the past few years, but I’m hoping that I might have a few chances coming up to get stuck into it again – fingers crossed! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  8. May 13, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    This book keeps popping up all over lately! It sounds like a really honest account of Bryony’s struggles. It one of those I feel I should read but being that my current TBR list stands at well over a 100 books I have no idea when I will actually get around to it!
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  9. May 13, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    How funny, I also set myself a target of reading one book a month this year. I also read Mad Girl by Bryony gordon. I thought is was a really good book and very easy to read. Have you been listening to her Podcast – Mad World. It is definitely worth a listen. She interviews people with mental health issues. She’s made me cry a few times. Pen xx
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  10. Kimberley | Oh Just My Little Blog
    May 14, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I’ll look out for this at the library, sounds like a good read (I’m not letting myself buy any new books at the moment as we’re moving house soon!)
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  11. May 14, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I’m literally heading straight over to amazon to buy this. I can’t wait to get reading! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx
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  12. May 15, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Great review! This definitely sounds like something I would read, I love that it’s helping raise awareness about mental health. This is a topic that needs to be spoken about more, as you know I’m quite passionate about this. ; ) Thanks so much for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

  13. May 16, 2017 / 10:00 am

    I love to read and I read every night before bed. I love recommendations and have a list on my phone whenever I come across a good book to read. This sounds like a book I would enjoy, I too have battled with mental health and I haven’t really read any books like this on it. I’m adding it to my list. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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  14. May 17, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    I so need to make actual time for reading again as I miss it so much x
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  15. May 17, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    How have I not hear of this book? I need to read it..like, right now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, I’m off to Waterston especially!xx #BlogCrush

  16. May 20, 2017 / 8:44 am

    I wish I could read a book a month! I fall asleep everytime I try! I’m glad I read this, I might send the link to a friend who is suffering with some of the things in the book. Thanks for linking to #KCACOLS

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