I’m asking you all for something. In a sentence, tell me the book you’d hand me to read right now from your shelves. And why. The why is important too.
I’m particularly excited by the idea of stories, but if you have an amazing non-fiction recommendation, that’s good too. The only thing I refuse to read ever is the My Miserable Life abuse memoir genre.
Here’s my recommendation: Michael Rosen’s Sad Book.
I love a good picture book. It’s a perfect symbiosis, words and images feeding off each other so the whole is greater than the sum of the parts (oooh, by the way, The Invention of Hugo Cabret is another jolly good book, with pictures…)
But The Sad Book is special. I swear it’s done me more good over the years than therapy, drink or drugs. It reminds me I might actually be allowed to be happy, that I am just, “Sad, not bad.”