What does it mean to feel truly alive?
Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
- Full synopsis here.
A monthly meme hosted by Annabel (see her chain here) and Emma in which readers are invited to link six books according to whatever connections come to mind. Reasons To Stay Alive is not a book (or author for that matter) that I'm familiar with and I could tell from the off that I was going to struggle but after some thought the following came to mind ....
#1 LIFE IN REWIND. A true story of a young man overcoming an all-consuming illness. Ever since the death of his beloved mother Ed had suffered with a debilitating form of OCD that, imprisoned in his basement, almost destroyed him until he found the strength within him to fight back.
#2 ROOM. Imprisoned in a 11 foot by 11 foot room with his beloved mother, five year old Jack believes only himself, his ma and the things in 'Room' are real until one day ....
#3 THE DRAGON OF THE MONTH CLUB. What happens when two friends, Ayana and Tyler, find themselves, the members of the exclusive Dragon Of The Month Club, unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered across Tyler's messy bedroom.
#4 THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB. Hand-picked by Jocelyn, in California's Sacramento Valley six people meet once a month to discuss Jane Austen's novels.
#5 FOLLIES PAST: A PREQUEL TO PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Beginning almost a year before events in Pride And Prejudice to read this is to step back into Jane Austen's England in a novel which follows fourteen year old Georgina from London to Ramsgate and the arms of the charming and infamous Mr Whickham.
#6 PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. Hmm, not exactly like stepping back into Austen's England unless of course this was also an England populated by bone-crunching zombies.