Great Read Alert……

Have you ever read anything thing and thought ‘this is me, this is my life!’? I had that moment about half an hour ago. If you are a fan of great books and you have ever suffered from anxiety or depression I urge you to read Read After Burnout by our very own Mike Evans over here at readafterburnout. I started reading it this morning and now I can’t stop because it is funny and sad, brutally honest and thoroughly entertaining (pretty much what I look for in anything I read).

More than that, it resonated with me on so many levels and voiced many of the things that I’ve never had the courage to say out loud. It shows an awe inspiring level of self-awareness but it isn’t self-indulgent navel gazing. Here’s a couple of excerpts to whet your appetite but I really hope that you’ll take the time to read more:

“Anxiety is a creep. It doesn’t announce itself in a sudden, calamitous collapse, a scream of fear or a strong desire to run into a corner and huddle up. No, anxiety hangs around like a phantom that exists somewhere in the corner of the eye or in the shadows”

“”If you want to cry it’s all part of the process”

I was part of the process now. I was in the process of working through a personal trauma that had brought me to a crashing standstill and….now I was being asked to cry as some sort of cleaning therapy. The problem was that I thought crying would be just a little distraction. It would be like having leaches placed on an exposed stretch of skin with the intention of having them suck out the badness”

See what I mean? It’s just brilliantly written!

It’s the story of breakdown, of life and I can’t wait to finish it. I hope you enjoy it too :O)

Lisa x

 

  32 comments for “Great Read Alert……

  1. June 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    This is a nice post. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
    https://www.markmyworld.me

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  2. June 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Lisa, I am so grateful for that. Many, many thanks.

    Mike

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  3. June 16, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I would love to use some of your words as a review.

    Mike

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    • June 16, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      Yes of course Mike, use whatever you like x

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      • June 16, 2018 at 2:59 pm

        Thanks.

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      • June 16, 2018 at 3:08 pm

        I hope it results in more people finding and loving your book – you deserve it 😊

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      • June 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm

        You star!

        Thanks and thanks again.

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      • June 16, 2018 at 4:23 pm

        Anytime 😉 x

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      • June 16, 2018 at 7:14 pm

        Lisa,
        I really appreciated your review. Are you still enjoying the read?

        Mike

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      • June 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm

        Unfortunately the only free time I had this weekend was this morning. Don’t you just hate it when you’re social life interferes with your reading 🙄 am off to a yoga festival tomorrow but I’ll be back to it when I get home all stretched and chilled and ready for a good read 😊x

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      • June 17, 2018 at 1:07 am

        Enjoy.

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      • June 17, 2018 at 4:30 am

        Thank you 😊 x

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      • June 18, 2018 at 7:38 am

        Right, I can tell you all now that, this morning, I have finished Mike’s book and it is bloody brilliant! I don’t think I’ve blinked in the last couple of hours so my contact lenses feel as though they’re glued to my eyes but such was my determination to keep reading. Thanks for writing this wonderful book Mike :O) x

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      • June 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm

        Thanks for reading it. I am pleased that it meant something to somebody.

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      • June 18, 2018 at 5:35 pm

        It really did and it was a pleasure to read 😊 ps I stuck a review on Amazon as well x

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      • June 18, 2018 at 5:59 pm

        Thank you.

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      • June 19, 2018 at 4:50 am

        Cheers for that lovely review. I am now taken up with how I can best get others to read it. Onwards and upwards (sideways).

        Mike

        PS
        29 C France or Spain your place of abode?

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      • June 19, 2018 at 4:58 am

        You’re welcome 😊 let me know if I can do anything to help.
        I’m in the South of France. Lisa x

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      • June 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

        A good place to be. I have an offer of work at a school in southern Spain come September. If I go, it will be my and my middle daughter going out first. Still unsure…

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      • June 19, 2018 at 6:04 am

        Yes, it’s beautiful and the 300 days of sunshine a year really helps ;O) That’s wonderful! Why are you unsure? x

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      • June 19, 2018 at 7:02 am

        I don’t know. It’s one of the hardest decisions of my life. Normally, I just do rather than think. But then again, I am here and me and now – not so successful.

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      • June 19, 2018 at 7:52 am

        Well, the way I saw it was, wherever I was geographically, I was still me and still sad; I just decided that I’d rather be sad somewhere warm and sunny than somewhere grey and cold. After 2 years of being here life has come together and I’m learning to be happy again. You will always be you wherever you live but, sometimes, with change comes opportunity. Whatever decision you make be happy with it. Wishing you luck either way :O) xx

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      • June 19, 2018 at 7:55 am

        Thank you. I wish you well with happiness though I think of it as contentment, now.

        Mike

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      • June 19, 2018 at 7:57 am

        Thank you :O) x

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      • June 19, 2018 at 8:10 am

        Reciprication is enjoyable?

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      • June 19, 2018 at 10:10 am

        Sorry, not with you Mike

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      • June 19, 2018 at 10:39 am

        Thank you.

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  4. June 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you Lisa for this great book review…………I am going to add this to my “to read” list…..it’s getting so long that I may need to lock myself away for a week or two to catch up!

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