I have just put down my first book of the year. And considering I’m doing the year alcohol free, you won’t be surprised to hear that it was called ‘The unexpected Joy of being sober’ by Catherine Gray
To be honest I bought this book because is was one of the cheaper ‘being sober’ books on amazon, with very good reviews. I’m an impulse buyer. But at least now a sober impulse buyer.
I must say that it turned out for me to be ‘the unexpected joy of reading a sober book written from a female perspective’. Catherine Gray’s personality shines through in the book. (Not that I’ve met her). And she gives a refreshing and brutally honest view of suffering from alcoholism, the challenge of achieving sobriety and the matrix-esque mask that’s being pulled over the faces of the masses. With regards to how ‘cool’ it is to drink, and how ‘geeky’ it is to be sober.
Her story is harsh, cold and quite naked. Which made it very relatable for me. Her honesty of the states that she got into when drinking, is tempered with her honesty in how glorious and joyous it feels to be sober. So if you can beleive one, you must beleive the other.
That being said, the book doesn’t come across as preachy in anyway. In fact it’s written in quite a hip non judgmental way. Just matter of fact yet fun. It was engaging as it mixed up the ‘story’, with nuggets of alcohol facts.
Her story is fascinating as she hits the London high life, working for classy female magazines ‘cosmopolitan’ etc, and railroads off into a drinking abyss with serious consequences along the way. It’s heartwarming to read about the rise from the ashes and the changing mental outlook from darkness and chaos, to peace and light.
For me, I related to quite a lot of the journey she went on, the feelings she was feeling whilst drinking, and now the positive effects of being alcohol free. I was inspired to read about how mindfulness practice had helped her recovery, that is something I will be focussing on in the future thanks to this book. I’ve already downloaded the ‘buddhafy app’.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is just starting out on an alcohol free journey, or anyone that is even considering taking a break from the booze. It’s engaging, nonpreachy vibe, makes it an enjoyable read regardless of where you may be on your journey.
Well worth a read 🙂