Last night I got the idea to start a new series based on what I’m reading at the moment. I’ve always really enjoyed reading and I thought this would be a good way to get and give book recommendations.
During the school year I do not get as much reading done as I would like but I am trying to set aside time a few days a week to relax and catch up. Right now I’m reading Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It’s about a 50 year old woman who seems like she has everything going for her but the symptoms of Alzheimer’s are slowly creeping in. The summary from Goodreads says,
“Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what’s it’s like to literally lose your mind…”
Goodreads reviewers gave it a 4.3 out of 5 and you can read those reviews here.
I’m only four or five chapters in right now but I am definitely already emotionally invested. Genova goes into such detail when Alice loses her memory that I just want to jump inside the book and tell Alice what she is forgetting. I have only read three scenarios where she has a lapse in her memory but it’s one of those tricks that gets you to keep saying, “One more chapter…”
I’ll write another post when I finish reading but as of right now I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It paints such a good picture of how terrifying early-onset Alzheimer’s is.
Thanks for reading! Drop me suggestions on what I should read next in the comments!