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REVIEW | My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh

“Oh, sleep. Nothing else could ever bring me such pleasure, such freedom, the power to feel and move and think and imagine, safe from the miseries of my waking consciousness.”

I wanted to try something different with this book, it’s unlike a lot (if not all) the books I’ve read before. I’m not sure it is for me, but I found it very easy reading.

Our unnamed narrator has lost both her parents, hates her life, and decides she just wants to sleep for a year – using a cocktail of prescriptions drugs from a dodgy psychiatrist to enable this. It’s uncompromising in its remarks and occurrences and peppered with dark humour.

Characters are a big part of the story for me, and I need to like them or love to hate them. The characters within these pages and are just downright unpleasant. That is the point, but I think it helped lead to me not loving the book. But it certainly was a breath of fresh air, even if it wasn’t one smelling of roses.



About Me

Books and food enthusiast. I discovered a love for reading in my late teens, so you’ll see me catching up on older series quite often. I also love to travel around the UK, where I live, and picking up some crafty hobbies – I hope to share snippets of this amongst all the book content. Other interests include gaming, podcasts, drinking too much tea, and trying to personify autumn.

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