Brace yourself, friends. This week’s post is a long one. If you’re on the lookout for reading recommendations though, it’s also a good’ un if I do say so myself.
I challenged myself to read 12 books in 2019. Not a huge target I realise but up until very recently, reading was something I actively disliked so it’s one I’m pretty pleased to have surpassed.
Here are the ones that made the list along with my thoughts on them.
Fiction isn’t a genre I’ve particularly enjoyed until fairly recently but this read made it fun and lighthearted. It kind of reminds me of 90210 in book form and I mean that as a massive compliment. It’s a long one and the text is teeeeeeeny but it’s still definitely worth a read if you’re after something easy.
It will come as no surprise to any of you who know how much I love organisation that I adored this book. Anna Newton creates some of my favourite content in general and this brings a lot of it together in a handy book that doubles up as a coffee table accessory – ideal. An Edited Life covers organisation in everything from the home to your finances and is a great New Year read if you’re planning on making some changes in 2020.
I bought this for a friend but was happy to find it back on my own reading pile shortly afterwards. It’s all about being a woman in the workplace and the different challenges that come along with that from the perspective of someone who knows all too well what it feels like. An inspiring read for any fellow female business owners.
I’m pretty sure every man and his dog read Michelle Obama’s autobiography this year and it’s not hard to see why – she’s candid about everything from her childhood to her relationship with Barack in this fascinating autobiography.
This book has made the rounds in our friendship group and for good reason. It’s all about taking a step back from your emotions and tackling them with a clear head. Whether you’re dealing with loss or can’t get a handle on your stress, this is one I think everyone should read at some point in their life.
I’m a fan of historical fiction so had high hopes for this book but it turned out to be a little more ‘love story’ than I usually go for. It’s heart-wrenching in places as you’d expect from a story that takes place in a concentration camp though and well written in my opinion.
This actually slipped my mind until I came to writing this post but I’m not quite sure how – it’s one of the best on this list IMO. Journalist Stacy Dooley travels around the world speaking to women who encounter all kinds of struggles from racism to femicide. It’s a tough read for sure but an eye-opening one that puts everything into perspective.
This was my third attempt of the year to get back into fiction but it didn’t quite hit the spot. I’d heard great things about this book, specifically on Instagram, but it just wasn’t really for me. It was slow-paced and hard to get into plus nothing really ‘happened’. It did make me realise that I prefer my fiction a little more action-packed though.
How Do You Like Me Now? Was by far one of my favourites. It’s fiction but written in a way that makes you feel like it’s non-fiction, and takes a look at the mundanities of long-term relationships. It was recommended to me because I loved Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About love and it didn’t disappoint. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and super relatable.
This book was inspired by its author’s podcast and tackles exactly what it says on the cover – failure. Whether it’s dating, families, babies or friendships, this is full of the lessons you learn when things go wrong, making it a great one for inspiration when you’re feeling in a funk.
At first, I found it quite strange reading about such personal details of someone I don’t know much about but I soon came to appreciate the brutal honesty and tough-to-talk-about topics that Emily Pine tackles in this book.
Another favourite read of mine for sure. Candice Carty-Williams’ debut novel touches on everything from culture and relationships to mental health in one hilarious and simultaneously heart-breaking novel.
This was an easy read for me. The premise as the title suggests is a little out of the ordinary which is what makes it so intriguing. It wasn’t anything groundbreaking compared to some of the books on this list but worth a read.
I struggled to get into Educated at first. I’m often daunted by long books and found some of it a little repetitive but the overall message is fascinating. The story of how its author broke away from a traditional Mormon family and graduated from Cambridge is inspirational to say the least.
I loved Adam Kay’s first book, This Is Going to Hurt so had high hopes for this one. It did make me giggle and shared more fascinating insights into the life of NHS doctors but it wasn’t QUITE as good as the first if I’m being completely honest.
If you haven’t watched Queer Eye on Netflix already, you absolutely should. Over the Top is the autobiography of one of its six stars and it’s amazing. It’s written in a way that genuinely makes me read it in his voice and tackles some super important topics like sexuality and body image.
I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this one but it was a recommendation from The Anna Edit so of course, I gave it a go. The novel revolves around the life of a Hollywood star and her seven husbands and it’s honestly one of the only books I’ve struggled to put down this year. Cannot recommend enough.
This is cheating as I’m yet to finish it just yet. It’s a lighthearted collection of stories from the author’s life and, while so far they’re funny, for me, it’s not particularly been a page-turner. Follow me on Instagram in case I change my mind though.
What have you enjoyed reading most this year?
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