I’ve read more books so far this year than I’m pretty sure I have in my entire lifetime.
For your average person that’s probably not particularly shocking but I feel a certain level of guilt admitting to it considering I have a degree in English and write for a living.
It’s true though, I used to really hate reading. Discovering non-fiction changed my view on it completely a couple of years ago though and I’m pleased to say my love of the stuff is still going strong. That’s why I thought I’d share a list of the books I’ve read and enjoyed since I last updated you.
Everything I know about love
If you follow me on social media, you’re probably sick to death of hearing me talk about this book. It honestly is by far the best one I’ve ever read though.
Dolly’s writing style is truly unique, combining sarcasm and wit with just the right amount of sensitivity. The content itself is so up my street too. Between hilariously relatable MSN references and tragic stories of love and loss, nothing has ever come close to this for me and I’m ever so slightly concerned that nothing ever will.
Read at your own risk of feeling the same way…
The Multi-Hyphen Method
I first read the intro to this on holiday and couldn’t get on board with it. I don’t know whether it was the holiday mood I was in or what but I found it a little repetitive at first.
A few more pages in once I got home and I was gripped though. Creating your own definition of success was the part that particularly resonated with me. I talked a little bit about it in my last freelancing blog post but it’s really helped me to see my ‘side gig’ as an enjoyable bonus, not a chore that I’m trying to earn millions from.
It’s also really helpful if you’re someone who’s eternally busy. It’s full of all sorts of tips and advice on working less but being more productive.
Little Black Book
This one is very much a book you can dip in and out of as and when you have time. It’s pocket sized and, as its title suggests, is made up of various tit bits of advice for working women.
I also think this would make a great gift for any aspiring women in business you might know.
I was in two minds whether to include this book or not. I decided to just in case any of you are Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans though. That show is my guilty, trash TV pleasure and this is the autobiography of one of its stars. If you have no idea who Erika Jayne is, ignore me and keep reading, otherwise, go buy it.
I actually picked up this book after reading Amy Pohler’s Yes Please which Tina Fey plays a pretty big part in for obvious reasons.
The two books are similar in style but both worthy of reading in their own right. Expect bad childhood haircuts and plenty of behind the scenes gossip from Saturday Night Live.
This is going to hurt
This has gotten a lot of attention over the last few months on social media and for good reason if you ask me.
It’s the diary of a junior doctor in the NHS and it’s probably my second favourite book on this list (after Dolly’s of course). It’s a definite laugh/cry kind of read, in fact, the cries kind of smack you in the face between laughs which takes some getting used to, but it’s all very much part of understanding the lives of the people behind the scenes and I’ll definitely think twice before moaning about the wait time in A&E from now on.
I’m forever looking to add to my list of non-fiction reads. If you have any recommendations, please comment them below.