After setting myself the target of 12 books this year, not even six months in and I’ve hit the half-way mark. 6 books is a big goal for me. Since I finished English Lit at school I haven’t picked up this many books in a while.
I’ve annoyingly got myself into the routine of staying up an extra hour to read as many chapters as I can of whatever book I am currently reading. I also find any spare 5 minutes an opportunity to grab the book and cram in a few pages.
I am happy that I’ve started to turn back into a bookworm because you cannot beat a copy in your hand (or a hardback).
A lot of the recommendations for this year have stemmed from Liv Purvis and Anna. I saw back at the start of the year that Anna had a Goodreads account. I was thinking what on earth is that? After downloading and adding as many books as possible to my library and read list, I get the hype. Goodreads is great for tracking where you are in your books, how far you have left to go, what you want to read and so much more. Certainly an app if you love to read many books.
I have just started book number 7, Paige Toon’s The One We Fell In Love With. Of course I have kept track of the other 6 books I have not put down ready for a blog post…
Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. If you couldn’t tell already, Giovanna is one of my favourite authors so before I even opened the cover I knew that I was going to love the book. I always find her books are an easy read but are full with so much imagination and creativity. Of course, I have written a blog post on it straight after reading it too! I would really recommend this book if you want something light to read before bed or if you have just had a breakup and need a good pick me up. I think it would be really inspiring read to help you move on!
Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba. This book is what it says on the tin. Little black (yes I know it’s actually pink) book. It is not the size of a normal book at all. It’s what I would call a little pocket guide to the creative industries as it is jam packed with loads of advice about being a working woman. This book is great to pick up every now and again if you feel like you need some help or feel a bit lost in your career.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. There is something about this story that just makes me SOB. Uncontrollable crying every time I watch. Undoubtedly, the same happened with the book. I was asked before seeing the film if I had read the book and I replied no, to which I was told I had to read it. About a year on and I’ve finally found the time and it did not disappoint. I hate the fact I annoyingly watch the film before reading a book, a habit I have to get out of! However, it is certainly one of my favourite films and one of my favourite books!
The F Word by Lily Pebbles. As Lily is one of my favourite blogger/YouTubers, I had to go grab this from the shelf as soon as it was released. I love a good read about friendships as I have experienced so much throughout my years as school, it is really useful to hear other people’s stories and relate yourself to them. It is like getting advice from a big book sister. It really brings a few things to light and you can take a leaf out of their book and how they responded. I feel this book does exactly that, mixed with stories about Lily’s friendships, it is a great read!
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I had seen Tanya Burr reading this book on Instagram and then saw Anna was reading it so I thought right, got to get a copy! I absolutely fell in love with the character of Eleanor. The book is very quirky and funny, but paints a whole new twist on a female character which is something I loved about this read. I could not put it down and continuously plowed through every opportunity I had. I can totally understand why this book is selling so well!
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I also loved the film to this book which annoyingly I watched first…again! But this story will always be so gripping as you get to work out what happened to Megan and get hit with what I personally think, is one of the best endings to a book. The book is written from three women’s perspectives which I think always proves to be an exciting read. I highly recommend this book if you love a good ITV crime drama such as Broadchurch.
If you haven’t got any of these books sat on your book shelf then go order it from Amazon and make some time in your day to sit down and flick through some pages!