4 July 2016

Curling up on the sofa or in bed with a good book is one of my favourite things to do. Last week I went on a bit of an Amazon spree and bought several books that should last me all Summer. I thought I’d share them with you and in case you’re looking for recommendations, I’ve also included a few books I’ve just finished reading.

Book haul...

For me, 2016 has been the year of feel-good reads. One thing I’ve found very therapeutic is spending a few hours, curled up on my bed, phone on silent and getting stuck in to a self-help book. The few I’ve purchased recently are below and are on my reading list.

Becoming, Laura-Jane Williams
Social media is such a great place to get recommendations for various things, and books is one of them. This ‘finding yourself’ book came highly recommended by a few people and I can’t wait to read it.

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, Sarah Knight
This book is one that you don’t need to read from the start to finish – I've started reading it, and it is definitely a book you can dip and out of. It's had me laughing and feeling a little less crap about myself.

You are a Badass, Jen Sincero
I’ve got to say, I bought this because of the cover (I'm sure you've all done that!) but, I was also having a bad day and the title caught my eye so I thought - why not? I'll report back and let you know what it's like.

The Girls, Emma Cline
Another social media recommendation, but I’ve also read reviews about it in ELLE and Stylist magazine. FYI, this isn't a self-help book but a story that sounds intriguing and, as much as I don’t like a hard-backed book I bought this on launch day as I couldn’t wait for the paperback version to come out.

I recommend...

The Girl with all the gifts, M.R.Carey 
This is my second time reading this book and, I still love it! I recommend this to anyone and I warn you now, you won’t be able to put it down.

Room, Emma Donoghue
I decided to read this before watching the film adaptation. I really enjoyed reading this, and although I found it uncomfortable at times it was one of those stories that had me reeled in right from the start

Not that Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham (not photographed) 
I’m a big fan of Lena. Her series Girls is one of my favourite TV shows to watch and her writing skills are just out of this world. She’s one talented 30 year-old lady and someone who I actually admire. 

The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan
Marina Keegan was a Yale-graduate when she was suddenly killed five days after graduation. Her family and friends rallied together to publish a collection of her short stories, detailing the everyday struggles we all face as we move about our lives. Honestly this book is beautiful. Marina was such a talented writer and it made me realise how life is too short so you should try and set out to achieve what you want to. 

Beautiful, Broken Things, Sara Barnard
A great first book from Sara. This story is about the power of female friendships and growing up and growing together. It's realistic and made me want to give my girl friends big hugs after reading it. Mainly aimed at the 'young adult ' audience but, I reckon girls in their 20s and 30s will still be able to relate to the story.

Do you have any book recommendations?

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