I vaguely mentioned in my not-so resolutions post at the start of this year, that reading was something I wanted to get back into this year. I was such a bookworm as a child (shoutout to the Jacqueline Wilson fan club circa 2001) however since my late teens I’ve kind of fallen out of it completely. Reading is such a positive escape and overall calming vibe for me, so I made a conscious bid with myself to make time for it again, especially before bed as man, reading helps me sleep better. Nevertheless, late 2018 saw the return of my reading habit, as I made a conscious effort to read every night before bed in a bid to avoid pre-bed insta scrolling and insomnia. Here’s the first few books I’ve tackled this year, and each of them are bloody good books to read.
If you are one of the few people out there that haven’t read this, then you definitely should. It is a brutally honest and hilarious memoir of Dolly’s twenties, a commentary of the trials and tribulations that a millennial girl faces in that time in her life. As soon as I started reading the first chapter about the MSN Messenger etiquette in the naughties, I knew this was my kind of read. This is one of those books that you cannot put down, but also do not want to end.
I discovered it off the back of listening to ‘The High-Low’ podcast, which, if you haven’t listened before, is a brilliantly eloquent podcast by Dolly and her co-host Pandora Sykes. Both brilliant writers and very funny and honest women. Anyway, back to the book. It’s pretty much what it says on the tin. I laughed, I cried, and now I am gushing about it all on my blog, so I would take that as a rave review.
Again, this book is not one that has gone un-noticed, I’m sure you’ve heard everybody and their auntie rave on about this book since late 2018. I actually first noticed it in Waterstones when it was marketed all over the shop as the Waterstones book of the year. Whilst having a nosy of the blurb to see what all the fuss was a bout, a staff member actually came up to me to let me know they were currently reading it and loving it. I was sold. There’s something about being in book shops and just nosying around that I love, I find it such a calming place. So when someone approaches you whilst you’re minding your own business with a great review then you know it’s probably a good lead to follow.
Sally Rooney has a really unique writing style, and the book explores quite dark avenues of relationships and growing up, parts of which many will relate to whether they like it or not. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before in that sense, and though it frequently explores that darker side of personal growth, it also shares glimmers of light, love and hope. It exposes the deepest vulnerabilities and insecurities of the characters, most of which we can all probably relate to on some level, and shows the journey over a period of time of how they learn to understand those aspects of themselves, and work with it. This is really not a traditional kind of story book, but if you are looking for something super gripping, and a bit different, then I would give this a read.
A cult favourite by now, Sarah Knight has become a self-help sensation over the past few years. They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but there’s no denying Sarah’s books are beautiful to look at, and is probably a huge factory on why they have all done so brilliantly in sales. The book doubles up as a slice of home decor, whilst also giving you some stellar food for thought on your approach to life and how you let other people’s opinion affect your everyday choices. The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck is the only one I have read personally, and I think the other two follow a very similar structure, with little interactive tasks and challenges thrown in throughout each section- which I was sceptical about initially, but found really helps you apply what you’ve just learnt to your own life and personal circumstances. This practice and application throughout the book really helped me to actually make use of what I learnt from Sarah, which is brilliant because often I worry with self-help books that I will just move on and forget about it and just swan around in my own ways again. However Sarah’s ‘fuck budget’ and ‘not sorry method’ are concepts that really stuck with me, and I find myself using them on the regular if I’m ever unsure how to turn down an invitation or something along those lines. I really do think the premise of this book is worth the hype. You don’t have to read it cover to cover to get the gist, but the gist is really powerful.
Have you read any of these? What did you think? My reading list is always growing at the moment, but I would LOVE to get some more recommendations so please do let me know if you’ve got any books you think I’d enjoy based on LOVING the above, I’d really appreciate it!
I have got a few more books stashed about that I have thoroughly enjoyed over the past year or two that I have never really mentioned online, so I think I may do a couple more book related blog posts. I want to make it a bit of a thing going forward, maybe it will even work as another little spur to keep myself reading. I love reading about reading, if that makes sense? The world of books is just so vast and scary when you can’t ‘judge them by their cover’, how do I chose a good one?! So please do let me know of any good books to read, I honestly do rely on other people’s blog posts on what they have enjoyed in order to chose what I want to read next, so alas! I want to join in the cycle.
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