Happy Sunday, loves!
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend? I am definitely enjoying the cooler weather now Autumn has arrived, and of course the extra snuggly, cosy nights with my boyfriend! (Any excuse, eh?) Matt and I have been spending all the quality time together and I feel very blessed and grateful for everything we have. Yesterday before he went to work we squeezed in a little breakfast date, and stumbled across the cutest farm shop, look at the pumpkins and gourds! You can keep up with our adventures via my Instagram Story, I probably post a load of rubbish, but who doesn’t?!
Today I’m sharing with you a brief round-up of the books I’ve recently read, am currently reading or have in my stash to read in the coming weeks. I am a self-confessed bookworm and I read all different genres, although most of the time I stick to non-fiction, life-based or fiction girly books. I really prefer these kind of books as to be honest I like to escape from the real world and generally a light-hearted story I can lose myself in is my favourite way to do this. Sunday mornings are perfect for curling up with a good book, a cuppa, and maybe some chocolate… (this one’s my favourite!)
As I mentioned in this post, I really want to focus on reading more as it’s something I love to do, and it makes me feel re-energized. I read mostly in the bath and on my lunch break; I used to spend my lunch break swiping through my socials and feel even more zapped of energy by the time I headed back to my desk. I find that I enjoy those 30 minutes away from the office so much more when I can read a few chapters of my current book, text Matthew to tell him I love him and I’m so excited to see him when we finish work (I’m a sap!) and grab an ice cold Diet coke. Obviously I eat a really nutritious, healthy lunch every day, too. Obviously.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. I am SO excited to read this book! You’ve almost definitely seen the trailers for the movie, Crazy Rich Asians, and I generally like to read the book before I watch the movie. The book is based on a couple, but I think it’s a little more than your typical boy meets girl story. It’s a best seller, and every review I read states it to be better than the last one did! This is apparently a hilarious read, and I’m so excited to get started – as soon as I’ve finished my current book I’ll definitely be reaching for this.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. I may have been living under a rock, but I hadn’t heard anything about Dolly Alderton until this book started appearing on my Instagram feed day in, day out. Curiosity got the better of me, and after a quick browse of the Amazon reviews, I purchased the book. I truly loved this book, and it’s something I wish I’d read when I was younger. I have to admit I couldn’t relate to her in lots of ways; Dolly tells the story of her life growing up and she is absolutely the extrovert to my introvert, however I did empathise with her, and found relatability in sections throughout her stories. As you can see, my copy is a little well loved (this really brings it home that I have my baths way too hot as this cover is ruined, oops!)
Feminist’s Don’t Wear Pink by Scarlett Curtis. To say I’m excited for this to be released is an understatement! I’ve currently got this book on pre-order and it comes out on Thursday – I’m so excited. Written by Scarlett, but with lots of input from various social media influencers and celebrities, including Zoe Sugg, Emma Watson, Dolly Alderton and Jameela Jamil. Empowering women is something all of us ladies should feel very passionate about, and I’m so excited to read these ladies’ opinions.
This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor by Adam Kay. This is my current read and I cannot recommend it highly enough! I’m just over half way through and it is brilliant. Adam is a former NHS Doctor, and since he no longer practices he decided to tell the story of his career, based on the diaries he kept during that time. The way Adam tells a story is so clever; he looks at most situations with humour, and brings a refreshing aspect to a fairly mundane, typical job. This book is equal parts heart-warming and heartbreaking, and I really think it’s one you have to read. It’s no secret our incredible NHS staff are woefully underpaid and overworked, and this book steers that point home even harder. I’ve cried and I’ve laughed out loud several times during his stories, it’s a book I genuinely struggle to put down.
Places I Stopped On The Way Home by Meg Fee. This popped up as a recommendation in ‘Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed’ on Amazon, and after reading a few reviews I knew it would be right up my street. I’m yet to begin reading however I’m very excited about it; Meg is a blogger and this book tells of her finding herself in New York City. I’ve been obsessed with NYC since I can remember, and I’m so excited and intrigued to read her tales of life in the The Big Apple.
Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan. I originally bought this to take on holiday when Matt and I went to Kos back in June, however I may have lost it in the black hole of my wardrobe, and found it again during The Great Declutter of 2018. This book looks great; it’s a boy meets girl kind of story, but with a sci-fi element which is something very different for me. Again, the reviews are great and I’m looking forward to reading it.
Wilde About The Girl by Louise Pentland. This is Louise’s second book, and I actually think it was better than her first, Wilde Like Me. I enjoyed her first book a lot, and fell in love with the lead character, Robin Wilde. I personally a think a lot of Louise’s personality/life was apparent in her character in the first book, however during the second book it didn’t seem to be as prevalent. I laughed and cried throughout the day-to-day life of Robin Wilde, and I think it’s a very uplifting, girl-power read. I have to say though, I expected this would be an easy read-in-the-bath type book, however I was rushing off on my lunch breaks to carry on reading as I was so enthralled in the story.
Cordially Invited by Zoe Sugg. I currently have this book on pre-order as it’s not released until next Wednesday, however I’m so excited to take ideas from this! From the pictures shown by Zoe, and available on Amazon, it’s full of beautiful imagery, and lots of tips and tricks on what to do in each season. I’m going to be baking up a storm over the coming weeks, I’m sure! I’m especially excited for the Halloween/Christmas section of this book as, like Zoe, it’s my favourite time of year and they’re my favourite holidays to celebrate. I’m sure Matt is going to like being roped into the DIY’s, decorating and baking…
Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes. I read this book when it was first released back in 2014, however during my afore mentioned declutter, I found it hidden under a pile of skirts. Classy. This book is essentially a beauty bible; Sali is a journalist and former magazine editor (among 100 other things) and to say she knows her stuff is quite the understatement. She talks through all aspects of beauty, and this is a book I wish I had back when I was 13! I’m currently re-reading a little bit here and there, and loving it even more the second time round.
The Distance by Zoe Folbigg. This is Zoe’s second book, and I can’t quite tell you how much I adore both of her books, and her style of writing. The book is running between past and present, and the twists and turns throughout are told so well. A few chapters in I was already falling in love with the main characters; Cecilie sounds like the most incredible woman, and I was rooting for a happy ending. Filled with twists and turns, and sometimes slightly graphic aspects of real life, this is a modern day love story and is extremely entertaining. After reading, I passed this on to Matt’s mam (between Debbie, my mam and I we have a little book club running where we pass all our books to and from each other) and she loved it just as much as I did. I’m already anticipating her third book, please say there is one?!
I’ve also got the below books on my radar (okay, so they’re in my Amazon basket!):
- Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life by Katherine Ormerod
- The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton
- Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon
- Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher
- Our House by Louise Candish
Thank you so much for reading! Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? Do you have any recommendations for what I should pick up next?