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Books, Books, Books: The Ones I've Loved Reading & What's On My Wishlist...

25/03/2018



Something I always try to prioritise into my day is the time to sit and read something. Turning off all my tech and turning the pages of a good book is so satisfying - especially when it's a cracking read. Even better still is when you can enjoy one outside - spring, would you show your face already? Sometimes though, I find it really tricky to tell the good books from the bad. There's often an 'it' read out on the shelves, but I've learnt the hard way that sometimes hyped up books don't have happy endings - at least not for us as readers. I'm looking at you, Fifty Shades...

That said, with stacks of books on my bedroom floor and a wish list of things I want to read as long as my arm, I thought I'd share my three favourites books from the past year as well as what's up next! From a fantasy book to some no-bullshit self-help and more: here are my most up-to-date reading recommendations for all my fellow book worms out there...


LA BELLE SAUVAGE: THE BOOK OF DUST - PHILIP PULLMAN

If you still have a Harry Potter-shaped hole in your life, I recommend this fantasy read as a bit of an antidote. I haven't read anything like this for the best part of a decade so I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy an adventure book as a twenty-something but actually, I loved the magic and fantasy elements - plus would you look at that gorgeous navy and gold cover?!

The book is a prequel to Pullman's 'Dark Materials' trilogy which I've not read myself, however because this story takes place way before those I personally didn't find myself left behind or lost as a result. It's one of the bigger books in my collection, but if you're looking for something to really sink your teeth into then this would work perfectly for a lazy day's reading... Okay, several lazy day's reading. Any excuse to cancel plans though, right?




This book just got me from the word 'go'. I hadn't delved too deeply into the *whispers* self-help section of the bookstore before, but how could I ignore Sarah Knight's beautiful hardbacks with those swear words front and centre, printed in rose gold no less? After all, swear words are one of my favourite things! Naturally I started off with her very hyped-up The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k which was okay, but Get Your S**t Together was the real game-changer for me.

From mastering my inbox to managing daily tasks with a flow-diagram that I now swear by when it comes to my priorities each day (I even have it photocopied and pinned on my desk at work), this hilarious guide for girl bosses is something I know I'll always refer back to when I need some extra sass, or perhaps just a good belly laugh.


Ever since watching Big Little Lies (twice), Liane Moriarty's strong and complicated female characters have really struck a chord with me; so much so that I've read two more of Moriarty's books since, loving each but the The Husband's Secret just a liiiiittle bit more. There's a Love Actually-style switch up of character stories throughout the book, all of which connect them in some way and keeps us as readers on our toes. I couldn't of guessed all the ways in which the book unravelled and despite finishing it back last summer, some of the revelations within it's pages still play on my mind. A clear sign of a must-read, I'd say!




ON MY WISHLIST


                                    Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG
                                    Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
                                    The Roanoake Girls by Amy Engel
                                    Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women by Otegha Uwagba