Today I thought I’ talk to you about my favourite books that I’ve read this year. You may have seen a few books dotted around in various monthly favourites posts but I thought it might be an idea to put them all together for you to see. I thought this might be helpful if you are stuck for what to buy someone who likes reading or maybe if you’re looking for things you want to read in 2018 yourself.
So the first book that I really enjoyed this year and wanted to mention was The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. I read this on a plane, I can’t remember which trip it was but I managed to get through it quite quickly because it’s so funny and so true. The long and short of the book is to make you see that you don’t have to do everything, attend everything and do things for people if you really don’t want to do them. The point of the book is not to make you a horrible person but to give yourself more time to to the thing you enjoy or actually need to do as appeased to giving yourself a manic diary full of obligations. If you know a very busy person or maybe you feel like you’re constantly bending over backwards for people then you should give this a read!
A Fiction book that I really liked back near the start of the year was Extraordinary Means, it’s a Young Adult novel so suitable for teens or adults but I really enjoyed it. The story follows the lives of kids housed in a medical institution after a new outbreak of TB hits America. I thought it was a really interesting concept and it was also super funny and just an all round enjoyable read.
Next up is Doing It! I mentioned this one earlier in the year as well, it’s basically a book all about sex, relationships and gender and it was super interesting! Hannah is very funny and it’s written in a chatty style so it was a super easy read but I think it will appeal to a lot more people than maybe it does on the surface. My housemate Amy also read this after me and she also really enjoyed it. Again another super easy read, although I did get a couple of fun looks whilst reading it on the bus once. I think this book would be great for anyone from being a teenager right through to being an adult!
I can’t roundup this year’s reading without mentioning Girlboss, I read this before the series came out on Netflix (which btw you should also watch). The book tells the tale of how Sophia built up a fashion empire worth millions from a small eBay page she ran from her bedroom. If you know someone who is an aspiring Girl Boss this is the book for them, again it’s an informal style as you can really hear Sophia through the writing and is easily one of the best books I read this year!
Finally as I’m sure you know I’m trying out the Capsule Wardrobe model for my clothes, the biggest help was The Curated Closet, this book helped to map out how many of each like item you need, hoot pair colours together and how to invest your clothing budget on clothes which will last. What I love about this book is that it understands that not everyones style is the same so someone’s wardrobe staple is another’s worst nightmare. If you want to freshen up your look or have a wardrobe purge give this book a read first.
So there you have it a collection of a few of my favourite books of the year, you may notice there isn’t as much fiction. I’m going to make an effort next year to read a few more novels as I do really enjoy them and I have unread books coming out of my ears, unfortunately I just haven’t had as much time to dedicate to reading this year. Let me know what your favourite books of 2017 have been in the comments below, I’m always looking for recommendations!