What I’ve Been Reading This Year

Today I thought I’d talk you through what I’ve been reading this year. I’ve been a bookworm from a very young age, and I don’t think that will ever change. This year, one of my goals was to read 20 books, I’ve so far read 13 so I’d say I’m reasonably on track. When I recently mentioned the possibility of some reviews, a few of you seemed keen, so here you go.

I’m not going to talk about every single book I’ve read so far because that might get a bit much. So here are the ones that have stuck out recently.

Everything I Know About Love- Dolly Alderton

This book is simply hilarious. It is jam-packed full of stories of late night antics in London and how going to an all-girls boarding school distorted her view of boys. What I love most about this book though, is the ongoing theme of female friendship. She admits that sometimes the most important type of love is that which you share with longstanding friends. Peppered with comic anecdotes, side-splitting emails and comparisons of what she knows about love at 15, 21, 25 and 28, it is a must read. If you want a book you just can’t put down then this is the one for you.

everything I know about love 

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race

The conversations that are had in this book are very important. As we live in a world where the most powerful man is Donald Trump and fractures in society have become even more apparent since the Brexit vote, the issue of race is more important than ever. Reni Eddo-Lodge explains how it feels to have a conversation about race with a white person, who has by default grown up with white privilege. She talks about the history or racism and the links between feminism and class. She also discusses how people of different ethnic backgrounds are not always treated with equality due to the structures within our society. I don’t want to give too much away but there are some really interesting interviews and concepts in this book which are a must read in my opinion.

Into The Water- Paula Hawkins

This is by the same author as The Girl on the Train, which I loved so I was expecting big things. In comparison this was kind of mehh. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it, and it was intriguing and the “who done it” aspect kept me waiting right until the very end but I just didn’t love it. I think the issue is that the plot is spread too thin.

The narrative is told by about 10 different characters and my problem was it took me so long to learn who was who. I kept having to refer back to the list at the start of the book to see who’s perspective I was reading, which I don’t want to have to be doing every single chapter. I also believe this is why I didn’t really grow fond or attached to any characters because I couldn’t engage with them all enough before it swapped to someone else. So it’s not bad, I wouldn’t say don’t read it, just personally it wasn’t written in my preferred style. Yes I know Gone Girl is a split narrative, but this is next level.

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Happy- Fearne Cotton

I picked up this book on a whim as something to read on a coach journey back from London. It was nice and calming and she does well to try to focus on the positives in life. Fearne discusses her own dealings with depression within the book. I found it interesting that she uses this bad experience as a way of comparison which enables her to cherish being happy even more. There are plenty of activities to fill out through the book, which I didn’t do, but I would like to re-visit when I have more time. She also features short interviews as well as guided meditations and yoga workouts. If you’re looking to be more mindful, this is an interesting read.

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So those are some of my more in-depth thought about a few of the books I’ve read this year. I’ll leave a list of the others I’ve read here so you can have a little nosy if you need any more reading inspiration. I’m not going to go into detail about them as we’d be here all day. However if you have any questions drop me a message or leave a comment below!

Turtles All The Way Down- John Green

Big Magic- Elizabeth Gilbert

The Sun and Her Flowers- Rupi Kaur

Get Your Shit Together- Sarah Knight

The Couple Next Door- Shari Lapena 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman

After You- Jojo Moyes

The F Word- Lily Pebbles

Let me know in the comments below if you have read any of these! Or if you have any suggestions for new books, I’m always after recommendations!

Meg x

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. September 2, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    I used to love reading Jodi Piccoult books but they were also written with split perspectives so I never could read them as easy summer reading as you needed to concentrate throughout. It sounds like you are more into educational books than fiction books.

    • Meg
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      September 2, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      Yeah I’ve read a couple of hers in the past! Yeah I used to be really into fiction but in the last year or so there’s definitely been a shift towards more self help/educational ones x

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