BOOKS: ON MY READING LIST

8th Jan 2017 - Etc.

As you will have noticed, the past few book posts on my blog have all revolved around books that I’ve already read, so I thought it might make a nice change for me to write a post about some of the books that I’m yet to read. I’ve made it my mission to read at least 15 new books this year (that may seem like a lot to some and not very many to others). My reading list is constantly growing, so with this in mind I’ve put together a selection of some of the books I’ve accumulated over the past few months that I’m most excited to read.

‘The Mothers’-Brit Bennett

First of all, let’s start with the book I’m currently reading. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the cover of this book is? This is one of those books that I can’t wait to finish simply so I can see it looking back at me from my book shelf, does anyone else feel that way too? ‘The Mothers’ is a fiction novel by Brit Bennett and the story is pretty turbulent; main character Nadia Turner is a rebellious seventeen year old who is struggling to come to terms with her mother’s recent suicide. Seeking companionship she ends up finding herself in a rollercoaster of a relationship with Luke, a former football star, and ends up becoming pregnant with his child. This story focuses on the family and demonstrates how young love and friendships can create some of life’s hardest hurdles. I’m sure I’ll shed a few tears on the journey to the final page!

Buy it here.

 

‘Sweetbitter’ – Stephanie Danler

Described as a love story, ‘Sweetbitter’ is not the type of book that I’d usually pick up, however there was just something about the blurb that had me hooked from the start. Focusing on the life of 22 year old Tess, this story is all about how she moved to New York City in search of destiny. Meeting a host of intriguing characters along the way and getting herself involved in some exceptionally scandalous situations, I’m assured that this one is going to be page turner. I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts on this one, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it!

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ – Paul Kalanithi

Ok so technically I’ve read this one, but you guys should definitely put this on YOUR reading lists. Ever since I finished reading this book I’ve pretty much recommended it to everyone I know. I’m going to warn you, you are guaranteed to shed some tears throughout this book. I’ll try not to give too much away but basically this book is a true story about the Author’s battle with inoperable lung cancer. As a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi writes about his transition from doctor to patient and how it feels to be on the receiving end of a surgeon’s care. ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ is beautifully written and immensely emotional, although this story is incredibly sad, it leads us to question what it is in our lives that is truly important and forces us to appreciate every moment that we have on this earth. It has become one of my favourite books of all time, just make sure you have a box of tissues to hand if you pick this one up.

‘Love Warrior’ – Glennon Doyle Melton

Most of you know that I claim myself to be Oprah’s number one fan, so when I saw that she had listed ‘Love Warrior’ in her 2016 book club selection, I just knew I had to give this one a go. In this book the author’s husband reveals his infidelity to his wife as the reader watches her world start to crumble. ‘Love Warrior’ is the story of Glennon’s turbulent marriage and how, despite all odds, she found the light at the end of the tunnel and made it to the other end. Although it focuses on the author’s marriage alone, it’s also a story that encourages us to believe that healing is possible and that what we think might be the ‘end’, isn’t always so. I feel like this book is going to be a really empowering read and I can’t wait to get into it. It’s no doubt going to be an emotional rollercoaster but one that thankfully (by the sounds of it) has a happy ending.

Buy it here.

 

As soon as I heard about this book I was instantly intrigued.  ‘Swimming Studies’ focuses on the life of the author herself. Now living as an artist, illustrator and writer, Leanne’s youth saw her training to become an Olympic swimmer. In this book Leanne shares her feelings on how her obsession with swimming and the discipline that she learned from her passion has helped to shape her own art. She explores the meditative effect that swimming has on her mind and what this has helped her to discover in her life as an adult. Although it focuses strongly on swimming, this book also teaches us about what it takes to succeed in sports in general. I think this one will be an interesting read…

Buy it here.

‘Hot Milk’ – Deborah Levy

Not going to lie, I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one; some say it’s the most amazing thing they’ve ever read while other’s describe it as a bit of a struggle. Despite this, I want to give it a go for myself.  Focusing heavily on a mother and daughter relationship, this book speaks about female empowerment, sexuality and desire. I did slightly judge a book by its cover though because it’s just so gorgeous!

Buy it here.

One more thing! I have a Goodreads account now! 

  • Justine Machin

    Love reading a good book post and I really want to get a copy of ‘When Breath Becomes Air.’ Fab post xxx

  • Amirah Jamal

    Paul Kalanithi’s father is actually a good friend of my grandfather and although I haven’t read it myself (planning to very soon), his father told my grandfather that his son (Paul) taught him how to live ‘again’. That just made me tear up.

  • Francisca

    In case you’re still looking for some good reads, a great book is ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini. It’s amazing and really makes you think (about various, timeless issues). It gives you a perspective on what life is like for (some) women in Afghanistan between the 1960’s and 2000; very emotionally moving.

  • Hot Milk sounds intriguing!

  • Katie

    I have read Love Warrior after seeing the author on Chelsea Handler’s talk show. I really enjoyed it, it’s simple and honest. I am currently reading The Mothers and although I have only just started, I am becoming attached to the main character and want to keep reading to see how she fares. I have noticed that you have begun to discuss books more often on your you tube channel too and I think thats great. I also appreciate the recommendations for TV shows and Netflix series. Plus, Aslan seems to have great taste so whenever he chucks in a suggestion I am all over it! Have you tried ‘The Outrun’?