BOOKS: ON MY READING LIST
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.
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!
‘Sweetbitter’ – Stephanie Danler
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.
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…
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!