As you are reading this I will be on holiday at Magnetic Island, and there is about a 99% chance that I’m reading (probably on the beach). If you want to follow along on the adventure you can do that over on Instagram.
Anyway, while I’m away I thought I would share with you some of the awesome books I’ve read recently and really enjoyed…
“To everyone else in this carriage I must look normal; I’m doing exactly what they do: commuting to work, marking appointments, ticking things off lists.
Just goes to show.”
This book is a haunting psychological thriller that I devoured in two sittings.
I would describe this book as a cross between Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and We Were Liars by E.Lockhart.
Like Gone Girl, it’s a messed up mystery about (let’s be honest) messed up characters. And like We Were Liars, it deals with the inability to remember something awful.
It dives into the dark side of humanity, with raw and flawed characters, unreliable narrators and terrible acts.
It’s gritty, and even sometimes uncomfortable and unpleasant to read.
Despite all this, it was completely addicting and really enjoyed it.
I recently re-read this book (which is one of my all-time favourites) in preparation to see the movie, which I also loved.
Paper Towns is a brilliant coming-of-age story of Quentin, who has been infatuated with his neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman forever. One night they share an epic adventure, and the next day Margo disappears leaving obscure clues behind. Q attempts to solve the clues — hoping that they will help him find Margo — which leads him on an epic adventure with his friends.
Paper Towns is a story is about love, friendship and what it’s like to be young. It also is about connection and how we relate to others, which I’ve written about more here.
What I love about this book is that it really gets what it’s like to be a teenager. The characters are imperfect, but real. And they story is heart-felt and enjoyable.
You might also like: What We Can Learn From Paper Towns by John Green
Dystopian fiction is one of my favourite genres to read and this is how I came across this series. It was one of those books that was recommended to me on Amazon because I had read The Hunger Games series.
I honestly hadn’t heard anything about this series before, but I gave it a go anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised.
After reading the first book Shatter Me, I devoured the next two, Unravel Me and Ignite Me, in days. And when I finished them, I then read the accompany novellas Destroy Me and Fracture Me. So as you can tell.. I really enjoyed this series.
I had a hard time putting the books down, because I so desperately wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
Tahereh’s writing is beautiful, strange, evocative and unique.
“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
― Tahereh Mafi,
If you enjoy dystopian or paranormal fiction, you might also enjoy this series.
Don’t be put off by the title, this book is awesome and so is Denise.
This book will help you “release your money blocks and live a first class life.”
It is the first book I’ve ever read about money that I actually enjoyed, found useful and actually implemented things from it.
If you are a female entrepreneur, wannabe-entrepreneur or suspect you have some money blocks stopping you from living the life you want, I highly recommend reading this book and checking out Denise’s awesome site.
Oh and watch her Periscopes I’m obsessed!
Any book that begins like this — “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” — is most likely going to be a great and captivating read.
I was enthralled by this first sentence and then throughly enjoyed the whole book.
It’s a thoughtful story that is sensitively and elegantly written.
It’s told using the past and present and through different character’s point of view, which can be hard to follow sometimes, but I found that the character’s voices were so distinct that I had no problem keeping track of who’s point of view it was from.
On the surface this book is about uncovering the mystery of Lydia, but underneath it’s about so much more than that… It’s deals with family, expectations, pressure, race, stereotypes, secrets, gender, identity, and more.
It’s about the way we struggle to feel understood. And about how we struggle to understand each other.
It’s written in such a way that you can empathsize with each and every character.
This book has really stayed with me ever since I read it.
Now I would love to hear from you in the comments below: What are the best books you’ve read recently? I’m always looking for new books to read, so I look forward to hearing your recommendations.
Love & Gratitude,
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