I promise this isn’t turning into a book blog but I just love reading at the moment! As soon as I finish one I have another ready and waiting on the side line. So I am going to do a ‘Five Things Book Club’ after every five books I read!
This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay
This is an ‘Instagram made me buy it book’ because honestly I have seen it everywhere! And since everyone that has read it loved it I wanted to join in on the hype. I never expected it to be a funny book but I find Adam’s writing style hilarious, but an effortless type of funny so it doesn’t get annoying after a few chapters of someone trying too hard to make you laugh. This is a book that I’m going to pass around between my friends and family until the pages start to fall out. I saw a review on Amazon before buying it and now I have read it I think it sums it up perfectly:
“I’d prescribe this book to anyone and everyone. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly sad and gives you the lowdown on what it’s like to be holding it together while serving on the front line of our beloved but beleaguered NHS. It’s wonderful” – Jonathan Ross
The Island – Victoria Hislop
This book was such a pleasant surprise as it was a real page turner! It had been sitting on my shelf for a while and last month I decided to give it a go, it is the first book I have read by Victoria Hislop but it definitely won’t be the last! (I have since brought two more) It starts with a young woman named Alexis feeling trapped in her relationship and I was a bit like oh another chic flick story… but how wrong was I! She explores her mother’s Greek heritage when on her holiday in Crete and discovers a story like no other that just keeps on unravelling. Taking it back to when leprosy was still a contagious disease and Spinalonga was the main leper colony island just off the coast from Crete from 1903 to 1957. Alexis had no idea how this disease had an affect on her ancestors, which leads to the answers she’s always been looking for about her closed off mother. It is a story that will make you feel every emotion.
A Dog’s Purpose – W. Bruce Cameron
Right a quick disclaimer as I’m not sure if this is a kids book or not but I love dogs so I don’t actually care! It is a really cute story about how a dog gets reincarnated over and over and how each time it learns from its previous life (I say it because it was reincarnated as a boy and girl). From a police dog to a boy’s best friend, each new life shows it a purpose for living until he gets reunited with his first real owner. A really sweet, quick and light hearted read for any animal lover.
Jo Malone – My Story
I briefly explained this book on my recent review of her Jo Loves, Pomelo fragrance, (read that here) however I loved it too much not to share again. Like every autobiography it starts with her early life and I know this is going to sound so judgmental, but as her products are high end I just assumed she came from a posh London family, which isn’t true! She started out life on a council estate with a normal working family. She touches on her struggles with dyslexia and how it can get in her way with certain areas of business but how she’s learnt to deal with it. Reading her story from how she started to where she is now is inspirational, I love a good girl boss story and hers definitely didn’t disappoint! Reading this felt like I was listening to a friend and I’m sure I will reach for this book again in the future.
Inside Vogue: My Diary of Vogue’s 100th Year – Alexandra Shulman
After reading Jo Malone’s book I was interested in reading more “Boss Lady” books as I find it fascinating how business Women build themselves up and juggle their personal and profession lives! As British Vogue was celebrating their 100th year whilst she was still Editor in Chief, Alexandra kept a diary of her days with short daily recaps and her thoughts then published it. As Editor in Chief of British Vogue from 1992 to 2017 Alex knows a thing or two about the fashion world, so I was very intrigued to see what she had to say! It provides a great insight of the world behind the glossy magazine and what it can really be like. It was a fun and enjoyable read which I would defiantly recommend to any fashion lover.
Do you have any recent recommendations?
Thank you for reading!