I’m a true believer that the best gift you can buy someone is a book so here’s a very short and sweet round-up of some books that I feel you NEED to read and that might make a lovely gift for that special somebody this Christmas or of course yourself! 🙂
“Not that kind of Girl” by Lena Dunham: Painfully realistic and hilarious from Page 1. I found this book really hard to put down! Already a huge fan of Lena from her popular show “Girls”, I wasn’t disappointed with her book. Put simply, it’s a story of her life and the little details that made her who she is now. She doesn’t shy away from the “awkward” topics but that is what we love about her after all. Each chapter focuses on a different topic that we are all too familiar with as fellow girls. Such a good gift for any gal in your life. Guys probably just won’t “get it” but that’s ok.
“How to be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran: Nothing too dissimilar from Lena’s book, Caitlin discusses her journey to becoming a woman and what it takes to be a woman in modern society. Painfully yet hilariously truthful Caitlin Moran discusses a number of topics related to women; voting, babies, abortions, Brazilian waxes etc and throws in snippets from her personal experiences on these matters. While I didn’t necessarily agree with everything that she talked about, I realised that this was the whole point of the book. Part of the lesson Caitlin’s trying to impart is that there can be disagreement among women but this doesn’t mean that we are not supporting the “sisterhood” by stating our differences. The whole theme of feminism is dealt with in a quirky and humorous manner and her chatty style of writing had me hooked from the very start.
“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt: Quite possibly my personal favourite read from 2014, The Goldfinch is a gripping tale about a boy and a painting. I don’t want to give too much away but this book really does have something for everyone. Romance, action, sadness you name it. The book centres on one main protagonist and the trouble he has to keep a particular famous painting safe and a secret. It’s another book that you’ll be racing to finish so you can discuss with your friends.
“I am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes: They call it the “ultimate spy novel of 2014” which would normally put me off, but I really think that this is one of those books that I’ll recommend to everyone for years and years to come. The books follows one main character in particular, an american secret agent and his quest to track down a dangerous jihadi terrorist. I don’t want to give anything at all away but I will say that my heart was beating quite quick through 90% of the book!
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini: This book has been out for years and it’s one that I’ve actually sat down and read a few times. The story focuses on the friendship between Amir and his best friend Hassan. They both share a love of kite flying and it’s something that has bonded them throughout their childhood. While the story centres on their friendship as they grow up, there’s also quite a lot of historical and political undertones, as their home town in Afghanistan comes under war. The story shows how controversies, betrayal and sadness happens not only in war but also between two friends.
“When God was Rabbit” by Sarah Winman: A book of two halves that follows the relationship between the main character Elly and her brother as they grow up. The first half of the book is about her childhood where she charts her life around popular culture and world events. She learns what it means to be British, female and part of a loving family. The second half of the book, shows Elly in her twenties when life loses its sheen and becomes ultimately more complex. This is a coming of age book that will have you both laughing and crying in equal measures!
“The Pact” by Jodi Picoult: I couldn’t include a book guide without including my favourite author and this book is probably my most favourite of all of them. The main theme is suicide which of course seems bleak and as with all of her books there is the usual moral dilemma leaving not only the characters in the book to decide what’s right or wrong, but also the reader. In this book, Jodi keeps you in suspense and tugs on those heartstrings as you read about a young couple who come to a terrible demise. I promise you will be gripped from Chapter 1.
“Healing Foods” by Neal’s Yard: Now one for the foodies/health freaks out there. In depth book that goes through the nutritional value of hundreds of foods including recipes and top tips on how to incorporate them into your diet. A must- have for anybody into nutrition/ health/ food and it looks great on your coffee table. (I know, I’m very sad).
I could stay here for hours and hours and discuss more books with you but I guess we’ll leave that for another time, until then answer me this: Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned above? What are your all-time favourite reads?