Not that you would know it’s summer due to the solidly grey sky, endless rain and the need for a coat, but since it is, hopefully most people will have some sort of escape planned. Even if that involves a few days off at home with the heating whacked up and many cups of tea. Good old British summer time. I’ve done a lot of reading lately, and I’m currently building a new reading list, but these are a few tried and tested winners that you should consider reading. They’re all very different too, as I have zero ‘type’ when it comes to reading. I love all sorts. And these also aren’t new releases or anything, I just really bloody love them, and they’re all on Kindle or in paperback on Amazon if you feel inclined to try them.
Also if you’ve fallen off the reading bandwagon like I had at the start of this year, do try and get back on. I don’t care how lame it might sound to some people, because I don’t think it’s lame at all, the joy of reading a good book is hard to beat.
The Cormoran Strike books- Robert Galbraith:
So this is kind of a three-in-one recommendation and as we all know by now, these are written by JK Rowling. Since this lady is basically my literary hero thanks to HP, I don’t know why it took me so long to read these. My boyfriend read them first then kept telling me how good they were, and they are. They’re the kind of books where you invest in characters straight away and the clever writing style leaves you curious about some of the information you’ve been fed about their lives. I’m on the third at the moment, but absolutely ploughed through The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silk Worm. If you like detective stories and trying to solve a puzzle as you read, you’ll thoroughly enjoy these. They make you want to sack off your day job and become a detective and buy some mirrored aviators and a wig. I also love how they’re set in London and mention so many places I know well.
White Girl Problems- Babe Walker:
The funniest book I have ever read, without a shadow of a doubt. I howled with laughter reading this. It’s so crude and so outrageous but so bloody hilarious. It basically takes on every rich girl cliche characteristic you can imagine, adds in Los Angeles and multiplies it all by a million. There’s sex, outrageous money, fashion, surgeons, boyfriends, many diets and lots of cocaine. It touches on loads of issues girls struggle with growing up, but makes a sort of welcome relief mockery of them through this ridiculous character Babe, who you can sort of relate to in a disbelieving way. Seriously, this is the ultimate holiday read. The follow up is equally as hilarious, if not more.
Belle- Lesley Pearce:
An entire world away from the above books, this is not a read to take lightly. But if you really like losing yourself in a long read, I highly recommend this. it’s about a teenager who’s abducted into the sex-slave trade, but it’s set in 1910, so there’s lots of period descriptiveness that I wouldn’t normally go for, but loved in this book. It’s also a story you struggle to forget. I’ve read it twice, the first time about 5 years ago and still think about it sometimes. It’s also frightening when you remember this actually happened and still happens to real people.
Amy Poehler- Yes Please:
I love funny women and Amy is one of my favourite. I loved her from the very first seconds of Parks and Recreation and from snippets of her doing Saturday Night Live bits on YouTube. Her book goes into how she became as successful as she is, how the ins and outs of the comedy circuit work and all the weird and wonderful experiences her amazing career has led to. It’s funny too, obviously.
Nice is just a place in France- How to win at basically everything- The Betches:
I’ll let this book sum itself up: ‘LOOK, MAYBE YOU’RE A NICE GIRL, but we’re guessing you’re more like us or you probably wouldn’t have picked up this book. Not that we have a problem with girls who are nice people. But being nice is just not the way to get what you want. And this book is about getting what you want.’ This book is flipping hilarious and I love it dearly. It turns the world of self-help on its head with advice like ‘don’t be ugly’ and ‘don’t be poor’ and I’ve never enjoyed taking reading with a pinch of salt more.