Books You Need In Your Life: October – December 2019

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So here we are… what could well be my very last Books You Need In Your Life piece! I’ve been doing these quarterly round-ups for three years now, and as you may have seen on Instagram, I’ve slightly lost the love for them. Writing the reviews began to feel less like something I really enjoyed, and more of a routine obligation; and we can’t be having that.

Next year, I’ll be exploring some new post ideas and alternative ways of sharing my favourite reads (so do ensure you’re following me on Instagram to keep up to date!) but for now, here we go. My final favourite reads of 2019…

The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven* (Electric Monkey)

“Was so mad last night I couldn’t even bring myself to type out the exchange with Mr. Wells. In fact, I’m still so angry I’m just lying in bed in a vague state of furious nausea, like how I imagine Melania feels when she watches Donald remove his shirt.”

In my opinion, the most satisfying reads are the ones that have you, as a reader, doing a complete U-Turn on your opinion of them. During the early chapters of this book, I wasn’t quite on board with the witty, pun-filled narration of Izzy O’Neil, telling her story in real-time in the form of blog posts. With the protagonist being the subject of a nationwide sex scandal at the age of eighteen and dealing with the aftermath pretty much singlehandedly, I felt the complete lack of reference to any kind of emotion made it more difficult for the reader to feel for and connect with what she was going through. Initially, I found it difficult to invest in the story of what was undeniably the story of any high school teenager’s worst nightmares.

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Books You Need In Your Life, July – September 2019

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Although we’re waving a temporary goodbye to outdoor reading in the summer sunshine, the most wonderful time of the year is approaching. Hands up if you’re ready for cosy book and blanket season? Excellent. Here are a few books that may need to make their way onto your TBR pile…

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Books You Need In Your Life, April-June 2019

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Another quarter brings another reading wrap-up. And since this one is one of my favourite bookish posts I’ve written in a long time, thanks to some truly brilliant reads, let’s jump right into it…

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Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery – Wordsworth Collector’s Edition*

“Have we really only another mile to go before we get home? I’m glad and I’m sorry. I’m sorry because this drive has been so pleasant and I’m always sorry when pleasant things end. Something still pleasanter may come after, but you can never be sure. And it’s so often the case that it isn’t pleasanter. That has been my experience anyhow. But I’m glad to think of getting home. You see, I’ve never had a real home since I can remember.”

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Books You Need In Your Life, January- March 2019

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I usually kick off these posts with a passing comment about how time flies but my goodness, it’s been a long three months hasn’t it? Quite frankly, I’m glad to see the back of them. Thankfully I had some cracking reads to get me through it, and I’m so, so ready for the warmer weather and new summer releases. 

As always, the following contains affiliate links and some books are kindly gifted (scroll to the bottom of this post for more info), and any recommendations of your own are always welcome. I genuinely love to know what you’ve been reading lately!

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay (Picador)*

“We’re OK in obs and gynae – the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit sister took pity on us, no doubt clocking the size of the bags under our eyes, and had a spare key cut so we can kip on a hospital bed in her unit. It’s an act of charity so kind and so rare that it made my colleague Fleur cry, and then scour the honours website trying to work out if Sister would be eligible for an OBE. […] It’s a bed with stirrups, but beggars can’t be choosers; I’d have accepted a bed with a grand piano dangling from the ceiling above it by a single pube if there was any chance of some shut-eye”.

Whenever I see a book so highly praised by so many people, part of me always expects it to fall short of my expectations. I had high hopes for This Is Going To Hurt but thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. I tend to steer clear of real-life stories and biographies, however I’m so glad I discovered this book: it’s hands down one of the most insightful reads I’ve encountered in recent years.

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