At the beginning of the year, I decided to set myself the challenge of reading one book a week, so 52 throughout 2019. Sadly, I’m a bit behind on my goal but I’m definitely getting there. I’ve spent so much more time the last few months with my head buried in a book rather than buried in social media and I am loving it. So far in 2019, I’ve read eight books and am almost halfway through number nine! I thought I’d share what I’ve read so far and mini reviews along with them. I’ll check in halfway through 2019 to see how many more books I’ve read by then.
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1. The Secrets of Midwives – Sally Hepworth This book had been sat on my bookshelves for at least a year. I’d picked it up on a whim in a charity shop(probably where most of my books come from!) but I’m so glad that I did. The story follows a grandmother, mother and daughter who are all midwives but all have very different views on the practice and very different lives. As the title suggests, there are secrets that are waiting to unfold as the book goes on. From start to finish I loved this book, from the writing style to the twists and turns. 5/5 stars
2. I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai (Quick Read Edition) Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you’ll no doubt have heard of Malala, “the girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban” is often how she is described. Reading Malala’s story was not only deeply insightful into a life of living in a war torn country as a young girl, but truly inspiring. Malala has done so much in the short amount of time that she has been on this earth and she really has defied all the odds! Part of the Quick Reads series and little over 100 pages, I’d highly recommend picking this up to take on a long journey with you! 5/5 stars
3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris I’d seen the rave reviews on this book all over the internet so when I found a copy in my favourite(yes I have a favourite!) charity shop, I picked it up and made a funny squeal noise I’m sure! A deeply touching story of Lale Sokolov and his time at Auschwitz. A tale of love and true terror, one that had me welling up several times. 5/5 stars
4. Paris For One – Jojo Moyes (Quick Reads)If you’re unsure what the quick reads series of books are, they’re available in libraries across the UK and are great if you’re not quite sure what you’d like to read but fancy something a bit different to what you’d normally pick up. You don’t have to invest yourself into a 500 page novel to get to grips with a new author, before discovering you really don’t enjoy their work. Paris for one is both heart breaking and hilarious as it follows main character Nell on her solo venture to Paris after her slimy boyfriend decides to cancel last minute.. what a douche! Another good one for packing in your travel bag! 4/5 stars
5. The Importance of Being Ernest – Oscar Wilde (Available for free on the Kindle) A classic play that many have loved for well over 100 years. One of Oscar Wilde’s most popular plays, I did enjoy the read. However, it didn’t grip me as much as I was hoping it would. It was a fairly quick and easy read but asides from the humour, I didn’t get too much out of it, personally. 3/5 stars
6. Making It Up As I Go Alone – Marian Keyes This book had me in stitches multiple times! This is the first book that I’ve read by Marian Keyes but I can’t wait to read more of her work. Making It Up As I Go Along is a collection of short personal stories, articles and blog posts that Marian has shared over the years, along with some previously unpublished work. I fell in love with Marian’s writing style and I hope that her witty personality shines through in her novels also as I have some on my TBR pile. 4/5 stars
7. The Danish Way of Parenting – Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl There aren’t many parenting books that I’ve read or have on my to read pile, but when I saw this one in my local library, I picked it up and found myself reading it, stood in the library for a solid 5 minutes. So of course, I checked it out and took it home. If you are a parent then I highly recommend you picking up a copy of this. I can’t tell you how thoroughly I enjoyed it and so much of it has resonated with myself. I’ve copied this from the blurb that sums up the different sections of the book:
- Play: essential for development and well-being
- Authenticity: fosters trust and an ‘inner compass’
- Reframing: helps kids cope with setbacks and look on the bright side
- Empathy: allows us to act with kindness towards others
- No ultimatums: no power struggles or resentment
- Togetherness: a way to celebrate family time, on special occasions and every day
8. Notes On A Nervous Planet – Matt Haig Last year I read Reasons To Stay Alive and it truly touched me, so I knew that Notes On A Nervous Planet wouldn’t disappoint. I devoured it in two sittings over two days and.. just wow. Whether you’re battling your own mental health issues, know a loved one that is or are simply feeling a bit lost in this big bad world, then this is a book that you need to add to your bookshelf. I don’t think I can do it any justice trying to create a write up on it, so just take my word for it and get yourself a copy. 5/5 stars
What have you been reading this year? Do you have any recommendations for me? I’d love to know if you go on to read any of the books I’ve shared today!