Books to cuddle Up with in the cold weather
Recently, I have been making a huge effort to get back into reading. If you're anything like me, reading comes and goes throughout the year, depending on how busy I am, the weather, university work, and what books I’ve got surrounding me. If I start reading a book that I am really struggling to get into, it sometimes puts me off reading another book for a while - and this works in reverse, if I read a book that I absolutely love it encourages me to read another straight after. If you haven’t already gathered, this happened recently, and my love for reading has been reborn.
I have decided to write a seasonal reading list/review, in a bid to not only inspire you guys to read more and get excited about books, but also to keep me on track with my reading. I feel like reading is one of the most calming things you can do day to day, and so I have gotten into the habit of reading before bed, and even just reading for 15 minutes or so here and there when I have a bit of spare time - instead of just scrolling through my Facebook feed over and over. It also makes me fall asleep so much easier, in comparison to looking at my harsh phone screen before bed, which is obviously another plus. Anyway, hopefully this list, which will be seasonal because I know that not many people have time to switch up their reading material monthly, will reflect the time of the year - winter reading for snuggling up in bed, summer holiday reading - you get my drift. Some of these books, I have already read, and some are actually on my ‘to read’ list, so if you read them or even if you have any suggestions, let me know!
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Oh my god. A bit late to jump on the bandwagon (I know), but honestly I am so glad I saved reading this one until now, because I feel as though it has really helped me to understand the direction I want my life and my career to go in. I would highly recommend this to anyone, in particular, any gals out there, who would love a confidence and courage boost, as this book truly affirmed what I want to do with my life and how I want to do it.
Side Note: if you haven’t already watched the Netflix series loosely based on this book, I would highly recommend it.
The Secret to Teen Power by Paul Harrington
Once again, late to the bandwagon. You will probably identify this as a common theme throughout this post, as I am trying to catch up on a good couple of months worth of reading in the cold weather. If you have read my posts on the Law of Attraction, you will probably know my story and love for this book. If you haven’t, check them out here by scrolling down a few posts. I am currently reading the adult version of this book, I simply stumbled across the teen version and thought I’d give it a whirl, because after all, I technically am a teen. And I actually think I like this version a little better, because it is more aimed at people around my age on the cusp of their careers and adulthood in general. This book genuinely changed my life, so do give it a go.
The Girls by Emma Cline
Now this is one of my ‘to read’ list. It just got delivered today, and honestly, the main reason I bought it was because it has a pretty cover. I’m studying art history and am a blogger, of course I judge a book by its’ cover, I have literally been trained to do just that. However, this book has also received a lot of hype recently, with writers such as Lena Dunham and bloggers alike giving it the thumbs up. I think it may be more of a summer read, but I am kind of missing summer (just a little) and thought it was time I read a novel after a recent surge in self-help or career books so I am going to give this one a go.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is the book I am currently reading, and so far, so good. From the author of Eat, Pray, Love, I am expecting big things (not that I have actually read her bestselling novel). It was recommended to me by a friend who also swears by The Secret, so if you liked that, I’m sure you’ll like this. I also think reading books such as these is a healthy way to keep motivated, to keep inspired. Sometimes, I find the effect of reading a self-help/inspirational book wears off after a couple of weeks, so it is always good to remind yourself and re-spark that energy.
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham
This is another book I am currently juggling. Again, I know, I am very late to the party. Well kind of, I actually purchased this book back in late 2014, after being recommended it by a couple of fellow feminist friends (Triple F’s), who like me, loved Dunham’s HBO series, Girls. However, after attempting it, I discovered I was just too young to truly understand or appreciate it, at 16. However, now at 19, I am absolutely loving the way Lena writes about growing into a young woman - she puts a humorous twist on even the most serious situations, leaving this one of the most relatable ‘celebrity’ books out there, in my opinion.
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Another book on my ‘to read’ pile that I am awaiting in the mail. However, I stumbled upon the movie adaptation on Stan last year, and it was one of the most relatable movies I think I have ever seen. The protagonist, a Catholic private school girl, living in Sydney with a large Italian family, school prefect, university struggles, boy problems? Switch up Italian for Irish and thats me three years ago. If you went to an all girls private school, or even if you didn’t, I think this book will hit pretty close to home, in one way or another. It also touches on mental health struggles experienced amongst both boys and girls, emphasising the pressure that is placed on final year students. I can’t wait to give it a read! I also highly recommend the movie if you haven’t already gathered.