My most proud achievement in 2018 was reading my first book since I was 16. I was one of those kids at school who was really sporty and great at math but anything that involved reading and writing meant I had to work twice as hard as everybody else to succeed.
The struggle proved too much, so after leaving school I surrendered to the belief that I couldn’t read, therefore didn’t pick up a book in over 7 years!
Over the years my job has demanded more and more script reading and public speaking which was leaving me feeling really anxious. After somebody approached me on a job criticizing my ability to read I figured it was time to try and do something about.
I picked up my first book in March and now consider myself a major bookworm!
I have read various kinds of books over the months, some self-help, some memoirs and some fiction. Here are my favourite 5:
You Do You – Sarah Knight
You Do You is a self- help book with a twist. It’s not all airy-fairy preachy preachy like most self- help books; instead in Sarah’s sarcastic and direct manner, she teaches you how to go through life doing you. I refer back to the book ALL of the time!
Everything I know About Love- Dolly Alderton
You will laugh, you will cry and if you’re a millennial, you will relate SO hard to this very real and raw memoir written by Dolly about her years of love and dating experience. Like many of us girls, she’s spent years searching for ‘love’ to find that the love she’d been searching for had been their all along.
The Language of Kindness- Christie Watson
Christie Watson tells us first hand what it was like to be a nurse for twenty years. From Births to deaths, from illness to recovery- she shares her shocking and heartwarming account of a profession defined by acts of kindness. Prepare to ball your eyes out, and feel ounces of gratitude. This book will change you.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
You will be hooked! Based on a true story, the book follows the love of a man and women who meet within the disastrous circumstances of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. While everybody around them is dying, their love is the one thing keeping them alive. Truly heartbreaking but incredible story!
Becoming- Michelle Obama
If you need a little inspiration to go out and take on the world, then you need to read this book. An Autobiography written by Michelle Obama, where she opens up about her childhood, her love story, and her time as first lady in such a raw and relatable way. If you’re not already, you will become obsessed with this woman.
So there we have it, the 5 books I recommend you read in 2019. My library is slowly but surely piling up again, so I’ll check back in at a later date to share my new recommendations.
‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one’
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All my love,