My former 8-year-old self, who collected Jacqueline Wilson books rather than Pokemon cards, would incredibly proud of my current 24-year-old self. Why, you ask? Well, this summer, I’ve rediscovered my love for reading.
I have to be strict with myself and force myself into the first few pages, but once I’m in, I can’t stop. In the past month, I’ve read at every given chance – on public transport, whilst waiting for friends, before I drift off to sleep, and even on my lunch break at work.
For me, there’s a real satisfaction that comes with reading. We currently live in a go, go world in which every minute is monetised. The world never stops, the Internet never sleeps and there’s always something that needs to be done. But when you’re reading a physical, the whole world appears to stop. As someone who is usually obsessed with being ~productive~, reading is changing that – and for the better. It’s making me have less of a (draining) desire to do things, but instead, let myself do something for the pleasure rather than a specific goal.
Throughout July, I read three books. Read on to uncover what I thought of each of them, and where you can purchase each of them. [Please note that I have added affiliate links to each book review. This basically means if you buy them – I earn a small bit of commission.]
The Cows – Dawn O’Porter
This book caught my eye, possibly because it’s the only book I had slightly heard of whilst browsing in Barter Books. After reading the synopsis, I knew it was my street and decided to purchase it on a whim.
What it’s about? The Cows is an interconnected story of three very different women who have experienced sexism from both men and women. Camilla is a blogger known for her strong opinions and liberating lifestyle; Tara is a middle-aged single mum who makes documentaries for TV; Stella is a quiet PA and is currently grieving after her twin sister passed away.
Their lives collide when Tara is caught on camera doing something pretty private, which bring up the issues of sexist double standards, privacy, slut-shaming, consent and more.
Did I enjoy it? Yes! The narrative is honest, funny and surprisingly compassionate. It’s hard to go into depth without giving too much away, but I felt that Dawn O’Porter is telling the reader that we should all strive to be who we want to be. To stand up and #Don’tFollowTheHerd. 5/5 ⭐
Interested in buying the book? Purchase ‘The Cows’ from Wasterstones.com
My Thoughts Exactly – Lily Allen
I’ll be totally honest. I’ve never been a fan of Lilly Allen; I always saw her as someone who came from a privileged background but pretended to be poor. But after hearing all of the positive reviews about this book – and the fact it was on the 2 for £8 deal in my local Tesco’s – I thought I’d give it a read. Now, that decision might just be up there as one of the best decisions in all of 2019. You’re probably thinking ‘bit dramatic, Bekki’ but this book is such an eye-opener.
What’s it about? It’s a memoir about fame, excesses, break-ups and break-downs. Making mistakes and owning mistakes. Addiction and sobriety. Bad sex and good sex. Body image. Mental illness and anger. Abuse. It’s her truth.
What did I think about it? She really bares her soul into the book, and I have so much respect for her for doing so. I had no idea everything she had been through, and empathise with her so much. For her to write about the stuff she does so openly, humbling (and at times, wittily), it’s impossible to not love this book.
If you want to discover the real Lily Allen – or look at how much of the media can subconsciously warp our ideas of celebrities – read this book. 5/5 ⭐
Interested in buying the book? Purchase ‘My Thoughts, Exactly’ from Wasterstones.com
Reader, I Married Me – Sophie Tanner
[Gifted] I was very kindly sent a copy of Sophie Tanner’s ‘Reader, I Married Me’ to read and review. Whilst, I was only asked to share it on my Instagram – I thought I would expand my review on here.
What’s it about? In summary, the protagonist, Chloe, finds out that her boyfriend has cheated on her (how she finds out had me in hysterics). Then, out of thin air – decides to dump her to go sailing around the world. After needing a pick-me-up, Chloe decides to try her hand at online dating – which turns into a complete disaster (word of warning for online daters: please read people’s profiles thoroughly.) Chloe then decides to turn to herself and goes on a mission of self-love and acceptance by planning a wedding. To marry herself.
What did I think? I’m not going to lie; I’ve always thought the idea of marrying yourself to be a bit high-and-mighty. However, ‘Reader, I Married Me’ really makes you think and question your own perceptions about modern-day love. It’s also a wonderfully hilarious book. I found myself laughing a lot. The only criticism I would have that is the character was quite naive – and I found myself working things out much quicker than her, which was frustrating.
However, if you’re after a feel-good read this summer, then I would recommend it – especially for those currently going through a break-up. 4/5 ⭐
Interested in buying the book? Purchase ‘Reader, I Married Me’ from Wasterstones.com
Have you read any of the above? Alternatively, leave any recommendations below! I am getting through my ‘to read’ list on Good Reads quicker than ever.3