Whilst I don’t have all the time in the world to read these days, I tend to set myself a yearly reading goal to keep myself accountable and “force” myself to set some time aside on the daily for sitting down with a good book. I love reading, and used to pour through a book a day as a teenager. Nowadays it’ll take me a good week or so to finish a novel, but some reading time is better than no reading time. Here are the last five books I read and really loved – hopefully you’ll find a new favourite in the mix.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
My Nanna suggested this book to me after she devoured it in a few days. Not my usual fiction pick, I went in with an open mind, and finished it mind blown. No wonder the book has won so many awards. All The Light We Cannot See tells the stories of two youth, set in Nazi Germany and France in the 1930s and 40s. The first, a blind girl living in France with family when the war rages outside the walls of her Uncle’s home, the second, an orphan boy with a brilliant mind who is chosen to join the Hilter Youth and “fight” for his country. Told from both characters point of view, the story is beautifully written leaving you wanting more even when it’s over. I gave this one 5/5 stars.
Szen Zone by Gary Szenderski
Kindly gifted for my soul searching pleasure, Szen Zone is a self help book with a difference. Instead of the usual psycho-babble about the “exact steps” to change your life, this book is is written in a way that makes you stop and think about the small wins in the every day. Focused on the ultimate goal of reaching positive change, it’s the least self helpy self help book I’ve read lately. No one likes being told what to do, but Szen Zone just gives the reader a gentle push in the right direction. I highly recommend it!
Like A Queen by Constance Hall
I’ve been a huge Constance Hall fan since her first ever viral Facebook post and when I found out she was writing a book it went straight on the wish list. I love her honesty, her personable writing style and her sense of humour. She’s funny, she’s fresh and she’s not afraid to speak the truth. Whilst the book is probably better suited to mothers (I found the chapters about child birthing and child rearing slightly stale), I still enjoyed her accounts of living on the daily. This is one book to buy the expecting mother. Anyone who keeps it real is my cup of tea!
Mia Culpa by Mia Freedman
I picked up this book in an op shop over Christmas (the best place to buy books in my opinion) as I’m a huge Mia Freedman fan from way back and I really enjoyed this one. Easy to read and very relatable, Mia Culpa is almost like reading a bunch of magazine features all rolled into one book. From relationship dramas to sex advice to how to deal with waxing and primping your bod there’s a little bit of everything to keep you laughing. This book is the perfect pool side or holiday read when you just want to let your mind zone out and relax.
The Girls by Emma Cline
Oh my gosh, this book was flipping fantastic. Fiction at its finest, The Girls tells the story of Evie, a lonely teen in the 1960’s looking for her place in the world. And the place she found happened to be a religious cult of rebellious youth lead by a charismatic and disturbing leader. Extremely well written, this one is a page turner and I’m itching for the author to release her next novel. I won’t reveal too much except you’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time.
What are you reading at the moment? Any suggestions?
*Szen Zone gifted for my review. All opinions are my own as per my disclosure policy.