Books to read in 2016


 Is this post long overdue? Yep, by about 3 months, but I was busy finishing up the last book I started.

Books that hit home:

#GIRLBOSS is a movement as well as a book. This is a motivational read for anyone who thinks they are struggling to reach their full potential. As a self-proclaimed procrastinator it’s definitely a good read to get that kick that no one other than you can give you.

Only Ever Yours is a piece of dystopian fiction set in a time where women are powerless and are genetically manufactured to be ‘perfection’, are taught nothing other than to be beautiful and are raised in order to please men. At the age of 16, if you aren’t chosen to be a wife, your only other option is a concubine and, on a rare occasion, a teacher who sets up the next generation of girls. Even though it is fictional,  this book holds a lot of relevance when it comes to societal expectations and ideas of beauty.

I was waiting for my mum in Wimbledon one time, and she was taking absolutely ages, so I strolled into Waterstones where I came across What Should We Tell Our Daughters. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but the title definitely attracted my attention. When I flipped the book over to read what it’s about I saw it said “This is for every parent who has ever had to comfort a daughter who doesn’t feel ‘pretty’, for every young woman who out-performs her male peers and wonders why she is still not taken seriously, and for anyone interested in the world we are making for the next generation.” What makes this book so good is that it’s not written as a story, it’s literally written how it is.

For a bit of adventure:

My number one choice is without doubt Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Last year it was the 150th anniversary and the V&A Museum of Childhood was home to a small exhibition that showed how Alice’s character had been adapted over the years. While I was there I found the limited edition anniversary book.

The Rightful Heir – brace yourselves when you read up about this book because it took me a while to get my head round. You will find no spoilers here (mainly because I don’t want to ruin the adventure for anyone) but if you’re looking for some fantasy, adventure and London landmarks this book has it all! It’s a big read so if you have plenty of travel time it’s definitely the book to bring to make sure you don’t get bored. If you have a Kindle you can also download the e-book version just for some ease and convenience when it comes to walking around, plus you’ll never lose your page.

What have I just finished reading?

Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man – the book that inspired the film. My friend has told me on multiple occasions that I am ‘the worst girl because I don’t think like one’ – whatever that actually means – so I thought I’d give it a read because I loved the film. It was actually a fun read. I know in the film they get the book for advice but I just enjoyed reading the book, I think it’s the tone it’s written in.

What are you reading?

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