The Books I Read In 2017

Friday, 26 January 2018

Nearly every year, I always tell myself that I'm going to read more books throughout the year and every year without fail, I give up. I don't know why I give up, I just do. Sometimes I find that I can't find the time to read and that really is a massive bit of BS because I spend a lot of my time on social media and I want to be able to cut down on that by quite a bit. Maybe this year I'll try swapping my phone for a book in my spare time - it'll be a lot more healthier!

So like I said, I always try and read more throughout the years and try and make it one of my NYR and last year was no different. I started off great and then I'm not sure what happened but I slowly found myself not reaching for my collection of unread books.

I thought with this blog post, I would still show you some of the books that I managed to read last year. Some books took me no longer than a week to read and others well, other books took me a really long time to read. Like a reeeaaalllly long time to read.

As you can see from the photos, I only managed to read 9 books last year. Yup, only 9 books (it's an improvement from 2015 though... I managed to read 8 books in the whole of 2015...Yikes.) I don't know about you but I find it completely disappointing and completely underwhelming. I use to be such a book work when I was younger and would dedicate a lot of my time to reading. Something happened during year 10 when I pretty much stopped reading all together - I blame GCSE's.  During my college years, I did pick up reading but I sort of did force myself to do so as I use to write about the books I read each month. I've deleted some of the blog posts about them because I pretty much just wrote them because I felt like I had to, not because I enjoyed reading them.

I thought I would do a quick little summary about some of these books and let you all know which books I'd recommend. If I had to choose 3 books from this pile and recommend them to a friend I would pick:

  • milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
  • Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
  • Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes
All three books are completely unrelated to one another but the one thing that have in common is that they are all written by bad ass women. 

Milk and Honey is a book full of beautiful, emotional and heartbreaking as well as heartwarming poems and you can easily read this in a day. Every poem in that book will make you stop and think about where Rupi is coming from. Some poems I found myself relating to and others I found myself getting emotional over. Even if poetry isn't your cup of tea (or should I say glass of milk......) I certainly would still recommend this book.

Everyday Sexism is another brilliant book that I recommend you and try read. Or maybe I should use the word 'urge'. This books is a complete eye opener to what women have to deal with on a daily basis. Whether it's comments from strangers on the streets, your boss or even family members, this book is full of small anecdotes from women. At the age of 22, I have had a few unnecessary and incredibly infuriating comments made towards me. The one thing that a few old and creepy and weird and peculiar men have told me is that I need to smile more. I would just like to point out that there isn't a law in this land, in fact, there isn't a law on this planet that states that I have to smile more...or at all for that matter. Can't I just get on with my business without having people telling me what to do??  But that's a completely different blog post. Why I need to smile for old men completely baffles me. Anyway, like I said this book is a complete eye opener as to what us women have to put up with and out of the three books that I've chosen, this book would probably be the one that  I would urge you to read.

Out of the three books, I think that Pretty Honest would make a great present for that person in your life who loves their skincare and makeup. It's almost like a Bible for those who relish in skincare and makeup. It taught me a lot about having a skincare routine and just makeup in general and yes, there is a lot to learn. I always describe makeup as a life skill and it's one of those that you will continue to learn about the more you use. No one who starts using makeup knows exactly what they're doing and it does take time to master. I've been a full face of makeup for about 4 years and I've learnt a lot about it in those years. Believe me, I'm no expert or pro when it comes to makeup but I like to think that by now, I am doing an okay job of it. It's not just about how to use makeup or what products to use in your skincare routine, this book also touches on subjects like: perfume,waxing, acne and beauty and motherhood. If you know a makeup lover then I would highly recommend this book for them. Or if you happen to be the only makeup lover you know, why don't you treat yourself?

Whilst I pretty much enjoyed reading all of these books, those 3 are the ones that definitely stood out for me. If you are interested in learning more about the other books that have been mentioned you can easily find blogposts about them on my blog!

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