Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Recently Read #1

One of the most bittersweet moments that can happen in life is coming to the end of a really good book. I've read books quite regularly since I was a young age and to be honest I would read books over watching TV any day. I thought I'd start a new series here so you can see what I've been reading and hopefully find a few titles that you like the sound of...

The Girl on the Train-Paula Hawkins
Okay I didn't actually read this THAT recently having finished it within days on my holiday to Italy in May but my god this was an absolute game changer for me. It's not the most intellectual book in the world but I love a good thriller and this one had me guessing and changing my mind and gasping the whole way through. If you liked Gone Girl then this is kind of similar to that. I won't say too much about what happens but the story is centred around the disappearance of a girl who goes missing not long after our protagonist spots her from her daily commute on the train. The twists are really quite clever and I couldn't put this down. I've also seen the trailer for the film version which I'm super excited for.

So You's Been Publicly Shamed-Jon Ronson
Maybe my second favourite non fiction title after 'The Psychopath Test' (link) which is another Jon Ronson masterpiece. This title explores all the ways which people are being shamed via social media with disastrous effects. From grown men losing their careers over a rude pun to a women targeted with rape and death threats over a really distasteful joke this really got me thinking about internet shaming and whether or not it can be a dangerous thing. I love his style of writing which is intelligent yet accessible and his choices of topics are always things I'm seriously interested in. If you haven't read any of his books then get out from under that rock and do it!

The Secret-Rhonda Byrne
Admittedly I read this ages ago, years ago I think, but I recently found it lying around and decided to read it again. I'm not really a fan of self-help books as I find them quite preachy and patronising but this one is honestly so helpful. It's all about how to bring goodness into your life by controlling your thoughts and although I'm yet to bring that lottery win into my life just trying to think good thoughts all the time has did wonders for my restless mind. I quite often have 101 things rattling around in my brain at any given time so this has brought a sense of calmness. I also like the fact it teaches you to be grateful and humble about what you have as that's really important!

What have you been reading this month? Do you have any recommendations? 

Lisa x

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