10 books to read in 2018
At the start of 2017 I promised myself I would do more reading.
I've kept a list of the books I've read this year - a real mix as you'll see below.
I'm not saying I'm racing through the classics or anything but I've picked books up that have been recommended to me or well reviewed.
I'm realising the more I do sit down to read that it’s a wonderful feeling to get lost in a book for hours on end.
I always seem to sleep better too if i read a chapter before bed (rather than faffing on my phone!).
So here are some of my favourites from over the past 12 months:
If you like...Real Life Stories
How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
This is one of the first books I read during 2017. It's a memoir by 30-something Beauty Editor Cat Marnell (I had never heard of her when I picked up the book). She lands her dream job at Lucky magazine in New York but her life spirals into addiction. She loses her friends, her self-confidence and strains family relationships along the way. Sounds bleak, why read it you may say? Well there's something in the way that Marnell writes that kept me captivated through the book. It's a raw, unglamorous account of life with an addiction to medication and drugs but I found it a fascinating read.
If you like...Productivity
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
This concept has really taken off in the US and basically involves starting your day earlier. By doing so you make more time for yourself so you can exercise, do a hobby, meditate, read etc. In a time when our lives can be rushed and stressful, this could just be what is needed. I managed my first earlier start the other day and even if the kids did wake up just as I'd taken my first few sips of tea (typical), 5 minutes to myself was pretty amazing! You can read more about The Miracle Morning here.
If you like...True Crime
The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere
A family are murdered in a small French town and the author seeks out to unravel why it happened. Without giving too much away, it's fair to say he comes across much more than he bargained for in this gripping real-life murder mystery.
If you like...Photography
Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth
At the beginning of 2017, I decided I would spend more time during the year reading about famous photographers and their work. I have so far read at least 15 photography books, many borrowed from the library. A couple of those really stood out for me. Street Photography Now introduced me to a range of different street photographers. It taught me more about great composition, brilliant use of light and about observing all around you, all the time. After reading this book, I booked myself onto a street photography class in London with Paul Russell - one of the photographers who features in the book.
All That Life Can Afford by Matt Stuart
This great book is by photographer Matt Stuart, who is now a member of the Magnum photo agency. Matt's book is full of humour, witty observation, great use of repeating colours and shapes. I look at his work wishing I had taken many of his great shots. A really inspirational book for keen photographers out there.
If you like....Travel
The Worrier's Guide To The End of the World by Torre DeRoche
A few years back Torre DeRoche wrote a great book called Love With A Chance of Drowning. It's a feel good, funny book about her travels on the high seas in a sailing boat with a guy she met one night in a bar who became her boyfriend. In the aftermath of the book and while there were talks about it being made into a Hollywood film, her relationship broke down and her cherished father died. The Worrier's Guide to The End of The World sees Torre setting off to travel again, this time solo and to explore Italy and India. It's an emotional and soul searching trip with humour and unforgettable memories along the way. Torre's beautiful description of Italy will have you booking plane tickets in a second.
If you like...Inspirational Reads
The Little Big Things by Henry Fraser
Author Henry Fraser had a swimming accident at 17 which has left him paralysed from the neck down. Henry talks us through what happened that day in Portugal, his time in hospital, rehab, moving back home and how he turned to and developed his art (he uses a paintbrush in his mouth to paint). This is far from being a weepy book; Henry is incredibly positive despite all he has been through. It sounds like he has a wonderful, fun family and as a team they have adapted together. This book is about the importance of loved ones, about being positive, about appreciating everyday. It's a very special book I'd urge everyone to read.
If you like...Confidence Boosting Books
Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa
I wrote more about this great book here. This is a wonderful read if you are stuck in a rut creatively, desperate to start a new hobby but lacking the confidence. Or maybe you are simply having doubts about your own work. This book will give you the confidence boost to get back on track, simple as that.
If you like...Quirky Children's books:
Eat Your People by Lou Kuenzler
My favourite book as a child was all about a Hippo who sat on a roof eating cake. It was quirky, strange, weird, full of bold colours and images and I remember it vividly from my childhood. Eat Your People is equally quirky, weird and funny. The story is set around the dinner table of a family of monsters. Monty, the boy monster is fussing over his food (a plate of small people) as the rest of the family encourage him to 'Eat your People.' It's a funny take on fussy toddlers at mealtimes and our eldest (3) loves it!
If you are thinking of....Blogging
My Blogging Secrets by Amber McNaught
I decided earlier this year to get back into blogging. It's something I started six months after my eldest was born. Blogging can be puzzling to some people and everyone has their reasons for doing it. For me, it's a creative outlet and one which I really enjoy. My Blogging Secrets is written by Amber who writes the blog Forever Amber. I raced through this book and learnt so much from it. It helps that Amber runs a successful blog herself but the fact that she's put in years of dedication to get to where she is now is a great inspiration. Million Dollar Blog is another read I'd highly recommend if you are looking to go down the blogging road or make improvements.