Hey guys! Admittedly, I'm not huge on reading and rarely find the time to get stuck into a book, as I just tend to stick to reading blog posts. However, I find myself dedicating a lot more time to myself in Winter to relax and what better way to do so than reading whilst sipping a hot chocolate, or being surrounded by bubbles in the tub? So... want to know some of my favourite reads?
Mitch Winehouse- Amy, My Daughter
Since I was young, I loved Amy Winehouse; there was just something about her- from her voice to her attitude of not caring to be different. Even now, I'm obsessed and could probably sing every song back to front, off by heart. Okay, back to front may be an exaggeration, but nonetheless... this is such an amazing book- I remember the joy getting it the week it came out. Without exaggerating, I have probably read this book 8 times! I feel like Amy was publisized in the media in such a bad light due to her alcoholism and drug addiction- but this book, written by her dad himself, gives a whole other side to who Amy actually was. From childhood to her final days, this book gives insight to the stories that were never told and perhaps also into how much she really was struggling, yet trying to get better.
Henry Caroll- Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs
Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs Of People
If you know me well, you'll know that photography is one of my main passions and continuing to educate myself about photography is one of my favourite things to do! As well as taking on a course, I decided to buy these two books and they are one of the most helpful tools ever for a begginer. From the simplistic, easy-to-comprehend graphics to nailing down of the basics, if you have a camera- these books are a godsend!
Sophia Amoruso- #GIRLBOSS
For anybody out there needing some motivation and a kick up the arse, this is the book for you! In this book, Sophia Amoruso (founder and owner of 'Nasty Gal') tells the story of how she went from a frequent hitchhiker and shoplifter to a multi-millionaire- as well as sharing some important lessons she learnt along the way! I don't quite know if this book is more inspiring or motivational, but it is a good read and will give you plenty of laughs along the way.
John Green- Looking For Alaska
If you haven't read this book, then where have you been?! To give you a quick low down (no spoilers of course!), Pudge (Miles Halter) is sent off to a boarding school- where he meets a reckless crush, Alaska. Pudge narrates the story and we follow his friendship/time with Alaska, that is... until something drastic happens. Without a shadow of doubt, this book had me so lured in that I couldn't put it down!
Jennifer Niven- All The Bright Places
If you liked 'The Fault In Our Stars', then you'll love this book! Without ruining the book for you, it tells the story of two suicidal teenagers (Theodore Finch and Violet Markey) who come from two completely different backgrounds. Then, as the blurb says, "they meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It's only together they can be themselves..". Again, I honestly couldn't put this book down- and that's coming from somebody who doesn't read too often! That, and I couldn't help but cry at the end!
Paula Hawkins- The Girl On The Train
For me, 'The Girl On The Train' will always remain one of my favourite books! This book, told from several perspectives, follows the chaotic life of Rachel- a mad, sad and bitter alcoholic who can't bear to see her ex move on, after her addiction ruined their relationship. However, this thriller starts to take a darker twist and soon becomes a murder mystery with a (personally) unexpected ending. While it does drag on a little while near the beginning, I loved this book- although the ending puzzled me at the beginning!