October 04, 2015

Books, Books, Books! September top picks

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Books I’ve Read This Month:

Why Not Me – Mindy Kaling (Ebury Press)

I’ve reviewed this book here outlining the “8 most relatable moments”. I really enjoyed this book. Basically if you loved “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” you’ll adore this follow up. It’s more of the same: witty, relatable essays. I especially enjoyed her honesty around confidence, and failure.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet – Felicia Day (Touchstone)

I enjoyed this, but it felt a little young for me. Towards the end of the book Felicia starts to covers serious topics such as Gamergate and feminism activism and they are extremely well-written. Definitely worth a read even to read about Felicia’s unconventional and very cool Internet/YouTube career.

The Most of Nora Ephron (Doubleday UK)

The most brilliant collection of Nora Ephron’s books, foreword by India Knight. A book I will keep forever. I LOVE NORA EPHRON. It’s so brilliant to have her work all in one place.

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Rising Strong – Brené Brown (Vermilion)

This book is for anyone who is doing anything in their life that includes risk-tasking (so, all of us). The stapline on the cover is: “If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up.” That’s exactly what it is. It is practical advice, using Brené’s own personal experiences to guide you to a place of calm vulnerability. It’s such a wise book. I feel genuinely so much better and stronger after reading it.

Dear Stranger (Penguin Random House)

This is an amazing books of different essays and letters “on the subject of happiness” and all to do with mental health. Some are sad, some are uplifting, some made me straight up cry my eyes out. But it’s a beautiful book, including contributions from amazing authors such as Caitlin Moran, Arianna Huffington, Marian Keyes. All profits from the sale of each book (at least £3) will go to Mind charity.

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I Call Myself a Feminist (Virago Books)

Described as a “youthful take on feminism” obviously my ears pricked up. This book features a whole host of incredible young writers all under 30, plus two of my personal faves June Eric-Udorie and Irish YA writer Louise O’Neill. Strong voices and serious issues delivered in a relatable, real way. I will be keeping this book firmly on my mantlepiece.

Barbara The Slut – Lauren Holmes (Fourth Estate)

A debut short-story collection. I LOVE reading short stories. Lauren Holmes writes with charm, sass and vulnerability. I absolutely loved dipping in and out to read these stories, getting lost in the lives of lots of different characters. My personal favourite was “How Am I Supposed to Talk to You?”

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Books On Next Month’s Reading List

Truths, Half truths and Little White Lies – Nick Frost (Hodder)

“Dogged by his own personal demons, Nick tells of the hilarious, jaw dropping and at times heartbreaking experiences that have punctuated his tumultuous life. This is exhilarating, joyful and unforgettable storytelling and unlike any memoir you’re likely to read.”

Every Thing We Touch – Paula Zuccotti (Penguin)

“Paula Zuccotti travelled around the world to find people from an incredible array of ages, cultures, professions and backgrounds. She asked them to document every object they touched in 24 hours. Then she gathered those objects together and photographed them in a single shot.”

American Housewife – Helen Ellis (Doubleday)

“A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewife features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.”

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My Book

“In love with Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Alt Delete. So funny & smart, and reminding me of some of my own cringe teen Internet exploits!”

– Anna James, former literary editor of ELLE

"Funny, honest, and nostalgic!"

– The Debrief

“Emma Gannon is a bright spark of light in the world. I seriously dig everything she makes”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Big Magic