Books Books Books! April Book Recommendations
Moranifesto – Caitlin Moran (Ebury)
WHAT CAN I SAY? IT’S CAITLIN MORAN. I knew I was going to enjoy this, as I love Caitlin’s columns and of course previous books. It’s pretty similar in format to Moranthology although slightly more serious in places than what we’re perhaps used to. It’s exciting to watch the evolution of Caitlin’s books focusing on stuff she is clearly finding interesting and important at each point in her life. It took me a while to get through, it’s a very chunky book but some pieces are very short. Some bits seem a bit randomly strung together but overall I really love the fact that this now sits on my book shelf and I can re-read bits here and there. I loved the mash up of different chapters, such as dealing with an obsession with the song Get Lucky, to visiting Lena Dunham on the set of GIRLS, to refugees, benefits, the bad sides of the Internet, what to say to teenage girls.
Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari (Allen Lane)
I find Aziz very funny – I loved the “Live @ Madison Square Garden” show that was on Netflix a while back. He touched on lots of funny aspects of online dating, our social lives and how us humans seem to have changed some of our habits now that we are addicted to our screens. This book didn’t fail to make me laugh, it rang many familiar bells and made me laugh at how odd we are with each other in romantic situations sometimes.
Notes On Being Teenage – Rosalind Jana (Hachette)
Roz is my friend so I got this beautiful proof copy in advance but I know I would have been interested in this book ANYWAY because as you know, I love reading and writing about how being a teen girl can be such a bloody head-fuck. This book is witty, smart and written in Roz’s friendly conversational tone. Honestly, I wish I had this book when I was growing up. It offers great pieces of wisdom without directly telling anyone what they *should* do.
Originals – Adam Grant (W H Allen)
I love reading books about creativity and our minds, so I was hoping this book would deliver on what I *thought* it was going to offer. (Plus, you can’t ignore an endorsement from Malcolm Gladwell). I love how it called bullshit on lots of “success” stories and his ideas could be applied to so many different things/jobs/companies/ideas/businesses. In a world of the constant competition and comparison online, it gave me a lot to think about.
The Inner Fix – Addictive Daughter (Hodder)
The book is a very friendly guide to sorting your shit out from the inspirational duo Addictive Daughter. At first I must admit I was a little sceptical of the tag line “be stronger, happier, braver” because I don’t believe one book can make you all these things. However, it wasn’t like that at all. It’s gentle and laid back in tone and it’s full of anecdotes from the authors making you feel less alone. You can read what worked and didn’t work for the authors and apply it to your own life in what ever way feels right for you. I read most of this in the bath, with a candle burning and I got out of the bath feeling a lot lighter, mentally.
GIRL UP – Laura Bates (S&S)
Laura Bates has SMASHED IT again with his new book – following her popular Everyday Sexism book. This one is bolder, brasher, braver and ruder. It’s honestly so brilliant and covered all the territory I hope she would. There is no holding back in this book. Porn, sex, vaginas, feminism, the lot. *Flexed bicep emoji*
So SAD TODAY – Melissa Broder (Scribe)
I’ve never read anything like this. This is one of the most unique books and writing styles I’ve ever come across. I couldn’t put it down. I’m a sucker for personal essays, and this is one of my new favourites. Yes it’s from the author of the witty Twitter account @SoSadToday – but it’s so much more than that. It’s very dark, unapologetic and weirdly uplifting in places. It’s inspired me to be braver in my writing.
Where Am I Now? – Mara Wilson (Penguin Random House)
Mara Wilson is one of my favourite people on the Internet and I cannot WAIT TO READ THIS. I don’t have a copy yet, but I’m just so excited at the thought of diving into this, soon.
What I’m reading next:
I’m making my way through the Bailey’s Women’s Prize For Fiction shortlist.
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
The Green Road by Annie Enright
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
“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