September 01, 2016

Non-Fiction Books I Read In August

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My Name Is Girl – Nina Cosford

I’ve loved Nina’s work ever since she started drawing the GIRLS HBO weekly illustrations for The Debrief.  I went to a GIRLS HBO event once and she’d illustrated the postcards and I put them all around my room. Fast forward to now, she has her own book called My Name Is Girl and it’s fantastic. It digs into the inner workings of the female mind in a light-hearted and fun way. Curl up on the sofa and flick through. It’ll warm your heart but also it’s extremely relatable.

You can buy your copy here.

Not Working – Lisa Owens

This book is funny and rather #on #trend. Lisa Owens has written a very modern novel all about what happens when you quit your job to find your true calling but it doesn’t really go according to plan straight way. I love how it’s written in a journal-entry kind of style. I knew I’d love it; any book about a young woman trying to work out wtf she is doing in her career/life/everything is pretty much definitely going to appeal to me. I think there’s a bit of Claire Flannery in all of us.

You can buy your copy here.

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer

You can read my whole blog post dedicated to how much I adore this book right HERE. 15 reasons why you are going to adore it and all the different revealing essays. It pleasantly surprised me over and over again – I judged this book by it’s cover, and I shouldn’t have.

You can buy your copy here.


The Pursuit Of Happiness – Ruth Whippman

I interviewed Ruth for my podcast recently, coming soon! We mainly talk about the theme of “happiness” for 40 minutes because isn’t being happy THE main thing in life? And we discussed the question: is searching for “happiness” making us anxious? Ruth’s book goes into a lot of brilliant detail around the metrics and currency of happiness and the differences between how British and American people search for it. Yes it’s a book full of research and studies and proposed ideas but it’s also very funny, too.

You can buy your copy here.

The Last Act Of Love – Cathy Rentzenbrink

I cried five rivers reading this. I knew it would be moving (all you have to do is read the blurb and you have a lump in your throat) but this isn’t just a painfully sad storyline, it’s an amazingly written book. The structure, the sentences, the symbolism, the pace; it was just perfect. I would pause on a thought and I took my time reading it because it’s so beautifully written. It’s brave and full of rawness. It’s both vulnerable and strong. This is now on my “favourite memoirs” list. You will think about it long after you finish the last page.

You can buy your copy here.

Where Am I Now? Mara Wilson

GUESS WHO’S COMING ON MY PODCAST? It goes live on September 13th and I can’t wait to share it with you. I love Mara Wilson and have loved her blog for years. Her writing is sharp and witty and her Twitter feed is on point too. In her debut book she pulls back the curtain on her past life as a child star and writes in a sisterly way about her past self. She doesn’t hold back, you learn a lot about Mara, her beliefs, opinions, and her forgiving nature. A famous former child star shouldn’t be relatable, but she is. She writes as your friend. She is one of my favourite women and I’m so proud of her for writing such a fantastic book.

You can buy your copy here.

Cheer Up Love – Susan Calman

Cheer Up, Love offers her own lessons and advice, and ways she managed to her curb her depression through small changes made to her lifestyle (CBT, not drinking and exercise). Maybe you could call this a guidebook of sorts, although she stresses it’s not a medical book and that different things work for different people. Her book is mainly for fellow sufferers of depression – but also for the people who are partners/friends/acquaintances of someone with depression. I saw Susan speak on a panel at the Edinburgh Book Festival (you can read my post here) and I found her totally vulnerable, funny, endearing and honest.

You can buy your copy here.

Currently reading….

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The Little Book Of Hygge – Meik Wiking

If I hear the word “wellness” one more time I might puke, but this book looks really cute and inoffensive. I like the word Hygge. It looks adorable and like it genuinely might offer me some good tips. Will report back, soon! The blurb on Amazon says: “You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.”

You can buy your copy here.

Feminist Fight Club – Jessica Bennett

The tagline on this book is “an office survival manual for a sexist workplace”. This book has been sent to me by the publisher and I’m looking forward to digging in. I took one look at this quote: ‘Engaging, hilarious and practical – I will proudly proclaim myself a card-carrying member of the FFC’ from Sheryl Sandberg and was immediately intrigued.

You can buy your copy here.

Trainwreck – Sady Doyle

I cannot WAIT to read this. “Widely-admired journalist and feminist Sady Doyle looks at the phenomena of the female trainwreck – from Mary Wollstonecraft and Charlotte Brontë to Billie Holiday and Britney Spears – and why we are fascinated by her.” YESSSSS.

You can buy your copy here

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