I read quite a few books in 2016, so it’s hard for me to pick my favourite reads. However I’ve managed to whittle it down to a top 10 which includes memoirs, autobiographies and a book on feminism (in no particular order). Happy reading!
Becoming by Laura Jane Williams
If you follow Laura’s blog (superlativelyrude.com) then you’ll know that she’s a very honest writer and says some wise things, so when I heard she was releasing a book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! I really loved Becoming, a memoir about how Laura turned her life around after her long-term relationship broke up. On the book’s jacket cover, journalist Daisy Buchanan is quoted as saying; “If you’ve ever felt a little lost, I hope this book finds its way to you.” I was feeling a little lost when I read this book, as my relationship had also ended, so I felt like I really connected to Laura’s story and went on the journey with her. The book gave me a real feeling of hope – that everything’s going to be alright in the end.
Jo Malone: My Story by Jo Malone
I am very much partial to an autobiography and Jo Malone’s did not disappoint. I actually knew nothing about her background other than that she created an international perfume brand, so her story was fascinating to me. I also found it really inspiring reading about how she developed her business and made her skincare products and perfumes. If you have a desire to set up your own business then this book will provide you with bags of inspiration.
Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon
Blogger Emma Gannon’s memoir is about her experiences of growing up with the internet and how it shaped her teenage years. As a millennial, I found this book very entertaining, partly because it brought back so many memories of awkward MSN chat conversations and internet “boyfriends”.
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight
In this “Life-Changing” book Sarah tells us about the things we shouldn’t give a f**k about. Basically the overall message is that you’re here to please yourself and you don’t have to give a f**k about some things. This book is a great kick up the arse to people pleasers like me – to maybe think of myself and what I want a bit more.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer’s memoir was a really interesting read for me because I didn’t know anything about her other than that she’s a comedian and written her own film which she also stared in called Trainwreck. Her book is so insightful, not only into her own world as a comedian but into what it’s like to be a woman. Amy has such an intelligent perspective and some of her thoughts about relationships really hit home to me. She has such a strong, funny and wise tone that I really hope she writes another book.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I’ve always been intrigued by Anne Frank’s story, so how its taken me until the age of 25 to read her diary, I’ll never know. I expected her writing to reflect the time of the age and be very restrained in the subjects she tackled, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Anne discusses her sexuality and romantic feelings. I also love how honest she is about everything and everyone in her life.
Dear Stranger by Various
You may recall me mentioning this on my blog in an earlier post, but I just can’t resist giving Dear Stranger another mention. The book really unlocks what it’s like to feel depressed, lonely and lost through a series of letters and it’s authors beautifully explain what happiness means to them. Maybe we can all learn something from this book.
I Call Myself A Feminist
I was excited to read this as it contains various different women’s opinions on the subject of feminism. What I liked about the book is that the editors have picked some relatively unknown young female feminists to write chapters; feminism is so often dominated by the same voices so it’s refreshing to hear new one’s.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
I really enjoyed Cheryl’s famous book, Wild so I was pretty confident that I’d like this. Cheryl used to be an anonymous agony aunt called ‘Dear Sugar’ for an online publication and this book contains some of the letters which she received along with her replies. It was so comforting reading people’s letters and Cheryl’s advice, which is so incredibly wise that it made me totally re-think some things.
No Lifeguard on Duty by Janice Dickinson
Janice Dickinson’s autobiography is such a page-turner. It’s everything you’d want from a celebrity autobiography – hugely revealing, honest and direct. It’s also a great insight into the world of modelling and celebrity in the seventies. It was such a good read that I was gutted when I’d finished it.