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The end of the holidays is approaching, which means I have to read as much as possible before the semester kicks in and I find myself with less free time. But to refer to the great Pandora Sykes, co-host of the High Low podcast: reading can become a priority in our lives if we want it to be, which means less television and more nights in (which sounds great). So here is what I've been reading in the past two weeks...

The Party, Elizabeth Day

This is the journalist's 4th novel but the first one I read, and it didn't disappoint. I don't want to spoil the story but it is based around a guy named Martin and his relationship with his best friend whom he met at boarding school and who later became his 'family'. It is a mysterious read that could be considered a light thriller. If you're interested in the aristocracy and the wealthy families in England, you will also find this very interesting. 

When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger

For those who've loved 'The Devil Wears Prada', this one is for you because author Lauren Weisberger brought back Emily and Miranda Priestly for a new adventure with celebrities, fashion and drama. It's the perfect chick lit read to read by the water while it's still nice outside. As always, her writing style is witty and captivating and I didn't want the novel to end.

The Twenties Club

My Internet pal Sophie featured Madeleine, the blogger behind The Twenties Club, in her recent 'Women & Their Books' series, and I've been obsessed with Madeleine's blog ever since. I've gone through the archives and read her posts about love, careers, emotions, fashion, etc. Her articles are thoroughly researched and beautifully written and perfect for millennial women in their twenties. Her readers are also super involved in some of her recurrent posts like 'Ask the Club', a cool and modern agony-aunt column. 

Dolly Alderton in Sunday Times Style

And I'm ending this post with a personal favourite... Dolly Alderton's new column in the Sunday Times Style (I'm sorry in advance for everyone who's tired of seeing me write about her). She is back as a regular columnist to talk about love, friendship, life and more. Her last article was 30 life lessons she learned and you have to read #29:

a) You are so much more than your worst day or your worst joke or your misjudged tweet or your mistake at work. We live in a time when it’s easy to think our entire existence deserves to be “cancelled” for our inevitable failings, but messing up is an essential part of being human. Good people do bad things sometimes. Learn, apologise, let it go.

b) You are so much more than your best day or your funniest joke or your most-liked Instagram post or your promotion at work. We live in a world where it’s easy to feel defined by your assets and achievements, but as fun as that glory can be, it really doesn’t say anything about who you are.

What have you been reading this week?