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The Book That Made Me Love Short Stories

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The Book That Made Me Love Short Stories

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I’ve tried a few times to read short stories books, but they were never really my thing. Mainly because I find them challenging. It’s hard for me to get into a story and then see it end a few pages later, and even harder to switch from one story to the next so quickly. But I so desperately wanted to read Curtis Sittenfeld’s ' You Think It I’ll Say It collection. It’s about love, social class and relationships. Every single story got me captivated (and to make sure I wouldn’t mix the stories, I decided to read only one at a time).

My favourite story was ‘Bad Latch’ about a soon-to-be-mom taking prenatal classes and feeling overwhelmed and intimidated with the other perfect mothers, and one in particular. The moral of the story is that we can make friendships in the most unusual places and perfection often hides a much bigger problem.

It’s a lovely book for people who find it hard to commit to longer stories or for anyone who loves contemporary woman fiction. There is a story for everyone in there!

Do you have any short stories book to recommend?


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5 Books I Want to Read in 2019

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5 Books I Want to Read in 2019

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This year in books was fantastic, I don’t think I could have hoped for something better. Not only were some amazing books released this year, but I also managed to complete my challenge of reading 52 in 52 weeks (even before the 52 weeks mark). Where it got difficult was finishing the ones I did not enjoy that much, just because I wanted complete my challenge. That’s why in 2019, I just want to read for the pleasure of reading, if I don’t like a book, I can stop wasting my time and pick up something else. Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to reading in the next year…

How To Fail - Elizabeth Day

I discovered Elizabeth Day this year through her podcast ‘How To Fail’ in which she interviews successful people about their failures and how their failures impacted their lives. I’ve also read her novel ‘The Party’ which was incredibly captivating. This is why I was more than happy when she announced that she was releasing a book with the same theme as the podcast sometimes in spring 2019. Definitely on my reading list!

The Sisterhood - Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan is one of those people on the Internet I just admire. I devoured her previous book ‘How to Be a Grown Up’ and now I’m completely obsessed with her new podcast “You’re Booked”. This book is an account of her relationship with her five sisters (the good and the bad), and I can definitely relate having 2 sisters myself.

An Edited Life - Anna Newton

Anna has to be my favourite YouTuber and blogger, she is relatable and also the nicest (I had the chance to meet her when I was in London). I feel like we could be friends in real life because we love the same things: fashion, books and organization. This year she is releasing a book all about organizing your life, your home and your work. I simply CANNOT wait. It is perfect for my type A personality and I’m also sure it will be a stunning book to look at.

Delight - J.B. Priestley

This was recommended by Dolly Alderton. It was released after WWII as an attempt to cheer people up by pointing out life’s simple pleasures. I think it is so important to consider the little things in life, so I’m sure this book will be a good one for reading in my blanket with a nice cup of tea in the cold winter months.

Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld

I’ve heard a lot about Curtis Sittenfeld this year and I think the topics she explores in her novels are right up my street: coming of age stories, prestigious schools, social class, etc. This was another High Low recommendation and I think it will be a page turner!

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2019? Are you giving yourself a reading challenge for the coming year?


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Promising Young Women

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Promising Young Women

Books help us escape, they train us to become more empathetic, they teach us how to write, they make us feel good, and ultimately, they offer important life lessons. By reading Caroline O'Donoghue's debut novel 'Promising Young Women', I felt all of the above.

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Friday Favourites

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Friday Favourites

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Bella Figura: How to Love, Live and Eat the Italian Way by Kamin Mohammadi

If you are looking for the perfect summer, look no further because this book is just what you need. The Author, Kamin Mohammadi, tells the story of the year she spent in Italy after living her life as a magazine editor in London. Throughout the months, she learns to enjoy the beauty that is around her but also within her,  to appreciate fresh food and delicious recipes, and finally to build meaningful relationships that make her happy. You will feel transported by the detailed descriptions of the author which really capture all the senses. I felt on vacation while reading this book and somehow it reminded me of the vibe in 'Call Me By Your Name' but in a nonfiction way.  

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Celine Espadrilles

There has been some change at the company where I work and we now work closely with a luxury consignment boutique for clothes. Last week I was treated to this chic pair of Celine espadrilles, which I love! They are from the summer 15 collection and I adore the mix of navy and black with the beige. I cannot wait to show you how I style them!

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Blank

NRK P3, the Norwegian broadcaster who released SKAM recently came out with a new TV show available online called 'Blank'. The format is the same as SKAM: they released clips every day before the weekly episodes and also created social media accounts for the characters. The story is about Ella, a girl who considers herself 'lost'. She finished high school a year ago and has been working in a plant shop in Oslo for a year, but she is trying to figure out what she wants to do in life and how she feels about her relationships. I was so hooked on the show that I watched it (with poor subtitles) in 3 days. I'm so excited for next season coming out this fall!

And of course, the podcasts I loved this week...

  • Grazia Life Advice - I just think it's an easy podcast to listen to. They've even interviewed the amazing Dolly Alderton.
  • Unpopped by BBC Radio, more specifically the "Bridget Jones and the Status of Comedy' episode which brought me back to last summer when I re-read all the books and re-watched all the films. 
  • Books and Authors by BBC Radio 4. I loved the episode with Juno Dawson and Pandora Sykes. They discussed two books I really want to read: Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan and The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett.

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The Friendship Cure

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The Friendship Cure

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For those who've read my review post of Lily Pebbles' book The F Word, you know that I was looking forward to reading a book about friendship, but was ultimately disappointed with the surface level coverage of the topics in her book (but I still enjoyed it!). Which is why I'm incredibly happy to present you with a great alternative: The Friendship Cure: a manifesto for reconnecting in the modern world by Kate Leaver. What is different from the previous book is that this one covers everything from bromances, to the friendships we form at work, to loneliness, and more! The topics she discusses are backed up by studies, psychologists, and anecdotes she collected of strangers and people around her. I love that it is not only about her own experiences, it feels a lot more inclusive! I also really enjoyed the pop culture references throughout the book!

Before reading this I listened to the episode of Ctrl Alt Delete where Emma Gannon interviews the author. She was born in Australia and moved to England a few years ago. In the podcast she talks about the struggles of keeping in touch with her friends back home and making friends when you move to a new country, which I find inspiring and very relatable. Kate is an incredible writer and journalist and I think this book is an absolute gem to reflect on your relationships and personal behaviour. 

Please let me know if you have any book recommendations!


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