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This year for me is quite something in terms of readings. At the beginning of the year, I’ve given myself the challenge of reading more books than last year (the count was 46) and then I told myself: no, I should try 52. So far, It’s going well because I’m currently reading my 42nd book. I’m quite lucky as apart from a few mishaps, most of the books I’ve picked up this year were amazing. I believe that when you discover the type of book or authors you love, it’s easier to find things you’ll enjoy reading. So here are some of the books I’ve read recently…

Becoming, Laura Jane Williams

If you’re a woman in your twenties and you enjoy reading memoirs, I guarantee your will love Laura Jane’s witty book Becoming. In it she tells the story of her first major breakup (that ended in her ex-boyfriend marrying her best friend) and how she decided to have one year of celibacy. We explore her life through her destinations: from Derby to Paris to Italy to America. It’s a light read and definitely one I enjoyed!

The Diana Chronicles, Tina Brown

By now you are probably all accustomed to the life of Princess Diana. I have to say I am fascinated by the character, I’ve probably watched every documentary on the topic. But it was not enough, I wanted to read her biography. This one by Tina Brown (editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair in the 80s and creator of High Low journalism), and it is a very detailed one. Her descriptions are absolutely lovely, and although it is a meaty book (over 500 pages), it was one I read so quickly. Now I’m tempted to pick up her other book, The Vanity Fair Diaries.

L’été d’avant, Sarah-Maude Beauchesne

If you read French, let me introduce you to this adorable young adult book by Montreal author Sarah-Maude Beauchesne. The book is based on a tv series called ‘L’Académie’ (written by the same author) about three friends in an all-girls boarding school who decide to make a pact that they will not let boys get between their friendship, but eventually the school decides to welcome boys and all hell breaks loose. The book is called ‘the summer before’ and it is about what happened to them that lead to make a pact. It is a very romantic book featuring a letters, excerpts from a character’s diary and sketches.

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

And to end on a darker note, the modern classic “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath. A Bell Jar being an environment in which someone is protected from the outside world, the main character Esther finds herself confronted with clinical depression. We see her trying to find her place in the world, whether it’s in a magazine internship in New York, in her hometown or at the mental hospital. Esther attempts suicide and then weird and dated mental illness treatments follow. It’s an interesting read, but I often found myself “lost” in the chronological line of events.

What have you been reading recently?


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