A few reading recommendations for the cozy fall days spent inside…
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & Other Lies - Scarlett Curtis
This book is a collective of essays from 52 women about how they perceive feminism and how it applies to their lives. It features different sections about being happy, being angry, education, etc. I absolutely loved it for the format, because some essays are more personal, others more facts-based, you can pick up the book, read one, go back to it later. It’s also an utterly inspirational book you will want to share with the women around you. Keira Knightley, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Deborah Frances-white, Dolly Alderton and Tanya Burr all contributed to the book (to name just a few). I was especially moved by Angela Yee’s essay titled “Braless White Women” on the struggles she faced in the workplace after refusing advances from her male superior.
(FR) Le journal d’Aurélie Laflamme 9: Voler de ses propres ailes - India Desjardins
The first proper book series I read was ‘Le Journal d’Aurélie Laflamme’. It’s what got me into my love for reading. It came out when I was not yet a teenager, but I grew up with the character and identified with her life and some of her personality traits. Now a few years later, the author decided to release volume 9, which is about the life of the character now that she is 22 years old and a University graduate. In this one she explores living in her first apartment, working at her first proper job and her relationship with her high school sweetheart. It was so fun to be “reunited” with a character I loved so much and I could relate with so many moments of her current life.
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
I don’t think I have ever cried that much while reading a book as I have with Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. Whether you have watched the movie or not, it is one novel that you must read! It’s the story of Lou, who finds herself as the care giver for Will, a quadriplegic guy in his thirties. I don’t think I’m giving away spoilers but at one point in the book she learns that he wants to end his life because he is so uncomfortable in his disabled body and his life will never be like it was before. She attempts everything she can to make him change his mind, and in that process they fall in love. The story is a lot more complex than that and you will love it!
Hopeless Romantic - Dolly Alderton
I recently contributed to The Pound Project, an independent crowdsourcing publisher whose mission is to promote the value of writer’s work. Their latest project was an essay with Dolly Alderton titled Hopeless Romantic. First of all, it was such an important cause for me to contribute to because I love literature and want to continue to support authors I love. I selected the printed format signed by Dolly and it came in the most beautiful envelope, an attention that you rarely have with mainstream publishers. Hopeless Romantic is about Dolly’s “intimate account with love, family, and the obsessions we find hard to resist”. She explains how her parent’s long and beautiful relationship has created an almost impossibly attainable goal in her life, and how she deals with all of it. It is a beautiful read, and I will cherish this special edition forever!
(Currently reading) What Would The Spice Girls Do? - Lauren Bravo
And finally I have just started reading Lauren Bravo’s ‘What Would the Spice Girls Do?’. I picked up this book because I always adore her essays she writes for The Pool. This book more specifically is a non-fiction exploring the impact of the Spice Girls on Millenial women, from style to identity, friendship, success, confidence and more. So far I love her witty writing, the sections between chapters and the interviews she has done with fellow Spice Girls fans.
What have you been reading recently?