15 February 2018

Twenty Eighteen 'To Read' List

2018 is going to be the year where I read a lot more than I ever have before. I've always loved reading but for whatever reason, for a long time I've just told myself I don't have time to read. In reality, I do have time to read and I really just need to actively make time for it. Below, I've got links to all the books so far on my 'to read' list and a little blurb about each book.

"A beautiful love story and contemporary fairytale set against the backdrop of the Iraq War, this stunning and moving novel will break your heart, only to put it back together again. This is the story of Lina, a teenage girl from Bahgdad. It starts 2003. as the bomb begins to fall on the city. In it, Lina fights to survive, to find what happened to her mother in the years before the war, when she was taken aways by the secret police. She also falls in love, with the one person she should never have fallen in love with."

"The Fifth Letter is about four best friends on a relaxing vacation that turns devastating when old secrets are revealed, long-held grudges surfaces and a shattering betrayal is discovered that shakes the foundation of their lives. Best friend's from high school, Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina had always looked forward to the vacations they spent together. But the demand of their careers, husbands and babies, gradually pulled them apart. Joni doesn't want to lose her friends and this year she's coaxed them all back together for some fun at a beach house. A fun game which meant to bring them together turns painfully serious, exposing cracks in their lives and their relationship. A rocky marriage, a harrowing addiction, a hidden pregnancy and a heart breaking diagnosis, but which secret belongs to who?"

"To five year old Jack, Room is the world. It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat, sleep, play and learn. At night his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack but to his Ma, it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven by eleven foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building along side her own desperation, she knows the Room cannot either much longer."

'You're not shy; rather, you appreciate the joys of quiet. You're not antisocial; instead you enjoy recharging through time alone. You're not unfriendly but you do find more meaning in one-on-one connections rather than large gatherings. By honouring what makes them unique, this astute and inspiring book challenges introverts to 'own' their introversion, igniting a quiet revolution that will change how they see themselves and how they engage with others."

"A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism and feminism from one the most watched young cultural observes of her generation. These funny, insightful essays, Roxane Gay, takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of colour while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism."

"In Almost Adulting - perfect for budding adulting, failing adults and eaters of microwave brownies. Ardent tells you how to survive adulthood. Topics including, making cool internet friends, healthy relationships and sex. By the end of the book you'll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, how to date strangers in person but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialised adult.

"An honest exploration of a young womens soul and road trip through Italy, America, Paris and Derby. Becoming is a book that makes you laugh and makes you cry, but most of all? It makes you realise that even when the going gets tough no one is really f**king up like they think they are."

"Full of spirit and unselfconscious enthusiasm, Ice Cream For Breakfast: Child Like Solutions to Bullshit Adult Problems, is the permission slip all too-grown-up-for-their-own-good-but-secrelty-scared-of-adulting, adults need to locate their inner child rested deep within, so that we might relax enough to laugh harder, wonder more and marvel at magic on the daily."

Let me know if you'd like to see a review and my opinion on any of the books above. 

Much love, B x 

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