Having a library and cinema in close proximity to each other means I am spending more and more weekends going between the two. The more time I spent in the libraries, the more books I was picking up and I ended up getting my hands on corkers, so I thought I would give you a little rundown of some of the books I’ve read recently.
How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne
This is Holly Bourne’s first delve into adult fiction. I have to say, it took me a while to get into but I think that has more to do with me being able to empathise with the female protagonist Tori as I usually adore Bourne’s writing. How do you like me now, is about Tori a woman in her thirties, who to the outside world, has the most wonderful life but the reality is quite the opposite. It is a beautiful portrayal of a woman in her thirties seeing her friends moving on in their lives in a direction which is different from hers i.e getting marries and having children. I did understand Tori and as the story grew my heart ached for her and what she was going through but it took a few chapters for me to understand her. I think Holly did that on purpose as it is clear Tori was soul searching and Holly wanted the audience to go on that journey with her so the more Tori got to understand herself so did we.
The Skills by Mishal Hussain
I have had my eye on this for the longest time so I was excited to see I could borrow this from my local library. This book surprised me in the sense it wasn’t exactly what I expected but that is a good thing. Mishal Hussain is a British Pakistani journalist and broadcaster. The Skills is a book full of lessons Mishal learned along the way during her career so far. The book is divided into two sections. The first section is about gender and the workplace. Full of facts and figures leading up right up to the present day. It set the scene as to why Mishal was passionate about the book and sharing her tips with other women out there.
The second part is all about the skills she acquired. She talks about Resilience, Keeping Sharp and even a little bit about your digital footprint. I have actually not given this back yet as I just finished reading it and want to make some notes so that her words can sink in and I can learn from them.
Sofia Khan is not obliged by Ayshia Malik
It is not every day I am able to read a book featuring a British South Asian female protagonist but that is exactly what I got when I discovered Sofia Khan is not obliged. Set in London the story shows us how Sofia navigates her life after a breakup. It was a heartwarming read about relationships we have with our friends, family and loved ones. I don’t want to spoil the plot too much but if you like funny heartwarming comforting tales this is one to read. Ayshia Malik is a wonderful writer with impeccable comedic prose while also managing to create heartfelt moments.
What are you reading at the moment?