I will admit, most of my reading takes place while commuting and while that isn’t a bad thing, I do love nothing more than taking some time to lie in bed and read a book, especially on the weekend when I have a little more time. With that in mind here are five books to cuddle up with this weekend.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I mean, this was a given. I haven’t stopped talking about this book since I read it. If you are looking for some meaning in what you’re doing or just some love and inspiration during a difficult time, Michelle Obama is the woman to go too. The book is so honest, open and full of real truth. By that I mean she doesn’t fluff anything. She talks about being ambitious, how she adapted to white house life and the importance of your tribe and finding your purpose. I read it at exactly the right time I need too and will be reading it again I know it.
Did I mention I love you Series by Estelle Maskame
I discovered this series around a year ago and immediately became hooked. It follows Eden who decides to spend the summer in LA with her father whom she hasn’t seen in three years. Trouble is, this also includes living with his new family, in particular, his stunningly dark, mysterious step son Tyler. I have spoken about this series on length here but let me just say I read this series three times on the trot and had to force myself to break away and read something new.
Everything I know about love by Dolly Alderton
I adore Dolly Alderton’s writing. Every time I read anything by her, I wish I had the ability to write better. Everything I know about love is Dolly’s life. On the surface, it looks like it would be about her relationships with men but ultimately, it goes deeper and is a story about friendships and falling in love with the person you are, faults, warts and all.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
If you like TV, you will know who the wonderful Shonda Rhimes is. A few years ago after a discussion with her sister, she realised she was saying no to a lot of opportunities around her. Partly out of fear and partly out of her outlook on life at the time. She decided enough was enough and claimed that year to be the year of yes. This led to saying yes on a permanent basis.
I loved how Shonda talked about how being a natural introvert should not stop you from achieving your goals. Instead, there are ways in which you can make situations work for you and your needs. She talks a lot about energy and the importance of being selective about the relationships you hold in your life.
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
This is the first novel by Angie Thomas and focuses on how people of colour (predominately the black community) are seen by the majority and in particular how they are treated by the police. It is fiction but the series of events ring true and as I was reading it, I knew there would be incidences in which certain scenarios can play out in real life. It is incredibly well written and touched many hearts through the film of the book too.