I haven’t done a booklog post in almost a year, so I thought it was about time I shared what I’ve been reading with you guys. I read 5 books in January and February, which isn’t a lot, but I did manage to fit a couple of entire day reading sessions in, so I’m pretty happy. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do this more, and finally reduce the size of my never-ending to-read pile!
Anyway, here they are! Enjoy!
All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
An autobiographical collection of advice guide on topics such as bullying, relationships and friendship, from actress, singer and YouTuber, Carrie Hope Fletcher.
Being a lover of Carrie Hope Fletcher, I bought this book without reading the blurb and soon realised it was intended for tween/teenagers. That’s okay though. Even though her advice was tailored towards readers of school age, I still enjoyed learning more about Carrie, and found a lot of her advice to be very inspiring and useful for all ages. The relationship section was particularly well written, and I feel we can all relate to dealing with bad break-ups!
The Essential Pokémon Book of Joy
A collection of fun Pokemon quotes for Pokemon fans of all ages.
Okay, so this ones a bit of a cheat read really, as it mainly consists of Pokémon screenshots and short quotes, but I’m including it anyway. ‘Cos Pokémon.
This is a very cute book, which stretches quotes from the Pokémon anime, sometimes beyond their original meaning, giving us the Pokémon life advice we all knew we needed. I loved how deep they made some of the quotes seem, and there were definitely some hilarious ones mixed in there. Perfect for any Pokémon fan in my opinion!
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
A hilarious YA fiction novel about Harriet, an unpopular “geek”, who’s life gets way more complicated when she’s spotted by a modelling agency.
Holly Smale is one of the funniest YA authors I’ve ever read. Remember Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series? The humour is just as brilliant as that, only with hilariously unfortunate modelling antics. Ever fallen in heels, knocked a whole stall of hats over, or embarrassed yourself in front of someone important? Well, even if you haven’t, this book is still fabulous.
I loved Harriet so much, and I was so glad her modelling status didn’t make her instantly popular. Stay true to yourself, Harriet. You’re amazing!
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
A beautiful and interesting guide to all things Hygge.
“Hygge, really?!” you say, “The most annoyingly overused word of 2016? That thing with the bloody candles? Oh, well, I’m out. Find some new readers, sellout!”
I’ve gotta admit, that was my initial reaction, but eventually my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to find out what this magical word was all about. And I’m glad I did. The Little Book of Hygge is a very interesting read that teaches you how to live a happier and more fulfilling life. It’s filled with fascinating facts, wonderful advice and some really beautiful photography. And the typeface makes every page so lovely to read, I mean, who doesn’t love a nice clean font? No one, that’s who!
Even though I’m not to be trusted with real, fire-breathing candles, I felt so relaxed reading about Hygge.
How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss
A funny and touching YA novel about teenage pregnancy, dementia and family.
Hattie’s sixteen and pregnant with her irresponsible friend, Reuben’s, baby and doesn’t know what to do. Luckily, she finds a distraction in her great-aunt Gloria, who’s dementia is causing her memories to fade. Hattie decides to take Gloria on a road trip down memory lane, so Gloria can come to terms with her past and Hattie can decide what she wants for the future.
This book made me cry a lot. Gloria’s dementia broke me so many times and her back-story had me riding tidal waves of emotion, while Hattie’s teenage pregnancy situation had me emotionally all over the place and angrily shouting at her to “just tell Reuben”! It’s a little slow to start, but when it hit the Gloria/Hattie stage I couldn’t stop myself from finishing the whole thing. The characters play so well off each other and I loved every bit of their adventure, especially the happier conversations between Hattie and Gloria. It was so refreshing to see a relationship form across generations, and to see a friendship stronger than romance. Everything was done so wonderfully and I’m so glad I read it.
What have you read recently?