I recently decided to place a HUGE order on booktopia, after watching a few ‘what I read this year’ videos over on YouTube. If you read my 2018 resolutions post, you’ll know that one of my goals for this year is to read more, and by more I mean…. just to read, as I don’t think I finished a single book last year. The majority of books in this haul I purchased after hearing Estée Lalonde rave about them in her video – after following Estée’s work I’ve realised that I have a very similar personality to her, and tend to have very common interests and tastes. So when it comes to diving into the world of books, I trust her judgement. I think there’s quite a mix of books here, and I cannot wait to get into them!
What it is: ‘The Book of Hygee – The Danish art of living well’
What it’s about: Little tips and tricks on ways of life that will bring joy to you and those around you
This is one of those books that I see everywhere in my recommendations, it’s become very popular – probably for the same reasons as the infamous ‘The life-changing magic of tidying’, people just love the idea of being kickass at life. Not to mention it makes for a lovely coffee table book.
What it is: ‘Women who think too much’ – Dr Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
What it’s about: A self-help guide on how to deal with overthinking in productive and positive ways
As soon as I saw the title of this book, I had a chuckle to myself and subconsciously added it to my cart. I am the QUEEN of over thinking, heck why else would I have an anxiety disorder if I didn’t overthink things. If I can learn even just one thing from this book I’ll take it as a win.
What it is: ‘Men Without Women’ – Murakami
What it’s about: A series of short stories of people who find themselves alone sometime in their life
This next book is one that Estée raved about. When first reading the cover, a naive reader like myself would assume it was written by a feminist and tell a story of girl power – but you (and I) would be wrong. What drew me to this book was the way Estée described it, she spoke about how her and her boyfriend would read the stories to one another before bed. Each of the stories focus on a particular person’s story, and as you progress further into the book the stories become more complex and existential. It just sounds like it’ll take me on a journey, and I’m so ready.
What it is: ‘Good Night stories for Rebel Girls’
What it’s about: A beautifully illustrated book filled with tales of extraordinary women
This book is another that I was seeing everywhere. So much so that I eventually flipped through it and fell in love. Is it a children’s book? Yes. Do I care? Hell no. I love absolutely everything about this book. Each page showcases a single marvelous woman and explains what her life involved/s. To make the stories even better, each woman’s story is paired with a unique portrait, done by a series of female artists. I’ve been loving flipping through this book for some quick, easy, inspirational reads – and I hope that one day I may be able to read it to my own daughter (or son!).
What it is: ‘Too Much and Not the Mood’ – Durga Chew-Bose
What it’s about: A memoir that explores identity and culture through a collection of essays.
Another recommendation from Estée, this one drew me in purely by it’s stunning cover (yep, I’m that person). There’s something about the way the cover to put together that makes me want to know more, and I’ve heard quite a few great things about this book – many people have described it as ‘the sort of book that doesn’t fit into any genre’ but instead it’s own genre entirely. I’m so excited to read this one, although I’ve been told it’s quite the heavy read – so we will see how tricky I find it!
What it is: ‘Owning it – Your bullshit-free guide to living with anxiety’ – Caroline Foran
What it’s about: I feel like this one is fairly self-explanatory, it’s literally in the title.
Again, I’m a sucker for self help books targeted towards those with anxiety. I’m constantly on the search for the next best thing that will make my ability to handle my anxiety more effective and positive. I find reading about other people’s (especially women’s) experiences with anxiety extremely useful as it assists in feeling slightly less alone, and it’s quite refreshing to read about how other people feel about their mental health.
What it is: ‘The sun and her flowers’ – Rupi Kaur
What it’s about: A collection of poems exploring topics of love, identity, sex and mental health
Rupi Kaur became a household name in the world of poetry with her first book ‘Milk and Honey’. I have read it, cried about it, re-read it and cried about it some more. So I knew when she released her next book I’d have to get it. From flipping through this one the poems seem to be on more of the positive side – of exploration, discovery and happiness – we will see!
What it is: ‘A Little Life’ – Hanya Yanagihara
What it’s about: A tale of five friends finding themselves in a series of intense and unique life situations.
For my last book, it was actually the one in Estée’s video that pushed me to make this massive purchase. After reading a lot of reviews on the book I know it’s definitely going to be one that I love, but boy am I terrified. At 814 pages, this whopper of a book is going to be the longest novel I will have ever read – but I’m ready. This story has been described by many as ‘dark and traumatic’, and approaching friendship through the brutal lens of an anxiety driven world.
I am so, so keen to get into these books. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this inspired to read in my life – watching reviews and hauls on YouTube has definitely gotten me invested in the romantic notion of reading, and I’m hope it follows through. Once I’ve made it through a handful of these books I may come back on here and share my thoughts, what do you think of that idea? Have you read any of these books? If you have please let me know what you thought in the comments – I want to read all about it!
Much Love, Ebony xo
**All photographs in this post were taken and edited by myself**