November Books 2018 | A Wee Bit of Honesty

Confession time: I didn’t read once when I was in America, well I did but I always ended up not finishing or losing the book yadda yadda yadda. I also bought $40 worth of Mafia books that turned out to be the thickness of bollard and it is safe to say they weren’t touched. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read I was quite frankly too busy or had a million and one things on my mind, so much so that my concentration was gone.

I have the concentration of a fly ANYWAY so that didn’t help.

Fast forward to now and I have managed to read four whole books in one month AND started my own book club.

So, here’s what I’ve been reading.

How to Murder Your Life

I’m obsessed with this book, I  have tried to tell everyone I know to read it, they all said the right things:

“Oh yes will definitely look into it”

“That sounds great”

I knew that these were the same responses I would get if I told them to put butter onto their toast before spreading the Nutella – they were just politely nodding and were definitely not going to try it. So maybe it’s the way I was explaining it?

How to Murder your Life is a memoir by Cat Marnell, a journalist and former beauty editor. It starts from the first time she tried her first prescription drug and pretty much ends right now. Its a whirlwind of turmoil, sorrow, drug abuse and it is all sprinkled with lightness and humour.

What do I like about it? 

  • It’s based in New York, so when she talks about where she is going and what she is doing I know exactly what she is talking about.
  • It’s real life and real people – she mentions huge Conde Nast editors and others worth name-dropping, but the one name that stood out to me the most was Eva Chen. Someone who I have followed on Instagram for over a year and who’s kindness is sewn throughout this book.
  • It details prescription drugs, how addictive they are, how easy it is to get your hands on them and how it leads you onto the illegal harder stuff.
  • She’s so unbelievably honest, it’s a rollercoaster of ups and downs. She understands the toll it takes on herself and those around her but her explanations of why she needs the drugs make sense.

What stood out to me the most was the fact that she was a Beauty Editor for a huge magazine in New York and doing incredibly well for herself, but in the background, she had an eating disorder, wasn’t sleeping or looking after herself and was actually incredibly lonely. (Oh, and was addicted to drugs)

Anyway, I hope this explanation makes you read it because I’d like someone to talk about it with.

Everything I Know About Love

I mean, you’ve probably read this because I’m not sure I’ve met someone who hasn’t, case in point – the woman next to me on the tube this morning was reading it and it has been shortlisted as Waterstones book of the year.

But here’s why I like it: it’s relatable, it kind of felt like I was reading my own diary. From reading this I also now listen to Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes podcast – The High Low.

For those of you who don’t know, this is an autobiographical book, starting from what she learned about love in her teens all the way to the present day (well, a few years back). It adds comedy to what she learned while she grew up and in between each lesson it explains what she went through during those years of her life. From chatting on MSN and binge drinking to accepting your friend’s engagement (realising they can’t pay as much attention to you) – it really is a great read.

My favourite quote:

“Nearly everything I know about love, I’ve learnt in my long-term friendships with women.”

What a Time to be Alone: The Slumflower’s bestselling guide to why you are already enough

Is it weird to say this is a kind of picture book? Not what I was expecting either.

Well, it’s not really pictures – more large quotes that take up an entire page. For example, if you are reading this on a Kindle you really have to turn it landscape to enjoy it to it’s fullest, because you really will enjoy it.

I never used to read self-help books, in fact, I think this is the first one I have ever picked up, but after persuasion from a friend I downloaded What A Time to be Alone and couldn’t put down, now I have passed on the recommendation to others. It’s all about learning your self-worth, understanding the traits of toxic people and realising you may have some of these traits yourself. The author want’s you to get rid of all of this toxicity and focus on building relationships that matter.

You see, I used to avoid books with all this self-worth gobbledygook (great word), but actually, this book is pretty fantastic.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The only work of fiction I read this month, and as soon as I picked it up I couldn’t put it down.

This book is about a woman who went through something so traumatic in her childhood that she decided to forget what happened. You’re introduced to Eleanor by her colleagues saying negative things about her without realising that she is in fact in the room. Basically telling you, Eleanor’s an outsider, but it’s okay because she knows it. She lives a (relatively) simple life in Glasgow with the same routine each week, which I won’t explain as I don’t want to ruin it, but it all comes crashing down in some good ways but also bad.

This book is hard to put down because you want to find out exactly why Eleanor is the way she is, there are some unnecessary parts along the way that really add nothing to the book and I have to say I guessed the ‘twist’ at the end, but it is still worth the read.

I would actually really like to know your opinion of it as I’ve seen nothing but rave reviews…

Do you have any book recommendations for me?

The reason why I titled this blog post ‘a wee bit of honesty’ is because all of these books make you think a lot about yourself, what you are doing with your life, how you treat other people and makes you realise you are never alone in the way you feel.

God, I sound like a soppy mess, I’M NOT A SOPPY MESS.

Oh also, the book club I mentioned earlier consists of my friends and I who are all based in London, but maybe if I keep writing about what I’m reading I’ll expand it to a wider audience.

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One thought on “November Books 2018 | A Wee Bit of Honesty

  1. Talor. My book group just read ‘American Wife’ by Curtis Sittenfeld. We’re old ladies and we didn’t particularly like it! However, you young ones might. Don’t buy it – I have a copy which you can have.

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