Until this week, I hadn’t read a book in a year.
Which, for someone with a degree in English Literature, is basically sacrilege.
(Ps. I also have a degree in Psychology and Management, but we didn’t come here to talk about how
very smart I am. We came here for lols and encouragement, and some A-Grade ridiculous stories.)
It’s all coming back, to me
One of my Thirty Before Thirty goals was to rediscover the absolute bloody joy of reading.
I had a bit of hormonal anxiety (fun!) before little man was born, which combined with a fierce imagination, made for some dramatic times up in my head.
So to help, I steered clear of reading or watching anything that added to the drama above my ears.
But then after a while, the hormones chilled (Thank. God).
And Z was born.
And I didn’t sleep anymore.
And my mental capacity was #basic.
And Christmas Netflix movies became my jam (how good was The Christmas Prince, though).
And I just never really got back into books.
To Guernsey, with love
Last weekend, my mum gave me The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to borrow.
She said: “It’s very you”.
So I started reading it on Sunday.
And then I finished it on Thursday.
It was amazing.
I was also bloody thrilled to discover that they made a movie of it in 2017, starring the divine Lily James. She’s one of my faves, but I hadn’t watched it yet because I thought the name was weird.
What a fool.
I’m going to have a couch date with myself on Saturday and watch it. Because I know how to party.
For those of you who are interested, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is set at the end of WW2, and tells the story of the German occupation of Guernsey (an island in the English Channel) through an ensemble cast of gorgeous, witty, clever characters.
The book is written entirely in letters and notes (the format reminded me a bit of Love, Rosie), and the main character Juliet is to die for.
She’s the sort of character you wish was real just so you could be friends.
“You know how I love talking about books, and you know how I adore receiving compliments.” – Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I know those feels.
It has everything: Strong female protagonists (along with Juliet, Elizabeth is the second, silent central figure of the book). Realistic, quirky, loveable characters. A setting that teaches you something. A love story. And all of the lols.
I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m a pretty big fan.
It reminded me a bit of The Girl You Left Behind, the lesser-known novel by Jojo Moyes (of Me Before You fame) half-set in German occupied France – which I also really liked.
In honour of rediscovering my love of literature, I thought I’d share my all time favourite books/series/authors, and why I luuurve them so damn much.
Best Nonfiction Comedy
Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)
This 👏🏼 Book 👏🏼 Is 👏🏼 Everything
I had a real “Books By Female Comedians” stage (Miranda Hart’s Love Peggy gets an honourable mention in this category), but this book is the best of the bunch BY FAR.
I think I’ve re-read it twice … maybe three times …
So funny. So inspiring. So great.
Best Series for Tweens That I Read as a Grown Ass Woman
The Georgia Nicolson series. With such titles as Startled by His Furry Shorts and It’s ok, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers, you know you’re in for a good time.
Pure, ridiculous, teen hilarity.
I was genuinely heartbroken when their author Louise Rennison passed away in 2016. But she gave the world the Disco Inferno Dance and Dave the Laugh, and for that I will always be grateful.
I could have literally snogged until the cows came home. And when they came home I would have shouted, “WHAT HAVE TOU COWS COME HOME FOR?! CAN’T YOU SEE I’M SNOGGING, YOU STUPID HERBIVORES???” – Georgia Nicolson
I love Zoë Foster-Blake.
I just feel like we’d be friends. And I love her novels, Air Kisses and Playing the Field.
Her blog is also bomb. Get amongst it.
Me Before You is gorgeous. And harrowing. And hilarious. And everything.
I also really loved Emilia Clarke’s (my all time girl crush) portrayal of Lou in the film.
Who, now I think about it, actually has some similar traits to Juliet in Guernsey …
I read Divergent in a day.
O b s e s s e d.
Although I felt the series got a serious case of the “er … where are we going with this plot …?!”, Divergent was sublime.
Book three (Allegiant) was ridiculous.
Best Christian Book*
I really enjoyed Jesus is ___ by Judah Smith.
He managed to be funny and inspiring and informative all at the same time, and I loved it.
Also, anything by Joyce Meyer, the First Lady of Female Preachers.
*Other than the Bible, which is a pretty good book …
Girl, Wash Your Face is amazing. I’ve only just started it, so I’m well and truly jumping the gun by putting it on this list, but I don’t care. It’s amazing.
The author, Rachel Hollis, also has an amazing podcast called Rise which I thoroughly recommend.
Best Classic Prose
I will tell you a secret … I only ever finished one book during my English degree.
And that one book was Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
I am only now realising how sexist I am … All my fave books have female leads.
Literally. All. Of. Them.
I guess …
What’s you’re all time favourite book? Do you have any recommendations for me? I feel like you all solidly know “My Type” now.