Recently Read: February 2017

Saturday, 4 February 2017

When I was younger, I always had my head in a book and I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a major bookworm. As I plan to use this blog as a showcase for all the things I love, I thought I'd do a small book haul every now and then to share some reading gems I've discovered.

The first book I thought I'd mention is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling. I'm a HUGE potter fan and after seeing the film in December the book went straight on my Christmas list (yes, I'm still 6 and have a Christmas list). Of course, as always, reading it was better but the film was incredible. Without giving too much away it basically follows Newt Scamander who's a magizoologist (what a mouth full) who collects different beasts. It's set in the American wizarding world in 1926. It's before Harry Potter and there are completely different characters but I personally loved how different it was and loved the contrast between the American wizarding world and the British one. This might also be the prettiest book cover I've ever seen.

So, the next book was quite different to anything I'd ever read before but I'm so glad I bought it and I flew through it. It's called The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. It's a story about a transgender teenager named David, and his journey to finally telling his family that he wants to be referred to as Kate, and would like to begin transitioning. I'd never read a book with a transgender character before so I didn't have much of an understanding but having read this, I know so much more now. I think it's such an important book for people to read because I believe that with more education comes less ignorance. I really loved the characters and overall I thought it was such an insightful and brilliantly written book. The writing style was so easy to read and it flowed between the two main characters' perspectives clearly. 

A book I read a few months ago that I thought I'd mention is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Holy moly this book was intense. It gets a bit dark and twisted but it was one of those books that I just couldn't put down. It was quite fast paced and each chapter jumped between two characters but I actually liked that about the book and it wasn't hard to keep up with. It's a psychological thriller that follows a complicated criminal investigation, after a woman goes missing, that's full of twists and turns. The only thing I was disappointed with was the ending. The whole book had been so gripping and shocking but the ending was a bit of a let down for me. 

Finding Audrey, written by Sophie Kinsella, was a bit of an impulse buy on Amazon after hearing so many good things about it and I loved it for so many reasons. It talks about bullying, anxiety and depression but in a different way to other books I've read; it has a lighthearted and humorous spin but still manages to talk about the issues sensitively. I've read a few books where the characters have suffered with anxiety and depression but this was the most truthful representation, it didn't sugarcoat anything. If you're looking to get educated or you're suffering yourself I think you should definitely give it a read.

And the last book is This Modern Love which is by one of my favourite Youtubers, Will Darbyshire. This book is more of a coffee table book instead of the novels I've mentioned above but I loved it equally as much. The book is made up of love letters from people around the world which I think is just the cutest idea. It's so cleverly made with letters and responses about crushes, heartbreak and romance divided into beginning, middle, and end. I love how unique it is and the photographs and stories are beautiful. I love that he decided to publish all the letters, emails and tweets raw and unedited; they seem so much more meaningful.

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts?

Liv x

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