Today's book list is a little bit more varied than my usual reads. From a couple classics to young adult and then concluding with the best 'self help' book I've ever read, here are 4 of my recent reads.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - HARPER LEE: I made a promise to myself this year that I would read more classic books and this one was one of the first ones added to my list. Unlike most people my age I never studied this classic story at school and I always felt like I should have read it by now but I just hadn't got round to it. As Go Set A Watchman has just been released it was the perfect time to get stuck into the story of young Scout. Set in 1930's America it deals with serious issues such as racial inequality and rape but it somehow still manages to be a heartwarming tale. There is a reason why this is such a classic book, it's absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to read it's follow up.
FINDING AUDREY - SOPHIE KINSELLA: My biggest guilty pleasure reads is the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I've read them all so many times and they remind me of being a teenager who could relate to Rebecca B in so many ways. Finding Audrey is the author's latest release and her first venture into young adult books. I steamed through this book in an evening as it's such an easy read but I was completely sucked into the story. It follows the story of Audrey who has severe anxiety and depression and it's great to see these issues highlighted in a way that isn't absolutely terrifying to the reader and just how badly bullying can affect somebodies life. Even though I initially thought this would just be a guilty pleasure read I actually thoroughly enjoyed it and it's definitely a good choice if you're in your teens.
QUIET - SUSAN CAIN: I picked up this book months a go, but I had others to read before hand. To cut a long description short, this book is for all the introverts in the world. For a long time, I had no idea just how much of an introvert I was and always just thought I was kinda weird. It's an incredibly interesting book and it's amazing to read the stories of others and understand yourself as a person a little bit more. Although it contains a lot of studies it's not at all difficult to follow and it's awesome to be able to learn what makes us up as people and how we gravitate towards certain traits.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - JANE AUSTEN: Like I said earlier, I've been trying to get into more classic books. Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous love stories in the world and if I'm completely honest I finished this book feeling unbelievably disappointed. I feel by saying this I'm going to be struck down by the literary gods, but it's true. The story wasn't enchanting at all and like most classic books the writing can be difficult to follow in places. I wanted to love the tale of Mr Darcy so much but I just simply couldn't get into it and I struggled to even finish it. Maybe it was all the hype that surrounds the story of the lovers that spoiled it but this wasn't the romance novel that I believed it would be.