First reading wrap up of 2017! Wonderful to think I've completed 3 full years of reading wrap ups now!
Whilst it may not look like much from the photos, I managed to get an awful lot of reading done this month. However, most of it was on my Kindle so I don't really have a lot to show for it.
I've read some excellent books this month and even gotten through a few that have been on my Kindle for months. I really seem to go through phases with using it. This year I've set my GoodReads challenge at 52 again and so far I am totally smashing it. If you'd like to join me on there you can add me as a friend here.
The Next Together by Lauren James - This is a time travel love story kinda deal. Katherine and Matthew keep meeting each other throughout history, fall in love and then are separated through disaster. I heard another blogger talking about this and what really drew me in is that the characters are science students. It was really refreshing to see scientists represented as normal people - so often in the media the socially awkward stereotypes are rife! I really enjoyed this book and ended up giving it 5/5 stars.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - This is the script of a Ted Talk. It is available to watch for free but I really wanted to read it. It's very short and only took me about an hour to read. This speech is very powerful and thought provoking. I'll be sharing this as much as I can be. Another 5/5 star rating. I would love to read some more from this author and I'd like to read all of very other books in 2017 as I think she's a very powerful and eloquent writer.
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles - Ok so this is a total trashy teenage romance and I'll admit I was only attracted to it because it has chemistry in the title. Blonde perfect cheerleader is matched with a gang member as her chemistry lab partner. Chaos ensues. It was a fun read for what it was. Sometimes I'm just in the mood some some mindless reading and this filled that gap. 3/5 stars.
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight - Eye catching title right? Well my gran seemed to think so as she bought this for me as an early birthday present. I absolutely loved it! It was so much fun but also a nice little kick up the butt that I think I was really needing. I've been working on my own fuck budget (ie a list of things that I do and do not give a fuck about) which I'll be blogging about in the future if you would like to read it. I gave this one 5/5 stars and I have a feeling it definitely won't be the last time I talk about it on my blog.
Bloom by Estée Lalonde - This lifestyle book was written by famous blogger/YouTuber Estée or 'EssieButton' who I've loved for a really long time. But I thought this book was, well, bad. The book lacked any real flow and felt more like a random selection of blog posts than a properly structured book. I went into this expecting to learn a bit more about Estée's life but unfortunately left a little disappointed. It's a beautifully made book and contains a lot of photos but it felt like it was all style and no substance. 2/5 stars.
Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives by Anna Kessel - I do not consider myself to be a sporty person at all! But I heard one of my favourite YouTubers talking about how this book totally changed her attitude to sport. This is a non fiction novel about sport and women. It talks a lot about the way that fitness is sold to women as a chore and something we need to do rather than something that we can do for fun. It was really eye opening and I really want every woman in my life to read this book! I'm not saying I'm suddenly the sportiest girl on the block but it does make me want to branch out a little and try something new.
As always, if you have any recommendations leave me a comment or tweet it to me!