Book Recommendations: Summer ’21

Book Recommendations: Summer ’21

Reading is a habit that I’ve been trying to create in my day-to-day life. It offers the excuse to relax and unwind (and brew a cuppa). In case you are looking for some books to add to your reading list, I wanted to share a few of my recent favorites:

The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin. In this book, Lauren shares how she “turned her worst emotions into [her] best life.” I found that the book helped to put words to emotions I previously didn’t know how to describe. I enjoyed Lauren’s stories, and I found her relatable. I really liked that Lauren gave tangible tips when it came to practicing self-care.

What I Wish I Knew About Love by Kirstie Taylor. This book was very relatable and honest. In the book, Kirstie shares dating stories and lessons that everyone can take something away from. She defines attachment styles and love languages while also giving advice on forming healthy relationships. I appreciated that the book was really focused on self-love and the relationship that all of us have with ourselves.

The Girls by Emma Cline. If you find cults or the true crime genre interesting, this book is for you. It’s a fictional story based on Manson’s cult, and it follows the story of one of the girls that was involved. Throughout the book, the main character is flashing back between current day and her previous days with the cult. It’s very attention-grabbing and reflective.

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given. Florence tackles various day-to-day topics with a feminist lens in this book. She shares her experiences and opinions in a very candid way through wonderful writing and gorgeous illustrations. I found this book to be very enjoyable and empowering.

Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Technically this one is a comic, but I adore it too much to not include it. Snotgirl follows a fashion blogger who has allergies (hence the title). The comic provides social commentary on social media culture and high-end lifestyles while also serving a murder mystery plot. It’s perfectly entertaining and engaging with wild card elements.

Also, here are a few books that are on my list to read next:

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami. I saw a fellow blogger praise this book, so I’d love to give it a read. The story follows three women in Japan and their life journeys. Each of them has to tackle different challenges and anxieties.

Cultish by Amanda Montell. This book dissects cults and explains how they operate in our modern society. It sounds like it’s a well-researched book, but it also has personality and humor.

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen. As a fan of Lily Allen’s music, I’d love to hear more of her personal story. The memoir received a lot of positive reviews for being real and honest.

What books have you loved recently? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

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