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At the beginning of the year, I set myself a GoodReads challenge to read 10 books in 2019 and I’m so happy to say that I managed to hit this target. I know it may seem only a small one to some, but when my anxiety was bad, I found it so hard to read and concentrate on the words, so to say I have read 10, it is such an amazing feeling.
I’ve always loved reading and books ever since I was young. When my mental health got worse, my interest in books just wasn’t there and trying to concentrate became hard. But last year I started to get back into them and that’s when I decided to set myself the challenge.
I’m going to be sharing with you the 10 books I’ve read in 2019. There’s a real mixture within the 10 that I have read from light-hearted romance stories to inspiring career development texts. But I definitely believe there is something here for everyone.
So let’s start!
This book is written by well-known high-end fashion blogger ‘In The Frow’ and I actually received this as a Christmas present so when I started it in January I actually flew through it within a matter of days.
If you love fashion and want to learn more about how the digital world has helped to shape the fashion industry over the years, then I would so recommend this. It’s so insightful, current and informative. I actually learnt so much from it and thought Victoria did amazing for her first book.
This book got me dreaming of the warm summer-time as I was taken on an adventure from a Brighton ice cream shop to one in Italy. It’s a story of two sisters who are at completely different stages of their lives and they both come into obstacles when it comes to starting their dream lives.
I didn’t actually realise that this book is part of a series because I got it from a charity shop but I still felt like I could follow along with the characters and the story without the need of reading the first instalment.
This one was really light-hearted and easy to read. My favourite kind of books to read when I just want to relax and unwind.
This one wasn’t my favourite read of the 10 books I read in 2019. To be honest I had high hopes for this as I had good reviews but when it came to me actually reading it I was quite disappointed with it.
Mad Girl is Bryony’s story of her journey with OCD and Depression, two mental health issues I have myself, so I thought I would be able to relate to this a lot. And don’t get me wrong, she has done amazingly by opening up and sharing her own story.
But unlike other mental health books I have read that uplifted me, comforted me and made me feel less alone, I actually felt the complete opposite. This book just didn’t sit well with me and I definitely won’t be picking it up to read again.
By far my favourite book of the year goes to the Little Brooklyn Bakery by Julie Caplin!
You know one of those books you pick up, you instantly fall in love with it and never want it to end?
That’s exactly how I felt with The Little Brooklyn Bakery that is set in New York and sees Sophie, the girl from the UK, moving to the big apple to work as a food editor for a magazine, in which she ends up bonding over a passion for food with Todd who is a columnist.
I instantly adored the relationship between the two main characters. It was so gripping throughout and I couldn’t put it down unless I really had to. It’s so well written and if you want something fun, light-hearted and romantic, then this is the one.
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Wedding Bells At Butterfly Cove is about a single parent who escapes to her sisters guest house after her marriage falls to pieces. She moves in with a neighbour named Aaron as her sister plans her wedding which she soon realises isn’t the only reason she wants to stick around.
This was kindly sent to me a few months back and came at a perfect time when I first set up my social media business. It’s a really good read and I love how pocket-friendly this book is so that I can easily slide it into my bag when I’m on the go.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is starting out with a side hustle or wanting to set up their own business. This is a great insight into someone’s journey through creating their own start-up business. She shares such helpful tips and advice throughout that you can refer back to when you need inspiration.
Can you see a similar theme here?
Books with cute little food adventures and weddings, they’re definitely the books I seem to be most drawn to.
The Little Paris Patisserie is about a girl named Nina who has the chance to move to Paris to help run a Patisserie course with one of her brother’s best friends. The only problem is that she has secretly been in love with him since forever.
I quite enjoyed reading this one. It was another good read from Julie Caplin. Although I did find it a bit slow in some places and felt like there needed to be a lot more scenes with the two main characters rather than focusing so much on everyone else around them.
As you can probably already tell this book is all about hormones and periods, as well as all the bits in between like contraception. I picked this up because I always find hormones quite interesting.
That probably sounds quite weird but I am one of those people who keeps a track of their symptoms each month, mainly so I can look after myself in the best possible way but also so I can see patterns in when certain symptoms flare up like my anxiety or IBS.
So I was kind of surprised I had never actually read a book about hormones!
Although I found this a good read as it touched on some great topics that need to have more awareness to them and I learnt a few things here and there, I felt like it didn’t really teach me anything different to what I already knew.
It was quite basic and I felt like it would probably suit those who are just getting to know their periods and hormones like teens.
I read The Girl On The Train after I went to the theatre to see the play. I had only briefly seen the film before and I fell in love with the play, it was so good so Matt’s mum kindly let me read The Girl On The Train and I loved it just as much.
It’s such an amazing read that sees a woman named Rachel, catching the same commuter train every single day, passing by a row of houses along the train line, where her former ex-husband lives with his new wife and child, as well as a young couple who she saw as having the-perfect life.
The girl from the young couple ends up going missing which gives the main character Rachel a chance to get involved in their lives.
It’s such a gripping mystery and one that actually covers so many important topics like being unable to conceive, abusive relationships and alcohol abuse. It keeps you engaged throughout and each character tied with the other so naturally.
Another wedding related book is Meet Me At Willow Hall which is about a girl who is attending a wedding fair with her best friend without realising that her ex-boyfriend is going to show up. The ex is keeping a secret from the girl, but the more time the two spend together, the more they fall back in love with each other.
I enjoyed reading this heart-warming and romantic read. It was quite predictable but at the same time it, I didn’t hate it nor did I dislike the characters either. I quite liked how unperfect the characters were as well. Sometimes characters in romance books can be oh so perfect and never do anything wrong so I liked how realistic this even if the plot was a bit cliche.
What’s been your favourite book that you’ve read in 2019?