Book Reviews | November Reads


I can't believe it, but I'm now only ONE book away from my 2016 challenge of reading 52 books. That's probably more books than I've read in the past 3 or 4 years combined and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I was thinking about writing a little something about why I've enjoyed it so much actually, is that something that you guys would be interested in reading? I also thought I'd do a little round up of my favourites too. But I'm getting ahead of myself, I need to share November's book reviews with you first! Here goes...

My Name is Girl: An Illustrated Guide to the Female Mind - Nina Cosford

I picked this book up in Anthropologie after leafing through the first few pages and laughing my head off. The beautiful illustrations and witty observations perfectly sum up what it's like to be a female in the 21st century. A very relatable read!

Preparing My Daughter For Rain:: notes on how to heal and survive. - Key Ballah

Described as "a book of lessons dedicated to our daughters and future daughters, on how to survive", this collection of poetry by Ballah is one of the most moving things I have read in a very long time. I didn't love every poem, but the ones that caught me got me right in the gut. My favourite line was "even if you gathered all of the oceans into your throat, there would still be women who have mastered the art of stealing stars out of the sky and hiding them in in their eyes.." - I told you it was good.

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now - Meg Jay

I was half expecting this book to be a little cliche and patronising but I was so wrong - it was uplifting, empowering and actually really useful. Focussing on topics such as careers, relationships and fertility, this book (which is inspired by Jay's very well received TED talk) helped me think about this decade of my life in a very different way. There is a good mix of data and anecdotes to keep things interesting and I just found it all really interesting. I would definitely recommend if you're in your twenties and struggling to make those big life decisions.

We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Another book with a TED talk link - this powerful and important essay has been adapted from Chimamanda's TED talk of the same name. My friend Fiona bought me this for my birthday following the whole US election debacle and it was just what I needed to read at that time. I feel like everyone should own a copy.

The Universe Has Your Back - Gabrielle Bernstein

I'm a big believer in the law of attraction and the power of positivity, but recently I've found myself automatically shifting to a bit of a doom and gloom mindset. This book was just what I needed to read to remind myself that while we can't always control the circumstances, we can control how we react to them and trust that we will learn something. It really got me thinking about spirituality and the power of manifesting which I think I might write more about soon.

What did you read last month? Any recommendations for me?