Throughout my life I have always been a tremendous lover of reading; for eternity I’ve enjoyed opening a novel and escaping to a far off world that doesn’t have the troubles of my own. When I was younger I enjoyed fiction, but as I’ve grown older (and need a slight bit of help with adulting) I’ve become more involved with non-fiction books. I thought I would share a few with you that I’ve read in the last couple of years that have incidentally, changed my life.
When the movie trailers were released for ‘One Day’ I just knew it was a novel I had to devour; although I won’t ever openly admit it, my guilty pleasure whilst growing up was to read all of my mum’s Sophie Kinsella books, worst of all I actually enjoyed them. So I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for a romance; this book was just the first that really let me embrace it. I actually bought the book for my mum and sadly she neglected it, I was soon hunting for something to read and this ever so nicely fell directly into my lap. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. The story was raw, sad and uplifting; my life changed because I allowed myself to not be afraid to read different genres of books – it’s okay to enjoy all of them.
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
This one, admittedly is a strange one. Whilst writing my A-Level English coursework, I sought for an empowering book about women that also acted as a slight diary. I did some research and like an epiphany screamed “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES” in the middle of my English class; luckily, my teacher agreed without thinking I was too crazy. The deadline was cutting fine as I had other projects nearing so I had no choice but to read it in less than 2 days; it wasn’t hard in the slightest. The book was empowering, heart-breaking but most importantly different. If you are a feminist, or wanting to be a feminist please, I urge you to read this book, please don’t be put off by the title, people will stop staring at you on the bus after a little while.
ALL I KNOW NOW
CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER
I’ve always been a fan of Carrie so for a long period of time I was waiting to finally read her first book which essentially, is about growing up. It’s a book I wish I would have had when I was younger to help with the transition from child to teenager to adult. But saying this, I also strongly benefitted from it now as Carrie shared her dreams and how not giving up is essential. If you are a dreamer like me, this book is a necessity to your collection because I felt more inspired than ever after devouring it.
THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE
After suggesting my beloved ‘One Day’ to a close friend, they in turn suggested me to read ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’; at the time, I was studying my A-Levels so didn’t have a huge amount of time to dedicate to reading that didn’t benefit my course and this book was rather hefty. I still decided to set aside some time to conquer this book; even if it did take me 6 months (it seemed to fall right over exam period – I promise I’m not a slow/slack reader). The undying love reminded me of ‘One Day’, but in a completely different style; their love was unconditional despite age, distance and time. If you (like me), adore a love story, this is more than definitely the story for you.
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL
Roughly around the time I read ‘The Vagina Monologues’ I also stumbled across ‘Not that Kind of Girl’ by Lena Dunham. I’d never seen Girls or heard anything about it before so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but it literally changed my life for the good. I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced to be a woman once again! Like ‘The Vagina Monologues’ if you’re looking for a way to be empowered as a female, but perhaps don’t want the heartbreaking stories and risky cover, then this is the book you need.
If, like me, you are a struggling to stay true to your creative soul..this book needs to be added to your collection this exact second. Admittedly, I haven’t even finished this book yet, but from the first few chapters – pages even – I knew this book was going to change my life forever by being weened into the creative life. I’ve always been a dreamer and overall a creative person and sadly this isn’t always accepted in the common world of today as it’s portrayed as perhaps unstable. Gilbert reaffirms why being creative is important – thank you, this is exactly what I needed to be pushed to follow my dreams.
I shall link all of the books below so if you want to grab a copy it’s a lot easier for you; please do let me know in the comments below what books changed your life, I’m always looking for new inspiring reading material.
- One Day – David Nicholls
- The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler
- All I Know Now – Carrie Hope Fletcher
- The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
- Not that Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
- Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert