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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Best Books I Read in 2016

2016 seems like a while ago but I'm still talking about it because .. I haven't yet talked about my favourite books from last year! To get on this exclusive list, these books had to be a. books I rushed to finish whilst simultaneously didn't want to end; b. books that challenged me, made me think, and feel and laugh and c. books I think everyone I know should read. Just being a Samaritan, sharing the love. So in no particular order...

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

I don't think this book needs much introduction. #Girlboss by a Sophia Amoruso, is a memoir about her rise from a 17 year old who left school to pursue a life of hitch hiking and petty crime, to starting a now successful vintage clothing business, Nasty Gal, and all the lessons she learnt along the way. It's both hilarious and inspiring without being patronising. It also finds itself here because despite being a pretty short and breezy read, it changed the way I talk to myself. #Girlboss is literally what I say to myself to rile myself to get stuff done. Being a woman and a boss can and guess what, are mutually exclusive. I love that #Girlboss just took over social media last year. It is time everyone got used to it. It is also time you read this book if you haven't already.

Not That Easy by Radhika Sanghani


The only fiction book on this list! (I was generally pretty disappointed by fiction this year). But this book is HILARIOUS. In every sense of the word. I actually stumbled across it by accident and it brought me such joy. It follows Ellie, a recent graduate who takes an underpaid internship (we've all been there or know someone) in London and start dating more. Sounds like a pretty basic plot line but Radhika Sanghani's voice is genuinely gold. There isn't a book I read last year  that has more funny, genuine and truthful voices than the ones I found in this book. Not only does it present female friendships in the most beautiful and empowering light; it handles millennial struggles and anxieties to a T without glamorising the experience; AND has a main character of colour whose experiences and voice aren't exclusively about her race. SO refreshing, I would legit buy you a copy of this book - that's how much I want you to read this! Oh Joan Rivers even said “Even Bridget Jones’s Diary could take a page from this novel” - when talking about this book.


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg


Yet another book that shaped how I talk to myself last year. It is so important, not just to lean in in the workplace, but in every aspect of life. It's not just about mothers and women in the workplace, it's a lot about standing up a little taller and using your voice. Sheryl Sandberg is just so wise and despite being uber succesful, she's really honest about her own insecurities and mistakes.



Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon

You can read my review/love letter to this book here. Since starting this blog, I've never used the internet the way I do now since starting this blog. And the book sheds light on both the great and not so great about the internet. But Ctrl Alt Delete is so much more than just an ode to social media. It's about becoming self aware and gaining wisdom.


Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Are we seeing a pattern here? Hilarious memoirs by successful and talented women. Pretty much all I ever read. I read this book in January 2016 and thought about it for the entire year. I never wanted these essays to end. I literally curled up in a ball and re-read my favourite essays throughout January. Mindy Kaling's voice is one of my favourites. You feel like she's talking to you. That she's your friend. These essays give invaluable life lessons without even trying. It also helps that she's a gifted comedian.


Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates





I've never read a book that  is essentially just facts, data and quotes, that has left me so shook. I cried at times reading this book. If you thought sexism and the treatment of women was a. getting better or b. that you understand/know the scale of the problem - you've got no idea. If you read one book on this list, let it be this one. It is heartbreaking and will open your eyes.

And that's it! I started as I mean to go on and so this year, I'll continue to read more books by talented women. I didn't even go out of my way to read books by more women, it just happened! It's so greta that's its getting so easy to find female voices on our shelves. I didn't read that many books by women of colour so that really is my only bookish goal this year and I urge it to make it yours too! The books are out there, I've just been lazy in finding them. And of course, I'd recommend every.single.book I listed here. They are all great, inspirational books to start the year with!




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  1. Ooo, after reading this I can't wait to get around to reading Ctrl Alt Delete and Everyday Sexism. They both sound incredibly insightful. If you're a fan of funny memoirs by talented women, I'd totally recommend you check out Amy Poehler's Yes Please if you haven't already - I could not put it down!! Roxanne Gay's book of essays: Bad Feminist is also one worth reading :-)

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    1. Yes, Please is actually on my TBR it looks really good! And Everyday Sexism was particularly insightful. It made me so angry and like, desperate for things to change. Couldn't recommend it enough!

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