A Few of My Favourite Books

Thursday, 30 April 2020 Bath, UK

When I was a kid I was a massive bookworm. I used to be one of those stereotypical girls reading under the cover with a torch (it's a safe bet to assume it was either The Famous Five, Mallory Towers or something else by Enid Blyton) until I physically could no longer keep my eyes open. As I grew up and had more and more access to technology (ahem, MSN) I started to forgo reading. The past few years however, it's something I'm starting to fall back in love with - and these books are a big reason why.

Here is a list of all of my favourite books, and what I love about them. I hope this inspires you to pick up a copy of your favourite books... or discover some new ones!

Stay in the Room - Hanna Glover - linked here
Ok. Maybe I'm a bit biased as Hanna is one of my nearest and dearest. But I've got to admit, this book is outstanding. It is a book of poetry written in three parts, and it is her story of self discovery, letting go and finding your worth. These poems will capture you, encourage you and, if you let them, change you. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman - linked here
I read this book in two days flat. It is just wonderful. It warmed my heart and taught me how to love better than I could before. It is the story of a remarkable woman, stuck in the routine of mundane life, the hurt from her past and an unlikely friendship. I won’t give anything away, but this is a book that is simply beautiful. As you can tell from my rather dog-eared copy, this has done the rounds of pretty much everyone in my family and was loved by all.

The Shack - WM Paul Young - linked here

This book is beautiful. It's the story of a man who tragically loses his daughter and his journey of heartbreak, healing and forgiveness. He meets Mama (God) in 'The Shack' and thus begins his journey. It's an amazing story that gave me a whole new perspective on so much. The movie is also beautiful... but doesn't beat the book. It's one to read whether you're a Christian or not!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris - linked here (not pictured)

This book left me in a daze. I couldn't get it out of my head for weeks. It is a beautiful true story of love within the horror of the Auschwitz concentration camps. This is a book that will change you, educate you and inspire you to love those around you more fiercely. I loved the characters, the way it was written and the way it moved me. 10/10. Can't fault it.

The Man I Think I Know - Mike Gayle - linked here
I could not put this book down. This book is so human, so real and so authentic. It made me think about the value of life and the value of freedom. It made me evaluate things I take for granted and it honestly made me want to be a better person. It is not only the story of redemption, but a story from perspectives not often told. This book made me stop judging people I don’t know and realise there is always always more to a person than meets the eye. Yes yes yes. Loved this book.

This Is Going To Hurt - Dr Adam Kay - linked here

WOWEEEE. That’s almost all I can say about this book. Adam Kay recalls his time working as a Jr Doctor for the NHS and talks about his experiences balancing his work and personal life. Sadly, it’s not fiction, and this book is a massive eye opener about the reality of the NHS and those who work within it. It made me laugh out loud and it made me cry sobs as I gobbled this book up in just a few days. I then passed it onto my mum, and then my grandma (who’s only criticism was the rather frequent use of the f-word) and they both loved it too. It’s a beautifully real, authentic book that I would recommend to anyone. In fact, everyone. 

Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid - linked here

Granted, this might not be as life changing for me as some of the other books were - but MYY this book was so fun. I gobbled it up in three days and was so sad that it ended. I loved it from beginning to finish. I loved the characters - even the unlikeable ones - and I loved their individual story arcs. It made me want to listen to the band SO badly, I'm just upset they're fictional! If you like rock & roll/music/the 70s/fascinating people/song writing/music production/general drama then give this book a shot. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Let me know your favourite books, and let me know what you thought of mine!

Rozzi x

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