Since completing my Goodreads challenge at the start of the month I’ve found myself feeling a little bit less inclined to read, which is sure fire proof for me that the pressure of a “challenge” works for me. Having been a bookworm since I was young, I don’t want to let my reading habit slide so easily, so in an attempt to reignite my obsession with picking up a book I’ve been browsing the shelves looking for some new and exciting reads to add to my collection. Even though I have a huge pile of books sitting waiting to be read anyway, I never stop shopping for books. It makes me happy, whilst also diminishing my bank balance…
My wish list grows longer by the day, with a mix of books covering everything from teenage romance, disturbing dystopian worlds, ghosts and monsters to anxiety, feminism and branding. It’s an eclectic mix, to say the least, but here are the forty books that I want to read next.
The Power by Naomi Alderman won the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, which is how it was brought to my attention. Dubbed “The Hunger Games meets The Handmaid’s Tale”, The Power tells the story of a world where women can kill with just a click of their fingers. Men no longer have the control they’re used to, and The Day of the Girls has finally dawned.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood has been all over the place recently thanks to the popular TV adaptation that I believe has just finished. I’ve wanted to read this book for the longest time, as dystopian drama is just my cup of tea, but for some reason, I haven’t quite got round to it yet. Offred has one function in this world, to breed, or else she’ll be hanged or sent outside to die in the polluted atmosphere. Described as profoundly moving, chilling and intensely terrifying, this sounds like the sort of book that will keep me up all night reading.
Wrong Place by Michelle Davies is the second in the DC Maggie Neville Series, with the first being Gone Astray, which I read back in April. Two women lie in hospital beds, both of them the subjects of police investigations. Although there are no obvious parallels between the two cases, Maggie suspects something sinister is at play and begins to investigate.
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord is another Zoella Book Club novel which tells the story of Paige and her plan to rejoin the real world after a horrific accident. She wants to date, travel, swim, go to parties, join a club – but then she meets someone and everything changes.
Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi first caught my eye back in March when it was first released and I feel like it’s been everywhere since then. Black Water Lilies spans 13 days, beginning with a murder and ending with a murder. How do these murders tie into the mystery of the missing Monet masterpiece?
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple has been recommended to me so many times, and I kept meaning to read it, it just hasn’t happened yet. Bernadette is a vibrant, volatile wife who suddenly disappears, leaving her daughter and best friend, Bee, behind. Bee then sets off on a mission to find her missing mother and bring her back home.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness is one of the few Patrick Ness novels that I haven’t read yet. I’ve loved Patrick Ness for as long as I can remember, so his work is something I turn to regularly when I’m looking for something to read. In this book, the typical trope of being the “chosen one” is turned on its head, instead focusing on “the others” and their life outside of saving the world.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman follows Eleanor, who’s world is turned upside down by a simple act of kindness. Her once simple life has been flipped on its head and as a result, Eleanor has to learn how to navigate this new and uncertain landscape. No longer capable of merely surviving, Eleanor has to learn how to actually live.
Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman rings a lot of bells in my mind, and part of me is sure that I’ve read it, but the rest isn’t quite so convinced. Following Skye, whose sister died in a tragic accident the year before, Lying About Last Summer covers her search for relief and journey through grief. Things aren’t all as they seem, though, because Skye starts getting text messages from someone who claims that they’re her dead sister.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera follows Griffin’s life after losing his first love in a tragic accident. Faced with overwhelming grief and worsening OCD, Griffin is faced with the choice of addressing the ghosts of his past or missing out on his possible future.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson is about David, who has a secret. David wants to be a girl. He then meets Leo, who is trying his best to be invisible but catches some unwanted attention when he stands up for David in a fight. A friendship ensues, but things are about to get a bit messy, as they always do in schools…
See How They Lie by Sue Wallman is the follow-up novel to Lying About Last Summer and tells the story of Mae, a young girl who has grown up at her father’s private psychological wellness retreat run by her father. The retreat has strict rules, with a severe punishment for misbehaviour, as Mae discovers when she’s caught breaking them. After this, she starts to question everything she knows about Hummingbird Creek and finds herself on a dangerous path as a result.
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan is the story of Anthony, an acclaimed writer who is aware that his time is running out. Anthony has dedicated much of his life to collecting lost objects and reuniting them with their owners in an attempt to make up for a broken promise earlier in his life. Knowing that his time is coming to an end, he passes the task on to his assistant Laura, resulting in an unpredictable chain of events.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart follows the intense friendship between Imogen, a runaway heiress, and Jules, an athletic fighter. A twisting mystery littered with murders and chaos, Genuine Fraud is an unpredictable and unsettling novel that aims to keep the reader guessing at every turn.
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig is about Tom Hazard, a seemingly normal 41-year-old on the outside, but on the inside, he’s actually centuries old and has seen everything from Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris. Tom constantly changes his identity to hide his secret, but then he falls in love. This sounds preeeeetty similar to the Age of Adaline, which I enjoyed, so I think this sounds like the type of book that I’d love to read.
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern follows the story of Celestine North, who lives in a world where perfection is paramount and anything else will be punished. Celestine slots right into this world, with a seemingly perfect life, but one day she breaks a rule based on an instinctive decision and the end result is life changing.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo is once again, a Zoella Book Club novel, but this is one of the few from the Autumn 2016 list that I haven’t read yet. Amanda Hardy starts at a new school and all she wants to do is fit in, but she has a secret that she’s keeping locked up. Amanda used to be Andrew, and as always happens in these books, her secret isn’t safe for much longer.
Release by Patrick Ness is a relatively new, eh, release from Patrick Ness. Adam Thorn’s life is going to fall apart this summer, but he doesn’t know that yet. At the same time, something strange is happening across town, and Adam’s time is running out…
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr has received rave reviews in the past, which is the whole reason it’s ended up on my wish list. Flora has anterograde amnesia and can’t remember things on a day-to-day basis, until one day she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and then she remembers it. It’s not that easy, though, because the boy is gone. If she follows him, will she be able to unlock her memory? Who can she trust, when she can’t even trust her own mind?
The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll caught my eye as soon as I saw the cover, as I’ve been a big fan of Gemma Correll’s work for years now. Full of Gemma’s signature comics, this book is stuffed with life advice and all-too-relatable scenarios for those who have a tendency to worry… like me!
Brand Famous by Linzi Boyd covers all aspects of taking a brand to the next level, which is essentially what I study and what I want to do in life. Branding has always fascinated me, so you’ll often find me reading up on strategies and case studies in an attempt to arm myself for future projects.
In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney always pops up in my Amazon recommendations, and after a cursory glance through the product page, I can see why. A celebration of women across the world who are being kick-ass entrepreneurs and packed full of career tips, inspiration and advice, this looks like a beautiful book brimming with motivation and beautiful photography.
All Marketers Tell Stories by Seth Godin is one of the many books on this list that lean more towards my academic pursuits, but I just love reading books about marketing, okay? This is a guide to fundamental marketing strategies and their applications across all walks of life, making it one that I’m very keen to read.
May I Have Your Attention, Please? by Mish Slade is another example of a book related to my degree. Business writing is important, but it can be so boring. Bad copy is such a turn-off for me, so this is exactly the book I want to see. Covering the 12 basic principles that businesses can use to snare new clients, this seems like a brilliant guide to the copywriting basics, which can also be translated into blogging practice, too.
Radical Self Love by Gala Darling has nearly ended up in my basket on multiple occasions, but I still haven’t quite managed to hit the buy button. I feel like this is a bit more “airy-fairy” self-help than my cynical self would enjoy, but there’s something about it that sucks me in. Self-love is something I haven’t quite mastered yet, but I’m working my way there.
Almost Adulting by Arden Rose has been aaaaall over Instagram lately, but with a cover like that are you really surprised? This is one of those classic “how to be an adult” books that I love reading because they make me feel like I have my life together. Covering everything from internet friends, diet, fashion, adventures and dating, this is a mish mash of essays, lists and illustrations designed to guide you through adulthood like a boss.
Girl Up by Laura Bates takes the stupid expectations and pressures forced upon females and turns them on their heads. The ideal guide for navigating our sexist culture, this is cited as a must read for girls around the globe.
My Name is Girl by Nina Cosford was making the rounds on Twitter recently, with a lot of hype surrounding its launch. This is a relatable, humorous exploration of what life is like as a girl in the 21st century covering everything from bra shopping to your choice of emojis.
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon has been on my wishlist for a while now, as it’s got rave reviews and is heralded as a truthful celebration of life with mental illness. If you hadn’t already guessed from the rest of my choices, my mental health is something I’m trying to come to terms with, so reading books like these always help me feel less alone.
Brand Brilliance by Fiona Humberstone is the second book by the author of How To Style Your Brand, and as an advertising student I thoroughly enjoy her insights on branding and business vision. A good mix of inspiration, practical strategy and brand theory, it sounds like a great guide for someone interested in refining their brand identity.
Find Calm by Anna Barnes is packed full of tips and tricks to help you relax and let go of stresses. Find Calm is created with the intention of leaving you better equipped to deal with what really matters, by perfecting ways to fully relax both your mind and body.
We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel also pops up in my Amazon recommendations a lot, and as soon as I first saw it, it ended up on my wishlist. This is described as being an “inspiring, empowering and provocative manifesto for change”, which sounds like it would be right up my street. Change is something I need to embrace, instead of shying away from it so this could be a life-changing read for me.
Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose by Nicole Fenton and Katie Kiefer Lee appeals to me on two levels – as a blogger, and as someone who wants to work in digital marketing. Copywriting has been one of my favourite aspects of my degree, and it’s a skill that I’m always trying to hone and develop.
Style Your Mind by Cara Alwill Leyba is another book all about change, aimed at women who want to make changes in their personal or professional life. This is described as being more of a workbook than a book, with activities, tips, quotes and questions all designed to send you on a journey to self-empowerment.
The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge is touted as a roadmap to a calmer, happier and more confident you – aka everything I need in a book. Written by Chloe Brotheridge, a clinical hypnotherapist, The Anxiety Solution shares a variety of techniques and tools to help anxiety suffers regain a feeling of control.
Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams is another book that has been making the rounds on Instagram lately, which is where I first saw it. It’s all about reconnecting with your inner child in order to simplify life as an adult, and as someone who feels like they’re drowning in the void between childhood nostalgia and overwhelming adulthood, I think it’s just what I need to help find some sort of balance.
Stress Less by Jasmin Kirkbride is a book for those moments when the worries feel overwhelming and when the people around you are telling you to “just relax” like it’s an easy thing to do. Like Find Calm and The Anxiety Solution, Stress Less is all about tackling the tough moments with lots of tips and tricks for people like me who are chronic worriers.
Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women by Otegha Uwagba is a career focused guide for creative women. As I move through my degree and start to think about my future, I can’t help but feel a desire to arm myself for the working world. Plus, my blog is also my own business, so this will also come in handy for building that brand too. Covering topics such as public speaking, pay-rises, your personal brand and freelancing, this is surely going to come in handy throughout my working life.