LGBTQIA+ Pride Book Recommendations

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Hi Readers

We’re currently in the middle of pride month where we celebrate all that are in the gay community. All of these books have great representation so if you’re looking for a pride read this month then here are some suggestions.

Becky Albertalli’s books – I feel like everyone has probably read these by now but if not then… why not?

Adam Silvera’s books – My personal favourite is History is All You Left Me but if you like contemporary with a bit of sci-fi, then More Happy Than Not and We Both Die at the End are the ones for you.

Cassandra Clare’s books – Honestly, urban fantasy at it’s best for me and Clare has never been afraid of featuring a very diverse cast of characters. 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – One of my absolute favourites. Old time Hollywood, great bi rep and just makes you feel all the emotions.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – A great pool side, coming of age read.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williams – Another YA contemporary. This one following a girl who was born in a boys body.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – I haven’t read many fantasy with good LGBT rep but this is a pretty good one. Based on greek mythology we follow the lives and romance of two rather famous names.

What are your favourite Pride reads? 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

 

 

Happy International Women’s Day! Here’s Some Unlikely Bad Ass Female Characters!

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Hi Readers!

When you think of bad ass females is the first person you think of a character from a fantasy world? Who can kill men with swords or even her bare hands?

Whilst I love those females, this post is going to focus on a different type of bad ass female. Girls and women from this world who bravely defy the odds and come out on top. 

Xiomara from The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Why: On the cusp of 16 Xiomara lives in a home focused on religion. She constantly feels stifled by the expectations her parents and the world has for her. She gets through this by writing slam poetry. 

Elena from The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

Why: Elena lives in an impoverished part of Naples. Where violence against women is common, and education limited. These books feature strong female friendship and the consequences of toxic masculinity

Evelyn from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Why: This is about Evelyn’s strive for Hollywood success. It explores what women had to do just to get a chance there and what happens to their careers when they upset the wrong people (men).

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Why: The 1800’s was a time when women had two walks in life. Get married or become an heiress. Elizabeth didn’t have the second as an option and, being one of 5 daughters, needed a husband for security. But she stands her ground when not one, but two men offer her that security. She chooses her happiness over convenience. 

Mara from Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Mara’s twin is accused of rape by his girlfriend which causes Mara to start questioning her morals and strong beliefs. Overall this book is about believing women and the potential consequences when they aren’t believed. 

Patricia Noah from Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

I don’t often read non-fiction but I loved this one and his mother is a real hero in this book. She is so head-strong. So determined. So hard-working and so inspirational.

Isabelle and Vianna from The Nightingale by Hannah Kent

Set in occupied France this book follows two sisters and how the war effects them. 

These are just a few of the many amazing women in literature. Who’s your favourite? 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

These Are the Cutest Romances!

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Hi Readers

Valentines Day is tomorrow and whilst I find the Holiday vomit inducing (I’m really not a romantic) I love a good love story in a book. These are some of my favourites.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – There is so much love in this book, sometimes misguided, always complicated. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – This is a very slow build up but that’s what makes it so precious. 

The Unexpected Everything – All of Matson’s books have cute romances but this is my favourite. She’s a dog walker, he’s an author!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Baking, boys and sisterly love. This is one of the cutest series of all time. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – A gay coming-of-age. You’ll fall in love with their love. 

Pride and Prejudice – I love all of Austen’s books but this has got to be my favourite. The original hate-to-love romance. 

What’s your favourite romance?

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

 

Books On My Shelf That I Want Everyone To Read

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Hi Readers

In 2019 I’m making monthly themes for my TBRs. January’s theme was to read books that I own and I thought it would be a great opportunity to recommend you the books I have read, own and love.

I don’t always buy the books I read as a lot of them come from the library. So when I buy a book and keep it I know it’s because it’s special. 

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The Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante – This is a beautiful series about friendship and growing up in an impoverished part of Naples, Italy. I actually hope to reread this series this Summer. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book is probably my favourite coming of age. It’s set in 1980’s America and it’s about the importance of music, books, friendship and so, so much more. 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – At this point you’ve either already read this book or it’s on your TBR for this year and that is because this book really is incredible. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Bejamine Alire Saenz – I’ve read this book so many times now and every time I reread it I end up loving it a little bit more. The authors currently writing a sequel but it’s still a waiting game for that. 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – This is a unique novel that basically explores the whole of black history starting with slavery right up to present day America. It’s extraordinary how many years this book covers. 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Definitely my favourite Bronte novel. Possibly even my favourite classic. I love reading Jane’s journey and each time I read it I notice something new. 

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

Spine-Chilling Books

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Hi Readers

I love October because everybody starts reading the books they’re too scared to read any other time of the year. So if you’re in the mood to be spooked, here are some books that will do the job:

Bird Box by Josh Malerman – This book is so highly recommended for this time of year it’s in basically every-bodies recs posts. But I had to include it just incase you for some reason haven’t picked this up. This is probably one of the scariest books I’ve ever read and is kind of the ultimate ‘fear of the unknown’ book. 

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land – I read this last year in one sitting. Literally didn’t move for the entirety of reading this book. It had me hooked and just thinking about it now creeps me out. 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Because you need a good monster book for this time of year. 

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson – If you liked Gone Girl you’ll like this. Kind of a domestic thriller meets 50 first dates. 

More Than This by Patrick Ness – YA doesn’t usually scare me, but this one did. Our main character dies and wakes up in his childhood home where the world seems to have been deserted. Oh, and some creepy dude in leather is following him. 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – A group of strangers invited to an island by who they think is a mutual friend. Only to find the island completely isolated, and now they’re being killed off one by one. 

Strike Series – If you’re looking for some good detective novels, I love these ones. The Silkworm and Career of Evil are particularly creepy.

The Women In White by Wilkie Collins – A little less creepy but if you’re a fan of Jane Eyre, you should give this a go. Our main character comes across a distressed women in white late at night. He then accepts a position to teach another young lady who bares a striking resemblance to the women in white. 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – This is sometimes referred is Jane Austen’s Gothic parody. Kind of melodramatic but I love it. 

What’s your favourite spooky books? 

Thanks for reading!

Jess X

Cosy Autumn Reads Recommendations

Hi Readers

I love Autumn reading. Not just because the days are shorter and colder which means blankets and hot drinks, but because of the types of books I like to read in Autumn.

When the whether chills down and the leaves turn brown and crisp, I tend to gravitate towards more mystery, historical fiction and classics. So, if you’re looking for some Autumnal feeling books, look no further.

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Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Set in rural Wessex during Harvest time, this follows Bathsheba who inherits a farm and takes it on herself. Along with the expectations of rural society weighing heavily of her, Bathsheba encounters the pains of unrequited love.  

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Probably one of my favourite classics of all time. I love the angst, I love how cosy and familiar it feels. Most of all, I love the romance of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – This one is great for those dark and stormy days. It’s got a very Gothic feel to it as it’s set in the dark, remote Thornfield Hall which our protagonist enters as the governess, employed by the moody Mr Rochester.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – If you like cosy mysteries this time of year and haven’t read this one yet you are in for a treat. We follow Walter after his eerie encounter with the Woman in White as he enters his new profession as drawing master for Laura Fairlie, who bares a remarkable resemblance to that same woman. 

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – Another dark mystery. As our protagonist becomes the new Mrs De Winter and as she enters her new house, she quickly realises she’s living in the shadow of his first wife Rebecca, who came to an untimely death. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – A contemporary novel set in rainy Edinburgh with Bridget Jones’s humour. This book is an utter treat and had me feeling all the feels. 

The Guernsey and Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – Set post WWII, this is a book told in letters exchanged between a young writer and the residents of Guernsey, which was occupied by the Germans during the war. This is a book for book lovers. 

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters – Another one set post WWII. This follows Londoners as it starts in their present and moves backwards to how their intertwined lives began. If you like amazingly written characters, you’ll like this book. 

Let me know what books you love to read during the Autumn!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

Book Recommendations For the Summer

Hi Readers

I love reading when the weather gets warm. Either in my garden or at the beach, everything just feels better when the sun is out. Summer also means Holidays so if you’re going on Holiday and you’re looking for a good book to read then look no further.

Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante – I honestly couldn’t name you a better series of books to read during the Summer. Set in Naples, this follows two friends as they grow up together in an impoverished part of Italy. This is engrossing, entertaining and just perfection in my eyes.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- Another book I love to read in the Summer. Just the best classic romance there is.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – If you’re looking for a standalone fantasy this is the best of the best. A retelling of greek mythology following Achilles and Patroclus and their romance during the Trojan war.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – If you’re looking for a Summer mystery this is perfect. I actually think I’m going to reread this soon. 

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell – Ever watched the ITV drama The Durrells? Well, this is the book that inspired it, and it’s just as hilarious and just as heartwarming.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – Another mystery that I’m sure a lot of you have heard of. This is set in sunny Australia and is a real shocker. Try and contain yourself at the reveal because I know I didn’t.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – One of my favourite books of this year so far. This book made me smile and kept me hooked, what more could you want for a beach read?

Let me know what your favourite book to read in the Summer is!

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X