Since finishing University I have found reading such a novelty, the feeling that after so many years of education I now get to read for pleasure and not get tested on it is truly wonderful. Although truth be told I am not an avid reader, I really wish I was though- I tend to go through periods where I buy a pile of books that have been recommended to me through friends and then life gets in the way again and the pile of books end up unread and under my bed, on the floor, on the bookshelf… you get the idea.
1. The Fault in Our Stars - Okay, I know I am starting with the one that everyone and their mum has read, but there is a reason everyone is reading it- it's great! In fact, this is the book I read entirely on my iPhone 5S when i went travelling throughout Europe because my kindle broke and well, I couldn't wait till I got to an English speaking country to find it. We all know how ridiculously tiny the iPhone screens are but I did it - and what a tremendous feeling when I finished. Woooah. The book is a really honest and inspiring look at cancer and life in general, it puts everything into perspective without trying to put a happiness spin on it like hollywood seems to always do these days … I won't give too much away but read it, or watch the movie. You'll fall in love.
2. Nourish - This is Lorna Jane Clarkson's newest cookbook filled with over 120 recipes that encourage healthy living. Being a foodie myself I have always thought that eating healthy would mean eating salads and vegetables every meal grooooan- I honestly couldn't think of anything more boring. I hate routine when it comes to food, and this book is the first healthy recipe book that tells you not to diet, not to go to the extremes but to eat tasty, exciting dishes that will fuel your body with energy and nourish yourself. I am going to try the green smoothie this weekend so I'll let you know how I go…
3. We Need To Talk About Kevin - This story is told through a series of letters written by Kevin's mother to her husband in an attempt to come to terms with her son's decision to massacre a group of fellow high school students. This book is not a lighthearted read - it is very dark and morbid but it does make you question mental illness and the whole nature vs nurture debate and certainly is a great read if you don't mind getting through the nitty gritty parts.
4. Frankie Magazine - Frankie is a bi-monthly Australian magazine featuring bits and pieces of music, art, photography, craft… the list goes on. Personally, I will be the first to say I am sick of trashy magazines out there telling you "10 ways to be sexier in the bedroom" or "5 things to make him love you more" oh please- the stuff they come up with is absolute rubbish sometimes so its nice to see a magazine do it differently. Frankie understands that sex sells- but it doesn't want to help you in the bedroom, and there won't be any half naked celebrities on the cover either (sorry if that's what gets you going) . Instead they have creative (and downright beautiful) illustrations on the cover and throughout the magazine and their content is educational and so down to earth its practically comedic. If you haven't given it a go- I would highly recommend it.
What've you been reading recently?
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