I have always been a bit of a book worm! Getting lost in someone else’s story is literally my idea of heaven. However, I found that over the last few months I have given very little dedication to my books. With a full time job and now a blog, YouTube channel and social life to juggle I haven’t really given myself the time.
In the last week or so I made the decision to dedicate my commute to reading, as I had done before (rather than trawling through social media and blog posts, sucking up all my mobile data… serious first world problems here!) and I have to say that I’m so glad I did this because I have fallen in love with the pass time all over again <3
So this little post is dedicated to my all time favourite authors (in no particular order):
Ever since the day I picked up “Can you keep a secret” I have been taken under Sophie’s spell! Her writing style is so easy to read and totally relatable; it’s like she’s your gal pal who’s called up for a chat. Her characters are so loveable that you can’t help but fall for them.
Sophie is the author of the “Shopaholic” series and I can honestly say that I feel genuinely invested in the life of Rebecca Brandon, like we’ve been friends for years! (I also HAVE to point out that the “Shopaholic” film does these books no justice! Whilst an okay film in it’s own right I wouldn’t judge the books on this.) Sophie also recently released a “teen lit” novel called “Finding Audrey” which tackled anxiety through the eyes of a young woman. I feel like this book could genuinely help a young lady going through the same thing, letting them know that they are not alone.
Every single one of her books has filled me with an array of emotions, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve actually shouted out in frustration! I always pre order her books and have been known to read them within the first day, all of which I believe to be a true testament to a great author.
Some of you may be unaware that Sophie Kinsella is not actually her real name. Madeline Wickham is the genius behind this empire. Although I have to say I didn’t enjoy the books under this name half as much.
I have literally read every book this woman has ever published, unless there are some hidden under a rock somewhere that I don’t know about. I could not recommend her more.
I’m not 100% sure how I stumbled across this woman but I couldn’t be happier that I did. Writing a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction, the autobiographical stuff is definitely my fave!
Caitlin is a straight talking, brash, crazy bundle of feminist joy. She says things with an air of “no fucks given” which just adds to her charm. Her honesty is something to be admired, her humour has me in stitches and her brain is a beautiful vortex.
Having not had the “average” life her books are filled with anecdotes that you couldn’t make up. She bashes the stigma attached to feminism and personally empowers me to be myself, stand up for what I believe in and have fun on the way.
The first book that I read was “How to be a Woman” and I absolutely LOVED it! I was recently on the train home from London (half cut from a night out I might add) and noticed the girl opposite me reading this book. I literally could not help myself, I had to tell her what an amazing choice she had made! I then proceeded to inform her of other books by Caitlin Moran that she should read next!
Not only has Moran written columns, articles and books but she also wrote her own TV program! “Raised by Wolves” started in 2013 and I am ashamed to admit that I still haven’t seen it!! – Definitely on my list of things to do.
Again not really sure how I discovered Jenny, I believe it was just trawling through Amazon and thinking that looks good.
I have read both “Let’s pretend that never happened” and “furiously happy” and couldn’t put either of them down! Jenny started off as a blogger as was actually my inspiration for getting back into writing (so for those of you who are enjoying my posts, you can thank her!)
Although her writing is extremely comical, it’s actually based around a very important subject, that of anxiety and mental health issues. Jenny’s writing is in the category of “it’s funny because it’s true”, you honestly wouldn’t believe some of the tales she has to tell and I was literally creasing up on the train regularly. However, as I mentioned she also deals with some important issues and lets people know that it’s okay to be who you are.
Jenny has a large following of people also with mental health issues who have her to thank for their acceptance of themselves. She actually has a folder of letters from people who were contemplating suicide when they read her stuff and decided against it, she literally saved people lives through her writing and I find this so inspirational.
Her documented arguments with her husband are so so funny and remind me of similar conversations that Jon and I have.
Definitely give this lady a read! Expect taxidermy, awkward situations and actual belly laughs.
I have to include Elizabeth purely for Eat, Pray, Love. This book changed my life! It inspired me to go to Italy which I could not be more thankful for… I’m actually going again this year for my honeymoon and am SO excited for the food. She also inspired me to be more connected, to be independent and not to take things for granted.
If you haven’t read the book I whole heartedly urge you to do so! I also feel as though this is one of those rare times when the film is just as good (although books are always better aren’t they!?)
I have also read the follow on book “commitment” which is about marriage. I have to say that I found this read so interesting! Especially as I myself am getting married. There was a time that I believed that non church weddings weren’t technically “real” but this booked diminished any issues I had with this. Explaining the history of marriage, the roles within a marriage and cultural differences this is another great read!
Next on my list is her newest novel Big Magic, I have the sample patiently waiting on my kindle as we speak.
Last but by no means least! One of the greatest authors of all time in my opinion! Roald Dahl was my first fave, he was my childhood. His books are absolutely genius and are not something that only children can enjoy. I don’t think there is any dispute as to his excellence, I have never met a person that hasn’t enjoyed at least one of his books.
My favourite quote of all time comes from the Twits: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”. I mean come on! Have there ever been more beautiful, truer words spoken?!
One of my faves to read as a kid was actually the book of revolting rhymes, which in my opinion may have been a bit on the riskay side? “she whips a pistol from her knickers” (my history teacher would have blushed at the very notion given that she considered knickers to be a swear word.) I knew all the rhymes off by heart and recited them almost daily. I would totally recommend this even now for a debaucherous twist on those classic fairy tales. Bravo Mr Dahl, I will forever applaud your greatness.
So this “little” post didn’t end up so little *face palm*. Soz guys my passion for these peeps cannot be contained in a few lines!
Who are your favourite authors? Have you read anything from those I’ve mentioned above? I’d love to hear your opinions on their stuff.
Peace and Love xoxo