Monday, February 01, 2016

Sophie's Book Corner - January

One of my goals for this year is to read more, and after reading less books than I hoped last year (I mean, I technically read enough - I aimed for 22, read 16 plus re-reading the Harry Potter series) I decided I was going to aim for around one book a week. I know that this isn't going to last for the whole year, because things come up and reading stops, but at the moment with at least a 40 minute commute twice a day, I'm determined to get a lot of my to-be-read shelf finished!

I decided the best way to document this would be my monthly book corner, as I can then give my thoughts on the four or so books I get read each month. I'm also aiming to keep my goodreads up to date as I'm reading throughout the year, so if you'd like to be my friend on there please feel free to add me!

First up, here are the four books I read during January:

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

I picked this book up because Kelsey mentioned it in her Living Lightly emails one week (if you've not signed up to read them, you really should!) and as I pretty much trust Kelsey's opinions when it comes to books I couldn't resist. I decided it was a great book to start 2016 on, as the collection of essays and stories are full of hope. The book itself is named after Keegan's final essay written for the Yale Daily News, before passing away just 5 days after graduating at the age of 22. It was an incredibly moving read, and I'm so glad that this collection was put together, as it's such a shame that someone with such talent passed away before her time. If you want a sneak peek at the book, give her final essay (and the book's namesake) The Opposite Of Loneliness a read.

I Call Myself A Feminist

I got sent this by one of the lovely people at Little, Brown Books for my Christmas book post, and I knew that I wanted to read it as soon as I saw it. The book is a collection of essays written by women under thirty, all detailing why the call themselves feminists. It's eye opening, beautifully written and at times funny, just what any feminist in their early twenties needs to read. It made me think about why I call myself a feminist, and one answer would be because of all the looks I got pulling that book out to read on the train. It upsets me that feminism is a word that people don't want to associate with, even if they believe in equality. I call myself a feminist so that others will too, because everyone deserves to be treated equally.

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

After two (somewhat) non-fiction books, it was time to switch over to a fiction book for my third book of the year. Having just finished re-watching Gilmore Girls, I remembered I'd had Lauren Graham's book on my e-reader and knew it was my next read. Not only is Lauren an extremely talented actress, she's an extremely great writer too. The story focuses on Franny Banks, a wannabe actress with only six months left of the three-year deadline she set herself when she moved to New York. Having just started my career (although not in acting) I really connected with Franny as the story unfolded and you see her chasing her hopes and dreams, finding herself and falling in love.

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

I'm pretty sure you know it by now, but I am a massive fan of Jojo Moyes work. I've actually had The One Plus One sat on my to-be-read shelf for a while, and thought it was finally time to pick it up. The storyline is raw, heartbreaking and funny all in one, and leaves you having gone through an emotional rollercoaster. I absolutely adored this book, as I did with the others I've read by her, and I definitely didn't want it to end. Out of all of Moyes' books I've read, it's not my favourite (Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind are joint first) but it was still a wonderful read.

So those were my first four reads of the year. I think I'll be doing a poll over on Twitter to help decide my next few books, so head over there if you want to join in!

Sophie x

Liked this post? You may also like my post on After You by Jojo Moyes or my favourite books of 2015!

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