I promised my poor, neglected to be read shelf and myself that I was on a book buying ban for the whole of February. But sometimes you just fall into Waterstones for a browse and what d’ya know? Some mooching and £££ later, you leave with a carrier bag full of new babies to take home. Although my to be read list is bursting at the seams, none of the books on my shelf excited me. Before Christmas, all I read was crime/thriller novels and I’ve grown a little tired of them for now. I hit a bit of a reading slump but there have been two books so far this month that I’d fallen in love with and I’m excited to share them in my monthly roundup. One of my goals for 2018 was to read more nonfiction but I’ve been doing most of this via audiobooks. Although I’ve been enjoying listening to books, I did want to add some more nonfiction to my bookshelf. I picked up 3 nonfiction and 1 fiction book and I couldn’t wait to share them.
First up, and probably my most anticipated read out of the haul, is Rose McGowan – Brave. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this when I first heard of its release but, after watching Citizen Rose, I desperately wanted to get my hands on it. Rose has been a huge supporter of the #MeToo movement after sharing her experience of being a victim of Harvey Weinstein. This book is a raw account of Rose’s life, starting from her upbringing in a cult, to moving to Hollywood and carving out a career as an actress to the unfortunate sexual assault she experienced at the hands of one of the most powerful men in the showbiz industry. The title sums up exactly what she must have been to share her story and I can’t wait to dive into it.
Next up is Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh. Ruby shot to fame on The Great British Bake Off and still to this day is one of my favourite contestants. Eat Up is a food manifesto all about how to enjoy eating what you want without attaching guilt to food groups, exploring the dangers of diet fads and breaking down the barriers of snobbery around food. With everything from mental health, recipes and advice to help you fall back in love with food, I’m looking forward to reading this. I must admit, when I start healthy eating, I can become very obsessed and restrictive very easily so I’m hoping there are some perils of wisdom I can take from this and apply to my life.
The only fiction book within this haul is The Cactus by Sarah Haywood – one of my most anticipated reads of early 2018! Compared online as being very similar to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine which FYI, was my favourite read of 2017 and a book that will be hard to top from a character development point of view. The story follows Susan Green, a 45-year-old who believes her life is perfect – especially when her brother Edward is not in her life. When her mother suddenly passes away and she is met with the possibility that she about to become a mother herself, her greatest fear becomes reality – she’s lost control. After discovering her mother has favored her brother over her, Susan goes to lengths to prove that her brother and his friend may have forced this dubious outcome. The expectation of it being somewhat similar to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine sets the bar unfairly high for this new writer but I’m hoping it is just as charming and quirky.
Last but certainly not least is Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. One of the presenters of my favourite podcast, The High Low, Dolly is a highly respected journalist who has worked as a dating columnist for The Sunday Times. Her memoir is filled with stories from hilarious tales of getting drunk, disastrous parties and bad dates to the importance of friendship and lessons in love. Dolly is such a charming writer and I was ecstatic when she announced she was bringing out a book. This will be one for the girls and it’s already flooded with praise online, becoming a UK Best Seller just a week into its release.
Considering it’s the 22nd of February, despite failing my book buying ban, I’m proud I lasted this long. Sometimes when your bookshelf isn’t getting you excited, injecting some new reads is exactly what you need and I’m genuinely looking forward to reading each and every one of these. I’m hoping to post some reviews once they are complete but in the meantime, if you want to see how I’m getting on with them, you can follow my Good Reads and bookstagram at @amysbookshelf. Have any of these books taken your fancy or have you finished any of these? I’d love to know your thoughts below or you can tweet me at amysbookshelf_0