January's Book Recommendations

In January I read four books. Technically I listened to three of them on Audible. I prefer hearing personal stories and non-fiction books via the authors own voice. There's something about actually hearing a personal account that makes it more meaningful and I just connect with them more this way. I've linked them all on Amazon though where you can purchase paperback or Kindle editions, if any take your fancy. But the last three on the list I highly recommend listening to if you a) are registered with an audio book subscription service and b) find it easy to consume a book this way - it isn't for everyone!

Roar by Cecelia Ahern

This was such a lovely read. Cecelia is easily one of the greatest writers of our generation. She creates the most interesting worlds with the most romantic stories and I have been lost in them all. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is a collection of thirty stories about thirty fictional women. Each story is representative of the everyday lives and struggles women face - from The Woman Who Was Kept on the Shelf to The Woman Who Walked in her Husband's Shoes and The Woman Who Unraveled. It's beautifully written, with each story roaring from the pages. Read it if you're into short stories and feminism.

Revolution by Russell Brand

I devoured this audio book. I've always liked Russell Brand - he's politically active, a raging hippie, hilarious and outspoken. Touching on politics and everyday issues that keep us all divided and in the dark, Russell believes that a revolution is needed - for us all to come together, in peace and love, and change the world. And I concur. Read if you truly want to make the world a better place.

How To Be Right...in a world gone wrong by James O'Brien

THIS book. I want a tiny version to put in my pocket and walk around with so I can just whip it out any time I come across a bigot. James' Unfiltered podcast is one of my favourite recent finds - he has a pure knack for interviewing and he's obviously learned a lot over the years. In chapters on everything from feminism and immigration to Trump, he demonstrates how to always be right in conversations about these topics. People want to claim a debate or a right to free speech but don't want to be challenged on their own opinions. This book is a guide for battling through the bullshit and getting people to understand what they're really saying. A must read.

The Good Immigrant curated by Nikesh Shukla

I've really been enjoying true accounts from first-person perspectives. It's so important to hear about people's different experiences in the world. By hearing individual stories, we can sympathise with people, connect with them and understand where they're coming from. This collection of essays is powerful, inspiring and eye-opening. Another one we should all be reading.

Let me know if you've read any of these - or if you plan to! What books did you read in January? Hit me up with your recommendations in the comments :)

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