February Book Recommendations

Sharpen your pencils (or, y'know, flex your fingers), because you're gonna want to add these to your tbr list.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

I really loved this one! I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Drew Barrymore and I'm so pleased I finally got round to listening to her book. Not quite an autobiography, Wildflower is a collection of stories and moments that have shaped Drew's life. From her friendships with Adam Sandler and Cameron Diaz, and her role in ET, to being a wild child, meeting the one and having kids; she includes it all, and she has a real knack for writing. A fellow hippie at heart, Drew's way of handling the bad and her outlook on life is so inspiring. Whether you're a fan or not, I'd definitely recommend giving this one a listen.
Available here.

Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism by Laura Bates

A collection of columns written by Bates, this book is packed with facts and demonstrates just how serious sexism continues to be for women. A must read if you want to understand the true scale of gender inequality and the culture of everyday sexism against women.
Available here.

Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life by Katherine Ormerod

We hear so much about the damaging effects of social media, and yet do we really hear it? This well-researched and in-depth look at how we use social media and how our use affects different areas of our lives is so relevant and so interesting. From body image and mental health to digital security and relationships with both friends and lovers, it covers all the ways we're allowing the endless scroll to change the way we see and interact with the world. If, like me, you've been becoming more concerned with this recently, then you'll get a lot from this read.
Available here.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Wow. This is one of the best YA books I've read in a long time. The main character, Starr, witnesses her friend Khalil get killed: he's shot by a white police officer after being pulled over. Starr struggles with her grief while also having to decide if she should speak up and defend her friend, and what speaking up would mean for her and her family. This was so wonderfully written, I honestly couldn't put it down. It's one of the most important and relevant fiction books you could read - an honest and heartbreaking account of what continues to happen in America today. Read it.
Available here.

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