Do you ever wonder how many miles you've scrolled with your thumb? I have swapped incessant Insta scrolling in favour of reading real-life actual books after work.
In search of feeling zen, getting my OM on and being a bit more blissed out, I am making a real effort to reduce my use of technology in the evenings.
I have even started a bookclub with some friends and am making my way through books at a rate that the Cookie Monster munches on those choc chip goodies.
The joys of joining a bookclub is that I have a guarenteed fiction read once a month as well as setting time aside to check out books of mindfulness, travel and cooking. I have a rather eclectic taste in books so here are four of my top rated ones of the last month.
Recent Rated Reads
'Everything I Know About Love' by Dolly Alderton (non-fiction)
If you haven't seen snaps of this book all over social media, then where have you been hiding these last few months? Maybe the answer is you've been getting your zen on by avoiding spending hours on social media... ahem. This book is, quite simply, fantastic. It is not only funny, relatable and on-put-downable, it is also a really beautifully written and touching account of female friendships. Dolly has a real talent of painting an accurate picture of being a teenager fixated on boys and how female friendships evolve from teens to thirties. Not so spoiler alert - this book is about the true and long standing loves of our lives: friends.
'Promising Young Women' by Caroline O Donoghue (fiction)
A novel set in Ad land about toxic relationships and the power struggle. A book that I sped read over a weekend, and has subsequently been sped read by friends that I have lent the book to. It is a sharp and engaging novel about Jane Peters, an anonymous online agony aunt and advertising executive, who after a recent break up, ends up having an affair with an older man. The book which starts off feeling light starts to explore the darker side of a woman on the edge and gender relations.
'Tokyo Street Style' by Yoko Yagi & Tohru Yuasa (travel)
I am fascinated by Tokyo fashion and this is a stunning book filled with interviews of vintage shop owners and Japanese style icons. I bought this book after a particular 'meh' day when I simply wanted to lose myself in beautiful images and get some style inspiration. I'm going to Japan in 2019 so this book is providing me with lots of ideas of places to visit. Even if you're not planning to travel to Japan, this is a stunning book for anyone intrigued by the evolution of Tokyo fashion.
'Wicked Healthy' by Chad Sarno & Derek Sarno (vegan cooking)
If you shoot for 80% healthy and 20% wicked, you'll be 100% sexy: That's the Wicked Healthy way. I have been following Derek on Instagram since their partnership with Tesco in the UK so was VERY excited for the release of this book. It's filled with mouthwatering, crave-able plant based recipes including sloppy BBQ jackfruit sliders, 'bacon' alternatives, and grilled peaches with vanilla spiced gelato.
Today I started reading 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine', a novel that just about everyone has recommend to me. What are you currently reading?