5 Recent Reads

5 Recent Reads

Something I’ve been trying to do recently is read more. Honestly, when I finished University and started working, I just didn’t make time for books, and as a book lover, it made me feel really bad. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve made more of an effort to rekindle my passion for reading instead of sitting and reading on my phone (Google is so dangerous). This month I’ve really enjoyed reading non-fiction books and different genres, so if anyone has any recommendations, let me know!

Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women by Otegha Uwagba 

This book is a little gem, and little it is. No really, you can read through it quickly, or keep it in your bag for reference; you never know when you might need it. Little Black Book is a practical, modern career guide for working women of any age. It has everything you need to know about being successful in your career, such as how to network, how to work freelance, and even how to build your confidence and ask for a pay rise. Whilst it isn’t an interesting read as such, you will find the career advice you need in this clear, concise little book, so it’s especially good for those who don’t like reading business books, or anyone who has little time to read.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert 

I loved this book and Gilbert’s no-nonsense tone of voice. Big Magic explores how to live a creative life without letting fear hold you back. Gilbert shares stories from her own life and career, as well as from friends and family, and the lessons she has learnt about embracing creativity in her life; when to take action with our creative ideas, or when it’s time to let them go. The book isn’t just for those aspiring to be artists or writers, it’s for anyone who wants to inject a little more creativity into their life, such as learning a new creative skill, or being a little more adventurous in the kitchen, but doesn’t know where to start. It’s a really easy read and will leave you feeling truly inspired to lead a creative and fulfilling life.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeymoon 

After seeing this book pop up multiple times on Instagram, I couldn’t help but grab myself a copy as well. I have read a real mix of reviews; some people rave about it, whilst others don’t see what the fuss is about – and I can see why the book is like marmite. It’s definitely not going to become a literary classic. There are no shock revelations, no moments of suspense or drama, no Mr. Darcy’s, Heathcliffs or Edward Rochester’s (with hysterical wives hidden in attics), nor is there a complicated synopsis, or language that is full of too much fluff. Eleanor Oliphant doesn’t need any of that to be a great story. Sometimes it’s the stories that explore the struggles in humanity that we connect to most. Eleanor is not your typical, beautiful heroine, but she gains the courage to live her life after years of loneliness, isolation, self-punishment and a traumatic past. As for Raymond, well, he’s not perfect either, but he’s human, has a warm heart and is a good friend. It goes to show that love and friendship can be found anywhere, and with anyone, and those kind of stories are usually my favourite. So, to anyone who has started reading Eleanor Oliphant, give it a chance as it is slow going, but it definitely teaches you a thing or two about kindness and compassion. If you still hate it, that’s ok too.

The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon 

The Multi-Hyphen Method is another book I came across via the online world, but I’m so, so happy that I did. It’s the first proper business book I’ve read and I couldn’t put it down. For a long time, I’ve always struggled with pinpointing what I want to do with my life, mostly because I would like to try my hand at a few different things, things that interest me. However, to be successful in our careers, society still expects us to work in a traditional 9-5 role whilst gradually climbing the ladder. What I love about this book is that Gannon presents an alternative approach to our working lives; a modern approach that’ll help increase productivity, increase our happiness, and give us more flexibility and freedom, especially as technology has made it easier than ever to do so. The multi-hyphen method is about pursuing a portfolio career and having multiple titles and side projects. It’s a book that observes the current faults in many workplaces and helps us to take control of our working lives, whether that’s asking for flexible work, job sharing, part-time jobs, side hustles, or having multiple income streams. There’s also advice and stories from other professionals who are living multi-hyphenate lives, such as doctors who also run an online store in their own time. It’s such an inspiring book, full of ideas and concepts. I couldn’t recommend it enough for anyone who wants to challenge the traditional working world and instead live a successful and financially healthy life.

How to Style Your Brand by Fiona Humberstone 

How to Style Your Brand is a beautiful book and it’s so visually appealing; perfect for showing off on a coffee table. Not only that, but it’s really informative and useful for anyone looking to create their own brand. Humberstone explains the process behind styling a brand, including the power of colour psychology, typography, patterns, and illustrations in order to create a cohesive design that’ll set your brand apart. The photography and designs throughout the book are so beautiful, I can’t help but feel so inspired to create my own brand one day. You don’t have to be a business owner, designer, or entrepreneur to make use of this book. Even if you’re a fellow blogger for fun, this book can help guide you on styling your blog’s identity, especially when creating a logo and choosing a colour scheme.

I’d love to know your thoughts if you have read any of the books above, or what you’re currently reading, so let me know in the comments.

Love Georgie ♥

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