Day 6 of the #JanuaryChallenge is to start a book and this post is here to help!
Why put reading in the challenge?
Reading can be an escape from the world for a little while, or it can teach you something, or help you understand something- some books even do all of the above!
I think reading is a great way to have a break from everything else and just chill out, and with so many great books and e-books around nowadays, there is no better time to start reading.
Last year, one of my resolutions was to read more, and I achieved it by deciding to set aside 30 minutes every day to read and making myself a reading list. I usually spend 30 minutes before bed reading, or I read while I am commuting. And because I have the list, I always have another book ready to go when I finish one.
I didn't manage to finish my reading list last year, because I kept adding to it! But I've managed to put together a list of 30 books that were or are on my current list. These 30 are a mixture of genres, and I haven't included info on them as I would encourage you to give them a go without researching them or opting for your usual choice. I made the list varied and based on recommendations because I had ended up in a rut of reading essentially the same story over and over. Reading a wider variety is much more interesting, and you may find a new style or author that you love!
Without further adieu, here is the list:
A Lesson Before Dying Ernest J Gaines
Am I Ugly? Michelle Elman
Backwards in High Heels Tania Kindeasley
Body Kindness Rebecca Scrithfield
Body Positive Power Megan Crabbe
Body Respect Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Dietland Sarai Walker
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert
Everything I Know About Love Dolly Alderton
Far From You Tess Sharpe
Fat is a Feminist Issue Orbach
Fates and Furies Lauren Groff
Feel the Fear and Eat it Anyway Laura Dennison & Eve Simmons of Not Plant Based (available for pre-order, releases 17th Jan)
Girls in White Dresses Jennifer Close
I Am Malala Malala Yousafzai
Introducing Mindfulness Tessa Watt
Just Eat it Laura Thomas (available for pre-order, releases 10th Jan)
Landwhale Jes Baker
The Bend in the River V.S. Naipaul
The Body is Not an Apology Sonya Renee Taylor
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Mark Haddon
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
The Lord of the Flies William Golding
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemmingway
The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge
Why We Sleep Mathew Walker
You Have the Right to Remain Fat Virgie Tovar
Of course you don't have to read 30 books all in one year- like I said, I'm still working my way through the list- but it is great to have some ideas to get started reading and a list you can tick off!
Have you read any of the books on the list? If not, which one will you read first?
If your favourite book isn't here, share it with me so I can add it to my list!
Lots of love,
Little O x