Friday, 22 February 2013

BOOKWORM: MUST-READ HOLIDAY LIST.



Living in Australia means that you are a long ass way from anywhere else in the world. Thankfully, we've upgraded from boats to planes but it still takes so, so long to get anywhere. I worked out that we roughly did 38 hours of flying on my recent trip to Europe - that doesn't include buses, trains or taxis! The perk of that much flying? There is no guilt in spending hours getting lost in great books. 

I read heaps of great books and I wanted to share them with you guys. Some took me hours, some took days. Hopefully you find at least one that can be your next read P.S - I read all of these on my Kindle, which came in so handy on this trip!

Blog, Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho

I discovered this book purely by chance. I can't even remember how I found it! But let me say, I am so, so glad I did. This book is packed full of useful information about the world of blogging. Joy is a fantastic writer and she doesn't cloak her advice in vague terminology that leaves you scratching your head, wondering what the heck you just read. If you are just starting blogging or have been at it for years, this is definitely worth reading!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book was gifted to me by the beautiful Bobbi. So, everyone ranted and raved about this book for aaaages and because of that, I took a mini stand and decided not to read it. What an idiot. I finished this book in a couple of hours. And boy, did I cry. I'm a cryer by nature though so I don't know if that's really a point of reference. It was beautifully written and touched on some really important issues. This is one of those rainy Sunday books. I really do think you'll need some tissues though.
 
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (still going) 

So, in honour of the movie, I decided to have a crack at the book. And boy is it long... I am still chipping away at this bad boy, slowly but surely. It's on the back-burner right now but I'll try to keep going. Have you read Les Mis? How did you get through it?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Also in honour of this movie, I thought it was time to read the book. I didn't love it, I won't lie. It was okay. I still haven't seen the movie, so I can't make a comparison between the two. Chbosky has an interesting writing style and at times, I found myself zoning out. I don't think I would necessarily recommend the book, but each to their own. If you read it, or have read it, let me know what you thought. 

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (still going)

This was recommended to me by Justin's parents. I was hesitant at first but I think it's going to be really good. I love anything to do with Henry VIII and this (fictional) book details Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in Henry's court (he was one of this right hand men!) I'm quite excited about finishing this one, so I imagine I'll do a complete post on it when I finish :-)

and the creme da la creme...

Worth Every Penny by Sarah Petty and Erin Verbeck

This book was my absolute favourite! If you are a small business owner, or just interested in all things business, you have to read this book. It is absolutely packed with super valuable information and advice, particularly in regards to branding. I learned so much from this book and I agreed with so much of what they were saying, stuff that I had always thought existed mostly in my head. A massive thumbs up for this easy to read and incredibly helpful book.

So there you have it, my holiday reading list. I hope this helps you find your next 'must-read' book. If you've read any of these books, I'd love to hear what you have to say on them! 

14 comments :

  1. Thanks for the recommendations!

    xo Jennifer

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  2. I adored the fault in our stars!
    amanda
    http://thingstoholdandstir.blogspot.com/

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  3. Joy Cho has some fabulous writing, and I've been meaning to get my hands on that John Green novel for a while now. Your thoughts on Perks really surprise me though. I was fourteen when I read that and I'll tell you that it saved my life. It was probably one of the best things to ever happen to me, and in a world of kindles and iBooks, it one of the only paperbacks that I own to this day.

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  4. Thanks for the recommendations! I love finding new books - although I wasn't a huge fan of Perks either! Really keen to read "Worth Every Penny", it sounds pretty perfect for me right now!

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  5. I'm SO glad you liked it!!!! <3

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  6. I second Gabby's comment. I think Perks is a book that should be mandatory reading for teenagers. I read it over and over when I was a teenager and loved it so much. My sister and I used to give it away to everyone we knew.

    I also loved The Fault in Our Stars. If you haven't already, you should check out Looking for Alaska, also by John Green.

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    1. Yeah I'm not sure what I didn't click with Perks. I wanted to and I don't think the story itself had anything to do with it, maybe just his style of writing?

      I am definitely going to check out Looking for Alaska - thanks for the recommendation! :) X

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  7. I'm always looking for a new read, so this list is great!

    I came over from ATP, and am glad I did! Like you, I love dogs, a guy named Justin, reading, AND I used to live Australia. So, it was pretty much meant to be :)

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  8. Thanks so much for the book list! I'm definitely going to check out the one on blogging right away. I need a bit of inspiration to carry me through the year! Thanks again.

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    1. You're welcome! It really is a fantastic read - I like to think of it as devourable and so fun to read.

      I hope it helps you out! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. Just came over from Across the Pond and delighted to have found your blog :) I love book posts. I've been meaning to read Blog Inc. for awhile, you just sold me on it!

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  10. Hi, I'm over here from Across the Pond! Your blog is so cute! I'm a huge bookworm and LOVE learning about new books to read. I'm debating whether or not to cave in and just buy a kindle already, though. Do you like/use your Kind a lot?
    Best,
    Sapir
    thesapphirequeen.blogspot.com

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