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8 Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently

I’ve always been an avid reader. So much so, that I used to get teased at school because my best friend was the librarian. Thing is, jokes on them because it’s been proven that reading a book has all sorts of benefits, from increasing your emotional intelligence, improving your relationships and reducing symptoms of depression, to name but a few.

There’s just something about a well written book that can transport you to alternate universes, and there’s nothing quite as enjoyable as immersing yourself into the pages. Each month, I’ve been sharing some recommendations in my highlights, and I often share my recommendations on Instagram under the hashtag #moorizzlareads, too. I figured there are more than enough of my faves to warrant a dedicated post, so here are 8 of my favourite books that I’ve read in recent months…

1. Essays In Love – Alain de Botton 

You know how some people say things like: “OMG it changed my life!” about everything and anything, including eating a piece of toast? That’s not really me, despite the fact that I do like to deal in hyperbole. This book, and everything Alain de Botton has written / said, has *actually* changed my life. (Check out my post on all the things I learned from him here). Charting the progress of a relationship from the first kiss to heartbreak, the beauty of this book lies in how de Botton analyses emotions, rendering them all at once utterly relatable and magic. A truly wonderful way of thinking about things.

2. Love Warrior – Glennon Doyle Melton

Somewhat of a heartbreak memoir, this – one of the recent picks from Oprah’s book club – has quickly became one of my favourite books. Written by New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton, who hit rock bottom after her husband revealed his infidelity, ‘Love Warrior’ tells the true story of coming back from the bottom to become stronger and better than before. I have a new habit of underlining phrases and extracts in books when they really speak to me; it took quite a lot for me to not underline basically the entirety of this book. One of those that gives you epiphany after epiphany.

3. Milk And Honey – Rupi Kaur :

Words have the most beautiful ability to make you feel, see, accept and understand the most incredible things. In that respect, ‘Milk And Honey’ is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life, and I’m not the only one to think so; It’s currently on its 16th reprint and has sold over half a million copies (!) A collection of poetry and prose about survival, it’s beautifully written and will speak to your soul.

4. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

Thanks to her ability to weave the most intricate stories that manage to appeal to both your imagination and your morality, Jodi Picoult has long been one of my favourite authors, and I’ve loved pretty much every one of her books. ‘Small Great Things,’ her latest, has been hailed as ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ for the 21st century; quite an accolade, and one that is well deserved.

5. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

Following the fictional lives of two sisters: one sold into slavery and one who married a slave trader, Homegoing tells the tale of the consequences of those beginnings on the (seven!) generations that follow. A masterfully told tale, stunningly written.

6. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Renni Edo-Lodge

One of the most important books that I’ve read, or that has been published lately. An unapologetic look into white privilege and the subtle (and not so subtle) racism and state of affairs for black and people of colour in 2017 (just switch on the news for further proof!) A wake up call to a world somewhat in denial and imperative reading.

7. Year Of Yes – Shonda Rhimes

It’s far too easy to slip into our comfort zones and become an immoveable mass of ‘no.’ That’s what happened to Shonda Rhimes, (the creator behind some of the best TV shows of our lifetimes: Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder and etc). So much so that when she found herself turning down an invitation to the White House, she decided to embark on a year of saying yes. The resulting months are wholly inspiring, and made me want to say ‘yes’ to life, too.

8. Daring To Drive – Manal Al-Sharif

Written by the woman who sparked a (driving) revolution in Saudi Arabia, Daring To Drive tells of the author’s journey from an extremist who used to burn her brother’s music because it was “haram” to an accidental activist who led the fight for equality in a deeply unequal society. A very interesting insight into much of the inequality that Arab women face, and a supremely inspiring read.

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Do you like reading? Let me know your favourite books in the comments below xxx

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