Hello Lovely Humans!
As someone who loves books, I’ve experienced that gut-wrenching feeling of uncertainty- that feeling of being lost and swimming in a sea of endless books in which you’re quickly sinking.
What the heck am I going to read next?!?
Almost every time I finished a book, I’d have this “Ahhhh!” moment of relaxation and satisfaction at having completed one read, only to quickly feel a flutter in my chest as anxiety levels rose thinking, “Yikes, where do I go from here?!” (Thankfully, I’ve made myself a pretty decent reading list this year, and so I’ve been a little less stuck for choice.)
Book shops are beautiful but daunting places; there’s a world of possibility as you breathe in that gorgeous, inexplicably delicious aroma that one only finds in a book shop. What if I pick up a book that I hate? Could ANYTHING be as good as the book I just finished? It’s exciting to scan a blurb and say “Yep, this is next on my list,” and walk out with your new book-baby. But for those of you who are super-duper lost, or just don’t have the blessing of a lot of time to whittle away in libraries, I’m sharing three of my favourite books that you should* totally check out if you haven’t already.
DISCLAIMER: When I say should, I’m not doing it like those “100 books you must read or else who even are you and PAH you said you liked reading but clearly you don’t if you haven’t read these books, pleb.” lists that you find. These are some suggestions, take em or leave them!
Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
I didn’t think I liked autobiographies until I read this book. Actually, I didn’t think I liked Amy Poehler until I read this book! I’ve always been a Tina Fey gal, personally. But I picked this up in the airport on the way back to France when I was living there, and I ADORED it. The woman is a comic genius, and I felt like I could really relate to her. She tells her life story in such a hilarious and yet heartwarming way, you can’t help but fall in love with Amy Poehler. It sparked the beginning of an addiction to biographies and life stories, but barely any compare to this marvellous book. Even if you don’t know who she is, I’d recommend reading this- she’s the best friend you’ve never met!
GOOD FOR: people who want something funny, light-hearted, easy to read.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
I saw the film, and then read the book. Both are good! But I’d recommend you read the book first, as it’s ever so slightly different from the movie. Simply, we meet Charlie, a teenager with baggage who’s struggling to fit in and make friends- until he meets Sam and Patrick, siblings a few years older than him who kind of teach him how to “be” a teenager. As the story progresses, we find out why Charlie acts the way he does- his past may not be as simple as it seems…
This book is a tear-jerker towards the end, but it’s so worth reading. I love how nostalgic it renders me, and makes me think of when I started to “feel” like a teenager; as though I was finally becoming a person. It’s a really bittersweet one, but again, fantastic!
GOOD FOR: people wanting to reminisce about adolescence, YA fiction lovers, people who enjoy a good plot twist.
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
THIS BOOK! This is such a fantastic novel. My reading of it followed my first reading of Plath’s poetry; I just couldn’t get enough. We follow Esther, and watch as her mental health slowly falls apart. The people around her don’t really “get” what’s wrong with her- lack of understanding about mental illnesses in that time, branding her as “crazy”, etc. It’s a really interesting journey of a book, and a real classic.
GOOD FOR: people interested in mental health and the stereotypes surrounding it, people who love Plath, and those looking for a slightly older book.
And that’s it! Quite simply, three of my favourites. Let me know if you’ve read any of these, or if there’s any which you might give a go!