The 8 books we just finished and can't stop recommending

I love books. I love the escapism they provide, I love how they soothe me, how they center me. I love them at night. I love them in bed on Sundays, with a strong coffee (and a velvety drop of oat milk). I love them in planes, in hotel rooms away on business trips. I love to carry them, to annotate them, to gift them and to RECOMMEND THEM.

8 books every woman should read this year on introspection

I selected some of the best reads I have these last few months. They are really 8 books that every woman should read this year. The common thread is self-awareness, and of course stunning writing. As a writer, the quality and density of prose is so essential to me and to the pleasure I’ll derive from a book. These 8 books are life-changing, and have definitely changed my perspective on things. Some are easier reads, some are darker reads (and I have noted them for you as such) - but they all are reads that left me a little deeper, a little more in touch with myself, a little smarter and a lot richer for the beauty of their plume and the intelligence of their writers (all women.)

Title: Becoming, Michelle Obama

Ease of read:

10/10

Style:

Memoir

Why:

Beautiful insight into Michelle’s life as a woman, a wife, a mother and a public servant. I was moved by her story and truly fell in love with her storytelling. Also fed my own crush on Barack.

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Title: The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer

Ease of read:

9/10

Style:

(feminist) Novel

Why:

You will have heard of Meg Wolitzer recently as the author of the awards-winning movie the Wife, staring the incredible Glenn Close. This book, is her latest and will also be turned into movie adaptation with Nicole Kidman. This booked touched on some great topics - coming of age, sexuality, the #metoo movement; ageing; career aspirations and women competing against each other. All that set in NYC. Must read.

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Title: Everything I know about Love, Dolly Alderton

Ease of read:

9/10

Style:

Memoir/Cookbook

Why:

I adored this book. Dolly’s memoir is a moving, touching and hilarious deep-dive into growing up in the UK and navigating your 20s in upper-middle-class Britain. From dates. technology, career and heartbreaks, this memoir will confront you with the lack of self-esteem of your early 20´s and make you laugh out loud.

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Title: The Multi-hyphen Method, Emma Gannon

Ease of read:

8/10

Style:

Business Book

Why:

Truly recommend this book to all my fellow #multihyphenate friends and all of you seeking more meaning and more ownership in your life. This book is gold if you are trying to figure out how to monetize (or not) a side-hustle and it revisits the context and meaning of (office) work in the 21st century. Brilliant and motivating!

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Title: Normal People, Sally Rooney

Ease of read:

7/10

Style:

Novel

Why:

This is literally the book that everyone is talking about at the moment. Reese Witherspoon also just bought the rights to adapt it into a film. And I can see why! Brilliant, moving, deeply questioning - Normal People narrates the love story of Marianne and Connell from high-school to their late twenties and the heart breaks, questions and truths behind soul mates. Beautiful prose, stunning characters - this book will haunt you and habit you for the weeks to come. Must read.

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Title: Outline, Rachel Cusk

Ease of read:

6.5/10

Style:

Novel

Why:

The novel documents the social encounters of the narrator as she flies to Athens for the summer as a teacher. The novel is a beautiful jigsaw of deep dives into characters stories, and their conversations. The story will transport you to the gilded shimmery days by the Mediterraneen, yet in a blurry-remote-outsider perspective that is so moving. Stunning prose. very unique style. A must. And well, it was also chosen by The New York Times as one of the 15 remarkable books by women that are "shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century”. SOLD.

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Title: A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara

Ease of read:

6/10 (well, it is a pretty heavy read in all sense of the word!)

Style:

Novel

Why:

I think to date my favourite contemporary novel (Ok - Brooklyn Follies is also out there). It moved me, and very much still to this day, I find myself thinking about it. The book followed me everywhere - I was hooked. The novel narrates the story of four friends in New York City from college through to middle-age and focuses particularly on Jude the main character, a lawyer with a troubled past. The rhythm and style are storytelling perfection. Heavy and rarely spoken about topics in literature, such as gay friendships, rape, self-harm. A beautiful tale of unconditional friendships.

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I would love to hear about your recommendations of the best books you have read and recommend.

Evodie