It’s been a few months since I last talked about books in more detail than a passing mention, isn’t it? So I thought I’d rectify that by taking you through the many books I’ve bought lately that make up my mega Summer 2019 reading list!
How To Be Right… In A World Gone Wrong by James O’Brien
I like to listen to James’s radio show on LBC when I can. I really admire the way that he calmly talks to outraged callers on his weekday phone-in, and how he manages to construct great arguments in response to their often-angry rants.
How To Be Right In A World Gone Wrong is his take on the current state of the world, and basically, a guide on how to argue properly against people who disagree with you:
“Every day, James O’Brien listens to people blaming benefits scroungers, the EU, Muslims, feminists and immigrants. But what makes James’s daily LBC show such essential listening – and has made James a standout social media star – is the careful way he punctures their assumptions and dismantles their arguments live on air, every single morning.
In the bestselling How To Be Right, James provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue, James shows how people have been fooled into thinking the way they do, and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards.”
I think it’s a book that might come in handy for those of us who’re getting a bit fed up with the current poisonous political atmosphere that’s seeping toxicity into every facet of society.
Dear Austen by Nina Bawden
I completely forgot to include this book in the pictures for this post. Whoops. (It’s probably a good thing, as the second-hand copy that I picked up on Amazon is a little worse for wear.)
Anyway, Dear Austen by Nina Bawden is a letter from Nina to her late husband, Austen.
They were both sat in the carriage that was involved in the horrific Potters Bar train crash in 2002. Nina survived, albeit badly injured, but Austen sadly died.
You can read an extract from the book (the one that persuaded me that I needed to read the whole thing after falling in love with Nina’s writing style) on The Guardian here.
On The Frontline With Women Who Fight Back by Stacey Dooley
Stacey’s book is one that’s been on my list for ages! It details her time spent with inspiring women across the world whilst she was making her many documentaries. From the back of the book (because it describes it far better than I could):
“Using their stories as a vehicle to explore some of the issues at the centre of female experience – from gender equality and domestic violence, to sex trafficking and sexual identity – Stacey weaves these global strands together in an exploration of what it is to be women fighting back in the world today.”
Hashtag Authentic by Sara Tasker
The one physical book on the list that I’m already delving into, Hashtag Authentic is primarily about one of my favourite subjects: Instagram.
“Hashtag Authentic draws on the lessons Sara has learned over the past five years to provide readers with tips, advice and guidance on how to turn their personal Instagram account into a profitable creative outlet. From visual storytelling and improving photography skills to archiving day-to-day life and changing the work/life balance, this book is both an inspiring manual and an interactive tool for finding an online voice, growing a tribe and becoming an influencer.”
I’ve followed Sara’s lovely account (@me_and_orla) for a long time, and her podcast (which shares the same name as the book) is one that I’ve raved about for ages too! I’m about thirty pages into the book so far, and it’s proving a really insightful read and, dare I say it, a calming one too.
You might argue that it’s a vacuous subject to read about, but it’s providing me with some escapism, as odd as that sounds? It’s beautifully creative, and the photos that accompany the words (which you can see pictured further up this post) are so lovely.
Why I’ve Stopped Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
“The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.”
As a white woman, I’m increasingly aware of how privileged in society I am. I’m hoping that this incredibly important book will help educate me even further.
How To Survive the End of the World (When It’s In Your Own Head) by Aaron Gilles
I’ve been reading this on my Kindle (I can’t be the only one that weirdly juggles eBooks and real books, can I?) for a few weeks now. It’s predominantly about anxiety, and it’s written by Aaron Gilles – someone you might know better on Twitter as the brilliant Technically Ron.
“There are plenty of books out there on how to survive a zombie apocalypse, all-out nuclear war, or Armageddon. But what happens when it feels like the world is ending every single time you wake up? That’s what having anxiety is like – and How to Survive the End of the World is here to help. Or at least make you feel like you’re not so alone.”
It’s a funnier read than you’d think it would be, honestly, given the subject matter. Aaron’s great at balancing that fine line between talking really candidly about something serious but also making it funny at the same time.
The Actual One by Isy Suttie
Another Kindle book that’s been on my must-buy list for ages is this gem from fellow Derbyshire lass, Isy Suttie.
“Isy woke up one day in her late twenties to discover that the invisible deal she’d done with her best mates – that they’d prolong growing up for as long as possible – had all been in her head.”
I think that I’m going to relate to this in more ways than one. Not just the Derbyshire-ness, but also the ‘clinging on to youth for as long as possible despite the fact that everyone else around you is settling down’ thing too.
What’s on your reading list?
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