Some Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) included. They’re marked with an *. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
It has been a ridiculously long time since I did a monthly reading wrap-up. And since I didn’t read these in the same month, this technically isn’t one of those blog posts either. Consider it, instead, the one with the quick-fire reviews of some of the books I’ve read this year.
How to be a Grown-Up by Daisy Buchanan
Covering everything from how to be confident, dealing with panic attacks, wanking and how to have sex, particularly after a sexual assault; How to be a Grown-Up is like a comforting, yet, motivating hug. I only wish I could have read it in my 20s.
You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein*
A collection of essays from comedian and writer Jessi Klein about growing up, being a tomboy, figuring life out and finding a career she loves. These were hit and miss for me, some of them made me laugh but mostly I felt decidedly meh.
On Bowie by Rob Sheffield*
On Bowie* is a love letter to David Bowie from lifelong fan and music journalist Rob Sheffield. I put off reading this for so long because I knew it would make me cry. And it did, but I’m glad I read it.
Hot Mess by Lucy Vine*
Described to me as ‘Bridget Jones for the Tinder generation’ Hot Mess* sounds so far removed from what I usually enjoy (*shock horror* I’m one of those people who doesn’t particularly like Bridget Jones), but it exceeded my expectations. It’s funny. It’s relatable, even though my dating years were before the explosion of Tinder. The erotic novel written by Ellie’s, the protagonist, father is joyfully cringe-worthy. It’s full of heart and gets a thumbs up from me.
Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams
When is a self-help book not a self-help book? When Laura Jane Williams writes it. What I love about this guide to releasing your inner child is that Williams doesn’t claim the simple things will cure your anxiety or depression. She mentions her need for medication and therapy throughout and is well aware there is no one size fits all answer to mental health issues. This is another one I wish I could have read when I was in my 20s.