Falling Back In Love With Reading

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I have loved reading from as far back as I can remember and books make up a large part of my life but sometimes sadly life gets in the way and I don’t get chance to read as often as I’d like. Holidays and trips are my key times to read as I don’t have the distraction of my laptop to use in the evenings, and flights/ travelling are always great for reading.

I definitely want to increase how much I read so I thought i’d develop a monthly feature dedicated and what I had been reading, even if nothing else I can look back and remember some of the great books I have read.

I got a few books for Christmas that I had asked for and The Duff by Kody Keplinger was one of them. This is probably a book more aimed at teenagers (or young adults as they like to be called) but I saw the movie on the plane from Washington a few months ago and thought I’d like to read the book. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the phrase Duff it means ‘Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ and is the tale of a young girl who is the Duff in her group of friends and it talks about how she deals with this. Having now read the book there are lots of differences between it and the movie which I don’t want to spoil here but if you want something easy to read then this is one for you. Because this was such an easy book to read I went straight to another Kody book called LOL which in this instance stands for Lie Out Loud.

Next up I read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I’d previously read another book by Rowell so thought i’d tackle this one. The book is a love story between the two core characters, and it’s such a beautiful story. Eleanor has a lot of problems and home and starts a new school where she is bullied for being overweight, having bright red hair and looking a little unusual but she slowly becomes friends with an Asian boy called Park. As the story progresses the pair fall in love and the book talks about the pair’s lives, their struggles and the reality that teenage love isn’t just about wanting to lose your virginity. What I loved about the book is it alternates between narrating in the voice of each character so you can feel the story through both of them. This also makes it easy to read in little chunks.

Drown by Esther Dalseno was a book I was excited to get reading because it’s a alternative version of the original Little Mermaid story. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book through a blog competition before Christmas and the book did not disappoint. Everyone knows the original story that was converted to a Disney movie which is still one of my favourites. Drown though tells more about the story of the merpeople and the relationship between The Little Mermaid and the prince. Some parts of the book are quite dark but it’s a great read to see an alternative version to the singing animals and bright colours.

The next book that I cracked on with during January was Confessions of a Tinderella by Rosy Edwards which is a book about surprise surprise Tinder. It’s a book about romance and dating in the modern world, think Bridget Jones if she spent her time swiping on her phone, or The Mindy Project if she was a white girl who worked in PR. Although the lead character in Tinderella has a higher share of bad dates than Bridget and is nowhere near as confident in herself as Mindy. Although this is easy to read it isn’t generic and predictable and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. There was an element of home truth in the book when I think about some of the people I’ve spoken to online/ been on dates with which makes it even more enjoyable.

What have you been reading in January?
January 29, 2016
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  • I feel the same about reading, sometimes I'll read an old favourite just to remind myself that I don't always have to read thick, heavy books! I've heard the movie of The Duff is really good, so I'll check out the book!

  • I have to admit I used to be a big reader but I mainly read travel books and magazines now. This post has made me want to read again! I will have to go to WH Smiths and browse the bookshelves.

  • The joke is that I also uploaded a post today about reading. I have fallen in love with some books related to my healthy natural hair journey and decided to title the post 'HAIRDUCATION'.
    I had a lovely read; you write very well. All the best for you and your blog
    Vicky x

  • I have recently fallen back in love with reading too, I joined Goodreads and set a target of books to read this year, and am loving it all over again.x

  • I have managed to read 6 books this Janaury and I am quite proud of myself, I keep up to date with everything on Goodreads or I would lose the plot x

  • oh see I love reading and take a book to bed every night with me I can always be found with my head in a book

  • I have lying out load but still didn't start reading it… I love reading at night when in bed, it helps me fall asleep :)

  • I need to find time to get back into reading. Confessions of a Tinderella sounds hilarious 😀

  • I have watched the film Duff I never knew it was based on a book! I must read it and Confessions of a Tinderella sounds hilarious!

  • I'm in the same position actually. I've just started going through all my old books and I honestly forgot how much I enjoyed them all – will definitely be sure to check out some of the ones listed here as they all sound great.

  • It's hard sometimes to find the time to read. Right now I'm reading a prequel to the Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin – a not terribly long book I got for Christmas and I haven't finished yet! Need to make time!

  • I'm trying to do this too. I even started a book club!

  • In the last year I've really upped my game when it comes to reading. I joined a blogger book club and made an effort to read more in general. I only read 2 books in january but I have set myself a challenge on goodreads to read 30 books this year! If you haven't already get the goodreads app. It a great way to track your reading and also find new books to read! X

  • Oh I'll have to check these books out. I have found that I have had less and less time to read recently, something I need to try and sort out!


  • I used to be an avid reader when I was younger, I was able to get through a novel a day & still take it all in. These days technology took over. Although at the moment I'm reading A Clergyman's Daughter by George Orwell and I LOVE it!

  • Great post – I love reading too, but like you said sometimes life gets in the way. I absolutely love reading chicklits when I'm looking for something light to read when I want to relax :)

    Rachel | Beauty and the Bird

  • I am making such an effort to read more this year, and trying to spend an hour a day reading. I am really falling back in love with reading and I keep adding stuff to my Amazon wish list.
    If you are looking for a new book, my book (Hungry Healthy Happy) is now on sale 😉 Haha, sorry – shameless plug!

  • I won Drown too! Such a great read, wasn't it?

  • I used to love reading but since my children I've not found any time, I really should start again

  • I love reading, it help me relax my mind. But I need to do it more regularly :)

  • I love reading I am a total book worm, We got The duff for my boyfriends sister for christmas but still havent given it to her yet doh x

    Miss Kitty Kaos – Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

  • I read a lot of ebooks but not had the time. Need to change that.

  • I love reading too, I haven't heard of these books but the duff seems like a good one. Never even heard of it as a film either

  • Do you know I've not read a thing, I'm going through a non-reading phase again for some reason :( will have to put some of these as ideas when I get back into the swing of it.

  • Awww man, you've just extended my reading list by at least five books! I'm ashamed to say as a 32 year old adult that I love reading YA fiction. It seems so much more creative than adult fiction. I will definitely be checking out DUFF. I also like the sound of Drown.

  • I really love reading and managed about 14 books in January. Need to get back into it this month though as my birthday meant reading took a backseat

  • I absolutely love to read, and can be found either with a book, my kindle or my iphone kindle app. i was looking for something new to read, so plan on giving "Drown" a go! Thank you

  • So proud of you. I wish I could back in reading as well. been targeting few books already.

  • I've had a lifelong love affair with reading. I cannot remember back to a time when I couldn't read. When life gets busy audio books let me have that reading hit and taking part in book tours introduces me to so many new authors I would never have come across otherwise.

  • I would love to go back to reading but it's only the evenings I get peace from the kids and I always spend that time watching soaps and going to bed early!

  • I love reading too, but it's often hard to find time. But I am determined to read more books this year. So far I am on my 4th, so not bad. I have the Eleanor and Park on my to read list, and I have just read a great review of Drown so that one is also on my list

  • I really need to start reading again. I know once I start I'll fall in love again with being lost in a book for hours.

  • Great post :) I really should start reading more. This year, I'm aiming to read one book per month! xxx

  • Like you, I've been caught being so busy that reading gets pushed to the side. That makes me sad, because I get so much pleasure from it. Your book suggestions are wonderful.

  • That tinderella one looks hilarious! I definitely need to get it as a few of my friends are on Tinder and always have some, lets say, *interesting* stories to tell me!

  • Great idea for a regular feature. I didn't read a single book in January but I've got a huge pile and I do love to read, so I've picked a book and put it on my bedside table now.

  • I made it my resolution this year to read more and I am setting aside an hour a week to read. It's not a lot, but I'm really enjoying it.

  • You've made me jealous – I used to read a book a week until my daughters were born, but since my youngest was born five years ago I've only managed to finish a handful of books. One day I shall return to my page-turning ways!!! 😉 xx

  • I used to love reading, but I'm going through a really really really non-reading phase. Need to get out of it haha

  • These books look great, I really want to read The Duff.
    Emily from http://emilyunderworld.co.uk

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