10 Books I Read This Year That I Loved

10 books I read or possibly re-read this year that I loved.

 

Hello fellow bookworms, time for another book blog boosterama. I adore books, have I mentioned that? I’m trying to read 80 (non-academic) books this year and so far I have made it to 64. I’m a little behind, however I read like a crazy mo-fo over Christmas so I think I’ll make it. 😉

 

I’ll try to go spoiler free but some of these books are older… so… spoiling may happen. Some of these books appeared in a previous post, but I needed to include them because I loved them so much!

These are in order unlike some of my other posts so you guys can argue with me in the comments if you disagree, I love a good debate. 😊

10. ‘Brave,’ – Rose McGowan.

This book made me both heartbroken for and proud of Rose McGowan. Her tough upbringing would have made most people hardened and silent. She instead directs her energies towards art as transformation. This is a very important book not just for woman, but for all oppressed humans. Bravo to Brave. You can check her out on Instagram. She’s doing cathartic things there at the moment.

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9. ‘Furiously Happy,’ – Jenny Lawson.

Friends I read this book in less than a day because I couldn’t put it down. I forwent sleep, and in exchange, I was rewarded with laughter. Jenny Lawson reminds us that our mental illnesses are not our masters, the blame should not lie within, and we can break free. We can work hard to combat our demons, and in the meantime be furiously happy! By the way, the raccoon on the front is a taxidermy owned by the author. Oh yes.

Furiously Happy - J Lawson

8. ‘The Alchemist,’ – Paulo Coehlo.

When I bought this book, I was skeptical, because I had not heard one bad review from anyone. They were all correct, it was absolutely amazing. It will give you a strange feeling. If you have not read this you need to. This is my second time reading it, it’s healing.

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7. ‘The Princess’ Diarist,’ – Carrie Fisher.

Get this on audiobook from audible, trust me. It’s worth it to hear Carrie Fisher tell her age-old tale, in her uniquely hilarious voice. Her wonderful daughter Billie Lourd also reads a section as Fisher’s ‘younger self.’ So sweet and at the same time, sad. I miss her so much. RIP Carrie Fisher.

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6. ‘The Haunting Of Hill House,’ – Shirley Jackson.

So this came out on Netflix as a new series and in true Jaycee fashion, I had to read the book before I watched the show. Well, now I’m scared to watch the show! When I say she’s a horror legend, believe me.

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5. ‘Americanah,’ – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

This book is Poetry. It’s even better served as an audiobook. I listened to Adjoa Andoh’s narration and it was fantastic. Read this book, but if you can listen to it as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I looked forward to my morning and evening commutes so I could hear more about the lives of Ifemelu and Obinze.

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4. ‘Cosmos,’ – Carl Sagan

I adored this book. Although it was written nearly 40 years ago, it still feels as fresh and uplifting as ever. You need to read this book, it will change your perspective on our wonderful universe. It inspired so many people including some of my personal favourites, Professor Brian Cox and Neil Degrasse Tyson. “I have loved the stars too fondly, to be fearful of the night.”

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3. ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon,’ – Stephen King.

I have read many many Stephen King books and he has never disappointed me. With this book, he actually surprised me. He kept his supernatural element as an undercurrent to the book, while the true strength of human nature came in the form of a young girl, who wanted to survive. This story will grip you while putting you right there in the forest with her.

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2. ‘The History Of Bees,’ – Maja Lunde.

What a wonderful book. Also what a harrowing message. Lunde tells the story of our world if our bees began to disappear tomorrow. We get a story told through three different very perspectives, yet we feel their pain as though it were our own. Lunde tells us what scientists have been trying to convey for years now. If we don’t look after our bees, the world will be a very different place.

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1. ‘We Have Always Lived In A Castle,’ – Shirley Jackson.

Having truly enjoyed and been scared by ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ I had a book hangover when it was over. Io I thought I would give more Jackson’s work a try, to alleviate the pain of finishing a great book. This one was unbelievable and my favourite book I’ve read in 2018. I can’t believe I only discovered Jackson now, as a huge fan of horror I thought I’d read it all until I read ‘We Have Always Lived In A Castle.’ Check it out, my friends.

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Ok my lovey loves that’s all for today. Sorry, it’s a bit short but I have an ongoing project that had a deadline. If it works out I will be able to let you in on it. If it doesn’t well it will fall into the annals of the internet, buried under memes and

What am I writing poetry or something?

https://thinkingmoon.com/category/stories/

7 ‘Small’ YouTuber’s I Love

Well, friends, it’s Tuesday so it’s time for another bit of fun, and what’s more fun than YouTube…? No need to answer that!

If you have a YouTube channel please link it below and I’ll subscribe. Honestly, I’ve tried to subscribe to as many as my followers as possible but I may have missed you!

Anyways it’s my favourite website I spend more hours on there then I care to let you know, (all of the hours). 😊

Hence you may have noticed my attempt at YouTube videos (subscribe!!!
https://www.youtube.com/user/PrincessGinJenXxx). You might not know it but I’m a staaaarrrrrr on YouTube. 😉

Today I’d like to highlight some YouTube channels that are under 500,000, even under 100,000. There are many I love but these are 7 that come to mind. 

Before we do though I would like to mention our fellow blogger Steven Colbourne. He has a YouTube channel and he will be putting up some interesting stuff there in the coming months so let’s go support him!

https://perfectchaos.org/2018/11/25/request-for-support/

So without further ado, I shall begin in no particular order:

1.

ECO BOOST

You may have noticed my sustainability journey and this Lady was recommended to me by my sister-in-law. I watched her videos from start to finish and her evolution gave me hope for myself. She was into dyeing her hair, makeup, fashion… and she made it work. Now in fairness, she lives in London so some of her habits/hacks are harder for me. However, she is charming and very easy to learn from.

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3pE1IqHqbdf3vqtaALL4nA

2.

BEDTIME STORIES

This is such an amazing story channel. I only recently discovered it and I got obsessed. I watched all of their videos in like 2 days. If you are interested in spooky stories or unexplained mysteries then these guys are for you. I can’t believe they don’t have more views/subscribers. 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCD4-G3Aokt2sM7TYQV2HmA

3.

SPILL

This adorable channel discusses YouTube ‘drama & gossip’ in a fresh way. It’s not speculative wherein you come away with the same information. This channel challenges itself by adding clips/thoughts from professionals such as doctors, scientists, and philosophers. Plus it’s cute.

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Vl1oLTGjWYJLmbTpaqorQ

4.

INABBER

My fellow Edgelord Fraser, better known as INabber on the interwebs. Another YouTube gossip channel (what have I become), but hear me out! This guy tells jokes! Just trust me he’s a funny guy, give him a try.

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLuqzTYgef441A0VYecDHxA

5.

MUCHELLEB

Muchelle B is a lifestyle blogger I love. She has such interesting take on productivity coupled with self-care. Her videos are visually entertaining and her tagline is ‘living life intentionally.’ Genuinely that’s advice I think we could all do with.

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0sA4gvlWFHfdwaPlBDqnGg

6.

THE WHAT CAST

My buds! Well, I like to think we’re buds because these guys are too relatable. Like the way they converse is just what it’s like in my head. Their podcasts somehow manage to intrigue and tickle me simultaneously. If you like podcasts they are everywhere you find podcasts. Also, they’ve done fantastic readings of SCP’s from the SCP website that’s well worth a listen. 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvpug3ySXzVequxFevSwONg/videos

7.

SWOOP

Finally, the incomparable, the beautiful, the brilliant Spankie Valentine, AKA Swoop. This girl had a YouTube channel that had 600,000 subscribers, then a YouTube algorithmic anomaly destroyed it overnight. She then picked herself up, dusted herself off, and created SWOOP.

She made a video about mental health that won an award at the 2018 Buffer Festival. She’s fun, she’s fab, she’s full of life and she needs your subscription! 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqHZdrDcZhhRO11m67Tgz4A

So that’s all that I have for you lovely people today. Please check below for other fun Tuesday lists.

https://thinkingmoon.com/category/tuesday-fun/

 

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