I used to read so many books, finishing them within a couple of weeks and immediately moving on to the next one. However, ever since I started University, I’ve read less and less.
While at University, I read a lot of non-fiction bits and pieces for my course- and reading always felt like a chore after a full day of stressful work. Since then, I’ve found it hard to pick it back up again.
However, in the past couple of months I’ve started to read more and more books, finding some interesting reads that have hooked me from the start- and helped me love reading again. I’ll never be able to fly through books as much as I used to, but I’ve loved picking up some new favourites.
In this post, I’m discussing 5 books that have helped me love reading again. It’s been hard to get back into reading for pleasure, but I loved all of these books- and they each gave me something I needed to fall back in love with one of my favourite hobbies!
‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid
‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid is a very refreshing read, I loved it! It’s all about a young woman of colour who works as a nanny for a rich white woman in Philadelphia.
One evening, she is accused of kidnapping the child she cares for and the story follows her relationship with her boss, her friends, and her new boyfriend.
I would really recommend this book to anyone currently in a reading slump, or looking to pick out their next read. It’s fast-paced full and easy to read, but it’s also full of important questions about race and class.
‘My Life on the Road’ by Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem is such an inspiring woman and writer, and this book helped me love non-fiction in a way I’ve never been able to before. I’ve always read fiction in the past, but I’m so glad I decided to branch out a little!
I found ‘My Life on the Road’ an inspirational and fascinating piece of non-fiction, which delved into American politics, important issues such as abortion, and Gloria Steinem’s own personal life. I really recommend this book as an insight into the women’s rights movement, or as a way to gain an appreciation for non-fiction.
‘1984’ by George Orwell
This one surprised me! This book helped me love reading again because I read it so fast. It currently takes me a while to get through books, but this modern classic was such a gripping read and I couldn’t wait to finish it.
I really recommend this book for anyone who likes something a little psychological that poses a lot of questions, and the themes and characters in the book really make you think.
‘Pages For Her’ by Sylvia Brownrigg
I had previously read and reviewed ‘Pages for You’ by Sylvia Brownrigg and loved it, and my Mum bought me the sequel for my birthday. This second book looks at Flannery’s life as a married Mother, her college days long behind her. She meets an old flame again, and the book is all about Flannery’s dissatisfaction with her writing career and her need for something more.
I loved returning to Sylvia Brownrigg’s exquisite writing style, and this book helped me appreciate the art of writing again. I would love to read more books by this fantastic author in the future.
‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler
I absolutely loved this book, and it helped me love reading for pleasure again. Written as a memoir of her acting and personal life, this book was witty and funny, and I learned a lot about acting and the world American comedy.
I was surprised by how much I liked this book, as I’m not particularly interested in acting- but it kept me hooked and I enjoyed learning about a new subject in a humorous and interesting way.
Have you read any books that you loved recently? What books have helped you fall in love with reading again? Do you have any recommendations for future reads?
Let me know in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x