Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Haul

Over the last three months I've picked up some beautiful books and wanted to share them with you. I haven't posted about books in a long time but people always seem to like them and recently I've picked up reading again. 

Binge by Tyler Oakley

My brother gave me Binge by Tyler Oakley as a Christmas present. I've been a long-time subscriber of Tyler's YouTube channel and when I heard he was releasing a book I knew I wanted to get it. Tyler has done quite a lot of interviews now about the book and I didn't realise just how in-depth he would go into his personal life and struggles with body image, being a gay man, and so much more. I cannot wait to read it and find out more.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The story behind getting The Power of Now is quite a funny one. Last month I got an Uber to take me to a job interview. It ended up being a lovely guy named Jamie who I went to school with but never knew and it turns out that we are both 24-years-old and were born on the same day! I've never met anyone born the same day as me so that was weird.

We were talking about lots of things on our journey and he asked what my hobbies were and I mentioned the normal things - photography, writing, and spirituality - and he said how he had been getting more into spirituality lately. He ended up pulling out the book from the glove box and it was The Power of Now. He added me on Facebook and said I had to read it. The book reminds me a lot of The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz. The writing style is very similar and for some reason it grinds my gears. I think it's how completely patronising & condescending it is. The writer is incredibly egotistical and holier-than-thou and it winds me up as I'm reading, even though the content itself is very informative and useful.

Matilda (25th Anniversary Edition) by Roald Dahl

I have always loved the movie Matilda. It was released when I was four-years-old, around the same age as Matilda in the film. I did end up reading the book in primary school and loved it. When I saw this beautiful 25th Anniversary edition of the book I had to have it. I have read the book before but it was years ago - I'm pretty sure I was in primary school at the time. This edition of the book comes with a hardcover case, but the book itself has a blue cover and is a softcover for easy reading. The book has the beautiful illustrations that you would expect and is just perfect.

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton was another book that my brother gave me for Christmas. I was really excited about it because I loved the first book and love the whole concept of Humans of New York. It's one of those great coffee table books that everyone enjoys looking at. I read the first book in about an hour and I plan to do the same with this one.

Letters of Note by Shaun Usher
This is an incredibly well-known book. I am a big fan of letter writing and getting to see such influential letters all in one place is so inspiring and interesting. It includes all kinds of letters from a variety of well-known names including: Gandhi, Leonardo da Vinci, Amelia Earhart, Roald Dahl, Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Charles Dickens. I look forward to reading this one.

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell & Phil Lester
This book is absolutely awesome. It's kind of a compilation of stories and memories from their lives. I might do a review of this book in future as you have to see the pages to understand just how fun and creative this book is. One of my favourite pages was some MSN conversations from back in the day - it took me right back to being 12-14 years old again. I also love the behind the scenes making of the book video & the audiobook looks pretty creative and unique too. 

Let me know in the comments which book you last purchased! ♥


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