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Holiday reading

September 20, 2014

One of the best things about being on holiday was having the time to read. I somehow manage to convince myself that I never have time to read at home, but really, I have all the time I could ask for – I just choose to spend it in other ways. Having a whole week to relax meant I could really get stuck into the two books that I brought with me, and another that I was given as a belated birthday present while I was away. And guess what? I read them all in a week.

1/ Dead Men Talking is the latest book from one of my favourite writers, Christopher Berry-Dee. I’ve read a few of his books, all of which are about serial killers. Whether he’s interviewing a serial killer, profiling a case or, in this book, extensive letter-writing, Berry-Dee has a great style of writing. It’s relaxed with a touch of his tone of voice, making it somewhat of a personal read. The cases he looks at are always verging on the bizarre. Whether it’s a serial killer who changes his story every other interview, denies all charges or revels in re-telling murder stories over and over again, the people profiled have all committed some pretty gory acts. His books aren’t for everyone, but if you think you might be interested in this kind of ‘genre’, then I would definitely recommend starting with Christopher Berry-Dee’s books.

2/ Leandra Medine’s name may not ring a bell, but you might recognise her by her alter-ego – Man Repeller. One of my favourite fashion bloggers, Leandra is one of the funniest, quirkiest, confident and engaging journalists I can think of. If you’re not following her blog and Instagram already – please do! You don’t even need to be hugely into fashion – her sense of humour is enough to keep you hooked. Seeking Love, Finding Overalls is a fashion autobiography, from the early years of delusional style to her ‘feminine emergencies’, it sparks memories of some of my own ‘fashion disasters’ and reminds me that no matter how clumsy and awkward we may be, you will find a place in whatever industry you have set your heart on. It sparked a few memories for me – the amazing booties that I begged and pleaded my Mum to buy me for school (think Doc Martens in pink suede), and the dozen or so times she asked me if I definitely wanted them (which, of course, I insisted that I did) only to wear them proudly on the first day, mocked by my entire class for wearing these clunky boots and not the feminine jelly shoes that everyone else was sporting, and came home crying, instantly changing my mind about my true-love shoes. Kids can be mean, and I look back at my class photo and those boots were awesome. Those were just the start, though. Pink crepe baggy trousers, a luminous green zip-up dress (the Spice Girls have a lot to answer for), the Arm Party gone wrong (bracelets from wrist to elbow. How on earth did I write anything?), trousers that dragged and dragged along the ground… the list goes on.

3/ Finally, Sophia Amoruso’s book #GIRLBOSS. Oh my, this is a book and a half. I read this one the fastest – it was probably over in under a day – and it was absolutely fantastic. It’s part-autobiography, part-inspirational-motivational-thought-provoking-wondertale. If that helps at all. Amuruso started out as a scruffy teen that swung from job to job, hating the capitalist society she was resigned to live in, before finally finding her calling. An avid fan of vintage, she began selling vintage clothing through ebay, alone in her studio flat. Now she’s CEO of a multi-million dollar company with 350+ employees. Buy her book to find out how she got there – but don’t expect a to-do list or step-by-step guide. This is an inspiring instruction to get off your bottom, chase your dream and work DAMN HARD to get there. That’s what a #GIRLBOSS does ;) One of my favourite bits of the book was her view on recruitment. She gives out a few tips on how best to present your CV and cover letter if you’re applying for a job, and what she’s looking for when she’s recruiting and promoting her staff. The key piece of advice that stuck with me was: Never say, ‘that’s not my job’. Because you know what – you’ll never be anything more than your current job with that attitude. It’s how I’ve always approached work – not in a ladder-climbing mentality, but with the mind-set that I’m not above or below doing any task that needs doing. Whether it’s cleaning out something a bit gross to tackling a role that’s above and beyond anything I’m trained or experienced enough to do. It’s an attitude that makes sure you get recognised for your hard work, and keeps you on your toes.

Have you read any of these books?
Do you convince yourself you don’t have time to read?
Any great book recommendations?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Aja permalink
    September 20, 2014 8:24 pm

    Those all sound great. I’m starting classes on Wednesday, so I don’t know how much reading time I’ll have, but I’ll definitely look into these when I have time again.

  2. September 21, 2014 5:05 pm

    Totally agree with Girlboss, one of my fave reads in recent months. I love her attitude and how she has succeeded in her own way.

    • September 23, 2014 8:00 am

      #GIRLBOSS was so inspiring – I can’t imagine how good it must have been for you to read, now you’re entirely self-employed!

  3. September 22, 2014 11:01 pm

    Ooooo have you still got girlboss, and can I borrow it if so? I’ve been wanting to read that, and your review makes it sound great!

    • September 23, 2014 8:01 am

      Certainly! I’ve lent it to a friend but once I get it back I’ll bring it over next time we meet up. You’ll love it!

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