Book Club

Books That Will Break Your Heart & Inspire You

Hi all! I’ve decided it would be fun to start up a little book club with you guys! I think it’d be a great way to read more books and be able to discuss them with each other.

I’ll recommend four books each month (a book a week – a huge stretch considering how busy life is these days) and you guys can also recommend me some books to put on my ‘to-read’ list. The books that I’ll recommend will be books that I’ve read in the past month as well as books that I have previously read and adored.

So let’s get started!

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Genre: Memoir

I’ll start it off with the book that gave me the most feels. This memoir by North Korean defector Yeonmi Park took me on a heartbreaking journey of her life in North Korea and her escape to freedom. The way she so eloquently describes her emotions and thoughts as she grew up in an oppressed country really tug on my heartstrings.

I’m very sensitive to themes of existence, death and oblivion and there were a few chapters in this book that threw me into a state of despair. I won’t spoil the story for those of you who have yet to read it, but I can guarantee that after reading this book, you’ll feel grateful for the smallest things in life… but also helpless that there are others out there who are unfortunate enough to be born in dismal circumstances.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma October Reads
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Genre: YA Fiction

Forbidden is a controversial novel that explores the limits of love between a brother and sister. It’s a taboo subject, but Tabitha writes it so beautifully. There are themes of mental illness and social hardships that really resonated with me as I followed the story of Maya and Lochan.

What really inspires me about Tabitha’s writing is that she captures the feeling of anxiety so well. It’s almost as though the words are being peeled off the page and you’re living and breathing the intense emotions. I won’t go too much into it as I’ve written a more comprehensive review of the book, which you can read here.

Ugly Shy Girl by Laura Dockrill October Reads
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Genre: YA Fiction

Love. This. Book. I first picked up this book a few years ago as I was perusing through my local bookstore. The title of the book sold me. I felt like it was the perfect description of me – Ugly Shy Girl.

I thought I’d chuck this book into the list as I’m sure some of you may relate to the ideas that are explored in this book. It’s a short read and very comical at times. The ending is definitely not what you would expect and I think there’s a fine line between reality and imagination.

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Genre: Personal Development

I’ll finish this list off with The Kindness Pact, because personal development is always welcome.

This book is almost like a step-by-step guide on how to break out from the toxic thoughts that you may have of yourself. When I read the first few pages, I couldn’t help but nod my head in agreement. I’m very hard on myself and I always look to other people in destructively zealous manner. It’s not healthy.

Whenever I feel like I’m lacking self-confidence, I always pick up this book and flick to a random page to read. It’s inspiring and pushes you to think positively about yourself… because you deserve some self-love!

So, that’s my first book recommendations for my monthly book club! Some of you have already messaged me that you’ve picked up Yeonmi Park’s ‘In Order To Live’! I really hope you enjoy reading it. It’s such a touching memoir.

If you have any book recommendations that you’ve absolutely loved, please share them in the comments! I have a ‘to-read’ list that’s stacking up and I’m keen to plough through them and discover some more amazing books.

Happy reading!
Leonie xo.