It’s that time of the month again.
The time when I’m sharing with you what I’ve been reading this month. Let’s get started then:
Radical Self Love: A Guide To Loving Yourself And Living Your Dream by Gala Darling
I’m a huge fan of Gala, so of course I had to read this book. As you’d expect, it’s a super positive book filled with useful and easy tips on how to learn to love yourself, go after your dreams, and live the life you’ve always wanted. But, there’s very new here. Most chapters are recycled (and edited) from her blog, so if you’re an avid reader of that, this book may disappoint you. But, if you’re not familiar with Gala and haven’t read many self-help books before, you’ll absolutely love this. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Youtube Famous: Making It Big On The Internet by Rosie Matheson
Zoella, Alfie Deyes, Marcus Butler, Tanya Burr… They all started making videos in their own bedrooms for fun, and went on to achieve worldwide fame. This book takes a short look at their stories: who they are, how they succeeded, and their lives before and after. Each chapter is very short, so, if you’re already a fan, you won’t learn anything new here. But, you’ll learn a thing of two about vlogging. The book is sprinkled with tips about how to set your own successful channel (hint: even though it seems these youtube stars were simply lucky, they worked really hard to achieve the success they’re enjoying today). If you’re interested in vlogging, I think you may enjoy it. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Fashion Rebels: Style Icons Who Changed The World Through Fashion by Carlyn Cerniglia Beccia
Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Jackie Kennedy, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Michelle Phan… These are just some of the women who have wielded the power of fashion to redefine what it meant to be a woman in their era. It’s thanks to them if we now have so many choices and can wear whatever we like. Clearly meant for teeangers, this illustrated book takes a look at the life, career, and style of these women and the impact they made on the world. It also has short tutorials on how to get their style. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
The Future Of Men: Masculinity In The 21st Century by Jack Myers
The world is, finally, changing. Although we’re still far away from gender equality, women are making bigger strides in this area. This book takes a look at how the rise of strong and empowered women is changing every aspect of society. We’re getting better degrees than men, are breaking the glass ceiling, expect a romantic partner to help out around the house and with the kids, and are taking back our sexuality. If men don’t want to be left behind, they need to abandon the chovinist ideal of masculinity still portrayed in the media and adapt to this new world. As interesting as this subject is, there really isn’t nothing new here. I felt like I was reading a book full of obvious facts and cliches. A bit more research wouldn’t have gone amiss. Available at Amazon US.
Winning The Brain Game: Fixing The 7 Fatal Flaws Of Thinking by Matthew May
Did you ever get an idea but killed it in your head before you even tried it because you “knew” it wouldn’t work? Do you keep doing the same thing over and over again, hoping for a different result that never comes? Do you ever overthink your problems, making them bigger than they really are? These are just some of the 7 fatal flaws of thinking that prevent us from making good decisions and coming up with the best solutions for our problems. Full of tips and exercises, this book will help you fix them (and give you an headache as you try to solve its riddles!). Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Life In The Third Reich: Daily Life In Nazy Germany, 1933-1945 by Paul Roland
Have you ever wondered what it was like to live under the Nazi? Did the entire German population really support Hitler like Nazi propaganda claimed? And, if not, how did they oppose the dictatorial regime? This short book tries to answer all these questions, providing a fascinating glimpse into the everyday lives of millions on Germans. The only problem is that it relies too heavily on books and articles and too little on primary sources likes interviewes and personal diaries. Still, if you want to know more about how the Nazi infiltrated and corrupted every aspect of life and culture, this is a good starting point. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Imperialism: Past And Present by Emanuele Saccarelli and Latha Varadarajan
Just because empires crumbled after the two world wars, it doesn’t mean Imperialism is dead. On the contrary, it just changed shape. Now, rather than invading other countries and imposing their rules on them, rich nations are using their money and financial power to impose their own politics and agendas on poorer countries. This book is a very interesting study about the evolution of imperialism. The only problem is the writing: so boring! If you can put up with that, pick it up. It’s one of those books that’ll make you think about the world we’re living in and encourage you to look at things through a different perspective. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
What do you think of these books? And what’s on your Kindle (or bedtable) at the moment?