What Brighton Girls are Reading in February 2017

Everybody loves a good book, right? Whether you’re into fiction or non-fiction, fantastic fantasy or eye-opening history, cosying up with a good book can do wonders for our wellbeing while building on our knowledge and fostering creativity.

We asked a few Brighton Girls to let us in on which books they’re reading right now. Read ahead to get a little inspiration for your book shelf.

The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa

This a novel based on the true story of Trujillo, the dictator who ran the Dominican Republic, and his eventual assassination (don’t worry, not a spoiler). I wanted to read this because I haven’t read much Latin American literature, and I love learning about different periods of history and places I don’t know much about, not just through factual media but through novels as well. And dictators are generally pretty fascinating, to be honest.

- Ciara

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Sprightly centenarian Allan Karlsson runs – well shuffles (in slippers) – from the old people’s home. He has played a part in many major events of the 20th century and continues to be at the centre of yet another adventure in this unexpected, fast-paced crime-fest, complete with comic deaths and an elephant.

- Clare

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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art is a non-fiction book dedicated to helping struggling creatives overcome mental blocks and unlock their inner potential. For me, it's become a revolutionary guide, packed with simple revelations that are already having an impact on how I take on certain situations and address every aspect of my creative work. It's a simple read and a book that I wish I knew about before. If you're struggling at the beginning, middle or end of a creative project, you need this book.

- Pippa

Skin Privilege by Karin Slaughter

Yet again Karin Slaughter has got me hooked on one of her Grant County crime thrillers. Set in small town USA, detective Lena stumbles across a crime scene and becomes the only suspect. Intense storylines but an easy read, I can’t wait for Slaughter’s trademark twist (and yes, that’s her real name).

- Rosie

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

This is Zadie Smith’s newest book. Although this follows a similar concept to her other books of flitting between multiple characters and meandering, descriptive story lines, in this book she anchors in on two main characters. Throughout the book, we see two mixed raced girls grow up with the potential to thrive in the world in their own ways, but encountering many stumbling blocks and poor decisions. Smith uses this pleasant narrative to explore the ideas of race and friendship.

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

If you continually feel like there are not enough hours in the day, then 168 hours could be a good read for you. This book suggests a new framework in which to view the time you have. With some many different books and articles on complex productivity ‘hacks’, Vanderkam’s simple concept of viewing your life in week long chunks and keeping a diary of 30 minute slots is a refreshing change. Although quite a commitment to keep your own log, I found it particularly useful to identify how bad my Netflix addiction truly was and when I was at my most and least productive through the week.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Having read so many articles recently which quote learnings from Duhigg’s book, I had to read it first-hand. In a nutshell, this book describes how habits are formed, why they are created and the process you can use to change your habits. The author claims that habits can be changed through a continuous loop of cue, routine and reward – the book is filled with multiple examples to explain the same loop over and over. Although I do enjoy real life examples of author’s theories, I found that my interest towards the end of the book waning.

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Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg

My views on this book may be slightly biased as I read it on a rainy Sunday afternoon in my PJs. As someone who is naturally a homebody with a mug of tea and lots of candles, this book really resonated with me. It was a laidback easy read about the Danish lifestyle of Hygge, which is currently in fashion. The book includes different people sharing their stories and opinions of Hygge with the author. This is an effortless read punctuated by beautiful photographs throughout.

- Sara (our resident bookworm – the above selections are only 4 of the 10 books she’s already read this year!)

What are you reading right now? Let us know by commenting below!