“Checked out of the library”|What I’m reading|August|

Okay you guys I did it, I went to a shop and bought NEW books for FULL PRICE.

This is a big deal for me, I rarely buy new books on account that I mostly buy them from charity shops or the supermarket, where they are more than half price off.

I saw two of these books on a Harpers Bazaar post about the best books to read for breaking into the fashion industry and two of them really caught my eye. So after a little umm-ing and ahh-ing and waiting until pay-day I decided that I would head to my local Waterstones. Because I live in a little town where the majority of people either buy crime novels, local history or vampire teen fiction there isn’t much demand for fashion focused business books. Low and behold “I’m afraid we haven’t got it in stock but we could order it in for you?” No, thank you.

Whilst I was in Portsmouth picking up a precious package, I saw my opportunity and walked straight into Waterstones, walked upstairs and found what I was looking for. Okay, with a little help from a rather grumpy and sarcastic sales assistant.

Do you ever get that feeling with new, crisp books that make you scared to touch them let alone read them? That’s what I get with every new book. That’s why I love second hand books, someone has already taken the responsibility of breaking it in for me. It’s already been thumbed and hopefully loved.books and glasses

“Aliza was one of the first people in the fashion industry to embrace the potential of social media and the importance of engaging with followers and, in so doing, changed what it means to work in public relations. Any professional who wants to be powerful, yet accessible, with a voice that is authentic, unique and engaging, should follow her lead “(Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire and Project Runway Judge)

“#GIRLBOSS is more than a book and Sophia Amoruso is more than a purveyor of (fine and fly) garments. #GIRLBOSS is a movement – a philosophy for making your work life as fun, fresh and raunchy as your personal adventures. Sophia encourages us to own the qualities we’ve previously been ashamed of (bossiness, crudeness, petty thievery) in order to become the masters of our own destiny, financially independent and radically ourselves. I’m so in”(Lena Dunham)

“Sixteen-year-old Isabel insults her friends, sabotages her enemies, steals from her father, bullies her brother, lies, drinks, and smokes. She also makes the most of her hard-fought position as the queen bee and “biggest bitch” at her school. But Isabel’s story is more than that of a bad girl gone worse; it’s about a girl unable to grieve for her mother until she hits bottom. The one bright spot in Isabel’s life is Smith, a thoughtful college student Isabel meets at a party. He helps her find respite from the person she has become and despises, the lies required to maintain the relationship accelerate Isabel’s final unravelling. Despite Isabel’s abrasiveness, readers will see through her façade, find themselves drawn to her, and be saddened by her self-destructive downward spiral. When all appears lost, a sudden, tidy redemption ends the novel on a hopeful note.” (Heather Booth. Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved)

book pile feminine

I can’t wait to really get into these books and finally find out what all the fuss is about. I hope it’s worth it! All signs are pointing to yes! I will write some mini reviews on each book when I’ve finished so you can perhaps see if it’s worth the hype too.

I do have to admit that I have already read Let’s Get Lost, many times, however I haven’t read it in a long while and I’ve noticed that I have an entirely different perspective reading it with my “adult” eyes, rather than my “teenager” eyes.

Have you read any of these books? Tell me what you think below!

See you next time!

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