It’s been quite a while since I did a book post, and because reading is such a love of mine, I thought it was about time to show you what books I’ve been digging into recently. Hopefully here you’ll find some recommendations that you’d like to read!


Elizabeth Gilbert- Big Magic 5/5

I know I’m super late to the party with this one, but once all the hype had died down, I decided to pick it up and see what it was like. Honestly, I was not disappointed! It’s up there with one of my favourite books of the year, and probably my favourite of the ‘self-help’ genre. If you’re a creative, you absolutely MUST read this because it’s packed to the brim with great advice and inspiration. I know for sure I will be definitely re-reading it again when I get stuck in a funk and need some creative direction.
Read this one if: You want to learn more about creativity, or you need a creative boost.


Emma Cline- The Girls 1/5

Okay, I’m kind of cheating here because I didn’t even get halfway into this book before I decided not to finish it (which to be honest, isn’t something I do often). It was just too weird. I feel like I have a weirdness scale and this was pushing it too far, to the point where I actually wasn’t looking forward to reading it in an evening and it felt like a chore. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO SPEND IT READING BOOKS YOU DON’T LIKE. Right??
Read this one if: You’re into that kind of stuff.


Lucy Dillon- Where The Light Gets In 4/5

I’m not a big crier when reading books, but boy did this make me bawl! Yes it was kind of predictable, but it was such a lovely gem of a book that you just have to read it. I took to all the characters immediately, and it was filled to the brim with emotion and heart warming goodness. I even still think about it now, a few weeks later.
Read this one if: You want a super cosy read to enjoy on these Autumnal evenings, with a great story behind it.


Lindsey Kelk- One in a Million 2/5

I’ve read Lindsey’s books for years and I was a massive fan of the ‘I Heart’ series, so I’m always super excited when she releases a new read. Honestly, I was kind of disappointed by this one which makes me sad to say. It was a bit too fluffy, I’m never that interested in reading about social media in a fiction book, and it felt a little flat. I probably had my hopes up to high as I am such a fan of her previous work, but this one didn’t cut it for me.
Read this one if: I’d recommend her other works!


Megan Hayes- Write Yourself Happy 4/5

I actually included this in a creative writing post I did last week, as this book really gave me the inspiration and motivation to share something a bit different than I usually do, and write more than my usual gratitude lists. I completely loved going through a different chapter and writing every night, and I was super sad when it eventually finished. Plus, the design of the book itself is beautiful too.
Read this one if: You journal regularly, and want to up your game.


Kevin Kwan- Crazy Rich Asians 4/5

After seeing rave reviews about this online, I wanted to pick up a copy (originally so I could watch it in the cinemas after, but I didn’t make it in time!). In this book you dive deep into the super rich and luxurious life of a massive family in Singapore, and I have to say it was really fascinating. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve ever read before, but I’ve heard people liken it to Gossip Girl, which I thought I’d mention. I got completely sucked in and loved devouring it every evening!
Read this one if: You want to go watch the film, or read something different than you’re used to. Actually, just read it. It’s good.


Sarah Vaughan- Anatomy of a Scandal 5/5

I absolutely LOVED this book. It’s not like something I usually read, as it’s a court case thriller involving a member of Parliament. It gripped me the whole way through, I literally stayed up past midnight reading this because I was hooked that much. I’ve passed it onto my mum and I’m making her read it!
Read this one if: You want a book that grips you until the very end. One to devour over a lazy weekend, I think.



Have you read any of these books?



  • Ah, Crazy Rich Asians is on my list!

    Mariya |

    • NatalieLeanne

      It’s definitely worth a read, I loved it!

  • I loved ‘The Girls’ but it’s a fictionalised story of the real Manson crimes, but I can imagine how of-putting that would be if you didn’t like true crime and you picked it up!

    • NatalieLeanne

      Ah, yes I found that out later and was surprised! No wonder I didn’t gel with it because that definitely isn’t my genre!

  • Ive had The Girls on my bookshelf for ages and now and I just don’t have the motivation to read it! Anatomy of a Scandal sounds right up my street though xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

    • NatalieLeanne

      I lent it to my mum after and she loved it too! I was hooked! Let me know what you think if you pick it up?

  • I recently read Big Magic too and it is one of my absolute favourite books now! I’ll have to check out some of these other recommendations! Thanks for this post – its awesome motivation for me to kick my bad habit of scrolling instagram before bed!!!

    Lauren xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      I loved it that much I could read it again! I definitely need to stop scrolling before bed too, my bedtime routine is not that great at the moment!

  • Amy Eade

    Oooh I’ve not read any of these! I still need to read Big Magic, for some reason I tend to stay away from overly hyped books (even though I’m sure that means they’re good) but I trust you haha!
    Amy xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      It’s really good, I felt the same but it even lived up to the hype! xx

  • I’m always looking for book recommendations and I haven’t read any of these yet! I definitely want to pick up Big Magic now, it sounds like exactly what I need xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      It’s so motivating! All about championing our individual selves 🙂

  • I am going to have to add some of these to my reading list!

    Danielle xx

    • NatalieLeanne

      Oh that’s great to hear! 🙂 Which do you fancy reading?

  • Sian…

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t like Lindsey Kelk’s new book! She’s my favourite author but this one was a struggle for me to get my teeth into.

    Sian x

    • NatalieLeanne

      Oh that’s so interesting to hear it wasn’t just me! I usually love her stuff x