Recent Reads: June 2017

After recently visiting BookCon here in New York thanks to the wonderful gang at Books on the Subway, it reignited my absolute love for books! So I thought it was time for another "Recent Reads" post! You can read the last post HERE and after I had posted it, I loved hearing from you all about the books that you were enjoying at the time. I think book recommendations are always such a fun way to connect to different people, often, when adding books to my "to-read" pile, a book that has been recommended to me, goes straight to the top of the pile. For the month of June I chose 3 of my most recent reads that I loved and highly recommend to you guys. I tried to pick 3 different types of books, this month one is a self-help book that has been out for a while, a biography that has been recently released and a fiction book that comes out in January 2018. In the comments below or on my social media I would love to hear some of your own recent recommendations. Heck, it's like a little online book club! As a quick disclaimer, I always link my book recommendations to Amazon, simply because that is usually where I purchase my books. This post is not sponsored.  So without further ado;

1. The Four Agreement's - Don Miguel Ruiz

The first book I read recently was "The Four Agreements". I was actually given this book as a gift from Cassy's mum, Tina. As a parting gift when leaving Florida, we were all gifted with this book and a personal letter. It is honestly one of the sweetest and heartfelt gifts ever. Now it has actually taken me a while to get around to reading it but boy am I glad that I did. It sort of exists in the same world as "You're A Badass" and "The Secret". It gives you Four Agreements to live by in order to reach a higher sense of contentment within your life. When it comes to reading books like this I am often sceptical of throwing myself whole heartedly into a suggestive way of living, instead I opt to put in place, the things that really speak/jump out to me. In the book one of the agreements is "Always do your best". A simple notion that I have only recently gotten my head around. When attending sixth form between the ages of 16 and 18, my life took a severe turning point and I regretfully, refused to do my best. I gave up. From then on I vowed that in whatever I did, I would always do my best, and now alongside the other agreements, I really can instil some other significant changes. I really feel this book is not actually for everyone, it's quite wordy, and in comparison to "You're A Badass" it takes a while to really get used to the way Don Miguel Ruiz, however once you understand what he is saying you can really unlock an open mind.

Rating: 6/10

2. Note To Self - Connor Franta

I bought "Note To Self" when visiting BookCon two weeks ago. It was a book that I'd wanted to get for a number of weeks, and with Connor Franta headlining one of the days of BookCon I knew one of the publishing stalls would be selling it. I read Connor's first book "Work In Progress" a few years ago, and found it to be quite a general biography of a YouTubers rise to recognition, teamed with beautiful images. I really enjoyed reading it, but felt that it lacked a certain depth and openness that we now have when watching Connor's videos. "Note To Self" absolutely blew me out of the water. A combination of gorgeous images, heartfelt poetry and autobiography, I found myself near tears several times. "Note to Self" is an expansion of who Connor is and in this book, touches on his troubles with mental health and coming to terms with his sexuality and self expression. Within each chapter you can feel Connor dealing with all these aspects of himself as he puts pen to paper, and within this heart wrenching words you self-reflect of a time when you felt similar. I am so thankful that there are 20-somethings out there in the world, opening up around real mental health issues and dealing with heartbreak/emotions, without apologising for it. Connor has exposed deep parts of himself to his audience and I only hope people who are not familiar with who he is, give the book a chance. I think they might be surprised.

Rating: 8/10

3. The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin

This last book I was given at BookCon from the guys at Penguin! At one point during the day they were giving out drafts of upcoming books and I was so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time as I was handed Chloe Benjamin's upcoming book "The Immortalists". It has actually been quite a while since I read any fiction, whenever wanting to escape the world around me I usually dive back into the Harry Potter or Hunger Games books, so stretching myself out a bit, I thought I would give the book a go. Now I love a book that is set out of a long period of time, with characters that are worth investing in as we see them grow. The book starts with Gold children each finding out what day they are going to die in the future, and the rest of the book follows each child as they navigate the rest of their lives with this knowledge in their minds. I honestly thought the concept was incredible, it really made for a great book as you read of Klara, Simon, Daniel and Varya deal with the terror of knowing the exact date they die. I don't want to give too much away but I will say that it is very much worth giving the book a read when it is released. The actor in me can't help but see it as a great film one day in the future. 

Rating: 9/10


I hope you guys enjoyed this "Recent Reads" addition, I really felt like there was a book for every in the mix. Please let me know of any books you recommend me checking out via the comments or via the NevNYC social media, I love hearing from you all.

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Hey Guys! I am a 22 year old British guy, living in Brooklyn, New York. This place is crazy different from my small hometown of County Durham, England, so I thought what better way to record my new life here in America than by making a blog!! NevNYC is a little break from your day with the intention of bringing a smile to people's faces. I'm on a wild wild adventure and I can't wait to bring you guys along with me!