5 Books on my Autumn Reading List 2018

One goal I have vowed myself to work towards reaching this autumn is finally getting back into my reading game. Working full time has taken its toll on me and my dearly loved hobby has been lost in the depths of my struggles. I usually am someone who reads about 50/60 books a year. This year, however, I am only at 20 and it’s already mid-September. Slowly but surely, I have found my way back into it again. And with that, came a ginormous kindle order. So here are five books on my reading list for autumn 2018.

5 Books on my Autumn Reading List

VAGINA by Naomi Wolf

aka the one read you certainly MUST read until the end of the year. “Vagina” is an exploration of femininity, female sexuality and the importance the female orgasm has on her health (mind and body) as well as a woman’s place in society.

Wolf offer a radical and endlessly fascinating exploration of the gateway to female consciousness, explores the history of the symbol of the vagina in our culture, rape and the cultural narrative around the vagina and feminity.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by André Aciman

Admittedly, I have downloaded this book way before my autumnal book-buying spree but haven’t read it up until now.

This novel centers on a blossoming romantic relationship between an intellectually precocious and curious 17-year-old American-Italian Jewish boy named Elio Perlman and a visiting 24-year-old American Jewish scholar named Oliver in 1980s Italy. The novel chronicles their summer romance and the 20 years that follow.

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman

Sometimes, in between all that funky non-fiction and tear-jerking storytelling I want to read a tale that is a bit lighter and more easily digestible. I have seen a lot of people rave on and off about the Eleanor Oliphant books and have meant to buy one at the beginning of summer. Didn’t happen but here I am, with the book finally on my kindle and my ready to dive into the world of Eleanor Oliphant, who struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking.

Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

HOW NOT TO DIE: DISCOVER THE FOODS SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO PREVENT AND REVERSE DISEASE by Michael Greger

This book was recommended to me by one of my lovely followers on Instagram. It discusses modern-day health issues and the effect that our diet has on our health and longevity. The author explores the most common deathly diseases in western society and gives a better understanding of how the things we eat influence our body in more ways than we could have ever fathomed before.

I am already halfway through this book and have now reached the part where the author gives tips on what to eat and what to avoid and oh boy am I excited to read about that.

THE WHY CAFÉ by John P. Strelecky

Another book I’ve discovered through my Instagram feeds. It’s supposed to make you think about life and the way you want to live it. I think that a poetic exploration about life and the way we live it sounds like the perfect read to delve into on a moody november day.

The blurb says the following about the book: “In a small cafe at a location so remote it sits in the middle of the middle of nowhere, John–a man in a hurry–is at a crossroads. Intent only on refueling before moving along on his road trip, he finds sustenance of an entirely different kind. In addition to the specials of the day, the cafe menu lists three questions all diners are encouraged to consider. Why are you here? Do you fear death? Are you fulfilled.”

What I have been reading recently

What’s on your reading list for the end of the year? Have you already read any of these books? Or do you have any further recommendations? Would love to hear about that in the comments below.

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