2016 Favourite Books

As I mentioned in my goals post I managed to finish 21 books in the year 2016. Although, there were a couple which I found a drag to read in general the books were interesting and they brought enjoyment into my daily life. I thought, I should mention my favourite ones to you if any of them would inspire you to read as well.

Favourite books of 2016 - byLiiL

I know Why The Caged Birds Fly – Maya Angelou

The first autobiography by Maya Angelou, where she tells the story of her childhood from a southern American state. How she was raised by her grandmother, how she missed and adored her mother, her relationship with her brother and how she found the world around her. Although, depressing at times, mostly I found the book intriguing and easy to read. It definitely made me want to read more of her books.

#Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso

I am sure everybody knows what this book is about. Half-motivation half autobiography I loved reading about Sophia’s life and how she came about creating such a successful fashion company. I was so motivated to do and work for my goals that I had problems sleeping. I am sure this won’t happen to many people, so those of you who are looking to be inspired with their goals I recommend this book.

Favourite books of 2016 - byLiiL

Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

Is the second book in the Cormoran Strike crime novels by J.K. Rowling pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I loved the first book, mainly because I love a good crime novel and because I love the way J.K. Rowling writes. She can really hold the reader in suspense and make a great twist in the end. Cormoran Strike novels are long, but they don’t feel that way. I read it in just a couple of days. Gruesome murder and a mystery to solve. So if you like J.K. Rowlings writing and crime novels I definitely recommend this one!

How To Make Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

This book was recommended by one of my favourite bloggers so I decided to try it out. It is a self-help book, but the reason I liked it was the stories behind every ‘lesson’. Where Dale writes about what rules you should follow when conducting yourself with new people who you would like to make a good impression on, he writes with examples set by real people, mostly great previous leaders. While reading you think how each rule is kind of obvious, but it is he examples and the stories that really make you remember how you should conduct yourself in public. Definitely a good read!  I think this book would be of assistance to everybody. It is not a book about making close friendships, but really about how you should be thinking when communicating with other people so that they will want to hear more from you.

Favourite books of 2016 - byLiiL

Overdressed – Elizabeth L. Cline

I’ve told you about this book. It tells about the problems of fast-fashion to this world and especially to the people. If you want to read more of my thoughts on it, check out this post. Again, I think everybody should read this book. Not, because it is enjoyable, I mean it really is not, but because you will understand more about what you are buying.

Schoking Life Of Elsa Schiaparelli

This I have told you about as well. The autobiography of Elsa Schiaparelli is not for fashion lovers only, but for those who want to read about a strong woman, who made a business success, who lived through the war and who seems to be in her own world. She has a unique view on how to do business and really, she is quite an inspiration to read as well!

Favourite books of 2016 - byLiiL

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

I do not understand how it took me such a long time to read this book. It could be that I wouldn’t have understood the message before, or maybe it would have opened my eyes much earlier. I don’t know. However, I think this was my favourite book of the year. It seemed absolutely surreal, it kept me guessing and wanting to read more and in the end, I was completely surprised. If I only remember one book from the year 2016, it is this. And it has inspired me to read more of Atwood’s books! Now I can’t wait until the tv-show will come out!

 

What books where your favourite last year?

With love,

Lii

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Happy Favourites of the Week – Finders Keepers

These past two weeks have been full of adventures and my mind has been so full of ideas that I’ve had trouble sleeping. So naturally I am super tired, but thankfully my first happy favourite is here to help me out!

Holiday

I have a week long holiday! It’s not actually a going away holiday, but rather a relaxation and getting my head back to focus. I finished my summer internship yesterday and although I totally loved it and will miss the workplace, I am happy to have a whole week for myself. At the moment I feel that I would just like to sit on the couch and binge watch anything! But I am sure I will come up with many many things to fill my calendar.. I always do!

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Shocking Life

This autobiography by Elsa Schiaparelli was so inspiring and interesting! Although Elsa Schiaparelli was a famous fashion designer, the book itself did not concentrate hugely on fashion, but rather on her views on the world at that time. Her likes, dislikes, people she met and the life around her. She lived through both world wars and it was interesting to read what the life was like through different eyes. I completely fell in love with her, because of her attitude to life and strength!

Kenzo advert

I was only today introduced to this advert, which apparently is not news by now, but I loved it! I recognised instantly the similarities to Sia music videos, which I like, however, what got me really inspired was the interpretation by Margaret Qualley! She as well is probably not news to anybody, except to me. I need to watch the Leftovers now (adding it to my binge watching list).

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Finders Keepers

Well, actually I found this illustration by Holly Sharpe in my own house. I remember buying the card with this illustration a long time ago at some fair, but somehow it got buried under a bunch of other important stuff. I must hurry and put it on display!

New Phone

On Monday my boyfriend surprised me with a new phone. I’ve been looking for a new phone for about half a year now as my old one has been dying. I finally decided on Nexus 5x and now I finally got it! It has so much longer battery life, almost twice to my previous. It has a lot better picture quality! So good actually it might ease my life that I don’t have to carry my camera with me everywhere. Pictures of the basil in the last post were taken with the phone. I am really excited about my new phone and hope Google did its job as I am planning to be able to use it for several years to come!

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Martian

I’ve finally watched this movie. I love sci-fi movies and am so interested in anything to do with space! Martian was a positive take on all the other space movies that I’ve seen (Interstellar, Gravity, Alien, Armageddon etc.). It was completely different to what I was expecting and unexpectedly I didn’t feel anxious at any moment while watching the movie. So if you haven’t seen this movie then I definitely recommend doing so.

 

What have been your happy favourites of the week?

With love,

Lii