Monthly Mustreads no.1

You're probably no stranger to these books, they're two of last years best sellers and are still flying off the shelves. As always, I'm a little late getting to read them, but nonetheless as soon as I got a hold of them, I was reading them none stop. Part of my new years resolutions was to read at least 10 books, because last year I think I barely managed to read the books I was studying for my college literature course. I began thinking, why not read two books a month? Its an attainable figure and gets me into the swing of reading regularly again (I've definitely slacked off in the past few years). So, to start the year off I've been reading two books that I've lusted after for quite a while; Alexa Chung's 'It' and 'Not That Kind Of Girl' by Lena Dunham.

As if I don't emphasise it enough, Alexa Chung is one of my style idols; well I don't actually like using that term because I'm not 'obsessed' and buy everything she wears, but I have to say she is definitely a style icon and an inspiration to me. Her looks are always true to who she is, and chic in every way. Alexa's career has been a roller coaster ride that took her to unspeakable places where she met some very inspiring people. Her book 'it' takes you to some of those places and you get her account of everything that progressed her to where she is in her life. What inspires her, who inspires her and who she really is. Within the book you can pick up a multitude of lifestyle and fashion tips along the way and certainly learn from it. If you've not read 'it' yet, then you definitely should, just because the 'hype' surrounding it has died down slightly, doesn't mean this beautiful publication can't be read over and over again for years to come.  

'It' takes on a very journalistic format and is beautifully laid out (which is of course expected from Alexa Chung!), so when it comes to aesthetics, this book does not disappoint. Her writing style is very down to earth, as if she was talking to you as a friend; she's kind, open and honest. The pictures, for me, are some of the best features, they're so well taken and have a slight hipster feel about them. You can definitely tell there's a huge piece of Alexa in this book, it's truly wonderful.

When I read peoples reviews of Lena Dunham's book 'Not That Kind Of Girl', they often say that they've either never seen her HBO show 'Girls' or never liked it, which for me is insane! I've been watching the show from the very beginning, and I've always loved it. Following the trials and tribulations of a young girl in her early 20's, Hannah and her friends are some of the most intricate characters on tv today. I most relate to a character called Jessa Johansson played by the wonderful Jemima Kirke, who is always making mistakes and losing her way in life, but still remains focused on her true passions. Ultimately, the immense popularity of the show and its brilliant storylines are down to its amazing director/writer/star, which is of course Lena Dunham. So you can imagine my excitement when she brought out this little gem of a book.

Much like Alexa, Lena compiles a vast amount of memories and journey's she's undertaken in her life. An array of riveting essays about her life growing up and becoming who she is today. I consider this book to be a companion, filled with heart wrenching, embarrassing and inspiring stories from 'I am eight and I am afraid of everything' to 'I am twenty years old and I hate myself' along with everything in between. If you think people in the media had a wholly successful life, then think again. Remember the time you felt so mortified that you'd rather be locked away for ever than continue living your life? Lena's been there, done that.

This book is by far one of the best books I've read in a long time; I take it with me everywhere I go, and the stories never get old. No discredit to Alexa, but Lena's writing is somewhat of a genius creation; her writing style is so electric and addictive, I wanted 5 more books with more of Lena's stories attached. As for the book itself, it's cover is bold and straight to the point, whilst her brilliant illustrations add a gorgeous personal touch on the inside. Everybody needs to own this book (seriously, everybody).

I hope you've enjoyed this months monthly must-reads, I've certainly enjoyed sharing them with you. If you ever meet me, just ask me if one or both of these books are in my bag, and you'll find they most definitely are!

Have you read any of these books? What are your must-read recommendations? 

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