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What I’ve Been Reading Lately IV

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Happy Christmas Eve people!

I won’t be doing 5x posts over 5 days this year – but, on New Year’s Day I will be doing my typical Year in Review + 2020 Resolutions post and it’ll likely just be most detailed than usual. That means that this will be my final post of 2020 – a wrap up of what I’ve read lately and what have been my favourite books of the year.

 

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I used to be an avid reader growing up, but once university started any reading I did went out of the window, I maybe read 1 book a year (I know –terrible). I set a goal in 2019 to read 1 book a month, it wasn’t a huge amount but it’s still 12x more than my average. I cleared this goal – my final number of books read for the year ended up being 13, and it’s reached the point now where I don’t have to force myself to download a new book to read within 28 days, it’s quite natural for me now to browse Audible and bag a few books that look interesting. Granted, I haven’t read in maybe 2 weeks? But I’ve been laying off Audible for just a little while and instead listening to lots of articles from The Economist, particularly in the run up and aftermath of the UK General Election (they had/have some very interesting insights).

Anyways, below is a final roundup of the books I’ve read recently. If you jump to the end I also list out top 5 my favourite books of 2019 and all my previous “What I’ve Been Reading Lately…” posts this year.

 

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Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens is a very famous book – it’s one of those that you’re bound to see someone reading every now and again on the tube or a flight. It is what it says on the tin – a brief history of humankind… from evolution, human species to the industrial revolution and the rise of technology. I actually attempted to first read this one in 2018 – it’s a big book, 450 pages and 15 hours. When it first starts it’s so captivating, I was flying through this book at a time when I was barely reading and I recommended it to Levi who started flying through it to. But once I got through a good number of hours – it just became really dull. I’d sporadically listen to it here and there but because I wasn’t in the flow I would end up turning it off. Anyways, recently I decided to pick this up again and finish of the second half after I tried and failed to read Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything(boooooooring). It turned out to be a good read in the end! But can’t say it was easy to get through… I’d recommend this book just for the interesting facts but don’t expect it to be one of those books you’re just glued to (I at least wasn’t).

Rating: 3.5/5

 

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motivation, fashion, blogger, reading, reading, book review, good reads

 

Talking to Strangers – Malcom Gladwell

This was my second Malcom Gladwell book of the year, he also wrote Outliers which I reviewed in III, which truly picks apart the stories of the successful and just how important our environment is to our success. Audible recommended this to me as it’s his latest book, published in September 2019.

It was advertised as a book about what we should know about people we don’t know. I thought it would teach me about reading people and their intentions – but actually it teaches about how people sometimes get their reading of others’ intentions so wrong, and how sometimes that leads to serious catastrophes. I learned a lot. I learned things that I repeat to myself weekly when I’m interacting with others or hearing stories about peoples’ encounters – such as default to truth theory. It’s confirmed to me that there are some instances where we just don’t know and where we’ll be powerless, and if anything, made me feel comfortable in this conclusion. Sometimes you just. don’t. know someone.

The book was so captivating – I was glued the whole way through. I’d recommend – but be warned… it’s a dark one.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

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I Owe You One – Sophie Kinsella

After reading a dark and thought provoking book – I wanted to simplify things. Enter Sophie Kinsella, I love her chick lits and their very light hearted, bubblegum plots.

I Owe You One is about protagonist Fixie Farr, who ends up in a back and forth with a man who writes out an IOU for her. It’s a cute story about family, love, growing up and all that good stuff we like to read about. It was certainly a bit of a romance at times as well as being quite a funny read. It was, in sum, just what I needed! The book was 12 hours and I dusted it off within a week. I’d recommend if you just want to read something light hearted with a plotline that isn’t that serious at all.

Rating: 4/5

 

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Top 5 Reads of 2019

    1. Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
    2. Natives – Akala
    3. Talking to Strangers – Malcom Gladwell
    4. Prisoners of Geography – Tim Marshal
    5. Becoming – Michelle Obama

 

Here’s What Else I Read in 2019

 
Photo: Marianne Olaleye

Dec 24 2019 at 3:29 pm   ·   Leave a Comment   ·   Posted Under Lifestyle






Christmas Party Looks: 1 Dress, 3 Ways

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In the spirit of blogging more consciously (see my last post)… and, with Christmas party and Christmas events either around the corner or already upon us… I’m teaming up with Oasis today to bring you three Christmas party outfits. But the catch is – it’s one outfit styled in three different ways. This can be for three different parties; or, depending on what your style is and what floats your boat, you can draw inspiration from one outfit. I actually intend to wear exactly this dress on Christmas day (thanks Oasis!), I’ll likely go for the “smart casual” look.

 

I. Casual

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This first look is for the ladies that (i) aren’t all about the high heels and (ii) are a bit “smart” with their dressing – i.e., don’t want to freeze for the sake of fashion. Throw some faux fur on top (this coat from Zara always makes anything I’m wearing feel more glamorous), slide on some Chelsea boots and tights and keep it moving. Super cosy, pretty casual, but the dress gives it that effortlessly feminine feel. The colour is also perfect for the occasion.
 

II. Girly

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Now this is the look I’ll go for this Christmas. I really love wearing ankle boots because they give you the look you seek with heels but are also easier to walk around in that you standard stiletto and prevent you from looking too overdressed. Actually, when I go to meetings these are the types of boots I tend to reach for (I prefer a thin heel vs. a thick heel for meetings as the thick heel starts to feel more trendy). This look let you show a little leg but also keeps the whole outfit modest due the the dress that is both high-necked but also with a sleeve. I’m one for nice, small, compact bags that are easy to carry around, and this one here is an oldy but a goody.
 

III. Smart and sophisticated

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A blazer is always by go-to when I want to take an outfit to that “smart” and “business-y” realm. I threw this one over the shoulder for an effortlessly chic look, and paired the look with some heels that show a little bit more foot action as that make the look a little smarter than, for example, ankle boots do. Can we also just admire this super cute spot myself and Marianne came across!

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Lace shift dress – Oasis*
Ankle boots – Oasis*
Check out Oasis’ Christmas party dresses

What is your “Christmas style”? I’ll admit – there have been years when I’ve come dressed to the 9s in a cute dress (as above), and there have been years when I’ve shown up with a Christmas jumper and some jeans (or even leggings). When it comes to Christmas parties – I am definitely more a dress girl, but try to take the dress away from being too formal and somewhere in the circle of “smart casual”.
 
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Photos by Marianne Olaleye

Dec 15 2019 at 10:06 pm   ·   Leave a Comment   ·   Posted Under Uncategorized