What I’ve Read Recently

I love immersing myself within a book. I read so much when I was younger, and into my early teens but over the last few years especially I seem to have lost this. It’s probably just an ‘excuse’ but with uni, volunteering and working part-time I never dedicate time to reading anymore, and I am lazy in that I’ll put a youtube video on, rather than picking out a good book. However, I went to Calella and Bulgaria over the summer, and read a couple of books, so I thought I’d share what I read with you and what I thought about them.


Firstly whilst in Spain I read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book tells the story of a little boy called August who has Treacher Collins Syndrome, and is about to start school for the first time, telling the stories from his perspective and all of those around him on the challenges he faces on his journey through love, friendship and understanding. This is such a beautiful read, and I couldn’t put it down whilst on holiday. It lighthearted, endearing and ever so touching.

‘Greatness…lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength…he is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts’

Also whilst in Spain I read Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary. Ok, I know this is one of them books I should have read a long time ago, but hey better late than never. This novel is a diary of 30-year-old, single Bridget Jones’ life, covering everything going on in her life; career, relationships, friends, family, self-improvement and her MANY hilarious embarrassing moments. This book left me in stitches. Fielding’s narrative is thoroughly honest and completely hilarious. Definitely recommend giving it a read!

Lastly for this post, in Bulgaria I read Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. You can clearly see that Genova has really researched and tried to understand the true extent and impact of dementia, and this truly comes through throughout the whole book. This is the story of Alice, a 40-year-old mother who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and her journey through diagnosis, treatment and understanding of the disease. I don’t have enough words for how much this book capture and ached my heart, and I definitely recommend reading it.

What books do you recommend I read next? 


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  1. November 4, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    I haven’t heard of these but always interested to see what others are reading! Thank you for sharing. X

    • Natalie Hanson
      November 4, 2018 / 7:11 pm

      So do I, that’s why I thought I’d share mine. Thanks so much for reading lovely! X

  2. November 4, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    These are really great recommendations, Natalie! I haven’t gotten to read Wonder yet, but did watch the 2017 movie adaptation and it made me tear up 😂

    I need to catch up too and read Bridget Jone’s Diary soon hehe. Great post lovely! 💛 x

  3. November 4, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    I completely relate. This year I just started getting into reading again and I’m so happy I did! I’d forgotten how nice it is!

    • Natalie Hanson
      November 5, 2018 / 11:39 am

      Life just gets ahead of you, and you forget the little things you enjoy like reading!

  4. November 5, 2018 / 6:28 am

    I’m intrigued with Still Alice. I’d like to read it 👍🙂

    • Natalie Hanson
      November 5, 2018 / 11:38 am

      It’s a great read!

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