Dahhling Book Club | Vol 1
As a child, I was an avid reader. Then somewhere around year 9, I swapped reading for social media (it was Myspace, Bebo and Piczo back then) and texting until midnight. One of my goals for 2019, however, is to read at least 12, ideally 24, new books this year. To keep myself accountable and hopefully inspire your reading lists, I’ve decided to introduce the Dahhling Book Club, a monthly series where I’ll be writing short reviews on the books I’ve read recently.
I had read some rather dismissive reviews on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, so I was intrigued to read the book for myself. I was pleasantly surprised. Lean In offers a great explanation on why women should ask for more in the workplace whilst offering you an accessible snapshot of how one woman did exactly that. The book is humbling as Sheryl, who is extremely successful, recounts her own struggles with issues such as imposter syndrome, double standards and being working mother. Yet, it empowers you by offering studies and anecdotes from other successful women to illustrate why women really should speak up, speak out and ultimately lean in.
Karren Brady’s Strong Woman was a mixed bag. I didn’t immediately warm to the book as unlike Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, it didn’t inspire or empower me to take action. I was expecting another guide to life type book. However, Strong Woman is very much an autobiography. Instead, of suggesting what you should be doing and why, it offers a no-frills account of Lady Brady’s journey to success and invites you to take from it what you will. I admire her commitment to hard work and her go-getter attitude and it certainly offers interesting insight into one of Britain’s most successful businesswomen.
I was lent A Million Little Pieces by a friend at work and I have to admit I was sceptical. The blurb was uninspiring and the title gave nothing away. However, A MIllion Little Pieces turned out to be my favourite book of the month. Written in a stream of concious style, it’s a real, raw and unfiltered memoir of one man’s battle with addiction. It shows you how powerful love and friendship can be when a person has nothing. The book takes you on a gripping emotional rollercoaster where certain parts will break your heart whilst others will have you crying tears of joy but all of it will give you hope.
What books did you read this month?