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Hi, my name is Liz and I am the blogger behind Liz Loves Blog! I am so excited to be writing for Lauren’s blog. I wanted to share a post on books I wish I read sooner. These are the books that I have read and immediately told my friends they NEED to read them, books I will read over and over and books that really have changed my outlook on life. 

*Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race, Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race

This book is becoming more and more important with the current political climate. I think it’s important that we all educate ourselves as much as possible and I really wish I read this book sooner, mainly so I have more points to argue when discussing this topic. It really breaks down a lot of issues about racism in a really simple way, and there was a lot of history in the UK that I wasn’t aware of when it comes to racism. It really brings home what a huge issue we are still facing.

*Women don't owe you pretty, Florence Given 

Women Don't owe you pretty by Florence Given

I pre-ordered this book nearly a year ago because I am obsessed with Florence. If you don’t already, I would highly recommend following her on Instagram. She is so empowering and inspiring and her book talks about how a lot of society is often designed for the benefit and gain of men. She explains how women are often criticised for their behaviour and actions in a way that men aren’t, and essentially, we can’t win, therefore we should do whatever we want and whatever makes us happy regardless of what other people say. There are also lots of reminders to support each other as women and to build each other up so we can all be the best that we can be. 

How to break up with fast fashion, Lauren Bravo

This book has really spurred me on to my decision to stop purchasing clothes from fast fashion brands. I have talked about it in my blog post about sustainable fashion, but she essentially explains the negative effects of the fashion industry without making you feel bad about it, and also provides options to limit your own fast fashion purchases. The environment is something I am really passionate about and I am always looking to learn more about what I can do to help, and the fashion industry has a huge impact on the environment. 

*Notes on a nervous planet, Matt Haig

Everything Matt Haig writes is amazing, his book The Humans is one of my favourite novels, and Reasons to Stay Alive has been talked about for changing people’s lives and helping cope with mental health and depression. For me personally, Notes on a Nervous planet really explains the disparities between our human nature and the world we now live in filled with social media and technology. It really helped me deal with obsessing over my phone and after reading this it was the first time I put in place some boundaries with my phone and social media use. 

The humans by Matt Haig

Everything you need to know about love, Dolly Alderton

I read this book on holiday last year, my friend actually let me borrow it and I read it in a few days. This is like a laugh out loud book, there were so many relatable stories in there and I think it is just really nice to hear about other people’s experiences and relationships to know that we are not alone in the things we experience or the feelings we have at certain times in our lives. I do think most people have already read or at least heard of this book, but it’s definitely worth the read if not. 

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  2. Some really great books here! I've heard so much about Matt Haig books that I really need to give them a go!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

  3. These are some great books to recommend. I'll definitely read some of these.

  4. Thanks for sharing, there are some great books there, that I might read at some point :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

  5. These books sound great. I love it when you read a book you love so much you have to tell people about it.

    Not all books will do that but those that do are special x

  6. Thank you so much for this post! Of all the books, I think I'll read the Matt Haig book first because I have a tendency towards depression.

  7. Thank you so much for this post! I definitely want to check out the fast fashion one since I want to try to get more quality pieces over quantity.

  8. I've heard great things about a few of these books! I really want to read the first two :) x

  9. I've really got into reading this year so I'll definitely be adding these to my list!

    Katy | www.katystephenson.com

  10. I really need to get around to reading more Matt Haig books.

  11. I've heard some great things about some of these books, they all sound like really good reads! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

  12. I love Notes on a Nervous Planet and I'm definitely adding Women Don't Owe You Pretty. I'm currently reading Difficult Women by Helen Lewis and it's a fab book about feminism.

    Mikaela - https://mikaelareads482936734.wordpress.com/

  13. Everything You Need To Know About Love has been on my 'to-read' list for ages but I still haven't ordered myself a copy! I'll have to get on that asap x


  14. I loved Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. I think I'm going to re-read as the content is so important! I've been thinking about buying Women Don't Owe You Pretty. You may have finally given me the push to add it to my next book buying expedition!!!! Also a massive fan of Matt Haig, if you haven't read The Humans you 100% need to!

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