5 Books that Changed My Life | Guest Post by Aoife Caitriona



For as long as I’ve known, I have always had a book nearby. As a kid, I used to sit on my sofa with my head buried between the pages of fiction books letting my mind wonder to a different reality. George RR Martin wrote, “a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”. It’s safe to say, I have lived a lot of lives but very few have left a lasting impression. This post that has been on my mind for a little while now and I thought it was about time I shared some of my favourite fiction books that have changed my life.

01. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. 

I came across this book trying to find my next read on the shelves of Waterstones. Rebecca is about a young woman who marries Mr De Winter. Throughout the book she lives in the shadows of his first wife, Rebecca, and is only referred to as ‘Mrs de Winter’ or ‘the second wife’. This book is about her struggle to form her own identity and move out of the shadows. What made this book even more special was that even though she narrates the book, you never quite get a look into who she is as a person.

02. Milk + Honey by Rupi Kaur. 

I feel like this book is slightly controversial when it comes to its poetry accolades. It’s been hailed as “Instagram poetry” and a lot of other negative stuff too. But, let’s get back to the main point of this post. Before I read Milk + Honey, I thought I understood what vulnerability was. How wrong I was. Reading Rupi’s poems about the loving, the breaking, the hurting and the healing, all showed me a new side to vulnerability. It broke down my walls and made me aware of my emotions on a deeper level.

03. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. 

The primary role of a fiction book is to make the reader escape from their own reality and throw them head first into the characters’ world. Memoirs of a Geisha is beautifully written and captures the elegant yet hardship life of a Japanese Geisha before, during and after WWII. One thing that amazes me about this book is the amount of detail the author goes to in creating a realistic reality. It reads more like a biography than an American man’s work of fiction.

04. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.

I’m a hopeless romantic but not all love stories end in happiness and not all love is healthy. Lily Bloom moves to Boston where she meets the gorgeous neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid. All things are going well, except Ryle has a little problem with his temper. This book is about strength, putting things right and one woman’s courageous actions to end the cycle of domestic abuse.

05. Confessions of a Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella.

I feel like the books I’ve mentioned have been quite serious in some form but not every aspect of life is deeply serious. Becky Bloomwood has taught me many things in life, such as to never pass up a bargain on Miu Miu heels and retail therapy truly exists, but the most important thing has to be not to take yourself or life too seriously.


Love, Aoife xo


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