• Naomi Purvis

Pearls and Wine's Book Club: September Reflections and October Edition

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Last month welcomed the start of our very own Pearls & Wine book club, (read our September edition here) where we want to introduce you to new and old favourites that we feel will benefit your life in on way or another. Books can provide a great sense of comfort, especially in these uncertain times and we want to celebrate that. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on the novels we select, so please feel free to reach out to us with your own reflections or perhaps inspire us with a book recommendation. Before we jump into introducing our book of the month for October, lets reflect on last month’s selection. Untamed, by Glennon Doyle.

Untamed is written by New York Times bestselling author, speaker and activist Glennon Doyle. Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and instead dare to listen to and trust in the voice deep inside us (Amazon.co.uk).

There are no words to explain just how much I loved this book. It’s full of emotion and rawness that is so relatable and self-assuring. Every chapter I felt left me questioning my own life and how I feel towards certain aspects of society. Doyle offers her opinion on everything from sexuality, marriage, being a mother and ultimately finding your own happiness in the world.

At just 352 pages I found Untamed to be a relatively quick read, especially as some chapters were only a few pages long. That being said, the depth of each chapter and the weight of certain topics leaves a lot of room for self-reflection. Because of this I found myself sparing a moment after each chapter to think about what had just been discussed and whether my thoughts differed to those of Doyle’s. Unlike a regular fiction novel, this book aids itself as a tool to use as a starting point for further discussion as appose to feeling the need to race through to the finish line.

One thing I love in particular about first person novels, is how they feel as if your sat having an in-person conversation with the author. You’re getting an in depth look into their live, their thoughts and how they respond to certain actions and events. I find this such an interesting insight into how we differ as human beings as it offers a new perspective that may either compliment or contrast our own way of thinking.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars.

Summary: Provides interesting insights and perhaps a new perspective on all too familiar topics, offering a great basis for further discussion.

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October Book of the Month: City of Girls

Now to introduce our book of the month for October. As the days get colder and the nights get darker, we want to give you a book where you can indulge into a world far removed from your own. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert is just that. The Sunday Times Bestseller has been praised by the likes of Lisa Taddeo, Dolly Alderton and Daisy Buchanan. Elizabeth Gilbert is previously known and loved for the international bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, another read we highly recommend adding to your reading list.

Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. City of Girls is about daring to break conventions and follow your desires: a celebration of glamour, resilience, growing up, and the joys of female friendship – and about the freedom that comes from finding a place you truly belong (goodreads.com).

Transport yourself into the most unique love story set in the New York City theatre world during the 1940s and let your imagination run wild as we follow 19-year-old Vivian as she paves her way through the city of dreams.

As always all of our selected reads are available across a range of outlets such as Amazon, Amazon Kindle, and other major book retailers.

About Naomi Purvis

I'm 24 and currently working as a fashion designer but have always had a passion for writing, having kept a journal since I was young. I read a lot - hence the book club! And I would love to one day publish my own novel.

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