After realising how many unread books I had hoarded away, an idea for a new series on amyjanealice popped up. So each time I acquire a pile of books to read, I’m going to write about them on here; an unofficial ‘book club’ if you will.


Pretty Honest: This book has been making an appearance all over the internet in recent months, so naturally I had to get my hands on it (you guys are such enablers)! Pretty Honest is said to be a honest and down to earth beauty handbook for women, with real life tips from Sali Hughes, who has over 20 years experience in the industry. The book covers topics such as skincare, makeup tips and health and from what I’ve seen when flicking through the book is that it’s all relatable; there’s no beauty jargon and it’s as if you’re talking to a friend not a writer.

The Teen Vogue Handbook – An Insider’s Guide to a Career in Fashion: So, admittedly I am no longer in my teenage years but I still could not resist adding this book to my Amazon basket and eventually checking out. After one look through it I instantly knew I would love it. Filled with inspiring photography (which made me insanely jealous), tips, interviews, profiles and career advice, I can’t wait to get stuck into it. I’m not particularly planning on working in the fashion industry as a designer or editor for example, but I am studying a degree in public relations and marketing and would love to work for a fashion agency so I couldn’t say no. Plus, if Alexander Wang says it’s the most insighful and spot on introduction to the fashion industry, who am I to argue?!

Be Body Beautiful: I’ve never been the biggest fan of Towie, but after seeing Lucy Mecklenburgh’s transformation, I just had to get a piece! Don’t get me wrong, she was never overweight or anything like that, but now she just seems so much healthier, fitter and more content. With help from her nutritionist and personal trainer, Lucy has created a six week diet and fitness plan that helps to provide you with a lasting lifestyle based approach to becoming “body beautiful”. With the help of this book you can learn to how to nourish your body with Lucy’s favourite foods, spice up your home workouts, motivate yourself and break bad habits. Sounds like exactly what I need!


Map My Style: Pens and pencils at the ready girls! Dom & Ink guides you throughout this book where you can explore your sense of style whilst getting creative in this interactive fashion journal. Filled with amazing illustrations, quotes, witty lines and lots of info about fashion, it’s a must for any fashion lover!  You can read all about Dom’s first book Map My Heart here, and expect a full review of Map My Style very soon!

Memory Stick: This isn’t the kind of book I would usually buy, but something about it just drew me to it. It’s a place to store moments. memories, ideas and experiences that you can look back on in years to come. It runs along the same lines as books like Wreck This Journal but at the same time it’s completely different. I’m definitely no artist, so I love that you can just scribble and do whatever you like in this book filling in all the random pages.


Get Rich Blogging and Blogging Your Way to the Front Row: These are two books that focus on the same principle – making your blog successful. Anyone who says they only blog for themselves and don’t care about it’s growth is lying. After two years of blogging sporadically and not paying much attention to the finer details, I’m ready to put all my effort into my space in the internet. Both books provide you with tips and insights from two women with a wealth of experience in the industry. With one being from the UK and one from America, you can understand how to be successful in either country and how different audiences work. I’m really excited to get into these books; I’ve got my notepad and pen at the ready!

How to Get a First: I bought this way back when I started my first year of university. It’s a little bit geeky but I want to do well at university, who doesn’t? This book is written by an actual recent graduate who actually earned a First. So, in the book you can expect realistic guidance on how to achieve your academic best without missing out on the social aspects of the university experience, frameworks and tips to gain better marks, strategies to improve study techniques and help to understand how to reach your true potential. With the pressure in university building, I’m hoping this book will help me to improve my work ethic.

Grace’s Guide: I’m not one of the YouTube community fan girls who will buy anything and everything as long as it’s related to a certain internet star, but after flicking through this book in Waterstones I decided to buy it. Grace’s Guide is a tongue in cheek book that has different tips for becoming a grown up. It features stories from her own misadventures and is a refreshing take on “life guides”. I have started this book and not sure if I’m really into it yet, but will definitely give it a go!

Feel the Fear and do it Anyway: I heard about this book when browsing YouTube and it sounded right up my street. Whether your afraid of public speaking, making decisions, being alone, interviews, going back to school, or driving – just to name a few – this book can  help. Internationally renowned author Susan Jeffers has helped millions of people overcome their fears with simple but profound advice. From looking at the reviews, people have claimed this is a real life changer and confidence builder and so I’m excited to delve into it.

*Phew*. So that was a pretty long post, and that’s just paper copies I’ve got to read! I’m currently reading Wild on iBooks and I’ve downloaded Eat Pretty and #GIRLBOSS on my Kindle app to read, so I’m a very busy bee right now. If you’re interested in any particular books and fancy a review, do let me know. Or if you’re reading one of the above books and want a discussion then tweet me! I’m an avid reader, so please leave recommendations too.

What are you currently reading?



  1. 7th February 2015 / 9:18 am

    I've seen so many people post about/read these recently yet I haven't picked up any of them! I think I may need to now though! Thanks for sharing!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

    • 7th February 2015 / 9:26 am

      I'm so excited to get stuck into them! Currently working my way through Wild before I'll let myself start any more haha. Thank you for reading x

  2. 7th February 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Pretty honest! Currently reading that one ^^ <3

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