September is here and that means cosy weather, blankets, hot tea and books.
Here at FAK, we are really into finding the best books to read each month and it seems a shame not to share these incredible literary gems.
To find out our favourite books for the month of August, keep scrolling!
1 – BREATH: THE NEW SCIENCE OF A LOST ART
Did you know that there is nothing more essential to our well-being than breathing and yet we as humans have lost the ability to do this correctly with heavy consequences on our health? Journalist James Nestor travels the world, from New Jersey to Sao Paulo, to learn about ancient breathing practices and the positive outcomes a correct breathing pattern has on the human body.
FAK loves it because: it is an extremely fascinating read, on a topic that we all think we have figured out (who doesn’t know how to breathe right?) but that will change your perspective on such a simple but vital function.
Author: James Nestor (@mrjamesnestor)
Where to buy: Amazon (£12)
2 – MILK FED
This is a book about hunger. Food, life, self-discovery, Melissa Broder uses her witty and impeccable writing to tell a tale about transgression and transformation perfectly combining a hot and hilariously written love story with a sharp examination of women’s body image, self-love, religion and cultural identity.
FAK loves it because: it is a beautifully written whirlwind of emotions.
Author: Melissa Broden (@realmelissabroder)
Where to buy: Waterstones (£14.99)
3 – WOMEN DON’T OWE YOU PRETTY
If it’s true that we are the love of our own life, then this book will help you figure out quite a few things about the wrong narrative that women have been subjected to for centuries – not only how to re-shape your self-worth, but how to stop projecting male insecurities on your own body.
FAK loves it because: if you are ready to dive into feminism and explore the flaws of our patriarchy-based society, Florence’s debut book is the perfect place to start your journey.
Author: Florence Given (@florencegiven)
Where to buy: WH Smith (£12.99)
4 – THE VANISHING HALF
Brit Bennett has done it again! Her second novel is a beautifully intense narration that goes beyond race and self-discovery. Is a family tale about living in America as a black woman from the Deep South to California, from the 50s to the 90s, and the exploration of the American history of passing.
FAK loves it because: there is not much more to say about this book aside from stating that it is absolutely brilliant. Intense, raw and informative, if it makes you uncomfortable, it means it is doing its job. A fantastic must-have read.
Author: Brit Bennett (@britrbennett)
Where to buy: Waterstones (£8.99)
5 – GOOD ENOUGH
This book is a slap in the face – a wake-up call for whoever sees an eating disorder as a choice.
Written by an ED survivor, Good Enough portrays a realistic image of inpatient eating disorder treatments and what is like suffering from an eating disorder at a very young age. It’s a touching story about how difficult it is to put up a fight against this invisible monster that constantly tries to drag you down.
FAK loves it because: fighting ourselves to take our life back is the most difficult battle of them all. Jen Petro-Roy tells a realistic story without, for once, telling the reader how to beat an eating disorder or how to make a positive out of a negative experience. It’s a tough story on a tough subject from an amazing woman and survivor. Pure reality.
Author: Jen Petro-Roy (@jpetroroy)
Where to buy: Amazon (£10.99)
By Marianna Ricciardi