Sophia Kinsella’s latest, My Not So Perfect Life, centers on the FOMO-drenched existence of office drone and unlikely heroine Katie Brenner. Her obsession with the seemingly enviable life of her hip, brilliant boss, Demeter, crashes and burns after she’s fired without warning, sending her into a tailspin. Katie picks herself up and heads to her family farm in Somerset, where she’ll help set up a new business, find her footing again, and come face to face with Demeter again, learning more about the truth behind the image and setting a course to pursue her own (not so) perfect life.
My Not So Perfect Life is a thoroughly perfect summer read, and here’s Kinsella to share six more of her own picks for the season.
My Not So Perfect Life is a book about women, the workplace, the pressures of social media, life in London and the draw of the countryside. The books I’ve chosen all inform or entertain in one of these areas.
The Circle, by Dave Eggers
This chilling view of where social media might take us is a must-read.
The Hating Game, Sally Thorne
This is a great study of the ultimate love/hate work relationship.
Not Working, Lisa Owens
I loved this tale of modern not-office life – very fresh and funny.
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Ctrl, Alt, Delete: How I Grew Up Online, by Emma Gannon
I love this memoir about growing up in the age of social media.
A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
This has the best love scene in the countryside ever!
Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
An sweeping, atmospheric novel set in the English countryside, with strong passions and even stronger characters.