5 Books I Recommend Reading

May 20, 2024

This article was written by guest blogger and Say Yes Trainer Francesca DaRui.

Francesca is a fur-baby Mumma to Leo, Personal Trainer, Primary School Teacher and Creativity Queen. She enjoys arts and crafts, has a (healthy) obsession with the TV series Friends, loves reading, doing puzzles, going on coastal walks and spending time with friends and family. Francesca grew up doing Athletics and now enjoys keeping fit outdoors. She loves running, boxing, HIIT, pilates, yoga and swimming. Her morning routine always includes a coffee, preferably by the beach. She has navigated her way through the unrealistic ideals within the health and fitness industry and has learned to embrace a new approach to wellness, SAYing YES to joyful movement that makes her FEEL GOOD!

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Woo-hoo! My first blog post EVER. And it probably comes as no surprise that it’s about BOOKS! My newest obsession (which the morning crew would know from my incessant chatter about them and book club!). But it’s true, I do I love our new SAY YES library and sharing book recommendations with you ladies during classes, so this blog post feels fitting.

In no particular order, these are my top 5 books I’d recommend SAYing YES to:


Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Genre: Romance, Young Adult

Why you should SAY YES: It’s a big call, but I think this could quite possibly be my favourite book. I couldn’t put it down. It pulled at my heartstrings. Sad, gorgeous, devasting and breathtaking. I just loved it.

Blurb: Sky struggles to keep him at a distance, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. Unable to deny their intense connection, Sky finally caves to his unwavering pursuit. However, she soon discovers that Holder’s erratic and unpredictable behavior comes with a very good explanation. One that will ultimately test her faith in the hopeless boy she’s fallen in love with.


Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

Genre: Romance/Young Adult
Why you should SAY YES: It’s been a while since I’ve read this one, but I just remember loving it and not wanting to take a break from reading it. An easy read, a love story. Hope you love it too.

Blurb: Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface. She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege. But one thing they do have in common is that they’re both drawn to sad things. Which means they’re drawn to each other. With an almost immediate connection too intense for them to continue denying, Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn’t realize is that a rip current is coming, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.


The Pact by Jodi Picoult

Genre: Psychological drama

Why you should SAY YES: This was the first of many Jodi Picoult books I read. I’ve read it more than once and loved it just as much as my first reading. It’s one I’ve been recommending for a long time too.

Blurb: Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father’s cabinet– a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described.


Your weight is not the problem by Lyndi Cohen

Genre: Nonfiction/Health/Wellness/Self-help

Why you should SAY YES: This book changed my life. Ok. Dramatic, I know. And I do hate it when people say this about a book BUT I truly think every woman will benefit from this read. It’s also NOT fluffy and provides practical strategies that make a difference. Nothing worse than reading a ‘self-help’ book that doesn’t actually help!

Blurb: An evidence-based guide to breaking your fixation with weight, with simple strategies to make peace with your body and build healthy habits that actually matter.


None of this is true by Lisa Jewell

Genre: Psychological thriller

Why you should SAY YES: Ohhh la la! This one was a goodie. Intense, unexpected, brilliant. I listened to the audiobook on Spotify and if you have a premium account, I do recommend this! The production included a full cast, music and a gripping soundscape.

Blurb: Celebrating her forty-fifth birthday at her local pub, popular podcaster Alix Summers crosses paths with an unassuming woman called Josie Fair. Josie’s life appears to be strange and complicated, and although Alix finds her unsettling, she can’t quite resist the temptation to keep making the podcast. Slowly she starts to realise that Josie has been hiding some very dark secrets, and before she knows it, Josie has inveigled her way into Alix’s life—and into her home.


Got a fav book you think others in our community might love? Comment below and let us know! 

None of this is true by Lisa Jewell



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