One of my aims for this year was to read more and I must admit I’ve only recently started to make this a priority. I’ve been taking Annie to the library and will choose a few books for me while I’m there, then at night instead of putting the TV on for a bit after I finish work I’ll just head to bed with a book. I realise I sound like a nana here but it is so much more relaxing to read a book before bed than sit in front of the TV and scroll through my phone.
I have been reading a couple of different non-fiction books at the same time depending on my mood but I can only keep up with one novel at a time, so I haven’t finished all the books on my list but I’m half-way through. And as you’ll see in a minute I’ve got books ready to read once I’ve finished this summer reading list. I’ve used my Amazon affiliate links below so if you click through and buy them I get a few pennies but I’d recommend getting them from the library if you can (we’ll get onto Marie Kondo in a minute!). Anyway, here are my summer reads for 2016:
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
This is about an alcoholic who can’t rely on her own memory, trying to solve the mystery around a missing person she thinks she might know something about. This was huge last summer but I never got around to much reading at all last year so it was first on my reading list for this year. It didn’t disappoint.
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
This is a weepy romance that inspires thinking about stereotypes, disability and euthanasia. I re-read this recently because they’ve just made the film and to be honest I’d forgotten I’d read it. I was a couple of pages in when I realised I read this one a few years ago while I was on holiday (I’m blaming baby brain). It wasn’t the best choice for beside the pool, I was heavily pregnant with Evan so my hormones were everywhere as it was so I was a blubbering mess through most of this.
Shape Up Your Business – Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker
I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction lately, mainly focusing on things that will help me in business. This is a book by the founders of notonthehighstreet.com and inspires you to think about where you want to be and sets you challenges to help get you there. Mainly for entrepreneurs but also for people in jobs with high aims for their career. I’m only halfway through because I swap between this and whatever novel I’m reading and Marie Kondo.
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
I’ve read this before but I’m re-reading it at the moment because it is a favourite of mine. If you haven’t read it (or seen the film) it’s all about love, marriage and obligation in the 18th century. I love Jane Austen novels and will re-read them all over and over again, Stu bought me them all in the Penguin clothbound classics series which means they look extra pretty when they’re sitting on my bedside table too.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
This is another one I’m only halfway through but that’s because I’m trying to do the tasks as I’m reading. It really does make you want to put the book down and start clearing out your wardrobe. I hate clutter and since I’ve had children and run a business from home it seems like it is everywhere so this is helping me figure out what I actually need to be surrounded by. We’ve had two tip-runs already so it’s going well so far.
I’ve also got a couple of extra books on my list but I don’t think I’ll get around to them this summer – maybe I’ll do an autumn reading list too. Two more I’m looking forward to reading are:
Better Than Before – Gretchin Rubin
I’ve been binge listening to Gretchin Rubins podcast since the beginning of the year and I love how easy she makes habit change and improving your life sound. I have a couple of things I’m working towards and with everything consistency is key so reading these self-help type books helps me to focus.
The Girls – Emma Cline
This is a novel set in 1969 and loosely based around Charles Manson’s commune and a young girl trying to fit in gets caught up in something that could shape her whole life. I can’t wait to read this.
For more book recommendations, see my Summer Holiday Reading List 2016.