Summer Reading List 2016

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:

summer reading list 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 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.

life changing magic of tidying up


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.




  1. 14 June, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    That’s a pretty big summer reading list. Me Before You is amazing and you must read it, plus the book which comes after Me After You. I love the idea of the tidying up book though x

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:37 pm

      Yes I need to check out Me After You – that’s the one I was meaning to get when I bought Me Before You for the second time haha! I get through books very quickly at the moment, I need a big list!

  2. 14 June, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    What a great list! I love reading and I’ll have to check some of these out this summer!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Let me know what you think once you’re done!

  3. 14 June, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Sense and Sensibility is one that I own and have just never read. I need to though!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Oh it’s so good, a classic for good reason.

  4. 14 June, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Fun list! I have been wanting to read The Girl on the Train! I am also following a Summer Reading list from Modern Mrs. Darcy. I love what you’ve got going on here on your site!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      It’s really good, you’ll love it! I’ll have to check Modern Mrs. Darcy out, I love finding new book inspiration.

  5. 14 June, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I love your list! My copy of Me Before You is supposed to be delivered tomorrow, so I’m super excited to read it! And I keep seeing the Tidying Up book on several people’s lists – maybe I need to check it out! 🙂

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Have the tissues ready then! And yes – if your house needs a good declutter, check it out.

  6. 14 June, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    I was just asking someone about any new books for this summer! Thanks for the post!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Glad to be of service! Hope you enjoy them.

  7. 14 June, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    I loved girl on the train and the tidying up book! I totally cleaned out my closet after reading it and it felt so good!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      I’ve started with mine and the kids clothes and have cleared out so much already. My husband is a hoarder so I’m just gonna leave him to it and continue on with the list. I’m aiming to be done by the end of summer. The tip loves me right now!

  8. 14 June, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    i absolutely girl on the train and cannot wait to read me before you! Thanks for the great suggestions!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      You’re welcome, hope you enjoy them!

  9. 14 June, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    SUCH great picks. The movie for Me Before You, actually does the book justice too!!
    xx, Lauren {}

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Oh good I’ll look forward to watching it then!

  10. 15 June, 2016 / 1:28 am

    The Girl on the Train is on my reading list, as well! I need to get through it before I see the movie 🙂

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:45 pm

      Oh I didn’t know it was a movie too! Will have to check it out, thanks!

  11. 15 June, 2016 / 2:39 am

    I have been needing some good Summer reads, so this is perfect! Thank you for sharing this great list!!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:45 pm

      You’re welcome I hope you enjoy them!

  12. 15 June, 2016 / 3:24 am

    These all sound great! I think I’m going to pick up a copy of The Girl on the Train. I think I could really get into that one. I’ll have to read Me Before You, too since I want to see the movie. The movies are never as good as the books!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      The book was heartbreaking but good, I love a good weepy film so I’ll be watching it too!

  13. 15 June, 2016 / 6:20 am

    Just added a bunch of these to my own list on Goodreads. Thanks!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      You’re welcome!

  14. 15 June, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I’ve got the new Kate Morten and a David Bowie Biography on my reading list.

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks for the tips I’ll check those out.

  15. 15 June, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    These are some amazing books you’ve got for summer! I liked Me Before You. Currently I’m reading ‘Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. 🙂

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Oooh that looks really good, I’ll have to put that on my list, thanks!

  16. 15 June, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up is amazing and, when I read The Girl on the Train, I couldn’t put it down. Such good choices!

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Me neither I had to read it as quickly as I could – I love books like that!

  17. 17 June, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Great list ! I’ve read a couple ( cant wait to see Me Before You in theaters!) but want to check out the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up!

  18. 20 June, 2016 / 2:07 am

    I love when people have the same reading lists as me 🙂

    I’m about to start the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up!

    Me Before You and Sense and Sensibility are also on my list for the summer.


    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 9:59 pm

      Fab, I love it too! Great minds…

  19. 25 June, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    The girl on the train is such a good read, I cannot wait for the movie in October! I’ve heard alot about me before you, but it’s never really appealed to me.

    Good luck with your reading pile 🙂

    • Alison
      7 July, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      I didn’t even know there was a film I’ll have to check it out!

  20. Lynda Vickery
    8 July, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I’ve read Me Before You and wondered, at first, if I was going to like it. But for all my initial doubts it really is a great book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now onto reading After You and am not sure about it at the moment but will keep reading.
    Enjoy your reading list and I’ve just ordered The Girl On The Train after seeing it on the list – looks an interesting read.

    • Alison
      14 July, 2016 / 4:07 pm

      You won’t be disappointed I’m sure! Let me know how you found Me After You 🙂

  21. Naomi
    8 July, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Great reading list. Mine includes American Gods and Sweet bitter