BOOK CLUB: SUMMER READING LIST
Books to grab you, inspire you and help you pass the long hot Summer days… or at the very least keep you company during your commute.
While I try to read as much as I can on a daily basis, always carrying a book in my bag to pass commutes to and from work, I am looking forward to extended amounts of time to sit and read the stack of books building up on my book shelves and desk. Books and Summer holidays go hand-in-hand in my mind, I wasn’t the biggest reader myself growing up, but my sisters would have arguments about how many books they were aloud to pack on our family holiday; sometimes when we were struggling to fit all our purchases packing at the end of the holiday my parents would suggest that books that we were finished reading could be left behind and all hell would break loose! I’ve always envied how my sisters could sit and finish a book in a day, while I spend so long taking it all in that even books I really enjoy take me at least a week to get through.
Making a conscious effort to read a little bit of something everyday has really helped remind me how enjoyable books can be, and the escape they provide when life is getting a bit stressful. For those of you who are planning a holiday or staycation in the next few months here are some of the books that I have read lately and recommend as well as some that are currently on my reading list.
Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay
I didn’t think that I would like crime/thrillers until I was introduced to Linwood Barclay recently; all my family read one of his books, raved about and said I would love, they passed it to me and it sat on my book shelf at home for a year or more before I finally decided to pick it up and give it a go. After I finished it I went straight to my local Waterstones to see what else they had by him and picked up Broken Promise, the first in a three part series; I was hooked from the first chapter. The books chapters alternate between different characters, weaving a complicated plot. I love that I’m two thirds of the way through and I still have no idea how the book will end, each chapter brings a new twist.
RECOMMENDED SUMMER READS
For the Bloggers:
The Golden Rules of Blogging by Robin Houghton
This is a super quick read that is easy to pick up and dip in and out of. Perfect for anyone looking to start a blog, or for those of us who have been blogging a while and want a refresher on the basic things that impact stats, views and page visits. The Golden Rules of Blogging goes through everything from design and word count to using social media successfully, helping you look at your blog from a business point of view and plan how to expand/improve it or even just get your idea off the ground and onto the web.
The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki & Peg Fitzpatrick
Social media is something that is ingrained into twenty first century life, and while most of us know how to use it, work the basic platforms and apps, not everyone knows how to optimise it to the benefit of their blog/business. The Art of Social Media goes through the finer details of how to make the most out of what you share and gives some helpful tips on how to better use your favourite social media platforms.
For the Gym Bunnies:
Shape-up Shortcuts by Women’s Health
Holiday time is a great time to reassess your current workout routines, and while we’d all love to able to afford a few sessions with a personal trainer to advise us on some new exercise or how to improve our form, that’s not always possible. Shape-up Shortcuts is a quick and easy read, somewhere between a magazine and a book, with meal ideas, workout plans and information about optimising your gym time as well as tips for working out at home. It’s a small and light book, so would be great to pack for holidays even if its just to help keep you motivated to stay on track with your fitness routines while you’re away.
For the Fiction Lovers:
No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
This is the book that all my family raved about, four of them read it in the space of a two week holiday! It will grip you from the beginning and keep you hooked the whole way through. No Time For Goodbye is a story of one girl who’s family disappear with no trace or warning, twenty five years go by with the case remaining unsolved but old secrets couldn’t stay hidden forever and it turns out there’s more to this story than originally meets the eye. Linwood Barclay takes you along for the ride, as you try to piece together the pieces of truth before the characters do; a guaranteed page turner.
ON MY SUMMER READING LIST
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train has received great reviews, being listed as the number one bestseller on The New York Times Fiction Bestsellers for thirteen consecutive weeks following it’s publication in 2015, and again for two more weeks in 2016. In 2016 the book was made into a film by the same name starring Emily Blunt who went on to be nominated for a British Academy Film Awards for her role.
“Hawkins juggles perspectives and timescales with great skill, and considerable suspense builds up along with empathy for an unusual central character who does not immediately grab the reader.“- The Guardian
Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
Giovanni got me into listening to motivational speakers a few years ago, and if you’re looking for someone or something to get you motivated to get your life and dreams off the ground, then Tony Robbins will help get you there. Unlimited Power is about the science of personal achievement; goal setting and factors that can influence how successful a person is right down to the food you choose to put into your body and how it can effect your moods.
“The book Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins is a book written by the famous self-help Guru when he was only 25 years old and remains to be one of his best pieces of work.“- Project Life Mastery
Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
Yoga Girl is the debut book by yoga teacher and social media influencer Rachel Brathen; with a mix of recipes, yoga sequences and life advice this book is a little breath of fresh air, beautifully put together. Yoga girl has over 2 million followers on Instagram, inspiring people to live life to the fullest, with a good heart and a smile on your face. Just scrolling through Rachel’s Instagram feed is enough to get me inspired so I have no doubt that this book with give me plenty to think about this summer.
“The entire world could use more peace right now, so lets spread this love far and wide!“- Rachel Brathen
What are your recommended summer reads and which books are on your reading list? Let me know in the comments…