Ok I have to admit, I have a bit of an addiction to buying physical books…I love the way they look on the bookshelves in our place and I enjoy reading when I travelling by train or tube (which is fairly often because I live in London). I currently have seven books sitting on my shelves waiting to be read, and so as I’m not planning to buy anymore anytime soon, I thought I would share a few I’ve read recently that I think could make perfect summer reads for you!
These are a combination of fiction and non-fiction, long and short, so there should be something for everyone within these four. Let me know what you think of my recommendations in the comments below, I would love to know (and please do leave recommendations for what I should read too)!
My boyfriend actually bought this book for me, and while I did find it tricky to get into, I did pick up some valuable life lessons from it. It’s a good one for those of us who frequently find ourselves dwelling on the past (or worrying about the future) and it really helped me to shift my perspective onto the present. It’s a short read, so while it’s a bit dry, you can skim it and get through it quite quickly while still picking up the interesting themes it introduces.
I put read this off for a while, and after finishing it I don’t know why I did that! Each chapter focuses on different areas of life and how happiness plays a role in them. This was a really easy read, and while it does include activities, you can easily read it without doing them and still learn a lot. This again is great for re-setting your mindset and reflecting on how our habits and routines affect our mental wellbeing.
This took me a bit of time to get into, but boy once I did I was well and truly HOOKED. I loved the way the characters were developed, and I could really visualise everything that happened in the novel. I think the storyline is brilliant and some of the themes of the book really get you thinking about identity and families.
I really loved this one too, and I now can’t wait to read the sequel. It’s a fantasy novel, and I found myself being totally swept up in the magic of the Caraval. Once I got into this, I really couldn’t put it down and I just had to finish it in one go.
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