Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do but it has been hard to find time for it recently. When I commuted to work by train, a book was always in my bag to help me make it through the 45 minute journey. Now that I drive to work, I obviously can’t read and am not a big fan of audio books – there’s nothing like holding the book with your hands and flip through its pages.
That being said, the only time I find to read is right before bed but by then I’m so exhausted that I can’t do it for long. So for my holidays this Summer, I selected five books I wanted to read as a way to switch off from the digital world and relax. Being off work means a bigger chance to sit back and get caught up in a book.
So last week I packed two books in my suitcase for a week away. I honestly doubted I would be able to go through one, let alone two. Turns out, I was a few pages away from finishing the two books! The fact that I just opened my laptop once all week definitely helped. I was still catching up with social media through my phone but it felt so good to not spend all day in front of a computer screen and take time to read while sunbathing in front of the pool or the sea.
Summer is the one time when we can sit by the pool and catch up on reading. So if you want to indulge in some good books, I’m sharing the five books I added to my Summer reading list.
Five Books On My Summer Reading List
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
About a year ago I discovered a passion for personal development and The Happiness Project was one of the first books I picked up. For some reason, it has been resting in my bookshelf since the day I bought it. I suppose I’m just afraid of its words. I do want to be happier but there is a lot of work to be done and a lot of barriers to break. Anyway, if you’ve never heard about, it follows the journey of the author who dedicated a year to a happiness project.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Maybe Someday was one of the books I took with me to holiday and the one I’m still finishing. Let me tell you, this is a page turner. At first, this YA book might look like the typical love story between a boy and a girl but it has so many little plot twists, making it hard to put it down. I was so caught up in the book that I was feeling happy, sad and anxious with the characters.
The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F*ck By Sarah Knight
The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F*ck is another book that has been sitting in my bookshelf for a while. As a big people-pleaser, I couldn’t resist to the title of this book that is supposed to be self-help with an edge. Definitely curious to go through it and find the author’s tips on how to stop giving a f*ck about things/people that don’t matter.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements are supposed to be principles that should guide our life: be impeccable with your word; don’t take anything personally; don’t make assumptions; always do your best. After seeing some people recommend this book, I’m curious to dive in.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The first book I read on my holiday was Everything, Everything. It’s about a girl with a rare disease that makes her allergic to the world. She’s okay with her condition until she falls in love with her new neighbor named Olly. It is beautiful and compelling. The movie was just released so I’m definitely curious to watch it.
What books are on your Summer reading list?