5 Books To Read This Summer

It’s either because I’m feeling more educated than I am or because soon I’m moving house and can’t afford to pass the time shopping, that I’ve gotten into reading (a tiny bit) more.

When I get to the end of my current read I have five to consider for the role of my next bathtime bae. If you’ve read any of my book-based posts before, then you’ll know I’m not a novel girl. I’ve never enjoyed getting into a bunch of characters and following along with a fictitious storyline – don’t ask me why it’s just the way I am. For a long time, I assumed that this meant I didn’t enjoy reading, but over the last year or so I’ve partaken more and more. I think this is because I’ve found my kind of books.

A cross between a self-help, self-development book and memoir is my favourite type of reading, and if you guessed that my 5 summer books go by that description, then you’d be right.

Today I’m sharing with you the 5 books that are patiently waiting to be read. It might take me all summer to get through them (as well as several hundred baths), but I’ve picked wisely and can’t wait for a lazy morning in a cosy armchair (note to self: buy armchair).

I’d love to hear whether you’ve read any of these books – if so don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know what you thought about them and (without any spoilers) what I can expect. So, in no particular order, here are my summer reads:

Photo-20-05-2017-13-18-57 5 Books To Read This Summer

Highly Intuitive People by Heidi Sawyer

I can remember the day where I was googling my emotional fragility (something we can all relate to, right?). After a few differently worded searches, I landed on some articles about being a highly sensitive person (aka a highly intuitive person). My eyes widened and I felt a sense of relief that I fit into a category and wasn’t just someone with broken feelings.

Traits of a highly intuitive person include becoming easily overwhelmed when juggling a lot to do, finding noisy environments chaotic, being highly empathetic towards people and picking up and experiencing small details more than others. Around 15-20% of the population is thought to have these traits, and I’m one of them. (source).

Other than trying to understand my fear of those super loud hand dryers (yeah, they make my skin crawl), I’m hoping this book will enlighten me on working with my intuition and sensitivity more. In the past, I’ve been shy to accept that this is part of who I am (because you come across like an emotional wreck who can’t take constructive criticism…) but the truth is that these traits make my creative and detail-focussed skills an absolute dream.

I’ll keep you posted on what I learn from this one (and probably write loads of blog posts about it).

Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams

So, this book has been out a month (or so) and I only just picked it up last weekend… I know, I feel like an awful follower/admirer/disciple of Laura Jane Williams. When I got Laura’s debut book, Becoming, for Christmas, I read through it a record Becky speed and had a ridiculous number of baths (and cuppas) in the process. I love the way Laura writes – it’s honest and (sometimes) brutal and everything my 21-year-old self needs from a book.

“Ice Cream for Breakfast is a permission slip to exhale for anyone who has ever wondered ‘is this all there is?’.”

Lately, I’ve been in a little bit of a life funk (yeah I’ll shut up about it soon). I can’t wait to dive into this book and allow its ideas to slowly seep into me (kind of like loads of bowls of ice cream slowly stick to your butt…). Even the bright cover and the bullet-pointed blurb have got excitement and confidence rising in me.

How to be a Grown-Up by Daisy Buchanan

Like I’ve said, I’m a follower of Laura Jane Williams and when she attended the launch of How to be a Grown-Up, I had the tick of approval I needed. This book follows Buchanan as she reflects on the lessons of her 20s, giving us a survival guide of how-tos.

As I’ve just turned 21, I’m hoping that this book might spare me a few of those young-and-naive mistakes so many people talk about (at least a few of the more humiliating ones, please). After a flick through and glances at chapter titles such as ‘How to survive at work’ and ‘How to deal with parents,’ I’ve got all my fingers crossed that this is a book which talks about real stuff. Not just things that are superficial but the things that everyone their 20s are afraid to admit.

Daisy Buchanan’s frank honesty seems so refreshing and I can’t wait to feel that ‘omg me too’ feeling – for both of our sakes.

How to Style your Brand by Fiona Humberstone

Okay, so I’ve actually had this book a little while. A month or two ago I bought this in aid of my blog spruce-up. A few chapters in I kind of lost interest in my blog so I stopped reading it. However, now that I’m the blogger again, I can’t wait to pick up from where I left off.

How to Style you Brand is one of those books making the blogosphere rounds. Many of the ideas and principles in it are more targeted towards creative business and freelancing services but transferring the brilliant advice to align with blogging business is easy-peasy. I love that there are so many examples of other businesses and branding and have found it very reassuring so far – reassuring in the sense of it’s okay to brand how you feel fits.

Whether you’re a professional blogger or not (I’m not – yet), having consistent and reflective branding is super important. Whilst I felt like I wasn’t doing too bad before, I’m so ready to really hone in on what my ‘brand’ is – hopefully improving it in the process.

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Mad Girl shares Bryony Gordon’s experience of living with OCD and depression. A no.1 bestseller (and read by Hannah Gale) I spied this whilst on a book browse and thought ‘why not’.

Although I’m someone with experience of anxiety and depression, I’m never the first one to start talking about it. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to drag up old feelings or maybe it’s because I’m just trying to get on with my life now. Just because I don’t talk about it, however, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t. Keeping the conversation going is so important to help those struggling with mental health.

I’m hoping that this book will help initiate a conversation about mental health with myself. If it also sparks me to start a mental health conversation here on BKY, then that’s great – but I think I need to open up to myself a little, first.

So, which one should I start reading first?

I know, it’s the million dollar question. If you’d like to help me narrow down my choice by sharing with me your experience with any of my picks, then you’d be very welcome. They’re all going to be read eventually, but I want to start with the one that’s really going to get my thoughts going.

Leave me a comment below with what books you’re reading this summer – I’m very prepared to add much more to my reading list!