Summer 2016 Reading List

One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to read more, and while most of my resolutions haven’t done so well (oops), this one has definitely stuck. I’ve always loved reading as a way of de-stressing after a long day and I’ve found that by actively trying to read everyday, it has become more of a habit again, which I’m happy with. It does mean however that I am getting through books pretty swiftly! So with a hefty list of recent reads under my belt, I thought I would share just a few of my favourites. Here goes…

GIPD summer reading list

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes 

I probably shouldn’t be adding this book to my list, as I’m still only halfway through, but thus far, I can absolutely see why it has been so popular. For those of you who’ve not read it, or seen the film, Me Before You is centred around a woman who finds herself working for a man who ha become paralysed from the neck down following an accident. It looks at how their relationship develops and changes each of them dramatically. I won’t go into too much detail (I can’t really anyways as I’ve not yet finished it!), but so far, I’ve really loved reading it and can see this one being quite the pageturner.

The End of the World Running Club – Adrian J Walker

I’ve only just finished this book and boy was it addictive. From page one, I found myself not wanting to put this book down. If I’d not had work to go to, then I think I might have just read this through. The title is pretty self-explanatory – the book centres around the events surrounding a series of asteroids hitting the world and essentially killing almost everything and everyone. AS a big fab of post-apocalyptic type genres, Iheld high hopes for this book and it didn’t let me down. It revolves around one man who, post-apocalypse, finds himself on the other side of the country to his family, and sees him attempting to get back to them through all kinds of conditions. The ending is a shocker, and will make you wish there was a sequel to read immediately afterwards. Read it.

The Secrets of Happiness – Lucy Diamond

Now this book I actually bought because (shamelessly) I loved the look of the cover. I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover. But I did, so even though when I read the bio, I thought this one was probably a little too ‘chick flick’ style for me, I decided to give it a go. The book is centred around a family whose life is turned upside down when Rachel, a single mum, ends up in hospital, leaving her step-sister to look after her kids. The book focuses on the relationship between Rachel and her step-sister, and how they can repair it after issues in the past. It’s a light-hearted book, but really enjoyable to read and a bit of pageturner. My only gripe is the ending, which is a little too idyllistic for me personally – but if you like that kinda thing, then I’d definitely recommend having a read.

The Mermaid’s Sister – Carrie Anne Noble

I bought The Mermaid’s Sister after it appeared on my ‘recommended’ list on Amazon, and, being impulsive as I am, I picked it up without really reading what it is about. I’m actually glad I did this though, as by reading the description, I don’t think I would have picked it up. The book is partly inspired by fantasy, and features, obviously, a girl who turns into a mermaid, among other fantasy creatures and storylines. But for the most part, it’s a story about sisters and how far one sister is prepared to go to save the other. It’s a really sweet book, and even though it’s not what I would usually go for genre-wise, I really enjoyed it and found myself reading this at quite a pace. Definitely recommend.

Why Not Me – Mindy Kaling

If you’ve read some of my previous Reading Lists, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Mindy Kaling’s. She’s one of those people whose thinking seems to be 100% along my wavelength – only she’s about a million times funnier and more witty than I will ever be. It’s absolutely no surprise to me that she has come so far.

Anyways, the book. This one is the sequel to her last book, and while her previous book explored her life growing up and during her rise to fame, this one looks more at her life now, as a famous person. There are hilarious stories and anecdotes, all mixed in with her own take on certain topics, all in her usual chit-chatty type of writing, which makes the entire book skip through so quickly – and not without the odd actual laugh out loud. If you love Mindy, you’ll love this.
GIPD summer reading list

What books have been reading recently? Do you have any recommendations for books I should read?

Leah x