It is currently 10:30am on a Tuesday morning and I am still in bed, which means one thing…. half term has well and truly arrived. The first 7 weeks being back at work have been an absolute blur and with everything that has been going on, I have found it really tricky to find time to write for my blog. That being said, half term provides me with a break away from the classroom to chill and make time for ME again!
One of my biggest hobbies is reading. There is nothing more relaxing to me than cosying up on the sofa with a good read and a coffee. However, I have discovered over the years, that reading is like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Some people find reading a ‘complete waste of time’ as it requires you to step off the treadmill (that is our hectic lives), sit quietly and essentially switch off, solely concentrating on the words in the book. Some people find this notion more difficult than others, especially if you have more pressing matters to think about and attend to. Others just simply have no interest in reading and will only read if they need to. I on the other hand, have always loved reading as a worthwhile hobby. As Dr. Seuss says ‘The more you read, the more you will know’
I think my intrinsic love of reading was influenced by my Dad as he always made time to take me and my sister to the library, when we were younger. He introduced me to the amazing Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings novels and loved driving me and my sister to Fosse Park to explore Borders bookstore (which has now sadly closed down) on a Saturday afternoon to buy a brand, new read. So this goes out to you Dad!
I have complied a list of books that I have loved reading this year, to give other book lovers recommendations. I haven’t written reviews because essentially it is subjective to the reader and it is nice to be pleasantly surprised (no spoilers), as long as the genre and themes appeal to you, why not give it a go! I will admit I sometimes get into bad habits of reading two or three books at once, as they are reads that you can dip in and out of, so some of these books I am currently still reading. I also don’t tend to stick to one particular genre, so hopefully, fingers crossed, at least one of these reads will interest you!
Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love is the Key to Unlocking your Greatness by Vex King.
Themes: Self Love, Positivity, Mental Health, Inspiration,
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawkings
Themes: Science, Debate, Cosmology, World Issues, Logic
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Based on the powerful true story of Lale Sokolov)
Themes: Love, History, War, Adventure, Selflessness, Struggle
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies: Amazing Women on What the F-Word Means to Them curated by Scarlett Curtis
Themes: Feminism, Self Love, Inspiration, Diversity, Change, Mental Health, Fashion, Body Image
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Themes: Motherhood, Power, Change, Politics, Feminism
Quick, Mini Reads:
Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women by Otegha Uwagba
Themes: Creativity, Advice, Wisdom, Feminism, Productivity
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
Themes: Climate, World Issues, Inspiration, Change
Harry Potter and The Philosopher Stone (Illustrated version: Jim Kay) by J.K Rowling
Themes: Magic, Adventure, Friendship
Milkman by Anna Burns
Themes: History, Oppression, War, Religion, Class, Gender
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Themes: Love, Friendship, Family, Loneliness, Mental Health, Kindness
It’s Not Ok To Feel Blue and Other lies: Inspirational People Open Up About Their Mental Health curated by Scarlett Curtis
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundena
The Child in Time by Ian McEwan