Reading is one of my greatest pleasures in life. I love settling down with a hot drink and a good book, but it is something I really struggle fitting it into my routine. However, I have made a small dent in my reading list so I thought I’d share what I have read, currently reading & the books I want to read again.
Books I’ve read
Milk & Honey – Rupi Kaur
A collection of Poetry is a book I never thought I would buy never mind loving! Honestly, I’d always associated poetry to English literature class in high school full of words I didn’t understand. Rupi Kaur’s milk and honey is divided into four chapters; The hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. It is so relatable at times it’s sometimes difficult to read, the emotions that it uncovered within me really taken me aback at times! Iknow I will return to this book over and over again and it is really easy to see how Rupi Kaur has become a firm favourite in the world of poetry.
Happiness: The crooked little road to semi-ever after – Heather Harpham
I found this book through Reese Witherspoon’s bookclub Hello Sunshine The truth of motherhood, the truth of relationships and how Motherhood looks different for everyone. There are parts that are very harrowing, sad and heartwrenching but its a beautifully written memoir that I couldn’t put down. As a parent of a child who was born seriously ill, it wasn’t an easy read but I think it was necessary as it helped me accept our own journey.
Books I’m currently reading
Silent child – Sarah A. Denzil
Occasionally I like to read fiction if I do it is usually a psychological thriller/suspense novel. This is the book I am currently listening to Audible. It is a story of young women who’s son’s coat is fished out of the river near where she lives. Her son Aiden wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river and drowned. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered happiness until Aiden returns. He’s too traumatised to speak but he raises endless questions and answers none. I am currently on chapter four it’s compelling and eery I LOVE it I can not wait to find out the truth of what happened.
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
This book, where do I start?? I wanted to love this and take it all in but I couldn’t. I think maybe it’s a little outdated. I’m completely onboard that you can attract good things through good thoughts, what I can’t get my head around is that you attract bad things in your life with bad thoughts. Let me explain why I believe one and not the other, bad thoughts are pretty useless but they are inevitable. According to the author people who are murdered, raped even people who are terminally ill attracted that to themselves via negative thoughts. I just can not justify this at all. I’m going to swap it out for The power of Now a guide to spiritual enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle.
Books I want to read again
Girl code – Cara Alwil Leyba
Let me first start by saying if you are not following Cara Alwil Leyba on social media, listening to her podcast – Style your mind then stop reading this go do that and then come back! Seriously I enjoyed this book so much. I am on a self-development drive at the moment and reading, researching as much as I can. This was and is a firm favourite, maybe because It’s written by a woman and I relate to her journey but it is so empowering!
Quiet – Susan Cain
This was the first audible purchase I ever made and I am so happy I did. This is one of the reasons why I am so comfortable being an introvert and kicked off a lot of soul-searching. Being an introvert is often portrayed as a bad thing or something that can make a person seem strange. It’s a super interesting book that covers everything about being an extrovert to being an introvert and we all thrive in life. Why introverts shy away from people, who we gravitate towards I could read this repeatedly.
A few books on my wishlist
When breath become air – Paul Kalanithi
Power – Naomi Aldermen
The F-word – Lily Pebbles
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert