My 2019 Summer Reading List
At the start of the year I set myself the goal of reading 50 books in 2019. By the end of June I had read nine. If I want to stand any chance of achieving this goal by the end of the year, I really need to ramp up my reading pace. I’m hoping Summer is going to be the perfect time to do this. There’s so many great book recommendations I’ve come across recently that I’m excited to delve into, as well as books that have been on my wishlist for the longest time so I thought I would share the books I plan to read this summer.
I’ve chosen books from popular culture, some new releases, a few older ones, a couple of personal development books and also a book on politics which is not my usual area of interest but something I’d like to learn more about.
Just a heads up, I get a lot of my reading recommendations from The High-Low podcast and also from The Anna Edit who is doing a 30 book reading challenge this year. She has been tracking her progress and book reviews/recommendations on her Insta stories and blog if you would like to see more.
Everything I Know About Love - Dolly Alderton
Being a huge fan of The High Low Podcast, I’m ashamed to admit I am yet to read this memoir written by it’s co-host. This book is about the trials and triumphs of being a grown up. Alderton writes about falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, getting drunk, getting dumped, bad dates, good friends and - above all else - about recognising that you and you alone are enough. Looking forward to getting stuck into this one, love Dolly Alderton!
Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
This novel is written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. It is about Daisy, a girl coming of age in LA in the late sixties. Daisy loves rock ‘n’ roll and by the time she’s twenty finds her voice is beginning to get noticed. At the same time, The Six, a band led by Billy Dunne also seem to be getting noticed. The two cross paths and are put together by a producer who realises that this will be the key to supercharged success for both. I’ve never really read anything in this area before so am excited to give it a go.
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
The holy grail self improvement book, this is a book I have read in the past but it was a very long time ago so it’s about time I give it a re-read and refresh my understanding. This book is written on Covey’s belief that most people look for quick fixes. They see success and want to know how they did it believing they can replicate by following a quick list of actions. But in this book he explains how real change comes from the inside out by an approach to effectiveness based on character and principles.
Circe - Madeline Miller
Another book from a genre I don’t really know much about, this book is supposed to be a beautifully written retelling of the Greek myth about the first witch, Circe, daughter of Helios and the battle she sparks between gods and mortals. This book has come highly recommended and been called a must-read by so many that I can’t wait to give it a go.
Post Office - Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski is an author that has been recommend to me time and time again but I’ve never got round to. Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. This book centres around the protagonist Henry Chinaski, described as a low life loser whose menial post office job supports a life of beer, one-night stands and racetracks. I always find myself saving and pinning a lot of Bukowski life quotes on Instagram/Pinterest. They’re always witty, though-provoking and very real, so looking forward to finally reading one of his books.
The Falconer, by Dana Czapnik
This book came highly recommended on The High Low podcast. Set in New York in the nineties, this is a coming-of-age story focussed on the protagonist, Lucy Adler, a street-smart 17 year old who is in unrequited love with her best friend Percy who comes from a prominent New York family. As she navigates this complex relationship, Lucy is drawn to a different kind of life when she is invited into the world of New York’s bohemia by a pair of female artists.
The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
This is a book I’ve heard lots about in many personal development and business blogs/podcasts. This book is supposed to be the ultimate guide in helping individuals in these industries fight against procrastination. It brings some much needed tough love to all artists, business people and creatives who spend more time battling the resistance against work than actually working, by identifying the procrastinating forces at play and eliminating them. Procrastination is something I’m really struggling with at the moment, especially when it comes to creating content for my blog, Instagram, (and I would really love to start a Youtube channel too!) so hopefully this book will provide some much needed advice.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami
I’m yet to read anything by Murakami and thought this book would be a good one to start with. This is a memoir in which he writes about his interest and participation in long distance running whilst giving a great insight into his life. This book is supposed to be equal parts travelogue, training log and journal where he reflects upon the influence running has had on his life and his writing.
Normal People - Sally Rooney
Everyone seems to have read this book but yet again another popular author I’ve read nothing by. This novel is about the relationship between the two main protagonists who despite growing up in the same small town in rural Ireland, could not be more different. They both go on to earn places at Trinity College in Dublin where they form a close bond and develop a strong connection. The story explores themes such as love, friendship, how a person can change someones life, and how difficult it is to talk about feelings. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this book, some loved it whilst others struggled to finish it so I’m excited to give it a go and see what I think.
The Establishment - Owen Jones
Politics is an area I would love to learn more about and this is a book from that genre which I’ve come across a few times but have never got round to reading. In this book, Owen Jones looks into the heart of the Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City. He writes about the biggest threats to our democracy today and how it is time they were challenged.
Would love to hear what you’re planning on reading this summer, I’m always on the lookout for more reading recommendations!