My Summer Reading List


I feel like such a bad English teacher right now. I LOVE reading but there’s something about reports season that just makes me shy away from reading anything more challenging than a quick kid’s book.

Now, however, it’s summer, and I have no excuse at all to not be reading up a storm. So here’s my July into August reading list. The links are affiliate links to amazon – thank you in advance if you purchase and support my book habit! Other shops are available, of course.

What They Teach You at Harvard Business School – Philip Delves Broughton

In my younger years I had little interest in the workings of business and management, but as I’ve grown and learnt I’ve discovered that so many lessons from these areas are applicable to and useful in my professional and personal life. What can I say, I watch a lot of TED talks. So when I saw this shiny little tome I thought it was definitely worth a read.

The Music Shop – Rachel Joyce

When I asked on twitter for a fun, entertaining read, this came back highly recommended. I’m looking forward to being swept away by an author whose previous book (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) I really enjoyed.

The Multi-Hyphen Method – Emma Gannon

I love Emma – from her writing to her podcast to her previous book (Ctrl Alt Delete) she’s always entertaining, witty and wise. I bought this book last month and had every intention of diving in then and there, but then to reports bonanza swept me up for several weeks! I can’t wait to read her advice and ideas on balancing the many roles and ambitions we all have, and making it work!

All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

The winner of last year’s Pulitzer, this book is the very definition of an important novel. So many people have recommended it to me for its language, beauty and heart, and I can’t wait to devote a day or two to it.

Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady – Florence King

I am an utter sucker for novels set in the American South. Bring me your Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood, your Devil in the Junior League, your Gone With The Wind. So when I saw this title, recommended by one of the staff members at Foyles in Stratford (love my local bookshop <3), I knew I had to pick it up!

Less – Andrew Sean Greer

Another Pulitzer! What can I say, I like to go hard with the reading when time allows. A book about saying yes, not no, and taking chances, I am looking forward to being wowed.

It Can’t Happen Here – Sinclair Lewis

The parallels between the events of this work of fiction and some of the current political landscape seem eerily prescient. I have heard good things from other bookworms and am looking forward to enjoying this Penguin Modern Classic and seeing if this cautionary tale is as timely as has been suggested.

So those are my picks for the next month or two. What are you reading?

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