I have always loved books. That’s a line you’ve heard from everyone and their aunt, right? I was a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan as a child, Tracy Beaker was my spirit animal. I then went on to read all of the Harry Potter books, followed by the Twilight saga and shortly after I discovered Cecila Ahern and her heart breakingly beautiful novels, in particular Where Rainbows End, my favourite book of all time.
I have found that the older I get, the more amazing writers I discover, but the less time I have to read their work. Coupled with the fact that I now have a four month old baby, my reading time is sitting at next to nothing, shameful.
So a couple of weeks ago, I decided to put a summer reading list together of just a few books that I’d really like to read over the next couple of months. I rooted through our collection of books at home but also picked some up in a charity shop and treated myself to a brand new hard back too! I’ll talk about that one first as I was honestly so happy when I bought it!
The last couple of nights, I have been giving Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum Happy Baby a read in bed once Tyler is asleep and so far, I am loving it! I feel like Gi is my pal and she’s written these stories just for me! I think that’s what makes Gi such a good writer, because she writes her tales in such a way that it makes you feel like you lived them too. As Gi states, this is not a guide book to motherhood, but it is a bloody good read.
Now, I’m no book reviewer, but if you’re a parent or if you enjoy reading about parenthood, then I highly recommend this book to you. It’s the perfect mix of humour and honesty and I know I’ve already said this but Gi really does have a great knack for telling stories.
I picked up Watermelon by Marian Keyes purely because I had previously read Making It Up As I Go Along and laughed the whole way through. Although Watermelon is a novel and the latter is a collection of short stories and articles, Marian Keyes writes in one of the most humours ways that I have ever come across. From what I can gather, the story goes something along the lines of a new mum who has found herself newly single as her husband has abandoned her for another woman, scandalous. I will be getting a start on this as soon as I finish Happy Mum Happy Baby!
Next up is another novel by a female author, Jane Fallon. I’ve not read any of her books before so I’m quite excited to discover her work. Strictly Between Us seems very scandalous indeed! With a lass trying to catch out her best friends husband cheating and some backfiring taking place, it looks very addictive and from a quick flick through, quite sweary, bonus.
Last but not least is a book that I dug out that I picked up in the pound shop last year! A Chance Acquaintance by Charles Chadwick is about two misfit characters that meet on a bus and from what I can gather, their backgrounds unfold throughout the novel. I’m not entirely sure what it was that made me pick this book up last year, but once I’d had a look at the reviews on Amazon the other day, I knew I had to add it to my summer reading list!
So that’s my summer reading list! I know 4 books is a doddle for some, but like I said, the time constraints on my life mean that finding a quiet half an hour for a peaceful read is pretty difficult. Being that this is a summer reading list, I’m hoping to have finished reading these by September! Have you read any of these books before? What did you think? What’s on your summer reading list, I’d love to know!