Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Being self-employed means there's no commute in which I would have the chance to pick up a book and enjoy some time reading. So although I can sleep in a little later than everyone else if I want; as soon as I wake I'd find myself heading straight to the office with my cup of coffee and get stuck into work. I wanted to reclaim that time and make reading a priority again so I introduced a new habit of reading 50 pages of a book, and it's revolutionised my mornings. So here's what I've read lately and my new reading list for summer:

Five To Read

Bad Girls

I love rebellious woman so I'm eager to get stuck into this book. Bad Girls is about women who defied expectations by eschewing feminine behaviour in favour of a dangerous life. This book tells the story of the socialities and sex workers, stars, refugees, and freedom fighters, showing how these women have been treated by our justice system and how these disobedient women changed our history.

Zero Waste Home

I'm hoping to pick up some tips for minimising my carbon footprint! Zero Waste Home is a step-by-step guide to reducing our impact on the environment along with tips on simplify life so we have more time to do the things we love. Bea Johnson has been criticised in quite a few reviews for her tone so I'm interested to see if that impacts what I learn after reading it.

You All Grow Up And Leave Me

A memoir by Piper Weiss and her relationship with her private tennis instructor, Gary Wilensky, who was a child predator. Gary Wilensky built a secret torture chamber and attempted to kidnap one of his teenager students but failed. In You All Grow Up And Leave Me, Piper Weiss examines the events that unfolded in an attempt to understand her childhood memories. I usually avoid memoirs but the true crime story is drawing me in and it will be a chilling read, no doubt.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

This is not a book I would usually pick up but I'm trying to mix in a few lighter reads with the heavier non-fiction books I typically go for. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is a 'warm and uplifting' story about an out-of-the-ordinary heroine who goes through a journey of self-discovery. I'm curious to see how I like this book as it's received some rave reviews.

Milk and Honey

I've heard only good things about this book; it's a short read and I'm excited to dig into it. Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity, and ultimately survival. Hopefully an empowering, if bittersweet, book ideal for the summer.

Summer Reading

Five Already Read

The Stranger In The Woods

The true story of Christopher Knight, a man who spent 27 years alone in the woods of Maine. This was a quick read I finished on a flight to Italy. I expected the story to be more interesting than it was and I found myself taking an immediate disliking to Christopher Knight. His secluded life had left him cold and unkind, and his survival relied on stealing from the community close to his camp; not a particularly admirable lifestyle and it affected the message it was trying to get across about simplifying our lives.

The Year of Less

Initially I found this book incredibly interesting and I raced through the pages, about halfway through my interest waned. The book documents how Cait Flanders challenged herself to give up spending for twelve months. She decluttered her apartment, paid off her debts, and overcame her addiction to shopping and alcohol. If you're just starting on your minimalism journey, I'd recommend giving The Year of Less a read.

The Feather Thief

A thrilling tale of a peculiar true-crime case, The Feather Thief tells the story of Edwin Rist who breaks into Tring museum to steal 299 birds. It's a fascinating read about exploration, obsession, ownership, and man's destruction of the natural world. The story of Edwin Rist, the fly-tier community, and the stolen birds is unbelievably bizarre and shocking. One of the best books I've read in a long time.

Burial Rites

A dark read for summer but a gripping one. Based on the true story of a woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829; Agnes is sent to an isolated farm to await execution and that's where the truth unravels. I found Burial Rites is slow to start yet the payoff is worth it. You learn about Agnes, her life, her story, and her love for a man who betrays her. You grow to like this woman who is kind and gentle but who is also a murderer.

Eat Me

Dark, curious, fascinating; Eat Me discusses 'the last taboo,' cannibalism, which turns out to be interwoven into our history and even our culture. Anyone who loves the darker side of science, history, and psychology, might enjoy this book. It's packed with urban legends, ancient myths, true crimes, and natural disasters. Not a book that everyone will enjoy but I found it to be as equally interesting as it was chilling.

What's on your summer reading list?
Any books I should pick up? Any I should avoid?

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