As well as writing, my other favourite pastime is reading. I love nothing more than getting comfy and immersing myself in a good book but with the children, the blog and a busy lifestyle, I struggle to find the time to read as much as I would like to.
At the end of last year I read several amazing books and it made me determined to read more this year. With this in mind, I put lots of books on my Christmas list, and this month I have been working my way through them.
I thought it would be nice to share the books I have been reading each month on the blog to motivate myself to keep it up, so here is the first post of a new series.
Why Mummy Drinks – Gill Sims
My mum actually bought me this book as a surprise gift for Christmas and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before.
If you love books like The Unmumsy Mum you will really enjoy this one. I have laughed out loud countless times whilst working my way through this book, often reading whole sections out to Ed because it could have been written about my life!
I definitely share an affinity with Gill, and reading this book (often in a nice hot bath with a large glass of wine), I have been feeling a lot better about my shortfalls as a mum.
I would recommend this book to any mum who has had a long week, month, year (yes, I know we are only in January), and needs a reminder that it’s all ok. Seriously, such a great read!
How I Changed my Life in a Year – Shelley Wilson
I had such high hopes for this book. I read the reviews on Amazon, which were all fairly positive and I figured it would be a good book to help motivate me to stick to my goals for 2018. However, I just couldn’t get into the book as it felt like a constant advert for the author’s blog.
As a blogger myself I am not adverse to a bit of self promotion, but I felt it started to take away from the content of the book itself, and I also struggled to relate to Shelley, as she is a fair bit older and has completely different motivations to myself when it comes to setting goals.
Unlike a generalised goals book as I had thought it would be, each chapter spoke very speficially about Shelley’s own goals such as eating more healthy and drinking less.
I felt there was nothing new I could take from what Shelley had to say on the subject matter and I limped through to the end of this book without feeling the motivation to attack my own goals as I had hoped. A bit of a disappointment.
Ragdoll – Daniel Cole
The majority of the books I read towards the end of 2017 were crime/thrillers and I have to say I do love this genre best.
I hadn’t heard of this author before buying the book in Sainsburys, but I read a few Amazon reviews and figured it sounded like quite a good concept for a story.
The book was fairly hard going, and I did at times find it difficult to like the main character, as he was a bit of a dick (for lack of a better word), but it has an intriguing plot line and kept me turning the pages once I had got into it.
I didn’t find it as thrilling as books like The Couple Next Door, which had kept me guessing right until the end, but this was overall a good read and one I would recommend to others who enjoy crime stories (the storyline is a little gruesome though, as you might be able to guess from the tagline).
Have you read any good books lately? Any recommendations? Will you be reading any of the books on this list?