Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

I can’t believe we’re very nearly into October! Autumn is here and Summer is over so it is time to re-cap what I’ve read this summer.

I’m only to include the books that I read and enjoyed because otherwise we’ll be here a while and I want this post to focus on the positives rather than the negative reading experiences. For a full list check out my Goodreads page.

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Last year I read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel and I actually really enjoyed it, even though I was sceptical at first. Listening to an American woman talking about God, adoption and her freelance career was not something I thought I would resonate with. But I did. And Girl, Stop Apologizing was just as powerful and interesting a read.

I would highly recommend listening to these as audiobooks rather than reading them in paperback or ebook as you’ll get the full force of Rachel is saying that way.

Kick by Paula Byrne

I’ve just realised I read a lot of non-fiction this Summer, but I really enjoyed it. This is a biographical look at Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy, JFK’s very little sister. Kick is a forgotten Kennedy and it’s so tragic that she is. She died in a plane crash when she was just 28, but before that she was married to the heir of Chatsworth, who died a mere 5 months after they married in WWII. She was an anglicised American, who gave up her family and her lifestyle to wed Billy, the man she loved.

Her story is tragic, fascinating and she was a simply beautiful spirit. She wasn’t the prettiest of the bunch, nor the wittiest, smartest or anything. She was simply a lovely young woman who died far too young. And was famous for kicking off her shoes the moment she came in a room, hence the nickname Kick.

Heart and Hustle by Patricia Bright

Another non-fiction. This was a book I picked up at work and really enjoyed. Patricia Bright is a YouTuber with multiple side-hustles, who pulled herself up in the world and is a truly inspirational young woman. She was a young mum, her father was deported when she was a child and her mother struggled endlessly to keep food on the table and a roof over her and her sister’s head. But she took this passion and perseverance and has since built her own little empire. Good for her.

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

This was a re-read. I really fancied a reliable read and I hadn’t read the Hunger Games series since I binge-read it before the movies came out a good few years ago now. I listened to these via audiobook for the first time, and whilst the narrator wasn’t the best I had ever heard, I still enjoyed my re-read of this series.

Almost Adults by Ali Pantony

I’ve written a full review of Almost Adults so I won’t say much. But this was a fun, relatable read and one I would recommend to any woman in their twenties.

Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth

We’re publishing Adults, Emma’s next book, at my place of work and I kept seeing her name everywhere! Plus, the movie adapatation of this book has recently been released – I’m still to see it – and I had copy on my shelf. It all lined up nicely and enjoyed this read. It is a dark and very witty with some cracking one-liners! Very cerebral a read, and one I don’t you would get if you weren’t in your twenties or older. Fun, feisty and full of the woes of modern friendship.

#MillennialProblems by Rowan Dobsen

This is a collection of tweets about what it means to be a millennial and it just made me laugh. It is incredibly reliable and I found myself nodding profusely during the twenty minute or so read. Very funny.

So You Want to Start a Podcast by Kristen Meizner

I’ve started a podcast, but there’s always room to learn. This was an informative read about what it means to start a podcast, how and what to consider when creating one. It has given me a lot to reflect on, especially when it comes to making my podcast – This Millennial Mess – as good as it can be.

The Freelance Mum by Annie Ridout

I’ve had this on my to-read list for a while and I just fancied something about careers so I chose to listen to the audiobook version of this whilst I was at work. I loved it! It gave me a lot to digest and held a lot of information when it came to freelance journalism – which is what I do when I’m not working my full-time job. One I would definitely recommend to fellow journo’s and potential freelancers, such as myself.

There we have it. I read a few other books, but these were stand-outs of the summer months.

I can’t wait to see what Autumn brings. It’s my favourite season and so cosy! You know what that means, more books!

Love Ellie x

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