Ultimate Reading for 2019
Updated: Jun 13, 2019
Being a mum, "running" a small business whilst also working part time, keeping a small person alive and happy (plus the house of animals!) can be quite exhausting and I can really try my best to keep on top of everything but there is always something that slips and gets forgotten. However, I'm not going to beat myself up about it because well that won't get me anywhere, and there are way too many plates spinning to keep them going at the same time. Obviously The Coco Planner is an absolutely perfect partner to help me remember and keep in control of everything but that's not what I'm writing about today!
Yes there are always a million things that need to be done BUT one of the most important things being.....do you make time for YOURSELF???
To be totally honest I can be a little selfish when I feel like I need some time to myself and to just stop the mundanity of everyday, thankfully papa D is an absolute dream and he will let me disappear for a long bath or he'll play superheroes with Logan just to let me sit down.
This year one of the tops things on my bucket list was to READ, oh gosh I ADORE getting lost in a book, I love to run away and I get really involved with the characters, my go to's tend to be fiction, but an old classic or a non-fiction and the odd poetry book is a nice change but in the past few years I've discovered some amazing fantasy stories!
So for 2019 using the amazing #Goodreads app I've set myself a Goal to read at least 16 books this year and we are now in June and I have already read (amazingly) 12 books!! YAS!!! What's really helped keep this reading momentum going is being part of a lovely little #bookclub! A gorgeous friend of mine came up with the wonderful idea to start a mums books club, so there is absolutely no pressure to finish a book by a certain time and we all keep up to date with each other on a #Whatsapp group, we eventually set a date and we have a catch up, talk a bit about the book, let the kids go a bit feral and we all eat cake! What more could I possibly ask for in a book club!!! (Thank you Lydia!)
SO......I'm going to share with you some of the books I've read so far this year that I really enjoyed and also some which I've got on my TO READ list! Enjoy!
Books I've read.....
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This book has been in all of the top book lists this year but as a historical fiction based on true events it really gripped me and I had read it within a few days of having it. Something I wouldn't normally go for but it was a bookclub book and I was opened up to a better understanding, it was sad but I really enjoyed it.
The Cows by Dawn O'Porter
I'd had this on my to read list for quite some time but I finally bought myself to read it and it did not disappoint, its a bit serious but also funny, A perfect holiday read! I wouldn't hesitate to read another book by Dawn.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Another book club choice and I got into this book really easily, it's psychological thriller, something I don't pick up (but thats the whole point of book club) however some of the others it took some time for them to really enjoy it. I think it's a book that you need to read in chunks, you can't just drop it and pick it up whenever. But the twists were brilliant and the character I got very interested in her!
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This is an absolute beast of a book, I had seen a little bit of hype about this one, but I saw it in Costco for a bargain price and I couldn't resist! A really great fantasy book I loved all of the strong female characters, the world it was set in and the story itself. However, it's a massive book, the end was slightly bland compared to the rest of it but I did really love getting lost in this story!
Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies)... by Scarlett Curtis
I'm pretty sure the title speaks for itself - I loved it and I think you will too!
Books I'm planning to Read.....
Queenie by Candice Carly-Williams
Another book I'd seen about a lot and I saw a signed copy in waterstones and knabbed that straight away! Excited to read it!
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
I've been a huge fan of Kate Mosse since I read Labyrinth, which was quite some time ago and I'd like to read it again but excited to see what this beholds!
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
I've read the first book in this series The Bear and the Nightingale, so of course I have to finish the series! I enjoyed the first one so this will definitely be on my to read this year.
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
Not sure what to expect from this one but I liked the blurb and reviews and it seemed like something different in a romantic comedy type book (I think that's what it is).
The Harry Potter Series
I've been wanting to re-read them for so long so forever Harry Potter will be on my list!!!!
It's a small list, but I think thats enough for now, when lists are too big they're a bit daunting, and then it gets ignored! XD
Overall, we all need some time to ourselves to just relax and forget about the jobs that need to be done, I use my planner to plan out projects for the house or my todo list for the day and plans I've made but if I can have set days for different things I'm not spending a whole day doing cleaning and the rest and moaning about it and then being too tired or bothered to do anything else. So take that time for yourself and pick up that book that you've been wanting too read for so long.
Do something for you, you'll thank yourself later.
P.s. Don't feel guilty about it either!