Today, I want to share my winter reading list with you! It’s been quite a while since I last talked about reading and books, but it’s something I’d like to do more. Ever since submitting my dissertation, I’ve started reading again – REALLY reading. I read before bedtime, sometimes I read in the morning. I read on public transport, I’m planning to carve out time to read on my lunch break at work, and over Christmas, I spent FULL DAYS just reading. And not just reading, but reading for pleasure! Fiction! Anecdotes! Self-help books! Not a peer-reviewed tome on agricultural dependency in sight! It has been fantastic.
- The first book I read during this break was I Heart Forever, which I picked up on a whim at the airport. It’s actually the latest book in a series, but it’s a solid stand-alone read. Lindsey Kelk is a fantastic chick-lit author, and the story, while probably not the deepest thing you’ve ever read, is a wonderful relief from reality.
- The second book on my list is one I haven’t even picked up yet. I’ve been reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series for about six years now, and I’m still nowhere near finishing. Last year, I managed to read three of them. This year, I’m aiming for a few more, and The Last Continent is next on my winter reading list!
- Another book I’ve not yet picked up – Yoga Girl. I’ve been a big fan of Rachel’s Instagram feed for a really long time, and her fearless and unapologetic approach to yoga amazes me. I’ve been meaning to read her book for a really long time to get her view on yoga as a cemented part of your lifestyle, so this is also high on my list!
- I’m a huge fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and also of Eoin Colfer. When I found out that he was writing the very last hitchhiker’s instalment after Douglas Adams’ death, I knew it would be a match made in heaven. I’m on the last pages of And Another Thing…, and it’s been one of the most exhilarating reads I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy. The story is so very Colfer-esque, with a stroppy teenager portrayed in a way that no-one other than he could manage. The writing and concept, however, are so very true to Adams and his previous instalments that at times you feel like his ghost wrote it (haha, ghostwritten, geddit?). The guide inserts are so funny that I’ve laughed out loud more than once, there are plenty of pan galactic gargleblasters, we meet a compassionate Vogon (what?), and Zaphod only has one head. He kept the stupid one, of course. Froody.
- As is well-documented on this blog, I’m all about a healthy lifestyle. My nutrition is pretty good most of the time, I work out six days a week, and my last health check gave me fantastic results, although I’m not entirely sure I buy the thing about having the metabolism of a 12-year-old. I think they confused ‘metabolism’ with ‘height’. Easy mistake to make. Anyway, with all my work on eating well and moving my arse, I’ve really neglected my mental health. I don’t mean that in the “beauty-treatment-a-week-hashtag-selfcare-hashtag-balance” way, but rather in the sense that I’ve put so much pressure on myself to get everything on my list done ALL THE TIME EVERY DAY because otherwise I’m a failure, obviously, that I’m now really fucking stressed. I have a whole post about that coming up this weekend, and I’ve totally strayed from the topic here, but I feel like I kind of need to explain why I’ve started reading new-age lifestyle guides. In an attempt to mend the damage (turns out stress ain’t healthy), I’ve decided to look after my soul and calm myself down a bit. Quite a few people on my social media feeds have recommended Gabby Bernstein’s writing, so I’m giving The Universe Has Your Back a go, mainly because I like the idea of something having my back. This will make for some excellent winter reading, I think!
- Finally, one more work of fiction. I was a huge fan of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series when I was younger, and the books are amongst the very few that I made time for to read more than once. Too many books, too little time, you get me? When I heard that the first volume of a new series set in the same universe was coming out, I was sold before I even read the title. I haven’t yet read La Belle Sauvage, because I want to find a clear weekend to read the whole thing, and that’s difficult with a family and a job and, you know, a life. But I’m really looking forward to it, and it may have to be a nighttime read if I can’t find a bigger chunk of time!
And that concludes my list of winter reading. I’m sure I’ll get through them all, probably not on my break (back to work on Monday…) but definitely by the spring, so I’ll need new material soon! Do you have any recommendations? If so, pop them in the comments!