I used to be such a bookworm before the storm of social media scrolling took over my life. I’m ashamed to say it but I actually don’t remember the last time I started and finished a good book. Or any book actually. But in ye olden’ days I was the kid snapping up the Goosebumps series in the local library whilst simultaneously wistfully wondering just exactly why couldn’t I go to Mallory Towers in real life. Just your typical nineties kid.
But now? Now I’m rubbish and I hardly read anything more than “We’re going on a bear hunt”.
Ok, so I’m busy. You’re busy. We are all busy people / parents / slaves to the toddler life. So no surprises that I’ve been scrolling my hideous Facebook feed when I get a spare minute rather than taking the time to read actual words on a page that are unaccompanied by a cat meme.
I’ve started taking a book to bed like I did in the good old days before kids and adult life got in my way. And I intend to continue. Twenty eighteen will be the year I read and inhale the content of novels, pore over self-help pages and indulge in biographical works of name dropping each and every night before bed. Just a chapter or two obviously but if I keep it going I reckon I’ll average a good book once a month. From cover to cover.
Joy to the world.
And there’s plenty of reasons why you should too. Reading has been proven to reduce stress, improve brain function and allow you to relax so it’s perfect for busy 30-something mums. You can also count it as your teensy tiny bit of me-time as long as you add wine…
For escapism – The Mountain Between us
A work colleague recommended this and I’m really enjoying it. Being a big fan of disaster movies, this story of a plane crash and survival really appealed. You might have seen that they have made it into a film with Kate Winslet and someone else I can’t remember but I’m going for the book first.
For creativity – Monkeys with Typewriters: How to Write Fiction and Unlock the Secret Power of Stories
A book for writers methinks so that’s a good start but I’ve also heard really great things about this creative writing book by Scarlett Thomas. How to unlock the power of story and create compelling narrative? Yes please! Perfect for an aspiring novel writer like myself.
For a laugh – Tina Fey’s Bossypants
On screen this woman has me in tears (in a good way!) regularly so I have high hopes for this read. I adore her comedic timing and this no-nonsense, feministic approach, advice and stories are something I am really looking forward to settling down with and having a good old belly laugh.
For self-improvement – Fierce Kindness
“Help kindness become contagious” – need I say more? This book claims to be a powerful and uplifting read. Being one of those people who often wishes she would think before she speaks, I’m kind of hoping that this read will shift my mindset and open my eyes to a new way of more intentional kindness and thinking in 2018 and beyond. It’s a deep one but important.
For motivation – Jo Malone – My Story
I love and adore her brand. I want to know her secrets of success, motivation, tenacity and style. So what’s not to love in her story of how she climbed to the top of her game.
For the love of a great read – All The Light We Cannot See
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015, I may be a little late to read this one but just the blurb on the back has me totally hooked. A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. This promises to be eye-opening, moving and totally gripping from start to finish and I cannot wait to get stuck in.
I’d love to know what’s on your reading list for 2018 and if you have any must-read books that you can recommend then pop them in the comments box below.