Summer Reading list : Honeymoon Edition

There is nothing more idilic than being surrounded by sand, the soft sound of waves and you’re head full immersed in a ruddy good book. 

I love to read a good old book. Especially one that I cannot put down until I turn the last page. Nothing really beats it, not even Netflix. Soz Netflix. 

And since I will be boarding 4 planes and grazing some pristine sand in Thailand, I need a few page turners that will keep me occupied during the midday sun. I have been seeing bloggers posts, insta shares and more and have a fair idea of some Best sellers I need to get my hands on. I’ve also collated some of the good reads I rooted Amazon for and now have my Honeymoon Reading list ready and rearing to go.

Whether you are visiting some sandy beaches this summer, or need some pages for evening reads, why not consider some of these, the current best sellers!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Because I loved : Big Little Lies 

Might also try : Everything I never told you 

I have heard many a things in regards to this book. And honestly, I am surprised I have waited this long to even purchase it! I haven’t had this much anticipation since reading Gone Girl and I wasn’t disappointed with that neither! I am so excited to lounge on that beach and truly indulge in this new best seller! Tip top of my list as to be expected!

A little info from the inside ‘flap’….

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

An astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

I really do give too many f**ks when it comes to general life and wellbeing. I do care too much what everyone around me thinks and I just want to let go of it. I can’t imagine a better time to buckle down and use this book as my new life lessons. Hopefully I will return from my honeymoon a new women once I have sunk my teeth into this one!

The back cover info….

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.

For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life.
But those days are over. “Fuck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest; sometimes things are fucked up and we have to live with it.” For the past few years, Manson—via his wildly popular blog—has been working on correcting our delusional expectations for ourselves and for the world. He now brings his hard-fought wisdom to this groundbreaking book.

Manson makes the argument—backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes—that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to better stomach lemons. Human beings are flawed and limited—as he writes, “Not everybody can be extraordinary—there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. This, he says, is the real source of empowerment. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties—once we stop running from and avoiding, and start confronting painful truths—we can begin to find the courage and confidence we desperately seek.

“In life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give. So you must choose your fucks wisely.” Manson brings a much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor. This manifesto is a refreshing slap in the face for all of us so that we can start to lead more contented, grounded lives.

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Because I loved : The Wolf of Wall street / Catch me if you can 

Whilst this may not be a movie adaptation just yet staring Leonardo DiCaprio, I do love a good true style paperback which features whit and charm. Apparently it has just that. I have huge admiration for our NHS workers, so I am intrigued as to their daily runs ins, struggles and sheer determination they embark on, day in, day out.

Back blurb…..

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

The Couple Next Door

Because I loved : Gone Girl / The Girl on the Train

Might also try : The Girlfriend / Before I go to SleepThe Good Daughter / Into the Water / The Girl Before

I will happily admit that I love a good thriller / murder show, programme, series, movie, book. Whatever the context, I love the genre. I just love being surprised, complexed and often scared. And there’s nothing better, and more powerful than a book that keeps you engaged, and thrilled till the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns of Gone Girl & The Girl on the Train, I often wish I could re-read each for the first time again. I am in desperate home The couple next Door and a like will thrill me like others. Even better, top them!

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Because I loved : A short history of nearly everything 

I am a hugeeee fan of Bill Brysons A short history of nearly everything, so when I saw this new title, I had to add it to my wishlist. I really love reading generic history and science behind human kind, especially in this context.

From the back….

FIRE gave us power

FARMING made us hungry for more

MONEY gave us purpose

SCIENCE made us deadly

This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

Handmaid’s Tale

Because I loved : The TV Show

Might also try : The Power

I’m not one to watch a show and then read the book. I really rather like reading something first, and having my own interpretation of the character, than the pre-generated one I got from the movie. And so it’s a little unusual, especially with a fiction title to even want to read the book. But I simply love the series so much, I want more. And if that’s the book, than that’s alright with me.

There we have it. My extensive and possibly rather expensive Summer reading list, honeymoon edition. Feeling pretty optimistic if I believe I will power through all of these titles. Having said that, I haven’t indulged in a good read for a pretty long time. I may even get carried away! 

Have you read any of these?

Read a good book I need to try?

Let me know in the comment section below!

Charlotte x