Books to Read this Summer
We finally had the first days of sunshine in London, and it made me dream about hot summer days by the beach or in the park with a book in one hand and a lemonade in another. I love to associate memories with a particular song or book I was reading at the time. Below I created a list with some of my favourite books.
If Maya Angelo says that anyone who can read should read this book, then I go ahead and read it. And guess what? It is one of the best best I’ve ever read. Dr Estes takes us on a journey of reconnecting with the wild self, through storytelling and Jungian psychoanalysis. Because of the nature of stories (which connects with the unconscious mind), this book will not only speak to your mind but to you soul & heart.
Price | £8.99 or less second hand
Author | Steven Pressfield
If you are a creative person who struggles with procrastination, negative inner dialogue, overanalysing and complicating your creative process, then this book is for you. This books inspires people to move past “resistance”, outlines a “battle plan” and helps create work with more. Even though the book was developed for writers the techniques can be applied by anyone who tries to create something, be it a project, business or a character in a film.
Price | £8.03 or less second hand
Author | Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
The action is set during the Biafra war, Nigeria. A story of love, war, losing and finding oneself in the midst of inner and external conflict. A book that I could barely put down, that I go back to whenever I want to be transported to a different land. Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie writing style makes everything tangible. As you read you can almost smell the humid air in Nigeria and feel the pain of the characters.
Price | £7.37 or less second hand
Dr Carol Dweck explains how it is not just our abilities which can lead us towards success, but ultimately it is our mindset. Having a fixed or growth mindset can dictate how we approach and live our lives. You can read more about this in a previous blog post on Growth vs Fixed Mindset.
Price | £7.99 or less second hand
Author | Leila Aboulela
Leila Aboulela transports you to the late 1950s in the sunny Sudan and the allies of Egypt. A book that it is hard to put down once you start it. A tragic accident changes the life of Nur and his family. He end up having to give up his love for Soraya, change his career path, and find his voice.
Price | £9.98 or less second hand