Summer creates the promise of warm days, beach days, lunch in the sunshine, glasses of wine with friends, and sitting down with a good book.
Each summer, I select a few books to try and read over the summer months. They’re usually an odd mix of books – a biography, some historical books and a light fiction. This year is no different, but have also added in a couple of ‘self development’ style books.
This summer’s reading list is:
Becoming – Michelle Obama
This hardback memoir, written by former First Lady Michelle Obama shares moments from her childhood in Chicago through to becoming a mother and on to moving into one of the world’s most famous addresses.
From the moment her husband became President of the United States, Michelle used her public figure status and campaigned to ensure that girls had every possible opportunity available to them regardless of their economical and educational status.
Available at Booktopia for $37.50
Dear Madam President – Jennifer Palmieri
This book is an open letter to the first female president of the United States. While unfortunately that role has not yet been filled, this book gives inspiration to women working in a wide range of fields, and encourages them to take control over their lives, workplaces and country.
Available at Booktopia for $20.40
Hitler and Churchill – Andrew Roberts
Two men who lead their countries in the same era, yet had significantly contrasting views and leadership styles. Roberts looks at how the two leaders viewed one another and how this impacted on the course of World War II.
Available at Book Depository for $9.15
The Librarian of Auschwitz – Antonio Iturbe
14 year old Dita was imprisioned in Auschwitz with her parents during the Holocaust, and this book by Spanish author Antonio Iturbe tells the story of how Dita became the Librarian of Auschwitz and her brave acts to look after and protect a few precious books in the concentration camps in a time where possessing such items were a guaranteed reason for death.
Available at Booktopia for $16.65
The Little Book of Ikagai – Ken Mogi
Ikagai is described as a reason to get up in the morning. Ken Mogi’s book that identifies five pillars to help readers to find their own Ikagai and happiness and purpose in life based on key Japanese principles.
Available at Booktopia for $16.80
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k – Sarah Knight
A hilarious approach to not caring about what other people think about you, and how to remove unwanted guilt and obligations and redirect time, energy and enthusiasm to your real priorities.
Available at Booktopia for $23.75
Share with us your holiday reading list – we’d love to get some ideas on what to read next!
**please note, book prices and weblinks are correct as of 3rd January 2019**