What Are You Reading? A Summer Catch-Up

What are you reading?

Summer seems to be an ideal time to catch up on reading, especially on holiday when you have a little more time. I hardly ever read, which is shameful. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, just that there always seems to be something else to be done first. So this summer, I was determined to catch up with some reading. I even put it on my bucket list!

So forgive the absence of blogging at Family Makes, I've been busy reading!
So forgive the absence of blogging, I’ve been busy reading!

I’m going to put some Amazon affiliate links in case you want to find any of these books on Amazon…

My first selection to take on holiday was this little lot:

First selection of summer reading - lots of self improvement!
First selection of summer reading – lots of self improvement!

It seems I’m having a bit of a self-improvement phase! In fact, I finished the Mindset book, loaned to me by Toby’s teacher, before we left for France. I really enjoyed the concept of growth mindset over fixed mindset, and the examples given in different walks of life. I must admit to feeling that the author laboured the point somewhat, however, finding myself thinking ‘ok you’ve convinced me, now tell me what to do about it!’.

First selection of summer reading - lots of self improvement!
A pile of self improvement!

The Happiness Project

An Astronaut’s Guide To Life on Earth

A Return To Love



Once we arrived in France we went to a place we visit regularly, called the Hope Foundation. It’s kind of a charity shop in several barns, with delicious cakes thrown in for good measure! They have a whole barn full of books which are all 1Euro each, and I find it very hard to resist. I adore books, despite rarely finding time to read them!

So, the first week I bought the following:

Second set of books, from the charity shop
Second set of books, from the charity shop

I’m really in the mood for Dawn French! But I actually read ‘It’s Me Or The Dog’ first as I felt we needed some help with our own little pooch who, at two years old, still has a lot to learn!

The Dog Listener

It’s Me Or The Dog

A Tiny Bit Marvellous

Oh Dear Silvia

Night Music

The next time I went to the Hope Foundation or ‘Doggy Place’ as my kids call it, I was further tempted, and had a bit of a Jojo Moyes Fest! I don’t even know whether I like her writing, but am tempted by the blurb and the popularity of her work.

Have you read anything of hers?

Third book haul! Jojo Moyes fest!
Third book haul! Jojo Moyes fest!

Me Before You

After You

The One Plus One

Foreign Fruit

So, this is just a little evidence and rambling to say, you don’t have to be reading the latest thing to enjoy some summer reading. It is also a great opportunity to catch up on things you wish you had read before, or to do a little learning or self-improvement when the time allows. Or even when it doesn’t!

Make time for yourself, even if you’re not on holiday. I’m sure you won’t regret it!

What are you reading at the moment? Would you recommend it?

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27 Replies to “What Are You Reading? A Summer Catch-Up”

  1. Julie Cordiner says: Reply

    Great to hear you are reading Carol – I’m on a bit of a reading challenge myself and have read 25 books so far this year (on top of working and writing three myself!). Jojo Moyes is fab.
    Among my favourites are Julie Cohen (any but especially DearThing, Falling, and new one Together), Victoria Hislop (The Island is amazing), Karen Swan (The Perfect Present), Dinah Jeffries (The Tea Planter’s Wife), and Claire Mackintosh (brilliant twist in I Let You Go).
    And a friend has just had her first novel published and it’s really funny – Maddie Please, The Summer of Second Chances.
    That should keep you busy! If you are really stuck you could always be a beta reader for my novel which is about to be edited!
    Have a lovely summer,
    Julie xx

    1. That’s a great list Julie, and I know your recommendations will be good ones. And I’d be absolutely honoured to be a beta reader for your novel. Congratulations on reaching the editing stage!

  2. Good for you getting some reading done! I used to be so good at keeping up with reading at least one book a month – plus I’m in a book club so good motivation. But since second baby came along it’s completely dropped off! This has inspired me to get reading again as soon as I can! xx
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    1. It’s hard to find the time, especially with kids and blogs, isn’t it? Glad you feel inspired to read again. I always think it’s good for the kids to see us enjoying reading too.

  3. Good for you. I wish I could squeeze more books into my life. I’m currently reading behind closed doors by B A Paris! I’m hooked already.
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    1. Oh sounds good! I’m quite a slow reader, especially with non-fiction as I want to take it all in. It will take me forever to get through this lot!

  4. Some great books there Carol, I’m going take a look at a few of those myself. I love jojo moyes books xxx

    1. I’ve not read any of the JoJo Moyes books yet, but I figured she’s so popular that they must be good!

  5. I’ve been reading a lot more this summer, which has been lovely. I’ve read Shantaram by Gregory Roberts, The Power by Naomi someone or other… The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett and now I’m fully immersed in I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. Can’t put it down!
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    1. I love a book that you can’t put down – always a good recommendation. I’ll look into them when I’ve ploughed my way through this little lot!

  6. I like the sound of “The Happiness Project”. I will need to look into that one. Sound like you are having a busy summer! xx

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    1. I was determined to squeeze in some reading this summer, but I’m hoping for more!

  7. You have time to read a lot more than I do. I’m on Sorry by Gail Jones, which I’m liking.
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    1. I’m trying my best to find the time, but I suspect a lot of them will sit on the shelf for quite a while! I’ve only managed 2 so far, nearly finished the 3rd & about quarter of the way through the 4th!

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  9. I love getting stuck into a good book. I’ve just finished The House on Bellevue Gardens and about to start reading The Essex Serpent.
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    1. Did you enjoy them? I always like to have recommendations.

  10. I’m actually on holiday now and I’m reading when breath becomes air but I also brought me before you with me. X

    1. I hope you enjoy it – the reading and the holiday!

  11. Would love to read the Happiness Project! I’ve been so bad recently but I’ve just ordered ‘I See You’ by Clare Mackintosh for my book club – looking forward to getting stuck in!

    1. I’d heard a lot about the Happiness Project, but there are some mixed reviews on Amazon about it. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  12. Good you ar reading. I have been reading a lot this summer on my kindle.

    1. Oh I almost forgot I downloaded and read a kindle book too – should have added that!

  13. I love Ruby Wax and I also love self help books, so I’m pretty sure I would like the ones you picked!
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    1. I just started the Ruby Wax one before we left, but goodness knows when I’ll finish it now I’m home!

  14. Oh I like the sound of the self-improvement books, especially The Happiness Project. I haven’t read a book in a long time but I’m hoping to pick one up at the airport this Saturday!

    1. I was the same Emma, and I do wonder how many I’ll get through now I’m home again. Hope you grab some free time on Saturday x

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