4 August 2017

My Summer Reading List

Unless you read my twitter bio, you probably wouldn't know that I'm about to go into my third year of studying for a BA in English Literature. I mean, considering this is a lifestyle blog and I spend 75% of my life reading, it's a fact that is pretty well hidden among my other passions. Aside from the occasional mention in a favourites posts or an ode to self-help, my absolute adoration of books could very easily be missed online.

The truth is that I don't write about books on my blog that often because it's what I spend the rest of my time doing. I don't want to feel like I'm about to upload something to Turn-It-In every time I hit publish.

However, summer always reinvigorates my thirst for literature. Stepping away from the academic side of things for a few months reminds me that I actually do enjoy academic stimulation. In fact, I think I need it to stay sane. And since I haven't written an essay in months, I'm starting to get the urge to write about books here on my little corner of the internet. So, to fill that void I thought I would share with you all of the books I've packed in my suitcase for my trip to Greece. It's a sweet little mix of course books for 3rd year and 'pleasure reading' that I can't wait to get stuck into.

Me, a book and the beach. Name a better trio. I'll wait...

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No Filter, Grace Victory 

When I found out that Grace had a book coming out, I pre-ordered it immediately. No student budget was going to stop me because I bloody love her. And if No Filter is anywhere as near as entertaining as her channel or any of her documentaries, I know that I'll bloody love it too.

It's essentially Grace's life story, telling of how she broke herself free from self-loathing and self-destructive behaviours to make room for self-love. I feel like her journey is one that we can all learn from, so I can't wait to hear her insights. Here's hoping that I leave the book with even just a fraction of her sass and strength.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon

Since starting university my two favourite things to study have been 1. Children's/Young Adult literature and 2. Anything that stands outside of the literary 'norm'. So, it's safe to say that I'm pretty excited about my "Subversive Children's Literature" class next term.

One of the first books on the course - and one that I've been meaning to read for years - is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time". It's a detective novel with a main protagonist who is a child with Aspergers Syndrome. It follows his journey to find out who killed his neighbour's dog and everything that follows. I've heard nothing but incredible things, so I can't wait to read this bad boy.

Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

I squealed with joy when I got this out of its Amazon parcel because it's so gloriously short. If you're a literature student, then you understand my happiness.

This is another one for my "Subversive Children's Literature" course. It's about a 10-year-old girl that discovers the Tuck Family who have found the secret to immortality. Most of the reviews I've seen suggest that it could be read as either a kid's book or a short story for adults, so I'm excited to see what they mean.

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

Ah, when I first saw this on my reading list I instantly thought of Ariel Bissett. Not only is Orwell her favourite writer, but I'm pretty sure that Nineteen Eighty-Four is her favourite of his books. And if Ariel recommends something, you know it's going to be good.

This book is actually for a class about literature and surveillance. For those of you that don't know,
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian novel. Orwell portrays a totalitarian future in which the world is under a constant state of surveillance, even in regards to thoughts.

The Secret, Rhonda Byrne

And finally a book that I started but never finished.

The Secret is considered to be one of the defining texts of the Law of Attraction, discussing how to undo our self-sabotaging ways of thinking. It's written with beginners (hey, that's me) in mind and explains all of the key concepts and how to implement them into daily life. Since the Law of Attraction is something that I want to learn more about, I feel like this book is an absolute must-read.


  1. I'm just about to start my third year of an English Literature degree too! I always end up doing lots more reading over summer and funnily enough, I'm also reading The Curious Incident for a class - although mine is a 'States of Mind' module about mental illness in literature - should be interesting!

    1. Ciara, are we blogging soul mates or...? That sounds like such an interesting class, I hope you enjoy it! xx