16 July 2017

The Bedside Reading List July 2017

Ever since I was a little girl, I've been a happily self-confessed bookworm. In fact, few things make me as happy as buying a new book and finding myself lost in a whole new world. I'm pretty open to the genres I read, everything from chick-lit to science fiction and true crime, biographies and anything which covers a current favourite interest.

Since becoming a Mother, I've found I have less and less time to devote to reading, but that's something I've changed since the beginning of this year and I'm steadily picking up my reading pace again, getting through books quicker and finding a few new favourites along the way.

Books for your bedside table

I'm a bit picky about where I actually read. I find myself easily distracted and so my bedroom is my preferred haven to settle down with a good book. We recently move around our bedroom furniture, to make room for a wardrobe (my very own wardrobe, for the first time ever!) and so to make room, we had to switch the bedside tables so that both were on my side of the bed. Bad news for M, but great news for me as it gives me more space for all my nighttime beauty bits and of course, books!

I thought it would be nice to start sharing the books I'm reading again. Not so much reviews, as to be honest I'm pretty rubbish at describing books, although not too shabby at sharing my love for a book that's kept me captivated. More of a 'this is what I'm reading right now' kinda thing, on a monthly basis. No pressure to read through a certain amount of books, no pressure to try and sell a book without giving away the plot and hopefully, a nice way to share my current reads and get everyone talking about our favourite books and authors.

Some books may feature twice, as I dip in and out of them, but I'm sure they'll be a few that I get through quickly, especially as we're lucky to have such an excellent sleeper in Willow (which I shared in a recent MOTHERHOOD feature; I'm not sorry our daughter sleeps well). July's reading list features three completely different genres, three books I have found myself smitten with after just a few pages and three books that, although I haven't finished them yet, I would wholeheartedly recommend checking out.

A review of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking


The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
Available from: Amazon, The Book People, WHSmith
Bought when caught up in the hype surrounding Hygge last year, this is one I pick up whenever I fancy a light read of a chapter or two. Focusing on Danish living and how the Danes live by the rules of Hygge, it explains Hygee itself, everything associated with Hygge - and how you can find Hygge in practically anything, all whilst providing simple methods and ideas to live a more Hygge lifestyle yourself.

The book itself is beautifully designed and laid out with useful information, gorgeous photography and stunning illustrations; it's quite possibly the most beautiful book I've ever owned! I love picking it up when I want a few minutes with a cuppa and find every read gives me the motivation to make our home and lives, a little bit more Hygge.

A review of The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner


The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner
Available from: Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith
This is a book I started just this week and already I'm hooked. I actually picked it up last year when I had just had Willow, and even bought it for a couple of friend's come birthday's and Christmas, who absolutely raved about how much they enjoyed it; but it was a book I kept meaning to read but never had the time to start. Described as a brilliantly honest, funny and reassuring collection of stories surrounding Motherhood, from parenting blogger The Unmumsy Mum. I'll be totally honest - I have never read The Unmumsy Mum blog, but there were so many rave reviews from other mamas about this book that I just had to buy it!

Now that I'm reading it, I can completely get the hype. I've actually wished away the past few days so that I can climb in bed and read more. Every chapter has been something I can relate to, every story shared has me nodding along as I remember those newborn days, the constant fight over who has it harder (me, a stay at home working mama or M, who goes out to work full time) and that all too familiar longing to grow our family and have another little one (hold your horses, we're not trying yet!).

Motherhood isn't all roses and wonderful memories and books like The Unmumsy Mum allow those of us (OK, let's be honest - all of us) who have some more difficult times as well as the happiest times, feel like we're not alone. I am so glad I finally started reading this and I will definitely be ordering the second one, The Unmumsy Mum Diary, when I'm done!

Review of Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland


Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
Available from: Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith
To be quite honest, I'm not the biggest fan of 'YouTuber books', but when Louise announced that she would be writing a fiction chick-lit, I knew it was a book I wouldn't be able to resist reading. Chick-lit is probably my most-read genre, I find them nice easy reads and I'll put my hands up and admit I often like to get lost in a fairytale love story (come on, don't we all?!). I'm yet to start this one, but will be straight into it once I finish The Unmumsy Mum, which I should have finished by the end of this weekend.

Wilde Like Me centres around Robin Wilde, a single mum who decides to change her life. Everyone I have spoken to who has already read Wilde Like Me, has told me how much they have loved Robin Wilde as a character - I honestly can't wait to start reading this one myself.

I've love to know what you're currently reading, whether you've come across any books you couldn't put down lately? If you've read any of the books on my bedside table this month, let me know your thoughts - I always think it's interesting to see how different people take different things from the same books.

Have you read my previous book reviews?

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