One of my 2018 Goals was to spend some more time doing “nothing”. I like to call this very special time of the day “Zone Out” time. It means so much to me because it is time that I truly dedicate to me and letting my very over active brain switch off for a while.
There are times in the week where I pair this “Zone Out” time with the time that I get my body moving. This sounds very odd, but over the years I have developed the knack of walking and reading at the same time….so reading and walking on the treadmill or cycling on the gym bikes is no different.
This very odd skill has allowed me to fit in more reading (one book a month…yay), and more cardio….so it is a win-win situation.
So…what have I read so far this year?
January: ‘A is for Alibi’ by Sue Grafton
I do love a crime novel and this one didn’t disappoint! It is the first in the series written by this author that follows a female insurance investigator/private investigator. I won’t reveal too much but basically it is a page turner and not for the faint of heart. There was one point where I was reading on the bike, someone wanted my attention in the gym and I nearly fell off! Slightly embarrassing to say the least!
Totally recommend as an any point in the year read, so pick up a copy before you head on your holidays!
February: ‘High Fidelity’ by Nick Hornby
A classic! I think I have read this book and watched the movie upwards of 50 times over the years. I like to think of this as the coming of age story that keeps on giving. It’s the story of a guy going through a breakup….and a quarter life crisis…and working on a struggling business with 2 oddballs he hired for ‘2 days a week and just starting turning up every day’.
It has an amazing soundtrack (check out Spotify for some amazing playlists) and it always gets me in the mood for a trip down memory lane! It also inspired me to write this blog. I am the queen of the top 5….and it’s this books fault!
March: ‘Expo 58’ by Jonathan Coe
This book is AWFUL! I was hoping this would be a beautiful post-war story of a time where the world was hopeful and full of spies. In the end it was slow to start and even half way through it hadn’t gotten anywhere!
I abandoned it at page 100 of 263 so I can’t even comment on the ending.
April: ‘The F Word’ by Lily Pebbles
I can say nothing but good things about this amazing book written by one of my favourite bloggers of all time.
This is a social commentary on Female Friendship. It prompted me to reflect on my own friendships and how much I really do value the ladies in my life!
If you are having a bad time, or feel like you need a positive read…I would 100% recommend it! I may have purchased a couple of copies to give to these girlfriends so they can share in the joy!
May: ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeymann
An overall ‘meh’ read! It was great in places, and covers the very sad topics of loneliness, loss and mental health but it was another slow one for me.
I picked it up in Winchester on a trip to see one of my besties with another bestie so it will always hold a place for me in my heart, but i don’t think it is one I will be pick up up again.
If you want a good cry, pick it up.
June: ‘The 5 Second Rule’ by Mel Robbins
I started watching this amazing women on YouTube and I very quickly became obsessed!
Mel basically teaches you how to get your life in order, how to stop your brain from screwing you over, and how to be more productive!
She shows you how to use that 5 second window between when you decide to do something and your brain being out to your advantage and move forward on something. It has also been helping me with my anxiety which has been amazing!
If you want a book on productivity and anxiety treatment that actually works: pick this up and watch it change your life!!
So, that is what I have been reading this year! I hope you pick some of these up and you let me know what you think!!!
Have I missed anything that I should be trying??
Hugs and love xXx Have a great weekend xXx