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Great Books to Read Now, plus Win a Kindle

I asked on facebook for great books to read over the summer and this list has kept me going so  I thought I must share it. It will no doubt keep me going well beyond this summer and next, I am getting back into reading and 2018’s book pile is much better than previous years, but still room for improvement! That isn’t my book pile by the way, above, but I do pile my books up and it does motivate me to read more and grow the pile before the year is out.

I’m also giving away a Kindle today, more on that to come..

I was so pleased when my friend Hannah, who makes the most incredible cakes at Bake in Ashbourne, said she had stored the list in her phone notes. I had lost the facebook thread and the thought of scrolling back through all my holiday spam was a step too far on the cold September morning in question.

And if you haven’t already please do check out the book I co-authored, Create Your Own Happy, published by Harper Collins and aimed at children 7 plus, it’s a handbook/interactive activity book bursting with ideas to boost happiness throughout life and scientific explanations of why they work, a happiness tool kit if you like! Perfect Christmas gift too.

Books to try!

So in no particular order, thrillers, literary fiction, chick lit, life advice, all as recommended by my facebook friends… why not see if any of these take your fancy?

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
This is going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor –  Adam Kay
The Cows –  Dawn O’Porter
The Dry – Jane Harper
The Keeper Of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan
The Bang Bang Club – Greg Marinovich
The Music Shop: Rachel Joyce
Conversations with Friends: Sally Rooney
Notes on a nervous planet: Matt Haig
How to stop time: Matt Haig
The Betrayals: Fiona Neil
Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert
The Invitation: Lucy Foley
Am I Normal Yet?: Holly Bourne.
Doughnut: Tom Holt
Children of blood and bone: Tomi Adeyemi
The Tall Man: Phoebe Locke
The Great Alone: Kristin Hannah
Friend Request: Laura Marshall
The One: John Mars
The woman in the window: AJ Finn
All books by Mark Edwards
Last piece of my heart: Paige Toon
Ragdoll: Daniel Cole
The Reversal: Michael Connolly
I’ll give you the sun: Jandy Nelson
Small Great Things: Jodi Picoult
A Little Life: Hanya Yanagihara
Little fires everywhere: Celeste Ng
The Guernsey and Literary Potato Peel Society: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The secret life of Bees: Sue Monk Kidd

The Giveaway

As Autumn draws in we all need a bit more escapism, so I got together with some of my family travel blogging buddies and thought about a little giveaway that might help. We have a Kindle to giveaway to one lucky blog reader of either Mini Travellers, Extraordinary Chaos, Like Love Do, Pod Travels or here, Parentshaped.

Kindles are great for travel, and as kids grow up, great for encouraging reading too!

If you aren’t already following the other blogs on social media then please do, it will give you more entries to the competition but they are also all full of travel and reading inspiration.

All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below. The more times you enter the more chances you have to win the Kindle!

Good luck to all!




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