My summer reading list

Having no University work alongside my part time job, Summer is a time for reading. I have always been a bookworm and there’s nothing better than losing yourself in a different world among the pages. Recently I went to Waterstones to pick up Stacey Dooley’s new book (which is fabulous by the way) and I ended up returning  to buy more with what was meant to be my emergancy fund. But books are an investment and it’s safe to say I’m not going to need to purchase another one for a while. I wanted to get a lot of non fiction books, but I got a couple of fiction ones too, so I have seperated them so I can talk about them in detail.


I bought four non fiction books, all on different topics and I have actually completed Japonisme and just started McMafia. All of them are unique, but I will round up what they are each about.

  1. Japonisme by Erin Niimi Longhurst 

‘Japonisme explores the Japanese art of finding contentment, through practical tips and tricks to live a happier, healthier, more thoughtful life.’ 

I really enjoyed this book and actually, it was perfect for the phase of life I was going through. Longhurst writes about Japenese traditions that lead people to their happier, more rewarding lives that perhaps would benefit us in a western society if we adapted them. There were incredible sections of the book which talks about every day things such as de cluttering, cooking and bathing for a more peaceful lifestyle.

2. McMafia by Misha Glenny

‘McMafia is a journey through the world of international organised crime, from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil.’ 

I have just started reading this book after hearing many things about it. Having an already curious interest in Globalisation and how that contributes to Crime, I am really excited to dig into this book. Misha Glenny is a fabulous Journalist and has worked for both The Guardian and the BBC, not only is he a terrific writer, he’s also an icon for a Journalism student such as myself.

3. All That Remains by Sue Black

‘Most of us are terrified of death, but with warmth and humanity, Sue Black shows us that death is in fact a wonderous process, intimately tied with life itself.’ 

This is next on my list and I ultimately picked it up because the cover looked soft. I ended up reading a page and it was about the process of death, which sounds morbid. However, the way in which it was written was very matter of fact, but with personal accounts thrown in that exercise the writer’s emotions but also sense of humour. It appears to be a very touching book, about an almost taboo subject none of us want to talk about. We are happy to report murders, deaths and loss of life in the papers. But talking about it in such an open way feels mischevious and a little bit wrong. But that is what makes the book appear pleasurable because Death is a process the living rarely understand and what many people fear.

4. Hired: Six Months Undercover In Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth

‘Cracking open Britain’s diversions- North/South,urban/rural, working class/middle class, leave/remain- journalist James Bloodworth spends six months living and working across Britain, taking on the country’s most gruelling jobs.’

I love a good Journalistic book, and Sociology is one of my passions. I picked this up as I know all too well that minimum wage jobs are on the rise, people are unable to pay their rent and the economy is causing more people to struggle than the mainstream news will admit. I’m from a very working class family that has grafted in many different jobs to put food on the table, I wanted to read this in a strange way to know that I’m not alone in this.


On the fiction side of things, I went in looking specifically for one novel. I wanted to read ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ by George Orwell, as I never have. But I was convinced by the sales assistant to buy another.

  1. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell 

‘Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the pasdt to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he livfes in, which demands absolute obediance and controls him through the all seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the party…’ 

I absolutely loved George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and I’m forever using it as an analogy for Power and how it can get out of hand. With the rise of things like Alexa and Google Home, many people have compared those to Big Brother, and I’ve been told to read this book time and time again, but I never have- that is going to change this Summer.

2. Lolita by Vladimir Navokov 

Humbert Humbert- scholar, aethete and romantic- has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum snapping, silky skinned twelve year old daughter…’

I was convinced by the sales assistant to purchase this when I mentioned I loved the penguin modern classics. Admittedly, I was hesitant because of the subject matter but she assured me that it’s a beautifully written book every body must read and to be honest, she was so lovely I couldn’t say no to her. But, I am still unsure on whether I will enjoy this book because it seems entirely inapropriate and I don’t think I am in a hurry to read it, with much luck it will get pushed to the back of the shelf so I can forget about it.

So that is my summer reading list! I would love to see what you are all reading this summer, or even writing.

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