Recently I rediscovered my love of reading and can now say that I officially have the reading bug! For one thing, it’s going to make my train journey’s a hell of a lot more interesting. All it took was picking up one really good story and having the time to sit down and become completely immersed in the words on the pages. The only problem I now have is that everytime I walk past Waterstones I can’t go in without buying something. I already have a stack at home waiting in line to be read, which brings me to this post. I wanted to share with you what’s on my reading list each month, what are the good books that I’ve found worth picking up. In the summer when I posted about a story that had me hooked on Instagram, about 5 people said they went out to buy it for their holiday and equally found it a page turner which was great so here’s me, hoping to get more people into reading!
What to read in January? I have to confess that in and amongst the new year vibes and fresh mindset, my reading list is steered towards business and writing to get me focused on the year ahead rather than those page turners that I was talking about, although so far these books have me turning pages too! Below is what I plan to get through this month but I’ll also let you in on a few fiction stories that I’ve enjoyed reading recently.
Growth Hacker Marketing – Ryan Holiday
I came across this book when I was actually looking for a Secret Santa present for one of the new joiners in our team. I’d only met him a handful of times and we hadn’t had much of a deep conversation, so really I was working on the fact that he’s new to marketing. Now I’m sure most of you are sat there thinking what a boring Secret Santa present but you’re mistaken, it’s a fantastic book that sums up the potential future of marketing, advertising and PR as we know it. Two copies in the cart and now the race is on to see who finishes first. When does Secret Santa actually work anyway?
Start With Why – Simon Sinek
I think this one popped up as a suggestion on Amazon but it didn’t take me long to add it to my cart. Simon Sinek is known for presenting great Ted Talks and inspiring others. This is an exploration of what separates great businesses and great leaders from the rest. I picked this hoping to be inspired and energised when I get back to the office. Only time will tell.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
For all of the aspiring writers out there I was given some good advice recently. A colleague said, ‘If you’re interested in writing then you should learn from some of the greats! To start with, go and read some Stephen King’. I’ve gone a step further and bought this book which is described as part memoir, part masterclass. No better place to start I would say.
My Sisters Bones – Nuala Ellwood
Now I couldn’t read all of these educational books and not include something a bit lighter, something fiction. I bought this book a few months ago but it never made it to the top of the pile. Now it’s here and I’m excited. Said to rival The Girl on the Train, it is full of twists and turns, a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing right until the very end. Okay, maybe not a light read but an interesting one! If you enjoyed The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl then this is a must.
Other books I’ve read recently that are definitely worth picking up.
- Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
- Big Little Lies also Liane Moriarty
- The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
You can see the pattern evolving here, i’m a bit of a sucker for a thriller. If you pick any of these up, let me know what you think and please share your recommendations below! I’m also happy to do a book swap and share the love if anyone’s interested.