Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. Vera Nazarian
Books have always been my most faithful companions. I have always been an avid reader. I need to have a book to read otherwise I feel as I am missing a limb. When I was young I used to read at night with a torch under the bed covers until I fell asleep. As a teenager I was devouring books. My favourite authors included Fyodor Dostoevsky, Albert Camus, Guy de Maupassant, Boris Vian and Jean-Paul Sartre.
In the most recent years, as I have had less time to read, my favourite books are mainly thrillers, murder mystery novels and “light” literature. I love reading Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series, which I am re-reading for the third time. I am currently at F is for Fugitive.
Books were very useful to me when I was trying to recover from Narcissistic Abuse and without them, I would not have been able to. This summer, as I am trying to discover myself and improve my well-being, my reading list is principally made of Self-help books and other non-fiction books. At the moment I am reading The Human Magnet Syndrome, Why We Love the People Who Hurt Us by Ross Rosenberg. It made me realise that my relationship problems were not all down to him and that I had played my part in the drama by allowing and enabling the abuse.
The best present that my ex-partner gave me last Christmas was a Kindle. I can have a whole library with me at any time and I can order a new book even if it is the middle of the night. I can also try free samples, so if I do not like the book, I do not need to buy it.
Here is my Summer Reading List:
- Untangled, A story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph by Alexis Rose: This book is by Untangled a blogger that I follow, so I am curious to read the full story.
- You are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero: I was attracted by the title and think that it might be interesting and help me build up more confidence.
- The Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins: According to the reviews this is a light-hearted and entertaining book, so it might provide good distraction.
- The Five Things We Cannot Change and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them by David Richo: On my last post, emergingfromthedarknight mentioned that they loved books by David Richo as they are full of wisdom, so I thought I might give it a try.
- She’s so Fine by Jaimee Campbell: I read the review for this thriller on Review Tales by Jeyran Main, a book review blog. The story sounds exciting, so I am looking forward to getting started with this book.
My Summer Reading List is maybe slightly too ambitious but I hope that I will have the time to read everything before the end of the summer and that the self-help books will support me in my journey towards self-discovery and help me build up my self-esteem.
Let’s get reading!