As our team members take a well-earned rest to spend time with family and friends, we ask them to share their favourite summer reads.
Winner of the Booker Prize 2020, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart tells the story of a young boy as he tries to navigate his way through growing up in poverty, surrounded by addiction. Based in my own home town of Glasgow I found this book impossible to put down. Although not strictly autobiographical it pulls on the authors own experience growing up in very challenging circumstances.
Currently, I am going through a self-growth phase, and I am really enjoying books that talk about human psychology and habits. Two books that I couldn’t put down once I started reading them were “Good Vibes, Good Life” by Vex King, who talks about the importance of prioritizing yourself and not letting negative things affect your vision; and “Does it Matter?” by Alan Watts, who talks about the relationship between men and material things, deep-diving into why we care for and prioritize things that don’t really add value to our life. Both books I highly recommend!
The perfect summer read for me this year is “Summer at the Comfort Food Café” by Debbie Johnson. Hugely uplifting, it’s a lovely feel-good book for summer. It’s a heartwarming tale of a widow and her two teenage children’s move to Dorset to start a new life.
I’m currently studying for my next set of professional accountancy exams but I can’t imagine our readership wants a list of these weighty tomes! When I’m not swotting, I am currently reading “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. Described as “a new ‘bible’ for the self-improvement space”, I’ll let you know its impact once I’ve finished reading it.
I’ve just finished ‘Ghosts’ by Dolly Alderton. I really loved her first book ‘Everything I Know About Love’ so Ghosts was definitely next on my list. It’s another well-written, feel-good, and fun read which had me laughing out loud at times (literally!). I love to chill out with an easy read over the summer, especially when the sun is shining, so I’m disappointed to have finished this now – I’ll be looking for my next recommendation from the PG Team!
For a comprehensive list of the summer’s top 50 reads visit The Guardian. We would love to hear your book recommendations, Let us know what your favourite summer reads are and we can add them to our blog.