My Summer Reading List

I’m a bit late to the party with this one (can someone PLEASE tell me how we’re half way through August already?!), but today is the first chance I’ve had this summer to nestle down, grab a cuppa (coz it’s gotten cold again) and get into a book. Now, I’m a slow reader, so I only have three books on this list. God knows if I’ll have time to even make it through all three – but I want to try! 

1. Where Have All the Boys GoneJenny Colgan

This is an oldie but a goodie for me… Mama P passed this on to me after she’d finished reading it yearsss ago (she gets through a lot of books and I tend to get the hand-me-downs of the ones she thinks I’ll like – AWW 😊). I absolutely loved it then, and have read it from cover to cover at least 5 times. It’s come with me to every house, flat and studio I’ve lived in, and is my absolute go to read. I don’t know why I have such a soft spot for it, but you know it’s good when you’re onto your 6th time and aren’t bored of it yet. The blurb is as follows:

2. Sleeping ArrangementsSophie Kinsella

I’ve read a couple of Sophie Kinsella’s other books before (I got given a set of 3 as a gift a few years back), but this is the one I haven’t got round to reading yet. I had a quick look at Ms. Kinsella’s website, and this is what she had to say…sounds perfect for summer reading!

3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood PrinceJK Rowling (as if I even need to state the author!)

Now then, I am a MASSIVE HP fan, I’m an honorary Hufflepuff (#HuffleBUFF!), member of Pottermore (I have my wand and Patronus charm), been to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour twice (and gotten plenty of merchandise), and seen ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ in London (just part 1 though, I was poorly and couldn’t see part 2 💔). So I think it’s CRIMINAL that since reading the books when they came out, I’ve only just started (in the last year or so), reading them for a second time. I started book 1 last Easter and it’s taken me nearly 16 months to get through the first 5 books. I adore reading, but I just haven’t had enough time in the past year to settle down on regular occasions, with book and cuppa in hand. And the fact I’m such a fan but haven’t read this book since it was published 9 years ago is CRIMINAL. 

When I read, I like to have a few a hours to put aside so I can really get into it. I don’t enjoy it as much when it’s just half an hour here or there – that’s not long enough for me to be ‘transported’ – and that’s one of the things I love about reading! I’m praying that I find time amongst the workshops, summer schools, wedding planning and house moving to finish AT LEAST 2 of these.

If anyone has any other recommendations, let me know!

Lynette x (3)

10 Bangers to Blast Out This Summer

Since this is the first summer of being a car owner, I’m finally able to experience the glory of having the windows down, sunnies on, music blasting out… It’s nice isn’t it?! My favourite drives have been the ones over to work in Wakefield on a Sunday morning. Admittedly the window hasn’t been down for the 30 minutes I spend on the motorway, but the music’s still been pumping 😂

I’ve given you my top 10, each one linked to the song on YouTube, so you can go and have a listen if you fancy! SO…

1. Shotgun – George Ezra

I’m starting with a song that whenever it gets listened to in the future, we’ll always remember the heatwave of 2018. An absolute car banger.

2. 2002 – Anne-Marie

It’s cute, fun to sing along to, and we’re virtually the same age so it’s one of those half relatable ‘aww’ kinda songs.

3. Barcelona – Max George

A song that’s just filled with those pure summer vibes.

4. Flames – David Guetta and Sia

Again, fab to sing along to in the car, especially the riffs.

5. Better When I’m Dancing – Meghan Trainor

It’s not current I know, but I’ve just happened across it and it’s giving me such happy vibes! Definitely going to be adding this to my Mini Movers Street Dance playlist!

6. I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne

This one I really wasn’t sure about to start off with, but the yodelling has grown on me.

7. Wavey – CliQ feat. Alika

One with a gorgeous bass – bass so bass-y that if I was a pedestrian and heard it blasting out of a car, I’d roll my eyes at the driver 😂

8. So Young – The Corrs

Onto the throwbacks now. And whoever says they don’t like the Corrs IS A LIAR 😂

9. Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

I’m pretty sure out of all of my choices, this’ll be the one to label as my ‘Guilty Pleasure Song‘.

10. Lovefool – The Cardigans

And an incredibly special song for my fam. Our ‘Holiday Song’ from 199…7? I’m just guessing because it came out in Autumn 1996. It’s forever been labelled as our song and always reminds me of happy childhood holidays, I mean, it’s that special, it’s making it to our Wedding Playlist, so no haters ✋

I’m actually quite proud (getting to the end of the list) that there’s not many chav beats on there – which I DO love listening to whilst I’m driving, not gonna lie. Publishing at the beginning of August, it’ll probably change in a couple of weeks let’s be honest. When I rediscover an old Cascada album or something 😂

Please feel free to share any song recommendations below, with my job I’m always open to new music suggestions!

Lynette x (3)