My summer book pile

How do you find new books to read? When I was young it was the library, then I came to rely on the Sunday Times book section, but many of my latest finds have been from bloggers and social media. So it's only fair that I share some of my current finds, dontcha think?

So this is my summer book pile, both solid and virtual...

On the Pile

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I think it's going to be worth the wait. I didn't see the TV series and somehow I thought that it would either be heavy and worthy, or a badly written TV spin off about birth and poverty in Poplar during the 1950s. After a couple of chapters that I stayed up later than usual to read, I can confirm that so far it is a compulsive story, especially poignant for me, as my social worker Mum cycled those same East London streets around the same time and would have worked with similar families.

The Explosive Child by Ross Greene

Now my parenting manual. You might think from the title that it would be all about out-of-control children and authoritative parenting, but it's not. Instead it explains why children explode and a gentle and collaborative way to parent them, perfect for conflict-averse people like me. I expect to be dipping in and out of it all summer.

It's also the first book that I bought on Kindle and then bought a hard copy too, because I was referring to it so often.

Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance in our Children by Phil Christie

This was a bit of a disappointment as I was hoping for more practical advice, so I haven't finished reading it yet, but I know I should, just in case there's useful information that I might miss.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

One of two books sent to me by one of my brothers as a birthday present and not yet begun, but I may need to hurry as Angel wants to read it too.

The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn

Someone somewhere told me to read this book, and I'm very glad they did. It's about how to get an education without going to school and is basically a guidebook for teenagers. I was almost convinced, but remain a little concerned that the message seemed to be about liberation without responsibility. I think the teenager concerned also needs to want to learn, and parents needs to trust that. The book was written years before the internet and video games became so huge and I would worry that addiction to these could make this type of education unworkable. But it's worth a read for its passion, enthusiasm, information, philosophy and breakneck speed!

On the Kindle App

The middle books were bargains that I spotted on Twitter: I'll be saving them for a (quiet) rainy day...

Dare to Lose by E.L. Lindley

When an ordered life in middle age begins to crack.

Shift by Kim Curran

The first book in another series about teenagers with 'powers'.


These two are flanked by the debut novels of two friends I made on-line...

Racing Heart by June Moonbridge

"You do not have to be a racing fan to be able to enjoy it," wrote one reviewer of this romance set in the world of Formula 1: but of course as a former motor industry employee and car enthusiast, the setting just makes me want to read it even more!

Blue Eye Shadow by Paul W. Bowler

A compelling story about teenage bullying and the tragic consequences that may result - Paul can write an unforgettably graphic scene without wallowing in the horror of it - so it won't give you nightmares. Instead you just feel compassion for all those affected. But as someone who normally reads for entertainment and escape, I found it a bit too much at a time when my real life was getting very stressful - but I hope to return to it over the summer, as I really need to know how it ends!

And finally

Earth and Fire by Janet Edwards

I bought this after taking the above photo and read it in a couple of nights: it's a light but almost plausible science fiction novella about a girl becoming a pilot with political overtones about how we treat those whom we perceive to be different. Another enjoyable read recommended by Jax Blunt on Twitter.

What does your summer reading list look like?


  1. That's a nice big list, have you heard about the bookathon thing starting tonight? It's a book challenge taking place this week online, Sharon at Behind Green Eyes has a post about it xx

    1. No I hadn't! Thanks for the heads up, I will go and investigate :)

  2. Thanks for the mention. Much appreciated. I hope you manage every book on your list.

  3. Great list....I'm taking notes, of those that appeal to me! I've seen The Midwife on TV and really like it, never thought to read the book. You know, I can't remember how many times I've gone to write a reading-list blog post! Mine are boring though, mainly thrillers with few diversions! xx

    1. I bet you read a wider variety than you think, I'd be interested to see your reading list xx

  4. What a great diverse list. I love reading what others are reading.

    1. Me too! There's so many books out there, it's a good way to find out about new ones.