• Mollie Butlin

My Summer Reading List

Like most people, I’m hoping to get away this summer and spend my days tanning by the pool on an Instagrammable Bali bed. Also like most people, I love to read on holiday and deciding which to take for my time away is equally as thrilling as getting up at 3am for the first flight out of Gatwick. I love female writers, books with female leads and conversations: last year on holiday, I devoured Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love in a couple of days, so that’s the genre of my taste here. If you also love this kind of thing, you might want to add these to your list too.

1. How To Fail - Elizabeth Day

I love her podcast series of the same name, and as a recent graduate, I find comfort in hearing how mistakes can turn into the best lessons and I’m not the only one. A book about learning that failure is okay and that we shouldn’t be afraid. It’s an all rounder on life- including dating, work, family and friendships too. I love Elizabeth’s honesty and wit, so I know I’ll really enjoy this.

2. Comfort Zones- Various Authors

This is an anthology of different essays and stories by 28 female writers, with all proceeds going to Women for Women International if you buy through Jigsaw. Each author was asked to go beyond their comfort zone and write something different to their usual work- including women such as Pandora Sykes, Farrah Storr, Vicky Spratt and Alice-Azania Jarvis. (Elizabeth Day and Emma Gannon from my other suggestions also feature).

3. The Sisterhood/ How to be a grown up- Daisy Buchanan

Okay, two-for-the-price-of-one here. I’ve been meaning to read How To Be a Grown-Up since I found out about Daisy last year, but now Daisy has also released The Sisterhood- so now this automatically gets put in my list. How To Be a Grown-Up promises a comforting and funny handbook for 20-somethings, on how not to panic about adulthood with ‘we’ve all been there’ moments. At 22, I still don’t ‘feel’ like an ‘adult’ so I imagine this to be relatable.

The Sisterhood is a memoir of living as a modern woman with sisters, and the amazing ways women connect with each other, in what’s been described as an honest and hilarious book. It’s about Daisy’s inspirations from her very different sisters, and how they and their relationships have shaped her.

4. Queenie- Candice Carty-Williams

I heard about this first on The High Low podcast, when they had an author special with Candice and I immediately put it in my iPhone notes. Candice herself came across extremely interesting, so definitely check out her other work too. This is a story of Queenie from South London who feels like she’s losing control of her life. Her British-Jamaican family don’t seem to get her (“if it’s not about Jesus or water rates, they’re not interested”), her job isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and she’s broken-up with a guy she can’t get over. Everyone I know that’s read it so far have said they LOVE Queenie and want to be her friend.

5. The Multi-Hyphen Method- Emma Gannon

Again, I’ve listened to Emma’s podcast CTRL ALT Delete for a while now, so it’s no surprise I’m interested in reading her book too. The book is all about showing you that YOU have the power to make your own job thanks to the internet and phones- serving as a source of inspiration for us all to be fulfilled and work less. It’s been dubbed ‘the ultimate modern career guide’ by ES Magazine, and the push some people might need to turn their hobby into a side hustle. I’m very interested to channel my own business mindset and learn how the working world has changed.

6. Jog On - Bella Mackie

Bella’s book is about how getting into running helped improve her battles with anxiety and to enjoy things again. I love Bella and think it’s great she’s being unapologetically honest starting this conversation- whether running is your thing or not, it’s about finding what works for you. Bella says her first attempt at running didn’t go amazingly, but she kept at it and set herself goals and saw her mood lifting. There’s also other inspirational stories and research along the way, and I find the idea of exercise having positive impact on mental health very relevant.

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