The Summer Reading List

I’ve mentioned in the past that by nature, I’m not much of a reader. But when I do, it’s mostly non-fiction because I prefer to feel like I’m learning something along the way; I guess there’s an argument that you can take things away from a fiction book, but factual books are still my favourites. I made a little Amazon order last week to get me through the summer evenings, and I’ve already been delving into a couple.

THE POWER OF NOW – Eckhart Tolle

Out of my entire order, this was the one I was probably the most unsure of, so of course I started it first. It’s described as “a guide to spiritual enlightenment”, which might immediately put some off, but if you find yourself struggling to live in the moment with your mind always drifting off to thoughts of the past or anxiety of the future, I would highly recommend this to you. The style of the book is interesting too, being written more in a lecture style with questions and answers which I’m enjoying reading so far.

A Summer Reading List THE SECRET – Rhonda Byrne

I’ve known the basics of “The Secret” without actually reading it for almost a year now, thanks to the likes of Sarah Akwisombe and Victoria who regularly speak of the law of attraction. The early chapters explain “the secret”, with each chapter then delving into how it can be used to transform relationships, health, money, and more.


SELF CARE FOR THE REAL WORLD – Nadia Narain & Katia Narain Phillips

Self-care means many things to different people; for some people it’s as simple as a nice bubble bath with a face mask, for some it’s making the time to eat healthy nutritious meals and exercise. This book explores all the different lanes of self-care, separated into sections of “love”, “hope”, “peace”, “joy” and “light”.”Our mission is not about achieving perfection, it’s about accepting you are human, with all your beauty and your flaws, accepting you deserve to be happy and well, and doing what you can, when you can, to get there.”


THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING – Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl

I am not a perfect parent (who is?), I am constantly learning and developing my parenting style, and it’s always interesting to get other people’s perspective – rather than just the unsolicited advice Mother’s constantly seem to receive on social media. All aspects of the Scandinavian life appeal to me, so it only seemed logical to hear about how the Danes raise children. Parent is broken down into sections of “play”, “authenticity”, “reframing”, “empathy”, “no ultimatums” and “togetherness and hygge”.


Have you read any of these books? What’s on your summer reading list?

Catherine McCourt

Catherine McCourt is the editor of Hey, Mama, a parenting, interiors and business blog designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget and a kick-ass career whilst you’re at it.


  1. June 27, 2018 / 11:20 am

    Great list, I’ve read the Secret and the Power of Now. I enjoyed both. I think I’ll add Self Care for the Real World to my Amazon list – thanks! x

  2. July 3, 2018 / 6:46 am

    My reading list also includes The Power of Now, as well as the Power by Rhonda Byrne, which I heard, explains the law of attraction more in-depth and on how to use it apparently, I haven’t started it. Great list though, Self-care for the real world sounds like a good pick, I may check that one out. 🙂

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