The year in books – July 2016

As we approach the end of June I thought I’d reflect on what I’ve read this month. Back at the end of 2015 I set myself a goal to read at least one book a month – joining in with Circle of Pine Tree’s the year in books. I love reading and loved it growing up, but as an adult I so rarely make the time for it in my life that it deserves. I figured that if I was accountable to others, or able to join in with people on social media, it might encourage me to shoot for one read a month. A book a month wouldn’t be a lot to some, but to me to get into that regular routine is so important.

My reading has slowed a bit since the winter months, but I’m still reaching my one a month target. I do find that as my reading time is mainly just before I go to sleep, I do benefit from having a read on a Saturday/Sunday morning to help me get stuck into a book – otherwise it’s a bit disconnected and I’ll read no more than about five pages before I’m asleep! When do you find is the best time to read?

The year in books - July 2016 - This Little Space of Mine

So before I talk about Better than Before, here’s how I got on with June’s read.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I steamed through The Happiness Project in the space of a week, which is always testament to how much I enjoyed it. Yes, I’d re-read it, but this time I feel like I took so much more from it and will keep with me some of the guiding points. When I read it in 2012 I’d put post-it notes throughout and most of these were around friendship and buying happiness, yet this time round what grabbed me more was about enjoying passions, relationships and handling day to day tasks. Four years on and I’m now a homeowner in a long standing relationship, so it’s good that I can still relate and take something from this read. It’s written in an easy-read kind of way which makes it accessible to all and I like the little honest snippets into her life and family. I liked it so much I ordered her newest book, Better than Before

July’s book choice

I’ve already made a start on this, but July’s read is going to be Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before. This book is all about forming habits to have a better life and I’m hoping it’ll help me eat better and plan my meals more successfully. I’m so much more likely to eat better if I plan ahead and get myself organised, but I’ve tried and failed on many occasions to do it. Hoping Gretchen will save the day!

Have you read anything you loved recently? I hope my monthly posts on what I’m reading are inspiring you to read more. Don’t forget to catch the #theyearinbooks hashtag over on Instagram! I’ll be taking the month out in August, but plan to be back in blog land in September with a review and update of what I’ve been reading. No doubt I’ll be sharing on Instagram too!

Leanne x

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6 Comments on The year in books – July 2016

  1. Amanda
    30/06/2016 at 10:00 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve actually just finished reading Better than Before and I loved it! I instantly made changes to how I do things (thanks to monitoring and scheduling) with results already. A great read. Just started reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.

    • Leanne Beale
      04/07/2016 at 4:54 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Amanda, great to hear! I’m starting to get more stuck into it and it’s got me thinking about my evening habits and when I go to bed etc. x

  2. Kelly
    04/07/2016 at 12:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh I will be interested to hear what you think. I have seen some mixed reviews. I did like The Happiness Project though.

    • Leanne Beale
      04/07/2016 at 4:55 pm (1 year ago)

      I loved the Happiness Project! So far it feels it’s missing the magic of the first book, but I’ve already picked up a couple of key pointers, so it’s warming up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kate Davis
    04/07/2016 at 3:19 pm (1 year ago)

    I have both of those books on my to be read list so its good to know you enjoyed them. I’m currently reading Platform by Michael Hyatt.

    • Leanne Beale
      04/07/2016 at 4:55 pm (1 year ago)

      Oooo I’ve not heard of that, I’ll have to look it up. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Kate!