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What To Read This Christmas

I honestly can’t believe that this time in a week it is Christmas Day.

Are you ready for it? I think I am!

I wanted to share with you a list of the books that I have read this year in case you wanted to curl up on the sofa at some point with a good book.

And yes, I really have read 49 books this year.  I aim to read one personal development book a week and can quite easily read a light hearted book in a day if on holiday.

If you only have time to read one book then I would recommend  ‘The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington’. I think we live in a time where a lot of us just aren’t getting enough sleep and the consequences of this can be huge.

If you have time for a second then definitely ‘My Story by Jo Malone’. It is possibly one of the most interesting biographies I have read, I really couldn’t put it down.


Non Fiction 

  • The Sleep Revolution – Arianna Huffington
  • Female Breadwinners – Suzanne Doyle-Morris
  • Get the Presentation X Factor – Tina Coulsting Carter
  • Frazzled – Ruby Wax
  • They F**K You Up: How to Survive Family Life – Oliver James
  • Leading – Alex Ferguson
  • Why Now is The Time To Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Ask Garyvee – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • My Story – Jo Malone
  • A Path appears – Nicholas Kristof & Sherly WuDunn
  • The Fire Starter Session – Danielle La Porte
  • Screw business as usual – Richard Branson
  • The Storytellers Secret Carmine Gallo
  • The Glass Wall – Sue Underman & Kathryn Jacob
  • Secrets of Six Figure Women – Barbara Stanny
  • Flip It – Michael Heppell
  • Busy – Tony Crabbe
  • Raving Fans – Ken Blanchard
  • Taming Your Gremlin – Richard Carson
  • An Entrepreneurs Guide to Book Marketing Success – Georgia Kirke
  • The Happiness of Pursuit – Chris Guillebeau
  • Your Best Year Yet – Jinny Ditzier
  • The Go-Giver – Bob Burg & John David Mann
  • The 100 Year Life – Grafton & Andrew Scott
  • Option B – Sheryl Sandberg
  • Will it Fly – Pat Flyn
  • Moments of Truth – Jan Carlzon
  • What to put on your LinkedIn Profile – Naomi Johnson
  • Thinking Fast & Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • The ACT of Attraction in Business – Tamsen Garrie
  • Do The Work – Steven Pressfield
  • Why You Need a Business Story & How To Create It – David Sloly



  • Night School – Lee Child
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect – James Patterson
  • Confessions The Private School Murders – James Patterson
  • 16th Seduction – James Patterson
  • Speaking in Tongues – Jeffrey Deaver
  • The Husbands Secret – Liane Moriarty
  • No Where to Run – Nancy Bush
  • Pay it Forward – Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Before I Let You In – Jenny Blackhurst
  • The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson
  • Friendly Fire – Patrick Gale
  • More Than You Can Say – Paul Torday
  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye – Michael Connelly
  • The Five People you meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  • The Way Back Home – Freya North
  • In the company of The Courtesan – Sarah Dunant

I would love to know what books that you have read this year and which ones you would recommend.

Still bored by the Football? Check these Books Out for the Summer

I’ve always loved to read; as a child I loved Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton amongst others.

Now my bookshelf and Kindle are full of personal development, management and leadership books all of which I find fascinating.

I’m  a fast reader so I usually read a book or two a week but if you’re a slower reader then I highly recommend simply reading for 10 minutes a day – that way you’ll get into the habit and get through some great books.

As we approach the summer and holidays I thought it would be great to share some of the books that I’ve read in the last few months that you may enjoy reading for yourself.

Sun lounger reading

The Happiness Project: Or Why I spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun – by Gretchen Rubin.  The Happiness Project

This is such a lovely read that I literally couldn’t put it down and even set the alarm clock for 5.30am so that I could finish it and give it back to my mum who needed to return it to the library!

You may also find yourself completely absorbed with the book so just remember to reapply that sun tan lotion as you turn the pages!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – by Cheryl Strayed Wild

Reese Witherspoon starred in a film based on this book. I’ve not seen that but I can definitely recommend reading the book. It even made me want to walk part of the Pacific Crest. But only part of it!

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do – by Sarah Knight Life Changing Magic

I found this a hilarious read so it’ll definitely make a plane journey – well – fly by!


  1. Nice girls Don’t Get The Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes That Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers – by Dr Lois P. Frankel  Nice Girls Don’t Corner Office

I recommend getting this book as a physical copy rather than on your Kindle. You may well want to take notes and refer back to them to remind yourself of the unconscious mistakes you make that may be hindering your progress at work.

You know the sorts of things: avoiding office politics, multi-tasking, failure to negotiate, asking permission or smiling inappropriately.

If you work in a corporate environment this is a must read.

  1. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder – by Arianna Huffington   Thrive

I found this a refreshing read by a successful businesswoman. If you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness then you’ll enjoy this.

  1. The Glass Elevator: A Guide to Leadership Presence for Women on the Rise Glass Elevator Guide

I’m half way through reading this book. As with the ‘Nice Girls’ above, if you’re working in the corporate environment and want to progress your career then this one is another must read.


  1. The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change -by Adam Braun.  The Promise of a Pencil

Adam is a true inspiration. You may want to get the tissues out when you read this – you could well need them!

I’d love to know what books you’re reading this summer. Join the Facebook group and share your favourite reads with everyone. We could get some discussion going.