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My Holiday Reading List

December 29, 2015

You’ll have to excuse the fact that the below order does not match the picture, I have mixed style and substance a little too much here!

The Business Books

I don’t know why but I am obsessed with business books when I am on holiday, I find these types of books difficult to read with the ‘daily grind’ of life, so like having the opportunity to commit to these when abroad!

In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon

‘From her troubled childhood and her time as a young editor, to her partnership with Jimmy Choo and her very public relationships, Mellon offers a gripping account of the episodes that have made her. A book Jackie Collins would be proud of, with the added bonus that it is all true. A voyeuristic joy from start to finish’ Harpers Bazaar

I like to read a slightly business focused book when I am on holiday as I it fascinating to see how companies function and I think this will be similar in the sense of #GIRLBOSS that it will show the journey Tamara Mellon took to building the empire that is Jimmy Choo. I started this late last year when I ordered a sample on my Kindle and find the writing style really enjoyable and easy to read. Mellon writes it in a laid back chatty style making it a perfect companion to my sun lounger.

“’When you wish upon a star’, ‘Whistle While You Work’, ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ – these are lyrics indelibly linked to Disney, one of the most admired and best-known companies in the world. So when Roy Disney, chairman of Disney animation, abruptly resigned in November 2003 and declared war on chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner, he sent shock waves throughout the world. DISNEYWAR is the dramatic inside story of what drove this iconic entertainment company to civil war, told by one of America’s most acclaimed journalists.

My fiancée gave me this and raves about it, and as above really, I like reading business books from the comfort of my sun lounger, however I do however think this will be a little darker than #GIRLBOSS, this is unlike any book that I have read so will let you know how I get on.

“Success is random. But we can capture this randomness and turn it in our favour. According to bestselling author Frans Johansson, planning and careful analysis no longer guarantee success. But dig deep into the actions of successful people and organizations and you find one common theme. A turning point occurs and they take advantage of that ‘click moment’ to change their fate. Diane von Furstenberg saw a matching skirt and top on TV and the wrap-dress was born. Microsoft Windows was on the brink of being shut down until two people met at a party. Starbucks sold brewing equipment until Howard Schultz experienced his first latte.”
I saw this a few years ago in Waterstones (as you can see I get round to books really quickly!) and was bought into it reading the blurb (hence why I have pasted the whole thing) I love reading about companies finding their niche and turning it into their success factor.

“In this first of its kind insider’s guide, Yuli Ziv, Style Coalition’s founder, reveals the secrets behind her own online success and that of her network, which represents more than 200 top fashion and beauty bloggers, in partnership with Hearst magazines. You will find practical business advice on how to: – Brand yourself as a top blogger and sought-after influencer – Build valuable relationships with PR companies and brands – Secure invitations to important industry events – Work with advertising networks – Develop new revenue streams – Land spokesperson deals and large scale sponsorships – Position yourself at the forefront of the fashion blogosphere Full of action driven exercises, helpful resources and inspirational chapters by top fashion bloggers What I Wore, College Fashion, Gala Darling, Second City Style and Corporette, the book is packed with all the advice and motivation you need to take your blogging career to the next level!”

I received this as a secret santa present which I thought was really sweet, it has great reviews so excited to see if it has any insights.

Social Issue Books
Not 100% sure is Social Issues is the best description for both these books, but it was the best I could think. Both books are extremely different but both equally as interesting, highlighting things that have been caused from modern day culture.

“In Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me, Bertsche embarks on a quest to emulate her Hollywood role models—while sticking to a budget—to see if they really hold the keys to happiness. While trying to unlock the stars’ secrets, from Sarah Jessica Parker’s wardrobe to Julia Roberts’s sense of calm to—maybe one day—Jessica Alba’s chic pregnancy, Bertsche learns valuable lessons.”

Another book that I have been reading prior to my holiday, well actually I have been reading this book for ages but have dipped in and out but did happy dance when I realised I was half way through the other day as I haven’t been that far through a physical book in a long time (I usually listen to audio books whilst at work or walking the dog). I must admit I am currently two timing Rachel Bertsche’s books against one another (how slutty of me!) and love her writing style, her books are social experiments I guess about finding happiness so are easy to read and really interesting. I find the whole celebrity culture/will being more (rich/skinny/stylish/insert desire here) make you more happier so have enjoyed this book. I cannot recommend this book enough if you are a fan on The Happiness Project (another goody by the way!)

“In 2004 Felicity Lawrence published her ground-breaking book, Not on the Label, where, in a series of undercover investigations she provided a shocking account of what really goes into the food we eat. She discovered why beef waste ends up in chicken, why a single lettuce might be sprayed six times with chemicals before it ends up in our salad, why bread is full of water.”

I am currently obsessed with documentaries about food (Vegucated & Food Inc are my personal favourites!) and what we are putting into our bodies and am taking dramatic steps towards having a better diet (more on that later) and this is another step towards that education. Originally I thought this may be a boring addition, but Rich (the fiancée) has already touted to borrow this once I am finished as it looks interesting.

The Novels

Because, it’s not a holiday without a novel to get drawn into…
Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
“A whirlwind romance. A perfect marriage. Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home… And can you ever really know what happened before you met?”

I have just discovered that I have bought this twice (doh!) I recently bought the paper back as it popped up on my Amazon recommendations and have just seen that I bought it on my Kindle last year and have not yet got round to watching it. I was drawn in to this because the concept sounds similar to Gone Girl (Gone Man?) which has to be one of my favourite books for so many reasons! I love a dark mystery/thriller and have heard really good things about this one, so am looking forward to reading it.

“What’s a girl to do with an offer you can’t refuse?
Another irresistible bestseller from much-loved author Jill Mansell. Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend Dougie’s snobbish mother offers her £10,000 to break up with him. Then she discovers a secret that makes her think again. Dougie would probably have broken up with her in the long run, and this way she can help one of the people she loves most in the world.”
Another book I have had for years, I finally want to move it from the unread to the read section of my bookshelf!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…”

Because who isn’t talking about this book?

The comments +

  1. Summer

    August 21st, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I've just finished the girl on the train, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂
    Summer x

  2. Rick Campbell

    February 13th, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Nice books must say. Read a lot of them , also I have an didea to share them with the help of some virtual data room providers . So I wonder if it is possible.

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