9 Motivational Summer Reads 2018


I know we’re well into summer but there’s still over a month to go before autumn. As much as I love autumn I fully intend to make the most of the remaining summer. I’m currently making my way through my summer bucket list whenever I get a spare moment and trying to get into bed earlier each evening so I can do some reading.

During the day I love listening to audiobooks. They’re my favourite way to consume books at the moment. I’ll listen to them at the gym, when I go to work or if I’m cleaning the house. I also enjoy picking up a copy of a book IRL. It all depends on the time and place.

I was lucky to get a selection of books for my birthday and the only one I’ve had the chance to make good use of is the cookbook. So, 3 of my birthday books are on this summer reading list. Then there’s a few others I’ve picked up and ones I plan to get and read over the next month or so. I have lots of upcoming train trips so I’ll be using that time to read and listen to audiobooks.

I hope my reading list gives you a few ideas of what to read or listen to. Most of the books are motivational or inspirational reads. Business and self-development books are my favourite. Here are my recommendations for last summer and 4 of my favourite audiobooks to propel you to success.

Motivational books

Here is my reading list for summer 2018.

Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit

I adore Candice Kumai and follow her on Instagram and listen to her podcast every week. In her latest book, Kintsugi Wellness, Candice explores her Japanese heritage and shares her favourite traditions and practices which can be applied to your own life. There are also recipes and her own experiences within the book. I’ve nearly finished it and will report back with a full review soon.

The War of Art – Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Creative Battles

If you want to knock procrastination on the head then this could be the book you need. I’m pretty good with kicking procrastination out of the way but as with most things in life, I’m sure I can improve. I can’t wait to get stuck into this book.

The Miracle Morning

I love reading about morning rituals and how to get the most out of the day. I’m a night owl but I need to be a morning person for work. Over the last year or so I’ve made changes that have helped me to get up earlier in the morning. There’s still room for improvement and I’m always looking for ways to better myself.

Whatever You Think Think The Opposite

I love Paul Arden’s books. This is meant to be one of those books that will make you rethink everything and I honestly can’t wait.

As with each book I’ll be putting together a review once I’ve read it.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

I’ve seen so many people reading this and most have come back with positive reviews. It’s been on my Audible list for a while now so I’ve just hit download and plan to listen this week.

It’s not my usual read but I’d say it still falls into self-help, just in a new and refreshing way. So, instead of being “positive” all the time the aim is to find a way to truly become better and happier people.

The One Thing 

I’m in the middle of reading this book and I love it. It’s all about cutting through the clutter, cutting down on stress and staying focused and on track – find your one thing. I think focus is something many people struggle with.

The methods in this book can be applied throughout your life, not just work.

The Idea in You: How to Find It, Build It, and Change Your Life

I got this book for my sister the other year. The focus of the book is to find that one exciting idea within you and guiding you towards shaping it into a success.

Vlog Like A Boss

I’ve nearly finished listening to this. I’d heard GaryVee mention the book a few times and then Monica from The Travel Hack tweeted about how much she enjoyed it. I decided it was finally time to hit download.

I listened to it on my way back from Cambridge and was instantly hooked. It’s a perfect listen or read if you’re keen to introduce video into your business. Amy Schmittauer talks through her career journey, how she got started on YouTube and how you can make the most out of video content. I like that she shared the way she plans and creates content as well as giving an insight into the best ways to optimise and get the most out of your videos.

I’m currently going through it once more and taking notes.

It’s Not How Good You Are It’s How Good You Wan’t To Be

This is another book by Paul Arden. The book is focused on problem-solving, creative thinking and making mistakes.

 What’s on your summer 2018 reading list?