5 Books to Read this Summer

Exams are over! And now it’s time to relax and enjoy the sun’s warm rays. One of my favourite ways to do this is to lie and read. I have a few books lined up already- After You by Jojo Moyes, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, and Why Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson . I like to have a good mix of fiction that you can escape into and non-fiction to keep my brain ticking over. Here are some recommendations that I have read before, perfect to pass your time this summer-

1) The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) – a heart wrenching novel which beautifully tells the story of the plight of hazaras and siques in Kabul, during the time of the Taliban. I have read this book 5 times and I’m still not bored of talking about it after studying it for A Level. It will keep you hooked and give you moral dilemmas to mull over for days.

2) The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)- a non-fiction wonder that is increasingly growing in popularity, for good reason. Eckhart makes you think in such a different manner. As someone who has been labelled ‘anxious’ ‘stress-head’ and ‘worrier’ before, being present in the moment and forgetting the past or future sounded divine to me. And through simplistic teachings that’s exactly what you learn from this book. Perfect to read at the start of summer, so that you can properly enjoy the rest of it!

3) Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)- the prequel to the book I’m currently reading. This book is so good it was made into a brilliant film starring two of my favourite people- Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. A tale of romance and heartbreak from a unique standpoint.

4) 1984 (George Orwell)- a classic. Read this book to set your mind on a journey of deep thought. Full of satirical and moral dilemmas, this book is a warning to society. It is again a tale of love, with extreme and unexpected twists.

5) Summer Secrets (Jane Green)- this book is perfect for reading whilst on the beach in the sun. An easy-to-read, feel good story which will make you laugh and smile, with enough heartbreak to keep you hooked. This is a story of courage, facing addiction and enjoying life again. Jane Green is one of my favourite authors, because her books are guaranteed to make me feel good.

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of these books and I hope there’s at least one in there that you will love. Let me know if there are any more you think I should read this summer!

Sending hugs, Kiayah xxx

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Summer Bucketlist

Inspired by Kalyn Nicholson’s spring bucket list, I wanted to make a summer one so that I can document the things I want to do and motivate myself to actually do them. I’m hoping to push myself out of my comfort zone this summer to bring more fun and excitement into the sun filled months. Here goes:

1) buy myself some plants and care for them

2) travel- I’m going to Greece (my FAVOURITE country) soon!

3) get creative- make time for artistic outlets like sketching

4) upload a video and blog post a week

5) redecorate my new room- Pinterest style

6) swim in the ocean

7) practice gymnastics with my sister in the sun

8) read- at least five books

9) catch up with friends from home, and from far away

10) explore spirituality and yoga more

I really hope that I can tick off most or all of these things come September time. It’s looking like a great summer already! What do you want to do this summer? Why not write yourself a bucket list and tell me the thing you’re most excited for.

Sending hugs, Kiayah xxx

Even the Bad can be Good

Lately I’ve been feeling like life is the happiest it has ever been for me. And I am so, so grateful for it. I’ve been reflecting on a lot of my life and the people and happenings in it, and I’ve noticed a few things.

Firstly, I’m extremely grateful for the people who have helped me here. The people who have been a continuous positive influence in my life- being there for me when I needed it, making my happy memories with me, and teaching me that it’s possible to love myself (even giving me reasons why I should love myself when I really needed them).

But, I also realised that the bad times in my life, and the people who caused some of them, have helped me here too. The times that made me feel so small have given me the determination to never let anyone make me feel that way again. They have driven me to work hard to love myself. The bad times have taught me the warning signs to avoid in some people in the future, they have taught me what I want and need to enjoy my life. They have shown me that no matter what is thrown at me, I can stand up and rise to it. I am strong and brave, and there are many, many reasons to keep trying.

What I’m taking from this, is that when life feels low and bad, we can try to remember that it will lead to better things. I want to remember that bad times can lead me to becoming a better version of myself- a happier, more confident, joyful me.

Sending hugs,

Kiayah xxx