The idea of lying on a sun lounger, basking in the heat or sitting on a comfy chair in a blossoming garden with a nice cool drink and immersing yourself in a good book is one many of us hold for the summer season… although unfortunately is something most of us don’t get to indulge as often as we’d like! Even if you know the idealistic view of enjoying a great read this summer won’t happen for you, reading is still a valuable time-out tool and an opportunity for learning and reflection. Here at Ponderlily, we always try to make time in our schedules for some reading; be it trashy romance novel or non-fiction self-help tome. Our reading lists this year are set, and we share our favourite titles and stories right here. Add them to your To Be Read pile today!
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Mel Robbins is an American motivational speaker who found fame by publishing this book, and is now a common feature on US television. Using the science of habit-forming and giving anecdotes from some of history’s pivotal moments, Mel explains the importance of a “push moment” and then how you can harness this power to form your own – in the space of five seconds. A simple, one-size-fits-all solution to problem solving, The 5 Second Rule has been embraced by leading executives and powerful people the world over.
LifeTonic by Jody Shield
Modern healer Jody Shield is the perfect person to help you if you’re feeling disconnected from your circumstances, stuck in a rut or free of baggage. Her ‘tonics’ will help soothe your soul and overcome negativity in your life; however overwhelming it may seem and no matter how out of your control things may feel. A range of self-help techniques tooled with meditation will allow you to adapt a self-help wellness routine that’s completely individual. Should you find real respite in the tonics presented by Jody, she now offers full life coaching services online and off from her studio in London.
Now is Your Chance by Niyc Page
Stop chasing your joy: start feeling it! Niyc is a positive Psychologist and a life coach with over 30 years’ experience. This book takes on the form of a 30 Day Challenge, but with no Instagram-worthy yoga poses, expensive home accessory purchases, or scheduled self-help slots to sign up for. Every tool you need to succeed is already within you, and at the end of the 30 days, you’ll be happier, healthier and more positive for recognising and working with them.
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham isn’t a psychologist, self-help expert or life coach: she’s the star of Gilmore Girls and despite her acting career, well, a normal, well-rounded woman. This book is a collection of personal essays reflecting on her life and experiences, considering the possible paths she could have taken as well as the lessons learnt along the way. This is not your typical health and wellness tome, nor is it a manageable set of tools and techniques, but rather a personal reflection on a life well lived that we can all learn from. We got the audio version of book from Audible.com and it was a hit - laughed out loud on the drive home!