What’s on my bookshelf for summer reading.

I read all year round, but summer in the Northern hemisphere is always a signal for me to give more time for reading. 

My book pile has grown tremendously this year, partly due to the enforced lockdown, partly due to the huge numbers of fabulous books out at the moment. 

My selection this year is an eclectic mix and reflects what’s on my mind.  

In no particular order,

Staying Alive in Toxic Times – by Dr Jenny Goodman. 

I have already read this book once through and now am putting aside time to read it through again, pulling out the simple steps I am taking to boost my own immune system. The steps I take now will help me in the coming seasons.  


The Inner Work of Racial Justice -by Rhonda V. Magee 

A wonderful book which I have just started to read. Law professor and mindfulness practitioner, Rhonda Magee reveals that the work of racial justice starts with ourselves.  As an Asian woman born and bred in London, UK. I am using this book to work through my own experiences of racism.  As the cover says, this is a book which needs to be read slowly and savoured. 


Metahuman – Deepak Chopra 

“In his brilliant new book, Deepak Chopra successfully argues that consciousness is the sole creator of self, mind, brain, body and the universe, as we know it. Deepak then teaches us that truly grasping this revolutionary idea will effectively remove the limiting belief systems and negativity that may be holding us back from achieving our maximum human potential. Highly recommended!”—Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, best-selling co-author of The Healing Self, Super Brain and Super Genes


I’ve had this on my bookshelf since February and very soon once my library is open it needs to go back. This one needs a final read through and I know my own copy will be bought. 


Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

One chapter in and I’m loving this one already.  Bernadine Evaristo has an uncanny way of writing so that the reader immediately starts to see the world through the narrator’s eyes. 


The courage to be disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

I started this about 6 months ago and then put it down.  A conversation between an elder and a young student, using the theories of Alfred Adler.  The challenge for me is when I put a book down, I then have to re-start.  I wonder whether I will finish this one. 


The next few all tie in with my own want to revisit writing about race. 


Why I am no longer talking about race -Reni Eddo -Lodge 


How to argue with a racist – Adam Rutherford  and 


White Fragility 

Lastly, because I always dream that the world can be a better place, I am really enjoying reading – Utopia for Realists by Rutger Breman

I would love to know what is on your bookshelf.  Write in the comments below. 


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