May Reading List

April passed by seemingly at breakneck speed, and while it’s only Wednesday, we’re already two days into May. It’s shaping up to be an eventful month, with hen dos, committee meetings, dinner parties and courses taking up slots on the calendar. Inbetween the business, I like to make time to read, and over the last two years, I’ve found that the best way to ensure it doesn’t drop off the end of my to-do list is to set myself a reading goal.

This year, I’m aiming to read 25 books by year’s end. Here are the five books I plan to read this month.


1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

I’ve been on the path of minimalism going on three years now, and feel naturally drawn to anything that touches upon the topic. This book has been on my radar for a while now, and since I’m approaching a season of change in life, I have a feeling it will end up serving me well. I’m currently about 200 pages in, and can’t wait to read more.

2. Becoming by Michelle Obama

I received this as a graduation gift, and proudly tucked it into my desk drawer, to be read another day. I stumbled upon it while clearing out the study, and realised I’d never got round to reading it. Former First Lady Michelle Obama fascinates me, and I can’t wait to dive into her life story.

3. Atomic Habits by James Clear

I heard about this book the other day, and the message of it piqued my interest. We are naturally creatures of habit, and by changing the way we approach them, we are able to unlearn bad ones, leading us become even better versions of ourselves.

4. Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines

Even though I wasn’t overly fond of the predecessor to this book, The Magnolia Story, I’m still intrigued enough to give this one a go. Magnolia is one of my favourite lifestyle brands and I’m constantly amazed at how it keeps evolving and developing since the Gaineses moved on from their television show, Fixer Upper.

5. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Since I’ve read this book many times before, it won’t count towards my reading goal for the year; still, I found myself craving its comfort and beguiling storytelling, so I’m setting aside some time to read it later this month.

You can follow along with my reading progress over on my Goodreads account, and if you’re planning to read a book this month, I’d love for you to leave me a note in the comment section below!

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  • Elisabeth
    May 11, 2019

    Do you read one book at a time, start to finish? I always have multiple books on the go. A fiction, non-fiction, and an audiobook. I purposely set a timer to read the physical books for half an hour each soon after I wake up to ensure I make time to read. The audiobook I listen to when I’m driving, walking the dogs, or just cleaning the house. I also can’t stop reading a book once I’ve started it, no matter how horrible it is, especially if I’ve purchased it. That’s my faux-CD I think.

    • Sarah
      May 13, 2019

      Hi Elisabeth! That sounds like a really good reading strategy, actually! It means you’re reading in so many different ways. For me, it really depends on which books I’m planning to read. I tend to be able to read a non-fiction book and a fiction book at the same time, but I don’t like to read multiple fiction or non-fiction books at the same time. I feel like it disrupts my reflecting process 🙂

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