The Best Book Recommendations For Your Summer Reading List

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or winding down at the end of the day, we've curated the ultimate list of must-reads right now with something for every genre...

The Best Book Recommendations For Your Summer Reading List

There’s no better feeling than getting lost in a captivating book, especially during the long, lazy days of summer. Plus, reading is actually a wonderful screen-free way to enhance your wellbeing, offering a perfect escape from the stresses of daily life. Whether you’re lounging poolside, relaxing in the evening, or on a sunny getaway, these books are sure to elevate your summer. Here are our top picks to share with friends, start a summer book club, or simply enjoy on your own…

Best Poolside Read: "Why Mummy Drinks on Holiday" by Gill Sims

Synopsis: This hilarious and relatable book is a perfect companion for poolside laughs – especially for busy mums. It follows the chaotic adventures of Ellen, a working mother trying to juggle family life while on holiday. 

Why It’s Perfect: Light-hearted and hysterical, this book is ideal for unwinding and enjoying the humour in everyday family chaos.

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Best To Wind Down To: "You Are Here" by David Nicholls

Synopsis: If you liked “One Day”, you’ll love David Nicholls’ latest novel that explores love, loss, and the complexities of relationships. It’s funny, uplifting and has a real emotional depth which makes it a moving and memorable read.

Why It’s Perfect: Perfect for a quiet evening, this novel helps you unwind with its gorgeously romantic and joyful story. Light our Perfect Night's Sleep Candle to create a calming atmosphere as you read.

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Best For Filling Up Your Cup: "Give Me Strength" by Alice Liveing

Synopsis: In this empowering book, Alice Liveing shares her personal journey from battling body image issues to embracing a holistic and nurturing approach to health and fitness. Filled with honesty, self-reflection and growth, this book encourages us all to be kinder to our bodies.

Why It’s Perfect: Uplifting and brutally honest, it’s a great read that really encourages positivity and resilience in a relatable way. Complement Liveing’s book by popping on our Wellbeing Pod, filling your space with your favourite empowering scent (we love our Feel Good Vibes Blend).

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Best For Girls Summer Getaways: "Good Material" by Dolly Alderton

Synopsis: This novel from the author of "Everything I Know About Love" delves into the intricacies of modern relationships with humour and honesty. Hilarious, clever and gorgeously observed – you won’t want to put it down.

Why It’s Perfect: This book is a great choice for a girls' trip as you will absolutely want to discuss it while you’re away. Enjoy it with our Happiness Scented Travel Candle, enhancing your getaway with its uplifting ambiance.

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Best For Boosting Your Wellbeing: "Four Ways to Wellbeing" by Nicola Elliott

Synopsis: Our founder’s comprehensive guide covers four key areas of wellbeing: mood, sleep, stress, and energy. You’ll find practical tips and strategies to enhance your overall health – plus some learnings along the way!

Why It’s Perfect: A holistic approach to wellbeing, this book complements our philosophy perfectly. Want to really lean in? Use our collection of Wellbeing Essential Oil Blends to support each area of focus while reading.

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Best For Inspiring Balance: "The Art of Danish Living: How to Find Happiness In and Out of Work" by Meik Wiking 

Synopsis: From the author of the million-copy bestseller, "The Little Book of Hygge", this is a beautifully designed guide on how to get more out of work and live like the happiest people in the world: the Danish. Meik Wiking, the world’s favourite happiness expert, offers insights into achieving high job satisfaction and finding joy both at work and in life. Packed with stats and beautifully illustrated, this book is a game-changer for anyone looking to boost their happiness.

Why It’s Perfect: This book is all about enhancing your everyday life with practical tips and insights. Perfect for those looking to bring a bit of Danish happiness into their daily routine – when you get back from holiday, of course!

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Best To Switch Off With: "It Ends With Us" by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis: This gripping novel tells the story of Lily Bloom, her tumultuous relationship, and the difficult decisions she must make. There’s also a movie adaptation starring Blake Lively out later this year, meaning it’s a must-read this summer!

Why It’s Perfect: Immersive and emotionally charged, this book is great for disconnecting from the world around you.

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Best For Boosting Your Confidence: "Great Chat: Seven Lessons for Better Conversations, Deeper Connections and Improved Wellbeing" by Josh Smith

Synopsis: Josh Smith delves into the real art behind conversation: offering seven insightful lessons that can transform your interactions. By improving your conversational skills, you can foster deeper connections and enhance your overall wellbeing.

Why It’s Perfect: Insightful and practical, it’s a great read for enhancing your communication skills and boosting your social wellbeing. Pair with our Focus the Mind Essential Oil Blend to sharpen your concentration and help to immerse yourself even further!

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Best For Thought-Provoking Ideas: "How to Be Curious: Ideas to Make You Think Differently" by Stylist Magazine

Synopsis: This book is a treasure trove of thought-provoking ideas designed to ignite your curiosity and encourage you to see the world from new perspectives. Compiled by the team at Stylist Magazine, it offers a fresh take on everyday topics.

Why It’s Perfect: Perfect for those looking to expand their minds and think differently, this book is a great companion for reflective summer afternoons and conversations around the dining table.

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Best For Getting Over Heartbreak: "Choose You: Gentle Words to Help You Heal and Grow" by Helen Marie

Synopsis: Helen Marie offers gentle, encouraging words to help readers heal and grow. This book is filled with affirmations, journal prompts, reflections, and advice to guide you towards a more positive and fulfilling life.

Why It’s Perfect: An excellent read for nurturing your mental and emotional wellbeing, this book is like a warm hug in written form. Light our Real Luxury Candle to create a peaceful and comforting reading environment.

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Best For Nostalgic Escapes: "Think Again" by Jacqueline Wilson

Synopsis: If you were a fan of Jacqueline Wilson’s ‘Girls’ series – you’ll love her latest novel "Think Again." Following the journey of Ellie, Magda and Nadine, this book fast-forwards into adulthood – exploring friendship, family, and finding fulfilment in unexpected places.

Why It’s Perfect: You’ll be instantly transported back in time thanks to Wilson’s comforting and uplifting writing style.

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