Blog Post #010 – My Summer Reading List

Life in General

Thanks to the current situation it seems as though I am embarking on quite possibly the longest summer of my life. Which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Summer is my favourite season and this additional time will allow me to soak up certain elements that I love about it. However, there will be limitations on what I can do so I will have to fill my time up with other activities that are both safe and enjoyable. 

That is why I have decided to compile a summer reading list of some books that I have had my eye on and now that I have been given the gift of time I shall endeavour to get through before I start university in the autumn. 

I will also include purchasing links through Amazon to each of these books within the post. 


The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien 

  • The Fellowship of the Ring 
  • The Two Towers 
  • The Return of the King 

To kick off this reading list I have selected the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as three books that I want to read over this period. This is partly influenced by my Top 100 films challenge which I have written a blog post about previously. All three of these books feature as films on this list so I thought it would be worthwhile reading the books before watching the films which is the correct way round to do it. I am looking forward to these books as I have already read the Hobbit but I am apprehensive as a collective there are over 1100 pages to read and small font size at that! 


Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight

My second entry to the reading list is Shoe Dog which is an autobiographical book by Phil Knight who is world-famous for creating Nike which has become one of the largest brands in the world. I have been recommended this book by several people to read and I am looking forward to understanding the mind behind one of the biggest start-ups and what it takes to run a successful business as he did. 


The Art of Resilience by Ross Edgley 

I must profess now, I am a huge fan of Ross Edgley and his endeavours in life. He is most well known for becoming the first person to swim around Great Britain taking 178 days, swimming 6 hours on, 6 hours off every day. I followed this journey of his and was hugely impressed. He has made his name by completing these mega-endurance challenges, ones that put a marathon to shame. A truly inspiring man.

This is not the first book he has written with The World’s Fittest Book which went on to be a Sunday Times Bestseller was an entertaining and informative read as I’m sure this one will be. It sounds that the basis of this book which is all about resilience will prove massively relatable during these strange and troubling times. This book is being released on the 28th of May and I can’t wait. 


Concorde – The Rise And Fall Of The Supersonic Airliner by Jonathan Glancey 

This particular book was one I picked up in the gift shop when I visited Aerospace Bristol in Filton, home to the assembly line of the British built Concorde. Within the hangars is home to Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the final Concorde ever to fly. 

I am looking forward to learning more about this aircraft which I have to say is one of the most attractive aircraft I have ever seen. The partnership between the English and the French is intriguing and the politics behind the fall of the airline itself. 


Fire And Fury – Inside The Trump White House by Michael Wolff 

I don’t like to get too political as a person; but I feel that it is important to try and gain some understanding of world politics, especially in a time like this. This is said to be an interesting book outlining the first months of the Trump presidency and I am looking forward to learning more about both American politics and Trump himself. 


A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking 

I started reading this book some time ago but it felt rather technical and heavy on the mind. However, I do want to attack this book again as I want to broaden my understanding of the world in many ways and I feel that this would be a good way to begin on some of the fundamentals of the universe. We will have to see whether I can wrap my head around this particular book, I hope I manage it. 


There we have my summer reading list, plenty of books to read ranging several topics. Perhaps this list may prompt you to think about any books that you could read over this time. 

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

Happy reading!