Whether it’s lolling on a sun lounger abroad and tucking into an easy read about an unsatisfied thirty-something opening up a quaint little bakery (is the man there truly in love with her or is he just lured in by her apple crumble – I MUST KNOW) or curling up on the sofa on a rainy day and getting gripped with a murder mystery, I find reading so relaxing and therapeutic. This year, I’ve set myself the task of reading more; 1 book per month to be precise. Considering I read 3-4 books on a summer holiday, it should be easy, right?

Trouble is, there’s always something getting in the way. In conversations, I found myself uttering the phrase ‘I’d love to read more, but I just don’t have the time‘ way too often. Then I asked myself – do I really need to watch that much reality TV? Do I have to scroll Instagram for half an hour, or could I get a few chapters of a good novel under my belt/floral pjs instead?

Once I started reading again, I found that I made it a priority to read over anything else! It was so easy to make time to turn the pages if the book had me gripped, so I’m sharing 3 reasons why I’m setting aside more time to read.

1. It helps me sleep

I find reading a few chapters (or 5!) before bed is a great way to help me unwind. I’m a bit of a nightmare for getting under the covers then mulling all the things I need to do the next day over in my head (HELLO anxiety), however when I read I find it clears my mind and I drift off a lot easier.

2. It sparks my imagination 

Okay, so it’s a cliché, but reading truly is a chance to escape and let your imagination run wild. I like to read a variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction to open my mind and keep my brain active. Okay, I’ll stop sounding like a pretentious knob now…

3. I spend less time looking at my phone

I touched on this earlier, but I spend way too long on my phone and more particularly on social media! Doing it as a full-time job along with my blog means I often feel like I’m drowning in it, making it all the more important to switch off. I regularly have a ‘cleanse’ of accounts that I’m following to ensure that my feeds are fresh with content I relate to and enjoy, but still it doesn’t give me quite the same enrichment that hopping in the tub with a good book does! So needless to say, the less time I spend mindlessly liking photos of guinea pigs and the more time I spend turning pages the better!


What I’ve read so far this year: 

The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

My Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng 


I think Call Me By Your Name will be April’s book. Has anyone read it? If you have any other recommendations, please do let me know!



  1. Fran
    March 30, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    My colleagues keep talking about Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine as a good read! It’s on my list!

    • Harriet
      April 27, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Yes you should definitely check it out – it’s so good so far! x

  2. March 31, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Yeah I’m so bad at looking at my phone when I’m not really doing anything! I love books, the imagination & you’re totally right it’s great to sleep – I think it has something to do with the lighting and proximity of your eyes trying to read… I read that somewhere but doesn’t sound very scientific 😉 good to keep you destructed from anxiety though as you say!

    • Harriet
      April 27, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      Hey Alina! Thanks for your comment. Yes I know – I’m so easily distracted. I have been setting time aside to read though and finding it really calms me at night. If you have any book recommendations – holla! x

  3. April 7, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    I love a good book, and with having a chronic illness it’s sometimes the only thing that keeps me sane! Xx

    • Harriet
      April 27, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      You can never under estimate the power of a good book! 🙂

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