Reading Inspiration – 8 Books For Your List

Think of all the great double acts. Laurel and Hardy. Brad and Jen (soz Angelina). Beans on Toast. Sun and Sand (remember that??). They all fit together like the perfect pairings right? Well Autumn and books is my favourite duo this time of year. Chuck in large mugs of tea and you’ve got yourself a sit in! So, following on with a tradition I seem to have started on this little blog of mine, I’m hoping to serve you up a big ole dollop of reading inspiration. Once again, I am sharing my last 8 reads. I think this selection are all great books to read in Autumn. Feel free to share any of your own recommendations in the comments.

You can read the 8 books prior to these beauties in this post – the last 8 books I read.

kerry is sitting infron of a wood burning fire, reading a book. She has a cup of tea next to her, and candles lit
Reading inspiration for Autumn

Reading Inspiration – From my Bookshelf

I like to mix up what I read. My general rule of thumb is 2 fiction to one non-fiction. I feel the switch between the two keeps my brain from being overloaded. I love non-fiction books that make me think, so a few non-fiction one after the other can be a bit much! Escaping into a fiction is like a little rest for my brain. Does anyone feel like that?

I also love the feel of a real book as opposed to a kindle or similar. I know E-readers, or audible books are more planet friendly, but I just hate reading on them. Books are my Kryptonite. So, I try to be as sustainable as possible. I use my local library, charity shops, book swaps and books passed on by friends wherever I can. Anyway, get on with it Kerry…I will start with the fiction books first.

Fiction Books for your Autumn reading list

I love fiction. Like many of us, it is my temporary portal to other worlds. It lets me observe the lives of other people, without the legal injunction….ahem. As many if you would know if you have been here a while, my lifelong dream is to write my own fiction book. I haven’t made much progress, but I will…..defo….one day….

I am such a fan of well written fiction and these are fab books to read in the colder months. Cosy up under a blanket and jump into other, fictional lives for a while.

My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout

Oh my goodness this book. I picked this up from my local library on a whim, and what a find. It played with every emotion I have! It is written from a unique perspective. Lucy Barton is in hospital, recovering from surgery. Her Mother, who she has a troubled and distant relationship with, starts visiting her. Through reminiscing about childhood friends, and neighbourhood gosspip, a reconnection slowly emerges. However, there is so much not being said, bobbing just below the surface, being tiptoed around.

This book is brilliantly written. It is incredibly emotional, but without too much sentimentality. It is very human and well observed, but without cliches and softening. I just loved it. It made me feel so much, and that to me, is a fabulous book. The first book I have read from this author, but certainly not the last.

The Boy From The Woods – Harlan Coben

Surprisingly, this is my only book in the crime/thriller genre this time. I am a huge reader of thriller’s. They are probably the genre I lean towards the most. I fancy myself as a bit of a Miss Marple…However, I am trying to diversify more and read lots of variety.

The Boy From the Woods is a story, that tells more than one story. Wilde, is a boy that was found in the woods alone. He was just a child, yet no one has ever claimed him as theirs. There is also the parallel story of a desperate and sad young girl that goes missing. Then you have the secrets and hidden history of a family in turmoil. It is a great read, that had me turning each page with enthusiasm. I don’t think you can go far wrong with Harlan Coben books to be fair. He is a reliable story teller that never disappoints.

Little tip for you – If you have not watched The Stranger on Netflix, do so. It was written by the author and is fab!

Harry Potter Philosophers Stone – JK Rowling

I know, I know! Where the hell have I been! This is my first time going into Harry Potter world and my goodness I am here for it! Nik bought me the box set of the works of JK Rowling a few years ago. They have sat on my bookshelf unread since. I just never picked them up for some reason. I think it was the commitment. I just hadn’t found the moment to commit to Harry, Hermione and Ron just yet…

Well. That changed within about the first two paragraphs of this, the first book in the series. I am obsessed. I literally felt myself be sucked deeper into Hogwarts as I turned each page. What a story, What a story teller Ms Rowling is! It is exactly the escapism I need right now in lockdown round 2. If you are one of the rare breed as I was, that hasn’t yet discovered the pure joy of these books, do it. I urge you. Do it do it do it DO IT!

Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling

I probably don’t need to say much more than I already have. This second book in the series continues the story of Harry. I did find it a little darker. Not scary, (I am not that much of a wimp), but just a little more tense. Is that the word? Yes I think so. It just built a little more tension. The wizard that is Harry Potter seems to have a few enemies……

there is an open book, with a air of red reading glasses rested on it. There are autumn leaves on the groud near the book

Non-Fiction – Latest Reads

These suggested books for your reading inspiration are all very different. I tend to just dive in with non-fiction and will give most subjects a go. I like to expand my mind. I will give up on a book that doesn’t grab me though. Life is too short, (and my book shelves too full), to force myself to read something I am not feeling.

Three Women – Lisa Taddeo

When I saw it in my local charity shop, I grabbed it with both hands. I had seen it banded about on Instagram, so had wanted to read it. In truth, I wasn’t to sure what the book was about. Sometimes I love that as I have no expectations or pre-conceived ideas. That is probably why with this book, it took me a bit by surprise. It was totally not what I was expecting.

I thought it was a fiction book, but it isn’t. It’s telling the tale of the lives of 3 American women. They have different backgrounds, and very differant stories. It is a softly journalistic exploration of their relationships, desires and attitude to their sexual choices. It unravels how the three women’s sexual lives have been shaped by the journey life has taken them on. It is a brilliant book. It gives food for thought. It made me even more aware that in all walks of life, things are so often not what they seem.

Think Like a Monk – Jay Shetty

I might be just a little in love with Jay Shetty. I was originally introduced to him via his podcast. Many car journeys, long dog walks and couch to 5k runs have been accompanied by thought provoking conversations with Jay and his podcast. If you are a fan of podcasts, I would fully recommend you add his to your play list. When I heard he had wrote a book, I was straight on the waiting list. In fact, Kerry McNerdiness actually splashed out and has a signed copy….stalker much?

So, Think Like a Monk is a book to help you see life in a different way. Jay Shetty was a monk. He gave up his fairly comfortable life, to train as a Monk in his twenties. He felt so strongly that there was another, more fulfilling way to live life. Although not living as a monk now, he still very much lives by the wisdom he learnt. He passes this wisdom on in a very captivating way. Ni judgement, no preaching. Just gentle wisdom and alternative ways of thinking. I loved this book. In fact, I think everyone should read it.


This is another book that has sat on my shelf for about 5 years. In the interest of full disclosure and honesty, I was attracted to this book because of it’s pretty cover. I know, I know. I am that basic… But, to be even more basic, it is not just a pretty face! It is a book full of wisdom and beautiful insights.

Ikigai is, to put it simply, your reason. It is what the Japensese believe keeps them one of the longest living nations. It is why you jump out of bed in the morning. It is your purpose, your passion. This book delves into how to find your own Ikigai, and offer you another way to look at day to day life. It is a beautiful book, inside and out.

Jo Malone, My Story – An Autobiography

Like many of us, if I think of luxury candles, I think of Jo Malone. I had long been a fan of her home fragrance, and I was so upset when I learnt that she sold to Estee Lauder (a non cruelty free brand).

I did get over it though. I discovered her new brand, Jo Loves, and Penhalligans candles. Both are very much cruelty free. Luxury candles are my one fancy indulgence. I dont have them often, in fact rarely, but it is such a treat when I do.

Anyway, I still really enjoyed this book. Jo Malone is an interesting lady. Her brand is so well known that you can’t fail to give credit where credit is due. I absolutely love reading real life stories of how people grew their business. It is fascinating and inspiring. Jo does come across as a lovely lady too. I loved reading about how Jo Malone started. I will still never get my head around the fact that she sold her name though! Her new brand is Jo Loves, as she cannot use her name.

So there you have it. The last 8 books that I read. I hope it has given you a little reading inspiration? Have you read any of them? Do you have any recommendations of books you have loved? I would love to hear. I am always looking for books to add to my list!

If you are after even more autumn book reading inspiration, I’v got you. Here are 40 books for your reading list.

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  1. November 11, 2020 / 3:50 pm

    I have not read any of these. I totally agree with the Harry Potter ones, it feels like a commitment the idea reading them.

    I am currently reading since yesterday, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma. I am halfway into the book.
    I have another of his books, Discover Your Destiny. So I reckon that will be my next read out of a collection of books I have at the moment.

    • November 11, 2020 / 4:00 pm

      Yes thats exactly how I felt Liz. It seemed a huge quest haha! However, I have jumped fully into the quest. I am loving the escapism life at Hogwarts is affording me right now. I have heard great things about the Monk who Sold his Ferrari. It is one that I have had o my wish list for a while too. It is meant to be an amazing book. Enjoy xx

      • November 11, 2020 / 5:27 pm

        I am enjoying my book. 🙂

        • November 12, 2020 / 8:07 am

          Brilliant. I will be looking out for that one to read xx

  2. November 12, 2020 / 7:30 am

    Great list Kerry. Love Ikigai 👍

    • November 12, 2020 / 8:08 am

      Thank you so much for reading! Ohhh Ikigai. A Lovely book right? Although, it makes me want to run off to Japan and experience it all lol

  3. November 12, 2020 / 8:15 am

    I do love getting lost in a fiction book (especially on holiday!), but my go-tos are always non-fiction, but then again I don’t devour books like you do (although I wish I could!) The Think Like A Monk book looks like my cup of tea – always great to get personal recommendations, so I think this has to go on my wish-list! xx

    • November 15, 2020 / 7:18 am

      I do love a non fiction, but they don’t offer me the same escape a fiction does. They make my brain work hard haha! I think you would enjoy the Jay Shetty book Lauretta. It is not preachy or cliched. I enjoyed it x

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