Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

Wondering What To Read Next?

6 Books on My Summer Reading List.

Is there anything better to do over summer then read as many books as possible? probably not.
My bookshelf is getting pretty damn full of unread books and my Kindle is bursting with new titles but there's still not enough hours in the day, still. 

Last week I completed I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban which took way too longer to read than I expected. I also stopped reading The Loney because I just couldn't engage in the book whatsoever. Therefore I feel like I can now begin in reading my Summer reading list. 

I doubt that I'll get through these 6 months by the end of August/beginning of Summer. It's because I'll be either too busy to give some time to reading or I'll be adding more to the list (this always happens!). I'm going to make a great attempt and try to not get too involved in reading book lists that add to the ever increasing to-read list. 

(We all know that's a lie and I'll never stop looking at book lists!) 

When I was younger one of the things I did most summers was to head to the local library and get involved with whatever reading challenge they had going on. It was a great opportunity for me to immerse myself in as many books as possible, it was usually around 6 or so that I would get through in the space of the 5/6 weeks holiday I had at school.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
I have wanted to read this book since the release of the new TV series based on the book recently, it's a pretty hard-hitting topic too. The book is set in The Republic of Gilead who offers Offred only one function: to breed. It's a powerful take on 21st century America and I'm already a few chapters in and loving it! 

I've recently purchased the Hufflepuff edition of the first title in the Harry Potter series and it's so pretty. It wouldn't be right if I went over the summer without reintroducing myself to the magical world, especially so in it's 20th anniversary year! 

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore is definitely up there as one of my favourite actresses so it's no surprise that when she released this book it's been on my to-read list for a while. It's quite a short insight into her life as a young actress growing up in America and I'm definitely looking forward to reading this one with a few gins in the garden over summer!

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I was kindly gifted this book by my friend and fellow book lover Ali earlier this year, it's a bit of a beast so I have been looking for the perfect time to get into the book. The story is a novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. I feel like this will be the most emotional read over summer! 

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Gods is becoming a bit of a hit since the release of the TV series on Amazon so I'd like to give this book a read before giving the series a go myself. The book itself is huge so I'm not sure how much of my summer it'll take over but I'm really looking forward to reading it! I love Neil Gaiman so I'm excited to give this one a go.

Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth 
The new book in a new series from the author who wrote and engaged me in the Divergent series a few years ago! I'm excited to be introduced to a new world unlike the world of Divergent and wonder whether it's as good too! This book was kindly gifted to me by the publishers Harper Collins recently!

What will you be reading this Summer? (because yes I need more recommendations!)


  1. I'm ashamed to say I've seen all of the Harry Potter films but read none of the books. I'm looking to get a pretty set though. Maybe the 20th anniversary is the perfect time.

    1. That's shocking Emma, pop it on your list of things before the end of the year and read one or two from the series. Once you start you won't be able to stop though trust me! :) xx

  2. My sister was just talking about the Handmade's tale the TV show and it sounded so interesting. I didn't realize it was a book. From all of the commercials it looks like to takes places in the 1800's so I was shocked when she said it was futuristic. I hope you enjoy! I will also be rereading some Harry Potter books as the 20th anniversary just got me in the mood to take a trip down that lane again.

    1. Yeah the book is as effective as the TV programme, I am engrossed into Harry Potter atm but not so with Hnadmaids Tale, need to catch up! :) xx

  3. Eeep! I'm about to finish The Handmaid's Tale today and am so excited to see how the book concludes! I've found the book really easy to get into and enjoy, despite it's rather depressing topic. I have so many questions I want answered before the end, I hope it doesn't disappoint! Think I'm going to watch the TV series once I'm done.

    Becca x

    1. Yeah it is a rather depressing topic, I will look forward to seeing whether you discuss your thoughts on the book! I can't wait to get through it and see how it all unfolds. Yeah I watched two of the TV series and it's so good so definitely give it a go! xx

  4. All The Light We Cannot See is bloody brilliant! I read it a year, or so ago, and thought it was a five star read. I also loved The Handmaid's Tale, which I read in school, and the TV series is a pretty good adaptation. I got the Hufflepuff edition, too, and plan to read it this Summer :) x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x


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