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The top of my 2020 reading list

I love reading. For the past couple of years I’ve been enjoying non-fiction more and more.

Sometimes after reading for my masters or revising for my GP exams at the moment, however, I don’t feel so much like reading more non-fiction.

This year I’m really trying to make a habit of reading something every evening before bed, even if just a page. I’ve decided to have an easy fiction read on the go as well as a non-fiction so I can decide what I feel like on the day.

I have an ever growing wish list of books to read! I thought I’d share the top of this reading list with you – and am hoping to get through at least these this year (but ideally more).

The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene


First up is this book, as it’s the one I’m currently reading!

Simon Lewis is Professor of Global Change since at University College London and the University of Leeds. His co-author, Mark Maslin, is Professor of Earth System Science at University College London.

The book starts with some geology 101 – how to divide geological time. Then together they guide the reader through a journey of how humans became the greatest influence on our planet, determining the origin of the Anthropocene. The final chapter discusses the possible futures of our species on Earth.


Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

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I am so excited to read this book – to the point that it’s giving be extra motivation to finish the book I’m on!

I find BJ’s work fascinating and his approach to behaviour change is so insightful and powerful yet simple & logical to follow.

BJ Fogg is a pioneering research psychologist, founder of the iconic Behaviour Design Lab at Stanford, and one of Fortune’s ‘10 New Gurus You Should Know’. His new book is based on over 20 years research in the field.


Pretty Unhealthy

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Author Dr Nikki Stamp explains how lifestyle disease is the leading cause of death, yet the wellness industry that makes money promoting ‘healthy’ lifestyles is just making us poor, tired and ‘pretty unhealthy’, instead of happier and healthier.

Nikki calls to reclaim the definition of true health – she “wants to take a wreaking ball to our societal obsession with losing weight fast and fitness fads, and create a new normal, where we look after our bodies.”


Blue Mind: How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do

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If you follow me on Instagram or have read my previous blog posts you’ll know I love the power of nature on our health and happiness. In this book, author Wallace J. Nichols sets to answer why being near water eases our minds and bodies. He discusses research in the fields of neurobiology, cognitive psychology, economics and medicine along with real life stories to bring his book to life.


How to Save the World For Free

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This is a handbook for sustainable living by Natalie Fee, focussing on small lifestyle changes which can accumulate into big differences for our planet. She covers areas from food to politics, from sex to banking and so much more.

What I love about Natalie’s approach is that she’s not one to make you feel bad about the life you lead now if not the most sustainable, just makes you feel empowered and more optimistic about the future if you do make positive changes.

If you’d like to get a feel of Natalie’s style before choosing to read this book or not, check out her TED Talk.


On the note of sustainability – I find it’s always a balance between being better for the planet, saving paper (and often some pennies) by buying the kindle format of a book and not exposing myself to blue light in the evenings! What a modern conundrum! My compromise is that I often buy the kindle version and read with the app Twilight on my device, and blue light blocking glasses for good measure!

If you also choose to read one of these books let me know how you get on!

Emma x

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