Resources: books, podcasts & more!

Resources: books, podcasts and more

Below I have listed the books I read recently and the podcasts I listen to regularly. I’ve organised these resources based on the type of topics I write about on the blog. For each category I’ve also linked to the most recent blog post I’ve written on the topic and to my relevant Pinterest boards.

I’ll be building on this list as I keep reading, so feel free to bookmark the page and come back when you’re looking for what to read next. I’ve provided links to the books on Amazon, but check your local library too! If you purchase the books via Amazon, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.

 

Happiness & success resources

For all blog posts I’ve written about this topic click here. The most recent one is: Setting goals for the year ahead: my blueprint so you can too! You can also follow these boards on Pinterest for tips and inspiration: Career and organisation, Website and blogging hacks and Learning & studying.

The Productive Researcher by Mark S. Reed

I blitzed through this book in a weekend – I liked it so much that I think I should go back and read it again. A lot of the tips apply beyond the world of academia, for instance honing in on your values to boost your productivity.

Available from Amazon in the following countries: United KingdomFranceUnited StatesGermanyItalySpain.

 

 

People & places resources

For all blog posts I’ve written about this topic click here. The most recent one is: A guide to making the most out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: what to do and what to see. You can also follow these boards on Pinterest for tips and inspiration: Favourite Places & Spaces and Studies and travels.

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong: What Makes the French So French? by Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow

This book explores French people’s frames of mind, and how they relate to their history and institutions, from the perspective of two North Americans. I would recommend it if you are planning on living in France or if you just can’t seem to understand why the French do things in particular ways!

Available from Amazon in the following countries: United KingdomFranceUnited StatesGermanyItalySpain.

 

Learn German With Stories: Zurück in Zürich (Dino lernt Deutsch) (German) by André Klein

I really liked this and surprised myself at how much I could understand! The book tells the compelling story of Dino and Elizabeth visiting Zürich. The German vocabulary recap, as well as the short quiz ensure you understand what is going on.

Available from Amazon in the following countries: United KingdomFranceUnited StatesGermanyItalySpain.

 

Hoi: Your New Swiss German Survival Guide by Sergio J. Lievano and‎ Nicole Egger

As the title indicates, this is a guide to learning Swiss German. I enjoyed the insights into Swiss culture I gained from reading this. However if you are hoping to even only understand Swiss German, I would recommend pairing this book with a lot of listening (on YouTube or elsewhere).

Available from Amazon in the following countries: United KingdomFranceUnited StatesGermanyItalySpain.

Common good resources

For all blog posts I’ve written about this topic click here. The most recent one is: Celebrate women, but remember to respect them too. You can also follow these boards on Pinterest for tips and inspiration: Cute, funny, inspirational and Desirable futures.

 

Food & fitness resources

For all blog posts I’ve written about this topic click here. The most recent one is: Easy plant-based meals: three vegan breakfast recipes. You can also follow these boards on Pinterest for tips and inspiration: Food, Glorious Food and Fitness and beauty.

 

Reading & randomness resources

For all blog posts I’ve written about this topic click here. The most recent one is: Three ways to get into the mood for autumn. You can also follow these boards on Pinterest for tips and inspiration: Products I love, My Redbubble shop and Read it, watch it.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I really enjoyed this book! You know that feeling of wanting to discover what’s going to happen in the next chapter, but knowing you should be doing something else (sleeping/working) instead? That’s what the story of the witchy Diane does to you! I also enjoyed reading this novel as it’s mostly set in Oxford, close to where I live, so I could almost see myself in the plot!

Available from Amazon in the following countries: United KingdomFranceUnited StatesGermanyItalySpain.

 

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

This is one of the great Sherlock Holmes stories. I won’t say too much, but part two of the story is in an unexpectedly different setting and it all comes together at the end. Also, it’s available for free on Kindle in many countries!

Available from Amazon in the following countries: United KingdomFranceUnited StatesGermanyItalySpain.

 

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

This is the first Sherlock Holmes murder-mystery I read! Throughout the book, I kept changing my suspicions as to “who dunnit” and you probably will too. This one is also free on Kindle in some countries.

Available from Amazon in the following countries: United KingdomFranceUnited StatesGermanyItalySpain.

 

 

Style resources

I have yet to write any posts on this topic, but you can follow these boards on Pinterest for tips and inspiration: For the Home, For the gardenCasual outfitsWork outfits, Going out outfits and What to wear this week.