“Book review” #5 – or what to read when you don’t have time to read

At the start of this year I set out to read a book a month. The reason I set out to do this was because research suggests this is a habit that will make us happier. So I figured it’s well worth a go!

The first three months went well (read book review #1 here, #2 here & #3 here). Book four took a little longer than a month to read, and then it took even longer to write about it (but eventually I did write about it here yay!). But for me, May is always a very busy month and this all too often translates into me not prioritizing the time to read books so it’s fair to say book review 5 has stalled slightly. But even if I can’t read a whole book in a month, I will often find the time to read something.

So, I thought I’d take the chance to be honest about not always feeling like I have the time to read and share with you some alternatives for when you feel like you’ve not got the time to settle into a new book. Links below and just to let you know I’ve not been paid to mention these, I just love them! 🙂

1. Psychologies magazine – I have been obsessed with this magazine ever since my Auntie bought me a subscription as a graduation gift. Ever since then, I genuinely look forward to getting my copy of Psychologies through the post every month! I find Psychologies to be extremely interesting, helpful and informative. Even if I can only manage to read it for ten minutes at a time, their content leaves me feeling informed and often gives me a boost. I’d go as far as saying that this magazine is my monthly pep talk! I can’t recommend this magazine enough.


2. “Keep it Bright” books – these books are filled with quotes and small stories about ways to think positively, and they’re perfect for when you only have five minutes or for when you need a helping hand in staying upbeat. They are really affordable too and make great presents.

3. The Secret – some of you may already know about The Secret as it has a bit of a cult following! I love this book for making me feel like anything is possible and for really encouraging practicing gratitude. I totally believe that having the right mindset can change your life and would recommended this book as one that can be read in small doses if you don’t have much time.

4. Blogs – I love coming across a new blog to follow, so that I can have access to loads of bite size posts that I can just read as and when. My favourite blogs at the moment are the Champagne Diet, the Scientific Beauty and Sit Breathe Love (links below).

I’d love to hear what you like to read when you get a spare ten minutes, give me a tweet @makingitmindful. And in the meantime, I’m going to try my best to finish a book this month 🙂


Chrissy x

For more info:


If you love all things positive, check out http://keepitbright.co.uk/.

The Secret: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Rhonda-Byrne/dp/1847370292

The Champagne Diet blog: http://caraalwill.com/blog/

The Scientific Beauty blog: http://www.thescientificbeauty.com/

Sit Breathe Love blog: https://www.sitbreathelove.com/


2 responses to ““Book review” #5 – or what to read when you don’t have time to read

  1. Yet another brilliant Blog Chrissy!! 😘
    Thank you,

    I love Psychologies mags too!
    One of my fave books is The Secret, I pick it up when ever I need it 😍👭
    I’m reading ‘Conversations with God’ at the moment!! Not as heavy as it sounds, but definitely thought provoking! 🙄🤔 xxx

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    • Thank you Shan! xxx would you recommend the book? I’m reading “the power of now” at the moment quite heavy going but immense!!! x x x


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