I love summer- the longer daylight hours, lightning bugs, and cookouts with friends. I always find myself with a little less time for writing and sleep because of all the fun shenanigans going on, but life is all about seasons, right?
Susan Polis Schutz says “Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
Why do we feel so much freer this time of year? Maybe it’s nostalgia of childhood, or we just feel lighter without the warm winter layers.
Regardless, it’s always a time of year for making memories…and outdoor reading.
Here’s what I’ve got on my Summer 2016 Reading List so far:
A friend invited me to her book club, the first one I’ve gone to since several snowy eves ago in the West Village where I briefly joined a film adaptations book club. And I have to say, there’s nothing better than being surrounded by fellow book lovers!
I listened to this one driving to and from Atlanta on audio, and the detailed narrative hooked me. The plot and characters showed the darker sides of humanity, but overall it was a balanced read. I found myself thinking about technology and where we’re headed as a society, the importance of our actions, and the value of human life.
In this story, Harry North is born over-and-over again, some lives seemingly inconsequential, others not. Then, when a little girl meets him at his deathbed telling him the future of humanity is at risk, he tries to make things right in his next lives– reliving the past differently each time.
This is a read I’d suggest for a stormy weekend if you’re feeling contemplative and I definitely recommend reading it with a friend because you’ll want, no, need to, discuss the outcome.
You want a light hearted beach read? This is it (another audio book I listened to driving back from South Carolina!). And it reminded me of a few of my actor friends in New York (so it has to be somewhat real, right?). I do enjoy a good love triangle in books or movies on occasion and I particularly love cheering on a heroine going for her dream. If you love New York City, or ever thought of pursuing a career in acting, then this book is for you.
Plus, if you like Parenthood or Gilmore Girls, you’ll definitely loved the narrated version since Lauren Graham does this. The character’s quick paced banter reminds me somewhat of Rory and Lorelei’s relationship.
I’m on an audio book kick, can you tell? I started this one and stopped because I thought the descriptive beginning was a little too much for audio. I wanted a book in-hand to absorb the details. But, I was driving and needed a good story so I tried it again and this time sailed through the details and past my exit. Whatever, it was worth the few extra miles!
I’m not done with this one but so far the read is compelling, thoughtful, and much like The Fifteen Lives of Harry August (though more focused on historical detail). This also makes you think about humanity. For instance, you get an insider view of the Nazi brainwashing and haunting descriptions of Paris during World War 11.
Get this book but allow yourself time to read it– it’s long but so far very worthwhile.
I’m going to read this before “You Are a Badass” (see below) and will let you know what I think about it. I’m really excited though. From what I understand, this is all about adapting and changing quickly with new marketing trends (oh, you got that from the title?). I look forward to learning how this author thinks.
I laugh at this but come on, I can be edgy– somewhat! Ok, I love floral prints, tinkly lights, and flowers. I am not edgy but this is about more than that. I was talking to a friend on the phone who recently started reading this and recommended it so I picked it up. The descriptive copy says:
“In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. and get it NOW.”
This all seems a little intense for me and I am definitely not about instant gratification BUT I’m going to give it a go this summer and will report back. Maybe it will balance out my very zen approach (I’m writing this now with an aromatic candle, the AC on full blast, a kitty curled up beside me– not by any encouragement of my own– and a cozy blanket).
I went to a leadership conference at Catalyst this past May and it was phenomenal. While it was definitely geared towards church leaders, I was still able to get a lot of insight for me as a working professional. Christine Caine was one of the speakers and has an amazing non-profit called A-21 aimed at ending human trafficking. This book tells her own story as a sexual-abuse survivor and how she began her outreach and a family.
I spent a little bit of time with a friend at International Justice Mission in Chennai and the atrocities forced on people trying to survive makes me a little more than upset. Regardless, we all experience shame at different times in our lives for a variety of reasons– whether or not there as life altering as this– and I’m looking forward to hearing Christine’s own story and how she seeks to empower others.
This started out as a book about post traumatic stress syndrome, but ended up being one about the benefits of living in community. I was initially drawn to it because of one of my brother’s military tour overseas, but then thought how it applies to all areas of our lives. The description says: We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding–“tribes.” This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.
I haven’t read this one yet and is one I got from work. I’m planning on delving into this though a little later this summer.
What’s on your outdoor reading list?