For me, Summer begins on Memorial Day weekend. I feel like after that weekend my brain shifts to warm weather, ocean breezes and salty air.
One of my favorite pastimes is reading, but there is something that gets me fired up about a summer reading list. I like to set a goal and read as many things on my list as possible. I enjoy mixing it up and throwing in a little bit from multiple genres to make for a more well rounded list.
So what’s on my list this year you ask….let’s hop to it.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This one is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. I came across this on Reese Witherspoon’s book club list. It’s based in my home state and sounds intriguing and just enough suspense to keep me interested.
“Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.”
28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
This is an author I stumbled across a few years ago when I was going to have another lithotripsy and needed something to read while recovering. I couldn’t put the book down and I’ve been hooked on her since then.
Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.”
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop
I’ve been waiting until I had done some emotional healing before contemplating this book. I’ve wanted to read it for a couple years, but had heard you should be ready for some harsh realities. In order to get everything I needed out of this book I wanted to make sure I was ready to self reflect and absorb in a healthy way. I feel like I’ve finally reached a place where I’m ready to evolve into the next version of myself.
Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. “Wake up to the miracle you are,” he directs. “Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a f*cking miracle of being.” It isn’t other people that are standing in your way; it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.
Hope For Each Day by Billy Graham
I was gifted this daily devotional and I’m excited to get it started. I love adding a devotional into my reading list. I always have something in rotation, but I feel like more so than ever it is needed this year. With Covid-19, worshipping in a physical sense came to a halt and was replaced by livestream. While I’m thankful for it, it just isn’t the same so I need the extra push to keep my walk of faith strong.
So that’s all for the summer. I’m sure as I come across books on amazon or shopping in target, I will inevitably make more purchases 🤷🏼♀️ Who am I kidding?!
What’s on your reading list this summer?