This summer I want to spend a lot of time with a book in my hand. My book wishlist on Amazon is getting ridiculously long, and one of my favorite things to do in the summer is sit in the hammock on a sunny day and get lost in a good book.
Each year too, I try to hit a reading goal. Mine for the last to years has been a book a week, and last year I got to 32. This year however, I’m pretty far behind at only 8, yikes! I have a lot of catching up to do! I usually track this in a note on my phone, but I also love the book challenge on Goodreads. It’s fun to write reviews, see what others think about the same book, and to see what your friends are reading. If you’re on Goodreads, friend request me! I need to work on moving my wish lists over there too for easy recommendations… add that to the project list.
This summer, I have a mix of fiction and business or self growth books. I personally like to switch between the two. I get so much out of business/self growth books, but sometimes you just need a little break with something fun. Switching between the two keeps me enjoying reading and still working on myself.
One of my favorite quotes from the Miracle Morning book is ‘you can only succeed as much as you grow’ (might’ve butchered that but you get the idea. You need to keep reading things that make you grow in order to be the best you can be. However, sometimes too you just need to take a break and get lost in a story.
Summer Business Book Reading List
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz // I’m currently in the middle of this one and it’s honestly one of my favorite self-growth books. I could see myself rereading it every year it’s that good & actionable. Schwartz goes in to the importance of your attitude and how you mentally address a situation through the book, using great examples to help cure the fear of failure and teach how to set your goals. Each time I pick it up I find something that relates to a situation I’m currently dealing with, and I find myself checking in mentally throughout the day to what I read.
Happier Money: The Science of Happier Spending by Elizabeth Dunn // This is one that’s been on my list for a while. In the summer I feel like we finally spend our money how I love to spend it: gifts for people celebrating, vacations, experiences, our favorite activities. This book is all about how to spend money in a way that actually provides happiness, we’ve all had that feeling where you go on a shopping spree, then the next week feel like you still have nothing to wear. My goal is to stop spending on things that don’t provide me continual happiness, not just at the time I swipe my card.
Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us by Seth Godin // We were just talking about how important the feeling of community is the other night, and this book dives deep into the notion of connecting with people. Tribes goes into detail about tribes of all kinds through the internet and how they form, connect, and their willingness to be lead. Definitely an interesting read going in to how we interact with people, huge for anyone in business or bloggers!
The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story about Living Your Heart’s Desires by Robin Sharma // This is a big picture book, talking about how we live our lives and what’s truly important. Sometimes we just work all day with our heads down, only looking a foot in front and focusing on the here and now. We need to make sure though we’re looking up every once in a while, figuring out where we’re going and what we value. This book is an eye opener and a must must read, especially for the overly ambitious (you know who you are…).
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic For A Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequest // This is on my books wishlist right now on Amazon and I’m really just quite intrigued. For those who know me, or have read long enough, I really don’t like to sit still. Changing the craziness for a simpler life seems almost impossible, but I’m interested in learning how she managed to change up her outlook on life. I also definitely that being present is something that we all need to practice more of. Putting down the phones, social media, and distractions and simply being in the moment.
Summer Fiction Reading List
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood // Falling under Emma Watson’s Book Club List for this year, it’s been one that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. Plus on top of that, Hulu is making a series based of the book and I’m dying to check it out.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Mariarty // The Author of Big Little Lies (book turned HBO series) has another great novel that I’m planning on diving in to this summer. My sister, who is not the bookworm like me, loved this one, great suspense and a great story line. I’m saving this one for a mini vacation or a weekend by the pool!
The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines // If you though the Gaines family couldn’t get any more perfect, be prepared for when you read this one. They’re story, which they wrote together and reads somewhat like a conversation, is a bigger glimpse in to the world of Waco as shown on Fixer Upper. They story is one filled with serious struggles, lots of love, and plenty of trial and error. If you’re a fan of shiplap, you’ll be a fan of the story, too.
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris // I’ve read a few of David Sedaris’ novels and they were always amazing. For the most part, they’re a collection of small short stories or anecdotes, perfect to pick up when you only have a few minutes to read or you don’t want to get too attached to a story (Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls was one of my favorite). The latest published book by David is a collection of his diaries over the last 30 years, and I can’t wait to read what goes on in that crazy mind.
What’s on your list to read this summer?