If you’re anything like me in the summer, you want to spend most of your time by the pool (and in Texas, being by the water is the only way to survive the heat). Summer seems to always be the season that everyone wants to just chill (no pun intended), but one thing I always find myself doing in the summer is reading by the water. It’s hilarious that something I used to dread most as a kid is now something I willingly do on my own. So without further ado, here is what’s on MY summer reading list this year!
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear | Elizabeth Gilbert
While this book had been on my reading list for awhile, I never picked it up (and the irony is – I was scared too). You may be the person that considers yourself a sort-of “closet creative” (amen, I’ve been there…and you can’t hide that side of you forever!), or maybe you’re the person who just feels confined in their corporate job wanting something more. Do yourself a favor and order this book ASAP. In my mind, it is the slap in the face you need to make you overcome some of your greatest fears in life.
Bossypants | Tina Fey
If you’re looking for your casual summer beach read, look no further. While I am still in the middle of reading it (and waiting for a good pool weekend to finish), I started laughing out loud from page one. My girl, Tina, tells her story in the most perfect way – friggin’ hilariously and intertwined with some incredibly awkward family photos. I normally am not the autobiography reader, but for this I’ll make an exception. Oh, and now I don’t even take offense to when someone calls me “bossy”. 🙂
The Chronicles of Narnia Series | C.S. Lewis
Let’s be honest – sometimes kids’ books are just as great for adults. (Next up on my reading list is actually one that is mandatory for high school summer reading!) I knew I was going to fall in love this series when I first read the dedication from Lewis to Lucy, his goddaughter.
“I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realised that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.”
Present Over Perfect | Shauna Niequist
My bible study always jokes about Shauna being “our girl” (we are her soul sisters…she just doesn’t know it yet). Most of us decided to read this book during the frantic season of life that was last fall and now we agree even more. I’m the first to admit that I am always “busy” – I always rush from one place to the next (physically and mentally) and refuse to slow down most of the time. This book will make you rethink what you want your every day to look like and what it means to live a meaningful life.
The Alchemist | Paulo Coehlo
Anyone who knows me well knows I love this book far too much. And despite people making fun of me for it, I will always love it. If you are traveling around the world this summer (or even if you’re not), I highly recommend you put this one in your suitcase to read on your journey. I never like spilling the deets about this book to anyone, because it means something different for every reader. And for me, it has meant something different in every season of my life.
What’s on your summer reading list?